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
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!
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
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
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.