Denise Powell Installed as SI London Chilterns Region President

On Saturday 12 Oct Denise Powell, a past-President of SI St Albans and District became the President of Si London Chilterns Region. She is pictured here being “installed” with the chain of office by Rita Beaumont, secretary of the Region and a past-President.

This was just part of the day when we had the Region’s AGM and two inspiring speakers. You can read more about it on the Region’s website www.sigbi.org/london-chilterns/2019/10/16/agm/

Five Members of SI St Albans and District were proud to be there on the day to wish Denise every success for the year ahead. This is what Denise said in her inaugural speech:

‘So why have I put myself forward to be the President of your Region? It is because I appreciate the value of Region. We all get inspired when we go to the SIGBI Conference and hear about the Programme Action projects that other clubs do. The problem is that the conference is only once a year, it is remote and there is not that much opportunity to find out more. Working in Regions gives a chance to hear about more local projects and offers the chance for local cooperation. I want our Region’s meetings to be a forum for this. 

I was asked to give 7 words to accompany my photo at the change of insignia at the SIGBI Conference. I chose “Here to help all the Region’s Clubs”. I passionately feel that the whole can be stronger than the sum of the parts, and will try in my year to help that happen. Each Club is welcome to ask for or suggest ways of cooperative working and I, with my Executive Team, will do whatever we can to assist. I am hoping that each Club can come up with one activity, be it Programme Action or Membership or anything else, where they can work with one… or more…. other Clubs. Your Region is definitely “here to help”. ‘

“We Stand Up for Women” is the SIGBI theme for 2019-20 and Denise will lead the Region in supporting the theme throughout the year.