My theme this year is “Reaching Out”; our plan is to reach out to local community groups in Morecambe and Heysham to work on community projects. The groups we are supporting during the year are Blood Bikes, the Neuro Drop-In Centre, Children’s Holiday of a Lifetime and Cancer Care.
Our International project is the Izulu Orphans Project which is a small charity working with families in rural communities near Durban, South Africa.
I have been a Soroptimist for 30 years and during that time I have had the opportunity to travel the world visiting Soroptimist projects and clubs and have made friendships from Australia to Bangladesh, to South Africa and Zimbabwe.
I have also had my abilities stretched and I have found that when asked have been able to carry out tasks I would never have dreamed I would have been able to achieve. However all this has been done with the help of some amazing people I have met along the way.
The objects of Soroptimism that we all aspire to “The advancement of the status of women, high ethical standards, human rights for all, equality and peace” have certainly affected how I did my job both as a headteacher of a large inner city primary school and how I got involved in my community.
However it’s not all serious and I really enjoy the fun and friendship that being a member means to me.
Our next big project involves the Club carrying out a survey in the local area about human trafficking and how aware the general public is about the subject.
Meanwhile I will be enjoying my year of office and the next meeting which has members of the Blood Bikers coming along, complete with motor bikes.