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Look out for splashy swimwear
and some hot designs from young,
emerging UTT designers at The
Woman fashion show on October
10 at the Little Carib Theatre.
The show is the second of its kind
being organised by the women s club
Soroptimist International, Newtown.
The club is a local non-profit chap-
ter of the wider group Soroptimist
International of Great Britain and Ire-
land, which aims to help educate and
empower girls and women.
The word "soroptimist" comes
from a combination of the Latin word
"soror"---sister, and "optima"---best.
And these "sisters" are certainly doing
it for themselves as they seek ways
to help out in their own communi-
ty.The T&T Newtown club, launched
in 2010, is the most recent of six
soroptimist clubs in T&T. Three
women from previously established
T&T clubs helped found the New-
town club, vowing to rejuvenate the
soroptimists image from one of an
"old ladies club" to become more
relevant to a younger generation. And
so it hit upon the idea last year of
hosting a youthful, trendy event to
attract young women -- a fashion
"It was a huge success," said
Chevonne Agana, president of Sorop-
timist International, Newtown in a
telephone interview with the
Guardian. "Highlights included a good
line of children s clothing, and unique
all-paper fashions produced by stu-
dents from the St Francois Girls Col-
lege," said Agana.
She said this year s fashion show
will be "bigger and better. We will
have some great upcoming female
designers, including three UTT
designers who will each present their
own fashion line. We are also intro-
ducing the work of a swimsuit
The Woman fashion show is the
main fundraising event for the New-
The Newtown club has been
involved in several other projects since
it began, including mentorship,
Christmas charity and educational
"Since 2011, we ve been involved
with a mentorship programme with
Sophia House (part of the CREDO
foundation) which is a residential
home for girls. We ve maintained a
close relationship with the home,"
said Agana. The Newtown Soropti-
mists have organised self-improve-
ment sessions at the home and pro-
moted self-awareness through fun
trips and activities with the girls,
from going to films to rock climbing,
Another Newtown club project is
their annual Christmas Caravan in
December, where they bring Christ-
mas gifts and treats for girls in homes
in and around POS.
And in education, the Newtown
Sorpotimists have started two bur-
saries, one for a primary school girl
and one for a tertiary level young
woman. The most recent primary
school bursary recipient was a student
from Newtown Girls who had prob-
lems reading: "We supported her for
two years, from Standard Three to
Five, with classes at the group Moms
for Literacy," said Agana. The student
has since passed her SEA exams and
is now a first form student who
recently started secondary school.
The Newtown Soroptimists also
gave a bursary to a lucky UWI student
in a non-traditional female area of
study: a young woman studying com-
puter science & technology.
And in a very simple, practical
project, last year the Newton Sorop-
timists also repainted a halfway house
for battered women in east Trinidad.
This Saturday s The Woman fash-
ion show will help pay for more good
projects in the area, and all are invited.
For tickets, which cost $200, call 724-
5547 or 789-4847.
Every leader experi-
ences both good and bad
days. Even the best lead-
ers become discouraged
at times. What kind of
a leader are you? When
confronted by events
that seem to challenge
your confidence and sta-
bility and bring you into
an atmosphere of defeat,
instability and discour-
agement, how do you
respond? As leaders we
can learn to change and
turn every defeat into
The key question on your bad day
is: are you going to give up or get up?
And how can you get up? Sometimes
life s circumstances can make you feel
stuck. You find yourself making the
same mistakes over and over again. You
want to become better, gain confidence
or develop deeper relationships, but just
can t figure out what is missing to help
you achieve the dividends you are pur-
posed to experience.
We ve all been there. When con-
fronted with a barrier to our goals, self-
reliance is our guide. Work harder. Put
in longer hours. Focus more. We think
that we must be the "go-to person";
that we have to always have all the
answers, for ourselves and for everyone
else. Please allow me to share with you
the following ten points on how you
can turn your defeat into
dividends through Dr John
C Maxwell s Intentional
1 Rise above self pity.
Failure is an attitude, not
just an outcome.
2 Think positively.
Success comes by going
from failure to failure with-
out losing enthusiasm.
3 Learn from your
experiences. Failure isn t
failure unless you learn
nothing from it.
4 Seek alternatives.
All successful leaders vary their
approaches during their difficult
5 Develop a sense of humour.
Laughter is the shortest distance
between two people and the fastest way
to get perspective.
6 Be realistic. The first job of the
leader is to define reality.
7 Establish new goals. Failure is
an opportunity to begin again, but more
8 Develop a passion. Your own
resolution to succeed counts for more
than anything else.
9 Broaden your base of support.
No single venture should support your
entire emotional life.
10 Separate your self worth from
your performance. A positive self-
image prepares you for success.
Sisters doing it for themselves
WHAT: Fashion show---
WHEN: Saturday, October 10, 7
WHERE: Little Carib Theatre,
Call 724-5547 or 789-4847
Dr John Maxwell
on Friday at the Teaching and Learning
Centre at the University of the West Indies,
St Augustine (opposite UWI Spec), in a
modern facility with the required technology
for high-quality streaming. The event will be
repeated on October 16 at the Southern
Academy for the Performing Arts (Sapa),
Rienzi Kirton Highway and Todd Street, San
Fernando. For more information on this
must-attend leadership conference, please
contact us at Power Team TT at
email@example.com or visit our
powerteamtt Facebook page and inbox us
to learn how you can be part of this
Soroptimists host fashion show on October 10
Leaders can turn
defeat into dividends
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