Following a very busy and colourful AGM, the Club was delighted to welcome our new President Sue Davies and wish her every success for the coming year. President Bethan’s theme for the year is ‘Let us help the children’ and her chosen charity is Barnardo’s.
President Sue explained that her goal for her year as our President is to encourage members to put their heart and soul into the projects that we are already involved with. We are urged to reuse, recycle and reduce and to use the resources we already have at hand to support others. One way we can do this is to provide Mother’s Day gifts for the Women’s Refuge, filling handbags with toiletries and other goodies. As President Sue says, “We’ve all had unwanted gifts and we can put these to good use instead of letting them gather dust at home!”
As well as being more hands on and raising awareness of local, national and international issues, the President has chosen to support the children and staff of Y Bont Nursery School in Bridgend. President Sue says, “I don’t think we realise how precious this resource is and how lucky we are to have it on our doorstep. I am looking forward to hearing more about Y Bont at a future meeting, when we have a speaker coming along, and finding out how we can help.”
President Sue thanked Immediate Past President Bethan for an excellent year and congratulated her on the amount of money raised for Barnardo’s and other children’s charities. She said it was particularly pleasing to know that the monies would be use to support local projects and we looked forward to more information on the Barnardo’s Literacy Project very soon.
President Sue also welcomed our Presidents Elect – Lily Laesser, Frances Rees and Eurwen Richards – who will be job-sharing the role of President for 2017 – 2018. The President Elect’s brooch, the Williamsburg pin, was presented to Lily Laesser on behalf of all three members. The Williamsburg pin was a gift from our Friendship Club, SI Williamsburg, to former Bridgend member, Kath Snell. When Kath bequeathed the gold pin to the Club, it was decided to use it as the insignia for the President Elect. The brooch is a replica of the Civic Mace of Williamsburg,