Region Meeting and AGM This is at The Imperial Hotel, Llandudno on Saturday 9th September. The day will begin at 9.15 am to set up tables followed at 10am by coffee – All the posters displayed at Soroptimist International Convention in Dublin will be on view. At 10.45am Region President Susan will hope the meeting and introduce our Speaker Rebecca Morgan-Brennan who will speak about “The Little Princess Trust” and “Look Good Feel Better” There will be reports from SI Nantwich and SI Bebington, and President Elect Janet will speak about the Region visit to the Arboretum. Anne MacDonald (SI Chester) and Sarah Froggatt(SI Runcorn/Frodsham) will give a report on the Dublin Convention Please note – Lunch is not provided Region Business Meeting This will begin at 2.20pm followed by the Annual General meeting at 2.45pm where Regional officers will give their reports. The meeting
The new members’ lunch took place at the Faenol Fawr Hotel, Bodelwyddan on the 26th March 2023 in the beautifully oak paneled Tudor Room. It was well attended by 10 new members and their mentors, along with many Region Officers; 31 attended in total. We had some ‘games’ and some more informative aspects to the afternoon – such as an explanation of how SI is structured, how PA works at all levels and an example of a charity shop pop-up in Holywell. New members were tasked with creating a club project on Bin Twinning and others created a guidance sheet on mentoring new members which will be distributed to Clubs in due course. The event was greatly successful with a warm atmosphere and gratitude expressed by attendees.
Barbara Dixon Programme Award Regional President Susan invites all clubs to participate with an entry for the Barbara Dixon Award 2023. It should be a current club project which will demonstrate the 3 E’s of Education Empowerment and Enabling for women and their communities. The brief is wide to encourage as many clubs as possible to take part and be able to show off the work they do. We hope that clubs consider an entry and prepare it in good time. Criteria: 1. The project responds to an identified need, local, national or international. 2, There are clear SMART objectives – specific, measurable,achievable, realistic and time related. 3. It demonstrates partnership with other agencies where possible. 4. It demonstrates links to SDGs and 5 P’s. 5. The display will clearly communicate the steps taken to bring the project to fruition. Closing date for entries is 20
CHAIR OF UKPAC We are very pleased to announce the new Chair of UKPAC (The United Kingdom Programme Action Committee) is Gillie O’Rourke of SI Bebington. Gillie was formerly the Regional Programme Action Officer. We are very proud of her, and wish her well in her new role Gillie comments on her election to this prestigious position. “I am extremely honoured to have been elected by my peers to the role of Chair of UKPAC. The role is challenging and wide-ranging covering, as it does, not only working with Regional Programme Action Reps, but also having regular meetings with national partners/organisations as well as the UN and Europe. We are now a completely new team leading United Kingdom Programme Action (starting with our new Programme Director, Lindsey Green). As a new team we are looking at our strategy and extending the work of the current
Region E-Club Do you live in Cheshire, North Wales or the Wirral? Are you interested in joining an International Women’s Organisation that works for the empowerment, education and health of Women and Children throughout the world? We have 14 active clubs in the region please click here for information but also know that attending face to face meetings can be difficult. We are offering the opportunity to join Soroptimist International virtually and at the same time keep in touch with what clubs in the region are doing and to join up occasionally for events. The membership and development regional officers have been working towards developing an E-club for the Region. Soroptimist Federation SIGBI has kindly sent out an e-mail (see below) to past members who have left our clubs in the past 2 years Dear Past Member of SI Cheshire North Wales and Wirral, we