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.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Cowbridge with the Town Crier stopped by the Bridgend Soroptimists tombola stall at the Cowbridge Lions May Fair on 6 May. The Bridgend club was raising funds for their President’s mental health charity. The ‘Guess the Name of the Bear’ competition was won by Hannah Kennedy from Miskin who was spot on calling the bear Barnaby. We were also delighted to see Alun Cairns MP who was very supportive of the Club’s activities and has agreed to be a guest speaker at a forthcoming meeting (promising that he will not speak on politics!)
As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, President Sharon, Carys, Joyce and Marjorie hosted an information stand at Bridgend College’s Wellbeing Festivals. This followed a meeting Sharon and Marjorie had with Bridgend College to explore opportunities to work together. The Wellbeing Festivals were held on 15th May at the College’s Bridgend campus and on 16th May at the Pencoed campus. President Sharon said, “It was great to have this opportunity to talk to students and staff from the College and tell them about the projects we do in Soroptimist International Bridgend. I am looking forward to do more with them in the future.” #ThinkOnIt
Bridgend Soroptimists held their AGM at the Heronston Hotel on 24th April and welcomed their new President, Sharon Dixon. Outgoing president Helen Murdoch expressed her thanks to members for their support and efforts throughout her term of office and Sharon Dixon was inaugurated as president for the next year. President Sharon said she felt it an honour to take the chair and looked forward to continuing to promote Soroptimism with a busy programme. Her theme for the year will be Mental Health Awareness and Wellbeing. Find out more about President Sharon https://sigbi.org/bridgend-and-district/presidents-message/