Gallery 2017

SI Bunbury - raffle winners

Congratulations to all the winners in our raffle. Thank you for supporting our fundraising efforts for the SW

SI Bunbury donates to Foodbank

Busy morning for Soroptimist International Bunbury.

SI South Perth - Christmas helping

Christmas - The worst is the high demand on Starick - a service that supports women as they escape domestic violence. The best is the support that Soroptimist’s give including support from a member Suzi whose husband Cooper runs Indis Mechanical A great tradition at our club is the giving of food hampers and children’s toys to those in need. Christmas is a time to reflect on what Soroptimist’s stand for - helping to transform the lives of women and girls. Whilst these gifts are a small way of making a difference, in the words of Mother Teresa ‘Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier’

SI Perth

SI Perth’s recent club project, run by Judy, was where we sponsored Puja Khadka to attend post graduate nursing training. SI Perth donated $474 which was the additional funding she required to pay for the course. We wish her all the best and look forward to hearing from Puja soon.

SI Fremantle wrapping Christmas gifts

SI Fremantle members and Friends packing and wrapping Christmas gifts for Fremantle women’s Refuges and Will Sergeant Men’s Refuge South Fremantle some gifts will also be distributed to St Thomas Church Willagee

SI South Perth - Update Broome Girls

The girls from Broome Academy enjoying their Eastern States trip, partly sponsored by Soroptimist International South Perth

SI Bunbury

Update from Bunbury - One of our newest members, City of Bunbury councillor Betty McCleary is taking on a new challenge. On Friday, Betty will navigate Bunbury in a wheelchair testing the CBD's accessibility. Well done Betty!

SI Fremantle

Alcoa partnership Welcome Bags for women’s Refuge

SI Karratha & Districts

SI Karratha & Districts reported on 6 12 2017: So Grace’s story was told tonight a moving performance by Glen Slee as Grace with added support from Connie Fullerton, Nan Williams, Sarah Penn and Monica Moran. Readers Theatre at its best. Thank you ladies

SI On The Terrace News

SI On The Terrace reported: Thank you SIOTT members for the donation of bags for the 'It's in the bag - share the dignity' campaign. I dropped them off in Bunnings just in time to see them taken away.

SI Geraldton - News

The ladies of SI Geraldton with their first collection of bags all filled ready to be delivered

SI Mandurah - News

At Sacred Earth Sanctuary Oxfam fair on 4 12 2017

SI Albany - The Umbrella Project

Soroptimist President Trish Travers spoke on Albany's Triple M 783 on Friday 24 November with Terry on the breakfast show. - Soroptimist sponsorship and participation in the Albany Women's Centre Umbrella Project. - 16 Days of Activism - AFDVAG facebook page (go to it...) www.facebook.com/AFDVAG/ - White Ribbon (Saturday 25th) men can take the pledge www.whiteribbon.org.au/day/ - Assistance is available for men at Anglicare Albany and women at Albany Women's Centre

SI Carnarvon - busy packing dignity bags

The Soroptimists work with the Gascogne Women’s Refuge Carnarvon regularly throughout the year.

SI Rockingham - Garage Sale

Soroptimist International of Rockingham working hard on a win win situation.

SI Helena - big delivery

President Berenice and Gwynne delivered 35 "Share the Dignity" handbags to Bunnings Kalamunda recently.

16 Days of Activism in Western Australia

From 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to 10 December, Human Rights Day, 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence Campaign.

SI Fremantle Project

These are the Deadly Koolinga Chefs 2017 Pinjarra Senior High School After Hours Cooking Class for Indigenous students. The students prepare and cook a meal suitable to take home for their family. Subsidised by Proceeds from Melbourne Cup Lunch held at Debbie Youngman’s house. This is about the sixth group that has gone through. The kids are about 10 years old and often have a younger sibling involved and waiting until they are old enough. Mums are also encouraged to come and assist their child. Today they were making a big lasagne full of vegetables, mince, garlic, and using ricotta cheese as the white sauce. Each of the six kids took home a meal for his or her family and was very proud of the achievement.

SIWA Regional Council Meeting 18 11 2017

Soroptimist Sisters from Western Australia (some via SKYPE) attended the RCM hosted by SI Maylands Peninsula and SI On The Terrace

Silent march 17 11 17 in Perth

Soroptimist International members were proud to support the Silent March Against Domestic Violence on Friday 17 November. 25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. We encourage everyone to take this on board in some way. Make a stand and say NO. Post something on Facebook or add a line to your email signature. We need to reinforce the good work that has been done so far and reduce the number of deaths and suffering from domestic violence that happens in our local communities each and every day.

Soroptimist at Ellenbrook

17/11/17 Roni advocating and making an impact for Soroptimist International

SI Carnarvon news

A lovely meal out for the Soroptimists and the Bidi bidi jijjas. Every Monday there are cooking lessons held for young girls at the local PCYC where the Soroptimists volunteer. We thought it would be a great idea to treat the young ladies who worked super hard this year in preparing healthy home cooked meals to a meal out. Great fun was had by all, special Thanks to Eleanor, Paquita, Kate, Elizabeth and Pauline who passed on their cooking skills.

