SIG Achievements April 2016 – March 2017
Soroptimist International Guernsey
Annual Report April 2017
President Karen Jagger
It has been my honour to serve the SIGB club from April 2016 until April 2017. The club is a vibrant hub of activity that seems to have no end to any task or requirement to continue the great work of the Soroptimist Guernsey. The club members should all take great pride in their actions and the effect that it has had on our wider community this year. Special thanks should be recorded to each and every member for their great efforts and hard work.
The President Charities this year were Safer and Pink Ladies both on island charities offering key services to our community.
Supper evenings bought a flourish of good speakers from Peter Rose the AGC Chair, 3 Deputies newly appointed to Government, Brian Acton President of Rotary Guernsey, Hazel Marshall QC, Jurat Barbara Bartie and Dr Maggie Costen Chair of Safer. I wish to thank you all for your patience at being moved to the Havellet Hotel, which you have all done without question or negative comment. Special thanks to Delia for arranging them all and choosing such wonderful menus.
2016/2017 has been a year to deliver outstanding fund raising, social and key activities on our agenda –
Friendship weekend – HMS Pinafore, Garden Visit to Pat Johnson House Grange Court and a wonderful Sunday Lunch. The raffle on the Friday evening for Home-Start raised £157.00. We were very fortunate once again welcome visitors from Stockport and our Regional President Diane Steele. Thank you cards were also received from many, which have been mentioned at business meeting, special thanks to Stockport who also sent a £25 donation to our general Charities.
Scarecrow Walk – We helped to collect money for the car parking on behalf of Home-Start.
Breakfast and a sunny walk held at Delia Anderson-Brown House.
Summer outing – Crazy Golf and dinner at Cabriz – some members and guests even managed a hole in one!
Fish and Chips at Cobo once again proved very popular.
Sea Front Sunday for Cheshire Homes, tables stacked with amazing thing and we raised a whopping £347.
Cake Stall at the Bean Jar Jamboree raising £100.
Annual Quiz – What a night is all I can say between the change in room and Elton John I was in my element. We raised an amazing £2123 for Safer Charity on the evening.
Christmas Charity Fayre – Always a highlight on my calendar and I am pleased to say that this year we did not lose any handbags! The stall on the day took £1383.50 – I am not sure how we manage to do every year, but I am so pleased that we do.
Christmas Dinner – What a jolly evening, singing with thanks to Alan West, great company and fun had by all. It was also pleasing to see so many of our past members attending. The raffle raised £231.00, which was sent to the International Presidents Appeal for Nepal.
Vista Breakfasts – I know how much the members enjoy these and it is great to see them continue during the year.
Queen’s Birthday – in June was attended by Julia and myself at Government House. On the same day, the island welcomed His Excellency Sir Ian Corder as our new Governor. We should also note that on the birthday honours list was Dr Maggie Costen, which was brilliant.
Malta Conference – Myself, Diane Scholey and Delia Anderson- Brown attended this year’s conference. A full report was issued to the club with all the details. One of the main things to mention from the conference was the voting of lower fees for younger member’s. This is a huge step with the Soroptimist club seeing the opportunity to grow the club with younger members. Reduced fees will allow young people the ability to join and hopefully give back to their community. Our club has embraced this change and in 2017 will try to encourage younger members.
International Women’s Day Dinner – Carey Olsen sponsored this gala evening and the guest speaker was Edwina Currie. We had over 170 guests attend the dinner at St Pierre Park. The event once again was the showcase for our RESPECT competition. We had a huge response to this and we were delighted with the entries; these will be printed in credit size cards for distribution like last year. The PA team worked hard on this PA this year and thanks should go to the whole committee for their contribution. The winner was Jen Butler age 16 from Alderney with runners up Emma Crittell age 12 from Le Beaucamps High School and Eloise Knight age 17 from the College of Further Education. The evening raised a staggering £1500 for Pink Ladies and The Meru Garden Project from the raffle. Special thanks to Pam West, Julia Quigley, Mary Collins and Shirley Marsh for arranging the evening. I also attended a lunch in Alderney with our member Barbara Workman and we invited Jen Butler the winner of the 1st Prize. The Alderney Press have printed 2 articles on this which we are very grateful for.
