SIG Achievements April 2017- March 2018

President Shirley Marsh

I have been honored to be your president this year and hope you will agree  that we have achieved a lot. When writing it all down it is impressive what we have done as a club. I would like to thank all the members for their commitment, support and friendship.  A special big thank you  must go to our Executive committee, of Karen, Sally, Kate  and especially Julia who  manages to keep her finger on the pulse at all times and gently nudge me to get things done.  I would also like to record my thanks to Alison for all her hard work writing up the minutes.

The year started with a Liberation Tea party which was very moving and enjoyed by some of our senior citizens. Tea parties have featured quite heavily this year—Sue Hollwey hosted a garden party and our patron Lady Corder invited us to Government House, and finally we all attended an afternoon tea in honor of Micky—one of our founder members who decided it was time to retire this year. When the club started in 1979 Micky was the first vice president and president from May 1981 to April 1982. Micky I would like to thank you for your wisdom and support over the years I have known you. I would also like to say good-bye and thank you other members who have left the club this year Maura Stacey and Cathy Bailey who are both past presidents and Mercedes Coffman—Spencer.  We hope that when your circumstances change we may be able to welcome you back.

We have also enjoyed breakfasts, lunches and coffee mornings at members houses. Thank you to June Money and Sally Evans.

The venue for our meetings temporarily moved to The Havelet during the year and it is here we held some of our supper meetings. I would like to thank the following speakers for their interesting and informative talks.

Harvey Marshall gave an entertaining talk about his role as Lord Mayor of Westminster.

Pat Child – Bright Tights talking about gynecological cancers

Karen Jagger (she stepped in at the last minute when our speaker from Pink Ladies was fog bound) who told us her personal story.

Kevin Bales –who spoke about Modern Day Slavery and introduced us to the Voices for Freedom charity who work in India.

My friendship weekend was very enjoyable. Our regional president Daphne Dowding joined us as did the President of Plymouth, Margaret Parkinson who is now the President Elect for the region. We enjoyed a social evening at the Indoor Tennis club on the Friday evening, and a meal on the Saturday where some youth musicians played solo pieces for us. The weekend ended with Sunday lunch.

The screen printing was enjoyed by all who attended and we were all very proud of the bags we made.

The weather played its part throughout the year. One of our speakers Sharon Tracey from Pink       Ladies was fog bound in Alderney.   Rain meant that the combined Charities Fayre at Government House where we were going to be in charge of the Tea tent was cancelled. Rain also meant we cancelled the Mini Golf as part of our summer outing. In March I got stuck in Taunton after the Regional Meeting as snow shut Exeter airport.

Claire Teed and I traveled to Taunton in August and November to attend the Growing Our Brand Workshops. These were organized by Federation and focused on ways to increase membership. From this we have written a marketing plan for the next two years. Hopefully we will become more visible in the community and gain an increase in membership.  We havebeen in the fortunate position to   welcome new members to our club this year—  Doreen Hanley, Ros King and Hazel Marshall   —     welcome to our club.

At the end of August we used the club gazebo to set up a stall selling Bric –a– Brac as part of the Marathon Sea Front Sunday to raise money for the Guernsey Cheshire homes.

In October ten of us went to the National Conference which this year took place in Cardiff. We had a super weekend where we heard several inspirational speakers and came back full of  ideas and  renewed enthusiasm . It was also a chance to network with other Soroptimists especially our friendship clubs of Stockport and The Fylde.

One weekend in November proved to be very busy with major events on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the same weekend. Thank you to our stalwart members who ensured that all three events were delivered in our usual professional way. It makes me very proud of what we achieved over that weekend and I hope you feel proud of your commitment to our club.

On Friday we hosted another very successful quiz.

On Saturday afternoon we were treated to a superb Afternoon Tea at Government House.

The Charities Fayre on Sunday was a roaring success due to everyone chipping in. Thank you to everyone who helped, but I must record our thanks to Pam for her knitting. She  single handily raised hundreds of pounds.

The last Saturday in November saw us supporting The International day for the Elimination of Violence against women.  While our regional sisters were ‘Railing Against Abuse’ by travelling on trains we chose the railings in town to offer our support and begin to raise the profile of this important topic.  The theme for this year was to Colour the World Orange.

In December we decorated a tree in the Town Church as part of the Christmas tree festival. This       festival raises awareness of some of the hard  working local charities. The church looked very pretty and was well worth a visit, with  messages from the charities  on the trees a focal part.  We decorated our tree with our Respect cards and Feel Good cards.

One of the highlights of the year has to be the International Womens’s Day Dinner at St Pierre Park whish was kindly sponsored by Carey Olsen and attended by His Excellency Sir Ian Corder and his wife Lady Corder. After a lot of hard work we successfully hosted a dinner for more than 200 people with Mandy Hickson a former Tornado pilot as our guest speaker. Everyone who attended was amused and inspired by Mandy’s after dinner talk about her career. She was one of the first women to fly a tornado in the RAF—a women in a male dominated sphere and spoke of her journey to get there.

As we journey into another Soroptimist year I am continuing as your president in partnership with Karen and we know that we can be sure of your continued support and look forward to the year.

Thank you


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Events which raised money

Liberation Tea Party               £336       General Charities

Friendship W/end raffle         £112      Cheshire Homes

Afternoon Tea   (Sue H)    £ 368      Educate to Lead—Nepal

Seafront Sunday                     £ 309      Cheshire Homes

Chilli Lunch                             £ 270     Sewing Machine  (Kathmandu)

Swimarathon                           £ 298       Swimarathon

Annual Quiz                             £1484     President’s Charity (Bright Tights)

Afternoon Tea (Gov House)     £1535     Pink Ladies

Charities Fayre                         £1276    General Charities

Christmas raffle                       £  150     Nepal

Fair Trade Coffee Morning       £ 180     Water Aid (also  ’P’ in pot donations)

IWD Dinner Raffle                   £ 1000    Home Start

£ 1000   SSAFRA