Llandudno Soroptimists thank all those who supported us today by walking along the Promenade . Over 100 people joined in and helped us mark International Women’s Day.
President Elaine and members celebrated the 55th anniversary of the Club Charter on Sunday 4th March. We were pleased to welcome guests from 11 other Clubs in the Region, and the Regional President Hilary. Also attending the Charter Lunch, were Cllr Francis Davies, Mayor of Llandudno and the Guest Speaker Mrs Sara Jones. Sara spoke about the importance of International Women’s Day and marking the centenary of the Suffragettes Votes for Women Campaign.
Mary’s Meals Backpack Project is a simple way of helping children in the undeveloped world get the best out of school. Llandudno Soroptimists help them get the most out of their education by filling backpacks with everyday item suitable for children between 4 and 12 years old.
At our first meeting in January at our new venue at Trinity Church hall in Llandudno, we were pleased to welcome a new member, Susan Cannon. JANUARY SPEAKER MEETING Dr Caroline Adams, our Club Treasurer, gave a very interesting presentation. She spoke about the circumstances under which a young woman travelled to Iraq just before the First World war, sadly died, and was buried in a Turkish war grave.
Nobember 28th is the UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. With this in mind, our members donated Christmas gifts and useful household items to the Aberconwy Domestic Abuse Service which helps local women and children. Two representatives from the Women’s Refuge came to collect the bags of donated items. December 10th is the UN Day of Human Rights. To mark our awareness of the victims of landmines and cluster bombs, we held a coffee morning to raise funds for Handicap International and to sign the petition. December 16th: Mince Pies and Christmas Quiz, After packing the gifts for the Refuge, we celebrated Christmas with a quiz and mince pies! This was our final meeting at Llanrhos. In the New year we shall meet in Llandudno at Holy Trinity Church Hall. We
During the summer, SI South Caernarfonshire ran a region-wide competition to grow the tallest or quirkiest sunflower, with proceeds going to their club charities. SI Llandudno member,Beryl grew the winning sunflower. On November 10th , 12 members went to Coleg Cambria to attend the Regional Change of Insignia meeting and Presidents Lunch. The main speaker was Tim Nelson, representing the charity “Hope for Justice”. Tim gave a very inspirational talk. Their aim is to rescue victims of Modern Slavery and their mission is “Change Lives, End Slavery”. REGIONAL CHANGE OF INSIGNIA REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 12TH NOVEMBER 2017 President Elect Celia laid our wreath at the Cenotaph on Llandudno Promenade.. Members attended the service at Trinity Church and joined the parade to the Cenotaph.
President Elaine was delighted to welcome members and guests to a successful Cheese and Wine Party at Adlington House in Rhos on Sea. A group of dedicated knitters have been making twiddle muffs and these were presented to members of staff from Hesketh Road EMI Unit , Colwyn Bay, for the benefit of their patients. A raffle was held to raise funds for President Elaine’s charities and everyone enjoyed the cheese and wine A big thank you to all those who helped to make the evening so successful.
To mark ANTI-SLAVERY DAY, members obtained permission to put up a stand at the entrance to our local Asda. We shared the stall with local charity Haven of Light. The aim was to raise awareness of MODERN DAY SLAVERY. Members did well, handing out information and asking shoppers to show their support by signing the PURPLE TEARDROP CAMPAIGN petition. At the recent Club meeting, members enjoyed an interesting talk by Celia Williams from INCREDIBLE EDIBLE in Conwy, a voluntary group who plant food in council beds, for the public to pick and eat. Members wore pink to highlight BREAST AWARENESS week and a raffle raised funds for TREASURE CHEST, a local breast cancer charity.
Llandudno Soroptimists have been working on their Bees project recently. President Elaine held a stall at Conwy Honey Fair, raising funds for the Bee workshops operated in schools by members of SI Llandudno and SI Rhyl. Goods for sale included cakes, knotted bees, and honey from the hives that are shared by SI Rhyl and SI Llandudno. Professor Pete Barrar, who is a Director of the National Beekeeping Centre for Wales, based at the Bodnant Food Centre, gave members an interesting insight into how bees operate, beekeeping and honey production. We celebrated this special day with a few quiet moments of reflection on the work of Soroptimists to create strong and peaceful communities worldwide. REGIONAL MEETING
MADHU’S PARTY Madhu hosted a wonderful Indian Lunch Party at her home, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. We raised £367 for the Dom Busco School in Mumbai. We were delighted that so many friends and family came to support this event. AUGUST 12th SUMMER OUTING- BOAT TRIP FROM CONWY QUAY, FOLLOWED BY AFTERNOON TEA. AUGUST 13th SI RHYL GARDEN PARTY Esther kindly allowed her garden to be taken over by an array of gazebos for the garden party, raising funds for Marie Curie. The sun shone and it was a lovely way to spend the afternoon with our friends in SI Rhyl.