SI Australia National Representative Kath Gribble
It has been a busy time recently. On a trip to Tasmania I took part in an Australian Government public consultation about their draft new Women, Peace and Security National Plan. Twelve organisations were represented and discussed such questions as “What is peace?”. This led to topics such as domestic violence, discrimination, freedom from fear, trust in authorities access to education and health care and the need to implement human rights. Comments from the group suggested that the draft plan was not user friendly, ignored younger women and needed measurable outcomes that should be evaluated every two years.
I attended the SI Tasmania regional meeting in Westbury on 17th June and spoke about my role and plans for SI Australia and my visit to the CSW62 at the UN New York. I was warmly welcomed and learnt that one member from SI Georgetown Dr Susan Zichy-Woinarski had been awarded an AM (Australia Medal) for services to conservation, animal welfare, and women. I had the pleasure of meeting her in Melbourne at the Conference of Clubs. I also visited Julie Marsaban with Janet Hanna Minchin at the Royal Hobart hospital.
Back home.I was invited to SI Port Pirie’s thirty fifth birthday celebrations and had the pleasure of presenting three Charter year members, Louise Hausler, Bev Clarke and Gwen Paterson with service badges for 35 years. Karen Dopper received her five year badge.
I had my first SI Australia GoToMeetings on 1st July via gmail. Di Potter has kindly offered to complete the Record of Decisions for SI Australia. All SI Australia members would have seen the information that was sent out regarding dowry abuse in Australia and in particular Victoria. Rosaline Miller is kindly writing a submission concerning this.
I had a wonderful trip to Griffith for the NSW region meeting. Pam Lacey (SI Adelaide) and Sue Newton (SI Torrens) accompanied me and we were warmly welcomed. Firstly on Friday evening there were drinks at McWilliams wines, then the meeting on Saturday where I spoke about my role and plans and then had the pleasure of inducting a new member, Phyllis Dart. I also presented a five year service badge to Anne Napoli. After dinner and a Sunday tour we hastened to Hay to enable me to attend a Directors’ meeting.
I am delighted to report that it has been agreed to hold a combined Interim Board Meeting and SI Australia meeting in the Barossa Valley in South Australia,May 2019
Di McCarthy from SI Northern Highlands and previous Region President passed away in June and Julie Marsaban previous Region President of Tasmania also passed away in July. We remember them with affection and gratitude for their contributions. Our thoughts are with their families