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Bridgend welcomes a new Soroptimist President

Bridgend Soroptimists held their AGM at the Heronston Hotel last night and welcomed their new President, Ruth Davies-Kemp.

Outgoing president Lesley Davies thanked the members for their support over the last year and said what a privilege it has been to be President.

Lesley then presented Ruth with the chain of office, wishing her every success for her year.

President Ruth said it was an honour to be taking up this role and she looked forward to continuing to promote Soroptimism with a busy programme. Her theme for the year is the Homelessness – the crisis on our doorstep and we would be working closely with Emmaus and other local organisations.

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President Ruth then welcomed Sue Newton as President Elect giving her the President Elect insignia of the Williamsburg brooch. The gold brooch is a replica of the Mace of the Colonial City of Williamsburg in Virginia, USA and was given to a past member of SI Bridgend, Dr Kath Snell, by SI Williamsburg one of our friendship links. When the brooch was bequeathed to the club after Kath’s death, it was decided to use it as the President Elect’s insignia.

Following the business of the AGM, members enjoyed friendship and chatter over coffee as we look forward with interest and anticipation to the coming year.