New president sworn in at Bedford branch of international women’s movement

Soroptimist International Bedford new president Pauline Stewart with guests from Streetchild United PNL-150914-141318001

Soroptimist International Bedford new president Pauline Stewart with guests from Streetchild United PNL-150914-141318001

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The Bedford branch of an organisation which aims to transform the lives of women and girls has celebrated the appointment of a new president.

Soroptimist International Bedford welcomed Pauline Stewart as its 64th president at an event on Tuesday (September 8).

Former Soroptimist International Bedford president Carolyn Lightfoot PNL-150914-141332001

Former Soroptimist International Bedford president Carolyn Lightfoot PNL-150914-141332001

She was handed the chains of office by outgoing president Carolyn Lightfoot at the event, held at Bedford Golf Club.

At her inauguration Pauline elected the Street Child United as the President’s charity, and will be working hard to support it.

She also spoke of growing Soroptimist International Bedford: “Being part of one of the longest running women’s groups in the world is simply not enough. We need to sustain the membership, grow in number, enabling members to continue with projects aimed at transforming the lives of women and girls.

“Next month SI Bedford celebrates its 84th Charter and if we want to reach 100 years it is imperative to do something now!

“Our history encourages entrepreneurship, creativity and the drive to get things done, guided by Soroptimist values.

“The future of the club will depend on existing and new membership.”

Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement, with about 130,000 members in 130 countries. It was started in California in 1921, with the Bedford branch founded in 1931.

For more information about the group and membership, go to www.sigbi.org/bedford