Welcome March! Despite the blustery winds and snow, I can feel the promise of Spring with the longer days and brave daffodils starting to appear. Everything is awakening for the busy season ahead. There are many interesting events this Spring hosted by our Member Clubs and I hope that you participate with your fellow FIWAL members in some of them. Please look through the listings and don’t forget to share Dateline with your members.
Our annual Valentine’s Tea was a wonderful success. Over 90 members and friends attended what was a very lively afternoon. Thank you to everyone for your generosity. Together we raised £2900 to be donated to the ‘Sponsor a Kid’ program in Malaysia. My sincerest thanks to Datin Ros, spouse of the Malaysian High Commissioner, for opening her home and so graciously hosting us. Everyone appreciated the delicious Malaysian High Tea of savoury and sweet dishes and enjoyed the entertainment especially several songs from the ‘Singing Ambassador’.
Next on the calendar is the International Coffee Morning hosted by the Australia Women’s Club on Tuesday 10 April at Australia High Commission. I highly recommend it – for the excellent programme and of course the homemade baked goods. The guest speaker is Matt Anderson, PSM the Deputy High Commissioner of Australia and proceeds will be donated to the White Ribbon Charity. Please book early as there is limited space and this event is very popular.
Then later in April is the FIWAL Biennial Spring Conference on Friday 27 April at the Churchill Hotel in Portman Square. The programme, Women’s Voices Heard: Empowerment and Equality from Around the World is a very timely subject. We look to explore it from diverse cultural perspectives. Additionally, we will mark the centenary of the Women’s Right to Vote in the UK. There is an impressive line up of speakers and the morning will be concluded with an Q&A session. Then we can all enjoy the usual superb luncheon from the Churchill Hotel. Please mark your diaries and I hope that you will join us for this very special FIWAL event.
Lastly, everyone should have received the GDPR Pack purchased by FIWAL from Stone King and shared among our Member Clubs. Hopefully you have had the opportunity to begin reviewing the materials and find value in them. I am just getting started myself but I do believe the pack will help with a path forward to prepare for May 25th. I will be sure to forward any updates supplied by Stone King.
With all good wishes to everyone for the busy Spring ahead,