SI Fremantle November meeting

These swags will be distributed to homeless people in the new year and the club is purchasing 12 swags

SI Mandurah

Report from Mandurah: 9 11 2017 What a fantastic evening. It came to be that Margaret Lobo our Past President of Soroptimist International was able to inform our guests about projects helping to improve the lives of women and indicate the strength of the Soroptimist network within Australia. This was followed up by our special guest Rosie Ayliffe who daughter Mia was murdered in a hostel in Nth Qld in 2016. She gave us an insight into the conditions and exploitation currently happening in Australia. Prison like conditions that can lead to a desperate mental state for those trying to attain their 88 days farm work for their 2ND year visa. This a serious problem which although Australia has laws it doesn’t seem they are enforced. Sexual exploitation can also be an issue for women. We also heard from Heather Moore from The Freedom Partnership who is supporting a modern slavery act be implemented who implored that we contact our local member of Parliament. Besides this there is the importance of integrating the international workers into our communities as much as possible. Holding barbeques or group activities with other local groups can help to create a support network. We rely on backpackers to pick our fruit. We need to keep them safe

SI Bunbury news

A special guest captured us at tonight's SI of Bunbury meeting. Thanks also to our guest speakers from South West Women's Health. Our informative meetings give us inspiration to continue to work for the betterment of women everywhere.

SI On The Terrace - news

As a result of our successful Supper Club event we were able to present a cheque $1000 to Dr Ann O’Neil for her organisation Angelhands who will provide hope and healing to women who have suffered deep trauma after violent experiences

SI Fremantle - News

SI Fremantle Melbourne cup lunch. At Debbie Youngman’s place - what a beautiful garden for a fundraiser

SI Karratha & Districts

Guest Speaker

SI Fremantle - thank you and socialising

Lovely night 15 participants including Region President Anne well earned dinner after a hectic few weeks with our Quilt Raffle, attending (14) Stella Giles Award and 117 Welcome Bags for Refuges

SI Albany - Family Violence Conference

26 October 2017 Soroptimists sponsored, designed poster, organised ticketing and had an input into the content of the conference.

SI On The Terrace - Supper Club

A few photos from a very successful evening, the SIOTT Supper Club. Many thanks to Rae Savage for all her hard work in coordinating the event, the members of SIOTT for all the cooking and cleaning, Hazel Butorac for her donations and organization of the very successful raffle and the entertainers who volunteered their time snd talent: Flora Smith and Jane and the Rain trio. A fabulous evening

SI Albany - The Umbrella Project Albany

The Albany Women’s Centre is organizing an exhibition of photographs/ posters to be shown during the second week of 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence. This world celebration is held from the 25th November to the 10th December 2017. The Campaign falls between the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Human Rights Day, and is an opportunity for our community to be involved in an event that will help create discussion, stir up action and shine a light on the increasing incidents of family and domestic violence in the Great Southern. In the lead up to 25th November, the Albany community is invited to submit photographs and/or posters, where umbrellas are used as symbols of support from agencies, organizations, family, friends and community. • Photographs/ posters can be of any colour or style and can include mixed media. • Photographs to be mounted on card of your choice. • Photographs/posters to be received by November 22nd • From pieces received, five will be selected and Show cased at various places in Albany. Drop off point is: Anglicare office in Collie Street. Next door to the Farmer’s Market. Please print your name and contact information on back of photograph/poster. If you participate in the Umbrella Project, you are agreeing to the Albany Women’s Centre displaying your art work as part of this event to celebrate the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence. The Umbrella Project is supported by the Albany Soroptimist For further information contact Jan at Albany Women’s Centre on 9845 6000

SI Perth - Save the Dignity

Share the Dignity “it’s in the bag!” Packing + making cleaning packages for women at refuges.

SI Albany - pink all over

Another enjoyable Pink Ribbon Dinner meeting.

SI Fremantle busy members

SI Fremantle reported they sent six Soroptimists to produce Welcome Bags for Women's Refuges Wyn Carr House and Warrawee in Fremantle and to St Thomas Church Willagee. The bags were sewn and filled with essential toiletries and feminine items in a collaborative sewing and bag filling morning at the WA offices of Alcoa in Booragoon. A total of 117 bags were produced amid lots of laughter, mandatory morning tea and serious advocacy increasing understanding of our organisation's current projects with sixteen Alcoa employees who undertook four hours community activity time to assist others as part of their organisation's commitment for those less fortunate. Fabrics for the bags and toiletries were donated by Alcoa Staff, SI Fremantle members, volunteers at Fiona Stanley Hospital and other member contacts. This community partnership with Alcoa is now in its third year and is a wonderful opportunity to engage with like minded women, we are hopeful that we will be able to gain a few members from these activities, watch this space!! Annie Carswell SI Fremantle

SI South Perth - busy month

Lots of activity at SI South Perth

Red Beanie Thunder Dragon Project 2017 - Nuns and disadvantaged women and girls of Bhutan

Maylands, South Perth and Bunbury Clubs who during the winter months knitted, crocheted or stitched red beanies for Nuns and needy women and children of Bhutan. 431 beanies and beanie and scarf sets weighing 27 kilos have been packed ready to transport to Bhutan and possibly Sikkim in the near future.

SI Albany Friendship Day

Friendship Day 2017 - On 7 October 2017 we launched Friends of SI Albany (FOSIA) with a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon tea at the Guides Hall in Albany. Joining us for the launch were past members, prospective members, current members, Girl Guides and their leaders, plus friends and family members. Old friendships were rekindled and new acquaintances made. Thanks to SI Albany members for the successful afternoon - special mention to the four Girl Guides who proficiently served the cups of tea with many refills and big smiles. Their demeanour was so friendly and we were pleased for they participated on Friendship Day.

SI Joondalup News

SI Fremantle Raffle

SI Fremantle advised: We recently ran a raffle to raise funds for our I-spy Quilts for Foster Children project. The winners were as follows: First: M Torres, Hammond Park Second: L Gregory, Dalkeith Third: C Lopez, Bateman Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone that supported this project by purchasing a raffle ticket.

