Dear Ladies,

It seems like only last month that I was writing my first letter as President!  The last year has flown by and I feel, as a board, we have worked very well together and have been committed to provide a positive experience for all our members and supporters.

Together we have tried to provide a more varied range of events and have been open to suggestions and advice. We have run an open and transparent board and encouraged all member to participate in all aspects of the club.

We are, step by step, upgrading our website to become more accessible and interactive for our members. You can now pay your membership online and make a donation to our charity foundation online.  We hope to continue to improve the online experience for you and all our visitors.

We also raised a record breaking amount of money at the annual charity bazaar, which continues to go from strength to strength, this is down to the commitment shown by all of the members of this club, of which you should all be very proud.

I have really enjoyed serving on the board and will always encourage new board members to have this experience, but I have decided to run again for one more year to provide some continuation.  Maria Ilieva and Becky Faber have decided to stand down this year, due to their personal and work commitments.  Becky came in like a whirlwind with great energy and positivity and was a great ambassador of the club, she will definitely be missed in the boardroom!

Maria has been our charity Chairperson for the last 5 years and has given much needed stability and consistency to this position, she has improved our procedures, kept us up to date with government policy within the charity sector and made crucial connections and built relationships as well as this she maintains contact with our many charities, through visits, reports and ensuring the club has its due exposure. I am very pleased to have worked with Maria and she will be leaving this position in great shape.

Enormous thanks to both Becky and Maria and my best wishes for their future commitments.

I know this will be a busy month with Easter holidays and time planned away, but please sign up for any events that you can make it to and remember you can always sign up online!

Happy holidays to you all.