President Carol Evans welcomed Linda Woodroffe, an independent Funeral Celebrant, to speak to the November meeting of Amber Valley Soroptimist International. Linda told us about her work and led us through the processes needed to arrange a satisfactory funeral not held at a church or chapel. We were encouraged to think of the funeral as a celebration of the life lived. Unless we chanced to own a field we were discouraged from a home burial. If we have the land a very satisfactory occasion can take place under a marquee. I have quite a jolly occasion planned for my own funeral and realise, after listening to Linda, that it is most important to write down my wishes and make them known to my executors. But to make sure they know that I’m hoping it doesn’t happen for a while. Linda was thanked for her reassuring but thought-provoking talk by Anne Woollett.
During the business meeting which followed, S.I. Amber Valley member Ruth Dodd was congratulated on becoming S.I. Midland East Region President. Ruth has an interesting programme planned for the Region. The next speaker, in March, will be from Water Aid.
Gill O’Hagan thanked members for their support for her very successful Coffee Morning and Sale, which she hosted for Mary’s Meals and the Gambian Nursery which we have helped to fund previously.
Prisoners Abroad sent thanks for our ongoing gifts of reading material.
Our next combined social event and fundraiser is for Handicap International, at Carsington, where we will walk and lunch. Or maybe, just lunch.
The December Meeting is a social event, which will also support SI President’s Appeal involving Women, Water and Leadership.