It is a great honour to become the President of Soroptimist International, Bridgend to represent you ladies and to wear this chain of office. Sharon has been a fantastic President (her weekly ramblings, the informal meetings for coffee or gin to “catch up”, the fitness/wellness Saturday meetings, the Scone deliveries etc ). My aspiration is to undertake and succeed at least half as much as Sharon has done.
Of course, unfortunately the country still lives with Covid and its restrictions. Optimistically the roll out of vaccinations and the fall in infections will help improve how we live our lives. However, Zoom meetings will need to continue until the summer at least. Possibly the future will be a mixture of Zoom meetings and face-to-face events.
My introduction to Soroptimism began at the Vale Hotel, in Hensol. I was in a friendship group that included Sharon and Judith (who at the time was a Soroptimist in the Barry Club). We exercised, we talked, we drank coffee together and Soroptimism was discussed.
I was invited to the Annual Dinner at St Mary Hill Golf Club in January 2019. At the dinner I realised that I knew several ladies in the Club because of my pre-retirement life. I became a Soroptimist in April 2019.
I know that Bridgend Soroptimists have always focussed on “being the best” and are at the forefront of initiatives to support and stand up for women and the environment. I would like us to consider the Centenary message of A Bright Past, A Brilliant Future and to take forward our shared aspirations and initiatives for the 21st century.
There will be occasions probably when I “will put my foot in it”. However, I know that there are SO many of you ladies who will guide and help me (and forgive my lack of knowledge/forethought) over the coming year.
I look forward to friendship, fun and achievement of our shared goals and aspirations.