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61st Charter Dinner

61st Charter Dinner

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President Kam Britland & Toast Master Sue Challis welcomed one of the speakers Mrs Anne Thompson SI Stratford-upon-Avon at the Hostess on Fri 12.10.18 celebrating the club’s 61st charter anniversary dinner.  Speakers were:- Region President of SI Midland East – Ruth Dodd Lady Diana Meale responding to the toast for guests. Mrs Anne Thompson SI Stratford upon Avon Mrs Sue Manchester President Elect Honoured guests – Mayor Kate Allsop & Mr Keith Allsop, and Soroptimist members & Presidents from the Amber Valley, Chesterfield , Dukeries, Peterborough , Lincoln, Lichfield & Nottingham as well as friends & families. Pres Kam would like to express her thanks to Eileen Stewart, Anne Bull, Ann Sale, Sue Challis, Diane Milner, Marion Bates & all the Hostess staff beavering away behind the scenes. The speakers all spoke eloquently on the night. The wonderful entertainment was provided by the Yorkshire band

Our latest Member

Our latest Member

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Amanda has chosen to join S.I. Mansfield and District , after attending our supper meetings and the clubs business meeting Amanda quite happily joined us. Amanda says she has a sense of humour and is quite excited about joining us. The photo shows Manda being welcomed by our past President Di Milner at a recent supper meeting

SUMMER TEA

SUMMER TEA

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A houseful of people enjoyed lots of Summer food and cups of tea on a lovely afternoon in a beautiful garden. A number of stalls sold books, plants, home-made cakes and a range of health items whilst members discussed action being taken by Soroptimist International in support organisations dedicated for the well being of women worldwide. The event raised £760.00 President Kam welcomed all including Mayor Kate Allsop and gave a special thank-you to John & Lynn Dale for the use of their beautiful garden & home. Pres Kam also thanked all those helpers who provided delicious food and those who did all the background work necessary on such occasions. Photo shows Mansfield Mayor Kate Allsop with SI Mansfield and District President Kam Britland

PURPLE COMMUNITY FUND

PURPLE COMMUNITY FUND

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We were so delighted to have Jane Walker (MBE) with us at our club meeting speaking about her journey and her courageous work with people from the Philippines. Collecting ring pulls & other recycling items from dump sites & breaking the cycle of poverty through education. Building the world’s first school out of recycled shipping container vans, hence transforming the lives of so many thousand of families. I received a number of positive feedback after the meeting. Here is one of them. “Hi Kam I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed our speaker last night . To come from the terrible background she had, being so young to turn her life around. Jane is such an inspiration she changed all those lives for the better what an amazing woman

PRESIDENT KAM

PRESIDENT KAM

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I am honoured and humbled to take on the task of President of S.I. Mansfield after a significant year (our Diamond anniversary). Well done! I will do my utmost to meet your expectations, however, I cannot achieve this on my own although, I am convinced that with your support, we will successfully meet the goals and objectives of raising monies, learning from each other, having fun, indulging in delicious food & company, and also raising our profile as Soroptimist and indeed facing and sustaining our future together with collective efforts. For those who do not know me well, this is my 2nd time round as President – it was about 11 years ago when I took the role – after only 4 years into being a member and I have certainly learnt an awful lot since than despite my naivety. To be honest, I have

Mercy Malaysia UK (MMUK)

Mercy Malaysia UK (MMUK)

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President Kam chosen charity MMUK introduced guest speaker, Deputy Sister Ranji at her first supper meeting. Mercy Malaysia UK are delivering life changing cleft lip and /or palate surgery to the children of Myanmar. Cleft lip or palate affects 1 in every  600 births worldwide.  With the necessary surgery, children and adults can have a life of social stigma and medical problems. Unfortunately for families in some parts of the world surgery can be  financially prohibitive, MMUK a registered UK charity are hoping to change this. Ranji spoke of her team made up of volunteers from  Nottingham University Hospitals, experts in this field of surgery from Nottingham’s own centre of excellence at the Queen’s Medical Centre. The team will collaborate with Sithagu Hospital their local partners in identifying patients and performing the surgery. The team will also teach cleft care to hospital staff. The team

New President

New President

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This last week we have said well done to Diane, last years President for our Diamond celebration year who has had a successful time raising funds for Fountaindale School and the Diamond education Fund. She passed the Regalia on to President Kam who is undertaking her second term in office. This year will see members raising funds for Mind and Mercy Malaysia, a project close to kam’s heart. This charity provides humanitarian and medical aid to vulnerable communities locally and internationally. Kam talked about her forth coming year and the after dinner guest speakers who will enlighten members. We will be celebrating the Chinese New Year and members have been asked to wear a red and gold theme dress for this supper meeting. International Women’s Day will be celebrated at the  Spring Water Chinese Restaurant.

Hats and the Theatre

Hats and the Theatre

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Mrs Shirley Whitfield talked to the members about her working life making hats and theatrical costumes. She started her apprenticeship in London at L&H Nathens, theatrical costumers established in 1790 situated off the Haymarket in London. She has made costumes and hats for television and the Theatres including Covent Garden ballet and opera productions .She talked about when she renewed the ermine collars from the pageantry outfits (Lords and regal dress) and replaced with rabbit, and  films where she created costumes for the artists to wear. She eventually moved with her husband to Nottingham and she went to work at the Nottingham Playhouse as Wardrobe mistress and she bought a selection of hats which she had made during her working life