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President Margaret Harries: 2020 – 2021

As Club President I would like to welcome you to our website.

When planning my programme for our 65th anniversary year, I had not anticipated the situation we now find ourselves in but neithertheless we do have a varied and interesting programme for 2020/21.

We are often asked what Soroptimists do?   The simple answer is given in our mission statement:

“Soroptimists transform the lives and status of women and girls through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities”.

This mission statement is the essence of everything we do and we have been active both in our own community, nationally and internationally raising awareness of and campaigning for the abolishment of FGM and Modern Day Slavery.  Locally, we have worked with the Tenby Girl Guiding Group and the Memory Café.  Internationally, we have supported Toilet Twinning and collected and sent underwear for young women, children and premature baby hats to a fellow Soroptimist based in South Africa to help children in her community.

We also organise social events which are a lot of fun and have a lively Book Club which usually meets once a month. During this year we had planned to continue our work with the Tenby Memory Clinic – dementia being a subject close to my own heart – and to  work with a local non-profit organisation ESTEEM by collecting and recycling tools, plant trees locally as part of the    project and organise fund raising activity for SANDS.

Unfortunately things have been a little different but we have still managed to meet on the first Tuesday of each month via Zoom and have kept in touch via telephone calls and news bulletins. We have also been rather busy.  During “lockdown” we paid a virtual visit to the Hay Festival, we also made and delivered “memory “teddy bears to dementia patients in nursing homes around the Tenby area.

In August we held a socially distanced out of doors coffee morning in the grounds of New Hedges Village Hall.  We were also able to support the MacMillan Coffee Morning in September with another socially distanced coffee morning in the grounds of New Hedges Village Hall.

Zoom has allowed us to continue with our programme of speakers and in September we welcomed the Rev Dr Mary Thorley who gave an interesting and inspiring talk on “The Lost Women Of West Wales”.   Sadly, we are not able to visit the International Soroptimists Conference in Belfast in person but a group of our members are looking forward to attending a virtual conference.

We are hoping to return to our usual meetings as soon as it is possible and our planned activities include a visit to ESTEEM, a lunch for International Women’s Day in March, and visits to the National Botanic Gardens, the MENCAP Gardens at Stackpole, tree planting and resuming our links with the Memory Café.

If you would like to find out more about us or join us for one of our Zoom meetings please contact us via the website.