SI Selby are thrilled that one of our members, Judith Chilvers, has just been installed as the Chairman of Selby District Council. In keeping with tradition, Judith has been awarded honorary membership of the Club for her term of office. Her nominated charities are Yorkshire Cancer Research and Dementia Forward.
Outgoing President, Hilary Putman, was delighted to be able to be able to hand over £2500 to local charities at the recent AGM. Back row L-R Christine Leonard from the JOANNA Project, Samantha Monk from Selby Young Carers, Dawn Theaker from Selby Carers Count, Sally Crerar from Yorkshire Cancer Research and Kay Enion from Selby Branch of Yorkshire Cancer Research. Front row L-R Outgoing President of SI Selby, Hilary Putman, and Doreen Holmes of the Selby Branch of Yorkshire Cancer Research.
After our December 7th Business Meeting, President Hilary and members enjoyed a Friendship and Social evening where candles were lit for each of our Friendship Links at home and abroad.
To celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday, SI Selby hosted an afternoon tea party at the Parish Hall, Brayton. 40 members and guests, including the Chairman of Selby District Council and Honorary Member, Stephanie Duckett, enjoyed a delicious tea catered for by the Social and Events Committee. £333.50 was raised by the event for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Judy Kent, one of our members, set us a challenge in the summer – to get 100 ladies, to walk 100 miles, eat 100 cakes – all in 100 days. We rose to the Challenge successfully completing all elements by September, raising. £612.05 for Soroptimist charities. 149 women ate 420 cakes (obviously an underestimate) and walked 1,116 miles. A great achievement and great fun
18 ladies accepted personal invitations from the members of SI Selby to join them for a special Membership Evening on Wednesday 18th May. Our guest speaker was the effervescent Sue Biggs, Federation Vice President and former Chair of UKPAC, who shared her experiences of Soroptimism with an audience of nearly 40. Also attending was the Yorkshire President, Liz Lyle, and Regional Membership Officer, Pat Kilbane, who later wrote to thanks us for organising such a successful evening. As the wine and nibbles flowed, not to mention the cakes, 14 of the 18 guests present expressed interest in finding out more about Soroptimism. Organised by Judith Cooke and the Membership, Care and Concern Committee, the evening was great fun as these photographs show. President Hilary thanked the organisers and praised the Social and Events Committee for their outstanding catering.
As her last official duty at the AGM on Wednesday 20th April, outgoing President Pat Griffiths presented cheques to 5 local charities. Over £1300 was handed over to Dementia Forward, Selby District Vision, Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, IDAS and Peter Pan Nursery. The money had been raised over the year by the members of SI Selby at a variety of events including a lunches, suppers and a quiz. Brayton teenager, Freya Copeland, was also presented with a certificate by President Pat in recognition of her charity fundraising in the local community. “I have had an amazing year as President of SI Selby” said Pat “and to be able to give this money to these worthy charities has been the icing on the cake.” Photograph L to R: President Pat Griffiths, Chris Davies from IDAS, Anne Young and Karen Humphries from Selby District Vision, Melanie Godridge
Judith Cooke has been a member of SI Selby since the Club was Chartered in 1987. She has held several offices within the Club including President on more than one occasion. She is an outstanding Soroptimist, supporting not only her own Club but the Yorkshire Region, the Federation and Soroptimist International. She is a regular attender at Regional Council Meetings, Regional Conferences, SIGBI Development and Membership Meetings and the annual Federation Conferences. She full engages in all aspects of Soroptimism. She extends the hand of friendship to members old and new at SI Selby whilst keeping regular contact and attending functions with our Friendship Link Clubs, both at home and internationally. Judith Cooke embodies the spirit of Soroptimism – being committed to making the world a better place for women and girls, by willingly giving her time and energy to help achieve that goal and
SELBY SOROPTIMISTS HOST CHARITY FASHION SHOW A very successful fashion show was held recently to raise money for the Selby branch of Dementia Forward. The event was organised jointly by Soroptimist International of Selby and the retailer, M and Co. Held on Wednesday 10th February at the Abbey Walk branch, 50 ladies came to watch the volunteer models and enjoy a ‘private’ shopping experience. Proceeds from the evening raised £375 for this very worthy charity which helps dozens of families in the Selby area who are coping with relatives with dementia. President Pat Griffiths, who together with several other Soroptimists, volunteers on a regular basis to help out at the Dementia Café, said “We are so grateful to the Manageress, Kelly Ann, and the staff of M and Co. for giving their time and the use of their premises to enable SI Selby to raise this money.”