On 3 October 2019 we held a formal meeting of our Club to bring to a close the highly industrious two-year presidential term of office of Urszula Machowska. The occasion simultaneously marked the beginning of our new President Ewa Sum’s tenure.
We began our meeting with the candle lighting ceremony. This, as always, was very moving.
Ewa Sum, the President elect, lit a candle for our SI Bielsko-Biala Club. Anna Plater-Zyberk, chair of the Statute Commission of the Union, lit a candle for the Polish SI Union. Katarzyna Brykowicz, the President of the Polish Union, lit a candle for the SI European Federation. And Beata Mikuszewska, the doyenne of our Club, lit a candle for World Soroptimism.
The outgoing President presented a detailed report of the tasks and projects which had been accomplished during her term. One of the most highly rated of the projects was the training of volunteers to work with “Zameczek” in Rudoltowice, a centre for children and young people with special needs. Urszula warmly thanked her immediate collaborators and presented them with small handmade presents. She also expressed her gratitude to all members of the Club for their work and cooperation.
We greatly appreciate the way Urszula led the Club in a democratic and extremely organised way. We also acknowledge her hard work and great empathy.
Urszula – thank you very much for your commitment and warm smile for each member of our Club.
Then, according to custom, the outgoing President presented the insignia – a chain with the names of all past Presidents – to Ewa Sum, the new President whose work began from that moment.
Many congratulations Ewa. We wish you success in Soroptimist work and we are looking forward to working together.