Submitted by Susan Peirce
Over 70 members convened in Kawartha Lakes for the annual Spring Conference of the Eastern Canada Region of Soroptimist International of the Americas in May. Women came from as far away as Thunder Bay, and included a representative from Head Office in Philadelphia.

Mackey’s Celebrations was a beautiful venue for both our business and social activities, including the Annual General Meeting and Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream Social on the Friday night. The highlight of the weekend was a Murder Mystery Dinner on Saturday night. Each participant came adorned as their favourite fairy tale or nursery rhyme character as they celebrated the weekend’s ‘The Enchanted Storybook’ theme. Guests were shuttled to and from The Days Inn to Celebrations by their fairy tale ‘chariot’, the Town Trolley, for Saturday evening. Charmin’s Wholesome Foods Catering did a superb job, with several comments that they ‘had never had a better meal’ at a conference.

The economic impact to the Kawartha Lakes was over $12,000, with some members commenting that they are returning to spend some of their summer in the area.

Soroptimist International of Kawartha Lakes is a volunteer service organization for women dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. For more information about this dynamic group of women, visit their website at: Photo credit Marci Stainton.

Local NewsDeb Crossen