Message from President Pat

President Pat Soroptimist Nantwich 2017 – 2018

Pat 1What a wonderful last 15 months we have had with the club going from strength to strength under the leaderships of Angela and then Sue. I am most excited at taking over at this time and building on all the good work.

Our flagship event of Purple Tear Drop / Ante slavery was amazing and all members enjoyed taking part in some way. I plan that we should repeat this again this year and am looking at ways in which we can take it out into the wider community.

My main theme for the year is that by using 4 Es Education, Empowerment, Enablement and Enjoyment we will bring some light and hope to women and children both at home and abroad.

At home we will continue to support our main charity ‘Cheshire Without Abuse’ and also St Luke’s hospice where due to cutbacks they are struggling to make ends meet. In September our Honorary member Dr Vi Pritchard will be giving a talk on the early days of the hospice after which we will visit the hospice.Other charities will be chosen by our members.

Abroad we will support our Federation Meru project. Meru is in a region where there are few men, not from war but from HIV/Aids. The project teaches and encourages the women to grow their own vegetables and create their own businesses. They have weekend courses for the girls where they are taught self-sufficiency and about their bodies and their need to stand up, defy the tradition and refuse ‘cutting’. Just as importantly they have weekend schools for the boys where they also learn that the tradition of ‘cutting’ girls is wrong and unnecessary. We will be having some ‘Sunshine Breakfasts for Mary’s Meals’ where we will enjoy the social occasion of eating together with family and friends and at same time raise monies to feed children in Africa. We will also continue to collect bras and pants, make up Christmas boxes and have ‘knit & natter’ evenings.

In June we will be celebrating 68 years of Soroptimism in Nantwich & District with a Charter Lunch at Crewe Golf Club. Our guest speaker is Lt Cdr Julia Rogers RN who will be talking about her life in the Royal Navy including her time as a helicopter pilot serving in Iraq, Northern Ireland and in Search and Rescue.

2018 is the 100th Anniversary of the Suffragette movement and I hope that we will be able to celebrate this alongside celebrations for International Women’s Day. Local Bridge players are looking forward to our second day of learning with Andrew Robson who is an international player and top class teacher.

Socially we will be lunching in Clink, playing bowls with our summer BBQ, going out for a Chinese meal and having as many small events as individual groups arrange.

I feel very honoured to occupy this post which I will carry out to the best of my ability.