Chartering of the SI Pretoria-Tshwane Club
On 28 May 2016, SI Pretoria and SI Tshwane, after long deliberation and hard work behind the scenes, amalgamated as one strong Club called SI Pretoria-Tshwane. The Chartering of the new Club took place at the Pretoria Club on the premises of the Pretoria Country Club. SISA National President, Lisette Genseberger was our guest of honour and chartering officer on behalf of SIGBI.
We had the pleasure to welcome four members from our sister club in Johannesburg. Three new members were inducted on this occasion and our young guest speaker, Banele Lukhele gave us an insight into her life’s challenges about which she has published a book. The resilience of women never ceases to amaze us.
Organisational Development Grant Funding from SIGBI will be partly allocated towards a programme action workshop aimed at re-evaluating and consolidating our new club’s projects so as to strengthen our impact in the Education, Empowerment and Enablement of women and girls.
All the Friendship Links of the two former clubs will be incorporated into our newly formed club.
Messages of congratulations and well wishes were received from the following Soroptimist International clubs: Mariager Fjord in Denmark; Taunus in Germany; Oslo in Norway; Ede in the Netherlands; Calcutta and Pune Metro East in India;Westminster in the USA; Slough Windsor and Maidenhead, Harrogate, Hallamshire in Yorkshire, Woking and District, Stafford, and Bournemouth, all in the UK; Durban and Port Elizabeth in South Africa.