Activities and reports of meetings and events from AGM April 2019

Incoming President Karen presents flowers to outgoing President Jen and a plant to outgoing treasurer Kay Richmond (l) and secretary Paula Brookes (r)





Wednesday 24th April 2019 – AGM President Jen opened the meeting and reports for the year were given after which the chain of office was handed over to the new President, Karen Yates. President Karen thanked the outgoing officers for their hard work during the past year.

Anne Morgan (r) receives a long service certificate for 35 years

Karen Yates receives a long service certificate for 30 years service

Wednesday 29th May 2019 –supper meeting. We welcomed new member Kim Ann Williamson MBE and guest Shanta Varsani. After supper members divided into a group discussing the JOMEC award that the club makes to students of journalism and another to look at how we can increase and or diversify programme action activities. This group brought aa variety of ideas forward which were discussed and will be collated and circulated to members by the Programme Action Officer. After a regional report and reference to making and distributing Twiddlemuffs the meeting closed.

Wednesday 26th June 2019 – supper meeting. Following a two course meal President Karen opened the meeting welcoming members and said she was delighted to induct Kim Ann Williamson as a new member.  The business of the meeting included various reports, voting for Federation officers and details of the forthcoming stall at Rhiwbina festival.  Dr. Joan Williams then addressed the club with a reflection and history of how the club became involved with antiHuman Trafficking which Joan has steered over several years at club and regional level.  This was a key campaign too by UK PAC.

Rhiwbina festival June 2019

President Karen Yates with new member Kim Ann Williams.


Cadwyn award being presented by Julia Attwell.

Wednesday 31st July 2019 – supper meeting. President Elect Jackie welcomed attendees and we talked about events since the last meeting including a delightful trip to Llanelly House and a trip to Kenilworth SI where we were represented by Eva and Sandra. Programme action was discussed followed by a very interesting presentation by Alison Shen Price MBE – ‘An Active Interculturist’ – describing her 35 years of work in the Middle East where she has connected with many cultures and nationalities.

Tuesday September 17th @ 1.30. The Soroptomist International Student Journalist Pat Kernick Award 2018-2019

The award  by Soroptomist International of Cardiff and District in association with the School of Journalism, Media and Culture Studies, Cardiff University took place at 1.30pm on September 17th at the School  in Central Square, Cardiff. The two recipients were:

Hannah Paige, a second year undergraduate,  for her submission entitled ‘Period Power’ and

Suzy Murphy, first year Masters student for ‘The Implications of the American Abortion Laws’

ProProfessor Stewart Allen, Head of School gave a brief address and Dr. Cindy Carter, Reader at JOMEC, Dr. Lucy Bennet, lecturer and Ms. Sarah Burford, administrator were present.

SI Cardiff and District gratefully acknowledge the input and guidance from the staff and the generosity of the university in gifting us the use of the venue and for the provision of tea and biscuits. The presentation was well supported by Soroptomists from throughout the Region.

The PDF below gives details of the many achievements for Pat Kernick in whose name these awards were given.

Presentation Day

Wednesday 25th September – supper meeting.Many suggestions had been put forward for the Programme Action so a brain storming session would be needed to prioritise. The Regional Charity is the Chorai Chori charity. A discussion followed on the leaflets available from the Education for patients and on the successful Rhwibina Festival which focused on Human Trafficking. Several of our members attended and bag tags were provided by Wales (South) Region re Human Trafficking. After discussion about a change of venue for meetings it was agreed that the present arrangements would continue. Volunteers sought for Citizens; Advice Witness Service.

Crafternoon Tea Saturday 19th October.

Crafternoon Tea

The above flyer gives details of the Crafternoon Tea in aid of City Hospice which takes place on Saturday 19th October from 2pm – 5pm.  Location City Hospice Whitchirch hospital grounds. CF14 7BF.

Ticket £15. Contact: Sandra Ajax on 07918 052 683 of email:

The Crafternoon Tea was a great success raising £417 for the City Hospice an amount which was matched by Holland House Hotel.


Dev Plan 2109

Wednesday October 30th supper meeting.  A discussion about continuing the JOMEC award concluded that the criteria for the awards should be reviewed annually. The money from the bequest should be ring-fenced. There was further discussion about donation intended for Dr. Barnardo’s  We had a reminder about the Light a Candle service in Llandaff Cathedral on November 25th. Information is being sought about Llandaff Rowing club and Aberdare Hall as alternative venues for meetings. 2020 will be the 70th anniversary of Cardiff and District club and there were suggestions for celebrating this next year. A sub committee will look into various suggestions.

Seven of our members attended the Light a Candle White Ribbon Day service at Llandaff Cathedral. This was an annual service to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The cathedral was full with representation from Men and Women organisations supporting the fight against abuse of women and girls.



 December 2019  

A Welsh Christmas card was sent from SI Cardiff and District to our friendship links SI Kenilworth and District and SI Gentofte in Denmark. We wish all their members a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.