At the January club meeting outgoing President Margaret Parkinson handed over the Insignia to incoming President Lorraine Gillings for the final part of our year. Lorraine presented Margaret with flowers and thanked her for her term. Lorraine’s aim for her term of office is to include a mix of project work, fund raising and social events as well as having interesting speakers at supper meetings.
Margaret Parkinson takes up the second presidency for this year having received the Insignia from outgoing President Margaret Luscombe at the September meeting. President Margaret Parkinson called for a minute’s silence to mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and also lit a candle to mark International Day of Peace. A peace lily was raffled at the meeting and raised £44 for club funds.
Margaret Luscombe is the first of three Presidents who will be sharing the role this year. Margaret took up office at the AGM on 20th April and was handed the chain of office from outgoing President Mary McNaughton.
Margaret said: “After two difficult years of zoom meetings and experimenting with one meeting a month, we have now gone back to two meetings a month to give us more time for discussion and planning.
I was so pleased to start my term by introducing a new member, with two more members joining us in May – what a wonderful start to the new Soroptimist year!
I hope that this new year will unite us in moving forward with energy and enthusiasm. The summer term hopefully will be filled with warm weather and sunshine with a mixture of fundraising and social events as well as our twice monthly meetings.“