Message From Club President


Hello and Welcome to the website of Soroptimist International Barry and District.

President Mary Tornabene 2018-2019


After a successful year of volunteering, fundraising and two very enjoyable and successful events celebrating our 50th year as a club, we are all looking forward to what the next year will have in store for us. As members we are always very supportive of our President, so I have no doubt that everyone in the club will be behind me in whatever we do.

Programme Action is strong in the club. We volunteer to help in many places as well as supporting various causes in any way we can. Last year we added the Sam Davies ward of the Barry Hospital to our list and I’m sure that will become one of our regular causes, continuing to give dignity and aid to the patients however we are able. We have begun to join forces with other groups such as the Rotary Club. By befriending other groups we were able to put people in touch where help was needed. I would like this idea to continue and grow to all of our mutual benefits.

Our group system is thriving. It is proving invaluable for integrating new members and sharing the burden of running the club. There are already a variety of fun ideas in mind for fundraising. In addition to the various charities the club supports I have chosen two deserving charities I hope we will be able to help this year. Welsh Hearts and the Centre for Cancer Stem Cell Research in Cardiff. Donating to these charities will ultimately benefit everyone both locally and internationally.

I’m hopeful that our membership will continue to rise, as we already have prospective members. New ideas and fresh perspectives are always welcome. I will be working towards attracting younger members. This is proving more difficult, but I feel essential for the club to survive and thrive. Two of our secondary schools are merging this year. Exciting times ahead for them and an opportunity for us to continue our partnership with them. Sowing the seeds in the minds of future Soroptimists.