News Mar 2017


The speaker at the first meeting of the month was club member Ros Earthy, whose interesting talk was titled “From Fearless Females to Disney Princesses” and detailed the roles of girls and women in folk and fairy tales. No longer are they the blond blue-eyed Cinderellas but now there are strong characters such as Merida and Mulan.


At the AGM later in the month, there were the usual reports. The finances are healthy and once again members were amazed when reviewing all the Programme Action work that has been carried out during the year. When it came to the election of officers it was pleasing to know that for 2017 – 2018, the club has a President, a President Elect and a Vice President, giving continuity for the future. The majority of aims in the Development Plan had been achieved and four members have been offered places on the Federation Training Day for the National Growth Plan.


At the quarterly Regional Meeting, held this time in Carlisle, it was President Jane’s 60th birthday, so each club presented her with a signed card, the Regional Committee gave her flowers and there was a cake! The Global Blanket, which is part of the petition on the Violence Against Women issue, was on show. Several clubs have already made squares, but there are more to come. All clubs were represented at the meeting, but it was sad to hear that the Whitehaven Club will be disbanded. Congratulations were given to Vera Baird, a Newcastle member, who has been made a Dame of the British Empire. It was business in the morning, then after an excellent lunch, the afternoon speaker was Janet Skeen from the charity Beanstalk, which supports non-readers in primary schools.


Eight club members had a night out at the Theatre by the Lake, first a meal and then a play written by Sandy Toksvig, Silver Linings. It had both humour and pathos and was enjoyed by all. Members also took part in the Workington to Keswick Walk, a talk at The New Bookshop by a thriller writer and attended the usual coffee morning.


Soroptimist International of Cockermouth and District meets on the first and third Thursday each month at VeeVa!. If this sounds the kind of organization you might enjoy, you would be made very welcome. For more information, please contact us via the web-site. There is also an informal coffee morning on the second Monday of the month, at the Lakes Home Centre in Cockermouth at 10.30. Why not come along to that? We don’t discuss business there, we just chat!