As the new President of Soroptimist International of King’s Lynn, I am pleased to welcome you to our website. Firstly I would like to thank Andrea Pearson, who was last year’s President, on having such a successful year.
WORKING TOGETHER IN FRIENDSHIP
I count myself a fortunate woman by the serendipity of birth & culture. I guess some of my sister Soroptimists in King’s Lynn may feel the same. But whatever we believe we all share in the aims and mission of the Soroptimist International movement and that creates a bond between us.
So, we are a group of local women working towards the enablement, empowerment and education of women & girls worldwide so that they may achieve their individual & collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities. We would hope to be the voice, when needed, for those women whose circumstances are different and sometimes daunting and who are not always heard yet.
I hope that in this presidential year we shall continue to work together and liaise with charities and organisations locally, nationally and internationally – especially with our sister Soroptimists in so many countries.
Our own chosen charities for 2016/7 are
• Lend with Care: providing small scale loans to individuals who may otherwise struggle to gain access to finance. Loans are repaid over a fixed period, and the money can be used then to help others.
• Voluntary work abroad – Girl Guides: we will offer financial support towards 2 local Girl Guides (who must be self-funding) to undertake work in communities overseas. One community project is in Costa Rica and the other, a conservation project in Iceland.
• Tools for Self-Reliance: this is a charity providing refurbished tools and machines to send to Africa, helping people to take control of their lives, earn a living for their families.
Our club continues to grow, attracting new members from diverse backgrounds but who all have an desire to improve the lives of women and girls. We meet monthly and further information about the club and our programme, can be found elsewhere on the web-site. If you would like to join us for a “taster” meeting, please get in touch, you will be more than welcome.