Bridgend Soroptimist members enjoyed a picnic to remember on Saturday. The picnic, which was held at Frances’ home, was part of a UK-wide event promoted by ‘The Fields in Trust’ charity aimed at getting people out of the house to promote friendship and physical and mental well-being. At the same time members of our friendship link club, SI Moreton North Inc in Queensland Australia hosted their own picnic – a shared picnic worlds apart! SI Bridgend’s Montreal Conference bear was happy to join in too!
As one of our newest members, it was a delight to hear from Dr Cecilia Hannigan-Davies as our guest speaker at the end of the business meeting in June.190612 Cecilia gave us a very interesting illustrated presentation about her early life in Drogheda and her career to the present day. President Sharon presented her with her Soroptimist badge and welcomed her once again to the Club.
Once again Bridgend Soroptimists have supported the Summer Fete at St David’s Church Laleston with a White Elephant stall. Carys organised the event for us and President Sharon was joined by Sue B, Sandra and Joyce to sell the ‘goodies’ donated by members. The stall made £113 which will go towards the Club’s charitable donations – very well worth the effort!
SI Bridgend is delighted that our project with ChoraChori has been shortlisted for the SI Wales South Regional Programme Action award. Club members have been invited to make a presentation on the project at the Regional AGM in September to inform other clubs about how Bridgend is supporting the charity.
President Sharon, Carys and Rayner, together with Programme Action representatives from Soroptimist International Neath and Soroptimist International Swansea, attended a meeting arranged by SI Port Talbot to discuss collaborating on a fundraising campaign over the next four years for the children’s bereavement charity, Cruse Morgannwg. It was agreed that each club will arrange a fundraising event, inviting the other clubs and supporters. SI Port Talbot have already hosted an event with a fashion show held in Margam Orangery. SI Swansea will host an event next year, with SI Neath and SI Bridgend following in subsequent years. President Sharon was delighted that Bridgend members had agreed to participate in this joint venture. She said, “It is a very worthwhile charity and an excellent way to encourage collaboration and friendship between the clubs.”
Four members of Soroptimist International Bridgend joined over 70 members from across South Wales to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Soroptimist Region of Wales South. Carys, Helen, Joyce and Rayner, who was the Master of Ceremonies at the lunch, were joined by two former Federation Presidents who were also past members of SI Bridgend; they were Dorothy Jamieson and Liz Morgan-Lewis. Other attendees of note at the event were past Soroptimist International President Ann Garvie, past Soroptimist International Treasurer Anne Ainsworth and Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) Finance Director Ruth Healey. SIGBI Federation President Elect Isobel Smith was the guest speaker, congratulating the Region on their achievement and wishing us well for the future.
Members of Soroptimist International Bridgend hosted an afternoon tea last Sunday at President Sharon’s home. The tea is part of the Contact the Elderly programme and offers older people who are often isolated an afternoon out with contact and companionship. President Sharon said, “It was a lovely afternoon and we helped two of our guests celebrate their birthdays with cake, candles and Prosecco! There was lots of laughter, chatter and a good time was had by all!”
President Sharon was very pleased to present the following long service certificates to members of Soroptimist International Bridgend. President Sharon thanked all the ladies for the service they had given to the club. They all commented that they had been involved in many interesting projects, made wonderful friends and had lots of fun. They all agreed that they couldn’t believe where all the time had gone!
Bridgend Soroptimists were delighted to welcome two new members at the first meeting of the new Soroptimist year. Gaynor Hoare and Celcilia Hanningan-Davies have visited the Club on a number of occasions and were both looking forward to being Soroptimists and getting more involved. President Sharon said, “It was an absolute delight to welcome Gaynor and Cecilia to Bridgend, particularly as this was my first meeting as President. With their significant professional experience and wide-ranging interests, I am sure they will have a great deal to contribute. Welcome ladies.”
Bridgend Soroptimists have been marketing Mental Awareness Week by wearing green ribbons and using green crocheted bookmarks. The green ribbons were made by Carys Brown – each with a small jewel and the bookmarks were crocheted by Rayner Rees. The money made from selling these at the Club meeting this week will go towards President Sharon’s mental health charities.