Soroptimist International South Australia

This annual lunch was attended by 80 women and men and six senior secondary school students from Port Pirie and Region. It was held at the Port Football Club rooms, which catered for the lunch with delicious gourmet finger food.

 

SI Port Pirie Inc

SI Port Pirie will celebrate their 38th birthday in June 2021 with a dinner meeting attended by representatives of other service clubs and our friends. Our ongoing local, international and South West Pacific Federation projects are outlined for the guests and a speaker.
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."
 
Where we meet: At community Centre, 28 Symonds St, corner Anzac Rd, Port Pirie on the second and 5th Tuesdays at 7pm. Meetings consists of either a business  meeting or occasionally a dinner meeting at a motel with a guest speaker (6 for 6-30pm start) Both formats incorporate time for friendship avtivities.
Secretary: siportpirie@siswp.org  Deb at 0428 326 633  Mail: PO Box 1010 Port Pirie 5540  Facebook: Soroptimist International Port Pirie
 

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 three 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,Mid North Christian College and St Marks 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. 

Annual or frequent events

Celebrating International Women's Day Port Pirie Style

Thank you to Dr Alison Edwards for an insightful speech about female doctors , their history, acheivments and disparities which can still exist.This annual lunch was attended by 80 women and men and six senior secondary school students from Port Pirie and Region. It was held at the Port Football Club rooms, which catered for the lunch with delicious gourmet finger food.

 

 

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)

Congratulations

Our new president Trish Rollins was inducted at the recent AGM by our past president Deb Devlin

 

Women's Achiever Award and Celebration of 38 years of charter

Two women were honoured at a dinner to celebrate the worldwide centenary of Soroptimist International. They were Lettie Allen who received the Women's Acheiver Award Community Builder and Heather Hunt who accepted her 20 year Service award.

Mrs Hunt is a woman of many talents, having held various positions in the Port Pirie club. She has been bookshop convener, club reporter, President and secretary and fulfilled the role of secretary at Soroptimist Australia national level. "What a great record" said Gwen Patterson who outlined Mrs Hunt's career with the group at a dinner held at the Returned Services League Hall on 26th June. "we recognise your impressive 20 years of service and thank you sincerely for your efforts" The award was handed over by South Australian President Anne Berry who was our special guest. 

Pam Menadue outlined Ms Allen's contribution to society. "Lettie has been a chaplain, was involved from the start with a Christmas tea in the park and involved in Friday Night Teas at the Anglian Church. Club president Patricia Rollins then thanked Ms Allen who revealed she had been "quite shocked" when told of the award. Ms Allen once lived at Riverton and served as a priest in various parishes. "people would come over for Christmas dinner with me because they were on their own" She baked biscuits for school and for police officers because she was their chaplain. She now leads the way with Friday Night Teas at the church, providing meals for almost 100 people each week. Ms Allen was also chaplain at the Mid North Education Center.

Mayor Leon Stephens, who was a special guest together with Mayoress Debra, offered a vote of thanks to the local club which marked its 38th birthday.

The world is starting to get the power of women.....we need to embrace it.

Article from The Recorder July 15th by Greg Mayfield

Heather Hunt with SISA Pesident Anne Berry and Lettie Allen

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 annual march or breakfast. "

South West Pacific Conference of Clubs May 2020

Due to Covid 19 restrictions the May Conference was postponed to November, again the travel restrictions made a face to face conference impossible so a virtual conference was held over 2 days. The many speakers from around the world , could join in through the webinar. It was different but nevertheless very interesting.

 

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.

 

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.