Soroptimist International South Australia


SI Adelaide is the oldest club in the Soroptimist region of South Australia, chartered on June 24th 1949, by Florence Rutter. Our membership is comprised of women across the lifespan. In 2011-2012 we've inducted some young university students. They've brought new life, energy, ideas and more laughter, to our club. Student membership is subsidised by the club.

As the city based club of our region, meetings are held at National Council of Women House (NCW House) on South Terrace Adelaide, or at the RobRoy Hotel in Halifax St, Adelaide. Planning to visit? Best to email, for clarification We wouldn't want to miss you.

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SI Adelaide Club Newsletters

Read our regular newsletter to see what's happening in our Club. Our newsletters are writen by various willing club members each month to share the work around, facilitate entrepreneurial skills and encourage creativity!

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Celebrating Longserving Members and New Members!

Rosemary and Jean at SIA's 67th birthday

Irena and President Donna

Art Exhibition to support The Zahra Foundation

A highly successful Exhibition was presented by the Soroptimist Club of Adelaide Inc. was held St Oswald’s Anglican Church, Parkside. The Exhibition "A Safe Place To Be" was a mixed exhibition of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, etchings, & lino cuts curated by Tim Boon of Art for Charity’s Sake. All profits were to support the work of The Zahra Foundation Australia. Click here to see a version of the poster.

Esther Bright Travel award

A generous donation from Ms Esther Bright, through Soroptimist International of Adelaide, has enabled the establishment of the Soroptimist International of Adelaide Esther Bright Travel Award.  One travel award is made available each year, valued up to $1,000.
The purpose of this award is to provide tertiary female students an opportunity to attend meetings, symposiums or conferences either in Australia or overseas to present papers or to further their research and studies.

To be eligible for consideration for the award of a Travel Award in any given year, applicants must:
(a) be a permanent resident of South Australia, Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia; and
(b) are studying at a tertiary institution within the state of South Australia.
The Travel Award will be awarded on the basis of the extent to which the proposed travel will enhance work in the chosen field
The Travel Award will provide additional assistance with the cost of an applicant's proposed travel within Australia or over seas
Soroptimist International of Adelaide, will invite the winner to report in person to a meeting of Soroptimist International of Adelaide within 6 months of receiving the award.
Applications are invited with the closing date of 30th June each year

SI Adelaide "Walk The Talk"

Walk The Talk is a Soroptimist advocacy and awareness raising campaign dedicated to the elimination of violence against women.

Each year SI Adelaide holds a number of events to support this campaign. On November 9th. 2015 we held a Forum on Domestic Violence Action. click here to see a larger version of the flyer.

Information evening on Women and FinaNce

SI Adelaide hold an annual evening session at the Robroy Hotel in the city on Women and Finance with highly informative speakers from various business backgrounds. This year another successful information evening was held with the title “A Man is Not a Financial Plan”. Included in the presentation was invaluable advice on the ins and outs of a rental agreement. Read the full article about the evening.

Christie, Carina and Marrion

Candle Light Vigil

SI Adelaide members support The Coalition of Women’s Domestic Violence Services of South Australia (CWDVSSA). The vigil is held each year to remember those who have died as a result of domestic and family violence and the loved ones left behind.

supporting the White ribbon campaign

White Ribbon March  

On the 28th Nov. 2015 SI Adelaide took part in the White Ribbon March from Victoria Square to Parliament House. This event was organised by the local FADVAN (Family and Domestic Violence Advocacy Network), which is a gathering of service providers and interested parties.
Soroptimists marched behind the Walk the Talk banner. There were many community groups, including SAPOL and Uniting Communities and a wide diversity of people.
The speakers at Parliament House were excellent and represented a wide range of connections to DV. Heather Margrison a survivor, Zoe Bettison representing the Premier, John Gardner MP representing Steven Marshall, along with former AFL footballer Gavin Wanganeen and Joe Szakacs from SA Unions. Both Gavin and Joe spoke as young dads, acknowledging their parental responsibilities.
Brad Chilcott representing Anglicare, led us in taking the new White Ribbon oath

I will stand up, speak out and act to prevent men's violence against women.

The crowd repeated it with determination and commitment to making change in our nation.
Terrific morning. read more

white ribbons in the adelaide Central Market

SI Adelaide has been selling white ribbons in the Central Market on the Saturday prior to the White Ribbon breakfast, for several years now.
Initially it was just club members selling ribbons, but for a few years now we’ve been working with White Ribbon ambassadors and members of the Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast Committee.
This year we had 8 ambassadors selling and it’s a great opportunity for them to meet the public directly and connect with the real issues. It’s also a great opportunity for SI Adelaide members to meet community members who promote White Ribbon.
Men talking about DV issues has real impact on people who buy ribbons.
Every year some people tell us real life stories of DV, or others purchase ribbons to recognise those they know who’ve had DV as part of their lives. read full article

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SI Adelaide News


We publish a regular newsletter full of the latest events and happenings in and around our club. Just click on the tab to be kept up to date on what's happenning in SI Adelaide! (see opposite)

latest Event

ACSO medal award winner 2016

Tod Stokes was nominated by SI Adelaide for the Heidi Taylor Medal as part of the ACSO awards this year.
He won, we were thrilled. Here's some background to the reasons he won. click here

Home essentials for the central domestic violence service

Gemma from Central Domestic Violence Service with SIA members, accepting our annual donation of Home Essentials

esther bright scholarship winner

President Donna (left) with young scientist and 2016, Esther Bright winner Stella Child

Flinders University medal for academic achievement

President Donna (right) with Michele Jarldon who won the Flinders University Medal in 2011, for academic achievement.

essential equipment for hospital in lae, png

President Donna, presenting PNG Nurse/Midwife Cherolyn with two dopplers for the Lae Hospital

Days For Girls Sewing day

Days for Girls is an international project, which provides sustainable sanitary kits for girls in low resource countries. These packs enable girls to attend school for many more days in the school year.On Saturday February 20th, members from SI Adelaide went to the Days for Girls sewing day at Blackwood. read more See our EVENTS for our Days For Girls fundraising Devonshire Tea.

Scholarship applications

Stayed tuned for next years scholarship applications

SI Adelaide Congratulate Arman Abrahimzadeh on Award

Arman was awarded the Allan Sloan Young Citizen Community Service Award for 2015.
He was nominated by SI Adelaide because of his commitment to raising awareness of domestic violence and issues which face women who leave violent relationships. Since the death of his mother, Zahra, in March 2010, Arman has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of domestic violence issues. read more