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Regional President Annual Report for AGM September 2022

It seems strange to be writing an annual report before the year is completed   perhaps another new beginning and change may be on the horizon?

Since taking up Office as your Regional President virtually on the 30th October I have striven to provide an interesting programme with New Beginnings and like the little acorn planted and developing so are we with New Beginnings and sowing the seeds for change.

November saw the Change of Insignia and the chain of Office was passed to me from Louise who had a wonderful year celebrating in our Region 100 years of Soroptimism.

 At this meeting I set out my program for the year introducing a Lottery of wonderful prizes to raise funds for much needed Mental Health in our three areas of region and what a wonderful amount was raised by members over the next couple of months. January, we had a virtually meeting at which were speakers presenting on Mental health from Conwy social services and from the recipients of our funds informing us how they would spend the money in April.

The draw was taken at our Regional Dinner following our very interesting conference on Climate Change at Llandudno in February with well over 90 people attending. The day certainly caused us to appreciate The Climate as the weather was certainly true to the title of the day and prevented some attending including our Federation President.

True to Our Regional style Members took up the challenge to compete for the New Barbara Dixon award and some excellent displays were produced and   carefully examined by three excellent independent judges. SI Rhyl came first with SI Bebington very close second.

March took us to Heswall to the New Members Lunch very well catered for by Heswall Golf Club. It was a very enjoyable meeting and not only did we get excellent feed back but recruited at least one new member and made new friendships.

By May we had organized the presentation of our lottery funds to the deserving causes in our Region and welcomed Clair Nasir to tell us about the weather and climate change something we have been experiencing ourselves these last few weeks and it certainly brought home to us about the horrific floods and fires.

 At this meeting we also learnt about what happens to our own Rubbish and waste by James Espley and how we as members can help reduce it. It was a real eye opener.

 With the sunshining a successful enjoyable Jubilee River cruise took place in June with fun and afternoon tea and competitions. Unfortunately I was not well enough to attend and I had so looked forward to us enjoying the afternoon together. The photos were delightful as ever and thanks go to Wendy and Susan for steering the event so successfully and Louise and Pam for being joint captains!

July the weather shone on the Llangollen tent and the many contributions of scarf bags and bling helped those members attending raise some funds. Again I was unable to attend but followed closely the happy event and thanks go to all who helped make it a successful.

It is hard to predict the next few months but rest assured plans are in place for two more Regional meetings the AGM and the Change of Insignia  with lots to discuss and for you to get involved and learn about  taking our theme of New Beginnings  on board  and  our Christmas theme  Sales Tables of  recycled goods  for Club Funds. Yes Fun and Friendship whilst carrying out our Regional matters and hopefully hearing from our new Federation Councillor and me  with, information from SIGBI.  We have the SIGBI  conference which I’m hoping to attend in October.

I feel we have worked hard In Clubs. I have managed to be in contact with several so far. Regional officers have looked at Policies and Procedures on several matters to take us forward, the whole Region is striving for a successful year and long may it continue. Plans are already being put in place for the Dublin International Federation Conference to take us to Dublin. I also know Susan is working hard in preparation for her year of office and like Pat has been a great support to me.

Finally, may I thank Officers and Clubs for keeping me in touch and for your kind words during this personal difficult time. It is very encouraging and uplifting. I look forward to meeting you all in September

 Enjoy the Summer

 In friendship Yvonne Johns

Regional President CNWW