President Lynne arrived in Dublin joining other Soroptimists from the Region to attend the International Convention.
1700 Soroptimists attended the Convention from all over the world. Many Soroptimists took advantage to explore the many sights in and around Dublin. This included many visiting the famous Guinness factory and trying a pint or two.
At the AGM, they reported on what had been achieved during the pandemic and Soroptimist centenary. Pat Dale MBE was appointed the first SI Representative for the Commonwealth focusing on ‘working together.’
On display were 100 + posters submitted by clubs and region outlining project work undertaken. Tunbridge Wells club had submitted a poster called ‘Cans into Toilets’. This was about their recycling project that brought dignity and safety to women and girls.
Two quilts made by SI San Fernando from the patches of peace taken to Belfast were on display. This included 3 submissions from clubs in the Region.
A new SI logo was presented and will be available from the Autumn. This seemed to have a mixed reception from the membership and the similarity with the Starbucks logo could not be missed.
For the first time we heard from the UN representatives. They reinforced the importance of submitting programme focus forms that inform their reporting. This will ensure SI maintain their consultative status.
After listening to some inspirational speakers and attending workshop, the Convention came to a close. An announcement was made that the next convention will be held in 2027. It will be one with a difference, a Royal Caribbean cruise to Alaska. The theme will be ‘Wave of Change’. For more information go to https://siconvention.org.
On the final evening there was a gala dinner with an Irish theme. We were entertained with traditional dancing, music and singing and many Soroptimists took part.