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Message from President Theresa Lyford

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to the 21st Conference of Clubs of SISWP at the Pullman & Mercure Hotel, Albert Park Melbourne.

The theme of the 2018 Conference is Inspiring and Innovative Women Shaping the Future and your Conference Committee is working hard to achieve a program that is innovative, informing and of course inspiring.

This year’s Conference structure will be a little different than in previous years, where the General Business of the Conference of Clubs will be organised for the Friday concluding with the Opening Ceremony and Friendship Evening which also celebrates our Official Coming of Age of our 21st Conference of Clubs. The Saturday and Sunday of the Conference will be packed with a selection of inspiring and innovative women who will share with you their stories and interspersed with this will be workshops, panel discussions, best practice presentations, poster sessions and plenaries.

Our Gala Dinner will be a dual event – the handover celebration for incoming President Anusha and our 40th Birthday Party as a Federation of Clubs. So, come prepared for fun, entertainment and friendship and help us celebrate these two amazing events.

This year there will be a special morning tea on the Saturday of the Conference for those members who are attending for the first time so when you fill out your registration for the Conference please indicate if this is your first Conference of Clubs that you will be attending. This is also the opportunity to encourage your fellow Club Members who are new to the Organisation and who are wishing to find out more about SISWP, to take the opportunity to come and be part of the Conference of Clubs in Melbourne.

Melbourne is the capital city of the Australian state of Victoria and sits on the banks of the Yarra River and around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. Melbourne is renowned for its food and wine cafes, flourishing arts scene, stylish shopping, program of festivals and events throughout the year, history and heritage, art and culture and of course sports.

The conference venue is located on Queens Road, overlooking the picturesque Albert Park Lake, venue of the renowned Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix Racing held every year in March and is also where our accommodation for the SISWP Board Meeting, AGM and our Conference is situated. We have secured great accommodation price for you so please follow our links to book your accommodation for the Conference.

At the city centre is the modern Federation Square with its plazas, bars and restaurants conveniently located beside the Yarra River. In the Southbank area, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is the site of the iconic Arts Centre – a performing arts complex and the National Gallery of Victoria. The City’s passion for fashion in a serious matter, and boasts international retail shopping giants along with well-established Australian major retailers, boutique and local designers all vying for your attention and hopefully a visit to spend some time viewing their fashion labels.

Travel in and around Melbourne and the suburbs is well serviced on either trams or trains and our Conference Venue is conveniently located not far from a direct Tram Service into the centre of Melbourne City.

I look forward to welcoming you all to our 21st Conference of Clubs 2018 in Melbourne, 4-6 May, 2018.


Theresa Lyford
SISWP President 2016-2018


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Update from Conference Chair Robyn Rose

April 2018


The Conference Committee is counting down the days until the 2018 SISWP Conference of Clubs in Melbourne.  In the last few days the weather has become quite autumnal which really means that the weather is perfect. Although it is always a good idea to bring a jacket with you as in Melbourne we often have four seasons in one day.

The committee is all learning how to work the conference app as our aim is to decrease paper use and reduce our footprint on the environment. Please bring your smart phone, tablet or laptop and join us in using this in the digital age.  We will have a limited amount of paper programs, if you require paper option please let me know by emailing

As another way to reduce waste there will be no conference bag with associated paraphernalia at the 2018 Conference of Clubs.  However there will be other mementos available to purchase.

In the next week or so you will find additional information on the website about restaurants in the area and the optional activities for the accompanying persons. Check the Conference FAQ's page.

SISWP Federation President Theresa and the Conference Committee encourage you to attend the whole conference to get the full view of Soroptimists at work across the South West Pacific Federation.

The Conference of Clubs is a great opportunity to be with likeminded women who are committed to transforming the lives of women and girls.




Robyn Rose
2018 Conference Chair


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