Soroptimist International South Australia


ADELAIDE INC - 72 years
PORT PIRIE INC - 38 years
TORRENS INC - 64 years






A very moving service at the Women's Memorial Playing Fields

On 19th Feb 2023, at the SA Women's Memorial Playing Fields at St. Mary's, SISA Soroptimist members honoured the nurses who died on Radji Beach on February 16th 1942, after fleeing Singapore. 21 nurses died and one survived,  Vivian Bullwinkel, who became a Soroptimist.

SA Governor Her Excellency Honorable Frances Adamson AC was in attendance this morning. Keynote speaker was Colonel Toni Bushby Director of Army Health, who spoke of the key qualities of nurses, mateship, dedication and calmness under pressure.

Soroptimists who attended on this day:  Pam Lacey (SI Adelaide), Region President Louise Bruce (SI Eastern), Fiona Wirth (SI Torrens and member of the SAWMPFTrust committee), Sue Newton (SI Torrens), Anne Berry (former SISA President and SI Torrens member).

Link to the podcast from the Virtual War Memorial Australia site: Click here

A brief history of the Women's Memorial Playing Fields

SI Port Pirie's International Women's Day lunch 2023

Friday March 10th 12 -1.30pm at Port Football Club Rooms, Esmond Road, Port Pirie
Speaker: Sue Scarman, Mayor of Northern Areas Council, experienced in volunteering, business, tourism in Southern Flinders Ranges and local council
Cost $20- prepaid tickets available through Secretary

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence - 2022

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.

SI Torrens will be joining forces with Zonta of Para Districts and Rotary from Mawson Lakes to hold a Twilight Vigil on the 9th of December 2022 from 8pm

Each year more than one woman a week is murdered in Australia by a partner or former partner. This is a chance to show your support for a fantastic cause and learn how to move from awareness to action towards ending violence against women and children.


  1. Our name has changed from Soroptimist International South West Pacific to Soroptimist International South East Asia Pacific. This change is in light of creating an inclusive environment across the Asian countries.
  2. We congratulate and welcome our new President Christine Johnstone for the year 2022 - 2024 biennium. 
  3. We are pleased to announce that Her Excellency the Governor of South Australia, Ms Frances Adamson AC has accepted our invitation to be our Patron.


The Region of South Australia has undertaken to fund and plant 100 trees , as part of the 100 years celebration, to create a wetland adjoining the Women’s Memorial Playing Fields, a large space dedicated to the women who served in the war. A Soroptimist, Miss Helen Black, was active in its establishment.  Miss Black was an inaugural member of the playing fields committee, tasked with developing a space to encourage women and girls to be active and physically fit.  It was later (in early 1952) turned into a “living memorial” to the nurses who were massacred on Radji Beach at the fall of Singapore.  
The playing fields are undergoing a large-scale redevelopment but unfortunately, delays in works have meant that the trees cannot be planted this year. Next year when conditions are best for native tree planting, a wetland will be planted and two groves of trees within the playing fields will be restored with a memorial from Soroptimists along with a plaque commemorating our Federation’s centennial celebration. An original memorial from Soroptimists will be restored as part of the reconstruction.


SI South West Pacific Federation project


Brilliant Futures Fund is the Federation Project for the remainder of this biennium. Designed to support projects that focus on Education and support our mission and values it is an opportunity for clubs to nominate a project up to AUD 10,000.

International Presidents Appeal 2021-2023

Every SI President proposes a ‘President’s Appeal’: a project to which Soroptimists worldwide are called to raise funds during the President’s two-year tenure. For the period 2021 – 2023 the President’s appeal is the project "Opening Doors to a Bright Future"

Soroptimist International Cambodian project

The first project of the SI President’s Appeal ‘Opening Doors to a Bright Future’ launched in Cambodia in early 2022, in the Soroptimist International Federation of South East Asia Pacific.
‘Education and Learning in Cambodia throughout the life course’, is working in partnership with the Cambodian Community Dream Organization (CCDO). Click here to read more...

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Conference of Clubs 2020 Virtual Due to Covid 19 

Every 2 years in Federation of South West Pacific a conference of Clubs is held in the destination of choice of the Federation president. Plans are being made for this conference to be held in Indonesia  The Conference is a time to renew friendships , make new friends, attend workshops, listen to inspiring speakers and catch up with club projects. A gala dinner on the last night sees the installation of the Federation President for next bienium 2020-2022. We welcome Suman Lal from Fiji as our 2020-22 Federation President. President Suman's theme is..


South Australian soroptimists join members across the globe to celebrate 16 Days of Activism 

The Adelaide white ribbon breakfast 2022

Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast 2022 in support of White Ribbon Australia presents THE COVID CHALLENGE facilitated by Will McDonald from Nine Adelaide.

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INTERNATIONAL Women's Day  2022

Each year Soroptimists celebrate women's achievements on International Women's Day March 8th, while also remembering the struggles faced by women around the world. In 1993 the Adelaide International Women's Day Breakfast was established and is now the largest event celebrating IWD in Australia and, it is the largest Annual Women’s Event in the Adelaide.  In supporting the work of UN Women National Committee Australia through the Adelaide International Women's Day Breakfast we were delighted that a virtual breakfast is to be hosted by Senator Hon Penny Wong chatting with 2021Australian of the year Grace Tame