I am honoured and delighted to continue for a further year as President of Soroptimist International Bridgend ad to wear this Chain of Office with great pride. Whilst we are starting this year in strange and unsettling circumstances, I am looking forward to the next 12 months with great anticipation.
It was an unusual way to start the year – with our AGM over Zoom – but I am delighted to join our members in discovering new ways to communicate and continue giving service both in our local community and further afield.
My very first introduction to Soroptimist was through Judith Lewis who is a member at the Barry club and I’m sure many of you know her. We were sat in the Vale Health resort enjoying a coffee and she got chatting about Soroptimist. She arranged for Carys Brown to meet with me a few weeks later. I joined in February 2017 at the same time as Sue Bennett, Chris E Phillips and Sandra Shelley.
I am continuing my theme for the coming year – Mental Health Awareness and Well-being – something that, I feel, is even more pertinent during this coronavirus pandemic. When I say well-being it’s not just the well-being of others it’s also about self-care and looking after ourselves. Self-care is doing what makes you happy, seeing friends, catching up on the telephone, taking a long walk or a glass of wine on the beach. We need to take care of ourselves so that that we can help others.
I’d also like us to continue to build on our partnerships and friendships in the community and further afield. I know that we are motivated and inspired to be the best we can be.
I had the pleasure of seeing Michelle Obama speak in London in April 2019. The words that I would use to describe her are authentic, genuine and real. I’d like to think that that is how we are as Soroptimists. We are authentic, genuine and real. We offer support for those less fortunate and we encourage women to believe in themselves and their dreams. We talk of education and empowerment. We are the enablers of women and girls. We will help them to achieve their potential.
I may well make mistakes and possibly get things wrong but I know that with your guidance and friendship things will soon be back on track. Listening to Michelle made me want to be a better person, a better mother and a better friend, a better sibling and a better Soroptimist. I can improve even if it’s just a small amount. I, like each and every one of you, am indeed a woman with passion – the passion to make a difference, the passion to raise awareness and the passion to give back to those less fortunate.
One voice can change a room. If it can change a room it can change a community. If it can change a community it can change so much more. Soroptimist let’s make a change and tell everyone what we do and more to the point why we do it
You are all indeed skilled, educated and knowledgeable women with so much wisdom to share. Let us share with a passion. Let’s enjoy each other’s company and friendship and, above all, let’s smile and have some fun along the way.
Let’s not settle for good or even great. LADIES… Let’s be OUTSTANDING!