Federation Conference – Cardiff – October 2017
Federation Conference -Cardiff 2017
Eleven members travelled to Cardiff for the week-end of the Federation Conference and were joined by four other members including President Ann James for the Friday. It was a very inspiring Conference enjoyed by us all. Mandy Hickson, the second female Fast Jet Tornado Pilot and Dame Katherine Grainger, GB’s most decorated female Olympian, gave most inspirational presentations sharing passion & humour. Both speakers have excelled in their chosen careers and are excellent role models. Michael Kaufman, co founder of the White Ribbon Campaign, (gender equality) opened the conference and laid an excellent foundation for the rest of the conference.
‘Team Bilston’, in usual fashion, enjoyed fun, friendship and camaraderie. We met up with old friends and made new contacts. It was an absolute delight to meet up with past member Margaret Inett, now a member of SI Brixham, Devon who was accompanied by her two Soroptimist daughters, Jane and Sue.
It was a most thought provoking week-end with a celebration of Soroptimism at it’s best and the wonderful work undertaken by members from all over the Federation.
Federation conference -Harrogate November 2014
Eight club members including President Lynne travelled to Harrogate and enjoyed an interesting and enjoyable 2014 Federation Conference. During the three days members listened to a vibrant entrepreneur, Sahar Hashemi who had founded Coffee Republic. She gave us many tips the most significant of which was ‘leap and the net will appear’. During the Programme Action sessions we listened to many outstanding club projects including the Kori Project in Sierra Leone. The delegate from Sierra Leone gave an emotional talk about the impact of Ebola including the loss of several of her family members. After a number of speakers we thoroughly enjoyed listening to Jenni Murray, presenter on Radio 4 Women’s Hour who gave many amusing anecdotes about her time with the BBC. The exhibition had many interesting stands. We had made a significant contribution to the charity Philippine Community Fund by saving ring pulls. It was great to see the results of the womens’ work. The whole Conference was filled with fun and friendship, meeting old friends and making new contacts.
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