President Joyce presented Joanne Williams from RNIB Cymru with a cheque for £1000 for the ‘Talking Books’ project. The money had been raised during Joyce’s year through a variety of fund raising events. Our hostess for the evening, club member Marjorie, followed the presentation with a very interesting and enlightening talk about Clarice Cliff. What an amazing woman Clarice was – she should have been a Soroptimist! Marjorie and Joyce provided members and friends with a delicious buffet to finish the evening. Many thanks to them both!
Bethan, Christine and Eileen with the finished tree. ” Members of SI Bridgend once again decorated a tree for Nolton Church Christmas Tree Festival which starts on 8th December and ends on Saturday 12th December with a gala concert by the Bridgend Male Choir. Proceeds of this year’s festival will go to Heronsbridge School.”
What a great time we had at this year’s Federation Conference in Cardiff! Excellent speakers, truly Welsh entertainment, good company and lots of friendship and fun. Congratulations to club member Helen, as Conference Chairman, for such a successful Conference after her 2 years of hard work with all her committee and so many willing helpers. We were delighted that Rayner and Talat were able to present the joint SI Karachi and SI Bridgend education project and even more delighted when they received a Programme Action Best Practice award for the clubs. Congratulations to everyone in both Clubs. It was lovely to meet up with Talat again too. The photos give just a snapshot of the few hectic days – Helen was so busy she couldn’t even remember to dress the right way on the last day! If club members have more photos please send them
At our first Autumn meeting in our new meeting place, the Heronston Hotel, Barbara Miles thanked Ruth Marks, Commissioner for Older People in Wales (the first anywhere in Britain) who had come to talk to us about her post and the work she was doing. President Joyce welcomed our latest member, Cathie Rowe, into the club. We all hope that she enjoys being a Soroptimist with us locally and further afield in the Region, Federation and Internationally.
19 members enjoyed lunch and a chat to celebrate Club member Margaret Bertorelli’s 50 years as a Soroptimist in Bridgend. Membership Officer Eileen presented Margaret with a long service certificate and congratulated Margaret on her years of service with the Club. President Joyce spoke of how hard Margaret had worked for the Club and how pleased she was to be able to celebrate her achievement. Joyce presented Margaret with a card and a lovely basket of flowers. Margaret thanked the Club and told us that she hadn’t realised she had been a member for so long. She said that she had a lot of “firsts”. When she joined the Club Margaret was the youngest member, then the first member to have a baby and then the first member to hold the three offices of secretary, treasurer and president. Margaret told us also that she had
2 great cricket fans from SI Deniliquin came to stay with Carys for one night on their ‘Ashes’ tour and a 3day tour of Stratford, Bridgend, Bristol, Bath and points east via Stonehenge to Heathrow! Glenda (with Jean) and Fay (with Eileen) were great company and a few ‘sisters’ were hastily gathered to the Great House to welcome them to Wales and an ‘early bird’ supper. Carys had met Glenda and other Soroptimists in Deniliquin on her recent Australian visit. Their vist here was short but thoroughly enjoyable and we look forward to meeting them in Montreal in 2011!!
Our last meeting before the summer break was spent at Kenfig Dunes. Our President took us on a gentle stroll through part of the Nature Reserve and used the warden’s notes to guide us in his absence! – Thoroughly enjoyed by all, almost as much as the second part of the evening spent in the Prince of Wales where we enjoyed a very good pub supper and an entertaining talk in the upper room by the landlord . We learnt about it’s history and past uses and residents seen or just ‘felt’!
A lovely supper evening was held at Beryl Ladbrook’s home where her daughter, Soroptimist Felicity, gave us an illustrated talk about Guiding today in Central Glamorgan and the refurbishment of Gorwelion Guide Centre, Wigfach, Porthcawl. Felicity is at present County Commissioner for Girl Guiding in Central Glamorgan.
On June 27th’09, President Joyce, President Elect Joy and Carys represented Bridgend at the Women in Wales event at the National Botanic gardens in Carmarthenshire. Several other members of our club prepared the display before the event depicting the links and support we give to our Friendship club in Karachi. Rayner’s cards sold well and the beautiful weather meant the event was well supported. 13 South Wales Clubs were represented and Bridgend members, Helen and Katherine were also with us on the Cardiff Conference and UNIFEM stands. It was a thoroughly enjoyable, sociable event and hopefully raised awareness and the profile of Soroptimism. There were some enquiries about membership.