There’s an end-of-term feeling in our Club today and tomorrow because it’s our annual Club meal – after this we have a six week recess. We are delighted to welcome Margaret Lister and look forward to working with her on all the different things we get up to! We are ready for our break after a busy couple of months. We went to Skipton where SI Skipton let us use their fabulous Soroptimist Rooms for a lunch with our Friendship link friends from SI Selby. Skipton is about half-way between the two towns so travel is not too bad. We had a lovely time as well as doing a wee bit of shopping. Needless to say the lunch (home-made and plentiful) was a great treat. We’ve also made a great start on this year’s Project. We are collaborating with Elaine ……. and all the team
Last Sunday (10th May) we celebrated our 76th Charter Anniversary with a delicious lunch at the Headway Hotel in Morecambe. Sixty-two lovely people; Soroptimists, friends, partners and guests enjoyed the occasion. We had felt a little apprehension this year because we have not got a President. Soroptimist clubs all over the UK are experiencing a drop in numbers and finding they have to simplify their operations to survive. Mrs Maureen Turner very kindly stepped into the breach and was “the face of SI Morecambe & Heysham” for the day! Everyone contributed in one way or another. We were conscious of the struggles of people in Nepal after the earthquake there. Regional President Tessa Jones spoke about the work of Water Aid, and specifically about what they are doing in Nepal right now to alleviate some of the worst conditions.
On a cold, windy January evening we were delighted to welcome Soroptimists and friends from over the North West Region to our annual Friendship Evening. We were especially pleased to welcome our speakers for the evening, Lynn and Norman Yates from Preston who gave us a very interesting illustrated presentation on recent developments in the PIES (Partners in Education Swaziland) project. PIES is SI Morecambe and Heysham’s charity for 2014-2015 and has also been supported by the Region over several years.
On Sunday, 9 November 2014 joint Presidents Brenda and Therese and members of SI Morecambe and Heysham took part in the parade and Service of Remembrance at the cenotaph in Morecambe. President Brenda laid the wreath on behalf of the Club as we united with our community in compassion and respect for the fallen. Our deep commitment to peace and human rights can never conflict with our grief for the wasted lives or our profound admiration for the courage shown by each of these men and women. In January and February 2015 the wreaths from the cenotaph were re-laid in the poppy bed in Happy Mount Park, Morecambe, set among plants laid out to delineate “1914 WW1 2014”.
On 4 September President Brenda and members of SI Morecambe and Heysham joined members of SI Selby for an evening meal at the Midland Hotel in Morecambe. We had a most enjoyable time together, cementing friendships and catching up on Club news, as well as appreciating the meal. President Lesley and members of SI Selby had travelled to Morecambe, using only their bus passes, on their “Bus Pass Challenge” to raise money for PIPA – a Saturday morning play club for children with special needs. The following morning, in beautiful weather, the members of SI Selby took a stroll along the promenade before returning to Selby by train. We wish President Lesley and the members much success in their project of supporting PIPA.
On Saturday, 21 June, members of our Friendship Link Club, SI Bootle travelled to Lancaster to meet up with members of SI Morecambe and Heysham. The weather was beautiful and we had a splendid day, catching up on friendships and Club news, making new acquaintances, in the true spirit of Friendship Links. We started off with morning coffee, then had lunch – the only time there was a lull in the conversation was when the food was served, especially the sweets. After lunch members of both clubs had a look around Lancaster before the SI Bootle members had to catch their train home. We look forward to seeing members of both our Friendship Link clubs again in the not-too-distant future.
On Thursday, 12 June 2014, Presidents Brenda and Therese and the members welcomed Glenda Taylor as a joining member of the Club.
SI Morecambe and Heysham has Friendship Links with SI Bootle and SI Selby. On Saturday, 31 May 2014 several members of the Club took a trip to Skipton to meet up with members of SI Selby. We are very grateful to the president and members of SI Skipton who allowed us the use of their meeting venue so that we could have morning coffee and then lunch with the members of SI Selby. The main course of the lunch was provided by SI Selby members and the desert course by our members. With delicious food and lots to talk about, it was a most enjoyable occasion, and a good time was had by all. We are also looking forward to meeting members of SI Bootle when they come to Lancaster on 21 June 2014.
At the 75th Charter Lunch on 11 May 2014 Regional President Edna Haselden presented Club members Sheila Suthers and Maureen Turner with certificates commemorating 25 years membership of Soroptimist International. Sheila joined SI Bury, Lancashire, in 1989, transferred to SI Carnforth and District in 2000, and then transferred to SI Morecambe and Heysham in 2011. Sheila was President of SI Bury in 1995 and, over her 25 years as a Soroptimist has also held the Club offices of: Secretary, Treasurer, Programme Action Officer, Membership Chairman, Press and Publicity Officer, Social secretary, Charter Dinner secretary, Speaker secretary. Maureen has been a member of SI Morecambe and Heysham since 1989. When she first joined, Maureen was the Club’s Hospitality secretary and was President in 1995 and 2007. She has also held the Club offices of: Secretary, Minuting secretary, Social secretary and is currently the Club’s Invitations secretary and Minuting