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President’s Message

We are in the lucky position to have, not one President this year, but three! Linda, Maureen and Yvonne are sharing the year between them. Read their short bios below to learn a little about them:
President Linda May 2020-Aug 2020

I joined Soroptimist International of Widnes in 1991. I have been club President twice, Regional President of South Lancashire, and Federation Councillor. We are entering interesting times as an organisation with lockdown. My Presidency will include the use of Skye, zoom, WhatsApp as well as the club newsletter, telephone calls, ecards, emails and the occasional letter. We all need to support each other as well as our world wide sisterhood. We need to increase our membership to help with the aftermath of a global pandemic. Please support us in the months ahead. Linda Redhead

Maureen Ellerton

President Maureen Sept 2020-Dec 2020

My name is Maureen Ellerton & I have been a member of SI Widnes since 2000. This will be my third time as Club President but first time job sharing. I will follow Linda Redhead & be President from 1 September 2020 – 31 December 2020.
We will continue to support our local Refuge & Nightstop (a homeless shelter for young people), as well as the SIGBI ‘Girls in Nepal’ project. Due to Covid 19 Lockdown, some members are shopping & collecting prescriptions for those who are unable to leave the house due to being shielded. This year, rather than raising funds for a specific charity, members of SI Widnes will be given the opportunity at the end of the year to choose local charities to benefit from our fundraising.
When I volunteered to take on the role of Club Persident I had plans for various events during my 4 month term of office. September was to have been a coach trip & October was to be our Annual Club Lunch plus attendance at the SIGBI Conference in Belfast. At the end of November we would hold our usual pre-Christmas Bingo & in December members would enjoy a Christmas meal at a local restaurant. The big question now is, what, if any, of these events will we actually manage to hold? Sadly, in these strange & worrying times, no-one knows the answer. In the meantime, we keep in touch with each other by telephone & e-mail & holding our meetings, both business & social, via Zoom. This in itself has proved to be a challenge. for me, as well as some of our members.
On 1 January 2021 I will hand over to President number 3, Yvonne Gibbon & return to my post as club secretary. I wonder if we will be back to some form of normality by then, whatever the normal may be? If not, I am sure members of SI Widnes will still carry on Zooming & helping each other as well as the local community & that of further afield.

President Yvonne Jan 2021-Apr 2021

I joined Soroptimist International of Widnes in 2008 and was Club President in 2017/18. I am currently Region President of SI South Lancashire until November 2020, when my term of office will end. I am also Federation Assistant Programme Director (APD) helping to raise awareness of the issues facing women and girls in today’s societies.

My Club Presidency will run from 1st January 2021 until our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in April 2021. My hope is that we will continue to recruit new members to help us support women and girls wherever and however that support is needed, whether that is locally supporting survivors of domestic abuse and the homeless, nationally or internationally to help women and girls to picking up the pieces of their lives and communities after the pandemic. Yvonne Gibbon