News and Events SI Port Elizabeth

Life membership

On Saturday 22 July it was the great honour of President Diane Connell to bestow on behalf of SI Port Elizabeth, Honorary Life Membership to Yvonne Dimbleby. Yvonne stands for everything that epitomises a Soroptimist and truly fulfils the Soroptimist Oath. Member since 1983.

Charter Anniversary celebration luncheon

SI Port Elizabeth celebrating 58 years of awesomeness.  Doing amazing charity work and a voice for women since 1959. The very first club to be chartered in South Africa.

Clockwise, from top left: Toast to Port Elizabeth – Club Secretary Rika Haasbroek (with others); guest speaker Salvelio Meyer, a renowned Wedding Photographer (with our banner); toast to Soroptimist International – President Diane Connell; beautifully set table; toast to South Africa – Club Treasurer Carmen Cakmak; Club member Gail Charalambous and Laurel Becker, SISA President; (centre) Toastmaster –  Elna Maree
SIGBI Day of Action, Madela Day

What a very special morning, SI PE were so lucky to join the folks at Cuylerholme for tea. #sigbidayofaction #mandeladay  15 July 2017

World Environment Day 2017 –  “Connecting People to Nature”

SI PE members kept to the theme for this year and hosted senior primary school pupils from a local farm school to a walk and informative lesson in the beautiful Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve.


April 2017 Club News

Photograph 1 SI PE pyjama party

SI PE kicked the new Presidential year off with a Sleepover Pyjama Party as a team building exercise. With much hilarity we bonded over games of our childhood, musical chairs, pass the parcel, etc. We recommend something so simple to form that bond to work as one.

Photograph 3 SI PE Cancer Relay

SI PE had such fun walking a relay for 12 hours to support the annual Cancer Relay to raise fund for Cancer South Africa. They braved a very wet, cold night with high spirits to raise awareness of Soroptimist International and realise part of the club’s aim of playing it forward.

Photograph 4 Graduation

It was with great pride that President Diane Connell and Project Leader of SI PE’s Bursar Programme, Elna Maree, were in attendance at the graduation ceremony of Recardia, one of our bursars, who graduated with a BSc Biochemistry degree. This young woman has been an absolute pleasure to be involved with and is continuing studying for her Honours degree this year.




Photograph 2 World Water Day 2017.png

PE visited a small farm school with 164 children, on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth to speak to them on the necessity to save and take care of their water supplies. This was done in conjunction with the Water Institute of South Africa.