Soroptimist International is celebrating 100 years, a milestone birthday such as 100 years deserves widespread recognition as Soroptimists from the South West Pacific join Soroptimists World Wide to celebrate our historic past, present and future. Join us as we celebrate our "Bright Past and Brilliant Future", the recurring theme for 2021.
For 100 years Soroptimists have delivered and continue to deliver grass roots projects which have had a positive impact. These projects have advocated for change, met changing needs, delivered in times of pandemics, war, conflict, and disasters, meeting diverse community needs, Soroptimists have remained forever resourceful for 100 years, our projects change the lives of women and girls.
Follow us over the next 12 months as we relive our Bright Past, and contemplate the Brilliant Future of Soroptimist International and the South West Pacific Federation. Our C100 Campaigns are designed so that all clubs across the Federation can be involved, we encourage club Friendship links to join together for the C100 Acts of Kindness, our C100 Plant 100 trees will have a strong climate change statement as we all embrace the work our foresisters did in saving the Redwoods. Join us in person as we celebrate in Sydney in May 2021, wear our beautiful SISWP Centennary brooch or bag charm with pride, our C100 Virtual Walk will unite Soroptimists across the globe as we walk to the SI Virtual Celebration in 2021, along the way we will visit past projects, stop at historic Soroptimists sites reliving our history as we travel, and registrations will raise funds for the SISWP Brighter Futures Fund, more about this fund to follow.
It promises to be a great year, opportunities not to be missed as we celebrate as sisters, showcasing our service and project work to the world.
SISWP become a Federation in 1978, and our first club, Sydney was chartered in 1937, so it is only fitting that we review our early Soroptimist International history and the early history of the Federation of Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland as that is where our roots began. Let us look back at the very beginnings, our sincere thanks go to Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland Federation for allowing us to share the history of SI from their website. Do view their Centennial Website
Providing this brief history of the beginnings of SISWP was possible thanks to the following: The History of Soroptimist International author Janet Haywood, The Story of Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific for the Golden Jubilee 1937-1987 by Gertrude F Kentish, BA, B.Ed. Celebrating 75 Years of Memories from Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific Edited by Kerry Garrett
The Centennial Committee has put together comprehensive resources for your use during the Centennial year.
Information about the various C100 Campaigns for the Centennial Year.
Order your Centennial brooch and Bag Charm. Wear these proudly to start conversations about our Bright Past and Brilliant Future
Celebrate our Bright Past, read the SWP Soroptimist magazine back issues, editions from2004 to 2016, now available.
Since 1921 women, who are Soroptimists have voluntered in their communities, bringing about social change and improving the lives of women and girls, This work has involved advocating at local, national and international arenas, never giving up the challenge, raising their voices and working as one voice for women and girls everywhere. These women have many stories to tell, the challenges, the wins, the fun, the never ending moving of the goal posts to achieve their goal of gender equality and basic human rights for all. The Soroptimist Reflections series will provide a platform for soroptimists voices, over this series you will hear many stories, learn about our bright past, as we move to a brilliant future where our voices and stories will continue to shine bright as we accomplish what we set out to do 100 years ago.