Chairman's Column: Linda Looks to the Future

As I arrived home tonight after spending the day with two of my grandchildren, I realised it was still daylight. Isn’t it nice to see the days drawing out?

The first two months of the year are always a bit quieter for your Office Bearers but there have been a few meetings. Molly Sangster, our honorary treasurer, and I, along with our finance officer and general secretary, had a meeting in early January with our auditor. He again stressed very seriously that we are at the point where every member must complete a membership form to be a member of the organisation.

The staff at Headquarters have been working very hard to get the new membership cards and leaflets advising of discounts out to members. Please bear with us – do not be alarmed if some have got them and you have not. They will all come eventually, providing we have your completed form.

This has been a mammoth task for the ladies. As has been said before, if we do not have a membership form for you then you will not be issued with a membership card and subsequently will not be able to take advantage of the discounts on offer.

I attended Strathallan Institute’s 80th birthday party in Auchterarder Golf Club on 10 January. It was a lovely evening spent with many friends from Perth & Kinross Federation.

I managed to attend my own Federation executive meeting which was followed by a Junior Dippers planning meeting. We have now extended the age limit for our girls as one or two were due to leave the group. This extension has been welcomed by the girls as they are thoroughly enjoying the various activities on offer. We have a great program organised for our group this year which also includes a music and drama day.

I had hoped more Federations would take up the challenge of starting groups – please think about it. Don’t leave it to your committee members – they are far too busy. With a few “news” items in your local paper (they are free) and a couple of friends to help with the organisation, all you need to do is find a room somewhere, twist some arms to give a bit of time to pass on their skills and off you go! Do remember though that those in charge (not necessarily the tutors) will have to complete Disclosure forms.

We have now made progress with the organisation of the ACWW European Conference which SWI is hosting in 2020. This event will be held at the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel and Conference Centre which is set in tranquil grounds on the banks of the River Clyde in Clydebank, near Glasgow, from 12 – 15 October 2020. Remember, as an SWI member you can also attend. Further information will be available as we begin to plan for the event so please check Facebook and our website. We will also send information to all Federation secretaries.

I sent out a letter in November last year asking for your help in fundraising for this event which has to be self-funding. Please refer to the letter for ideas and, if possible, could we have any donations sent in to Headquarters by the end of this year. Your help will be very much appreciated.

At the conference, goodie bags will be given to those attending which usually contain local information and a few keepsakes. It is our intention to organise a class with Elaine Lindsay of Something Corny, making either a hairst knot or a small heart which will be embellished with SWI ribbon and a short message. The class, on a date to be arrange, will be for around 20 members to be held at Headquarters, and we hope that these ladies will agree to make around 7 each for inclusion in the bags.

We will also require help to make tartan corsages to be given to all the ladies attending the gala dinner during the conference. We have already been given a donation of pieces of tartan for this purpose. If you are interested in helping with either of these projects please get in touch with me.

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