SI Albany - Albany Women's Centre Kare Kits

Albany Soroptimists support Albany Women's Refuge in so many ways. Recently they made 30 toilet bags especially ordered by the refuge so they can place shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, brush and comb in for the women who often walk in with nothing but the clothes they are wearing.

SI Helena - Friendship Day

SI Helena reported they held a small candle lighting ceremony at our business meeting last evening to celebrate International Friendship Day. October 3rd marks the 1921 charter of the first SI club in Oakland California

SI Karratha & Districts New

Nan Williams thanks Jolleen Hicks for an enlightening talk at the SIKAD October meeting. Thanks Jolleen!

Friendship Day in WA

Friendship Day is officially the 3rd of October to coincide with the establishment of the first Soroptimist Club in Oakland, California in 1921. This year I enjoyed our Friendship Day lunch on Sunday the 1st of October when a number of Soroptimists from around the metropolitan area came together to share lunch in a relaxed and informal setting. Each person brought a dish to the communal table. The food was fabulous, the chatter and laughter infectious. Friendships strengthened through sharing. The Sincerity of Friendship is one of our Soroptimist ideals that we pause to reflect upon on Friendship Day but we celebrate and hold dear throughout the year. Happy Friendship Day. (Anne Allen, Region President SIWA)

SI Geraldton - News

29 09 2017 President Leanne Sice with fellow Soroptimists Jenny Beaver and Marge Millman at the Women Inspiring Better Business (WIBB) breakfast focusing on Violence against women and the workplace. Thanks to IPP Roni for the photos

SI Albany - Dinner meeting

A very busy but exciting dinner meeting on 26 September 2017.

SI South Perth - Annual Fundraiser

SI South Perth reported on 12 September 2017: Fantastic morning at our annual fundraiser for Starick.Inc who provide safe refuge support and advocacy for women and children affected by family and domestic violence The MC was Diane Regan Roots with Dena Gower Founder of Moorditj Keila doing an acknowledgment of country, addresses from Anne Allen President WA Soroptimist's, Pam Richards SI South Perth and key note speaker Dr Jenny Brockis

Stella Giles Award preliminary

10 September 2017 The Stella Giles Award is days away and sleuth Robyn from SI Helena, rediscovered at Araluen, our SIWA bench placed in 2002 (when Robyn was President). There is also a Stella Giles Rose which was developed by the Melville Rose Nursery. The tulips at Araluen are dazzling and thanks to Robyn for the photos

SI On The Terrace - Busy meeting

SI On The Terrace reported: What a wonderful meeting we had yesterday 7 September. Firstly we (re) welcomed Valmae Lorraine Joyce back to the club. Valmae is the third member to leave and then come back because we are such a lovely club! (And thank you Cecile for Valmae's beautiful flowers!) Then we had Regional President Anne E. Pflugmacher Allen attend and tell us all about the upcoming Stella Giles and Friendship Day Events - and more. Thanks for making the trek from Safety Bay to be with us for a 7am meeting. And finally we had Shani Adamson, join us. Shani has just raised $13,000 for the Hamlin Fistula Clinic in Addis Abbaba - a cause very dear to our hearts - and will be going there in 10 weeks time. Good luck Shani! We hope you'll come back and tell us all about it

SI Karratha & Disctrics

SI Karratha & Districts reported on 6 September 2017: Val Ross is inducted into the Karratha Soroptimists International & Districts congratulations Val

SI Bunbury - Open Night

SI Bunbury reported: What a fantastic open night we had at Mojo's. Great energy in the room and so excited to meet new women with an interest in improving the lives of other women and making a difference in the local and wider community. Thanks to all the visitors, members and President Anne Allen for an enjoyable evening. If you want to find out more come along to our next meeting on the 2nd October 2017 or pm and we will share our story.

SI Geraldton - Doing It With Dignity

President Leanne Sice reported that Geraldton Soroptimists putting together the first batch of Dignity Bags for homeless women with items contributed by a generous community. "We are very grateful to have the support of the women of Geraldton"

SI Perth - Birthday celebrations

SI Perth chartered on 3 August 1949 - 68 years in Western Australia - congratulations

SI Fremantle Art Auction

Art Auction Presentation SI Fremantle reported on on: Recently held the presentation night to distribute funds raised at our eight annual Help the Homeless Art Auction at Seaton College. We presented Fremantle Multicultural Centre with $12,000, Fremantle Street Doctor $12,000, The Sisters’ Place $1,500 and Starlight Hotel Choir $500. We were lucky to have as our guest speaker, Donna Shepherd, Chair of World Vision International. She gave us a first hand account of the work World Vision undertakes and tabled some statistics around women and girls including the fact that 2/3 of people living in poverty are women and 2/3 of children not in school are girls. The art auction is our largest fundraiser, which provides funds to local organisations who work with the homeless or those at risk of homelessness within the Fremantle community. Our curator Lyn DiCiero, who is a key to the success of the auction, thanked the artist without whom we would not be able to hold this wonderful event. We are lucky to have the services of Lyn who once again so creatively composed such a fine exhibition, sourcing wonderful artworks in a range of mediums. SI Fremantle auction committee chair, Roseanne Thomas, thanked auctioneer John Cook, who again gave freely of his time and also the donors and volunteers who helped both in the lead up to the event and on the night. Included in the auction this year were a 1946 hand-signed Limited Edition lithograph by Picasso, a 1923 ink drawing by Wassily Kandinsky, as well as works by collectible artists such as Hal Missingham, Elizabeth Blair Barber (aka Mrs Betty Bunning), Audrey Greenhalgh, Alan Douglas Baker, and Walter Rowbotham. Contemporary artists included Hans Arkeveld, Theo Koning, Miik Green, Stewart Scambler, Lindsay Pow, Joan Johnson, Madeleine Clear, Julie Podstolski, Shirley Clancy, Jo Darvall, Nigel Laxton, Ian de Souza and Pascal Proteau. Sponsors included Craig Mostyn Group, Hopgood Ganim, Fremantle Herald, City of Fremantle, WA Art Auctions, Ginos Panel & Paint, Spudshed, New Edition Bookshop, Bitches Brew Custom Picture Framers, Silverfern IT and Roma Cucina.

