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President Isobel’s September 2020 Message

Celebrate the Good Things

Isobel Smith, SIGBI President 2019-2020The last few months have challenged many of us in ways we could not have dreamed of at the start of the year. Taking time to reflect and recognise the testing challenges we have met and overcome during the pandemic can assist us in getting things into perspective and arm us better to move forward into the future. There will be new skills we have learned over these months of lockdown and social distancing.  As always there are opportunities to be discovered in any change.   These last few months have forced many of us to reflect on our lives and understand what is truly important to us.

I know for me I have felt disappointment as things have been cancelled; events I have looked forward to disappeared one by one.  It felt like dominos being knocked over.  The challenges were many.  I had to find new ways to communicate with members, attend events and engage the Board, Presidents and still carry out the business of our organisation and learn about me in the process.  I found a determination to make things happen, I found that disappointment fades, I found that everyone wanted to make it work by getting onto Zoom Meetings, we found new ways to connect and still make a difference through our project work.  I also learned that the support of others was what saw me through.

I thank the members of my club SI Solihull and District for their constant support, The Board and the Office staff at our Headquarters for their support and hard work, and every single member for all they have done and continue to do.

I have heard from Dame Barbara Woodward (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/dame-barbara-woodward-appointed-uk-permanent-representative-to-the-un-in-new-york)  who has replied to our congratulations on her recent appointment to the UN as ambassador.  Here is a link to her letter, you will read that she is looking forward to working with us.

I came across this post on the National Volunteer Charity Organisation, NVCO, website…..

Helpforce Wall of Fame

Helpforce has launched a new initiative for everyone to join in and say a Big Thank You to the thousands of NHS volunteers who have played such an important role in health and care in 2020. Why not nominate volunteers for their Wall of Fame, which will feature as stories on their website during November? Helpforce welcomes submissions until 15 Sept 2020.  Make your submissions here. The future is more uncertain than we might normally be comfortable with but we have come through a great deal of turbulence already and there are lots of reasons to be hopeful as we make the transition into post-lockdown life.

I hope you will register for conference and see even more celebrating of the good things that Soroptimism brings – register here.

I thank you all.

Isobel Smith
SIGBI President 2019-2020