This will be my last Dateline letter as President of FIWAL as my tenure ends at the AGM on 12th June. It has been an honour and privilege, as well as a great pleasure, to serve in this role and I have greatly enjoyed the last two years. FIWAL will always remain a very special organisation to me with its breadth of opportunities to meet and socialise with so many interesting and active women in our member Clubs. I have made some enduring friendships and enjoyed some splendid events and look forward to continuing to do so as a FIWAL member.
My successor will be formally announced shortly, but I highly recommend her to you all. She will be a talented and pro-active leader, continuing to vigorously promote FIWAL’s aims of friendship and understanding.
The last event on my watch, FIWAL’s Annual Spring Lunch, on Tuesday, 23rd May 2017 at The Churchill Hotel was a great success and the purely fun occasion we had hoped. The bubbly at the reception went down well and delicious lunch too. “The Young Once” Ukulele Group got our toes tapping and the raffle and auction were very well supported. Thank you to all who attended and, as always, The Churchill Hotel offered splendid service as always.
We felt a little escapism was excusable, but it did not lessen our deep sympathy for the victims of the dreadful events in Manchester. As said on the day, we in FIWAL have no control over such tragedy, but can continue to play our small part in showing empathy and understanding to others of all religions and races and teaching our children and grandchildren not to hate. We can only try, given the signs of division and discord in this country and the world to keep the flags of friendship flying.
One heart-warming piece of news to share is about the money you all helped to raise at the joint FIWAL/NZWA Valentine’s Tea-party which was donated to a New Zealand Earthquake appeal. The NZWA found a small town, Waiau, in the epicentre of the earthquake had suffered greatly and was not in line to receive much government support. Their school swimming pool, which is a community amenity and vital in the summer temperatures, had been totally wrecked and there was a local appeal for funds. The FIWAL Executive and NZWA agreed that the £1,000 donation should go to them rather than be lost in a large general fund. We hope you all approve. We have received a deeply appreciative thank you from the school and we enclose a photograph for you all to see.
To remind Club Leaders: the FIWAL AGM will be on Monday, 12th June 2017 – The Lansdowne Club. Details have been sent out and I look forward to seeing you there. In the meantime, we at FIWAL send every good wish to you and your club members.