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SISWP Conference of Clubs Day to Day Program

Thursday 3rd May

1:00pm              Board Meeting Concludes

2:00-4:00pm      Programme of Service (POS) Meeting

4:00-7:00pm      Registration desk open for the Business Meeting

6:00-8:00pm      Delgate Briefing

6:00-7:00pm      Accompanying persons Meet & Greet in the bar

Thursday evening is a free evening. No activities planned.


SISWP Conference of Clubs Day 1 - Day Events

Friday 4th May


Registration Desk will open for the Business Meeting

9:00-10:30am     Business Meeting for SI Delegates

10:30-11:00am   Morning Tea

11:00-12:30pm   Business Meeting Continues

12:30-1:30pm     Lunch

1:30-3:00pm       Business Meeting Continues

3:00-3:30pm       Afternoon Tea

3:30-4:30pm       Business Meeting Continues

4:30pm               Business Meeting Concludes


Opening Ceremony and Friendship  - Night Event

Friday 4th May

5:30-6:00pm       Arrival

6:00-7:30pm       Opening Ceremony

  •                             Flag Procession
  •                             Australian National Anthem
  •                             Welcome to Country
  •                             Speech: Federation President, Theresa Lyford
  •                             Speech: International President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen

7:30pm                Opening Ceremony Close


Friendship Night/21st Birthday Celebrations - Cocktail Party


SISWP Conference of Clubs Day 2 - Informative and Inspiring women

Saturday 5th May


Conference Information Desk open.

Session 1:

9:00-10:30am     Theme: Informative and Inspiring Women - Guest Speakers:

  •                             Molly Harriss Olsen, CEO Fair Trade
  •                             Stephanie Woollard, Founder of Seven Women
  •                             Joanne Hayter, Former CEO IWDA

10:30-11:00am    Morning Tea - First time attendees private morning tea with Federation President/Executive


Session 2:

11:00-12:30am    Theme: Younger Inspiring and Innovative Women - Guest Speakers:

  •                              Dr Sita Balshaw, Senior Policy Advisor – Contaminated Sites for NSW Health
  •                              Heather Machin, Nurse - Fred Hollows Foundation NZ 
  •                              Kristi Van Es, Founder of Offspring

12:30-1:30pm       Lunch

1:30-3:15pm        Workshops: Please choose one workshop in each round and register for the workshop when you sign in for the conference at the registration desk on Thursday or Friday.

Workshop Round 1:


                            a) Leadership, Programme and Recruitment Johanna Cogle - SI North Shore NZ

                            b) Getting the most out of Social Media - SISWP ICT Liaison Christine Johnstone

                            c) Advocacy - Whose Voice and Where? Featuring a panel of recent CSW62 attendees


Workshop Round 2:


                            a) Sharing your success stories and learnings for attracting young people to Soroptimism - SI Cootamundra NSW

                            b) Getting the most out of Social Media - SISWP ICT Liaison Christine Johnstone

                            c) Advocacy - Whose Voice and Where? Featuring a panel of recent CSW62 attendees

                            d) From Where We Stand - Shaping the future of criminal justice system for women in the South West Pacific - SI On The Terrace WA

3:15-3:45pm        Afternoon Tea

3:30-5:30pm        National Meetings

5:30-6:30pm        Membership Meeting - Incoming Membership Team

Saturday evening is a free evening. No activities planned.


SISWP Conference of Clubs Day 3 - Day Events

Sunday 6th May


Conference Information Desk open.

Session 1:

9:30-10:00am     International President Mariette Verhoef-Cohen

Session 2:

10:00-10:30am   Best Practice Awards
10:30-11:00am   Morning Tea - First time attendees private morning tea with Federation President/Executive
Session 3:
11:00-12:30pm    Celebrating 40 Years of SISWP - Evolution of a Federation
12:30-1:30pm       Lunch
Session 4: 
1:30-2:30pm         SISWP Annual General Meeting
Session 5:
2:30-3:00pm          Conference Wrap Up
3:00-3:30pm          Afternoon Tea
Session 6:
3:30-4:30pm         Official handover from President Theresa Lyford to President Elect Anusha Santhirasthipam

4:30pm                  SI International Convention Chair

5:00pm                  Conference Finish

SISWP Conference of Clubs Day 3 - Evening Event


Conference Gala Dinner and dancing - SISWP 40th Birthday Celebrations



The Conference Planning Committee are keen to welcome member’s partners and friends to the May 2018 COC. 
Several partners of the Committee have been working on a Partners Program and are excited about the tours and opportunities available to explore Melbourne and a couple of the Victorian regions.

