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President Aileen’s Messages

12 May 2022 SI Paisley 75th Anniversary Civic Lunch.

SI SS R President Aileen attended SI Paisley’s 75th Anniversary Civic Lunch today.

Civic Reception:

Renfrewshire Council gave a Civic Reception to mark 75 years of service.

Attendance:

70 members and guests, including representatives from Clubs across Scotland South, attended.  Also present were representatives from some of the organisations SI Paisley has supported over the last few years.

SI Paisley 75th Anniversary Civic Lunch 12 06 2022.
SI Paisley 75th Anniversary Civic Lunch 12 06 2022.
Photo detail:

L to R Depute Provost Renfrewshire Council Cathy McEwen, SI SS R President Aileen, SI Paisley member Jenifer McFarlane, SIGBI President Cathy Cottridge, SI Harrogate President Val Hills.

Cutting the Cake:
SI Paisley 75th Anniversary Civic Lunch, Margaret Neil, Marissa Roxburgh cutting the cake, 12 06 2022.
SI Paisley 75th Anniversary Civic Lunch, Margaret Neil, Marissa Roxburgh cutting the cake, 12 06 2022.

The oldest member Margaret Neil, and youngest member Marissa Roxburgh,  cutting the cake.

To learn more about SI Paisley click here.

28 May 2022 SI SS R Council Meeting

SI SS R President Aileen presided over a well attended SI SS R Council Meeting today, the first face to face meeting in more than 2 years.  Lovely to see everyone in person again.

New Venue:

The Centre for Executive Education, Glasgow Caledonian University, (GCU), Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA.

Theme:

Advocacy and SDG 17 Partnerships

Volunteers’ Week 1 – 7 June 2022

SI SS R Volunteers' Week Presentations, 28 05 2022, (a)
SI SS R Volunteers’ Week Presentations, 28 05 2022 (a)

SI SS R Volunteers' Week Presentation, 28 05 2022, (b).
SI SS R Volunteers’ Week Presentation, 28 05 2022, (b).

SI SS R Group Photo Volunteers' Week Presentations, 28 05 2022.
Group Photo Volunteers’ Week Presentations, SI SS R  28 05 2022.

7 of  the 8 Clubs were represented.  SI Kirkintilloch not represented.

Representatives of each Club received a Thank you Certificate for volunteering, signed and presented by SI SS R President Aileen.

SI SS R Council Meeting, GCU, 28 05 2022.
SI SS R Council Meeting, GCU, 28 05 2022.
Speakers:

Pat Black, SI Edinburgh, SI Representative to Women 7 (W7).   To find out more click here  Pat had just returned from W7 Summit in Berlin.  Result W7 Communique; to find out more click here.

Pat Black, SI Rep to W7 with Christina McKelvie MSP, at GCU, 28 05 2022.
Pat Black, SI Rep to W7, with Christina McKenzie MSP, at GCU, 28 05 2022.

Agnes Tolmie, Chair of the Scottish Women’s Convention (SWC).  To find out more about SWC click here.  Soroptimists were urged to join the conversation re the development of the Scottish Misogyny Bill.  To find out more click here.

Christina McKelvie MSP, Minister for Equalities and Older People for the Scottish Government. Christina gave an overview of Cross Party working.  She reminded members of the F.M.’s National Advisory Council on Women and Girls, which will be involved in post pandemic panning for Scotland.   To find out more click here.

The Scottish Women’s Health Plan was highlighted, the first in Europe, if not in the world.  To find out more click here.

28 05 2022 SI SS R President Aileen, Pat Black, Christina McKelvie MSP, Agnes Tolmie, Chair, SWC,
28 05 2022 SI SS R President Aileen, Pat Black, Christina McKelvie MSP, Agnes Tolmie, Chair, SWC.
On Display:

4 Stitches for Survival Panels; Programme Action Reports on Display Boards.

 

23 03 2022 Last meeting of SI West Lothian

SI SS R President Aileen attended last meeting of SI West Lothian today to thank the members for their many years of service.

