I have been a circler since 2012 and before I even fully joined I was made the Membership Officer of the City of London Circle.
You could say Circler-ing runs in my blood and it is a wonder it took me that long to join – I grew up as a Round Table Brat – in my father’s Table the family was always included and so involved in the community events at the weekend – making those waffles or selling the tombola tickets as well as just gaining so many more honorary aunts and uncles by growing up in the Round Table Community.
Circling has giving me so much –
- skills like cocktail mixing, church bell ringing, shamelessly acquiring those raffle prizes
- Knowledge about the Chinese Art of Galigraphy, the history of Tea and Bourbon and where the ghosts of London live
- Experience of observing Bats who make London their home and where, when and how to find them, escaping the tower, drinking wine where Henry VIII ones stored his
- Amazing friends who I would never have met without Circle - in London, all over the country and the world
- And so much laughter!
I work as a Marketing Analyst for a charity Monday to Friday and I paint, crochet, cook, bake, read and I am part of a board games group, playing board games in all the free time I have when I am not doing something with Ladies Circle.
Jo’s theme this year is inspire – and that is what I hope to do as the new membership officer. #Inspire you to go out there and talk about Ladies Circle or find out more about Ladies Circle by engaging at a Local, Area, National, International Level. The more you put in the more you get out!
#Inspire Who and what inspires me – there are so many things that inspire me: a beautiful painting, a fleeting moment observed in nature and so many people dead and alive: artists, writers, activists, colleagues and friends but mostly and I know this is corny it is my family that inspire me: my father who is larger than life to me, my sister who is my moral compass and my mother who is warmth personified – knowing I have these three people in my corner makes me feel almost invincible.
There is also an author who probably also shaped me as I have been reading her work since I was 11 and still do – let’s see if anyone can guess who wrote these quotes:
“Every now and then I like to do as I'm told, just to confuse people.”
“I distrust any advice that contains the words 'ought' or 'should'.”
“Girls are 50% of the population. We deserve to represent 50% of the heroes.”
“When in doubt, shoot the wizard.”
Yours in friendship
National Membership Officer 2018/19