Five members of Soroptimist International Esperance and one from S.I. Newtown self-funded their attendance at the 21st Soroptimist International Convention in July in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Soroptimist International is a worldwide women’s volunteer organisation with consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations (UN).
The Soroptimist International Trinidad &Tobago contingent to the Convention. (Back row, L-R) Rowena Wattley, Organisational Development Officer; Denyse Ewe, President Elect and Sheila Hassanali of SI Esperance. (Front row, L-R) Marissa Bubb, SI Newtown & Secretary of the National Association of T&T; Debra London, Treasurer & Rabbia Khan, (President of The Interclub of T&T) both of SI Esperance.
The Soroptimist International Esperance contingent to the Convention. (Back row, L-R) Rowena Wattley, Organisational Development Officer; Debra London, Treasurer; Denyse Ewe, President Elect. (Front row, L-R) Sheila Hassanali & Rabbia Khan, (member & President of The Interclub of T&T.)
The Trinidad and Tobago flag was proudly borne by Denyse Ewe, the President Elect of Soroptimist International Esperance at the Flag Ceremony, one of 125 countries in attendance at the K.L. Convention Centre.
Ready for the Flag Ceremony. President of the SIGBI Soroptimist Federation, Sue Williams (R) and President Elect SI Esperance, Denyse Ewe (L).
Her Majesty, the Queen of Malaysia officially declared the 21st Convention open with her speech and drumming before passing of drumsticks to the Hands Percussion troupe who excited the audience with a high energy performance. The Queen spoke simply from the heart but with a sense of humour about her work and main interest, the preservation of silk weaving, a project which she started in the prisons.
The Queen of Malaysia officially opens the 21st Soroptimist International Convention Kuala Lumpur 21st Soroptimist International Convention 2019 KL
Her Majesty Queen of Malaysia (front centre) opening the conference with drumming. (Back L-R) Soroptimist International President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen; Munirah Majilis, Deputy Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change; Puan Sri Siew Yong; SI Immediate Past President Yvonne Simpson.
Members of SI Esperance were thrilled when Sue Williams, President of the SIGBI Federation to which they belong, included two photographs of their projects in her report. A photo of another new South Trinidad club, SI Anaparima, was also included.
Sue Williams, President of the SIGBI Soroptimist Federation, referred to one of the SI Esperance #SoroptimistsThinkOnIt projects.
President of the SIGBI Soroptimist Federation, Sue Williams spoke about the two new Trinidad and Tobago clubs, SI Anaparima and SI Esperance.
Soroptimist International Esperance members with President of the SIGBI Soroptimist Federation, Sue Williams. (L-R) Sheila Hassanali; Debra London, Treasurer; Denyse Ewe, President Elect; Sue Williams SIGBI President; Rabbia Khan, member & President of The Interclub of T&T; Rowena Wattley, Organisational Development Officer.
Esperance Soroptimists at Convention Gala Night. (L-R) Debra London, Treasurer; Rowena Wattley, Organisational Development Officer; Rabbia Khan, member & President of The Interclub of T&T; Denyse Ewe, President Elect; Sheila Hassanali.
The keynote speakers were elite professionals in their respective fields and listening to them was informative and inspired ideas for new projects. They included Longevity, Liquidity and Legacy; She Matters; Healthcare and Lifetime Wellness; Our Climate, Our Responsibility Our Actions; Women Creating Peace and Prosperity and Women Leading in Technology and Innovation.
President of the Host Federation, Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific, Dato Anusha Santhirasthipam had the crowd cheering with her eccentric and enthusiastic greetings.
The Soroptimist International President’s Appeal 2019-2021 is ‘The Road to Equality’. It will focus on the role that Soroptimists can play in achieving gender equality as they develop capacity and raise awareness on human rights challenges that prevent women and girls from reaching their full potential. “The road is long, with many a winding turn…”
‘The Road to Equality’ is the Soroptimist International President’s Appeal 2019-2021
‘The Power of You.’
Soroptimist International Esperance was pleased to have been invited by the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Psychologists to ‘The Power of You.’ Members of their association had collaborated with Esperance Soroptimists as part of their #SoroptimistsThinkOnIt project, ‘Dansé – A Fitness Event to Boost Your Mood’
The Power of You
Esperance Soroptimists (seated, L-R) Ursula de Castro, Sheila Hassanali, Marilyn Lalla, Cheryl Boodoosingh, (standing) Row Wattley & Tara Pollonais.
The Soroptimists also celebrated the 93rd birthday of Esperance member Ursula de Castro who has been a Soroptimist for 40 years.
International Women’s Day
Soroptimist International Esperance was one of 19 Women’s clubs to join the Interclub of T&T in the celebration of their 18th Annual Afternoon Tea to commemorate International Women’s Day at the Hyatt Regency on Sunday 10thMarch.
International Women’s Day Tea at the Hyatt Hotel
The purpose of the InterClub has always been to assist Women’s Clubs and Organisations in networking to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. In 2001 it was felt that there should be a collaborative event in the celebration of women …thus the IWD Tea Party was born.
Thirteen members of Soroptimist International represented their club at the tea.
Soroptimist International Esperance President Cheryl Boodoosingh lit one of the candles which represented unity.
Some members of The Proposed Soroptimist Club Esperance paid a courtesy call on the Chairman of the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation, Dr Allen Sammy. They discussed the needs of the community.
The Proposed Soroptimist Club Esperance was a part of the Esperance Regional Complex Community Outreach. Members took the opportunity to inform visitors about who we are and what we do. Our survey helped to inform us of the needs of the community.
‘Women First’ Seminar
Some members represented the club at First Citizen’s Bank,’s ‘Women First’ Seminar.