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 Hello Everyone,
My name is Kath Gribble and I am the new SI Australia representative.
I have been a Soroptimist member of the Barossa Valley club in South Australia for 24 years. I have just retired as a nurse (although you never retire!).
I have been President of my club, President of the Region of South Australia and secretary of SI Australia.
This year I was a delegate to the CSW62 at UN in New York which was a great privilege and opportunity.
Kath with  Heather Hunt as secretary and Anne Marsden as treasurer

Introducing the SI Australia Committee 2018-2020

National Representative SWP  Kath Gribble
Secretary Heather Hunt
Treasurer Anne Marsden
Immediate Past National Representative Ralda Forzin
Region Presidents
NSW: Nerida Murray
Queensland North: Cheryl Black
Queensland South: Gayle Carrick
South Australia:  Christine Plunkett
Tasmania: Julie Marsaban Stirling
Tasmania: Carol Thomas (Acting)
Victoria: Erica Myers-Tattersall
Western Australia: Anne Allen
By appointment
Advocacy :Di Lockwood
Newsletter: Sandra Richards
Web design :Allison Hobbs

L-R Anne Allen WA, Nerida Murray NSW, Gayle Garrick Sth Queensland, Christine Plunkett SA, Ralda Forzin IPP Aust, Julie Marsaban Tas, Carol Thomas Pres Elect Tas, Heather Hunt SI Aust secretary, Jackie Burkett IP secretary SI Australia, Anne Marsden Treasurer, Kath Gribble SI Aust Rep, Erica Myers- Tattersall Vic, Sandra Richards, newsletter, Di Lockwood Advocacy Issues. Absent Allison Hobbs, Website.
My plans for my term are to focus on improving the lives of indigenous women and girls through the CEO of National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Womens Alliance (NATSIWA )who will be meeting in June to advise us on how they would like us to help. I am hopefully going to have some fund raising through Blue Illusion fashion parades as they are happy to help.
I am working on getting DGR status for SI Australia and have a committee working on it.
Watch for a Facebook page and a revamped SI Australia website so I would like plenty of information from the clubs please.
Di Lockwood will be the advocacy coordinator and Sandra Richards will be the editor of the Newsletter. 

Kath's diary

Tasmania region meeting: 17th June
NSW region meeting: 21 July
WA region meeting: 15 September


There are 68 clubs in Australia 
NSW: 13 clubs approx. 230 members, Vic: 12 Clubs 220 members, South Australia : 10 clubs, 195 members, Western Australia:15 clubs, 235 members,Nth Queensland 4 clubs, 50 members, South Queensland:8 clubs, 146 members  Tasmania: 6 clubs, 105 members
1181 members Australia wide

The Equality Rights Alliance (ERA) 

The Equality Rights Alliance (ERA) is one of five Women's Alliances with whom the government consults over women's issues.Recently, in Canberra it held its annual members meeting to establish its work plan for the next year. It also considered a report from the National Foundation of Women which produced a paper applying a gender lens to the recent Budget.  As a result a letter was sent to the appropriate Ministers and shadow ministers regarding the lack of finance for specific issues around housing.
Six members of SI Australia were in attendance as representatives of different organisations. 

Left bottom row: Ralda Forzin (IPP SI Australia), Margaret Smith SI Canberra( representing NCWA) and Catherine Evans SI Canberra (representing Australian Federation of Graduate Women)
Top row: Belinda Barnett, SI Morton North (representing Australian Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (AMIRCI)   Kath Gribble SI Barossa Valley representing SI Australia and Di Lockwood SI Torrens.


Advocacy issues

Advocacy is an integral part of any club’s Programme of Service and can occur at any level: local, regional or national. We have several motions on which to act. Banning plastic bags can be commenced at your local level as can establishing a deposit on cans and bottles.
Nationally we have action to protect visa holders required to work in remote areas to undertake.   

It is something that requires a team effort and I am hoping that each region will appoint someone who is interested in advocacy to be the link and to collect any data we need to back our actions. This would enable us to establish a team to share information and to keep us updated on what is happening at the local and regional levels in regard to advocacy. Remember we have over 1000 voices which we can raise around Australia and together with friends and supporters we have an opportunity to speak up about issues that concern us. Clubs voted to work towards a ban on plastic bags. What is your club going to do about this? 

How about taking 10 minutes at your next club meeting to brainstorm about actions you can undertake personally and as a club. Remember the slogan: Reuse it or Refuse it. What will your action be?
 Di Lockwood
Advocacy Coordinator

Dates for your diary


Seven Women- 2019 Soroptimist Nepal Tour 21st -31st July 2019, to share your skills and see Seven Women in action. On this 10 day tour you will visit inspiring projects, villages and World Heritage sites, with a group of fellow Soroptimists. Attached is the tour flyer, more details and the full itinerary can be found  by clicking this link.

Soroptimist International Convention in Kuala Lumpar 18th-21st July 2019

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