**Club President Rita Andrews’ Message for the Club Year 2017-2018

98a-AGM Rita portraitMessage from President Rita

Members of this Club join Soroptimists for lots of different reasons. I have volunteered most of my life and I had met some of our Members via my job at the University of Hertfordshire when I was managing the scholarships and prizes and our Club was funding two prizes awarded to the best performing second year female engineering students. The winners were charming and some came to talk about what it meant to win the prize. I was invited to join the St Albans and District club five years ago and the rest is, as they say, history.

We had an amazing Diamond Anniversary year last year, which we will need to consolidate and build on, but with rather less glitz this year! President Denise was President for the last 3 years and I thought it was time she had a break – she will be a tough act to follow… I would like us to spend the year building on our Soroptimist friendships at our many planned social events and by having a full half an hour for coffee whenever we meet to allow time for everyone to get to know the Members outside of their teams. I am sure that stronger and new friendships will evolve…

We will continue doing things to help women and girls this year and I would welcome hearing about groups and causes which you think we might be able to help. I am keen for us to start a new project for the Club making washable sanitary protection for women in areas where nothing is available to them and their makeshift efforts to deal with a perfectly natural occurrence are causing pain.

The Club will continue to support the St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge as the Club’s annual charity and we will add the Welwyn Hatfield Women’s Refuge, this year because I live in Hatfield.

I have planned events throughout the year, mostly evening but some in the day-time too for those who can attend. Please ensure the dates in the Club Programme on the website are in your diary www.sigbi.org/st-albans/club-programme/

I promise to be the best President I can be and sometimes I will ask for Members to help me. Getting involved with the Club is the best way to get the most out of being a Soroptimist – it takes a lot to run a Club and I hope more Members will help with the Club Management this year. Soroptimists always support one another – take a step and we will all support you.

For more information about the Club please click on this link: www.sigbi.org/st-albans/about-our-club/about/ and for information about our Programme for the year please click on this link: www.sigbi.org/st-albans/club-programme/

Our Club prides itself on being friendly and welcoming, so if you have come to this page as a non-Member, I would encourage you to come along to one of our meetings and find out what we are all about – we would love to see you – simply click on “Contact Us” on the left of the screen, or email sistalbans@hotmail.com to let us know you are coming.

In Soroptimist friendship, 

Rita Andrews, Club President125-Sally Bear

PS Look who I found when I had a rummage through the President’s handover box of Club paraphernalia from Past-President Denise – one small Soroptimist mascot called Sally Bear. She had many adventures in the past and she is about to embark on many more now we have found her again – she may need a new passport though!

We asked Sally Bear, Soroptimist St Albans Club mascot #WhySoroptimist ? she says it would be un-bear-able not to help women and girls in this unfair world. Please bear with us while we go bear-serk trying to think for more paws-ible puns….