International Women’s Day 2018 – 11 March

Speakers at the Event

The joint event with SI Thames Valley and SI High Wycombe and District was very successful with approx. 70 attendees from a number of local women’s organisations, even though it was Mother’s Day. Soroptimists from Newbury, Oxford, Greater London and Tiverton in Devon attended as well as from the organising Clubs.  We also had two Mayors and two Mayoresses in attendance, including Margaret Lenton who chaired the event. I would like to thank all of you who took part for making the vent go so well.

The speakers were excellent and inspired everyone. We gave all the speakers and also Margaret Lenton gifts in the form of plants or bottles to show our appreciation of them

We had several side stalls, from Halsa Chiropractic, Suffrage Pioneers, SI Greater London selling silk scarves for their projects, and Cornerstone Fostering. We also had our own Club displays which showed High Wycombe and District on their work with their local refuge (a local project), our Club on the Modern Slavery questionnaire (a national project) and Thames Valley and on their Kori project.

The main disadvantage was that it was on Mother’s Day, which could not be avoided due to the availability of the Town Hall.  We held a raffle in aid of the SIGBI Emergency Disaster Fund and had some lovely prizes. We raised £106 for this.  We do not know yet if we have made a profit or a loss, but if we have made a profit the organising Committee decided that this should go to the SIGBI Diamond Education Grant.

Everyone who attended said they enjoyed it. We received 27 feedback forms which were very complimentary.  Refreshments were deemed to be excellent.  Apparently we also had 6 potentials new members!

We left the apologies for absence until the end. We had these from the MPs for Slough High Wycombe and Beaconsfield, though nothing from the Windsor MP. We had apologies from the Mayor of High Wycombe and also of Marlow. We had an excellent letter of apology of absence from Theresa May, which I will send round the Club.  There were articles in the local press, as well as on the SIGBI, Regional websites so far, and eventually will be on the three Club websites.  We also seem to have achieved our Critical Success Factors for this year.

I’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone for your help in making this event such a success. That leaves the question – “Do we do another one next year?”

Irene Cockcroft with Jackie Paling and Jem Simpson