President’s Message


Presidnet Judy Donnelly OBE

President’s Message 2018-2019
I am delighted to welcome you to the Tynemouth, Whitley Bay & District Soroptimist club & to our website where you can learn more about our voluntary work, events & social activities. As President for a second year of office, I wish to build upon the fantastic club achievements of the previous year ;  we are a strong & spirited team who have achieved many goals & had several successes within our project work . These all focus on the Soroptimist aim to “Educate, Empower & Enable ” all women & young girls.

I believe we can continue to develop & grow our project work so to reach our aims & objectives, by clear direction, good team organisation & by reviewing our actions. As our club membership continues to increase, our skills base, expertise & knowledge has also developed. By coming together, sharing & participating we are a much stronger club.
I know it is the combined efforts of everyone that is important & by taking a collective attitude of ……..”I can’t but WE can” ……. we can flourish & make a difference, together.

My planned programme continues to build on a balance of serious activity & an opportunity to socialise & have fun. It focuses on both local & global issues & incorporates two key interests of mine … Early Years Education… & …Mental Health & Wellbeing. These helped me to identify the choice of charities I wished to support during my first year as President ; I particularly wished to have a personal connection to both international & local causes, so chose “The Manzini Project” in Swaziland & the Tyneside & Northumberland “MIND”.  These I wish to continue into my second year  as I know there is so much more we can do to support marginalised & vulnerable children in Swaziland through Nursery education, training & care and locally support a range of services for good mental health & wellbeing. I feel these complement our ongoing Programme Action work which also supports achieving the UN sustainable goals & is at the heart of Soroptimism.

I must thank everyone for their hard work & active contributions over the past 12 months, it has been a very productive time. Hopefully this will continue as we move forward to establish & develop this club to be fit  for the future whilst respecting past traditions & sensitively embracing change.

I offer my congratulations & best wishes to the future incoming Regional President, club member Shirley Hallam & also thank outgoing club member Linda Johnson for all her hard work as the current Regional President . I look forward to working with all club officers, current & prospective members on an exciting programme during the 72nd year of SI Tynemouth, Whitley Bay & District Soroptimist club.