SI Albany - Season of giviing

WOW, Albany Soroptimists have been busy

SI South Perth - News

Thank you to Katherine and Justin Freind for a fantastic concert supporting Soroptimist South Perth Fundraiser. Thanks also to our audience and hardworking volunteers serving a yummy afternoon tea A wonderful afternoon with funds going transforming the lives of women and girls

SI Albany - Food Bank donation

Deb and Bronwyn visited Albany Foodbank on Friday 11 August to deliver our product for 2017. For a fresh approach, we have renamed the project Christmas in July to take the pressure off our members for an end of year collection. This is our seventh participation and collections this year were significant with a total of 113 kg (equates to 226 meals) compared to 116 kg in 2016.

SI Albany - The Sleep Out 10 August 2017

SI Albany joined community members and AYSA Sleepout 2017 at the Town Square for Homelessness Week. Did you know that the reason so many people are homeless? It's because of Family Violence? SI Albany will definitely be back next year perhaps with Milo as there were a few whole families giving their children a touch of homelessness.

SI South Perth

New member

SI Karratha & Districts - International Youth Day 2017

Pilbara Girl is an initiative of Goolarri Media (Broome) for young Indigenous women aged 16 to 25. It is about giving them the tools to realise their potential; to empower them in their endeavours; to develop their confidence to dream big and reach for the stars. It is about giving the participants the wings to fly At a Region Meeting in June 2016, we saw the immense support SI-Port Hedland gave to the program, and contacted the organisers to offer our assistance for the fashion parade showcase event to be held in Karratha in July. Two members worked backstage, and determined we would be involved in 2017. In March, we contacted Pilbara Girl organisers to offer our support, and “2016 Pilbara Girl”, Treinaya Phillips was our guest speaker in May. We donated $500 cash, and $500 in personal care items. Importantly, we gave our time, respect and encouragement to the girls, by way of transporting them to/ from venues, and as dressers for their fashion parade. We saw a transformation of 11 rather shy girls in their mid-teens when they attended their first workshop, to a group of confident young women who demonstrated a strong bond and connection to each other. We saw a young girl with a disability complete the program in an all-inclusive and supportive atmosphere. We spoke with two former "Pilbara Girls" who attest to the life changing effect the program has had, and of the lasting friendships they have developed.

SI Karratha & Districts

New member and guest speaker

SI Albany - donation to Albany Public Library

Albany Soroptimists donated $700 toward the purchase of a new chair for the upgraded junior library at the Albany Regional Library.

SI Albany - Guest Speaker

A very busy and entertaining night at the dinner meeting on 25 July 2017. As July is Plastic Free July, the guest speaker was Dr Harriet Paterson who had absorbed members with her PowerPoint Presentation called “Plastics in the environment - marine”. As a club, Albany has been changing their habits towards Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, but now they have a different perspective on what is happening in our oceans. A lot of information to take on board but everyone can help – see the slide. Rosalind read SDG 14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, marine resources for sustainable development. There was a profitable fines session which was donated to Dry July and the Albany Health Campus.

SI Perth

Thank you Alicea for your fascinating talk on "Gender Inequality and Climate Change Adaption in Ghana" last night. We wish you the very best with your project and am sure you will do extremely well. Thanks also to guests Jordina, Jess and Taylor for joining us. It was great to have the evening filled with such energy and enthusiasm.

SI Karratha & Districts - Video Pilbara Girl

Video can be viewed on the news tab

SI Canning Districts News

Saturday 15th July

SI Karratha & Districts

Update - 2 different events Glen Slee and Vivien Kamen attended the Workshop for the The Pilbara Girl Event to be held on Friday 14th July at the Ibis hotel. We gave the Girls Essential Oils provided by Wendy Bell Young Living Essential Oils

SI Canning District News

New member & guest speaker

SI Bunbury - New members and guest speakers

A great meeting for SI Bunbury members

SI South Perth - Executive

Meet some of the SISP Executive

SI Helena Guest Speaker

Women as Leaders:

SI Perth - Smith Family visit

SI Perth reported: Thankyou to General Manager - WA, Ian Moore, of The Smith Family for visiting us on Thursday. We thoroughly enjoyed your talk. It was lovely to have a beautiful dinner and some good times with the club members also.

SI Canning District - Fashion Parade

Canning District reported: What a great turn out at our annual fashion parade today. We had the pleasure to hear from a Grandcarer who spoke from the heart about the difficulties Sha has faced, a true inspiration. On the funds raised today go to Wanslea for Grandcarer Christmas baskets. Thank you to those who donated items for the raffle prizes, afternoon tea and such. Also big thanks to our models and kitchen helpers.

SI Karratha & Districts

Supporting The Pilbara Girl with Act Belong Commit 10th -14th July

SI Joondalup - News

Busy Joondalup members

SI South Perth

New Members and Guest Speaker

SI Bunbury News

Busy meeting

SI Canning District Sausage Sizzle

11 June 2017

SI Karratha & Districts 34th Birthday

Celebrations on 11 June 2017

SI South Perth

Beanies with Love Project.

