This week President Lyn Shiel and Secretary Edna Shafer-Hughes presented a cheque for £200 to Tamworth Self Isolation Support Group. The money was raised by donations from club members. Steve Hodgetts, joint organiser of the Support Group, spoke about this superb community scheme. In over 100 days of providing a service to the community and as of 28th June, they have dealt with 2043 in coming calls, 2836 outgoing calls, 270 befriending requests, 955 Emergency Food Parcels, 192 Co-op food parcels.
Soup, mince pies and cheese were part of SI Tamworths annual lunch to celebrate Human Rights Day. All funds raised were for the SI President’s Appeal ” The Road to Equality”. Please see https://www.soroptimistinternational.org/campaigns/roadtoequality/ for more information.
In March SI Tamworth signed up to EasyFundraising. We have now raised over £375.00. Immediate Past President Chris said: “Easyfundraising is a wonderful idea and a very easy way to make money for your good cause, it’s brilliant”. Watch our video to see how easy it is to use or goto Easyfundraising.org.uk for more information
On July 12th Vicky Vernon our membership officer and Barry her husband played host in their wonderful garden to a James Bond evening. Live music was provided by Jane Bailey who entertained us with the violin, flute and saxophone as we ate and sipped cocktails, shaken not stirred! £750 was raised, £250 was sent immediately to the appeal fund in Kathmandu and the further £500 will be sent to the Nepal international charity.
We held our annual Picnic Meeting at a local farm at which is owned by the Hemus family at Drayton Bassett and it was an excellent evening. We were given a warm welcome and a wonderful meal. Food was plentiful and delicious -home baked ham with a variety of side dishes followed by delicious puddings. Anyone on a diet forgot about it! This was followed by a fascinating and very informative talk by June Hemus about the history of the farm and family.
The club’s 71st Charter Dinner was on June 28th. The guest speaker was Auctioneer and Antiques expert Charles Hanson. He entertained everyone with a very interesting and very amusing description of life in the Antiques world, and the television Antiques programmes. His audience listened carefully when he described which antiques were selling well today . A fascinating after dinner speech!
At our June Business meeting Alan Blake spoke about Blood bikes. Blood bikes are a voluntary organisation which provide a free service between hospitals. For more information please see:- www.ssbbgroup.org.uk
To celebrate our 70th Charter year SI Tamworth purchased copies of a book for every Primary school in Tamworth. SI Tamworth wanted a do something that would make a difference in schools, support the Soroptimist ethos of ‘Educate, Empower, Enable’ and be a positive way to mark our 70 years of service to the community. The book – Girls can do anything by Caryl Hart was chosen because it is aimed at girls aged between 3 and 6 and has a powerful and striking message. It shows that girls can decide to be anything from an engineer to an astronaut. Two copies of the book have been sent to every Tamworth Primary school. Each book has a Soroptimist sticker inside, so the children know where the book came from.
SI Tamworth joined Easyfundraising on March 14th to raise money for club charities and between March 1st and April 30th was the highest raising club , winning a £100 donation. A remarkable achievement! Mental Health Awareness week is something club strongly supports. This year members wore green at a Busness meeting.
Three members of SI Tamworth were surprised at our March Business meeting to receive their 30 years long service awards. President Christine Arrowsmith presented the awards to dedicated Soroptimists Brenda Frankham, Maureen Turfrey and Margaret Walters who had been kept in the dark about the occasion.