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Soroptimist International Maylands Peninsula celebrated its fifth birthday in June 2014. We are a small group of dedicated women (of all ages and backgrounds) who take pride in team work and mutual respect. We undertake a combination of advocacy, 'hands on' service and fundraising to support our Club projects.You can read more about our current and past projects under the Projects tab. 

Although a relatively new club, we have undertaken a number of innovative and ambitious fundraising events. In 2013 this included Opera in the Ballroom and Spring Sonnets. We also hold quiz nights, movie evenings and  sausage sizzles, as well as purely social events for club members.

Our Club meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month (excluding January) at 6.30pm at the Maylands Autumn Centre, 55 Ninth Avenue, Maylands. At the conclusion of each meeting we have time for supper and socialising! 

We do occasionally change out meeting venue, so please check before attending.

If you would like further information about Soroptimist International Maylands Peninsula, you can contact us here - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Latest News From Maylands Peninsula

SI Maylands Peninsula - Reconciliation Action Plan LaunchPrintE-mail
Written by Sue Mulholland  
Sunday, 26 October 2014

   Reconciliation Action Plan Launch 

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As a result of our October 2013 planning meeting SI Maylands Peninsula formed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group to develop a RAP in conjunction with Reconciliation Australia. A RAP is a business plan that documents what we will do to contribute to reconciliation in Australia. We were conscious of the lack of understanding and awareness about Aboriginal society and the large imbalances between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, especially women and girls in areas of health, education, incarceration, incidence of domestic violence and life expectancy. 

We felt that Soroptimist International could take a lead in addressing this lack of knowledge though an advocacy campaign which could also serve to make people aware of our mission and values while promoting reconciliation.

Our RAP outlines practical actions we will take to build strong relationships and enhance respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. We anticipate that by building positive relationships we will empower Aboriginal women, undertake projects alongside them (not for them), and in turn reduce racism and stereotypes. We also hope to gain Aboriginal membership as a result.

We look forward to other Soroptimist clubs and community groups considering developing Reconciliation Action Plans. Although our RAP was only endorsed and launched on 23 August, we have already experienced positive outcomes from the process. Groundwork at club level has engaged all members in debate about reconciliation and provided opportunities to meet and share with Aboriginal women. 

The launch involved all clubs in the Western Australian Region, and feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive. Soroptimists are now considering their own relationships with Aboriginal women and what they can do develop them.

In August 2015 we will report against our goals to Reconciliation Australia and implement the next stage of the project - an Innovate RAP - where we will jointly, with Aboriginal women trial programs and initiatives of mutual benefit.

Highlights of the launch were a traditional smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country by a local Noongar Elder, Associate Professor Simon Forrest, and young women from Lockridge Senior High School’s Follow the Dream both performing and sharing their hopes and aspirations with us.

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Photos courtesy of Denise Smithson - thank you!

 

 

SI Maylands Peninsula - Reconciliation Action PlanPrintE-mail
Written by Sue Mulholland  
Saturday, 17 May 2014

We were privileged to have special guests at our last meeting - Roni Forrest (Coordinator of Future Footprints, Association of Indepdendent Schools WA), Associate Professor Simon Forrest (Elder in Residence at Curtin University) and Tamika Townsend (Reconciliation Australia). Roni, Simon and Tamika generously shared their knowledge and experience with us, and it looks like we will be on track to launch our Reconciliation Action Plan in a few months. The evening finished with a bush tucker inspired supper and lots of yarning!

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 Follow this link for further information about Reconcilation Action Plans -

 http://www.reconciliation.org.au/

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SI Maylands Peninsula - International Women's DayPrintE-mail
Written by Sue Mulholland  
Saturday, 08 March 2014

SI Maylands Peninsula members, family and friends celebrated International Women’s Day  at the UN Women breakfast at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on 5th March. Speakers at this year’s event comprised a panel of Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission; Elzira Sagynbaeva, Pacific Regional Program Director for UN Women; Lance Hockridge, Managing Director and CEO, Aurizon; and Catherine Fox, Journalist, Author and Public Speaker. Discussion centred on workplace equality, economic security, empowerment and personal safety of women in Australia and the Pacific region. 

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SI Maylands Peninsula guests included Teleiah and Marika, two young Aboriginal students boarding at a local college. We were also very pleased to have Dianna of Tuart College join us. Dianna has supported the club’s TEAM Project over the last year three years by identifying women who require assistance with tuition fees to ensure their continuing education.

Funds raised during the International Women’s Day campaign will go towards economic empowerment projects that help lift women and girls in our region out of poverty and give them hope for the future. 

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SI Maylands Peninsula - Erin Michelsen: Adventure PhilanthropistPrintE-mail
Written by Sue Mulholland  
Sunday, 09 February 2014

anne_and_erin.jpgWhat a wonderful start to our club's 2014 activities! A balmy evening by the Swan River with Erin Michelsen. Erin, who was christened "The New Philanthropist" by National Geographic Traveller magazine, kept us entertained, amazed and filled with admiration as she shared the chronicle of her heartening and harrowing two year journey to more than sixty countries and all seven continents. 

In the words of our Immediate Past President Anne -

'The fact that we had so many attend a fund-raising function so early in the new year is a reflection of the interest generated by Erin's 'adventure philanthropy' theme.

The feedback from all who attended the night has been extremely positive - not only about the content of Erin's talk, but also her lively presentation. It was obvious just how much synergy there is between what Erin has been doing and the work of the Soroptimist International movement, especially with her efforts in supporting and empowering women and children.'

All proceeds from the evening will go to Young Carer's Western Australia, an organisation that provides information, advice and support for young people coping with both school and a caring role in their family.

SI Maylands Peninsula - Community Newspaper SupportPrintE-mail
Written by Sue Mulholland  
Thursday, 06 June 2013
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