• Sharon Orr, Rhys Leach and Sarah Douglas

    Sharon Orr, Rhys Leach and Sarah Douglas

  • Rhonda McCormack, Dixie Brown, Rhonda White, Lorraine Cooke, Pauline Glover, Bronwyn Ward and Elinor Thomas

    Rhonda McCormack, Dixie Brown, Rhonda White, Lorraine Cooke, Pauline Glover, Bronwyn Ward and Elinor Thomas

  • Natasha Royal and Jenelle Emery

    Natasha Royal and Jenelle Emery

  • Lesley Lawson and Carolyn Hudson

    Lesley Lawson and Carolyn Hudson

  • Laurie Swift and Marina Buchanan-Grey

    Laurie Swift and Marina Buchanan-Grey

  • Helle Hirsch, Robyn Oakshott and Nerida Hare

    Helle Hirsch, Robyn Oakshott and Nerida Hare

  • Helen Garrett, Dianne Flaherty and Jeanne Horton

    Helen Garrett, Dianne Flaherty and Jeanne Horton

  • Ella Rosso and Jane Grey

    Ella Rosso and Jane Grey

  • Camilla Lonsdale and Emilie Franklin

    Camilla Lonsdale and Emilie Franklin

  • Anna Gurnhill, Stephanie Rak and Kate Silk

    Anna Gurnhill, Stephanie Rak and Kate Silk

Soroptimists International @ Beaver Galleries

9 October 2015

Soroptimists are business and professional women and members of an international network of clubs across 130 countries intent on making a difference in the lives of women and girls. In Canberra the chartering of a new club for our district was celebrated at Beaver Galleries with members of the established Canberra club joining international and interstate guests from Soroptimist International to participate in the establishment of SI ACT Monaro.

New president of the club is Jane Gray who brings years of SI experience to her role, including a stint as the president of the first Canberra club. That club was established in 1955 at the Hotel Civic with Dame Pattie Menzies as their Honorary Member.

Among the guests was President of the NSW Region, Lesley Lawson, President of Soroptimists International of South West Pacific Carolyn Hudson and from New Zealand Laurie Swift who oversees membership of the Federation. And showing their support the contingent of seven from SI Brisbane Waters, which is on the Central Coast and nowhere near Brisbane, came for a fun Canberra weekend as well as the main event.

What these Soroptimists do is important and the focus for 2015/16 is on domestic violence and support for victims. Sadly it’s a growing need in our community, but the challenge is in good hands.