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 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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Congratulations Zetta Karay 50 years of service 

Zetta was inducted in February 1968 into SI Northern Districts Soroptimist Club. There was a a name change to SI Torrens, Zetta has held many positions in club and region over those 50 years and is still an active member.

Zetta celebrated her milestone at SI Eastern Districts 50th Anniversary of their Charter, August 2018


Zetta with President Helen Fischer                           



2018 Office bearers

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

60th Anniversary of Charter -August 1957

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.



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.

Golden Grove High School Dux Award

Each year the student with highest academic acheivement is awarded the above award.

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SI Torrens News

Advocacy Action

Torrens club members have been busy with advocacy research and action. Letters have been sent recently to Federation ministers and representatives, about backpackers and migrant legislation. Members are also researching homelessness prior to engagement with a new state strategy on housing.

new members to our club

Yvette Williams inducted into SI Torrens at September 2018 meeting. Welcome Yvette

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.     


Peggi Williams Award 2019

Each year the SI Torrens presents the Peggi Williams Award. This years winner is Suraya Haidari, a student from Our Lady of Sacred Heart, Prospect, SA; who demonstrates the values of the organisation. Dianne Potter (Right) 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


Recent Project

SI Torrens recently partnered with Women’s Legal Services SA to provide a symposium for workers in the Domestic Violence sector to make them aware of the variety of organisations offering courses and services for their clients.

The over-subscribed day whose attendees included 2 State Ministers and a Federal Senator, was opened by Natasha Stott-Despojia, chair of Our Watch. It had diverse speakers from violence survivors and ex -prisoners to indigenous run courses for males, in-school programmes  for respectful relationships and information on the  impact of homelessness on women and children.
Individual speakers  were balanced by panels and attendee group workshops. Those present particularly enjoyed a presentation by the Luke Davis, a magistrate in the youth court.
Evaluation sheets were very positive and there were calls for similar events on different topics. 
Zita Ngor CEO Women's Legal Service, Natasha Stott Despojia CEO Our Watch, President SI Torrens Helen Fischer and Tim Storer our Federal Senator

SI Torrens members during a workshop session

NAIDOC Week celebrations 2018 in Port Augusta.

SI Torrens have been supporting Step Down Unit and Anungu Bibi Berthing Center in Port Augusta for over 10 years. This year 2 members Di Lockwood and Sandra Richards were invited to attend the celebrations. We  have supplied toiletry packs, blankets and beanies for Step Down Unit and gift boxes for the new mothers in birthing centre.