Gallery 2020

New members at Joondalup

SI Joondalup President Maria Tsovleas reports she is really delighted to advise of the induction of three new members last week. That makes four new members so far this year, giving the club a total membership of 40.

Christmas in July - Albany

At our July meeting we continued our annual Christmas in July theme – where we bring a donation to be collated and delivered to Albany Foodbank. Members dressed appropriately and enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with news. A special welcome to Alison who is a charter member (1982) – Alison has returned to Albany after a long absence overseas. We discussed the upcoming Albany Women’s Centre Kare Kits 2020 campaign, which was delayed from earlier this year. It will be a tad different this year. Thanks to Janet McA and Michelle for their continued focus on this project. COVID 19 will not deter us from making a difference in our local community. Our Facebook page will have all the details shortly. Our guest speaker was Celena who spoke on her attendance at the second Peace Summit of Emerging Leaders, hosted by Humanitarian Affairs Asia in February (2020) in Thailand. Thanks to Joe and the staff at Motel Le Grande who provided enjoyable Christmas cuisine.

SI Fremantle Business Meeting 13/7/2020

Lovely to be working Face to Face again. 29 members and friends attended to listen to Guest Speakers – Shamim Samani and Dora Marinova editors of Muslim Women in the Economy Development, Faith and Globalisation discuss aspects of the book and also their own experiences. The book explores the changing role of Muslim women in the economy in the twenty first century. With cases ranging from Saudi Arabia, Iran, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, Nigeria, Kenya through to Spain, Bulgaria, China and Australia, this book will be of considerable interest to researchers in gender, development, and religious studies. A very informative meeting. We had two visitors from Notre Dame Young Soroptimist Group Also a sad farewell to member Sasha de Araújo, a previous President of Notre Dame University Group of Young Soroptimist Women is moving to Bavaria for an amazing employment opportunity, she will be working as an editor in the publishing department at a local university. She has been a fantastic young member sharing lots of time and energy with us since 2016, we wish Sasha all the best for her future ventures and we will be waiting to hear all about her situation in due course. Supper as usual was of a high standard and we also had some wine tasting, so a very busy and interesting evening. Annie - thanks for the notes

SISWP New Logo

SISWP President Suman has released the new logo for 2020 - 2022

SI Albany

The June meeting was Face to Face and it was great to see members in the flesh. The members welcomed Jess who is the 2019 winner of the South Regional TAFE Female Student of the Year. This is the award that Albany sponsors. Thanks to Sue the Senior Student Services Officer from SR TAFE for attending. Immediate Past President Jan's guest was prospective member Asha. President Bron pinned Trish with her 10 year blue ribbon which was due on 23 March. The Programme Committee is meeting early next week to review plans. Members agreed to continue our support for International Gynaecological Awareness Day September 10 campaign to support an innovative suggestion from Kath Mazzella.

Fremantle meeting

16 members attended a lovely Chinese Meal. This is our first Face to Face since March what a joy to be altogether and socialising. Thanks to all who attended, we had a show from the Ladies Quilting group, a great dinner, we also collected food items for a local church we support in Willagee. Thanks to Annie for the photos and words

In Memory of Lyn Ellard

Soroptimists have been out to lunch fundraiser for Peduli Bali. This charity organisation was the brain child of the late Lyn Ellard who was a member at SI Fremantle as well as being a Stella Giles Award winner. Lyn sadly passed away in January this year and the lunch was to acknowledge her contribution over many years to the people of Bali. The committee is dedicated to keeping Lyn’s dream alive. A number of SIWA clubs were represented including SI Canning Districts, SI South Perth and SI Fremantle. Here are a few photos of those enjoying a delicious 3 course lunch as well as raffles, silent auction and gift stalls.


