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Regional Meeting 7th March 2020

Regional Meeting 7th March 2020

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The meeting took place at Wolston Leisure & Community Centre.  Please click on the orange headings to read more. “A Plethora of Purple!” Members celebrated International Women’s Day by wearing purple and posing for a group photo with the #EachforEqual International Women’s Day 2020 Campaign sign. Regional President Rose then paid tribute to SI Central Birmingham Club which has sadly decided to disband.  The Club was founded on 24th October 1928 and was the sixth Club to be formed in the UK.  After 90 years of service and advocacy on behalf of women and girls, the Club will be sorely missed.  Fortunately, some members are transferring to other Clubs in the Region or are becoming Associate Members. President Rose then thanked SIGBI President Isobel on her fantastic initiative of enrolling national treasure Joanna Lumley OBE to be our Ambassador for the Empowering Girls in Nepal

Regional Meeting 30th November 2019

Regional Meeting 30th November 2019

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President Rose welcomed all members to the meeting at the Chesford Grange, including Federation President Isobel Smith and 2 new members from SI Rugby, 1 new member from SI Kenilworth, and 1 new member from SI Coventry. Rose thanked past president Jan Hemlin for her fantastic work!  We were informed that Midland Arden members have been invited to an upcoming Geneva trip – more details to follow. President-Elect Elaine Clarke and Vice President Anne Rogers were presented with their regional badges. The business meeting continued including: Officers reports and news from Federation President Isobel informing us that a new SIGBI website is in production. News about the Belfast conference this year Jane Davies from SI Solihull talking about the Benevolent Fund Anne Rogers and Elaine Clarke talking about our 100th Anniversary celebrations and asking for feedback Date of House of Lords Reception: Wednesday 12th May
Mar AGM 21st September 2019

Mar AGM 21st September 2019

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MAR AGM held on Saturday 21st September 2019 At Worcester County Cricket Club Worcester. A most interesting meeting was held on International Day of Peace. President Jan Hemlin after welcoming Isobel Smith our incoming Federation President, Ruth Healy SIGBI’s Director of Finance and all clubs of our Region she reported on her successful trip to Geneva with 27 members from MAR. Rose Hutchinson-PAC gave her report mentioning the next UKPAC will be at the Ramada Hotel Solihull on November 4th 2019 and the UKPAC Study Day on August 1st 2020 in Durham. Other Officer’s reports were sent in advance of the meeting. Sharing Good Practice Stourbridge- provided Toilet Twinning providing Toilets and Toilet Blocks in Uganda and Nepal. Cost £60 per Toilet and £240 for a block. Hereford & District.- Only 9 members but work extremely hard. Had a Membership event and 4 ladies were
Feedback from Regional Meeting 2nd March 2019

Feedback from Regional Meeting 2nd March 2019

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Feed back from the Regional Meeting at Wolston 2 March 2019 The Way Forward for the Regions Thank you for your feedback from the Regional meeting - 60 members completed the  feedback forms giving s great feedback for ROC to consider and respond to. In respect of the questions: Do you consider that the Speaker added to your knowledge and understanding of Soroptimism? Everyone answered yes – great feedback to Pat Black who gave such a brilliant presentation on her work and the links through to her role at the United Nations. Thank you, Regional  President Jan, for arranging for Pat to come and talk to us. And Do you consider that you had enough time in the you consider meeting to Network with other Clubs? All but one member feedback that they considered that they had enough time to network with other Clubs.  Time
Regional Meeting 2nd March 2019

Regional Meeting 2nd March 2019

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MAR Meeting Wolston 2nd March 2019 So pleased that we awoke to sunshine on Saturday morning, so all 87 members, speakers, Inspirational Woman Award participants and judges were able to travel safely to Wolston Community & leisure centre. This time last year the meeting at Worcester was cancelled because of snow! Members arrived to a room decorated on an International theme, with colourful world flags bunting and handheld flags on tables. The meeting opened with the Soroptimist  Vision and Mission read by Linda Sanders, new member from SI Stourbridge. Ann Keepax MAR Communications led a Candle Lighting Ceremony  with 7 candles lit by the following :           Pat Black SI Adviser lit a candle for Soroptimist International Isobel Smith President Elect for SIGBI our Federation Carol Bailey  SI Wolverhampton for Midland Chase Margaret Aldroyd SI Nottingham for Midland East Su Roxburgh
Regional Meeting 1st December 2018

