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President’s message

Welcome to the website for Soroptimist International Kings Lynn.

I am Marion Coleman, the President of Soroptimist International of King Lynn for the club years 2022 – 2024.

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 30 members. We enjoy working with like-minded women on projects that help improve the lives of women and girls locally, nationally and internationally.

Now we are in 23/24 and my second year as president. We held our AGM in May. I am pleased that we now have a president elect, so our president next year will be Karen Wadham.

We continue to meet twice a month, one meeting face to face and one on zoom, and have a variety of speakers for the coming year. Before our face-to-face meeting we have a meal and it lovely to have a friendly catch up before the meeting.

We will, when possible, continue to support SI Krakow and their work with the Ukrainian refugees but have chosen two local charities this year, West Norfolk Befriending and Baby Basics. We were delighted to be able to hold our Public Speaking Competition for year 5/6 pupils once more and welcomed 12 teams this year. I would like to thank Regional President Sharon Richardson and our judges who once again had great difficulty in choosing the winners as all the children were so good. It was a successful evening and I look forward to next year.

Our 48th Charter Lunch on Sunday 9th of July was most enjoyable, and it was wonderful to welcome sister Soroptimists from 5 other clubs including our mother club Norwich and our Friendship link club of Amber Valley. Our speaker this year was Sharon Richardson, Regional President.

Our first speaker of this year was Susan Maddock, talking about Margery Kempe, King’s Lynn’s early Christian mystic and when I attended the regional meeting in June there was a talk by SI Norwich regarding the lack of blue plaques for women and rectifying this by making our own.

I am making plans for this year, and these include a possible trip to Doddington Hall meeting up with S I Solihull and Amber Valley in late September and our Literary Lunch in November with authors Sophie Hannah and Jim Kelly.

We welcome potential new members to our club meetings at Marriotts Warehouse – if you would like to find out more, please fill in the contact us form at If you would prefer an informal chat, please call Janet our membership officer on 01353 777493. Once you know more about us I am sure you will want to join and we will enjoy meeting you on a non-obligation basis.

For more details on the history and background to the club please refer to the attached link – Club History 2022