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Presidents Message

The 43rd year of Soroptimist International Great Yarmouth has flown by and come to an end with an unplanned bump with Great Britain and the whole world fighting a pandemic caused by Corona Virus Covid -19 and the 70 yrs plus are the most endangered age group which means that the majority of our members are in “lockdown”.

We started off the year with an enjoyable afternoon tea at the Town Hall hosted by The Mayor, Councillor Mary Coleman . She was pleased to invite our club together with GYROS to a tour of the Town Hall followed by tea in The Mayor`s Parlour as she had enjoyed our International Women`s Day Programme with GYROS at Great Yarmouth Library and our Charity Luncheon.

The SIGBI Conference at Bournemouth was very interesting and enjoyable and enlightened some of our members into the tremendous work going on in 122 countries throughout the world in the name of Soroptimism. The theme was “Mental Health”. There was a sea of green worn by delegates as a sign of our appreciation of the cause and we had some interesting speakers on the subject.

We also laid a Poppy Wreath at Great Yarmouth Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday on behalf of SIGY. A couple of our members attended the Waveney Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum where the Guests Speaker were Tim Passamore, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, and Cecile Roberts Director of Emmaus (a homeless charity offering not only a home but meaningful work and a sense of belonging).

Our Club entered the Christmas Tree Festival at St. Nicholas Minster and our entry looked attractive with the updated baubles  showing our Programme Action Objectives. The Club also assisted with funding for families to help with Christmas expenses and helped 8 women two being victims of domestic violence over the Christmas period.

In February some members attended a Suicide Prevention Training Course by Ray Cullen, hosted by LA Region, for which were all awarded a certificate and given training in QPR (Question Persuade and Refer). It was a very interesting and worthwhile course and ties in with last years SIGBI President Sue`s theme “Think on it” for Mental Health. A couple of members also attended the 50th Anniversary Charity Luncheon of London Anglia Region at Wivenhoe where there was a Silent Auction and super Raffle . The contribution which will  given to the Club from the proceeds will be going to this years SIGBI project for “Empowering Women in Nepal”.

This years programme mainly focused on our Programme Action initiatives and included a talk from Anna  from Gt. Yarmouth Library re “Baby First”/ Alison on “Youth for Christ”/ Representatives from Iceni,/Lydia on Building Better Opportunities /The Benjamin Foundation/and very importantly “the Growth Plan”.

I have enjoyed my three years as Joint Club President and I sincerely thank all members for their support to me and for their contribution and support to Soroptimist International Great Yarmouth. I look forward to serving the SIGY as Past President.

Pat Hollis- Joint President