The Ballinasloe and District Soroptimist Club held their Annual General Meeting in Gullane’s Hotel reflecting on past activities, and forward plans for year ahead.
The Presidential Chain of Office was handed over by outgoing President Marirose Cullinane to Jane Enright Moony who is now taking her position on the committee. In addition, Mary Courtney has been appointed as Secretary for the Club.
Past President Jane Rothwell made a presentation on what issues and activities are current and next for the Soroptimists. The focus this year is tackling domestic abuse and will be targeted in their upcoming activities and fundraisers.
The Branch were invited to the launch of the Go Purple Day to help raise Domestic Abuse awareness. The Go Purple Day is a joint initiative led by An Garda Síochána, together with domestic abuse services across Ireland, raising awareness of supports and services available to people who experience domestic abuse and violence and reducing the stigma for those who require support.
The Soroptimists joined the Ballinasloe Lions Club, Cathaoirleach Cllr Dr. Evelyn Parsons and the local gardaí at their station in town to commemorate the day, all dressed in purple signifying strength, peace, love and independence.
The AGM also resolved to encourage a focus on wellbeing for their membership. The Soroptimists will be holding many activities this season, - hosting a barbeque fundraiser on Wednesday June 14 for Women’s Aid. Their barbeque held late last year was a resounding success, and the ladies hope to follow it up with tickets available to members soon.
The annual Public Speaking Competition was another great success, with two girls Aoife Hynes and Amy McDonagh going forward to the Regional Finals held in Ennis. For the 2023/24 year, the Soroptimists in Ballinasloe are set to host the next Regional Finals of the competition just after their local competitions in October/September.
The Soroptimist committee are looking forward to another year of helping women through enablement, empowerment and education. They are always looking for new members so if you are interested in joining the organisation they can be contacted by PRO Maria Finnegan at 087 2883907.
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