New President’s Speech


The essence of the Soroptimist model is simple: educate, empower and enable women and girls to reach their potential. We achieve this through our Actions, Awareness, and Advocacy.  Around 5 years ago, I was invited to join the Soroptimist International Club of Greater London by my friend Noreen. Today, I am honoured to be President of this prestigious club.

Firstly, I want to thank our outgoing president Anne for all her hard work over the past year. She has definitely contributed to the progress of our club. Leadership is an awesome responsibility. As president, one of the most important areas of my work will be the recruitment of members. We need to increase our numbers. I promise to make this a priority as there is strength in numbers.

I also want our members to have more fun and to visit more places together while we raise money on behalf of the club. Let us find more lenient ways of running our club in a way that is convenient to all our members. This will possible when we all participate and co-operate with each other. I have observed that some of our members have not been attending meetings for a while. I take this opportunity to welcome them back and I promise to accommodate their suggestions – we all miss you. The theme of my presidency is “together we accomplish more”. I am confident that all of us stand for truth, fairness, goodwill and service above self. I am proud to be your president and I will do my best, with God on my side, to facilitate your efforts in making the dreams of Soroptimist International come true.

 

Thank you and God bless all!

   

 

Before I go, I would like to announce that my charity for the year will be the Alzheimer Society.

 

Yemisi Opaneye

 

 – SIGL President 2017/18