Memoirs of 23rd Biennial Conference
The SICN’s 23rd Biennial Conference was held in the beautiful isles of Turks and Caicos between August 20-23, 2015.
It was an opportunity to mingle with Soroptimist sisters in a relaxing environment. New friendships were made and old ones cemented. Clubs from all over the Caribbean joined together to share their successes and failures in their bid to educate, empower and enable women and girls. This opportunity for the exchange of ideas is one worth embracing as it is clear that the challenges facing the female sex are not unique to any community, country or region.
A warm welcome greeted the visitors at the Providenciales airport. Soroptimist sisters in the Turks and Caicos Islands worked tirelessly to ensure that their sisters from visiting islands were thoroughly made to feel at home. An arresting sign caressed the airport welcoming those who travelled from elsewhere to meet in the land of sea sand and sun. The picturesque view of the island was the perfect backdrop for a fulfilling three day conference.
love is essential
In usual SICN style, the days’ events were kick-started with a timely message from the church. Father Bernard Bean of the Church of St. Monica reminded the congregation that we ought not to fear consulting the Creator to guide our activities and that we should keep the fire of love burning despite all the obstacles. Many of the sisters from the Turks and Caicos seem to have missed their calling as their melodious voices rang across the evening’s quietude. As they rendered their item, the congregation may have felt they were at a concert of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.
The evening’s activities ended with unforgettable entertainment under the patronage of Soro. Hon. Josephine Connolly, Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly. To climax an already enjoyable day, Hon. Connolly also gave us the pleasure of sharing in her birthday bliss as we sang happy birthday to her and helped to devour the delectable treats available.
The opening ceremony got underway on the 21st of August 2015 at the Beaches TCI Ballroom. The room was filled with dignitaries and the melodious voice of Miss Robyn Hinds serenaded the audience with the national anthem of Turks and Caicos. The procession of flags was led and followed by a lusty welcome from Mrs. Louise Thomas, Conference Chair.
Speakers highlighted some of the gains made by women over the years but emphasized the need to avoid complacency and to step up the commitment to make the world a better place for women and girls.
Clubs also highlighted the activities that they have been involved in for the past two years. President of SIGBI Jenny Vince gave pointers to bear in mind going forward. Members were encouraged to work assiduously in recruiting new members.
Mrs. Leila Robinson was also recognized for her outstanding contribution to Soroptimism by being made honorary member of SICN.
The day’s activity ended with a relaxing sunset cruise around the beautiful island of Providenciales. Indeed the country is beautiful by nature.
Our conference closed on August 22,2015 with the installation of the new executive (details to follow). President Jennifer Hobson-Hector accepted the baton from IPP Madeline Mills and asked for our support in engaging in projects geared towards the economic empowerment of women.
We must say thank you to IPP Madeline Mills, Louise Thomas and their team for their tireless effort in making 2015 conference a resounding success.
In case you missed it here are some of the pictorial higlights: