The club held its first Zoom meeting for all members. Members who volunteer at the Sticker Memory cafe, kept in touch with their clients with a Newsletter and a delivery of a cream tea. We made donations to The Foodbank, Cornwall Scrubs & St Petroc’s. We gave 19 year old Polly Everly £500 to fund her electrical installation course from The Elizabeth Millard and Andrew Flint Bursary Funds. On the Longest Day we celebrated Friendship and summer by pledging a sum of money equivalent to a meal (or meals for some) small groups of members met outside in gardens and back yards, but keeping their distance. Overall 63 Soroptimists and friends took part, photographs were shared. Mary Weston won the prize draw of a bottle of No 63 Gin. Toni Dowrick joined the club as a linked member.
Although not able to meet in person members kept in touch with virtual meetings Members took part in a virtual South West Cornwall charity walk, adding up the miles they walked in their permitted hours exercise. Over £1000 was a raised to be divided between Kernow Young Carers, Merlin, LGFB and Ellie Kitts. Other charity events were undertaken by Di Walker (a run) and Judith and husband John a tandem ride. Other members were busy in the community, organising volunteering groups or as volunteers to sew, deliver foods and medicines or telephone befriending. We supported the Womens Refuge with donations of food vouchers and household items. Donations were made to Penhailgon’s Friends, St Petrocs and Cornwall Scrubs Val Stanley was welcomed as a linked member.
Unable to hold meetings because of Covid 19 lockdown, members are keeping in contact by phone, Messenger WhatsApp, Facetime, Skype WebEx etc. The AGM and handover from Sandra to Barbara happened by video link. Jeanette is President Elect, Jill isVice President. Members are busy helping others, organising volunteers, delivering foods and prescriptions, sewing scrubs, making phone contact with those on their own. Donating ASDA vouchers and other items for women in Refuges, New linked member Val Stanley. Members joining in a Virtual South West Coastal Path Walk for a local charity (not yet chosen).
Club meeting celebrating St Piran’s Day and world Book DayUnsung , Cheque presentation to CHICKS, Unsung Heroine Awards at Carlyon Bay Golf Club each Guardian Emily Stevenson presented the awards to Val Stanley & Lottee Brown The club received a very generous donation/legacy of £20.000 from Andrew Flint which will be used for STEM projects
Always a busy month with the White river Duck Race, organised by the Lions who share the profit with us. We will donate them to Dig Deep a ‘water’ charity working in Kenya. The weekend was spent at Lanlivery Rally giving away over 1000 books. At the cheese and wine evening and quiz in Libby & Alan’s cowshed, President Sandra welcomed Loraine Hoar as a linked member. We took part for the 22nd year in the Marine Conservation Society beach clean & survey, this year it was at Charlestown beach 15 members attended the September Region meeting in Taunton to hear speakers on ‘Safer Families for Children’ and the threat of the Asian Hornet with Wendy & Kay joining with the other 3 Presidents for a photo that became a SIGBI photo of the month. Barbara came forward to become President Elect. Catherine did a
Four Club members, Wendy, Mary, Liz & Barbara attended the 3 day International Convention in Malaysia in July with over 1300 Soroptimists from 75 different countries. They were able to meet up with members of our Friendship Link Club Barossa Valley in Australia Daphne of Tiverton joined with Wendy Liz & Barbara for a 2 week tour of Malaysia beginning in Penang. See the club Facebook page for photos of their exploits.
Emily attended our club meeting. Mary, Jean Ann and Wendy took part in the Truro Race for Life. Julie & Pat organised a Treasure Hunt around Charlestown with supper afterwards at Porthpean Golf Club. Poppy Bees and Melia Buscombe of Pondhu School received the Carol Jennings Awards for service to fellow pupils, presented by President Sandra Our Founder President Marjorie Hutchison sadly passed away this month at 94, she had led a very full life and been a very active inspirational Soroptimist both here in Cornwall and her beloved Yorkshire.
A busy June for club members, The Summer Fayre in Lanjeth raised £1,200 for Look Good Feel Better, Some famous faces popped in to judge the cake decorating competition. The club meeting was held in the plush Council Offices Chamber and Alan & Heather Angilley of Physionet told us of the Charity’s work in providing physiotherapy and mobility equipment for the disabled overseas. 14 club members joined with Soroptimists from all over the South West Region for the AGM & Conference at The Berry Head Hotel in Brixham. Liz Kirk and member Pam Bee treated us to some healing therapies