At the April meeting President Carol Evans welcomed Valerie Herbert, a new member, into the Soroptimist International Amber Valley Club.
Terry Carpenter, who described himself as a Territorial Envoy and the lowest rank in the Salvation Army, spoke to the club briefly about the work of the Salvation Army. He is based at the Somercotes Citadel, built in 1886, which now has a modern kitchen suitable for a surprising amount of local need. Terry is a familiar face in Alfreton, in his uniform, usually positioned near the Market Hall on Fridays with the War Cry, a collecting tin and a cheery or comforting word for those who linger. The work of the Salvation Army has been described as ‘Christianity with its sleeves rolled up’ and it is ceaseless. Locally it combats all the traditional needs and ills including homelessness and hunger, plus modern slavery and other new horrors. Terry was thanked by Gill O’Hagan.
The Annual General Meeting followed the talk. The Club is fortunate that our President, Carol Evans is willing to stay in post for a second year. Her new theme is ‘Widening our Horizons’ and an interesting programme is planned. Several older members have resigned from the Executive Committee to make way for younger, newer members, whose input and talents will be welcomed. Our work continues in improving the lives and the prospects of women and girls internationally and locally.