Gallery 2019

SI Geraldton

Exciting morning at Dongara/Port Denison. A very productive meeting with the steering committee of he new SI Irwin and Surrounds Club this morning. From left to right, Karen Mitchell, Kellie Wilson, Cassie Healy, Roni Davies SIWA Extension, Kym Mc Glenn, Kristy Brooks and Janette Sharman. Fiona Higgins and Sarah Collins had left prior to photo being taken. Also out of photo Leanne Sice SI Geraldton.

South Perth

Welcome to new member Elaine

IWD in Western Australia

Random views of how clubs in WA celebrated in many diverse ways and on various days

Fremantle - a night of celebration - 3 new members

11 03 2019 Tonight President Karess inducted three new members, we also congratulated Debbie Youngman on her achievement of 25 Years of Soroptimist Service at SI Riverside and lately with SI Fremantle. Following all this celebration our business meeting commenced, dealt with agenda items then we had a short break, got a cuppa, followed by an got into an in depth discussion regarding some strategies to assist our own members who may need some personal support from time to time. Several suggestions were considered and will be brought to our next meeting, there was agreement that all of us at some time or other will need friendly support and encouragement to get through some of the diversity and issues in our lives and that we need to be honest and seek out who we are comfortable to engage with. Purely Social connections seem to be very much required and we will work on making this happen both formally via our Social Committee and informally on a one to one basis as required or requested.

SIWA AGM and gala dinner

More photos - thanks to Elle and Bobbi

09 03  2019 SIWA Gala Dinner

Great photos from the Changeover Dinner

09 03 2019 Guest speaker at dinner

Tammy Gibbs Underwater photography session with around the world Great show

09 03 2019 SIWA  RCM and AGM

Congratulations to the Soroptimists receiving certificates for 25 and 40 years membership. Several new office bearers on the executive.

Karratha

We were delighted to welcome Juliette Gerhardt, leader of the former DfG in Port Hedland. Such is the nature of the transient population of the Pilbara, the Port Hedland branch has now closed. Full credit to Juliette (pictured far right) for her dedication in keeping the group going for so long... and, as we learned, storing all of this gear (literally a 4WD full) at her home, and carting it to and from the monthly sewing sessions. What a woman! — with Julie Pearse, Nicole Banks and Vivien Kamen.

Karratha & Districts

06 03 2019 Delighted to have Lana Armstrong as our guest speaker tonight. Lana is known to many on-line as the passionate and innovative force of Barefoot Creations - a home-based business promoting natural and sustainable product choices. She is very close to launching her ‘mobile shop’ which will enable Pilbara residents to “refill” into their own containers.

Rockingham - IWD event

Rockingham Club held their IWD Sundowner- 5th March at the Mary Davies Library. Thanks to Annie C - Fremantle for the photos

Joondalup

01 03 2019 Our very first event for 2019 was a delightful SIJ Lunch&Wine event held at Flinderz Café, Hillarys welve ladies attended including our newest member!

Albany

26 02 2019 Welcome to our newly inducted member Jill Larsen. We are confident you will enjoy our company and participation in advocacy, projects and fundraisers in 2019. AGM done and dusted for 2019. All positions filled with several changes. We also finalised our programme for 2019 which includes our usual participation in International Women's Day, two innovative projects collaborating with local groups. We have agreed to conduct a fundraising garage sale in October. Our participation in the 16 days of activism events will continue with the Albany Family and Domestic Violence Action Group.

Geraldton

26 02 2019 Welcome to Soroptimist Sisterhood Alana Horshamand Lindi Pelkowitz. President Maria Malacari doing the honours —

Canning District

26 02 2019 Canning District celebrated our 57th birthday last night at the Foodbank premises. Anne, President SIWA, was special guest and performed the induction of 2 new members for us. We had a tour around to see how Foodbank works and enjoyed a lovely meal cooked for us by "Chef"

Mandurah

19 02 2019 The City of Mandurah hosted an afternoon tea on Tuesday for more personal acknowledgement for our Regional President Elect Liz Butson for her appointment as a member of the order of Australia (AM). The Mayor Rhys Williams gave a glowing speech and Liz was presented with a flowers plus a handmade pen made from the wood of the Old Bridge. Liz gave a speech saying how much she has enjoyed her commitment to the Guides, and the Community for the past 40 years since she has lived in Mandurah, and of course more recently Soroptimists International of Mandurah, since 2012, which she saw as a sidestep to still helping women and girls. She also publicly thanked her husband Barry for letting her do her thing. (Doesn’t she do it well!)

Bunbury

Birthday celebrations

Fremantle

11 02 2019 AGM news and photos Robyn Westlake from SI Maylands Peninsula updated members on Women in Prison Project and two prospective members will be inducted at our March Meeting

Perth

14.2.2019 Doreen Rowling inducted into Soroptimist International Perth tonight. Great to have a new member. Judy Toll taking over as President

South Perth

12 02 2019 A warm welcome to our newest member, Helia, inducted this morning by President Kaye Hill. We look forward to working along side you and hope you enjoy your time with SISP.

