The meeting commenced with a buffet and then presentations of cheques were made to three representatives of organisations who benefited from fundraising during President Gillian’s year. They were Pam Sharp from St David’s Hospice who received £537 from the sale of knitted daffodils, Phyllis Pearson from Ty Gobaith who received £950 and John Roberts from Save the Children who was given £510. The latter two were President Gillian’s chosen charities, along with Mary’s Meals who were given £410 but unfortunately Tim Olsen could not attend. Pam Sharp from St David’s Hospice The cheque presentation was followed by the Annual General Meeting. Then President Gillian was pleased to install incoming President Pat with her chain of office.
On Saturday 12th April, members of SI Llandudno and SI Rhyl presented their joint programme action project at the regional event being held at Glasdir Conference Centre in Llanrwst. The bees project raises awaremess in local schools of the declining numbers of bees and their importance to the environment. The “bees” had fun dressing up and buzzing about the stage, before succumbing to pesticides and pollution. In the afternoon session, Regional President Hilary welcomed Dr Elin Haf Davies, who gave an inspirational talk about her adventures rowing across the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and sailing acrtoss the Pacific Ocean. Regional President Elect Stella gave the vote of thanks..
At the March Business meeting, President Gillian was pleased to enrol Sue Jones as a new member of the club. Sue was introduced by Celia and Sandra, who volunteer with Sue at the Citizens Advice Bureau. As this meeting was the nearest to International Women’s Day which is celebrated on 8th March, we concluded the evening with a candle lighting ceremony. One candle was lit for Soroptimist International, one for our Federation SIGBI, one for our region Cheshire, North Wales and Wirral, and the last one for women and girls everywhere. .President Gillian enrols new member Sue Jones Celia and Sandra introduce Sue to the club. Janet, Prresident Gillian, President Elect Pat and Regional President Hilary light the candles to mark International Women’s Day.
Members of SI Llandudno were joined by members of SI Dyffryn Conwy on the bridge at Llanfairtalhaiarn to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March 2014.
The 51st Charter Lunch was held at the Imperial Hotel, Llandudno, on Saturday, 1st March, St David’s Day. President Gillian proposed the toast to Our Guests, and the response was given by Cllr Mr Garry Burchett, Mayor of Llandudno. The Guest Speaker was Rt. Hon.David Jones M.P. Secretary of State for Wales. The response was given by Regional President Hilary Williams. We were pleased to welcome presidents and members from 15 other clubs in the region, as well as friends, family and supporters from other organisations.
At the January business meeting,President Gillian welcomed Morfydd Dicken, the Poppy Appeal organiser for Llandudno, and Mr Al Baker, branch Chairman of Llandudno Royal British Legion to the meeting and presented them with a cheque for £1245.14. This was raised from the sale of poppies knitted by members. Pictured here are Soroptimist knitters Sandra and Madhu, with Morfydd and Al and President Gillian..
SI Llandudno was represented by 13 members at the 79th Federation Conferece at Gateshead. We will report on the conference at the next business meeting. At the change of insignia ceremony, Hilary was installed as Regional President of SI Cheshire, North Wales and Wirral. Here she is on stage with outgoing President Susan from SI Wrexham and Federatopn President Margaret Oldroyd. Afterwrds we gathered back at our hotel to celebrate – here are our two presidents, club president Gillian and regional president Hilary.
Soroptimist International of Llandudno & District held a Fashion Show at the Imperial Hotel, in aid of Tŷ Gobaith, Save the Children and Mary’s Meals. Autumn and winter clothing from Clare’s of Llandudno were modeled by some members together with staff from the store. Background music was provided by Bryan George. Members had donated prizes for a grand raffle which raised much needed funds. President Gillian thanked all those who had supported the event and especially Clare’s, the staff of The Imperial Hotel, Bryan George and Rydal Penrhos for their help. Our models for the fashion show were Janet, Stephanie, Cynthia, President Gillian, Myfanwy, Celia and Sandra.
President Gillian welcomed members to the October Business meeting. She was pleased to report that £100 had been collected for Save the Children,at The International Day of Peace service at St. Tudno’s Church. Members had brought items to fill backpacks for the ‘Mary’s Meals’ project in Malawi. The backpacks will now be packed and sent to Glasgow for distribution to Malawi. Members were also asked to observe the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11th, and to think especially of Malala and her fight for education. It is also World Food Day on October 16th and members were asked to contribute food items to be given to Conwy Foodshare and the Salvation Army. Poppies have been knitted to support the work of the British Legion and have been distributed for sale at local shops. Members going to the SIGBI Conference at Gateshead 2013
The speaker at the meeting on September 26th was Louise Beach, fund raising manager for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. Clatterbridge Hospital on the Wirral serves patients from a large area including most of North Wales, for certain cancer treatments. A total of 27,000 patients were treated at Clatterbridge in the last year, including over 400 from North Wales. The charity has a target of £1.5 million for this year, which will be used to directly benefit patients and their families, and for further research. Louise explained that in the past, money has been used to improve the ambience of rooms used by patients and their relatives and another example is to provide funding for patients’ wigs. The charity also pays for face masks which help with the treatment of tumours on the face with radiotherapy and a gold seed implant which is used to target