President Kathryn`s Address-AGM 27 April 2011 We are beginning the 64th year of S.I. Bridgend and as the forthcoming President I should like to give the Club my very best effort. It has been just a short time since I joined the Soroptimists during which I have been nurtured in a non –intrusive way and always made to feel so welcome. I regard the role of President as that of Service and one that I look forward to with an open mind and one that is receptive to change. My Charity choice is-` faceupcymru`-a charity that offers support to people who have undergone oral and facial surgery. Also I should like to offer a small gift to the Ophthalmic Unit at Princess of WalesHospital, Bridgend. I feel it is imperative that we continue to raise awareness of the inequalities of opportunities, rights and privileges that still
President Elect Carys pictured with members of SI Moreton North on two different occasions. Carys was able to present the Friendship Club certificate twice over as there were different members present on each occasion. Carys reports that the Club are a very active, chatty, friendly group who all send their best wishes to Bridgend Club.
During the first meeting of 2012 it was a great pleasure for the Club and President Elect Carys to welcome a new member, Ena. Jean, who had transferred from another Club, also received her membership badge and pack on the same night.
As part of Programme Action work Club members hired two tables at a Craft Fayre arranged by Women’s Aid, Bridgend. One table sold crafts made by members for the Club project in Karachi and the other was a Tombola stall to raise money for President Kathryn’s charity faceupcymru www.faceupcymru.org.uk .
Members from Soroptimist Clubs across Wales South had a very enjoyable afternoon at the final of the Public Speaking Competition for Girls. The competition was arranged by the Region, Wales South, whose President this year is Bridgend member Carys. Also in attendance was the Soroptimist International Federation President who is a former member of Bridgend Club.
Club members were very pleased to be able to meet Talat from Friendship Club Karachi and catch up on the news of the Girl’s School Project which is supported by Bridgend Club.
Club members were very pleased to welcome new member Ruth at a recent meeting. In the absence of President Kathryn , President Elect Carys presented Ruth with her membership badge and welcome pack.
At the International Convention in Montreal, Wales South President and Bridgend member Carys met up with Willie Mae from our Friendship Club Williamsburg.
Club member and Regional President Wales South, Carys, has recently attended the International Convention in Montreal. She met with Margaret Wootton, a member of our Friendship Club in Courtenay, Vancouver Island. The photo above shows Carys and Margaret at the Gala Banquet.
President Kathryn, members, friends and guests from Cardiff Club spent a very pleasant afternoon at Fonmon Castle. After an interesting and informative guided tour everyone sat down to a delicious cream tea . We were pleased to have the chance to speak with Lord Boothby who entertained us with tales about the filming of the Rod Gilbert television programme. Rhod was learning how to be a butler.