Looking ahead to our 50th Anniversary
This blog has a very unlikely start (particularly if you know me well......) - I was tidying up. Not only that, I was tidying up and found something I had been looking for. Quite remarkable.
Before summer, I was looking for details of all past chairlady's to add to our Website, to acknowledge and thank them for all they've done over the past 50 years to bring our organisation to where it is today.
I found our first "chain of office" - and to cut a long story short, I've since been in touch with our first ever Chairlady - and NOT ONLY THAT.....I've now met her.
Think about that one moment. I have met the lady responsible for chartering our organisation back in 1968 here in Hong Kong. Simply magical.
I could honestly write about it all at length - instead - next time you see me, stop me and ask me about my Summer trip to meet Jeanne. Again, if you know me, you'll know that when I'm passionate about something, I am very animated, excitable and difficult to get a word in edgeways..........so be prepared.
When we met, Jeanne kindly shared a book with me which holds details of our Charter ceremony held at the fabulous Mandarin Oriental "overlooking the twinkling lights of Hong Kong Harbour". Inside the book is an excerpt describing Hong Kong as a "city of contrast and intrigue, with crowded streets buzzing with people and majestic mountains rising from expanses of endless crystal blue sea".
A lot has changes in 50 years - but honestly, this still remains a very up to date way of describing this amazing place Ladies Circle Hong Kong calls home.
The meeting between our first Chairlady and I has inspired me so much. It feels like we've come full circle. It's a perfect way to describe how we must celebrate our 50th Anniversary in a few months and hopefully, Jeanne will travel here to help us celebrate.
Will you join us in March 2018 and help us celebrate and take Ladies Circle Hong Kong forward for the next 50 years? I hope so.
(You know you can register interest here.....tickets on sale soon.....)
Will I come back, aged 91 to celebrate our 100th Anniversary with our future generations (you can be sure I will try very hard !)
.....warning, may induce spontaneous eye leakage
We love drinks drop ins at Ladies Circle Hong Kong - it's an opportunity to mingle and catch up in relaxed surroundings while at the same time as raising funds for our focus charity "Small Group Homes."
On Wednesday evening we were joined by members past and present and friends at an extra special Drinks Drop In at the home of one of our very long standing members. Laura has been such a wonderful presence in our membership and on Council over many years.
Laura is relocating to the UK soon and will be very much missed in our daily lives - but will still be back often and will keep in touch across the miles.
As President I was given the honour of thanking Laura on the night and announcing how much we'd raised (a staggering HK$3,400). I should really have said a little more than just "this is not Goodbye, just a farewell..." I confess to finding it all a bit too emotional (totally rubbish on reflection and I'd give myself a 2 out of 10 !)
It's important to set the record straight I think!....
"Laura, a big thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have been my rock these past few years. Always so supportive and full of encouragement, love and compassion. So dedicated and hard working and with such a level head. You truly embody everything that I take to mean being a true member of Ladies Circle and I will miss you so very much. With much love and thanks to you always."
A fabulous AGM last night celebrating a wonderful year together, approving funding of HK$120,000 for local charities, celebrating our members and their dedication, thanking our Council of 2016/17 and welcoming our new Council of 2017/18.
The outgoing Council of 2016/17 put together a full program of social and community events and delivered this brand new whizzy website to us. A special thanks to our outgoing President, Becca, to our Treasurer of the past THREE years, Telina, and Angela, one of our social secretaries who all stood down from their positions.
Congratulations to our Member of the Year, Lina, as voted by the outgoing Council Lina has continued to be a huge support to the council, attends many social and Community events - and is always keen to lend a hand whenever needed.
We also recognised Sharon, Sue, Karen and Diane for everything they have done this year - from Crossroads coordination, to weekly Crossroads visits, to organising hikes for members.
This year, three of our long standing members, all of whom have served on Council for many years, will be leaving Hong Kong. We honoured their years of friendship and service with Honorary Lifetime Member awards and wish them all the very best on their new adventures (and will miss them a great deal.)
Congratulations to Laura, Sharon and Claire.
The new Council of 2017/18 formed and we are delighted to welcome Fiona back as President. She is joined by Vice President - Patty, Treasurer - Tasha, Secretary - Clare, Membership Secretary - Emma, Community Coordinators Mary & Karla, Webmaster - Eleanor and Social Secretaries Emily and Louise.
There is a lot to look forward to in 2018 - as Ladies Circle Hong Kong will celebrate our 50th Anniversary. The new Council are going to be very busy indeed - so watch this space and join us !!
In March, Ladies Circle were recognised for the 13th consecutive year as a Caring Organisation. This year, Hong Kong Family Welfare Society nominated us to receive the award at the Caring Company Partnership Expo 2017.
We interview one of our Community Coordinators below to find out more about her impressions of the expo, potential focus of future LCHK volunteer work and how she feels about her role as Community Coordinator....
LCHK: Thank you for accepting the award on our behalf, what did it mean to you?
Karla: On behalf of Ladies Circle Hong Kong, I take great pleasure in representing our group for receiving the award. This is my second year as the Community Coordinator and I always feel to be amazed with our members' commitment and contribution to the local community and for those who are in need in other parts of the world.
LCHK: That's wonderful. How did this years Expo compare to previous years, did you find any new charities we could consider supporting in the future?
Karla: Compared with the past two years, I found this year had the least number of exhibitors at the expo.
I would recommend to have a used material collection day to support one division at the HK Women Workers Association. The sewing team on recycling work, which is to collect waste material to re-make / re-design into new product. Broken umbrella, used table cloth / coffee bean bag / rice bag, etc. will be made as handbags, pouches, art pieces... for selling at their shops.
LCHK: That sounds like something our newly formed Craft Circle could get involved with!
Finally, what do you enjoy about membership of LCHK and the work we do in the Community?
Karla: Members of Ladies Circle Hong Kong not only build up friendship between ourselves, we also try to make connection to those we do not know and have never seen before. We also used our funding wisely in sponsoring children and adults from low income and deprived families, new immigrants and people with disabilities. This doesn't quite fully describe how rewarding all these services are to me but I am as always excited on being one of the volunteers."
LCHK: Thank you for your time Karla. The work our Community Coordinators undertake is very much appreciated by our members and charities we support.
If you are interested in finding more about how our members engage with the Community please contact our Community Coordinators at email@example.com