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Activities and reports of meetings and events from AGM in April 2016 to AGM April 2017

Saturday 8th April 2017 – thanks Jen for organising this lovely walk…………….

Wednesday 22nd March 2017 – a chicken casserole supper was served followed by apple pie and custard and enjoyed by members prior to  a short business meeting.  Long service certificates were presented – 40 years service by Elizabeth James and 25 years by Jill Delgado.  The meeting coincided with World Water Day.  Results of the pictorial quiz of beaches near Cardiff were announced and prizes of a model lighthouse given to the winners, Ann Thomas and Joan Williams.  £72 was raised for Water Aid.  Members were reminded to pay club subs!  A report and summary of the year’s programme action was given by President Ann.  See

For more photos see

Saturday 11th March 2017 – Over 70 members, fellow soroptimists from other clubs and guests met for a Charity Dinner at The Classroom, Dumballs Road.   It is fine dining at the Cardiff and Vale college where trainee chefs cook and serve under the supervision of Cindy Challoner.  Cindy is one of a few women Head Chefs and she spoke briefly about her work.  The charity dinner, with a choice of menu, was raising funds for its charities including local organisations – Pedal Power and Forget Me Not Chorus (supporting the disabled and people with dementia respectively).  Before dinner, guests were entertained by the Cowbridge Male Choir who sang an array of beautiful songs including several Welsh songs which, following on from Wales victory against Ireland the evening before, set the mood for a fabulous evening.

Wednesday 22nd February 2017 – club and supper meeting 7.15pm Holiday Inn – led by Finance group.  Supper was served after which a short meeting took place to update members on various aspects of our work and future plans

Saturday 11th February 2017 – SI Wales South Regional Meeting, 10am – 3pm Aberavon Beach Hotel.  Notes of meeting available to members

Thursday 9th February 2017 – club executive meeting- minutes circulated to members.

Wednesday 25th January 2017 – Members, fellow soroptimists from out cluster clubs and guests enjoyed a fun evening celebrating Burn’s night.  Courtesy of club member Jeni Gower-Jones, the room was beautifully decked with hints of tartan and beautiful flower decorations relating to different Burn’s poems.  We enjoyed a traditional Burn’s night supper interspersed with  poetry readings and the obligatory raffle.

Wednesday 7th December 2016 – Club Christmas Party at 7.15pm at Holiday Inn – good time was had by all!! Happy Christmas

Saturday 3rd December 2016 – Several members attended SI Wales South Regional Meeting, 10am – 3pm Aberavon Beach Hotel notes of which have been circulated to members.

November 2016 – Members of SI Cardiff & District in Malta for the Federation conference presented the Maltese charity Inspire with a cheque from monies raised by the club during President Ann’s year in office.  For full details of the conference follow link

Sunday 30th October 2016 – Sandra Ajax led a team at a Swimathon in Warwick organised by our friendship link club SI Kennilworth and SI Warwick.  Event in aid of Air Ambulance and Butterfly Children

Wednesday 26th October 2016 – Supper meeting at 7.15pm at Holiday Inn with speaker (club secretary) Dr Joan Williams – Modern Day Slavery

Tuesday 18th October – Anti Slavery Day

Wednesday 12th October 2016 – club meeting 7.15pm Holiday Inn – led by Events group, chaired by Jen Hancock.  Club business included conference resolutions, forthcoming events, half yearly accounts and a request for all members to look at the development plan

Friday 7th October 2016 – see

Wednesday 5th October 2016 – club executive meeting at 11 am at Karen’s office.  Minutes available to members

Wednesday 28th September 2016 – members enjoyed a supper meeting at the Holiday Inn followed by a talk and complimentary hand massages by beautician Tina Phillips

Sunday 25th September 2016 – club events co-ordinator kindly hosted a Brunch at her beautiful converted barn mountain top home.  Members gathered to raise money for Inspire, a Maltese charity that helps those with disabilities and enjoyed the opportunity to chat with fellow members and guests including regional buddy Rayner Rees.  The last photo above shows Anthea Thomas received her prize from club president Ann Thomas.  Friends in Cape Verde see  collected ring pulls and members had to guess how many were in the bag.  For the record 4450!  Sympathy expressed to Jill Delgado for kindly counting them!!

Wednesday 14th September 2016 – club meeting with updates, reports and a warm welcome to new member Jeni Gower-Jones

Tuesday 6th September 2016 – club executive meeting – minutes available to members

5th August 2016 – above picture shows club secretary Joan Williams helping at the Toilet Twinning stand at the National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny.  SI Cardiff & district has been raising money for this worthy cause.  see

Thursday 21st July 2016 – Five members of SI Cardiff attended Cadwyn Housing Association’s Tenant & Volunteer Event. Tenant & Community Awards were given, one of which was ‘Realise your Potential’ given in recognition of the gift of 3 Cardiff houses donated to Cadwyn in 1996 by SI Cardiff & District. Four winners for this year’s Realise Your Potential Award had been selected . Their prizes will help each of them further their journey to realising their full potential. Mathew Kerr, pictured here with President Ann, received his own prize and also on behalf of the other 3 winners who were unable to be present at the event. Matthew has been volunteering in Cadwyn’s office for customer service, participating in many of their training courses and is now a volunteer at their digital zone putting into action the knowledge he has acquired.

