President’s Message

President’s Message 2019-2020
I am delighted to welcome you to the Tynemouth, Whitley Bay & District Soroptimist club and to our website where you can learn more about our voluntary work, events and social activities.  I’m fortunate that IPP Judy Donnelly OBE has continued  to build and promote our fantastic club;  we are a strong and spirited team who have achieved many goals and had several successes within our project work . These all focus on the Soroptimist aim to “Educate, Empower & Enable ” all women and young girls.

As Judy so precisely stated, “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……we can flourish & make a difference, together.”

My planned programme, with the main theme of The Environment is built upon a balance of Programme Action and opportunities to socialise and have fun.

When considering which charity to support I always came back to the theme of ‘water’ – how could I chose anything else when in the 21st Century the statistics are stark with 1 in 3 people on our planet  not having a functioning toilet and 1 in 9 without  clean water next to their home. By focusing on both local & global issues I hope the choice of ‘Toliet Twinning’ and ‘The Red Box Project’ offers a variety of opportunities to all members to take action.  I feel these complement our ongoing Programme Action work which also supports achieving the UN sustainable goals as it is at the heart of being a Soroptimist.

The launch of our ‘Incubator’ group where new ideas are developed for future Programme Action is exciting and shows the forward thinking and problem solving skills available to our club through members.

I look forward to working with all club officers, current and prospective members on an exciting programme during the 73rd year of SI Tynemouth, Whitley Bay & District Soroptimist club.

Over the last three years membership has increased; we are more visible in our community, we’ve won significant grants, most recently from Newcastle Building Society and  promoted our actions on local radio, so I conclude with HUGE thanks to all members; you’re AWESOME!

Our membership is strong but new members are always welcome.