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President’s message

Janet Rowlands

SI Anglesey President 2023/2024

I have been a member of S. I. Anglesey for 20 years and it is a pleasure and honour to be the President for the next year.

I was born  in Llangollen and brought up in Cerrig -y Druidion, Denbighshire. I received my early education at the local primary school and later Llanrwst Grammar school. At 18 I went to study music in Cardiff. I play the harp and piano. After 4 years in Cardiff I began my teaching career at Emrys ap Iwan school Abergele and then Holyhead High school where I remained until my retirement. During this  time   I tried to encourage the less academic pupils to join in the class activities, and as the music department produced a number of Musicals  this of course gave pupils who did not excel academically an opportunity to contribute and show off their talents by joining the chorus ,preparation of costumes and the use of make-up, the technical aspect, the band and publicity. In one  school year a group of boys – again from different social backgrounds – were very keen on singing and entertained a large group of pensioners who came to the schoo[ to enjoy a Christmas lunch prepared by the Cookery department. They also entertained at several Senior Citizen’s events and at Homes for the Elderly in the Holyhead area. Perhaps they could have been the first Only Boys Aloud!

I have been a member of the Alaw Cancer and Haematology Fund Rising Group for 22 years and the Chairperson for 13 years. The committee raises money for the Cancer Unit at Ysbyty Gwynedd Bangor and all members are volunteers. All monies raised at events organised by us goes directly  to the Unit. To date we have donated at least £250,000.

Helping and Friendship plays an important part in the ethos of Soroptimists and I sincerely hope that our club will fulfil and honour this both home and abroad.

We will try our best   —-  Fe wnawn ein gorau