SI Perth - Guest Speaker 8th June 2017

Roslyn Giglia (Possible Nominee for Stella Giles Award) was there to discuss her proposed research: “The future for antenatal colostrum expressing”.

SIWA

Inspiring Entrepreneurship Luncheon 2017 'Celebrating Woman in Enterprise'

SI Karratha & Districts

Guest Speaker

SI Maylands Peninsular 8th Birthday

SI Maylands Peninsula has celebrated its 8th birthday

SI Geraldton - Celebrating 40 years

Happy Birthday

Soroptimists make a difference

At Geraldton's 40th birthday celebration - how one Soroptimist Hazel Butorac SI On The Terrace made such a difference

SI Maylands Peninsula - preventative care items

On Tuesday SI Maylands Peninsula members Dixie and Carole delivered a boot full of preventative care items to the nurses at ‘Street Health’ in Perth. They were extremely excited with all of the items donated.

SI Albany guest speaker

President Trish with Sally

SI Mandurah - Cleaning buckets

Soroptimist International Mandurah supplied cleaning buckets throughout the year for the Pat Thomas clients who were leaving the refuge to return home or move into a rental.

SI Joondalup

2 new members

SI Carnarvon - Fashion Parade

SI Carnarvon held a very successful Fashion Parade on Sunday 21st May. Wonderfully supported by the Carnarvon Community.

SI Mandurah News

Beanies and new member

SI Fremantle news

SI Fremantle - busy in May

SI Bunbury - in uniform

From 1 May 2017 - SI BUNBURY in uniform!

SI Fremantle

SI Fremantle advised they were Invited by Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettit to attend the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce celebration to commemorate International Women's Day.

SI South Perth - Beanies

BEANIES made with LOVE - BEANIES for the HOMELESS in Perth

SI Canning District

Saturday 6th May Soroptimist International Canning District held a Baby shower for King Edward Memorial Hospital. WOW! So many beautiful tiny clothes, nappies and blankets, and cash were donated for such a worthy cause. Jenny Reid from KEMH happily accepted these gifts. Massive thank you to our Heather R for providing her beautiful home.

SI Canning District Guest Speaker

SI Canning District reported: So amazed at the inspirational speaker tonight at our dinner meeting

SI Karratha & Districts - knitted beanies

SI Karratha & Districts reported: A huge thank you to the lovely ladies who came to RSL on Saturday and helped make 202 beanies that Soroptimist International will distribute to the homeless and the nuns in Bhutan a fantastic job done by all. A special thanks to RSL for allowing us use of their hall and to Jim Farnsworth who cut out our beanies. A special mention to 12yo Chloe Hoare for coming and helping also. Great job everyone and many thanks to the cooks for providing us food to keep us going...another great charity project in the Pilbara.

SI South Perth at Relay for Life 2017

Vida has report from South Perth and Relay for Life 2017. Our 16th year of raising funds for Cancer Council WA. Thank you to everyone who supported our Soroptimist Sunflowers team. We raised over $6,000 thanks to your generosity and commitment to finding a cure.

SI Albany birthday celebrations

SI Albany celebrated its 35th birthday with a fun filled night which commenced with the obligatory photo. President Trish handed over the SIWA 30 year certificates and badges, who both joined our club on 23 September 1986

SI Australia photos

Following the Conference and workshops - it was time for some sightseeing

SI Canning District - Congratulations

Congratulations and thank you Pauline for an amazing 30 years of service at Soroptimist International Canning District club

SI Canning District Guest Speaker

SI Canning District reported on recent guest speaker - Hills author and publisher, Linda Bettenay, was a star performer when she entertained folks at the Canning Soroptimists evening event with an informative and passionate talk on the 10th of April. The event was 'a resounding success' and Bettenay's topic found great resonance with this group who are all passionate about providing service to our community.

SI Australia AGM 22 04 2017

A selection of photos from Brisbane

SI Albany celebrating 35 years

Flashback

SI Helena - New members & guest speaker

Congratulations to the new members

SI - On The Terrace News

Update on plaque at Yarloop & SIWA AGM

SI Carnarvon - Celebrated International Women's Day

Secretary Barbara has reported on IWD, we were most fortunate to have an absolutely perfect day for our free pancake breakfast on our beautiful Fascine.

SI Karratha & Districts New

Congratulations to Nan Williams and Arran McOscar

SI Geraldton - President update

IPP Roni has provided an update on Geraldton’s President Leanne and her visit to Nepal with Open Heart International.

SI Bunbury inducts new member

On 3 April 2017 President Bernadette commented - welcome Lauren. Our newest Soroptimist was welcomed today to the Bunbury group. Lauren is a fascinating woman with many life experiences and achievements. We look forward to working with you.

SI South Perth - R4L update

SI South Perth – R4L Update Relay for Life SISP Sunflowers Members Announced Relay for Life is just around the corner (29-30 April) and our team is up and running and has started its fundraising campaign. Team members are Vida Corbett, Allison Fyfe, Julie Ham, Kaye Hill, Jane Jones, Judy Kay, Suzie Malone, Fiona McMullen, Leanne Meldrum, Michelle Sandford and Bronwen Shepherd. Soroptimist members and friends are welcome to join us over the weekend for as long or as short as you like. Come for a walk or just to sit and chat.

