SI Port Pirie Inc
New members are always welcome to join. We meet each month at alternating Dinner and Business meetings.To contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
SI Port Pirie Club Projects and Activities
Look Good Feel Better Workshops
We facilitate 2 or 3 workshops each year at the Anglican Hall in Port Pirie for women who have recently undergone or are currently experiencing treatment for cancer. This involves liaison between the Breast care nurse at the local hospital, who assists in finding women to invite, volunteer beauticians and hairdressers as well as a relaxation therapist. Soroptimist members set up the hall, display the donated make-up kits, wigs, scarves and hats, welcome the women and provide afternoon tea. In this relaxed atmosphere, the women find moral support and a new energy.
Women Achievers Awards
We recognise contributions of local quiet achieving women to the community by inviting them to a dinner meeting and presenting them with a framed certificate. They are then given the opportunity to inform the members and guests about the field they work or volunteer in. An article and photo usually follow in the next week’s local newspaper so that the wider community is also aware of their achievements. (See the nomination form for the 10 categories and the dates linked with them where possible.)
Annual Bursary to Female Students
$200 is awarded to three high school girls at local secondary schools who have excelled in the area of education and leadership. This is presented at the end of year ceremonies for John Pirie Secondary School,Mid North Christian College and St Marks College by the president of our club or her representative.
Essential Packs for Women in Domestic Violence
Packs are provided to women who have sought help at the local women’s refuge. When supplies run low, members obtain more items and bathroom bags and pack about 50 kits. On two occasions these have been presented to the manager of the Refuge on November 25th, White Ribbon Day, being an apt time to remind the community of the need to prevent violence against women and girls.
Supporting Combined Service Clubs of Port Pirie
with their Driver Reviver stall at Easter and the long weekend in October.
Annual or frequent events
International Women's Day Lunch
SI Port Pirie had a very successful IWD lunch for 83 people on March 9th 2018 at the Port Football Club. The lunch brings together a diverse range of women from across the region and celebrates what it is to be a woman and all that we have collectively and individually achieved.
Melanie Baak was the guest speaker. She is a lecturer and research fellow at the University of South Australia Education Department. Her specialty is in the area of refugees living in SA, especially South Sudanese. Melanie spoke about creating a school in South Sudan to educate girls, as well as outlining the journey of her mother-in-law, Abuk, who lived in South Sudan her entire life.
The photograph below shows most of our members with our guest speaker (in burgandy frock), which was also published in the Port Pirie Recorder.
Monthly SociaL lunch
on first Friday of each month at the International Hotel, corner Florence and David Streets at 1pm each first Friday of the month. Working members join retired members and any friends or prospective members to meet in a relaxed enjoyable atmosphere. This has become our venue to celebrate Friendship Day on a Friday near October 3rd and International Volunteers Day on a Friday near December 5th.
Our major fundraiser held at Baker Bears, Main Road Solomontown usually in May or early June, provides us with sufficient funds for our two bursaries in leadership and education for senior school girls, plus a contribution towards a new local project each year ( eg provision of essentials packs for desperate women seeking help at the local refuge; computer, printer and white board for the use of young parents receiving training at the Parenting House run by Boys Town under the auspices of the local Catholic Church).
Other fundraising is achieved through the annual sale of 20 books of Peoples Choice Lottery tickets and running the community stall at Port Pirie market once a year on the second Sunday of the month we choose, where we can sell the tickets as well as distribute pamphlets for all participating volunteer groups in the town.
( For 20 years from 1991 to 2011 we ran a Second-hand Book Exchange as our major fund raiser).
This enables us to contribute towards projects in our South West Pacific Region and the current annual International project.
SI Port Pirie News
Port Pirie Brochure
Port Pirie Soroptimists have updated their Information Brochure
35 Years young!
SI Port Pirie celebrated its 35 Anniversary of Charter in June 2018, at a special dinner at the RSL Club. Guests included the SI Australia national representative, Kath Gribble, the Independent MP for Frome, Geoff Brock and the Mayor, John Rohde. Clubs from around the State attended the dinner, including Northern Highlands, Torrens and Southern Districts of Adelaide. Charter members attending included Gwen Paterson, Louise Hausler and Bev Clarke.
The guest speaker was Claire Conaghty, who is a Catholic pastoral worker in Port Pirie, who took the audience on a journey from being a policewoman to helping at Fred's Van emergency food service and the Christmas Community Tea.
During the dinner, Gwen Paterson gave a Women's Achiever Award to Lyn Akker for 20 years service to the Look Better, Feel Good project, providing wigs, hair and scalp advice to cancer patients, including providing hats, turbans and scarfes.
Wonderful Support for white ribbon in port pirie
South West Pacific Conference of Clubs May 2018
Congratulations to Heather Hunt on becoming SI Australia secretary for next Bienium, with Deb Devlin and Jenny Hughes
SIPP recognise white ribbon day Nov, 25th
From 2017 onwards, SIPP is supplying paperbags with DV information to the school canteen of John Pirie Secondary School and hopes to extend this to other schools in the town. This project was started by SI Northern Highlands in Jamestown in 2015
Thai Food and Friendship
On 31st May one of the 10 Thai residents in Port Pirie, Anong, kindly cooked Tom Yum, a spicy chicken soup for us at the local High School's kitchen. She also produced precooked sweet potato slices and spring rolls in soft rice wraps. One of our members cooked Thai fish cakes, deliberately not very spicy. Of course there was the obligatory steamed rice!
Anong was a delightful cook discovered for us by Joy Martin from Mambray Creek north of Port Pirie. She acted as Anong's assistant and provided the recipe.
We look forward to future friendship with some of Anong's Thai friends.
International womens day Lunch
SI Port Pirie held a very successful lunch to celebrate IWD in March 2017. Click here to read the article published in Port Pirie's local newspaper, The Recorder.
If you would like to support the program work of Soroptimist International Port Pirie you can purchase a People’s Choice Community Lottery ticket or 2 on-line. Fabulous Prizes can be won and every dollar raised comes to SI Port Pirie and is used for our projects. Please follow the link and help us make a difference in the lives of women and girls, their families and communities.
Girl Guides Celebrate Un Day Of The Girl Child With Port Pirie Soroptimists
Making kites and flying them is great fun! This was discovered by ten Crystal Brook Girl Guides aged from six to twelve, their three leaders and four members of Soroptimist International of Port Pirie as they celebrated this special day at the Crystal Brook Guide Hall in October. After constructing the kites from the kits with help from leaders and Soroptimists, the girls trooped out onto the nearby oval and launched them successfully. read more
This year SIPP made oregami gift boxes with six guides, their leader and assistant leader. A very worthwhile activity for both Guides and Soroptimists.
Women's Achievers Awards Applications Open
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