MEMBERS of the Soroptimists from across Ireland gathered in Tralee as the local branch held a friendship weekend for all Irish members of the international voluntary organisation.
Soroptimists is a world-wide volunteer service organisation for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.
As the head of the Tralee and District branch of the Soroptimists Anne O'Driscoll is currently the national president of the organisation the Tralee group felt it would be fitting to host a national gathering of soroptimists in the county capital.
Incidentally Anne, a soroptimist since 2004, is only the second Soroptimist from Tralee to hold the national post, following in the footsteps of Tralee woman Alice King who was the only previous National President from Tralee and who held the position from 1982 to 1983.
Over 80 members of the Soroptimists from branches all over Ireland joined their fellow members in Tralee for a weekend long celebration of the organisation and its work.
The weekend's events began on Friday evening with a civic reception hosted by Mayor of Tralee Pat Hussey at Tralee Town Council's chambers.
On Saturday afternoon, having spent the morning exploring Tralee, the group headed to Tralee Golf Course at Barrow where they enjoyed a fine afternoon's golfing before returning to Tralee to enjoy a gala dinner at the Meadowlands Hotel.