Soroptimists International Naracoorte support Tamika Nash-Hahn

Thanks: Guest speaker Tamika Nash-Hahn receives a gift from Soroptimists member Angela Willsmore.

Thanks: Guest speaker Tamika Nash-Hahn receives a gift from Soroptimists member Angela Willsmore.

The Naracoorte Soroptimists have long supported the fundraising efforts of local women and girls, and recently they saw the benefits of such fundraising come to fruition.

Local student Tamika Nash-Hahn was the guest speaker at the August monthly meeting, informing members of her recent overseas maths and science scholars trip to the University of Michigan, America.

Naracoorte Soroptimists contributed $1000 towards Tamika’s trip expenses and she expressed her sincere gratitude to club members, while showing a slide show of photos from her time away.

“I was in the field biology group, lead by a Professor of Ecology”, she said. “We did lots of outdoor field trips, including insect sweeps, looking for frogs in oak hickory forests, catching fish and exploring mitigated wetlands”.

Part of the trip saw her test her own science hypothesis in the field.

“My hypothesis was to determine the effectiveness of a wetland in absorbing pollution from carpark run off,” she said. “I was able to show that the wetland was not totally effective.”

She was in the field with her group from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, with free time and activities outside of that.

She said “everything is bigger in America” and she particularly enjoyed going to a baseball game.

Overall, she described her trip as a “joyful experience” and she was “so grateful to Soroptimists and other groups for helping her to get there”.

Tamika was presented with a club-made woollen coathanger and thanked for her insights which members found very rewarding to hear.

In other club news, a subcommittee are working tirelessly to establish the new Limestone Coast Wig Library in Naracoorte. A high tea will be held to launch the wig library on November 26 – put this date in your diary now! The high tea will be held at the Naracoorte Town Hall, and will mark the official opening of the wig library, a vital service for our community and the wider region.

Another subcommittee has been established, in conjunction with the Naracoorte Lions, Naracoorte Rotary Club and the newly reformed Naracoorte Apex Club, to host a White Ribbon barbecue on November 10 to help raise awareness of domestic violence in the region.

This is another date for the diary, with the event to be held at the Naracoorte Football Club.

The Denise Grieve scholarship is now open for 2017/18, with applications invited from girls in Year 12 at Naracoorte High School or the Independent Learning Centre. More information is available by contacting NHS senior school coordinator Hillary Trotter or sinaracoorte@siswp.org.

Finally, Naracoorte Soroptimists now has a new phone number. For all enquiries and for more information about upcoming events, membership, catering or other business, please call 0456 562 521.

Soroptimists, like all service clubs, are always looking for new members to bring fresh enthusiasm, energy and ideas to our club. If you would like to serve your community, enjoy fun and friendship with other members and access leadership opportunities and chances to grow within our community, then please contact our president Norma Davis or secretary Sue Thiele on either the email or phone number above.

We need you, so we can keep helping women and girls in our local area, and around the world!

The next meeting of Soroptimists is Monday, September 25 at 6pm for 6.30pm start at the Bushman’s Hotel.