During Joan’s year as President of the Club we had many interesting meetings when we invited officers of the Regional executive committee of SI North West England and the Isle of Man to speak about their work for Region. These visits enhanced our meetings and gave us the opportunity to discuss the officers’ roles and responsibilities and gave them a chance to get to know us better. In May Regional Programme Action officer Isobel joined us and spoke about the national survey which was to be undertaken in October on the awareness of trafficking and modern day slavery. As a club we agreed to take part in the survey as part of our Programme action work. Also in May Karen, Regional Membership officer, came to our Membership Evening where our members spoke of the importance to them of the international aspects of Soroptimism. At our July meeting we
At the Club’s Annual General Meeting in April 2017 the Club Officers were elected and President Bonnie Mitchell handed over the chain of office to President Joan Lunt and wished Joan a happy and successful year in office. Maureen Turner thanked Bonnie for her interesting and eventful year as President.
From the first notification of the 2016 Rose Bowl competition – to produce a sensory cushion for a person with dementia – members of the Club worked at providing ideas and items for our cushion entry. President Bonnie sewed it together and we took it along to the Regional Rose Bowl event at Cabus village hall on 19 May where it was displayed alongside entries from other Clubs within the Region. We shall have to wait until the Regional lunch to find out which cushion has won but many thanks to Regional President Margaret and the members of SI Blackburn and SI Preston for the enjoyable entertainment at the Rose Bowl evening.
On 8 May 2016, a beautiful sunny day, the Club celebrated its 77th Charter Anniversary at the Headway Hotel, Morecambe. We do seem to be lucky with lovely weather for our Charter anniversaries and our members and guests always enjoy the view across Morecambe Bay. However, the view was rather obscured this year by the renovation work on the sea wall which had reached the section of the Promenade opposite the hotel! We were pleased to welcome guests from other Clubs within the Region of North West England and the Isle of Man and from our Friendship Link club of SI Bootle. Our thanks go to the management and staff of the Headway Hotel who, once again, made us very welcome and provided a delicious meal. Many thanks also to the SI Clubs from the Region, and our Friendship Link club of SI Selby, who sent greetings and
At our AGM in April President Bonnie was delighted to present Joan Lunt with her long service certificate to acknowledge Joan’s 30 years as a Soroptimist. Joan is an active and committed Soroptimist, having served the organisation at Club, Regional, National and International level and in SI Morecambe and Heysham we appreciate her contribution to the Club, especially for her extensive knowledge and experience of Soroptimism.
At our Annual General Meeting in April 2016 incoming President Bonnie Mitchell was presented with the chain of office by Maureen Turner. After a year without a president we are very pleased to have a president for 2016-2017 and wish Bonnie a happy and successful year.
We had a most enjoyable Social Evening in March when member Sheila gave a talk on her voluntary work as a First Responder. The evening was informative and entertaining as Sheila spoke of various incidents which she had encountered and the members of the emergency services with whom she had worked. We also had a “hands-on” session learning about resuscitation technique and how to use a defibrillator. Sheila’s expertise and advice as a First Responder were very helpful when we were making our decision to raise funds to provide a defibrillator in central Morecambe, so it was pleasing that she gave her talk and presentation as we successfully reached our target of £1500.
At our social evening in February we were delighted to be able to present long service certificates of 25 years and 30 years respectively to members Kath Edge and Margaret Paterson. Both members have held several Offices in the Club over the years and Margaret is a former President of the SI Region of North West England and the Isle of Man. Both have given unstinting support to the Club and to SI in general throughout their membership, enjoying friendship, fun and commitment to the aims and objectives of Soroptimism along the way.
We are preparing to recommence after our summer recess. Our fund for the defibrillator is growing. We have a few events planned for the next few months but of course our primary focus must always be Programme Action. That is how we be a Soroptimist! (If anyone asks you…) This summer we have seen thousands of deaths as people flee war zones desperate to take their family to safety. Images of drowned children have haunted me. There are so many viewpoints about the so-called “refugee crisis”; and it is true the world is witnessing its biggest ever migration of people; bigger even than that after World War II. There are no easy answers but we must hope to find answers based on humanity and compassion.