Soroptimist International South Australia

SI Torrens Inc

SI Torrens Inc, originally chartered as SI Northern Districts, was founded in 1957 and drew most of its membership from the northern areas where the River Torrens flows from the Adelaide Hills across the plains to the coast. It has a long history of active involvement with an emphasis on hands on projects to provide assistance to not only its local area but also to the Region and Federation.

With a membership of 22 the club is actively involved in Region deliberations and has representatives at the Federation level. Members involve themselves in advocacy issues where the interests of women and children are involved and are currently supporting ongoing projects to promote improved health and education outcomes for disadvantaged women in both rural and urban areas.

The club has an ongoing partnership with Guides SA to support their work with disadvantaged girls and has linked with the YWCA to extend our contribution to leadership opportunities for young school leaders. The extensive work of the club, which can be further investigated under Projects, has been recognised by four Federation Best Practice Awards and one International Best Practice Award as well as several awards from the Premier's Association of Community Service Awards.

Club meets at Walkerville Uniting Church Hall, 17 Smith Street Walkerville, second Monday of the month at 6.30 for 7.00 pm.  Contact us at Email:    

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2018 Office bearers

Sing Ping Ting Treasurer, Helen Fischer President and a special welcome to Melinda Pember our newest member as our secretary.

60th Anniversary of Charter

Feminine strength and longevity was the theme of the dinner to celebrate 60 years since Charter for the SI Torrens club. It was held at Sfera's and attended by more than 60 guests.  Our special guest speaker was the Lady Mayoress of Adelaide, Genevieve Theseira-Haese, whose entertaining talk was on the topic of the impact of women, often quietly, on the development of South Australia.  We were also fortunate to host both the Federation President, Theresa Lyford and the Australian national representative to the SISWP Board, Ralda Forzin.

Other guests included SISA President, Allison Hobbs, Immediate Past President, Dianne McCarthy, as well as the incoming Australian national representative, Katherine Gribble.  Members of Torrens were also pleased to welcome members of Eastern Districts, who celebrated 49 years since their club's Charter, as well as Soroptimists from other SISA clubs.  Not forgetting, of course, partners and other family members or friends who celebrated with us.

Lynda Lynn and Marilyn Seidel were presented with flowers to acknowledge 25 years and 20 years (respectively) service to SI Torrens club by President, Helen Fischer. (Right) Special guests at the dinner: Hon Rachael Sanderson MP, Lady Mayoress Genevieve Theseira-Haese and Federation President, Theresa Lyford.

SI Torrens Club Projects and Activities

SI torrens Mary Whitehead Award

The Mary Whitehead Award is given to students who demonstrate and meet the criteria for this Award each year. This year two recipients were presented with the award, Ashley Carey and Emma Price, who have gained the qualifications that will support their further studies in Stem related occupations.

The focus on STEM at Golden Grove High School is driven by evidence that the demand for skills in STEM, especially in our growing defence, mining, bioscience, clean tech and food industries is outpacing the supply of skilled men and women. Current trends indicate that the number of jobs requiring STEM skills in SA will increase significantly by 2020. These jobs will be most specifically in the areas of construction, engineering, mining, food production and advanced manufacturing. Click on this link to read more about the Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM).

Mary Whitehead

The late Mary Whitehead, was a gentle and visionary lady and a devoted Soroptimist member. Mary was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia on 11 June, 1984 for service to the community, particularly women’s affairs.

Click here to read about her remarkable life.

The Peggi Williams Award

Every year the Soroptimist Organisation presents the Peggi Williams Award to a student from Our Lady of Sacred Heart, Prospect, SA; who demonstrates the values of the organisation and Dianne Potter presented the Peggi Williams Award on behalf of the Soroptimists International of Torrens.

Soroptimist International is a Service Organisation for all women who want to make a difference. Soroptimists work on many levels of civil society, local, national and international in projects that advance human rights and the status of women. They work together in a spirit of friendship and fun to make the world a better place for all.

Peggi Williams was a member of the SI Torrens Group. She was a woman who believed in working with the community to raise the status of young people and to advance human rights for all. Peggi Williams died tragically in a road accident in 1998. Her compassion and tireless efforts towards social justice are acknowledged through this award.

I-Kan (Right-On-Walls) Mural Art Project

In March 2014, City of Prospect staff meet with members from local Service Clubs - Prospect Rotary, Rotary Sunrise, Kiwanis, Soroptimist International of Torrens, and Prospect and Blair Athol Lions to discuss ideas for a project to bring local young people together using their creativity to improve and revitalize public areas (some vacant walls) in Prospect. Refer to Gallery for photos.

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SI Torrens News

A Special award  Congratulations

Marilyn Seidel SI Torrens – Special Award
Marilyn has been a member of SI Torrens for 20 years and is possibly better known for her role as ICT liaison both in her club and the Region of SA. Included in her service has also been 4 years as the Region’s Training Convenor. 
Since retiring from full time employment volunteering has been a significant part of Marilyn’s life, giving much pleasure, fulfilment and personal reward. In addition to her Soroptimist work Marilyn has taken on numerous roles at the University of Adelaide over the past 14 years, including international student support, academic gown room duties, volunteer patient in the School of Oral Health, and committee member/current chair in External Relations. This represents just a few of the many volunteering roles filled by the University’s 2,400 volunteers. 
Totally unexpected, Marilyn was formally recognized for her contributions at the Annual Volunteer Award Ceremony of the University of Adelaide on December1, 2017 when she received the Vice Chancellors Volunteer of the Year Award for 2017, presented by Interim Vice Chancellor, Mike Brooks, and Evelyn O’Loughlin, CEO Volunteering SA & NT. 

new members to our club

SI Torrens are thrilled to have inducted 3 new members into our club in the last 2 months.  Glyn Scott and Melinda Pember became members in September 2017 and Susan Czernich was inducted at the October meeting.     


Three of our members attended the Women in Parliament Forum, in October 2017, hosted by Hawke Centre University of SA.  Dianne Lockwood, Sandra Richards and Betty Khor are with Fiona Dormann and Dr Nina Siversten attended on behalf of NCW.

Peggi Williams Award 2017

Each year the SI Torrens presents the Peggi Williams Award to Tavleen Ahluwalia, a student from Our Lady of Sacred Heart, Prospect, SA; who demonstrates the values of the organisation. Dianne Potter (left) presented the Peggi Williams Award on behalf of the Soroptimists International of Torrens read more about this award.

Dux of school prize

Susan Newton presents Golden Grove High School student Carly Sisto with the SI Torrens award for Dux of School.

Mary Whitehead Award to S.T.E.M. students

SI Torrens members present the Mary Whitehead Award to a student who demonstrated and met the criteria for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Share the Dignity project: "Its in the Bag". Torrens members collected personal  items and packed 45 bags for the above project

The little Red Book Club packing day even our soroptimister got involved.