Well as a Club we certainly embrace change so we must be resting. However a look back over this past year under the leadership of President Julie, we seem to have rested in a very lively way! And although we haven’t got a president this year, the calendar of events looks no less active. President Julie should certainly be allowed to rest on her laurels. Amanda will take over as President in 2023. In the meantime Club has responded by changing the way we will be organising some things. Programme Action have certainly set us up with a great set of projects and activities to get on with in 2022-23. Some of these are well established such as the Refuge, Lend with Care, Joan’s garden, Friends of Sick Children in Malawi. Others include looking at Town Toilet Twinning, Compassionate Kenilworth and Modern Slavery and
Read on to see how we’ve Marched this month! #westandupforwomen#openingdoorsforabrighttomorrow Back in the days of total Zoom, we had a presentation from Elaine of the Parenting Project. Happily now we could enjoy meeting Elaine Johnston in person to present her with a fabulous cheque for a magnificent £1500. Elaine gave members an update on the work of the charity. These include providing a pathway of services to parents, including counselling, family wellbeing support, mentoring, and group therapy work. Their policy is not to turn anyone away. However legislation prevents them from providing their services to adoptors/adoptees, so they have recently established a partnership with Barnardos to give this service. Our £1500 funds raised this year will enable the charity to fund training for one counsellor (at a cost of £1080). And therefore begin to provide the support through this link with Barnardos. Elaine thanked Club
Well clearly not for the 8th March, International Women’s Day 2022! Thanks to Richard Dickson on the Town Council, we got the ‘go ahead’ from Warwick District Council to Purple the Park benches in Abbey Fields. We’re not sure that the park benches have ever looked so amazing! It’s safe to say that for one day only, Kenilworth woke up to a thoroughly ‘Soroptimised’ Abbey Fields. Purple park benches with powerful prose from inspirational women.
Let me count the ways! At the heart of our Club is our desire to stand up for women and girls. By inspiring action and transforming lives we want to open doors to a bright future for them. Our Club works to support women on so many levels and in so many ways including partnership with the local Lions So let’s have a look at just what have we achieved recently with our Programme Action and Fundraising :- World wide Club members enjoyed ‘Afternoon Tea’ where we could mix business with pleasure. We bought second hand books and gifts made by Friends of Sick Children in Malawi. Although limited to Soroptimists due to Covid we have still managed to raise over £500 at two sociable events. This will be pay for the education of a nurse to work in the paediatric department at Queen
Talk about a ‘Bright Past -Brilliant Future’ our motto for our Centennial year. This year we’ve met, we’ve zoomed, we’ve raised money, we’ve raised awareness, we’ve cared, we’ve shared. You name it, we’ve had a go, all in the name of #westandupforwomen. Soroptimists are nothing if not flexible! We have a lot to be proud of as our members have adapted to what ever has been asked of them. Covid has continued to affect all our lives this year. And yet our Club has still held a full programme of events. When our meeting place became a quarantine hotel we found an alternative. When those arrangements had to change, we quickly adapted back to Zoom. Bad weather thwarted our tombola stall at the Kenilworth Christmas lighting up event, so we simply sorted another date and venue. Club has found a positive way to respond to
By going to the House of Lords of course for a champagne reception! What other way is there to celebrate with your Soroptimist sisters from far and wide. With London calling, Club members Georgie, Elaine and Amina , together with Associate member Tricia travelled to the House of Lords. There they joined Soroptimists from the UK and Ireland to celebrate our Centennial. Federation President Cathy and SI President elect Maureen Maguire led the champagne toast. They reminded us of the great achievements of our organisation. And also that there is still a lot to do to improve the lives of women and girls. We were joined by our last female Prime Minister the Rt Hon Teresa May. The House of Lords protocols prevented us sharing this on social media however incoming Regional President Anne Rogers did mange to obtain her autograph. A lovely souvenir. Many
It was certainly a very special September for so many reasons. With so many firsts it was a fabulous beginning to Autumn. We got off to a flying start with coffee and cake at Ann P’s in aid of Friends of Sick Children in Malawi. With the added bonus for our more organised members to bag some bargains for Christmas. What’s not to like 🙂 Our Club has enjoyed a long and special relationship with Friends of Sick Children in Malawi through Gordon Cowie. It’s always heartening to hear how things are improving in the paediatric unit of Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre. However it is still salutary to learn how much they achieve with so very little. The £340 we raised we know will be used to great effect. More fun was to be had at our first face to face meetings.