Thursday 3rd May 

Partners Welcome, Meet and Greet at the Pullman Cafe/Bar area at 6.00pm.

Available Tours are:

Melbourne Cricket GroundFriday 4th May - 11:30am - 3:30pm

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) & National Sports Museum tour

Cost is AUD$99 pp

Nothing can match the tradition and heritage of the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Explore the inner sanctum of the MCG, walk on the hallowed arena and experience where legends play by taking a guided MCG tour! Gain an insight into Melbourne's sporting culture while exploring one of the world's most iconic stadiums, as you hear from our proud MCC volunteers and go behind the scenes of the 'G.

Highlights of this must-see tour include: • The famous MCC Long Room • MCC Library (founded in 1873) • MCG Tapestry • Player change rooms • Cricketers’ viewing room • Ron Casey Media Centre • Portrait of Sir Donald Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar • A walk on the arena • Cricket Victoria Bill Lawry Centre • Ponsford Stand • City Terrace with views of Melbourne’s skyline • Entry to National Sports Museum • One Couse Hot Meal at an exclusively set table arrangement in the Hugh Trumble Café • Door to Door Transport

To Book this tour Go to:

Please Note: some areas on the tour route are subject to availability and alteration. Minimum numbers – 15 guests


Geelong and Bellarine 4Saturday 5th May - 9:00am - 5:45pm

Bellarine Peninsula tour

Cost is AUD$165 pp

Wildlife, Chocolates, Wine & Water

Join us for this magic day out as we make our way out of Melbourne and towards Victorias 2nd largest town – Geelong. We will head towards the Great Ocean Road and Anglesea – Home of the Great Ocean Rd Chocolaterie. Here we enjoy a hosted chocolate tasting with plenty of time to purchase ourselves some decadent morning tea and treasures to return home with.

Having tempted and satisfied our tastebuds we travel to the Jirrahlinga Wildlife Sanctuary. This five acre property is a haven for injured wildlife. Here you will have the chance to get Geelong Bellarine 2.pdfup close & personal with koalas, wombats, wallabies and kangaroos.

Next we head to Terindah Estate to enjoy a lovely social lunch with a glass of wine or soft drink. Relax and take in the beautiful ocean views and enjoy a guided tasting of the wines produced at this most beautiful vineyard. Our last adventure for the day is a relaxed 1.5-hour journey across the Bay to Docklands on the Port Phillip Ferry. Take in the beautiful ocean scenery as you travel, keeping an eye out for Dolphins, Whales and other sea life or make use of the free Wi-Fi on board.

Inclusions: Bus, Driver, Hosted chocolate tastings, Entry to Jirrahlinga, Lunch including a glass of wine, Ferry Journey from Portarlington to Docklands

To Book this tour Go to:

Please Note: All venues & activities are subject to availability and alteration. Minimum numbers – 10 guests


Mornington PeninsulaSunday 6th May - 9:30am to 4:00pm

Mornington Peninsula tour 

Cost is AUD$155 pp

Chairlift, Cheese, Lunch & Wine

Join us on this lovely day out as we head down to the Mornington Peninsula. Our first stop is at Main Ridge Dairy - a farmhouse cheese factory and goat dairy. Here we will meet some of the goats and enjoy a cheese tasting platter in beautiful surroundings. Please feel free to purchase a glass of local wine, beer or cider to enjoy with your cheese. 

Next we head to Arthurs Seat lookout. Here we board a state-of-the-art gondola at the Arthurs Seat Eagle and fly over the state forest to the highest point of the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. You will be torn between looking at the breathtaking view across the bay to the city and spotting wildlife as you soar high above the trees. Either way you have a bird’s eye view.

Mornington Peninsula 2Our bus will collect you at the bottom of the chairlift to head off the next venue. Time for lunch as we visit the quaint homestead of Dromana Estate and enjoy a guided wine tasting Mornington Peninsula 2and leisurely lunch. An array of locally sourced, mouthwatering antipasto platters, gourmet pizzas, salad, wedges and a cheese board along with a glass of wine from the vineyards Mornington Estate range. After Lunch we head back to Melbourne arriving at around 4pm.

Inclusions: Bus, Driver, Cheese tastings, Chairlift ticket, Lunch with a glass of wine and wine tastings.   Please Note: All venues & activities are subject to availability and alteration.

To Book this tour Go to:

Please Note: All venues & activities are subject to availability and alteration.



Other informaiton about Melbourne you may wish to consider include:

"Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne" 
"What's on in Melbourne" 
"Viator Melbourne short tours"

Full details for each tour Click Here or email





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