SI Maylands-Peninsula - Croquet night

SI MP reported on 2 04 2017 - A lovely night last night for the SI Maylands Peninsula croquet fundraiser. Monies raised will support Soroptimist projects such as Street Health and Women in Prison. A special thank you to the volunteers from the Forrest Park Croquet Club for donating their time to instruct us on how to play. Many thanks also to our amazing fundraising team for organising this special event. A fun night with some great shots and some not so great]

SI Canning District - thank you

Canning District incoming President Janne thanking our past President Tamara with flowers. Thank you so much Tamara for your wonderful leadership.

SI Albany guest speaker

Thank you to our guest speaker Irene Montefiore, from the Death Café Albany. Our members gained an insight into this organisation whose objective is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'. Irene answered some interesting questions and we all managed to have a good laugh along with an enjoyable meal at Motel Le Grande.

SI South Perth - President Pam visits Rotary

SI South Perth reported on a visit to Como Rotary Club

SI President Yvonne - Educate to Lead

International President Yvonne Simpson presenting a gift of appreciation to her 'partner' in the Lily Flower production for SI President's Appeal - Irene who knits the flower petals that make up the flowers that are sold to raise funds for Educate to Lead - Nepal.

SI South Perth - at the markets

Sunday 26 March 2017

SI Geraldton - President Leanne - off to Nepal

SI Geraldton President Leanne Sice being sent on her way to Nepal with our support and good wishes. She is travelling to spend some time using her experience as a nurse in a hospital in Nepal with Open Heart International

Stella Giles Award - Update from the 2009 Award (nominated & supported by SI Fremantle)

THE WATER PROJECT - Update from the project - winner of the 2009 Stella Giles Award. If there is anyone who can help us with this project it would be much appreciated, we give these to 130 children each year. Contact SI Fremantle. Contact details are on this website.

SI Port Hedland - new member

On 21 March 2017: SI Port Hedland President Gail commented join me in Welcoming Jan Gillingham to the wonderful world of Soroptimism. Jan was inducted to SI Port Hedland, at our GBM this evening.

SI Joondalup - socialising

Jeannie and Bobbi reported: Soroptimist International of Joondalup welcomed a visit from past member Bobbi Buckle with a lunch at Jennie van Driel's home.

SIWA breakfast

Several Soroptimists enjoyed breakfast following the AGM

SIWA AGM 18 March 2017: Years of service certificates

11 Certificates were presented - Congratulations to everyone

SIWA AGM 2017 18 March 2017: Guest Speaker

Guest speaker following the AGM was Helen Cattalini.

SIWA AGM 18 March 2017: Executive

Members of the SIWA 2017 Executive

SIWA AGM 18 March 2017: Attendees

Soroptimist Sisters from Port Hedland in the north, Bunbury, Mandurah and to Albany in south plus all the metro clubs enjoyed the Regional Council Meeting and the Annual General Meeting.

WA Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL WA) Banner Project 1999: Centenary Celebration of Women’s Suffrage in WA

Background to the project: In 1999 as part of the celebration for 100 years of women’s suffrage in WA, the WEL WA received funding for the WEL WA Banner projects. The project’s idea came from an initiative undertaken in 1894 when the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union collected signatures for a petition on votes for women and then pasted the sheets of paper on a piece of cloth 'a mile long' for presentation to the WA Legislative Council.

SI On The Terrace - Yarloop Fire - Updaate

Recap from 2016: 0n 7th January a huge fire destroyed the township of Yarloop 140 km south of Perth, burning down 180 houses. 6 firefighters lost their properties helping others. Soroptimist international on the terrace fundraised to donate 8 mature trees for the restoration of the memorial ground in Yarloop. Through the connection with Marbret International, a bedding wholesaler , SI OTT raised funds to purchase the mature trees and bedding for these fire fighting families. SIOTT members , their friends and Marbret were very generous with their time and donations to put these gifts together.

SI Helena - Care Flight Bears

Recently members of Soroptimist International of Helena visited the Children's Ward at SJOG Hospital in Midland. We delivered a selection of Care Flight Bears to be given to some of the patients. The staff will decide which of the children receive the bears. — at St John of God Midland Public & Private Hospitals

SI Maylands Peninsula IWD

SI MP reported: We celebrated International Women's Day at our club meeting on 7th March with a fine supper, a glass of bubbly, friendship and laughter. Highlight of the evening was Roni and Simon Forrest sharing stories of two strong (and bold) women in their lives - their mothers. Roni's mother (and father) brought up seventeen children in the bush in the south east of Western Australia, living in constant fear that the family would be separated under the policies of the Protector of Aborigines and the 1905 Aborigines Act. Fiercely protective they were able to prevent that from happening. Simon's mother, whom many of us met at the launch of our Reconciliation Action Plan in 2014, was forcibly removed from her family as a child. Despite this experience, at the age of 92, she is now the strong matriarch of her family. Although tinged with sadness, their stories are overwhelming about family, resilience and love.

SI Port Hedland IWD

SI Port Hedland in the local newspaper !!! at IWD dinner held on 7th March 2017

SI Canning District - Days for Girls

Canning District Soroptimist International held another informative meeting tonight. Karin from "Days for girls" explaining the why and how this very special project is helping girls all over the world experience a better life. Always amazed my the wonderful work being done by Days for girls. Thanks Karin for such an inspiring talk. https://www.daysforgirls.org/

SI Canning Districts - presents scholarship

SI Canning Districts reported - Recently our incoming Canning District Soroptimist International President Janne Parsell, presented Sophie Martorana with her Scholarship Certificate. Sophie was chosen by teachers at Kent Street SHS as the worthy recipient of this scholarship. Sophie will receive $400 each year of Year 11 & 12 to assist her in her education. Well done to Sophie who joins Jessica Bowman who was last year’s recipient. Canning District SI will continue to fundraiser to make this award possible. Thank you to all that help us help girls to be the best they can be.

