Glenrothes Rock Choir We were delighted to host a performance by Glenrothes Rock Choir recently. Held at St Bryce Kirk, with its wonderful acoustics, the choir had everyone tapping their toes, clapping their hands and joining in with well kent tunes. The evening raised £1,250 which will be passed on to our local Maggie’s Centre and other cancer charities working locally. Thank you so much to the Rock Choir, the audience and others who supported the event for a very enjoyable evening. Our member, Audrey, singing her heart out on the back row!
We had the pleasure of Rosemary and Jim Storm coming to talk to us and to demonstrate Rosemary’s amazing
talent of painting on feathers. While Rosemary painted the puffin Jim gave us some fascinating facts about feathers and asked us some
tricky questions about the number of feathers to be found on various birds. Every few minutes Rosemary came round the tables to show us what she’d done so far.
It was hard to believe that she had managed such a beautiful painting in the short time she had.
Jenny with the cake she made displayed on the club’s embroidered table cloth On Friday 13th October our club held its 70th Anniversary Dinner at the Dean Park Hotel where we hold our club meetings. We had invited our Friendship Link clubs and were pleased that so many members were able to attend. Also in attendance were Soroptimist members from throughout our Region, as well as family and friends. We had a lovely time looking at the club memorabilia on display, including the original Charter from 1953 and the club’s tablecloth with the embroidered names of all our members. After a delicious meal we were privileged to listen to our after-dinner speaker, Marion Todd, who is a crime writer from North East Fife. Her books are situated in and around St Andrews and many club members have read some of them. She talked
On 28th September the club held a quiz at Foxtons Bar and Grill in Glenrothes in order to raise funds for Maggie’s Centre. John Goodall, husband of one of the members was the quiz master and devised a quiz which included music and picture questions. During the break the raffle was drawn and many quizzers were lucky. The winners of the quiz were Three Men and a Little Lady who won a voucher for a meal and a bottle of wine. Foxtons donated a bottle of Prosecco which was the second prize. Quizzers working on their answers
Member Myra decided that she would like to celebrate the club’s 70th anniversary year by making 70 jars of jam which she would sell to fellow Soroptimists, family and friends. She actually made over 100 jars of raspberry, strawberry and rhubarb jam as well as some marmalade. This is an excellent total as Myra was in a lot of pain at the start of the process due to a recent knee operation Member Roberta commented that she had bought three jars of jam and they were all excellent and that her grandson had insisted on going home with one of her jars after sampling a raspberry sandwich. The proceeds of the sale will be going to this year’s President’s charity, Maggie’s Centre, Kirkcaldy which supports anyone with cancer and their families, both in person and online. Well done Myra!
At the first meeting of the new session, President Sally was delighted to recognise Helen Macdonald who has been a member for 50 years, and presented her with a special Certificate. Helen joined the club in 1973, and over those 50 years she has served and been the convener on all our committees, as well as holding the posts of Club Treasurer and President. She was the club’s Friendship Correspondent for an amazing 28 years! Helen was the Representative for the Divisional Union Scotland South on the SI Federation Executive Council and became President of the Divisional Union Scotland South. She was also the Deputy Chief Steward for the Soroptimist International of Great Britain & Ireland Conference in Glasgow in 1990. Helen was made an Honorary member of the Club many years ago and for several years has sponsored the SI Kirkcaldy annual “Educate to
Some members of SI Kirkcaldy met up with Darlene Jamieson and Lia Ashbrook from Canada during the summer. Darlene was on her way from Canada to Dublin for the SI Convention in July. Darlene was involved in the Youth Justice System, and her husband was a school principal, which lead to them living overseas for a time. Darlene had a break from Soroptimism for a few years, and when she returned, she changed clubs, as the one she joined SI of Surrey/Delta was struggling a bit and needed some assistance. She is pro-actively seeking members for her club, and having some success. Darlene is the friendship chair for SI of the Americas Western Canada region which covers British Columbia to Manitoba, and has 15 clubs with about 300 members. She enjoys using the Chat line set up by SI and is involved with the Dream
On Thursday 26 May seven members of SI Kirkcaldy went on the club’s annual outside visit to Hopetoun House, a country house near South Queensferry. The house is one of the finest stately homes in Scotland. The first phase of the house was built between 1696 and 1710, and then it was largely remodelled by William Adam in 1721-48. The house is surrounded by extensive grounds, with a deer park, wilderness areas and formal gardens. Home to the Hopetoun family for over 300 years, the Earl of Hopetoun lives in the house and his father, the 4th Marquess of Linlithgow, lives on the estate.
At our recent AGM, Sally Tullett was elected as President for 2023 – 2024. Sally grew up and lived in Bristol until she took early retirement from Barclays PLC where she had worked as an experienced banker and business relationship manager with Barclays Corporate for 39 years. She and her husband Andy relocated to Scotland to be closer to family. They have been married for forty-one years and now have a growing family with twin non-identical sons, two stepsons, four daughters-in-law and ten grandchildren, including a set of identical twins. Sally joined Soroptimist International Bristol in 2005and takes great pleasure in Community work. When in Bristol she was involved with several local enterprises, including mentoring long-term unemployed persons and helping them to turn their interests / hobbies into lifestyle business and beyond. She was also involved with secondary schools / colleges teaching the basics of
Lillian, who heads up the charity in Uganda, has sent her thanks for the very generous donation from SI Kirkcaldy. She said that the money will be used to support various programmes run by Leading Change Uganda. One programme is called Smile of the Child and will see many children receiving new mattresses, and items that they need for school. The Wangari Women’s Project will see the women being trained in tailoring and making paper bags. And the group in Kawaala, which comprises 13 ladies, will use some of the money to buy charcoal to sell.