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President’s message

Welcome to the website for Soroptimist International Kings Lynn.

I am Julie Williams, the President of Soroptimist International of King Lynn for the club year 2020 – 2021.

Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement working to transform the lives of women and girls. Of the almost 80,000 members in 124 countries, King’s Lynn club has around 35 members. We enjoy working with like-minded women on projects that help improve the lives of women and girls locally, nationally and internationally.

Given the current & fast-moving circumstances we find ourselves in during the Coronavirus outbreak, it’s been virtually impossible to draw up any type of plan for the year ahead. Planned projects like our well-established Public Speaking Competition have had to be cancelled or at best deferred. Sadly, the current situation means that we have temporarily put on hold the election of our charities for the coming year – watch this space in the future!

As it happens however, I’ve never really been any good at following plans or procedures- but I am pretty good at being re-active and thinking on my feet and I’d like to think at least, I never shy away from a challenge. So, despite the difficult times we find ourselves I’m determined that SIKL will continue to thrive and serve our community the way we know best, Women, Inspiring Action, Transforming Lives.

To this end, I’d like to share a poem that I have written that I hope you will agree, captures the essence of the moment:

 

LETS FILL THE WORLD WITH GLEE

Sister Soroptimist’s, I hope you will agree,

That Presidents Lyn & Janet

Have served us graciously

They’ve held their “caretaker” office

With purpose and competency

I only hope this novice

Can match their humility

 

The year that’s now before us,

Is like now’t that we have seen

In any of our life times

Not even in a dream

As everyone is anxious

And life seems so extreme

 

This year’s our 45th,

Charter anniversary

With all our celebrations, planned meticulously

But then nature threw the curve ball

Than no one could foresee

But it doesn’t mean we’re conquered

‘Cos we’re gonna rise triumphantly

 

With the help of phones & emails

And modern technology

SIKL Ladies,

Will still serve our community

And so to end my message

With hope and positivity

Let’s all march on together

And fill the world with glee !

President Julie Williams address to SIKL 20th April 2020, during the Coronavirus outbreak.

We have a programme of excellent speakers booked for the coming few months – we are focusing on our mental health and well-being, with speaker meetings currently being held on Zoom. The first has already taken place and featured a Nutrition specialist.  Coming up soon will be a chair yoga session that members will take part in over zoom, and a talk from a Balance Procedure practitioner.

Club meetings are usually held on the first and third Mondays of the month on the top floor of Marriott’s Warehouse in Kings Lynn from 7.30pm – 9pm. On the first Monday of the month we host a speaker  and on the third Monday of the month we hold a club meeting, where we discuss issues, plan events and share news. Many members meet in Marriott’s restaurant for supper before the meetings.

If you would like to find out more about our club, please email us at sikingslynn@gmail.com or use the “contact us” link. We look forward to meeting you!

Julie Williams

President 2020 – 2021.

For more details on the history and background to the club – SIKL History leaflet 2019