Soroptimist International South Australia

SI Southern Districts of Adelaide Inc                   

Welcome to our club webpage! 
As part of Soroptimist International we work together to offer opportunities and improve the lives of women and girls. In our Southern Districts of Adelaide, we raise funds and provide practical items of support for people in our area and more widely in Adelaide, Australia and internationally. Our perspective stems from the international and reaches right down to local applications. We are an optimist and enthusiastic group of women and with a strong focus on education.
Would you like to be involved?
We meet monthly for dinner and a meeting, often at "The Holdy" Glenelg. Come along and find out more.  You will be among friends. You are invited to look in, visit or join.  Contact our club secretary on


Flinders University:  Our club provides an annual prize of $1,000 for a High Achieving Female Science/Engineering Graduate to assist with her postgraduate studies.

Adelaide University:  With other local Soroptimist clubs we provide prize money for two female students at Adelaide University, one for Biotechnology and the other for Gender Studies.

Literacy: We support literacy programs like Little Big Book Club for young children as the importance of being able to read cannot be underestimated.


"2h Project" (Safe Arrivals) in Cambodia to reduce maternal and neo-maternal mortality. Our
financial support has helped in the training of Traditional Birth Attendants, many who are
illiterate and have learned their midwifery skills through trial and error.
“Sight to Life Project” as part of the 2h Project we have provided money to assist in cataract
“Days for Girls” a project empowering women and girls worldwide by making and giving access
to quality sustainable hygiene products and health education 
● The "Hands on" Project – this involves the purchasing and assembling of prosthetic hands for
victims of landmines in Cambodia and Laos.
"Sanctuary Shelters" for Women in Fiji – assisting women and children who are victims of
violence and natural disaster. This is a project organized by the Federation of the South West


Ninko Kurtanagga Patpanagga (Southern Regional Aboriginal Family Violence Unit) - assisting with the upgrade of play areas, purchasing equipment for the children, providing an area for the women to meet and purchasing native food plants for the women to grow.

Cora Barclay Centre – providing assistance to enable suitable books, games and puzzles for the children.

The Southern Domestic Violence Unit – purchasing phone cards and gift cards for the women at the centre.

Hutt Street Centre – providing home starter kits for couples moving from the street into housing.

Angel Flights – assistance for the transport of patients and career from country areas to the city for treatment.


acso awards 2017: Premier's Community Service Team

SISDA, together with Rotary Club of Somerton, upgraded the children's play area at Ninko Kurtanagga Patpanagga (Southern Regional Aboriginal Family Violence Unit).


Lauren Common is this year's winner of the SI Southern Districts of Adelaide Prize for High Achieving women, a prize awarded to the highest achieving woman who has complerted the first three years of a Bachelor of Science.  Lauren is seen here with Inge Kirkwood, who presented the prize to her at the Flinders University Science and Engineering Awards Ceremony.
Lauren Common with SISDA member Inge Kirkwood-Bleys
Lauren completed a Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour) at Flinders University and is currently undertaking Honours, the focus of which is parasitism.
Lauren's childhood interest in animals, in particular birds and insects found while exploring her backyard, blossomed into an interest in conservation biology and biodiversity.  This, in turn, ultimately led her to the focus of her Honours degree, where her interest in birds and insects have been brought together in her study of a fly species, introduced in the Galapagos Islands in the 1960's, which attacks the multiple species of Darwin Finches found there.
In 2019, Lauren is hoping to go to the Galapagos where she will be "on the ground" undertaking observations and collecting data pertaining to this parasitism for her PhD.
Not one to stand still, during her studies Lauren undertook a month's practical work in South Africa helping with field research in biodiversity in some of the game reserves. She is currently preparing to travel to Vancouver Canada, to deliver a short presentation on data collected for her Honours degree.  On her return, Lauren will be a guest speaker at our September meeting.


Over many years SI SDA has staged major events to raise funds for our international projects. These events include a 1960's Fashion Parade and Dinner at the Glenelg Golf Club, a community event and Open Day in collaboration with Rolls-Royce Owners Club at the Motor Traders Training Centre at Royal Park and a 1940's Review/Soiree at the Fullarton Community Centre.
For over ten years in September, a Fashion Parade and morning tea at the Glenelg Golf Club has been organised by our members.
We also have a team of expert "barbecuers" working at Coles Glenelg and Bunnings Marion several times during the year, every year.

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SI Southern Districts News

targetted groups for our projects in 2018

  • Homelessness for women over 50 years.
  • Crisis Care packs for young children arriving at Domestic Violence Units.
  • Days for Girls - Aim to improve access to feminine hygienic solutions and education.
  • OARS - providing care packs for women leaving prison.
  • Scholarships for young women at Flinders and Adelaide Universities.

 FAshion Parade was a huge success

We are pleased to report that the Fashion Parade we staged in mid-September was a huge success. 
As in recent years, Glenelg Golf Club provided a beautiful backdrop as more than 100 women enjoyed a Devonshire tea, fashion show and some shopping.
Our President, Barbara Francis gave a brief summary of our projects for 2018. She also explained how the Fashion Parade would contribute direct support for women emerging from prison to start a new life. These women will be recipients of handbags containing personal and self-care items considered as basic necessities as well as some small touches of luxury.
This Fashion Parade was one of many that SI Southern Districts of Adelaide has hosted over the last decade.  Our photograph below shows one of the original organisers of the Fashion Parade, Pat Overall (R), drawing tickets for the raffle prizes. On the left is 2018 SI SDA President, Barbara Francis. 


At our January meeting, our club farewelled Liz Webber.

Liz Webber with Janet Brand, 2017 President of SISDA

This year will make 28 years of Liz's service to Soroptimism. She was a Charter Member of SI Fleurieu, holding positions of President and Secretary. When that club disbanded in 1998, Liz joined SISDA where she was an active member in fund-raising and a long term member of the Executive Committee in roles of Secretary and UN Program Liaison Officer.  She continues to attend and support our events but her positive input and friendship will be missed at our meetings.