Soroptimist International South Australia

SI Port Pirie Inc

SI Port Pirie celebrated their 34th birthday in June 2017 with a dinner meeting attended by representatives of other service clubs and our friends. Our ongoing local, international and South West Pacific Federation projects were outlined for the guests and a speaker from the local council told us about the current revamp of Port Pirie's cbd.
We celebrate Friendship Day each October with a casual lunch for members and friends at a local hotel. We do this also on the first Friday of each month at 1pm at International Hotel. All interested women are welcome to attend."
 

New members are always welcome to join. We meet each month at alternating Dinner and Business meetings.To contact us siportpirie@siswp.org

SI Port Pirie Club Projects and Activities

Ongoing projects

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 two 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 and Mid North Christian College by the president of our club or her representative.

Essential Packs for Women in Domestic Violence

Port Pirie Packs

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. Members work in pairs to fill as many slots as possible on the weekend roster. In addition we provide assistance in several ways for the annual Christmas pageant run by these Service Clubs, from preparing balloon strings in advance, filling balloons on the day, and acting as marshals.( In past years we helped to apply makeup on the young people acting as clowns.)

Annual or frequent events

International Women's Day Lunch

held at 12 noon on the Friday nearest to March 8th with a guest speaker. ( In 2015 this will be a joint venture with the Public Library, Meg’s Bookshop and Soroptimist International Port Pirie when author Loretta Hill will be launching her new book “ The Maxwell Sisters. Venue to be advised.)

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.

Pasty Drive

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.

 

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SI Port Pirie News

Port Pirie Brochure

Port Pirie Soroptimists have updated their Information Brochure

Click here to read all about Soroptimist International Port Pirie (page 1) and (page 2)

 

Wonderful Support for white ribbon in port pirie

"We support DVAG ( Domestic Violence Action Group ) at their annual White Ribbon Day celebrations by attending their events, be they a march or breakfast. "
 

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 on March 11th. 90 people attended, including 11 senior  students from the three local secondary schools. Petria Ladgrove was guest speaker at the breakfast. Click here to read the article published in Port Pirie's local newspaper, The Recorder.


The photo depicts two of our members. Louise Hausler (bottom left) is our oldest and Deb Tregilgas (top) is one of our younger members and Immediate Past President. Petria Ladgrove (right) is the first woman ABC regional manager in 81 years and is only aged 26.

Community Lottery

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.  
www.peopleschoicecu.com.au/soroptimist-international-port-pirie

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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SI Port Pirie Events

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.