The Gippsland Soroptimist International Group held a very successful sausage sizzle at Bunnings in Morwell in May. The funds raised have been put to good use locally –
- A scholarship provided so women can participate in the training course “Increasing Women’s Options”, at Traralgon Community Learning Centre. This program is run by Boolarra resident Jenny Den Toom.
- A donation of money and goods to “Fitted for Work,” Collins Street, Morwell.
- A donation to “Global Studio”.
All three are assisting women to increase their skills and improve their lives.
The local group are still working to establish a Soroptimist International Club in Gippsland. We continue to meet monthly at the Traralgon Neighbourhood Learning Centre, and continue to research and plan further project work.
As Soroptimists, we continue our Gippsland involvement in a Bushfire Recovery project.
We will donate roses to some local people who experienced the horror of the bush fires in Latrobe City. The rose grower is Treloar’s in Portland and they have generously offered to donate stock that is remaining at the end of the season. Some people have been very active in contacting households who had their gardens damaged by the fires. Liz Roberts from Koornalla said “Some of us had lovely rose garden beds and love the idea of replenishing these areas”. Roses seem to be symbolic of an international feeling of love and care,
Soroptimist International is a world-wide organisation for women in management and the professions, working through service projects, to advance the status of women. More information is available on the Internet www.sorop.org www.soroptimistinternational.org
There are 13,000 Clubs in 125 countries and 14 Clubs in Victoria. Our members are involved in a number of projects, here in Victoria and in overseas countries in our six Programme Areas.
The coming meetings are;
21st September, 26th October, 23rd November, 2011
Traralgon Neighbourhood Learning Centre, Breed Street, Traralgon