Finally, able to meat and eat with minimal restrictions Jeanette Brown and Maria Tsovleas SI Joondalup with Beatrice Hitt and Annie C from SI Fremantle having a friendly lunch at Floreat beach

SIWA Region Meeting

2 May 2020 Great participation from SIWA executive members, club delegates and members from Albany, Carnarvon, Fremantle, Geraldton, Helena, Joondalup, Mandurah, Maylands-Peninsula, On The Terrace, Perth, Rockingham and South Perth. A great result for our first vitual meeting. Thanks to Anne A for the photo.


11 03 2020 – A lovely night at Mary Davies Library with members and friends from SI Rockingham great speakers and beautiful supper

SIWA RCM and AGM 7 March 2020

Regional Council Meeting and Annual General Meeting 7 March 2020 SI Helena organised the day’s activities, with a wonderful lunch with hot food cooked on the premises by students at the Kingston College. The food was multicultural to reflect International Women’s day tomorrow. SI Helena member Marg, who lectures at the college and her team did a fantastic job well done everybody. Thank you to the guests. Regional members from Karratha, Carnarvon, Geraldton and Albany attended via a GoToMeeting. Thanks Annie C SI Fremantle & SI Fremantle FB page for photos

Fremantle - New member

Induction of Dr Penny McGlynn Feb 10th AGM Penny has attended a number of our meetings and functions, her background is in Education we are very happy to have her in our club. Welcome Penny. Guest speakers were Louise and Trish from “Empowering Chicks” these young women with some friends established enterprise which sends 100% of their profits from selling handmade scented candles to Sierra Leone and Uganda to assist with education girls.


Soroptimist International, Fremantle branch is offering 2x scholarships of $1000 to women who are enrolled in tertiary education in 2020. Applicants should contact Maxine Kaempf 30 Florence Street, Cottesloe WA 6011 Applicants need to complete the form available from Maxine, along with a letter of recommendation from a lecturer/tutor, Applications must be received before March 31st, 2020. Interviews may form part of the selection process if necessary. The successful applicants will be advised and required to attend a meeting of the Fremantle branch to report on their studies and outline how the scholarship may assist them.


31 01 2020 SI Fremantle hosted a sunset picnic on the foreshore at East Fremantle celebrating our visitors Jane and David Webb from SI Canterbury UK. They have been in Australia for five weeks visiting friends, Jane was keen to meet up with SI Fremantle members. We had a total of 28 attending from SI Fremantle SI On The Terrace and SI Maylands Peninsula. We also had three prospective members Penny, Louise and Trish who will be attending the AGM on February 10th. The ‘Freo Doctor’ was at gale force but it didn’t dampen spirits as parkas and blankets were fetched from the cars. We had a lovely supper with sausages in a bun (cooked by Gordon), some vegetarian quiche for the special diets and lots of delightful salad presentations from the members. We also had a range of sweet things and o good tipple of whatever took our fancy. Jane and David did a great job of mingling with the locals and a great social time was had by all. They are off home to UK today, so nice to have been able to connect with them. We had a ‘whip round’ for the SI Australia Fire Relief Appeal which was well supported, we have a donation prepared in the amount of $420 and the monies will be directed via SI Clubs in the affected Regions Jane commented that a significant donation was made to the fire appeal by SI Great Britain and Ireland during December, so many thinking of our Australian people in a time of need, thanks to everyone for supporting the cause.

South Perth

26 01 2020 Congratulations to member Vida Corbett who was a very worthy nominee for the South Perth Australia Day WA Community Citizen of the Year Award. Vida, we're proud to have you as one of our own!


Busy times down Fremantle way


15 01 2020 It was a great pleasure to welcome Monica Moran from SI Karratha to Geraldton at last nights meeting. Present were Jenny Beaver, Felicity Rutherford, Monica Moran Linda Lindi Pelkowitz, Leanne Leanne Marie Sice, Maria Malacari, Alana Horsham, Margaret Millman and Roni Davies. Successes of last year and plans for this year were discussed. It was great to catch up after the Christmas break.


07 01 2020 A few of our Rockingham Soroptimists sorting through the donations for our Baby Bundles for mothers in crisis. Thank you to our generous family, friends and work colleagues for their donations. Thanks to Anne A for the information

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