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) 95 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. Follow us on our social media sites.


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!

Hot off the Press!

In July, SI Adelaide heard from Jess Duke from  (Stillbirth and Neonatal Sudden Death Society).
A wonderful support organisation for parents and families grieving loss of baby/infant,running on the smell of an oily rag.

We're on Instagram!

The club has recently joined Instagram on social media, so Irene Mendez  took up the teaching role. So much to learn.

inspirational talk by PNG midwife

Paula Krai, a midwife from Papua New Guinea, gave an inspirational talk about her work. Paula is one of the midwives we met when she was studying previously at Flinders Uni. She’s back now studying for her Masters in Midwifery. and her motto seems to be “Ïf you don’t ask you don’t get.” 
When Paula transported a seriously ill woman to a larger hospital, on a bus, with 2 IV’s attached, she decided that was totally unsatisfactory. At the time, she asked the bus driver whom she knew, to video what was happening.
After that experience, she approached a parliamentary leader, without an appointment, showed him the video and asked for an ambulance, which she received soon after.
Paula is attached to the Blue Mountain Hospital which is under the Catholic Church. At one point she decided she needed more space for various groups to have somewhere to attend ante natal care, which is a prerequisite for women wanting to use the maternity hospital.  There were two old buildings on the property, so she asked the Bishop if they could be utilised for her purposes. He agreed. Paula now has more space to conduct classes.  
There are 52 staff at the hospital, which includes 12 registered nurses, 2 midwives, lab technician & health extension officer, & 5 trainees. PNG has an extemely diverse culture and this sometimes causes problems as different villages have different ideas. Paula’s way forward is to empower women with education and to educate young boys from an early age, in the home and at all levels of education.  
We presented Paula with 2 more bags of polar fleece because when we first met her, Paula told us about the unreliable power supply in PNG and how it is so difficult to keep the babies warm in the highlands. Polar fleece is the low tech solution……very warm, available 24/7 and washes easily. Thank you Spotlight for a well timed sale.!!

Celebrating Long serving 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 2018 August Soup and Dessert Night
Held annually for several years now, this is an opportunity to bring in some visitors and have some quality time for socialising.
Of course, there’s the food and wine. Pauline Nutt enthusiastically brings the champagne…..she’s a legend.
The menu comprises, a couple of starters while the soup is heating up.
Then there’s a selection of usually 3 soups…..this year, Green Pea, White Bean and Hearty Vegetable. Generous mug or mugs with crusty bread.
Followed by delicious desserts, Blueberry Cheesecake, a fruit platter, self saucing chocolate pudding and a pavlova ring.
All scrumptious….difficult to be restrained  read more
Birthday Celebrations and more!

What a terrific afternoon at Boulevard Lounge, Wallis Cinema Mitcham where SI Adelaide recently celebrated their 69th birthday, on Sunday June 24th. This is the first time in many years that we have celebrated on the actual day….24th June 1949. Those celebrating, Irene, Marrion, Pat, Denise, Sharon with baby Henry, Rosemary, Donna, Pauline and Pam. The fresh scones, jam and cream,  come highly recommended.
Membership milestones for the amazing:

Pauline Nutt of 30 years.....she is a legend. Always such a positive member.

Donna Coombe 20 years of dedication both in Queensland and in South Australia 

Pam Lacey 15 years of being a wonderful invaluable member on so many levels.

Happy birthday SI Adelaide and thank you all members for your years of service. 

Pam, Pauline, Donna.

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 donation to Women's Safety services

This annual donation has been made for several years now, usually at the end of the year.
The donation of Home Essentials, comprises a list of essential home basics, so that women starting a new life, after leaving DV, don’t have to pay for these items. Women’s Safety Services don’t receive a budget for these items, so our donation is a great help.
Items include basic cleaning products and other items e.g. pegs, broom, dustpan and broom, laundry basket and teatowels. Club members choose which item they’d like to donate and purchase 6 of that item…or share with another member.
This year, Kendy Whitmore from WSS, who is a Property Manager, came to accept the donation. Being the PM, means that she is in charge of distribution of these stores and she was THRILLED with the donation. She said how needed these essential items are and how expensive they can be.
We were delighted to have Kendy and her son come to our meeting and hope that they weren’t too cramped up in the car on the way home. There was a big load of goodies.
SI Adelaide donation to Young Parents Program December 2017
The club has been supporting this program for about 5 years now and we are delighted that each year the number of young parents returning to study, is increasing.  
This year we provided 30 stationery packs.  Rosemary and Denise purchased the stationery on behalf of the club and delivered it to Manager Michel and midwife Kerrie, at The Parks, in December.
Every year, Officeworks have given us support with purchase price, for which we are extremely grateful.
Here are some facts about the program.
Talking Realities has students at the Parks campus of Thebarton Senior College at which they are enrolled
 2. Both DECS and Centrelink recognise the course offered as full time.
 3. There are 15 women enrolled at the Parks with a further 15 at Elizabeth. This is new and the students there are more complex. Some need basic literacy amongst other considerations.
 4. The Parks’ students consist of 3 categories, comprised of aboriginal students, new arrivals and others. 
 5. In 2017,  3 students obtained SACE and 1 achieved a TAFE Certificate
 7. The students are told that the stationery packs are given by SI women in Adelaide who care about them(i.e women in the community), not just the Government.
 8. Staff vehemently  defend the quality of the TR program and welcome any audit of it. One student even attends from Southern Adelaide as she prefers the superior program offered 
9. Program funded by SA Health and DECS.
 10. We also met the midwife (Kerrie) who is in the photo with Michel (Manager). Michel will speak to the club in August, at our Soup and Dessert night.
11.  Many students are in the TR program after hearing of it in their antenatal contact at the Women’s and Children’s where the midwife gives them some options to continue studying.  The midwife wasn’t part of the original program but clearly is bringing excellent skills to the program and is probably partially responsible for increased numbers of students. Her presence also gives opportunity for the ongoing monitoring of the health of the baby and the mother.
 12. Some students take many years to complete the program which has a cut off age at 25.
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


Coming Event

2018 DV Forum

Monday November 5th
RobRoy Hotel Halifax St Adelaide
Dr. Fiona Buchanan 
Senior Lecturer…. UniSA
School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences
‘Relationships between women and their children 
Following domestic violence: reasons to be hopeful’.