Club puts spotlight on the amazing

Morpeth Soroptimists club President Susan Guillain .
Morpeth Soroptimists club President Susan Guillain .

SUSAN Guillain, the new club president for Morpeth and District Soroptimists, has planned a programme for her year that focuses on the theme of Amazing Women.

The club will hear from a wide range of guest speakers during the year, all of whom are amazing in their own right and have interesting experiences, facts and knowledge of women who have helped to transform the lives of others.

President Guillain said: “Soroptimists have a vision and mission to inspire and create opportunities for women and girls and I particularly wanted to focus on women who have inspired others with the work they have been, or are currently, involved in.

“My club presidential year leads up to the 100th anniversary of the death of the Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison. Morpeth is marking the year and celebrating her life in a very special way, both in World Women’s Day and in June 2013. Her life has given me a great focus for my year as we look at other women who have left their mark in history.

“My first speaker will be Marion Anderson, a local historian and City of Newcastle Guide, who will tells us about Gertrude Bell, a local born well-educated and well-travelled woman from the early 1900s. During her lifetime she was highly esteemed and trusted by British officials and given an immense amount of power for a woman at the time. She travelled throughout Asia and helped set the state of modern-day Iraq. She worked for the King’s secret service as a spy while having trained as an archaeologist in the days when such an education for women was unheard of.”

She added: “In July, we will be having a guest open evening fund-raising event at Kirkley Hall, which will raise money for the charity Teardrop. I have chosen this charity to support in my presidential year as it is local and based in Wansbeck Hospital to support mothers and families who suffer the trauma and distress of miscarriage, still birth or neonatal death.

“The club will also be supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Week in October when we will be supporting our sister club in Whitley Bay, who are helping to organise a Pink Gala Concert at Whitley Bay Playhouse with help from the theatre company Day 8 Productions.

“Our website provides lots of information about our club and the type of activities as Soroptimists we get involved in and the causes we support and lobby about. I would like to personally encourage more women to find out about us and think about joining the club. We have a great programme for the year and all the details and dates and speakers are on our website. It is easy to get in touch with us, and we always give a warm welcome to friends and guests.”

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