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Message From Our President

A message from President Elaine….. 

Theme for the year ‘Women Empowering Women’

I am delighted to take up the post of President of Soroptimist International Midland Arden Region. I am also very appreciative of the cards and best wishes from Regional Clubs and Members that I have received. I do feel a sense of trepidation taking on the role, however, with the support of the members of the Regional Officers Committee (ROC), I feel ready for the challenge of the year ahead, before handing over the Chain of Office to Anne Rogers in Llandudno in October 2021.

My Programme Theme is “Women Empowering Women” although with the pandemic I think the theme “It is hard to keep a good Soroptimist down “may have been very appropriate.

I would like to begin by thanking Immediate Past President Rose for all her hard work as our Regional President over the last 12 months. Before the pandemic disrupted Rose’s year, we had a very enjoyable Regional meeting with interesting speakers and the opportunity to network amongst Regional Clubs. I would also like to say a sad farewell to Su Roxburgh, Ann Keepax and Jan Hemlin who will be leaving the Regional Officers Committee (ROC) All three have made such a contribution to our Region and on a personal note, I will miss the knowledge, experience and professionalism that they have contributed to our Region. All should look back with pride at what they have achieved.

I live in Warwickshire and was, therefore, able to meet in a socially distanced way with five other Club members and watch our first virtual conference in Belfast, and wasn’t it fantastic! Enjoyed over lovely lunches accompanied in true Soroptomist style with a glass of bubbles and a slice of delicious cake. A very big thank you to my Club members who made sure that the change of Insignia for Midland Arden Region was celebrated in traditional Soroptimist style.

The 2021 Regional Programme will shortly be issued. We have dates for planned events but no details of venues. The decision we have taken as ROC is not to run the risk of cancellation charges, so until we are certain that events can run, there will not be any venues booked. This is particularly disappointing in our Centennial Year but hopefully, when the position with Covid-19 becomes clearer in the New Year, I can book venues. The last thing I want is to be known as during my term of office is “President Zoom.”

Programme Action is at the heart of what we do and – I would like to set a Regional Challenge for Midland Arden region to undertake 100 pieces of Programme Action this year. I do believe this is very achievable and I can update on progress at the planned Regional Programme Action Awards at the Change of Insignia 2021, although this may end up as a virtual event.

A highlight of the year I am sure will be the Centennial Celebration concert that is being organised by SI Kidderminster. I do hope all Regional Clubs and members have the date of Sunday 4th July in their diary whether they will be “treading the boards” or cheering from the audience. I am so looking forward to the concert.

I do hope to meet as many members as possible during the year, for members who do not know me   I have included my photograph – please do say hello at future events.