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Why is Dr Mary Buchanan ‘One Soroptimist in a Hundred’?

During the month of April, Dr Mary Buchanan is being showcased with 11 other Soroptimists, both past and present on the SIGBI Centenary website as part of the #WhoIsShe’.

This campaign is part of the celebration of the first centenary of Soroptimist International in 2021, where more than 100 Soroptimists are being selected to be commemorated. The centenary of the organisation seemed a fitting opportunity to recognise and celebrate the professional and personal commitments made by these outstanding members through the years.

Dr Mary Buchanan had transferred over to SI Medway and Maidstone in April 2020 from SI Maidstone as an Honorary member to our club.  A small task group with members from both Medway and Maidstone clubs set about putting together a nomination for Mary, who we felt met the criteria  for #WhoIsShe.  The challenge for us was, we had less than two weeks in which to do this, to meet the deadline … but we did it!

We were pleased to be told that the nomination for Mary had been successful. We were obviously biased in feeling it was well deserved for what Mary had achieved professionally as a General Practitioner and her interest in Well Women and Breast Cancer Care and personally for her contribution as a Soroptimist locally, nationally, and internationally to benefit women and girls.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to celebrate with Mary in style with a party due to lockdown, but in the meantime, the club has sent flowers to Mary in Soroptimist colours to congratulate her.

Mary’s response has been, ‘A big thank you to everyone, family, Soroptimist family, both in Maidstone, SIGBI and indeed in the other Federations, for supporting and nurturing me on my long Soroptimist Journey – again I would not have been able to accomplish it without you..

from Mary, Proud Honorary Member of SI Medway and Maidstone.”