23 03 2022 SI West Lothian's Final Lunch
23 03 2022 SI West Lothian’s Final Lunch

19 03 2022 SI SS R Council Meeting today:

SI SS R President Aileen welcomed members to a well attended meeting today.  40 members from 9 Scotland South Clubs were joined by 5 members from Scotland North and 5 from SI South Kolkata Club, India, (Friendship Link Club of SI Dundee).

Members were asked to pause for a few moments to consider recent events in Eastern Europe.

Speaker was Miriam Adcock, Communication Consultant, Zero Waste, Scotland.

19 02 2022 SI SN Region Meeting today:

SI SN had arranged for three SI Representatives at the UN to speak before the start of the meeting as follows:

Berthe De Vos-Nevin           Geneva, where 2/3 of all activities of the UN take place.

Evelyne Para                          UNESCO, Paris

Christine Peer-Valenta         Vienna

SI SS R President Aileen and several SI SS R members attended as guests of SI SN R.

7 12 2021 SI Centenary Event at Scottish Parliament from 6.00pm -8.00pm today!

SI SS R President Aileen was among the first to arrive. Storm Barra caused havoc on the day, especially in the Aberdeen area.

MSP’s were debating on the theme of Violence Against Women.  So many MSP’s wished to speak that the debate ran late.

MSP Host Rona Mackay

The evening was kindly hosted by Rona Mackay MSP, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, who welcomed guests to the event.

Speakers

Video from Cabinet Secretary, Social Justice, Housing and Local Government, Shona Robison.   SI SS Federation Councillor Margaret Mowat, SI Glasgow City introduced SI President Elect, Maureen Maguire and SIGBI President Elect Cathy Cottridge.  SI SN Federation Councillor Maureen Collison introduced the SI Kirkintilloch Presentation.

Project Work

Posters displaying Club work, Tree Planting and Stitches for Survival were around the room.  A slide loop showed examples of Club work.

Photo below:

SI, SIGBI Guests with Scottish Region Presidents, 7 12 2021
SI, SIGBI Guests with Scottish Region Presidents, 7 12 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo below shows some of the Project Work on display.  Each of the maple leaves carries a message from those who attended.

SI Centenary Event, Scottish Parliament, 7 12 2021
SI Centenary Event, Scottish Parliament, 7 12 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was much to discuss.  Appreciation was shown for all the work being done.

To learn more about our Project Work click here; for the Scottish Parliament click here To see more photos taken at this event, received 14 12 2021, click here.

SI SS R President Aileen

21 11 2021 SI SS R President Aileen’s first Newsletter

SI SS R President Aileen’s first Newsletter was received today.  To read it click here.

6 11 2021 SI SS R Council Meeting

SI SS R President Aileen presided over her first SI SS R Council Meeting today.  49 members attended.  Speaker was SI President Elect Maureen Maguire, SI Portadown, Northern Ireland.

Theme:

Maureen’s theme is “Opening Doors to a Bright Future”.

Objectives:

Maureen’s Objectives:

  • Provide access to education in all its forms for disadvantaged and marginalised women and girls.
  • Provide education to women and girls in a safe, friendly and stimulating environment where there is equality of opportunity and support for all.
  • Development of mentoring programmes that encourage confidence, self – esteem and the participation of women and girls in society and in decision making.
  • Increase access to information, educational resources, and services, to empower women and girls to make informed life-choices.

Projects will be established in all 5 Federations.  The launch project will be in Cambodia, SI South-West Pacific.

We look forward to following the progress of the plans outlined.

To follow Maureen on her journey through her term of office from January 2022 click here.  For SI Portadown click here.

30 10 2021 Start of SI SS R President Aileen’s term of office today.

SI SS R President Aileen started her term of office as SI SS R President following the Change of Insignia Ceremony at SIGBI 87th Virtual Conference, Llandudno, earlier today.  Aileen is a member of SI Falkirk.

To learn more about SI Falkirk click here.

SI Centenary Celebration  & Change of Insignia

Before taking Office as President, Incoming SI SS R President Aileen celebrated SI Centenary and Change of Insignia with Outgoing SI SS R President Tina. Photos below were taken  in time for the AGM September 2021.

See photos below: