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Albany - Join Me On The Bridge 2021

Join Me On The Bridge 2021 Despite the inclement weather Soroptimists, community members and visitors from Perth, all enjoyed the annual JMOB event. SIWA members – spot our President Elect Rosemary in the crowd. Members appreciated your participation again. We had apologies from several members who were unable to attend due to work commitments and health appointments. Most of us adjourned to a local restaurant for lunch and lots of talking, networking, and getting to know possible new members. Trish reminded us of the 2021 theme “Choose to Challenge” and we contributed via personal messages on sticky notes. We also had some cut outs with the meaning of the word peace in many languages. Thank you to Trish, Carol and Rhonda for your preparation. Thank you to the local media for your input prior to the event and on the day.

Fremantle 8 March 2021

SI Fremantle IWD celebration Monday March 8th We had a wonderful evening a Share a Meal and bring a friend along. The supper was a splendid affair with main course, sweets and sparkling wine. We were quite a crowd with 31 women in attendance. President Lynne welcomed our guests, Barbara Davidson introduced our guest speaker Dawn Barrington who gave an insightful presentation of songs and personal comments of her contacts and situation while visiting Manus Island and her interactions with refugees being held there. Confronting to say the least hearing her stories, she urged us to discuss with our Federal Member re their stance on our Refugee policies. Lynne thanks Dawn for her most informative and engaging presentation. Thanks to Annie for the story and photos

Life Membership - Jennie Van Driel to Soroptimist International Joondalup

Members from clubs were invited to attend a celebration acknowledging the contribution of member Jennie Van Driel to Soroptimist International Joondalup and its projects serving the community, locally, nationally and globally for the benefit of women and girls. Over the last 20+ years Jennie has been active in her club SI Joondalup, she has had many roles including club Secretary, Membership coordinator, Programme coordinator, Training and Development Officer, and Club President. For SIWA she has also had various positions which include Membership Training and development and Programme coordinator. During the previous 5 years Jennie has been Federation Programme Coordinator. SI Joondalup for many years was involved with Timor Leste bank rolling numerous projects and in particular the Chicken Project which Jennie and her committee oversaw and the club was awarded a Best Practice Award for their continuing assistance with the women and girls in and around Dili. Jennie has attended many conferences and conventions both in Australia and overseas SIJ President Maria Tsovleas welcomed guest of honour Jennie, her husband Keith and some family & friends to help celebrate. Region President Liz Butson was invited to present Jennie with her certificate and Life Membership badge, while Club Membership coord Wendy Wheildon presented Jennie with her citation in the form of a booklet which was compiled following extensive research and combing of records to tease out the many achievements of this remarkable lady. A toast was proposed by President Maria and all present toasted Jennie as a thank you for her dedication over 20 years. President Elect Stella Beavis presented Jennie with a floral tribute Jennie responded thanking everyone for attending and acknowledged her fellow Soroptimists who have been with her all the way, also her husband and Soroptimister Keith for his support throughout her Soroptimist career. A number of local clubs were represented including Region President Elect Rosemary Cant SI On The Terrace, Julie Ham SI South Perth, Sue Mulholland and Elle Stubbs SI Maylands Peninsula and Beatrice Hitt and myself Annie Carswell SI Fremantle. Thanks to Annie for the story and photos

AGM - SI Fremantle

8 February 2021 25 members and friends attended our Annual General Meeting tonight in Fremantle. President Karess handed over the President’s reins to Lynne Jones. Our guest speaker was Renee Diver, a Financial Planner Advisor who gave us a lively look at some basic aspects of our financial situations including, Superannuation, Wills, Enduring Power of Attorney, Enduring Power of Guardianship and Retirement. It was very informative and of interest to most of us, thanks Renee. New member Claire Phillips was inducted into our membership. Claire a Community Health Nurse has recently relocated from Bunbury to Belair. Claire has attended a number of meetings and events during the last months of 2020. We are very happy to have Claire in the club and look forward to her working with us on our projects. Thanks to Annie for the photos and notes

Fremantle Picnic

SI Fremantle enjoyed their first get together for 2021 by having a Sunset Picnic by the river at East Fremantle. 22 members and Soroptimisters and friends met and shared a meal at dusk, the weather was delightful with a light sea breeze. Gordon cooked Sausages for the buns and members brought a wonderful selection of salads and sweets. There was lots of interaction and catch-up discussions as we had not seen each other since mid December. We also had two prospective members Gail and Claire who we will be inducting to membership at our AGM meeting in February. A big hello to Jane SI Canterbury who visited and shared a meal with us in January 2020 at the same riverside venue. Thanks to Annie for the photos and notes

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