REGIONAL PRESIDENT PAM’S MESSAGE : Good Morning Sister Soroptimists, It’s hard to believe that since our last Newsletter that Christmas and New Year are over, however I do hope you all had a wonderful Festive Season with your family and friends. I always think it is sad taking the decorations down as the house looks quite bare, but I do enjoy spending some time looking through the Christmas cards I have received and catching up on news often from people I haven’t seen for some time. It is wonderful to hear from ex-colleagues, past students, from friends who have moved to different arras in the country as well as from current, kind, and supportive friends. I am always amazed at the range of a6ractive and interesting designs, particularly those from friends who have the skills to make their own cards which are always very special.
REGIONAL PRESIDENT PAM’S MESSAGE : Good Morning Sister Soroptimists, I do hope you have recovered from any storm damage and loss of power caused by Storm Arwen and to a lesser extent Storm Barra. Although I had an enjoyable Christmas Lunch on Tuesday with a group of friends the short walk back to the car was quite a challenge – Storm Barra had blown up during our lunch! However, we all managed to get back safely so hopefully you kept safe. Unfortunately, other parts of the world have been suffering with the unusual weather conditions too. In America the severe tornadoes have caused havoc resulting in at least 200 deaths and a great deal of structural damage. Again it makes us think about what we can do to prevent these extreme climate changes. After being so impressed by the work of the West End Women
REGIONAL PRESIDENT PAM’S MESSAGE Good morning Sister Soroptimists, I was delighted to see Associate members and so many clubs represented at my first Regional Council Meeting a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, some of you were unable to attend as there was a clash of dates with important club activities. However, I hope these were a success and you are able to join us next time on 19 March 2022. For the second half of the meeting, we had an excellent speaker, Huffty McHugh, Coordinator of the West End Women and Girls Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne. The work that she does with the women and girls and their communities is amazing. She was so inspirational which has been shown by the many positive comments I have received. After Huffty, my second Exceptional Woman is Mandy Coppin, the Chief Executive Officer of Streetwise and a Soroptimist.
Regional President Pam’s Message Good Morning Sister Soroptimists, The first regional event I have attended since becoming Regional President was at my own club’s 84th Charter Tea on Saturday 13 November. Whilst it would have been lovely to meet in person for lunch at our usual venue, The Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne, we all had a most enjoyable afternoon. It was wonderful to see a number of members from clubs in our Region as well as members from our Friendship Links, S.I.Glasgow City and S.I. Bangkok. More about this event can be read later in the Newsle6er. I’m sure you have all been following the discussions at the Climate Change Conference COP26, in Glasgow during the past 2 weeks. However, you may be interested in the photograph below of a long “scarf” that was made by crafters (knitters, crocheters and stitchers) from
To all sister Soroptimists in Northern England By the time that some of you will be reading this, I shall be well on my way to join members of S.I.Cockermouth & District for their 40th Charter Anniversary Lunch. It will be a wonderful occasion to start to resume face-to-face gatherings and I wish them well in their celebrations. We start this Newsletter with a report from S.I. Sunderland on their celebrations for National Literacy Day on 8th September. “International Literacy Day has been celebrated each year on 8th September since 1967. Part of UNESCO’s Sustainable Goal 4, one of its targets is to ensure all young people achieve literacy and numeracy and that adults, who lack these skills, are given the opportunity to acquire them. Across the world some 775 million people lack minimum literacy skills; one in five adults are still not literate and
Good Morning all my sister Soroptimists in Northern England This will be my last Regional Newsletter as your Regional President and I thank each one of you for the complimentary feedback that both Joyce ( who started this form of inter-club communication with her weekly emails ) and myself have received from so many of you. It certainly has been a very useful tool during these times when communication between us has certainly been different and innovative. After discussions with President Elect Pam, I am going to continue to be the writer and editor of this bi-weekly Newsletter with Pam sending us a message with her contribution. So, please do remember to continue to send your club and member news to me and we will continue to enjoy reading of your activities and seeing photographs of smiling, active Soroptimists. Many of us joined in the
Good Morning sister Soroptimists After such a week of wind and rain, I do hope that you are all dry and safe and have not suffered any damage. Suddenly all the clubs seem to be moving forward into face-to-face special meetings so I have been busy these past two weeks with visits to S.I.Cockermouth; S.I. Sunderland; S.I. Durham and S.I. Tynemouth, Whitley Bay & District. I also spent hours of screen time watching the “Soroptimist International 100 Celebrations” last Saturday and Sunday. First news from S.I. Stockton-on-Tees who gathered together in the garden of member Sue Scott for their first face-to-face meeting. This Garden Party was in aid of Teesside Hospice ( different from Butterwick Hospice Care ) and just over £600 was raised with only 18 attendees including two Soroptimister’s and Kath Sainsbury from S.I. Middlesbrough. The rain stayed away and the event was
Greeting to all my sister Soroptimists in Northern England. Life is certainly getting busier now that members are beginning to move around the region and meet up face-to-face. My diary for September is booked with opportunities to visit clubs in their own localities and on their special occasions. I hope to include some reports on these in later Newsletter editions. First I would like to share two happy meetings with you when donations from members in SINE were presented to two local charities – thank you to everyone for their support to achieve this. On the 2nd September, Immediate Past President Joyce Chesney was able to visit the Butterwick Hospice Care in Stockton and present a cheque for £600 to them. This came from the proceeds of the Regional Raffle which was drawn on 19 June 2021 at the Regional Centennial Celebratory Event. Joyce had