President’s message


My theme for us this year builds on Denise’s last year.  I have always been taken with the concept of “stewardship”, essentially putting public service above self interest.  In so many ways we give of our time, talent and treasure, often using our time and talents to make the treasure for charitable giving.  I know that all of us do this not only through Soroptimist activity but in many other ways and commitments.  It often goes that step further, taking on trusteeship, governance and the all essential committee work while still rolling up sleeves and doing the “graft”.

Stewardship is not just related to social justice and health charities – the environment, the arts, sport, our political life all call for people to step up to the mark to provide leadership.  Stewardship reflects our commitment to campaigning as well – supporting others who are passionate about issues.  My speakers will therefore reflect this – people who for varied reasons have decided to put their weight behind this sort of public service.

I am keen that we dedicate our events and efforts to named charities – continuing our support for Women’s Aid, Homestart, Young Carers, Alzheimers, whilst supporting any urgent and pressing needs.  The Meru Project will also need to be supported as our SIGBI Quadrennial commitment.  Service at Birchen Coppice will continue and we may look for one or two other small dedicated projects to support through time and talent.”

Hilary Thompson, President 2017-18

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