October is Membership Month! Meet some of our wonderful members and read about their Soroptimist stories here.
Mamta Bajaj- SI Bangkok, Thailand
Mamta Bajaj has been a member of SI Bangkok for 7 years, and was influenced in joining SISWP by her mother who was the President and a member for over 40 years of the Club. She joined SI Bangkok wanting to be part of an organisation focused on improving the lives of those in need through their projects and club work.
Currently in the role of SWP National Representative of Thailand, when we asked Mamta what she enjoys about being a Soroptimist, she said “In addition to the feeling of purpose I get from being of service to those in need, I enjoy the sisterhood. I enjoy interacting with members from other clubs and am constantly inspired by all of the conferences I have attended. There is so much to share and learn from one another, and friendships with like-minded people”.
Debby Shelton – SI Hornsby, Australia
Debby has been a member of SI Hornsby for 12 years. Being interested in becoming involved in volunteer organisaiton, she liked the idea of being able to make a real difference in the lives of women and girls, locally nationally and internationally.
When asked what Debby enjoys about being a member, she said “I like being a member of SISWP because it links me to other like-minded ladies., locally, nationally and internationally. It gives me the opportunity to be involved in projects that make a real difference in other women's and girl's lives which is very satisfying and enriching. I have continued to be a member because our club has been involved in some great projects which I couldn’t have done on my own and I value the friendships I have made in the club”.
Munkhzul Ser-Od - SI Erdenet, Mongolia
Munkhzul has been a member of SI Erdenet for 5 years and has really enjoyed being involved in the ongoing projects SI Erdenet is focused on including the essay writing competition 'What do girls want’. This programme targets teenage girl's needs and issues and organises peer educator training for reproductive health. The next steps for the programme are to educate and stop peer violence and influence the girl's behavior.
When asked why Munkhzul joined SISWP, she said “I joined Soroptimist International for the wellness of society. To build a fearless bright future”.
Unurtsoo Myagmar - SI Erdenet, Mongolia
Unurtsoo has been a member of SI Erdenet for 6 years and joined with the goals of helping to protect the rights of girls and women and help influence their development and education resulting in empowerment and the creation of more women leaders.
When asked what Unurtsoo likes most about being a Soroptimist she said she enjoys the unification of Club members, working together to achieve a common goal.
Oyuntuya Badam – SI Erdenet, Mongolia
Oyuntuya has been a member of SI Erdenet for 9 years and joined with the desire to focus on charity work and help others. She enjoys the feeling she gets when she sees the smiling faces and sparks from the eyes of the women and girls that are helped by the Club’s programs. “I feel happy to have lots of Soroptimist sisters”.
Val Trinder – SI Geelong, Australia
Val has been a member of SI Geelong for 40 years. She says that when she first joined SISWP “The aim of our work making the lives of women and girls better was of real interest. Volunteering as a Soroptimist gave me a real sense of achievement, I learned many new things, met friends both here in Geelong and overseas through traveling on grants of friendship – all things I would never have done if I had not been a Soroptimist.
Currently, Val aims to mentor younger members. “Take part in as many projects as I can and enjoy my many Soroptimist friends. I have stayed a Soroptimist for 40 years because I always felt it was a place where people were trying to help others less fortunate and I also liked the atmosphere of the club. The friendships I have made over the years have been special”.
Philippa Robert – Southern Districts of Adelaide, Australia
Philippa has been a Soroptimist for 3 years and joined after she retired as she felt it was time to give something back to her community. She says that the friendships and mutual support she has gained whilst being a member have been very rewarding.
Philippa says “I have held office as Secretary and found opportunities to have a say on issues. Membership has boosted my confidence and given me a new group of contacts who are from a variety of backgrounds. The experience has also opened my eyes to issues in the wider world as well as close at hand”.
Wendy May Logan – SI Mackay, Australia
Wendy joined SI Mackay 22 years ago to help her business stay connected with other local businesses and to contribute back to her community. Wendy says that she likes the sincerity of friendships throughout the Federation and the sense of purpose she gains from being a Soroptimist.
Currently, Wendy is the SWP Assistant Membership Convenor for Australia and says that being a member of SISWP keeps her active physically and mentally.
Yvonne Simpson QSM – SI Westland, New Zealand
Yvonne has been a member of SISWP for 24 years and joined as she wanted to meet a cross section of women in her town outside of her profession, develop friendships and contribute to her community.
Yvonne is currently the SWP Membership Convenor and says “I am grateful that Soroptimist International has provided this ordinary Soroptimist with extraordinary opportunities to develop my potential and to empower others to step up and out of their comfort zones, out of limiting self beliefs and lack of opportunity to achieve dreams they never thought possible”.
Tsatsral Gansukh – SI Erdenet, Mongolia
Tsatsral has been a member of SI Erdenet for 2 years and wanted to join a global NGO focussed on helping women and grils. Tsatsral enjoys the common goal of all Club members to help others and become a good role model for other women and girls.