See Solar, Cook Solar
SI Cape of Good Hope handed over 60 solar lights to the residents of Huis Morea in Lotus River Cape Town. The residents live independently in a poor socio economic area and are mostly dependent on a small state pension. We treated then to a scrumptious tea and each resident was given a goodie bag which also contained a blanket. They were entertained by the young students of Soroptimist Tamara Rennie (violin teacher).
New President for our Club
On Saturday, 5 April 2014, at The Dukes Officers Mess, Castle Cape Town, a new club president, Trunell Morom was inducted. It was indeed a grand affair and long service awards were also presented to Lieske Bester(35 years), Meryll Wilkinson (30 years), Lisette Genseberger (30 years), Merlyn Segall (25 years), Tamara Rennie ( 25 years), and Thelma Richards(20 years).
Survivor Symbolic Walk
On Saturday 8 March, Soroptimists from the Cape of Good Hope club Cape participated in the Survivor’s Symbolic Walk to celebrate International Women’s Day. This event took place at the International Convention Centre and was part of the Women’s Innovative Trade Fair.
Our club felt very proud when Soroptimist Lillian Masebenza was thanked by the Swedish Ambassador for her ongoing contribution to the upliftment and empowerment of women. He presented her with a brooch pin on behalf of the Swedish Government in recognition of her outstanding work.
For more information on Mhani Gingi( Social Entrepreneurship) please visit their website- http://www.mhanigingi.co.za. If you wish to join or visit one of our meetings please contact our Membership Officer Marjorie Wohlman on 082- 780 3960.
Soroptimist International Cape Of Good Hope inducted two new members on the 5th October 2013. On the photo are, from left to right, Professor Gail Hughes, Director of the Natural Sciences Department at the University of the Western Cape, President Pam Van Rhyn and Anna Love, Lecturer in the History of Art at the University of Cape Town.[/caption]
Soroptimist International Cape of Good Hope inducted a new member on the 6th July 2013. Sue van der Linde’s background is in Social Media and she is also the Founder of the Iris House Children’s Hospice. This charity organisation provides free care, support and respite to families who are dealing with children who have either life-limiting or life threatening diseases. www.iris-house.org
Celebrating a 50th anniversary
Soroptimist International Cape of Good Hope celebrated their 50th Anniversary on the weekend of the 19th and 20th April 2013.
Friendship Link guests from Madagascar, Budapest, Ireland, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Barbados were part of the weekend celebrations.
Friday night was an informal occasion at the Dukes Officers Mess in the Castle of Cape Town and Saturday we celebrated with a Banquet at the Hotel School in Granger Bay. Saturday morning our guests were taken to various projects in the peninsula.
On Saturday night Joan Goudswaard and Lieske Bester were presented with Honorary Life membership for years of service to our organisation. Maureen Maguire, immediate past president of Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland, was also part of the celebrations.
The guest speaker was female mountaineer and motivational speaker Deshun Deysel.
From left to right- Maureen Maguire, President Pam van Rhyn, Deshun Deysel and Sally Currin (National president Soroptimist International South Africa)
From left to right – Joan Goudswaard receiving her award, Pam van Rhyn and Maureen Maguire
From left to right – Lisette Genseberger, daughter of Lieske Bester in the middle who received the award and President Pam van Rhyn.
Read the SI COGH Club Nov 2012 News letter
Literacy Day in the Cape – September 2011
SI Cape of Good Hope donated a selection of books to the Lourier Primary school as part of Literacy Day. The club is at present helping to set up a library at the school. Two classrooms have been renovated for this purpose with inter-leading sliding doors so that the second room becomes a multi-purpose area in which to work. This is a mammoth task as old and new books have to be sorted, cleaned and labelled.
Supporting Arbor Day
Members of SI Cape of Good Hope planted a white stinkwood in the gardens of Saartjie Baartman (home for abused women and children) on Arbor Day. In the photo are from left: club president Thelma, member Tamara, gardener Isaac and member Liz.
More than three decades of Community Chest service
SI COGH was once again hard at work at the Community Chest Carnival at Maynardville, Wynberg from the 2nd to the 5th March 2011. We have run a tombola and second hand goods store at this yearly event for 34 years! Over the four days we raised R19 000 for the Community Chest which supports over 400 charities in the Cape Town area. Lieske Bester has been part of this from the very beginning and is passionate about the club’s continued support. It is the one function where every member collects goods, helps to sort and works at least two shifts over the four days.