On Sunday 13th November the three Regional Presidents, Jan Bowden from Midland Arden, Ruth Dodd from Midland East and Pat Cross from Midland Chase attended the Remembrance Service organised at the National Memorial Arboretum.
After the service, they were joined by Jan Hemlin, MAR President Elect and Isabel Smith SIGBI Vice President and together with other Soroptimist representatives and their husbands, moved on to the Soroptimist International plot where they laid wreaths on behalf of Soroptimist International, SIGBI and the three Midland Regions.
It was a wonderful, uplifting occasion and we were blessed by cold but fine weather.
Edna Shafer- Hughes from Midland Chase read the “Peace Pledge” (This was written by Lynn Dunning a former SIGBI Federation President who sadly passed away. It was read at the end of the SI International Convention in Glasgow in 2007)
We hope you all enjoy reading again the celebratory and meaningful message in her words:
We are women standing for women,
We come from many lands;
We are different colours, creeds and races and together we celebrate diversity,
We are united in our purpose to bring message of peace to the women of the world.
Our declaration is tied with ribbon, symbol of the hands of friendship that bind us together as members of Soroptimist International, reminding us that our membership brings the responsibility to preserve freedoms and to be peacemakers.
We hope, for a world where tolerance, reconciliation, co-operation and partnership are realities.
We pledge to work for a world where:
The human rights of all people are respected;
Equal opportunities are available to women who are disadvantaged ‘through their gender, health or social exclusion;
Education is accessible for all girls;
Poverty and disease are conquered;
All peoples enjoy a safe and healthy environment;
We all contribute to the peace and prosperity of human kind by nurturing a spirit of peace, encouraging peace education and supporting a culture of peace.
” Peace our unifying purpose.