The speaker meeting in September was on Zoom when we had PhD student Beverly Pickard-Jones speak to us about the results of her project. Beverly approached us last year to ask us to help with her research project on visual perception. Several members took part in the computer test and all donated their fee to the club’s charity account. It was very interesting to find out the results! Our speaker in October was our member Emma who told us about her career with North Wales Police. We were also very pleased to welcome a new member, Liz Rimmer. Liz has recently moved to Llandudno and is a friend of our member Heather. Several members registered for the SIGBI Llandudno Conference which took place virtually. It would have been very exciting to host the Conference but it was decided to be too much of a risk.
We were delighted to welcome a new member, Kelly Bowsher, at our AGM. Kelly is a funeral director and heard about us when she arranged a funeral for a past member and being a Soroptimist club President was mentioned in her eulogy. Kelly attended some virtual meetings before officially joining and we were all very pleased to finally meet her in person when we had our first outdoor meeting in May. Janet Murfin became club President at the AGM. Janet’s year was intended for 2020-2021 but due to the pandemic, she shared the year with Pat Kerfoot and postponed her full year to this one. Janet’s theme is ‘Inspirational women’. Her charities include Feed the Minds and Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline. Our first face to face meeting was at a local park where we took flasks of coffee. It was very pleasant to have a chat
We were thrilled to have a virtual meeting with members of one of our friendship clubs, SI Bombay Chembur in January. They gave an excellent presentation about the work that they have done during the pandemic including raising funds for local causes by holding several virtual events and webinars. The meeting was arranged by our member Madhu who has family in the vicinity of the club. Our January speaker was Matt Wright from Feed the Minds. Janet has chosen the charity to support during her time as President. They are an international development charity and their motto is ‘Education makes a world of difference’. Among their projects in the developing world are health education, literacy and farming skills. They focus on women who have missed out on education usually due to conflict in their area and work with trusted local organisations. Later in the month