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Updates and Congratulations

Guest speaker at SI South Lancashire’s autumn Programme Action meeting was George Thomas.

George Thomas flanked by IPP Margaret Davies and Region PA Officer Yvonne Gibbon

No stranger to Soroptimists, George gave an update on Life NoW. This is a north-west-based charity focussing on young adults who have life-limiting conditions. The charity’s work is evolving but the core mission is to enable the young adults and their families to live life now.

Congratulations were in order for Yvonne Gibbon, the Region’s Programme Action Officer. At the recent Federation Conference in Liverpool Yvonne was elected the Assistant Programme Director (Education) for Soroptimist International, GB & Ireland.

Congratulations, too, to SI Manchester who scooped the Best Practice Award (Economic Empowerment) at the Conference for the Club’s HEAL Malawi project.

At the Regional Council meeting, newly-installed President Sue Underwood thanked her predecessor, Margaret Davies, for such a busy and productive year. President Sue then outlined her theme: why? when? where? can Soroptimists make a difference?

This year’s President’s Rose Bowl Challenge will focus on enhancing the mutual advantages of partnership working. We help others – but what will we get from this?

Plus, President Sue emphasised that she is looking forward to meeting as many Soroptimists as possible in their clubs whether taking part in service projects, holding routine meetings or enjoying social events. Distance no object!