On Thursday 20th April 2023, we held our AGM at The Imperial Hotel in Llandudno. We had a review of the year by presidents Pam Farr, Cynthia Poyser and Mary Longworth and what a busy year it was! We’ve raised monies and had talks from various charities including We Mind the Gap, Sands Gwynedd, Conwy Mind, Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline Charity and we were privileged to have some of those charities speakers back with us for presentation of the cheques and flowers. Next saw a video celebrating our 60th birthday followed by change of insignia. We also awarded our secretary, Rhian Hand with a certificate for 25 years contribution to Soroptimists. Thank you to Pam, Cynthia and Mary for a fantastic year, we welcome Sandra Snow to the helm this year as our president and look forward to what she has planned!
On Thursday 23rd March 2023, we welcomed fellow Soroptimist, Mary Stallard to be our speaker for the evening at Trinity Church Hall, Llandudno. It was an Open Meeting where members of the public were invited to attend. Mary Stallard, who is about to become Bishop of Llandaff spoke about working in a male dominated profession. She shared several photos with us, of her time being a minister in the local area and what she expects her new role to be like. We would like to congratulate Mary Stallard on her appointment to the position of Bishop of Llandaff, which is a Christian faith comprehensive school in the area of Llandaff in Cardiff. We wish her every success and good health in this move.
On a wet and windy day in March, a small group of us walked along the promenade in Llandudno to celebrate International Women’s Day. On Saturday 11th March 2023, we were joined by Llandudno Mayor, Carol Marubbi and Llandudno Mayoress, Linda Bailey plus councillor, Frank Bradfield to raise awareness of embracing equity. Here are some images from the day.
On Sunday, 5th March 2023, the Llandudno and District Soroptimists held their 60th Charter Lunch at the Imperial Hotel in Llandudno. They were delighted to be joined by other Soroptimist clubs including SI Bangor, SI Chester, SI South Caernarfonshire, SI Northwich and District, SI Pendleside, SI Ellesmere Port and District, SI Anglesey, SI Rhyl and District and SI Bebington. In addition, they were joined by several guests, including Mayor of Llandudno Carol Marubbi, Mayoress of Llandudno Linda Bailey, Llandundo Rotarians and friends of the club. It was a pleasure to welcome Wil Aaron and his wife, Carys. Wil spoke of Martha Hughes Cannon, a former Utah State Senator who had been born in Llandudno in July 1857. We enjoyed a lovely lunch and it was nice to see so many people in attendance.
Every year, the Children’s Hospital Pyjamas group collect donations of brand new pyjamas from new-born to age 18, which are gifted to children in hospital on Christmas Day morning. This year, the Llandudno and District Soroptimists decided to help and have been collecting new pyjamas from their members. Current president, Cynthia Poyser said “We don’t want any child to be in hospital, especially at Christmas time, so we wanted to make sure they have a nice new pair if they have to be away from home. It’s such a small thing to make the children feel more comfortable during their stay.” The appeal ends on 31st October 2022.
Last night, we were delighted to have a talk from Gerrie Bailey from Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline who spoke to us about how they are helping families still living in Ukraine during this awful time.