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How can another year have passed so quickly? This time last year I had just taken office as 'President Elect' and now, here I am, sitting in my little office, wondering what I can say to you, all my lovely ladies, as your President.

2018 is such an important year for women. This year marks 100 years since women were first given the vote. As I write to you, we have also just celebrated International Women's Day, a day which brings together global governments, women's organisations, businesses and charities under one banner. The theme this year is 'Press for Progress'. The website argues: "We can't be complacent. Now, more than ever, there's a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity".

Now I'm not suggesting that we start becoming militant, and marching around with banners held high, but I do believe that we shouldn't be content to just do nothing. The theme 'Press for Progress' could become a mantra for our own League.

Our National League is well over 100 years old, and times move on. What served our League a 100 years ago, or indeed 50 or even 20 years ago, does not necessarily serve our League today. We have to progress forward and embrace change if we are to keep our League alive and fresh and encourage younger members to join us. It's not easy as we get older, to let go of all we have become comfortable and familiar with, but I do believe it is necessary if we still want our League to flourish in the future, not just for ourselves but for forthcoming generations of women.

As celebrate League Sunday let us use it as a time to think about 'pressing for progress' and approaching the future of our League with new ideas and new challenges. Let us not forget, our League is comprised of a powerful group of women, and I'm sure together we can accept all the challenges and progress which must come, sooner rather than later, to make us even more powerful in years to come.

In love and friendship.

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