Supper with Beryl Amy – A former member was visiting Guernsey and the members made a wonderful effort to have supper at the Grande Mare.
Breakfast at June Money Home – anything at June’s is always not to be missed and this was no exception.
Sewing Bee evening – to make bags for the Breast Cancer Patients
New Members events – there were 2 of these at the White D’Or and an afternoon tea at Hotel Jerbourg.
Swimarathon – once again members voted to enter the water (or persuaded!)
Decorated Christmas Tree – town Church – A wonderful decorated tree, but also what a great idea. We received donations to the total of £47.00.
Remembrance Sunday Wreath – Shirley Marsh kindly presented our wreath this year as I was in Malta. Such an important event for us all to remember.
Spring Shopping event at Creasey’s – in aid of The Hub we raised an amasing £440.
We also agreed to change a few things this year, which is always a good thing. We have dropped supper meetings in the dead of winter, as members did not want to leave their homes. We also agreed that the guest speakers going forward would be able to donate the raffle from that evening to their charity. If that was not enough we also moved our finance, year-end to now match each President year.
The club was also very lucky to secure Lady Corder as our Patron and we are delighted that she is willing to help raise our profile and attended the International Women’s Day Dinner.
The Power of the Voice still manages to get great coverage for the club and we should continue to remember the great work that it delivered.
It is always hard to say goodbye to anyone, but this year we have with great sadness said goodbye to past members Lucy Domaille, Josette Honey, Jean Noyon.
The club paid tribute to these members during our business meetings.
A donation from the club in memory of Jean was sent to the Alzheimer Association, I attended the funeral and it was wonderful to learn such great stories about Jean.
The club received a large number of donations in memory of Lucy; we have worked hard to ensure that these funds were used in a way that Lucy would have approved. Money was donated to the to help blind children with the purchase of Braille writer and a cassette player.
It is always good to see in a simple format all our hardwork in once glance – below is a table of all the donations we have made this year – well done all for such a wonderful effort.
|Charity Donations 2016/2017|
Indian Hostel for Girls
Dyslexia Day Centre
To end my year I want to thank all of you for making it a very special time for me and I hope our club. I
have been overwhelmed and truly honoured to be your President.
I wanted to remind ourselves of a few memorable things to make us laugh from the year – here are a few of my favourites –
- 9 members this year this took a course in Hygiene – it was a brave women Cathy Bailey who took us under her wing to offer advice. I am pleased to say that we all passed, but If you could have seen the look of worry on our faces that we might fail.
- Delia’s suddenly realisation that she had agreed to step into Cathy shoes to make the cakes for the Christmas fayre – what a star, they were all wonderful and looked super on the table.
- The mix up with the room at the Grammar school – the funny side that you all did not see was the calls, emails and questions between my husband and I on how this could have happened. As it was the area was brilliant and everyone had a great time – even if you did all have to listen to Elton John!
- My favourite one has to be the fog covering our island on IWD which lead to no guest speaker……Not only us, but also Carey Olsen who has sponsored Edwina to come and had arranged a lunch as well. What are we to do was my feeling of dread for a number of hours!! It is with great thanks to Jane St Pier who saved the day with a wonderful script from Edwina that the audience thought very funny. But think of the morning, me sitting at my desk and seeing the fog rolling in………with 1000’s of calls, 100’s of emails, all with a different idea or suggestion. It was not my finest hour to finally snap for which I can only say sorry to anyone on the receiving end.
- At the Queens Garden Party – I was convinced I knew someone and was determined to prove I did….poor Julia as I did make a bit of a fool of myself!
- Malta – our choice of hotel was on the map a very short hop, but this hop meant Delia and I traversing down and up what we commonly came to call “prostitute alley”. It was rather fun, except perhaps when I agreed to meet Diane Steele for breakfast and had to navigate it while perhaps the party from the night before had not quite finished.
I am sure that you are all now pleased that I have reached the end, I would as a final note to say thank you to the executive team who have had to listen to me for the last few months and to Alison Black who without question is the best note writer I have ever met.
Thank you all for having me and allowing me to be your President.
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