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Dear Ladies,

Welcome back to the start of the new membership year, I am sure you are all revived by the summer break and full of good memories spent with family and friends and I look forward to hearing about all your adventures!

In between our own vacations, those of us on the board have been working non stop, it seems this year even in the summertime we have had a lot to do.  Not least, the office move!  Although a big upheaval, it went very well, we had the help of Allied Pickfords, who worked very hard to make the move as smooth as possible.  After some small redecoration and some days of sorting and organisation, the office was up and running again very quickly. We will be very glad to show you the new premises and will hopefully be able to organise an open day very soon.  Of course you are more than welcome to pop in at any time, but please call the office beforehand so that we can be sure to welcome you.

I would like to thank the Business Park, Sofia management team for their very generous donation of the office space we occupied for the last five years and we have been very lucky to receive the same support from the owners of our new offices, especially Mr Zlatev from Terra Tours, with their partnership, we can continue to direct more money to causes that need our help.

I have also received applications for both the part time office position and the vacant board position of Charity Chair.  This is a very positive move forward and I hope to be able to make an announcement very soon. It is vital, with a small executive board and minimum office staff that we are fully operational so that we can offer you, our members, and the charities that we support, the very best service we can.

Toi and her team have spent the summer redefining the bazaar, she has been finding new professional support, exploring new ideas and raised all our expectations!  If you are a stallholder or interested in being one, please make sure you attend the first stallholder meeting, to be held on the 20th September.

With the Bazaar speeding towards us, we will all have a very busy few months ahead of us, so Nadya has been organising some great events, where we can take time out to socialise and have some fun. Please be sure to check out the regular group sign up sheets, now is the time to re join a group you have always supported or sign for something else you have always wanted to do.  Do talk to Nadya if you would like to start a new group, if you have a passion, I am sure someone else in the club shares it with you!

I am optimistic for our year ahead, with you as our members, not only will we achieve great things, but we will be there for each other when it is needed.

Good health to you all, and let’s get started!

Angela