Regional Meeting 1st December 2018

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President Jan's first meeting took place at Chesford Grange on Saturday 1st December.  Outgoing President Jan Bowden and incoming President Jan Hemlin exchanged Club regalia. Rose Hutchinson was also installed as our President-Elect Club business followed, including: SI Rugby's petition to mark the 3rd International day for people with disabilities SI Kidderminster's initiative of collecting shoes for a display to highlight people who have lost limbs in war zones An update on members attending the UN meeting in Geneva A new members 'WhatsApp' group Notice an important  upcoming meeting for shareholders of no 63 Approval of the annual budget Information on the Public Speaking Competition to be held on March 16th at Solihull Chambers We also had two very interesting speakers, Federation President-Elect Isobel Smith and Anthea Sully Chief Exec of White Ribbon Campaign UK. Please see the section on regional meeting speakers for full
AGM 29th September 2018

AGM 29th September 2018

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President Jan held her AGM at Wolston on Saturday 29th September In addition to club business where reports from the officers were formally accepted, new officers were confirmed for the coming year and President Jan summed up her time in office.         We were also treated to two very informative and worthwhile talks from soroptimist members from both Midland Arden Region and Northern Ireland. Firstly, Jean Nutt from SI Central Birmingham talked about her work in schools promoting the Loves Me Loves Me Not Campaign Followed by Catherine Milhench and Melanie Douglas from SI Downpatrick and District who talked about ‘This Is Me’ work with mental health charities Please see the section on regional speakers to find out more about these wonderful and inspiring topics!

Regional Meeting 9th December 2017

Regional Meeting 9th December 2017

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At our Regional Meeting on the 9th December, held at the Chesford Grange in Kenilworth, President Jan welcomed three speakers in addition to performing club business and joining club members in fine Christmas tradition! Our first speaker was Barbara E Dixon SIGBI Programme Director Barbara talked to club about her journey in soroptimism, having joined in 1992.  Barbara was educated in Liverpool, Manchester, London and Cardiff university and gained her first degree in dentistry. Barbara ensures that the Programme team fulfils its remit and prepares and submits reports to the Federation Management Board within the time scales laid down. Barbara is the chair of the Federation Programme Action Committee where she consults and liases with various members, and monitors trends and global issues . She also responds and clarifies any outstanding issues. In addition, Barbara also acts as trustee for the Diamond Education Grant and

Three Regional Presidents at the National Memorial Arboretum

Three Regional Presidents at the National Memorial Arboretum

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    On Sunday 13th November three Regional Presidents;  Jan Bowden from Midland Arden, Ruth Dodd from Midland East, and Pat Cross from Midland Chase attended a Remembrance Service 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”, which had been written by Lynn Dunning a former SIGBI Federation President who has sadly passed away.  It was also read at the end of the SI International Convention in Glasgow in 2007. We hope you all enjoy

Communications Training Workshop

Communications Training Workshop

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On 22nd April, members from most clubs in Midland Arden Region attended free workshops in order to learn new skills in social media, press relations, and ideas for club newsletters. Each workshop lasted an hour and offered training in Facebook, Twitter, Newsletters, and Press Releases. The aim is to set up new Facebook and Twitter accounts for those clubs who currently don’t have them.  Clubs can then use them to promote and showcase the fantastic work they do. They can also be used as a tool to build relationships with local TV and press ensuring we attract their attention.   Club newsletters can become a good communication tool for members; potential members; and maybe even partners. All of the above are excellent ways of promoting the work of clubs within the Midland Arden Region.