Just Judith . . .
Hello Everyone let me introduce myself.
I have been a member of SI Cirencester & District for just six years and never believed that I would become President of the Club. Maybe I should have been warned as I have been Honorary Secretary for the last 6 years.
I am married with two daughters and 4 grandchildren, so home life can also be very busy, as well as Soroptimists. I was a Youth Leader for 25 years, and very proud to say that I ran the very successful Cirencester Phoenix Majorettes during these years.
I would like to say a personal ‘Thank You’ to the five members of our Club who took on the sharing role of President for 2017/18, Maggie Edney, Barbara Banks, Jackie Gloyn, Jennie Beadle and Anne Croft, who did a wonderful job of keeping everything in order.
I feel very honoured that as the Club celebrates it’s 70th Anniversary I have been asked to be the President. We have a very busy year ahead starting with our Friendship & 70th Anniversary Celebrations weekend at the end of May. I am thrilled to say that we have 15 overseas visitors coming to Cirencester, from our Friendship Link Clubs in Germany, Latvia, Iceland and Vienna plus our UK Clubs Bury and Durham. I am also hoping that members of Clubs from the South West & Channel Islands will be joining us in the celebrations.
To set 2018 off we will be doing ‘Teas and Scones’ at the Fleece Market at the beginning of May in Cirencester Market Place, and the day after our Celebrations we will be manning a ‘bric a brac’ stall at The Duck Race, South Cerney.
In June our Project will be making awareness of ‘Trafficking and Modern Slavery’ when we will be inviting members of the public to come and open a ‘Gift Box’. We will be manning this stall for a week in Cirencester Market Place. We did this Project five years ago, when most people made the comment ‘ but it only happens in London not the Cotswolds’ – I think people are now aware that it is very close at home.
We will also be kept busy on August Bank Holiday at the Phoenix Festival, which is a Festival that we have used to make people more aware of the work that Soroptimists do plus we sponsor a ‘Let’s Play’stand where local amateur musicians can entertain the public.
There are just a few of the things that SI Cirencester & District will be doing for the first four months of this year. Hopefully I will be able to bring you a report back later in the season together with news of other Projects that we have planned.
Yours in Friendship