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Region Secretary Report

Regional Secretary Annual Report for the AGM September 2022

As secretary I think I have a unique view of all that is going on within the Region and my report will reflect that I hope.

The year started really well with our first face to face meeting for the Change of Insignia at the Queen Hotel in Chester.  It was so good to see everyone after so long on Zoom and thank Louise for all her work during such difficult times.

The Zoom meeting in February involved the break-out sessions that Yvonne requested, with attendees going into pre-chosen groups.  It was ‘fun’ sorting that out! Only 2 people ended up in the wrong group I am relieved to say. This year has certainly been a steep learning curve for me.

The Regional Conference and Dinner were a fantastic success with great speakers and a very well thought out day. Well done Yvonne! A real tribute to your meticulous planning.  She was, of course ably supported by Pam and many others which made the day run so smoothly. It reflects the calibre of our Soroptimist sisters that so few failed to get there despite the terrible weather. It really did make the climate change speakers seem more relevant than ever.

The New members Lunch in April was a new venture which went off really well thanks to Penny and Jenny.  Something we will repeat in future years I am sure.

The Imperial hosted us again in May with more great speakers and it was a great shame that more members could not cruise up the Dee to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee in July.  Those of us who did go had a really interesting and enjoyable afternoon.  Thank you Susan and Wendy for your hard work.  Our only regret was that Yvonne was not well enough to join us.

We now look forward to the AGM in September and completing the year with the Change of Insignia at The Kinmel.

Zoom Officers’ meetings have proved to be very popular with both regional officers and regional reps saving time and fuel –  surely better for the environment too.

I have met regularly with Yvonne to organize events and meetings and, more recently, with Susan to discuss her plans for next year.  The main outline of her year is on the Regional Calendar which I will circulate again with the minutes of the AGM.  Our thanks must go to Diane for all her help booking venues and sorting all our money transactions so efficiently.

Thanks to all those officers who have sent me their reports in such a timely way and to Yvonne for her meticulous planning despite having so many problems to deal with. Her courage should be an inspiration to us all.

With your vote I hope to continue as secretary during next year.

Pat Kerfoot

Region Secretary