Members of Soroptimist International of St. Vincent and the Grenadines convened their 33rd Annual General Meeting on Saturday 24th April, 2020, via Zoom.
Sixteen (16) of the twenty-nine (29) members registered their presence on the meeting platform, and they were able to complete the proceedings in under 2 hours.
Reports of the outgoing President Rene Baptiste, Secretary Josie-Ann Small, Programme Action Chairperson Miriam Roache and Treasurer Euna Thompson were all tabled and adopted.
Congratulations were extended to: sponsor scholar Ms. Zelacher Baptiste on her meritorious performance at the Intermediate High School; Sister Miriam Roache and Sister Christine Da Silva on their recent Awards for Women Development and Entrepreneurship respectfully at the Gender Development’s Award Ceremony; and H.E. Dame Susan Dougan on the Award of the GCMG.
Dame Susan Dougan is a Soroptimist and will be inducted as the Club’s Patron as soon as it is convenient so to do.
Elections were held and the following persons were returned to hold office for the 2020- 2021 term: Sis Ikarmola La Borde – President; Sis Donnette O’Neal – Vice President; Sis Josie-Ann Small – Secretary; Sis Euna Thompson – Treasurer; Sis Miriam Roache – Programme Action Committee Chair Person; Sis Christine DaSilva – Communications Officer; Sis Keisha Fraser- Membership Officer; Sis Lavinnia Gunn – Development Officer.
Sis Ikarmola La Borde will represent the Club at the Federation Level as Councillor, and Sis Miriam Roache and Sis Rene Baptiste (Immediate Past President) will do likewise at the Caribbean Regional level as the Soroptimist International Caribbean Network (SICN) Representatives.
The Club has set four (4) primary goals for 2020- 2021: rehabilitation of the Comfort Station; contribution of the Prison Project- “Standing up for Women behind Bars”; a Membership Drive to recruit new members; continuing programmes with the Glebe Day Nursery, the Helping Hands Centre, Primary Schools’ Library Project, MCMH Wards Gift Giving, Secondary School Scholarship Programme, Support to WPP Autism and Speech Therapy Clinics.
New President Sis lkarmola will preside over the First Meeting in May, which is generally celebrated as Soroptimist Membership Day.