Since 1921 women, who are Soroptimists have voluntered in their communities, bringing about social change and improving the lives of women and girls, This work has involved advocating at local, national and international arenas, never giving up the challenge, raising their voices and working as one voice for women and girls everywhere. These women have many stories to tell, the challenges, the wins, the fun, the never ending moving of the goal posts to achieve their goal of gender equality and basic human rights for all. The Soroptimist Reflections series will provide a platform for soroptimists voices, over this series you will hear many stories, learn about our bright past, as we move to a brilliant future where our voices and stories will continue to shine bright as we accomplish what we set out to do 100 years ago.

Annette Smith, National Representative New Zealand 2012-2014

Annette has been a Soroptimist and member of SI Waimea since 1993.  Annette has contributed to Soroptimist life at all levels of governance including being a National Representative of New Zealand,   SI Waimea awarded Annette with a life membership of the club for her contribution to Soroptimism.

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Lynn Ciurlionis currently a member of SI Melba, past member of SI Sydney and Thailand

Lynn held the position of Thailand National Representative 2002- 2006

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Lorna Mead  has been a member since 1973, when she became a charter member of SI Townsville.  Lorna is a well known business woman inTownsville, is a professional florist and a gemmologist.  Lorna has been involved at all levels of the organisation, holding office at Club, Region and Federation and Soroptimist International levels. Federation Extension Convenor twice 1990-1994 and 2000-2004, Federation President 2006-2008, and held office at Soroptimist International from 1995-1999.   Lorna did extensive extension work in Asia and the Pacific Isles, as well an working with the All China Women's Federation. 

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Soroptimists Delores Caboche, Margaret Lobo and Carolyn Hudon, reflect on the Peacesat meetings.

Could this possible be our very first Soroptimsit Virtual meeting,   We think that 2020 has really brought us all together via virtual meetings, but in 1980 Betty Loughhead then SISWP President Elect and Sylvia Spear, spearheaded a satellite link up.
After a satellite above the south pacific completed weather experiments, the PEACESAT project was implemented providing opportunities for consultations and development programs in health, education and community services.
SISWP Soroptimists gathered at the PEACESAT stations in New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga, Australia, Western Samoa and USA. Thousands of miles apart, Soroptimists from the two federations SISWP and Americas were lined in an exchange of news and views , later they also linked with Europe and SIGBI.

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Isla is an Australian, born and raised in Sydney, her professional life took her to Indonesia where she has worked and lived for the past 35years. Isla is a charter member of SI Jakarta, joining in 1992.
Isla has held many positions at club and federation level, and will be remembered as the SIJ Project Director, Rebuilding Lamreh Village Project, read more about this amazing accomplishment below in Isla’s reflections.

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Eileen Mitchel better known to Soroptimists as “Mitch”.  Mitch has been a member of Soroptimist International since 1983 and is a current member of SI Bayside. Mitch has served as a Delegate, Programme Convenor and an Officer at every level of our Federation in most every task except treasurer. Eileen was Federation President between 2004-2006. Eileen is a passionate environmentalist, teacher and past Principal of the Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre in Brisbane Qld.

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Elaine Mooney is a member of the Canberra club, and joined in 1970.  Elaine professional life was as a solicitor.  Whilst she has held many positions at her club and region level.  Elaine was President of the Federation from 1990 - 1992,  Elaine reflects on her time as President of the South West Pacific and the expansion of clubs. 

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Reflection on the Charter of Soroptimist International of South Pine

An extract from the History of Soroptimist International South Pine,  supplied by Glenys McChesney-Clark, daughter of Audrey Peacock.   

The region of Sth Queensland extension officer Audrey Martin, placed an application to the Region to form a new club on the north side of Brisbane,

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Leigh has been a Soroptimist since 1980, when she was a charter member of the South Pine Club (Queensland) ,  Currently  Leigh is a member of SI Brisbane. Leigh has held many positions at Club, Region, Federation and International level.  Leigh is a passionate Soroptimists, with a strong focus on membership.   Leigh reflects on her time as SISWP President 2008-2010 – “MDG’s +10” 

Leigh's profession is as a Gemmologist, Leigh donated an Australian sapphire and diamond for the South Pine Chain of Office.

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Reflection of Joyce Richardson as told by Barbara Francis, Joyce is a member of Southern Districts of Adelaide Club, and a Honorary Life Member of the Region of South Australia.   Joyce has been a member of Soroptimist since 1960.   

On 17th November, 2020, Joyce Richardson turned 100.

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