President Eileen welcomed our newest member Kathryn Delpak into the Club at our meeting on February 25th ’09. She was introduced by Helen Murdoch who was a founder member with her in UNIFEM Wales. Kathryn Delpak MBE is a retired physiotherapist and received the MBE for leading physiotherapy services in Wales. She is a member of the Bahai Council for Wales, a representative of the Wales Inter Faith Council and a member of UNIFEM Wales. Kathryn is also an honorary Fellow of the University of Wales College of Medicine. We all look forward to Kathryn enjoying many years of Soroptimism with us.
Our congratulations go to member Sylvia Scarf for being awarded an OBE in this New Year’s Honours List for her work with the Girl Guide movement and the Anglican Church. Sylvia says, “It’s tremendous, a real honour. It’s all about learning that we can be different, but we can be together. One of my proudest achievements was enforcing child protection procedures within churches and Girl Guides” At our recent New Year dinner Sylvia was presented with gifts from the Club by President Eileen. We look forward to Sylvia sending us more photographs after her visit to the Palace in March!
Pr President Eileen and members Lily and Christine decorated a Soroptimist Christmas tree in Nolton Church on Monday . Decorated in the familiar blue and gold Soroptimist colours and also with decorations and banners sent to us by our Friendship Clubs in Finland, USA and Canada. Information leaflets about Soroptimism were left alongside the tree and hopefully this will be good PR for the Bridgend Club. All proceeds from the festival go to local charities.
At our last meeting in November, Barbara Parrish our newest member was welcomed into the club by President Eileen, who is seen here giving Barbara her Soroptimist badge and Welcome pack. She had already attended some social events and an evening for new/potential members held by the membership committee to explain Soroptimism to them during a relaxed, friendly evening.
At our last meeting in November two club members, Bethan Healey and Eurwen Richards demonstrated how to make floral decorations for Christmas. They concentrated on using natural and recyclable materials as far as possible and gave members very useful ideas. It was and excellent evening, particularly as in ended with mincepies and sherry or juice! This put everyone in the right frame of mind to buy the decorations that had been made and others that Bethan and Eurwen had made earlier. The proceeds went to the club’s charity fund.
Club members packed lots of shoeboxes with Christmas presents for children overseas in conjunction with Samaritan’s Purse. President Eileen and members delivered them to the distribution depot at Talbot Green. Over 50000 boxes were being checked, packed and sent to mainly Eastern European countries from this depot. For further details of the charity look on – www.samaritanspurse.uk.co
Members of SI Bridgend met up with and presented £200 to Talat Pasha, from their friendship club in Karachi. The money will help girls in her local school to stay on in education so that they can qualify for further education. The link has been set up by Rayner Rees and the Bridgend Club hopes to continue to support the Karachi club. Through this link the children in Penyfai Church in Wales School also held a non uniform day to fundraise for the children in Karachi.