Saturday 16th July 2016 – Members enjoyed a superb afternoon tea at Pedal Power in Pontcanna Cardiff. Tea followed a talk from Sybil the founder of this amazing charity who detailed the history of the project, which teaches and encourages adults and children to ride bicycles. The range of bikes available is amazing and no one is turned away, assessments are undertaken and suitable bikes are found no matter whether you are fit and healthy or have a disability. Bicycles are available to hire by anyone and the service is open 7 days a week run by a small team of employees and dedicated volunteers. The cafe is also open everyday and the homemade cakes are highly recommended! A little known charity that does such wonderful work in the beautiful city of Cardiff

Wednesday 13th July 2016 – club meeting.  President Ann welcomed members and handed the chairmanship of the meeting to the Admin & Communications group.  Kay Richmond as chairman of that group, chaired the meeting which included club business, recent and future events and a discussion on conference resolutions.

Saturday 9th July 2016 Aztec hotel Bristol – UK PAC Study Day – SI Cardiff & District member and chairman of UK PAC Dr Kay Richmond was pleased to welcome many members to the  UKPAC Study Day.  Four members from SI Cardiff were in attendance – club President Ann Thomas, Professor Jackie Jones, Dr Joan Williams and Kay of course.   There were excellent speakers covering Modern Slavery, the work of Soroptimists with Prison Reform Trust and also Plan UK’s efforts to eliminate the practice of Female Genital Mutilation. Well done to the Chairman and her committee for a well organised event.

Monday 4th July 2016 – club executive meeting – minutes available to members

25th June 2016 – SI Wales South Regional Summer Event at Machynys Golf Club Llanelli including afternoon tea £15. President Ann and President Elect Sandra, Joan and Kay represented the club and no doubt enjoyed the lovely afternoon tea!

Wednesday 22nd June 2016 – Members of SI Cardiff & District were pleased to welcome members of various SI Wales South clubs, along with 2 members from our Friendship Club SI Kenilworth. A very successful evening was held – following supper,  President Ann introduced her sister, Dot Hunter, Federation Councillor and President Elect of SI Malta. Dot told us about ‘Inspire’ – an organisation which helps over 1000 individuals with various disabilities ranging from Down’s Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy and others. . Thank you Dot for an inspirational presentation about an organisation that SI Cardiff is supporting in this year when SIGBI conference is in Malta.

Wednesday 11th May 2016 – club meeting 7.15pm Holiday Inn.  President Ann’s first club meeting went swimmingly!  Kathryn Rhodes was inducted as a new member (see photo above), after which there was club business, a reminder of the forthcoming concert, programme action updates and attention drawn to the new club handbook available at all meetings and on the club website members only section using the password. Saturday 14th May 2016 – Several members from SI Cardiff & District attended the SI Wales South regional meeting at Halfway Inn, Nantgaredig, Carmarthen.  Following the regional business, there were speakers – Isobel Smith – Director of organisational Development talking on ‘The SIGBI Perspective” and Lindsay Bone from Gwalia, partners in the Pathfinder project. Helen Murdoch from SI Bridgend who is next year’s Federation Conference Organiser talked about arrangements so far for the conference which is being held in Cardiff. Tuesday 3rd May 2016 – club executive meeting – minutes available to members Thursday 28th April 2016 – A happy and pleasant morning was spent at Sheila’s home –  drinking coffee, chatting but more especially, making craft items for sale in aid of club charities.  Members have been busy knitting scarves and dishcloths also to help boost our funds.

Wednesday 20th April 2016 – AGM at the Holiday Inn at 7pm.  Following the welcome to 3 new members (see and the club reports, outgoing President Jane handed the president’s chain to Ann Thomas and installed Ann as our president for April 2016/17. President Ann outlined her plans for the year and distributed the diary of meetings and events and presented Jane with a gift as a thank you to her for all she did for the club as President. l  After a few club updates, members enjoyed a glass of wine and light refreshments

Wednesday 8th June 2016 – club meeting 7.15pm Holiday Inn Tongwynlais.  President Ann presented a cheque to JDRF (see above photo) prior to club business and at the end of the meeting,  new member Ruth Evans was inducted and welcomed to the club.

Monday 6th June 2016 – A busy and sociable morning packing of sponge bag for BAWSO see Friday 3rd June 2016 – club executive meeting.  Minutes available to members Wednesday 25th May 2016 – Following a warm welcome from President Ann to members and guest speaker,  a chicken and mushroom dish followed by yummy lemon pudding was served and enjoyed!  President Ann introduced guest speaker, Estelle Wilkinson who spoke movingly about her experiences of having a child with type 1 diabetes and of the challenges it presents to the child and family. Her son was diagnosed with the condition when he was 4 years old.  She thanked members for their gift of over £1123 towards  the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation To view more photos, see

Saturday 21st May 2016 – Members and guests enjoyed a wonderful evening of entertainment at Thornhill Community Church.  The Cowbridge Male Choir offered a variety of songs, superbly and enthusiastically sung by its 50 choristers.  President Ann opened the evening by explaining the reason she had chosen to hold the concert in aid of JDRF(Juvenile Diabetic Research Fund).  It is usual for soroptimists to fundraise for women focussed organisations but Ann explained she has witnessed the profound effect that children with diabetes can have on the family especially the mother.  The evening raised £1108.