Albany Inc (21 members)

Chartered: 24 Apr 1982
Meeting Time 4th Tuesday 6:00 pm for 6.30pm
Venue Motel Le Grande, 479 Albany Highway, Albany, Western Australia, 6330
Correspondence: PO Box 994
Country Australia

About Albany Inc

22 January 2019 Dinner & Planning Meeting

Venue: Motel Le Grande, Albany Highway, Albany

6.00 pm –  pre meeting socialising

6.30 pm – meeting starts

On the agenda this month

* SDG Focus Goal :  SDG 10 Reduce inequality within and between countries

* Planning for 2019 - to be facilitated by Trish and Julie-Ann

RSVP to mobile 0408 481 658 by Sunday 25 November

Soroptimist International is a global organisation of women who volunteer their time, talent and resources to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to their economic and social empowerment.


Why don't you join Soroptimists and help us on projects to help other women? Potential members if you are interested in our club please feel free to come to our next meeting. Please send a personal message

Please email for any information you may wish to know about our club

SDG10NewIcon 1 1

Fight Cancer Fundraiser

IMG 7666 Custom

Soroptimist International Albany, with member Trish Travers, is fundraising to support Cancer Services including Solaris Cancer Care Albany, Multiple Myeloma Australia, The Leukaemia Foundation and the Cancer Council.

Cancer has affected several of our members and we wish to work to find a cure for cancer and raise money for support services.

Soroptimist International raises money and provides hands on service in the community. You may have seen us at International Women’s Day activities, the purple bench and domestic violence related events, we coordinate the Albany Women’s Centre Kare Kit project, just to name a few. We are always looking for new members check us out on or like and follow our Facebook page and send us a message.

There are two options to help our Fight Cancer Fundraiser:

Option 1) Netbank an $Amount to our SI Soroptimist International Albany bank account at Bendigo Bank

or drop into the Bendigo Bank to make a donation

Bank Account Name: Soroptimist International Albany

BSB  633-000 Account 131528051

Type in description "CureCancer"

We are unable to send individual receipts, but you will get your net bank receipts funds raised through our Bendigo Bank account will be split between these 3 organisations:

  • • Solaris Cancer Care Albany
  • • Multiple Myeloma Australia
  • • Leukaemia Foundation - Light the Night Event

I am currently receiving free complementary reflexology and massage at Solaris Cancer Care Albany. I have nurse phone support from Multiple Myeloma Australia and the Leukaemia Foundation. All these services rely on funding to support people with cancer and their families.

Option 2) donate directly to the Cancer Council via  They will send you an automatic receipt.

We also invite you to join our general Soroptimist International Albany FB page by linking and following our page and posting us a message of support.

Enjoy watching my hair shave video -

I like my new look and thank you on behalf of our club - Soroptimist International Albany.

Together we can fight cancer,

Trish Travers xxx

Purple bench launch

IMG20181204102758 Small

On 4 December 2018, the first Purple Bench was launched in Albany. Peter Watson MLA for Albany spoke to the attendees about the history of the purple bench and how the unveiling was timely - during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. Peter was resplendent in a purple shirt. The unveiling revealed the stainless steel plaque. Thanks to Peter for your time and kind words.

The project was initiated by Albany Soroptimists in partnership with Anglicare and the Albany Family and Domestic Violence Action Group. The presence of the Purple Bench in a location where events have been held will raise public awareness and provides the opportunity for this important issue to remain visible, as well as providing a physical place to reflect about the important work achieved to date and how we can encourage the next generation to bring an end to domestic and family violence.

City of Albany Mayor Dennis, Councillors and several staff members attended along with various community organisations & groups and Soroptimists. Thank you to the City of Albany - staff painted and positioned the bench, installed the plaque and cleaned it (the seagulls love it). There may be an opportunity for more purple benches to be installed within the City of Albany. Initial inquiries can be directed to

IMG20181204103535 Small

27 November 2018 Dinner Meeting

Final dinner meeting for 2018. President Jan presented a thank you certificate to Joe our host at Motel Le Grande - the venue for our meetings. Special dessert tonight to remind us - during the 16 days of activism - the UNiTE Campaign’s global advocacy theme this year is: Orange the World:

IMG20181127195130 Small Custom

IMG20181127194028 Small Custom


Pink Ribbon Dinner 23 10 2018

A few photos from an enjoyable evening and inspiring guest speaker


IMAG1144 Custom

IMAG1147 Custom

IMAG1149 Custom

IMAG1151 Custom


Garage Sale 21 10 2018


28 April 2018 Albany Soroptimists celebrated their 36th birthday as the club was chartered on 24 April 1982. President Jan presented a 25-year certificate to Rosalind plus a pin and badge. The certificate was originally presented at the Regional Council Meeting in Perth on 24 March 2018.

Following the formalities, we had a very enjoyable casserole tea shared with several partners and a guest from Perth.

IMAG0878 Small

IMAG0881 Small


Soroptimist International of Albany started in 1982. However, much has been achieved in fellowship, friendship and service.

Late in 1981, Miss Barbara Wight moved to Albany. An active Soroptimist, she was disappointed that there was not a club in Albany. Not content to accept that, she contacted some local ladies and, with their help, sought out women who might be interested in a Service Club. A meeting was held at the Esplanade Hotel in November and the decision made to proceed with the formation of a club.

The Extension Officer at the time was Stella Giles and, with her guidance, the first meeting was arranged for 12th January 1982 at the Esplanade Hotel. From there Soroptimist International of Albany was a going concern, gradually proceeding to the Charter Dinner which was presided over by President Barbara Wight. It was held on Saturday, 24th April 1982, at the Esplanade Hotel at a cost of $20.

The President’s Jewel was designed to reflect the history and beauty of Albany and its surrounds. The centerpiece of whales’ tooth scrimshaw depicts the Brig “Amity” and surrounding it, in sterling silver filigree, are some of the wildflowers of the Albany Region.

Friendship links have been established with SI Birkenhead (Great Britain), Lae (Papua New Guinea) and more recently SI Edmonton, SI Kisumu and SI Tynemouth, Whitley Bay & District. Unfortunately links are no longer maintained with Hachinohe (Japan), Albany – New York (USA), Elk Grove (USA), Benoni (South Africa), Brazilia (Brazil) and Albany – Oregon (USA).



Albany Women's Centre Kare Kits 2018 

The ‘Albany Women’s Centre Kare Kits’ donation drive was launched on International Women’s Day, Wednesday 8th March 12.00 noon on the Stirling Tce. bridge to coincide with Albany Soroptimists ‘Join me on the Bridge’ event. The donation drive finished on 13th April. Donations are received all year round - see pamphlet and insertawckk Information brochure Albany 2018i


awckk Information brochure Albany 2018ii

Toiletry Bag flier

JMOB 8 March 2018 Medium

30708801 593746654323379 538246396816060546 n

Soroptimists: Janet McB, Tina, Judy, Bron O, Jo (AWC) - Janet McA (taking photo)

 30727492 593746540990057 4769973879231604850 n

 Tina and Judy


Albany Women’s Centre (AWC) is a local Women’s Refuge and Support service that is ran by Anglicare WA. AnglicareWA has been providing a service at AWC since 1996. Their work has been directed by a commitment to social justice and a well-developed understanding of the issues faced by women and children affected by Family and Domestic Violence (FDV). AWC provides crisis accommodation and support services for women and children managing and surviving family violence. Services include 24 hour on call support for safe, secure crisis accommodation; case management support; outreach services; support groups; advocacy and community education.