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President’s Message

Soroptimist presidentAs I take up my position as the new Club President of SI Crosby for the coming year, first I would like to pay tribute to my predecessor, IPP Chris Smith, for her clear leadership during the past year of transition. As we went from lockdown Zoom meetings to face to face ones, she steered us adeptly and cheerfully back into normality.

Clearly, from looking at the latest infection rate figures, the pandemic is not yet over but as we move forward into the future we can now cautiously enjoy each others company and get on with achieving our Soroptimist aims and objectives to improve the lives of women and girls – never forgetting to enjoy fun and friendship with each other along the way!

I am keen that we continue to maintain and develop all our current Programme Action initiatives: Lunt Meadows (The Wildlife Trust), Waterloo Primary School, Re-engage (formerly Age Concern), our local foodbank, Sefton Young Carers, the Red Box appeal, Crosby Hall Educational Trust, Sefton Women’s and Children’s Aid, Liverpool Royal Hospital’s crisis room and St Joseph’s Hospice,

In addition I have chosen Peterhouse School for children with autism (run by the charity Autism Initiatives) and Barnardo’s to be my charities for the year. We will also continue to support Mary’s Meals – their backpack project has ended, but we could fundraise.

My background is in science. Having trained as a bacteriologist and virologist, I spent most of my working life in teaching, so I am keen that we resume our annual STEM event. There is a need to promote science careers for girls – more so now than ever, after the educational disruption of the past two years.

As to me: I have a large family (six daughters, two sons and ten grandchildren). The children have (mainly) flown the nest, though they return frequently – thankfully, not usually all at once! Some live locally giving me plenty of child-minding duties; three are in London, but my youngest is living and working in Sydney, Australia. Thanks to smart phones and computer technology, they are in regular contact with me and with each other.

I plan that SI Crosby should continue to use all forms of technology and methods of communication to maintain friendship links around the globe – and to speed contact with each other within Club as well. The pandemic has been appalling, but as a result we have discovered all the delights and advantages of Google Meets, Zoom, WhatsApp, Messenger and Skype, enabling us to widen our horizons for the future.

I am proud and honoured to have been chosen as SI Crosby’s President. My promise to you all during this year of my Presidency is service, specifically my service to you and to Soroptimism.

Margaret Davidson, President SI Crosby 2022-2023