SI Kirkcaldy celebrated 65 years since the founding of the club with a dinner at Robertson Fine Art in Glenrothes. Members and guests enjoyed good food and a relaxed atmosphere while looking at a booklet of photographs of events from the life of the club.
President Audrey with members of the club who attended the recent very successful Conference in Liverpool Members of SI Tunbridge Wells and SI Kirkcaldy who had a meal together during the Conference
Prior to the AGM, President Heather presented a cheque for £850 to Liza Quinn of Autism Rocks (Fife). Autism Rocks has been the Club’s main Charity for this year and President Heather was delighted to donate this cheque to them. Liza Quinn accepted the cheque on behalf of the charity and said that this was a fantastic amount of money raised by the Club. Autism Rocks receives no funding from Government sources and relies on donations from the general public. She said that they support 1500 families in Fife and the money will be used for Art & Craft activities and also to hold a ‘pool party’ for the families. Liza commented that they will be having an Arts & Craft stall at the Silverburn Festival, Leven, on 28/29 July and the families will be making crafts for this event. She again thanked the Club
Our AGM saw the handover of our chain of office from outgoing President, Heather (left), to incoming President, Audrey (right). Congratulations to you both ladies!
On a beautiful Saturday in April 10 members and a prospective member joined forces to clean up Middle Den opposite Kirkcaldy High School. When we didn’t find too much rubbish lying on the path we moved outwards amongst the trees and found plastic, paper and some bottles. We also found aluminium cans which we collected separately to be recycled. After our exertions we went to Tranquility for a well-earned lunch.
Our speaker on Monday 12 March was Jan McCall who told us about her involvement over the past three years with “Re-Act”, which was set up by her friends. ‘Re-Act, Refugee Action Scotland’ is a volunteer run Not-For-Profit Humanitarian Aid Co-operative launched in response to the increasing refugee crisis. Using a photo PowerPoint presentation, she spoke about their efforts in the refugee camps in Greece, Lebanon, Syria and the Yemen. Jan, who retired over 10 years ago, worked in the NHS and was involved with establishing Rachel House.
On 16 September 2017 Scotland South Region held an event called What Women Do which showcased some of the jobs and hobbies that women are involved in. The Women in Engineering Society were well represented with a fascinating 3D printer, which took about 50 minutes to replicate a small Lego figure. There was a stall showing the work of a woman artist blacksmith and a Financial Adviser, as well as women representing the Medical Research council. More traditional jobs included crafts, jewellery, handbags, art and food and drink.
President Heather with some club members and the donations of mainly Fairtrade food for Kirkcaldy Foodbank. Our club donates food to the Foodbank at our first meeting of the month, and as it was Fairtrade Fortnight we chose to buy Fairtrade items. Unfortunately it’s still difficult to buy everything we wanted to that is Fairtrade, so we had to supplement with some non-Fairtrade items.
To celebrate Fairtrade fortnight our club ordered a Fairtrade rugby ball from Bala who are the only suppliers of such balls in the UK. Having previously given a Fairtrade ball to the men’s team it was the turn of the ladies team who were warming up for a game against Howe when we caught up with them. Captain Alison Massie accepted the ball from President Heather Stewart. Also present was Avril Eardley who organised the handing over of the ball.
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