Helen Murdoch, Organiser for Cardiff 2017 Conference. SIGBI Federation President, Ann Hodgson’s first Soroptimist club was SI Kenilworth so her heart is in the Midlands and she would like Midland Arden to participate. Malta was a superb conference and they would like to emulate the good things learned from there. Helen told us that they had been charged “to shake things up” so there may be a different feel to conference. There will still be the opportunities to meet new people and exchange good ideas. The theme will be “Step up, lead the way.” It is all about getting everybody involved. Conference website is already up and running and you can book hotels through it. The Conference will take place in the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. It is a phenomenal venue with lots of eating places around the Bay. Helen is looking to Midland
Inspirational Woman Award 2017 Dear Midland Arden Clubs, Once again we are looking for an ‘Inspirational Woman’ who reflects the principles of Soroptimism within her community or her working life/role, but is NOT yet a Soroptimist! She may be working with you in a voluntary or statutory capacity, she may be involved in one of your projects; or have even been one of your speakers. Or she may be one of the many women that we come across who is selflessly working to support women and girls in your area. We would like to offer the opportunity for each Club in the Region to nominate one candidate. Each Club may establish their own criteria for selection of their candidate and must gain the candidates acceptance of their nomination. It is hoped that this award can be used to give maximum publicity to SI Midland Arden
SOLD OUT !! Maasai Hits the Region for a Full House Coming to Birmingham is the film Wicket Warriors, not on general release, but a film supported by the charity Cricket Without Boundaries. It tells the story of the young men of a Kenyan tribe from Maasai Mara who get involved in cricket matches that bring them to play at Lords. This elevates their status with the elders of their tribe when they return home, to the extent that they persuade the elders to ban Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). FGM is included in Soroptimist International’s fight on Violence Against Women (VAW). Soroptimists’ have a goal to eliminate violence against women and girls which matches the United Nations goals. The film is being shown by Soroptimist International Midland Arden Region (SIMAR) at the
Child Mortality in Malawi is a project proposal from MAR’s SI Kenilworth and District for the new SIGBI Federation Project 2016-2019. Several projects were put forward to SIGBI for consideration and Kenilworth’s was chosen as one of three to be voted on by SIGBI clubs at the annual conference to be held in Glasgow in November 2015. Clubs have been asked to vote in advance of conference so that their voting delegates can make the appropriate decisions. Further information is available on Kenilworth’s website. https://sigbi.org/kenilworth-and-district
Over 60 members attended the Regional Study Workshop on 19th September 2015 where we heard from three excellent local speakers. First was Linda Boyle who works for The Gangmasters Licensing Authority, a non-governmental public body responsible for regulating the supply of workers to the agricultural, horticultural and shellfish industries. Linda gave examples of trafficked individuals in our region who have been helped by her organisation and was able to give us some national figures. However her thoughts were that these were grossly underestimating the scale of the issue. http://www.gla.gov.uk The second speaker was Yvonne Mosquito, West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner. Yvonne told us of the work already taking place in our region. Due to cuts to the Police funding in the near future NGO’s like Soroptimists may need to play a larger role in reporting suspected crime. Our third speaker was Professor
Photograph (l-r) Algar Goredema-Braid, Jill Yarwood, Su Roxburgh and Jan Bowden. 20th July 2015. 70 members attended the meeting at which Jan Bowden was elected as the next Regional Vice President. Su takes over as Regional President from Jill when she finishes her year in November, when Algar will become President-Elect and Jan will become Vice-President.
During the Soroptimist International Convention in Istanbul, July 2015, a Public Speaking Showcase was held. MAR was asked to send a representative chosen from our past regional competition winners. We invited Flora Garner who won in 2013. Flora was then attending Trinity Catholic School in Leamington Spa and is now a student at the University of Bath reading Education with Psychology. Flora joined four other young women who spoke on the theme Fresh Ideas, Empowering Women. All five were truly inspirational and spoke with confidence to an international audience of 1,450. They earned the largest ovation of the conference. photograph (l-r) SI President Ann Garvie, Flora Garner, MAR President Jill Yarwood
Regional President Ruth and her husband Tim attended the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas on Sunday 13th November 2011 to join with Midland Chase President Judith Healey and Midland East President Susan Challis to lay the Wreathes of Remembrance on behalf of Soroptimist International and the Three Regions. They were joined by both Federation Councillors for both Midland Arden and Midland Chase together with members of SI Solihull. It was a truly moving event, with members of the armed forces past and present joining with members of the public to remember the fallen in wars past and present. The sun shone brightly, though cold, as the Presidents laid the wreaths at the Soroptimist Garden.