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SISA celebrates its 50th anniversary

2015 has seen the 50th anniversary of the formation of the South African body of Soroptimist International.  The occasion was celebrated during SISA’s annual conference and 50th AGM, held in Port Elizabeth in September 2015.  The SI club of Port Elizabeth is South Africa’s oldest club (chartered 56 years ago) and was the host of this year’s conference.  SISA President Lisette Genseberger presented long service certificates to a number of South African Soroptimists, some of whom have been members for 30 years and longer!

The conference was attended by Soroptimists representing all of South Africa’s 8 clubs as well as its SISA Foundation Trust which annually disburses financial assistance to SA clubs who apply for funds to support their Programme Action.  This year’s SISA Trust recipients have been projects of SI Port Elizabeth, SI Cape of Good Hope and SI Pretoria.

South African SI clubs have some very valuable Friendship Links across the UK, Europe and beyond, and this was in evidence at our conference thanks to the attendance of Monica Faye whose club SI Oslo supported her trip to Port Elizabeth all the way from Norway!  SI Oslo, Norway is a Friendship Link club of SI Pretoria, South Africa.

As always, South Africa’s Soroptimists took great pride in presenting and sharing in one another’s projects.  Every South African Soroptimist club is dedicated and generous in its support of enabling, empowering and educating the women and children encompassed within its Programme Action.

SISA President Lisette Genseberger cuts SISA’s celebratory Golden Anniversary cake.

SISA President Lisette Genseberger cuts SISA’s celebratory Golden Anniversary cake.

Soroptimists of the host club SI Port Elizabeth L-R:  Yvonne Dimbleby, Charmaine Boast, Elna Maree, Maria Bekker, Diane Connell, Brigitte Epler-Brandenburg, Gail Charalambous.

Soroptimists of the host club SI Port Elizabeth L-R: Yvonne Dimbleby, Charmaine Boast, Elna Maree, Maria Bekker, Diane Connell, Brigitte Epler-Brandenburg, Gail Charalambous.

Soroptimists from Johannesburg and Mthatha enjoying Port Elizabeth’s sunshine with the Indian Ocean in the background.

Soroptimists from Johannesburg and Mthatha enjoying Port Elizabeth’s sunshine with the Indian Ocean in the background.

South African Soroptimists welcomed Norwegian Monica Faye (centre) from Friendship Link club SI Oslo.

South African Soroptimists welcomed Norwegian Monica Faye (centre) from Friendship Link club SI Oslo.

The Cape Town Soroptimist contingent:  Trunell Morom, Lieske Bester, Maxine Ward-Cox, Lisette Genseberger.  Lieske and Lisette are a proud mother-daughter Soroptimist pair!

The Cape Town Soroptimist contingent: Trunell Morom, Lieske Bester, Maxine Ward-Cox, Lisette Genseberger. Lieske and Lisette are a proud mother-daughter Soroptimist pair!

Back:  SISA President Elect Laurel Becker & SISA Vice President Gail Charalambous;  front:  SISA President Lisette Genseberger with conference guest speaker Professor Denise Zinn of the Nelson Mandela Metro University.

Back: SISA President Elect Laurel Becker & SISA Vice President Gail Charalambous; front: SISA President Lisette Genseberger with conference guest speaker Professor Denise Zinn of the Nelson Mandela Metro University.

Soroptimists from SI Johannesburg, Grahamstown and Durban at SISA’s 50th anniversary dinner.

Soroptimists from SI Johannesburg, Grahamstown and Durban at SISA’s 50th anniversary dinner.

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3 Responses to News and events

  1. sally says:

    Wonderful work by our Soroptimist Sisters and great opportunities for renewing friendships.

  2. Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures – so the Soroptimist Sisters in the rest of South Africa get to see what their sisters in Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown are doing

  3. Thanks for sharing Brigitte. Was indeed a wonderful conference showcasing our excellent project work.

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