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Soroptimists Go Green?

Soroptimists in South Lancashire got together in-person and on-screen for a ‘hybrid’ winter meeting.

Guest speaker at the Programme Action session was Dr Niall Macfadyen. A volunteer with Greenpeace, Dr Macfadyen presented a spirited gallop through Greenpeace’s history, plus local and national initiatives to investigate and combat climate change. (He is a team member of UKCCSRC – the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre.)

Beef cattle, hydrogen networks, fast fashion, peat bogs, ‘active travel’, palm oil, tree-planting – the topics followed thick and fast. All have relevance to our daily lives, and all come under the research and campaigning umbrella of Greenpeace.

Questions following the talk showed Soroptimists probing for more detailed answers. It was a lively, informative and thought-provoking morning.

At the Regional Council meeting, President Dorcas Akeju took the opportunity to hold a change-of-insignia presentation. Past Presidents Yvonne Gibbon and Josie Carter received their badges; President Elect Denise Parker and Vice President Pam Wright, their pendants. Denise had the unusual task of welcoming her former form tutor – Pam – to the regional team.

Looking forward to Christmas – SI Southport set up a seasonal stall and welcomed brisk sales.