SI Helena - News

SI Helena members were at the official opening of the Boya Community Hub. On display and at work

IWD Bunbury

IPP Sue and Bobbi attended an IWD Breakfast at the Girls Academy Newton Moore School. Well done girls and thanks for the invitation

IWD - Maylands Peninsula

The "Bold Women" quiz from our International Women's Day celebration last night. How many of these notable women do you recognise

IWD - Geraldton

International Women's Day celebrated by women of Geraldton

IWD Karratha

Poetry reading and celebration of IWD 2017 in Karratha

IWD Albany

SI Albany participated in Join Me On The Bridge for the fifth time and launched our project Albany Women’s Centre Kare Kits. Successful singing of I am woman. Thanks to all attendees and our Soroptimists members for a great event.

International Women's Day News!!!!

NCWWA History panels will be on display at the Museum of the Great Southern, Albany Museums WA The Museum is celebrating IWD and are using NCWWA panels for this event. Albany residents and visitors will be interested in this reminder of the strength of the National Council of Women of Western Australia. SI Albany is also setting up a display at the Museum and the Tuesday Curatorial on 7 March is More Strong Women of Albany, including charter member Pam, Charter President Barbara and past member June. SI Albany is providing the morning tea

SI Karratha

What do we do? How you can make a difference to the lives of women and girls around the world as a member of Soroptimists International Karratha and Districts Incorporated. Learn about some of our projects. In this series of five videos meet some local Karratha SIKAD members in the lead up to International Women's Day March 8. Each year we celebrate this United Nations event in recognition of women's achievements, aspirations and ongoing quest for equal rights and freedom. Check out the videos on the SIDK Facebook Page

SI Karratha - Guest speaker

Vicki Hunt and Vivien Kamen at the March 1 meeting in Karratha. Vicki shared her life story and is now fulfilling her lifelong dream teaching Cultivating Emotional Balance. She is holding an introductory 6 hour workshop at KCCCI 18th March 2017. Contact her on 0447161360 if interested.

SI Perth welcomes UK visitor

SI Perth reported: Last night, Thursday 23rd February, we had guest and member of Soroptimist, Trish from SI Cannuck, UK. Being a Soroptimist allows members to travel to various clubs locally and internationally to discuss cultures and maintain friendship links. This is just one of the many enjoyable parts of being a Soroptimist

SI Fremantle - Conversational English - City of Kwinana

For the last 2 years SI Fremantle along with the Fremantle Multicultural Centre Outreach Service have rostered volunteers to run a Conversational English program in the Kwinana community. Between 20-30 participants attend each week during the school term at the Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre. SI members from Rockingham and Fremantle and other interested helpers work in small groups facilitating discussion on new topics each week. Participants come from many different countries and backgrounds and while the key purpose is to practice spoken English, the classes encourage social interaction, provide opportunities to make friends and assist by linking participants with other community services and groups. Many of the woman who attend are no longer eligible for free English classes as they’ve been in Australia for more than 5 years and have been unable to attend classes as they’ve been caring for children at home. For these women in particular, participating in the Conversational English classes provides a valuable connection with the community to help balance social isolation. Although no funding is provided for this program, the venue of provided free of charge by the City of Kwinana and the classes have commenced for 2017.

SI Karratha & Districts - News

Did you know? SI Karratha have on loan for you wheelchairs and walkers for that 'sudden moment' when your life changes. Contact Vivien 0413 603 885

SI Fremantle Supporting Artists

In the past SI Fremantle, has judged and presented a cash prize to one artist showing work in the ‘Open Minds Open Doors Exhibition' at DADDA. DADDA, a gallery space in Fremantle, supports artists suffering with mental illness. This year it was decided that Toni Avis would be the most worthy recipient of the prize. Toni has painted Red-tailed Black Cockatoos and Carnaby’s as she explores the impact of the urban sprawl and the diminishing habitat of Australia’s iconic birds. Toni brought photocopy of one of her works to show us when she was presented with her award.

SI Port Hedland inducts new member

President Gail has indicated: Join me in welcoming Gabrielle Marks to our Wonderful Soroptimist family - Gabrielle was inducted at our business meeting on 17 February 2017

SI South Perth - new President

SI South Perth reported - We are all feeling very proud of Vida Corbett who had lead us for the past two years and looking forward to being lead by Pam Richards. Well done to all members for your contribution to transforming the lives of women and girls

SIWA President Anne - joins SI Canning's birthday celebrations

President Anne reported: I had a wonderful night with SI Canning Districts' members and their families as they celebrated their 55th Birthday.

SI South Perth - Inducts 3 new members

SI South Perth reported: So exciting three new Soroptimist members today. Also a younger generation following in the footsteps of those committed to transforming the lives of women and girls.Congratulations to our three new members ! We welcome you to the sincerity of friendship, joy of achievement, dignity of service, integrity of profession and love of country

SI Fremantle Wraps Up the Year with Christmas Boxes for Wilf Sergeant House

Celebrating a successful year of extensive project work, SI Fremantle’s Annual Christmas Meeting was all about giving to our community. Amongst the laughter and chatter, we assembled over 30 boxes of ‘mens’ essentials and Chrismassy goodies for residents of Wilf Sergeant House. The gift boxes wrapped in Christmassy paper were gratefully received by men who are invariably invisible and often forgotten in our community.

