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March 2018

The second meeting of the 2017-18 regional year was held at The Catholic Centre, Taunton on 17th March.


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After President Daphne welcomed everyone, we heard from the following speakers:

Speaker: Alison Hernandez, Police & Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly. Alison talked enthusiastically about women of the Criminal Justice System. Although still a gender imbalance, there are more women in positions of power and influence than we might realise, including politicians, the prison service and the courts.

Speaker: Amy Peake, founder of the charity Loving Humanity. Amy told the meeting how moved she had been by the sight of thousands of refugees in Syria queuing for food and water. The image started her thinking how the women, in particular, coped if they wanted to go to the loo – or had their period.  This started a remarkable journey as Amy visited makers of simple sanitary pad machines in India and worked tirelessly to provide these and raw materials to UN refugee camps where disadvantaged women refugees make the product.

Speaker: Judith Lewis, SIGBI Director of Finance. Judith gave the meeting an update on the SIGBI Vision 2021: looking forward to charitable status, the trading arm, new Club types and membership growth .

Other highlights of the meeting included:

  • New Members Lunchtime Chat facilitated by two members of the Regional Executive; it was great to see 12 new members from various clubs attending the Regional meeting.
  • Role and Purpose of the Federation Councillor presentation by the current Regional Federation Councillor.
  • Meru Garden Project Update from Regional Ambassador, Audrey Taylor of SI Brixham
  • ‘Five Minutes of Fame’ talks from SI Brixham, SI Cheltenham and SI Cirencester about their key Programme Action/Project activities