International of Gold Coast (SIGC) is a volunteer non-profit
organisation in which women serve their community, develop friendships
and hone leadership skills.
The name Soroptimist means 'best for women' and that is what group
members aim to be – women at their best helping other women achieve
"We are current and retired business owners, managers and professionals
representing leadership in all areas of the community," said a
The group has 22 members aged from 30-something to octogenarian, and
meets regularly to to work on community-based and international projects
benefit women and girls.
"As part of Soroptimist International, one of the most noteworthy global
organisations advocating for the interests of women, we have a voice and
the power to
make a difference," said the spokeswoman "As women who are neither
afraid nor ashamed of laughing at our individual foibles, nor of weeping
at the world condition, we choose to make
a difference. "Our club has a meaningful impact on the women and girls
in our community, by supporting domestic violence shelters, facilitating
mentoring to school girls, supporting children in foster homes, and
providing hampers and essential comfort pamper packs for women and girls
"We are working to help the homeless, advocating for improved laws
to assist trafficked women and children, and running countless other
received $5000 from the Mamma Lena and Dino Gustin Foundation to help
furnish the new Ozcare Majella House Women's Refuge being built on
the Gold Coast by the Department of Housing.
Marilyn Wilke, Robyn Isaacs and Ruth Oldfield help
|"At our monthly business dinner
meetings, we invite speakers to discuss programs and ideas, many of
which we later adopt as service projects or to whom we provide
philanthropic assistance through fundraising efforts," said the
Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at Gold
Coast Arts Centre at 6pm.
Membership is by invitation and it begins by attending a dinner
meeting to meet and evaluate suitability.
|Call 5500 6145
or email sigoldcoast @siswp.org.
The tradition of international service began in 1921 when a group of
service-minded women established Soroptimist International in Oakland,
California, in the US. Their goal was to establish a service-oriented,
international organisation for women.
Since then, 90,000 women in 125 countries, in more than 3000 clubs with
United Nations representation have evolved.
Soroptimist International now has four federations embracing America,
Europe, Great Britain and Ireland, and 12 countries in the South West
Pacific area, of which Australia is one.
One example is helping to create on-the¬ground training and education
programs to help women survivors of war become self-sufficient in
countries such as Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Bosnia and Afghanistan.