SI Fremantle - Donations

women in Warrawee and Wynn Carr refuges in Fremantle. We shared the Christmas spirit with the Willagee parish of the Church St Thomas of Canterbury in our area. SI Fremantle recognised the needy nature of the community and collected and donated cartons non-perishable food for their empty larder. As well as this, we wrapped and delivered cute teddy bears, toy cars and little bags of jewellery and nail polish as Christmas gifts for the parish community. Reverend Rob Day expressed his thanks for our donations

SI Fremantle - New President

At the February AGM SI Fremantle welcomed Linda Oliver as their President for 2017-18. As President Elect Linda shadowed Christine Johnson their immediate Past President. Thanks were expressed to President Christine for the fine job she managed in steering the group over the last 2 years. Linda championed the successful Public Speaking Competition at Notre Dame last year and brings to the club new energy and enthusiasm. Her role as SI National Secretary will bring a new dimension to the club. Past President Lynn Jones presented Linda with the President’s jewel. The club welcomed all officer bearers especially Sue Belton who agreed to be President Elect.

SI Fremantle Sausage Sizzle

Putting the ‘Fun’ into fundraising and sharing our SI Story over a ‘Barbie’ SI Fremantle’s ongoing partnership with Seton College students has proven to be a wonderful way for us to connect with our community. Delightful, talented volunteers who undertake ‘Community Service’ commandeered the cooking, serving and money management at our final Sausage Sizzle for the 2016 year at Bunnings in Oconnor. Loads of finely sliced onions, mountains of juicy sausages and piles of fresh buns were assembled into delicious, irresistible hot dogs and served by Seton College students. After parting with their money, happy patrons squeezed lashings of sauce to suit their taste. With willing volunteers managing the production line, SI Sisters shared the stories of SI Fremantle’s work in the community. Over the long day, $1300 was raised for our 2017 Scholarship program which helps disadvantaged young women with their higher education expenses. What a wonderful fun way to share our work and promote the SI Brand in our community.

SI Canning Districts - 55th Birthday

A very Happy 55th Birthday to Canning District Soroptimist International. A lovely dinner was enjoyed by members and their special guests. Here's looking forward to an exciting year.

SI Helena - Senior School Bursary

President Berenice Ritchie, accompanied by Rosalie Gordon and Robyn Cain, attended the first assembly of the school year at Swan View SHS to present The Senior School Bursary to student Manon Burgos. The Bursary will assist Manon to continue her drama studies in Yr 11 & 12. Manon's mother had managed to keep knowledge of the award secret. Club members look forward to seeing our recipient in a school production.

SI Geraldton - Socialising

Geraldton Soroptimists enjoying an evenings friendship on 9/2/17

SI Bunbury AGM

Handing over officially to our new president Bernadette Durrell and thankyou to our outgoing president Sue Hensby and treasurer Julie. We welcome our new office bearers Maria and Helena and our newest member Christine O'Brien-morellini. And a big congratulations to Bobbi on 10 years of service as a Soroptimist.

SI Mandurah AGM

President Marise reported - I am pleased to say that our club had enough continuing members to the AGM and we have nominations for almost all positions. I thank Peta Jones and Liz Butson for your wonderful contribution being our past President and Secretary. Roll on 2017, brought to you by the letter C. Communication to be collaborative and always Caring. Continuance of what is working, and Calendar.

SI Karratha & Districts - members photo

Left to right: Susan Standen, Nanette Williams, Arran McOscar, Vivien Kamen, Glen Slee, Judy Wright, Gabe Roberts, Lindy Chan

SI South Perth - Beanies thank you

SI President Vida has shared news & update - New year babies at Yayasan Bumi Sehat (Bali Birthing Clinic) wearing the beanies donated by SI South Perth. Thank you to everyone who contributes to our ongoing beanie project which supports the homeless at the local level as well as extending to a range of communities around the world. Keep knitting as the beanies are very much appreciated!!

SI South Perth - IWD

SI South Perth has advised they will be attending the International Women's Day WA (IWD) breakfast for UN Women. In addition to our members attending we will be sponsoring 8 senior girls from our local high schools - Penhros College, Como Secondary College, Kent St High School and Ursula Frayne College. It is always a fabulous event

SI Joondalup - Visiting Soroptimist

Soroptimist International of Joondalup entertained a visiting Soroptimist from SI Negev in Israel to morning tea. Ruti Peres spoke of her own club, their projects and the challenges they face with such a diverse population. Gifts were exchanged and a move will be made to form a Friendship Link between the two clubs. Ruti is pictured centre front with members of SI Joondalup

SI Carnarvon - Australia Day

SI President reported that Carnarvon Soroptimist members once again catered for the shire’s Australia day breakfast on Thursday 26th January. The venue was the Carnarvon yacht club which is the perfect venue for it’s beautiful outdoor area and water. We had an early start with all hands-on deck at 6am and local Rotary & Lions club members assisted once again with the cooking of the sausages, bacon & eggs. Platters of fresh Carnarvon fruit, orange juice, tea, coffee, toast & baked beans were served on long tables for guests to help themselves. Over 230 people enjoyed the sumptuous breakfast on a lovely warm summer morning. We also held a raffle, sticking to the Aussie theme, with an esky which was kindly donated by Harry Sutcliffe, 2 camper chairs, cricket set and a fly swat. Speeches and awards followed then a clean-up. Monies raised from the breakfast will go to 3 local groups: Carnarvon Sea Rescue, S.A.F.E, Church of Christ food parcels

SI Albany AGM 24 01 17

SI Albany Immediate Past President Deb and President Trish enjoying a photo opportunity after the formalities of handing over the club jewel and IPP badge on 24 January 2017

SI Helena - New Member

SI Helena reported: At our AGM last week we welcomed Gill Higgs to the club. President Berenice presented her with the membership booklet and badge.