Soroptimist International of Hornsby started its new year with its Annual General Meeting. In her report, President Janet Morgan highlighted the great variety of activities undertaken, and causes supported during 2018.

Chief among these was the “Art & Soul” afternoon in September. Guests were served a formal High Tea while being entertained by musicians as well as demonstrations by artists. This event raised $7,000 for the Hornsby Kuring- gai Women’s Shelter.

The club has supported Soroptimist projects in Australia and beyond, including the Rodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery scholarships, Project Sanctuary which is building the first women’s shelters in Fiji and the International President’s Appeal “Women, Water and Leadership”. In keeping with the Soroptimist long term theme “Educate to Lead” the Hornsby club provided prizes to Hornsby Girls High School, scholarships to refugee or migrant girls and supported a girl through the Smith Family.

The club also contributed to “Days for Girls”, to “Uplift” to cover the cost of freight to send bras to the Pacific Islands and to Humanity Australia Ltd for refugee women and children. Locally club members staffed “The Dish” food truck several times during the year, assisted at seminars on Homelessness, supported the 16 Days of Activism against Domestic Violence, and helped at the Bobbin Head Cycle Classic.

A highlight of the year was the visit of Roswitha Briel, deputy commissioner of police in Wiesbaden, Germany who visited New South Wales on a Soroptimist friendship grant. Members were delighted to meet a fellow Soroptimist and to hear of the activities and projects of her club.

Hornsby Soroptimists will hold a Friendship Afternoon on Saturday February 16th at 2.30 pm in Westleigh. Any woman wanting to find out more about Soroptimist International will be most welcome.

Please call Carolyn on 0419 902364 or email SIHornsby@siswp.org for further information and to book.