Karratha

Karratha Women’s Place committee members Nanette Williams, Dee Van Beek and Vivien Kamen. A community support centre run by and for women is about to open in Karratha, giving local women more opportunities to meet others and access important information. The Karratha Women’s Place will start operating from the Millars Well Co-op building from next month, offering services to support the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of all women. The centre, which has been incorporated, will initially be run by a committee on a voluntary basis, but is expected to move to a new venue and its services expanded once more funding is secured. Committee member Dee Van Beek said the centre was designed to help women form friendships and learn about the local resources available to them in what was still a male-dominated region. “Their husbands might be working on the mines and they’re on their own for 12 hours a day, so having a centre where they can go and talk to other women, it could help cut down the social isolation,” she said. The centre has been modelled on the long-running Hedland Well Women’s Centre in South Hedland, which will operate as its sister organisation. The Karratha Women’s Place is expected to open in the first week of March, with women invited to drop in between 10am-3pm each Tuesday and Thursday. The committee is also asking local women willing to contribute their skills to programs at the centre to get in touch.

Canning District

11 02 2019 Tonight at Canning District AGM outgoing president, Janne handed over the regalia to incoming president, Pat along with a beautiful bouquet of flowers to wish her good luck and every success for her 2 year term of office. Members offered our heart felt thanks to Janne for her hard work over the last 2 years and Pat presented her with an orchid. Canning District club are eager for a new year of up coming social and fundraising events, starting with our Birthday Dinner on the 25th February when we celebrate 57 years as a club.

Fremantle  Annual Scholarship

Soroptimist International, Fremantle is offering a scholarship of $1000 to women who are currently enrolled in tertiary education. Application Form on the News Tab

Rockingham AGM

07 02 2019 Rockingham has had a changing of the guards welcome to our new president Anne . Thank you to Linda for all your hard work and dedication to our club.

Bunbury AGM

2019 AGM done & dusted

Albany

Soroptimists Albany attended a morning tea at Anglicare to thank our members along with other community groups for their volunteering in a variety of ways. Our club's involvement is via the Albany Women's Centre Kare Kits (AWCKK), members on the Albany Family and Domestic Violence Action Group (AFDVAG) Committee, member organising toiletry bags at AWC once a fortnight plus participating in Silent and White Ribbon Day Marches. AWCKK project is gaining supporters each year with the 2019 campaign being launched on International Women's Day on 8 March 2019. Check out the Facebook Page where more details will be available shortly. https://www.facebook.com/AlbanyWomensCentreKareKits/ With Anglicare the Purple Bench Project was launched on 4 December at Eyre Park Middleton Beach. AnglicareWA has been providing a service at AWC since 1996. Their work has been directed by a commitment to social justice and a well-developed understanding of the issues faced by women and children affected by Family and Domestic Violence (FDV). AWC provides crisis accommodation and support services for women and children managing and surviving family violence. Services include 24 hour on call support for safe, secure crisis accommodation; case management support; outreach services; support groups; advocacy and community education. https://www.anglicarewa.org.au/…/fami…/albany-women's-centre Soroptimists Albany attended a morning tea at Anglicare to thank our members along with other community groups for their volunteering in a variety of ways. Our club's involvement is via the Albany Women's Centre Kare Kits (AWCKK), members on the Albany Family and Domestic Violence Action Group (AFDVAG) Committee, member organising toiletry bags at AWC once a fortnight plus participating in Silent and White Ribbon Day Marches. AWCKK project is gaining supporters each year with the 2019 campaign being launched on International Women's Day on 8 March 2019. Check out the Facebook Page where more details will be available shortly. https://www.facebook.com/AlbanyWomensCentreKareKits/ With Anglicare the Purple Bench Project was launched on 4 December at Eyre Park Middleton Beach. AnglicareWA has been providing a service at AWC since 1996. Their work has been directed by a commitment to social justice and a well-developed understanding of the issues faced by women and children affected by Family and Domestic Violence (FDV). AWC provides crisis accommodation and support services for women and children managing and surviving family violence. Services include 24 hour on call support for safe, secure crisis accommodation; case management support; outreach services; support groups; advocacy and community education. https://www.anglicarewa.org.au/…/fami…/albany-women's-centre

Fremantle - First Function for 2019

06 01 2019 Thank you Sausage Sizzle at Thistle Braes on Sunday Morning January 6th. SI Fremantle’s Members, Soroptimisters and friends. Lovely hot sunny day in our garden, good company and great food thanks to all who attended Donation to Tsunami Appeal netted $215 thanks everyone. Annie C President SI Fremantle

Fremantle - Big Girls Skirts update

Annie has advised the following update from her sister in-law in Broome The fabric was donated by numerous clubs for the project, I am also happy to begin again to collect more fabric. Annie’s sister-in-law advised Soroptimists may recognise some of their fabric transformed in to big girl’s skirts. Mum has been busy putting in elastic bands. It has helped to entertain her over the Xmas break. These have already been sold.