It is with great pleasure that I take up the reigns for the year 2013 from outgoing president.
Personally it is a great honour for me to be taking up the role as President and I hope that I can do the Club justice in the year ahead. I take the position from a line of great Professional and Business Women who have founded and nourished the club to what is a thriving member of the National Federation of BPW. Since I rejoined the club in 2003 I have been repeatedly moved by the tremendous range of talented members that the club is fortunate to have and the dedication that is shown by all of the members to the Club and its aims. We truly do share educate and have a voice and I hope that I can continue to raise the profile of BPW and its achievements in my year in office.
I am anxious to ensure that all of the members who we have not seen at club meetings and events in the course of the last number of years for one reason or another do come back. I was fortunate enough to travel to the European Congress in Sorrento at the end of September last year and one of the issues that permeates all Clubs on a European scale is the cyclical nature of membership. Alot of the European and international Clubs indeed are struggling with membership and it is not alone for fiscal reasons but also for the increased demands placed on the women across the globe, many of whom are now the main breadwinners for their household.....so we can take solace from the fact that it is not alone our club and the clubs across the country that are struggling with membership, it is an international problem. But we should look back to those members who have worked so hard in the past to make our club what it is today....it is for that reason that I have reverted to the traditional format of our general meetings, as you will see from the programme of events.
This will allow an opportunity for our members to really engage with each other at our meetings and to encourage new members to join the club and become part of an exciting organisation that is fortunate to have representation at the National Womens Council of Ireland, The European Commission and consultative status at the UN.
Our next General Meeting is on Monday 21st Octoberat 8pm in the Ardilaun Hotel. Join us for all your BPW European and International news.
We look forward to welcoming you into the Galway Club of BPW.