Soroptimist International of Lancaster is one of the clubs in the North West Region. Our members come from all walks of life. The club is a very active one, involved in an extensive range of interesting projects locally and internationally.
Our most popular committee is Programme Action which is engaged in a number of projects on a long term basis, e.g. providing support Life Education Centres for Lancashire, WaterAid, and creating and supplying story sacks to local primary schools. We campaign on issues relating particularly to women and girls.
We meet twice a month at 7 pm, on the second and fourth Thursdays in The Holiday Inn in Lancaster. In addition to our business meetings, we invite outside speakers covering a diverse range of topics and enjoy Social Events.
We also celebrate and support International Days, e.g. World Food Day, International Women’s Day and International Day of Peace. Food tends to loom large in many of these events!
President for 2019-2020
Lancaster Soroptimists 2019 AGM was held at the Holiday Inn on Thursday 25th April and was notable for two events.
The first was the presentation to two new members. Details can be found at:https://sigbi.org/lancaster/2019/04/30/new-members-induction-2019/
And the second was the change of insignia with installation by our Immediate Past President, Sarah Murphy of our 2019-2020 President, Karyn Brand.
Karyn joined the Lancaster Soroptimists in 2016. Karyn has shown that she embodies the Soroptimists spirit, holding the Soroptimist values close to her heart.
Early in life Karyn decided she was a feminist. She has chosen as a professional path one which involves her in the support of others. She worked for 19 years as a social worker and is currently within the voluntary sector assessing carers for children. Despite this emotionally demanding work she still finds time to support detainees on death row and continue her professional development with training as a counsellor in person centred approach.
Despite those commitments there is still time to enjoy volunteering at the local independent cinema, walking, the occasional glass of Prosecco and of course tea and a slice of cake particularly if the lemon drizzle is over.
Lancaster members were delighted to welcome Karyn as the new president.