2019 News and Media Releases

SI TOUR – Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal 2020

SI Tour 2020FV2

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Friendship News April 2019

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Friendship News March  2019

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to our President Elect Liz Butson

26 January 2019:

Congratulations to past president of SI Mandurah Liz Butson. She has been listed on the Australia day Honours list for her work in Girl Guides and community service. Liz will be the SIWA President, effective at the changeover dinner on 8 March 2019.


Citation – Liz Butson Australia day appointment as a member of the order of Australia:
Mrs Elizabeth Kay BUTSON, Meadow Springs WA 6210
For significant service to youth through Guiding, and to the community of Western Australia.
Girl Guides Western Australia:
State Commissioner, 2006-2011.
Committee Member, Our Barn Management Committee, 2013-2017.
Committee Member, National Awards Committee, 2015-2017.
Chair, Australian Friends of the World Centres, 2015-2018.
Chair, Centenary Dinner Committee, 2014-2015.
Guiding Partner, Peel Region, 1998-2014
Committee Member, National Executive Committee, 2006-2011.
Member, State Council, 2005-2011.
Committee Member, State Executive Committee, 2005-2011.
Committee Member, Finance Committee, 2002-2011.
Unit Leader, Mandura Adventure Guides, 2005.
District Leader, Mandurah District, 2004-2006.
Unit Leader, Mandurah Ranger Guides, 1971-2003.
Committee Member, Youth Program, 1997-2000.
Ranger Adviser, Western Australia, 1994-1995.
Assistant Unit Leader, Mandurah Area, 1980-1981.
Division Commissioner, Murray Division, 1975-1977.
Training, State Training Team Member, 1970-1975.
Committee Member, State Camping Committee, 1973.
Soroptimist International:
President Elect, The Region, 2017-2018.
Secretary, Western Australia Region, 2015-2018.
Secretary, Mandurah Club, 2015-2016.
Member, Mandurah Club, since 2012.
Delegate to the Region Committee, 2013-2015.
President, Mandurah Club, 2013-2014.
Board of Directors, Peel Health Foundation, 2013-2016.
Committee Member, Youth Exchange Committee, Rotary International District 9460, 1996-2000.
Awards and recognition includes:
Recipient, Combined Long Service Award – 45 years, Girls Guides Western Australia, 2016.
Recipient, Red Kangaroo Award, Girls Guides Western Australia, 2010.
Recipient, Emu Award, Girls Guides Western Australia, 2007.
Recipient, Wattle Award, Girls Guides Western Australia, 2004.
Recipient, Banksia Award, Girls Guides Western Australia, 1982.
Recipient, Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International Youth Exchange Program.

The Soroptimist International President’s Appeal 2017-2019

Each year, on December 10 (Human Rights Day), Soroptimists are asked to make some small personal sacrifice and donate the money saved to a project chosen by the President of Soroptimist International. Clubs are also encouraged to conduct special fund raising for the Appeal.

Since its inception in 1981 by the then President, Catherine Salt, President’s Appeals have:

  • addressed a variety of social and health issues including trafficking of women and children, land mines, HIV AIDS and malaria.
  • helped women towards economic independence in Paraguay, India, Bangladesh, Tokelau, Lesotho and Mauretania;
  • supported refugees and the homeless in the former Yugoslavia, Cambodia, the Dominican Republic and Malaysia;
  • educated girls in India, China and Africa;

The Soroptimist International President’s Appeal 2017-2019 supports projects that educate, empower and enable women and girls, ensuring they have the capacity, experience and education needed to manager water resources and gain careers in water related professions.