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Chapter 2 : February 2019

Where does the time go?!? Can it really be four months since ‘Liverpool’!

My first official engagement was SI Bolton’s 80th Anniversary Charter Dinner. It was a pleasure to have Federation President Sue there too; we both gave our first speeches of our year in office.

Looking around the room during dinner I realised just how many faces I didn’t recognise …. so please invite me to your Club this year so that I get a chance to meet members who can’t get to Regional meetings.

My thanks to fellow SI Manchester members who provided tea and cakes after the November Region meeting – I hope you enjoyed the opportunity to linger a while and catch-up with friends old and new. Maybe we should do that more often? Let me know your ideas!

I then spent an exhausting week working in Yangon, Myanmar (or Rangoon, Burma in ‘old money’!) Lovely people, eager to learn and extremely hospitable. I’m due there for four weeks or so from mid-March, but I will be back in time for Warrington’s Charter Lunch!

In December I was proud to join the march to the unveiling of ‘Our Emmeline’ celebrating 100 years since the first women were given the right to vote. I accepted a sash & rosette in Suffragette colours to wear with pride on such an auspicious day.

I made sure I had a large advert for Soroptimism, as you can see!

It was wonderful to see all the girls and young women from Manchester High School leading the chant ‘I’d rather be a rebel than a slave!’… surely the next generation of Soroptimists!

Food and friendship prevailed at our Chain Gang Lunch. Region and Club Officers chatted with new members and those interested in taking Office. It was a privilege to welcome Federation President Sue Williams to tell us about her route to SIGBI President and her first few months in Office. The ‘Role Call’ enabled those interested in another Office to see who to speak to for further information and insight.

I enjoyed SI Leigh’s 72nd Charter Dinner. President Wendy introduced ‘Dream, Reach, Believe’ a presentation of expressive & performing arts. Very powerful. Again, the performers are surely Soroptimists of the future!


Chapter 1 : November 2018

I’m sure this is the first and last photo of ‘Madam President putting her feet up’! It was taken was after over 60 Soroptimists, ‘Soroptimisters’ and friends had dropped in for a Champagne celebration after the ‘Change of Insignia’ ceremony at the Federation Conference in Liverpool. It was a pleasure to see you all.

My heartfelt thanks for all of the beautiful cards, so many pledges of support and kind wishes. We will make an awesome team!

The theme for my year is…..WHY?  WHEN?  WHERE?

….these are the questions we all ask ourselves as we strive to ‘make a difference’.

Soroptimists are beginning to forge symbiotic partnerships with other organisations and charities. As a region, we must ensure this ‘mutual benefit’ raises our profile and helps us to recruit new members who hear about what we have achieved!

If our partners are ‘smarter’ with publicity or social media, then we must learn from them as we raise awareness or funds for their cause.

I would like to explore the idea of clubs joining together for certain projects. Maybe clubs in close proximity could share a project, pooling resources? Maybe this could (and should) be extended to adjoining regions?

I look forward to getting to know more about the amazing Soroptimists of South Lancashire!

In friendship,

Sue Underwood, President, SI South Lancashire Region