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President’s Message

Welcome to Soroptimist International of Manchester

It is an honour and my privilege to attempt the role of President for the fifth time. I know that there is always room for improvement on previous performances!

This year I am delighted to be supported by President Elect Carole Swarbrick and Vice President Fiona Spencer as well as a full Executive Committee. As your President I appreciate that I am totally reliant on every member of our Club. We in turn welcome, and are grateful for, friends and ‘Soroptimisters’ who support us.

Let’s celebrate our Soroptimism – our history, our legacy and our achievements


I have been a Manchester Soroptimist now for over 30 years and I believe that it is important to share our ‘That’s why I’m a Soroptimist’ moments and laugh at our ‘Remind me why I’m a Soroptimist’ times!

In this life things don’t always go to plan, but it is how we respond to the challenges that matters ….. or, to borrow an Indian expression, ‘we can’t change the direction of the wind, but we can adjust the sails’.

Remember, Soroptimists strive to Educate, Empower and Enable women and girls (the 3 E’s)… all in the spirit of the 3 F’s, ‘Food, Fun and Friendship!

To quote Kathleen Beavis, our 96 year old Honorary Lifetime Member’s words for our 97th Charter celebrations – ‘Success in all your service. Always remember to ensure that Manchester leads the wayin these times of change.’

Come and join us as we strive to enjoy our Soroptimism … we’re an awesome band of women!

 President Sue