The Annual General Meeting of Soroptimist International Scotland North was held on Saturday, 10 June 2017, in the National Hotel, Dingwall.
The AGM went very smoothly but we still lack essential officers for Region 2017-18:
Programme Action Officer,
If you would like to be considered for any of the above posts please contact Region Secretary Fiona.
2017-18 Executive as of November 2017.
President – Prue Watson
Secretary – Fiona Watson
Treasurer – Fiona Bullions
Development Officer – Ann Gourlay
Web-site – Pam Cairns
Ann Gourlay led a thought-provoking session asking what do the words Stepping Up and Taking the Lead mean to you. Working as individuals and small groups it was soon clear that while different images were evoked all considered that it was coming out of the comfort zone and that successful leadership was only possible with the positive support of others.
Our speaker was Elsie Normington who shared that story of her son Andrew. He at the age of four started having severe epileptic attacks which led to his mental deterioration. As a result of both her son’s and her own isolation as his condition deteriorated she started a support group for parents and a play centre for severely handicapped children. She has set up the Elsie Normington Foundation to raise funds to build a specialist play centre, respite facility, coffee shop and supported housing for children and young adults with learning and physical disabilities. The site for the Haven Centre has already been purchased and fund-raising is going well.