BPW Swan Hill
About our Club
Swan Hill Club is a friendly, active Club with a long history of community involvement. We have also organised leadership, career and health programs which have been very successful leading to great outcomes for women and our community.
We enjoy supporting, lobbying, mentoring wherever appropriate and act on issues within our capacity. We aim to make a difference.
Current issues under discussion are:
Our Dinner meeting is 6.00 for a 6.30pm start. We are usually finished by 9.30pm and stay on to chat. We welcome visitors and have a relaxed program. Our business meeting on the last Wednesday of the month is where the details are discussed.
You are welcome to join with us, please phone for confirmation of the arrangements.
BPW Swan Hill
Boost your skills and take a fearless step
Meeting Date and Place
2nd Wednesday night of each month
Swan Hill Club Function Room
Club Contact Details
We welcome you
If you are interested in finding out more about BPW in your local area, you are invited to join us at one of our meetings. Please check the events sections above to find out what's on this month. You can book online to attend. You will find out more about us, meet some of our wonderful members and enjoy a topical guest speaker.
From the Club President
Swan Hill BPW was established in 1957 and has a long and committed history of involvement and action that enhances the development of women in our community. Our vision is to empower local women in all aspects of their life, including work, family and personal interests. We offer our members and friends a great way to socialise and network at our monthly dinners. Our dinner meetings showcase powerful and inspirational speakers who deliver on a wide range of topics designed to build our members’ knowledge and personal development.
We support, lobby and mentor wherever appropriate and act on issues of importance to women and girls. Swan Hill BPW aims to make a difference. Some of our current projects are ‘Days for Girls’, Swan Hill Australia Day Breakfast, local school awards, ethical practices in the garment industry, Australian Citizenship welcome, Talk at the Table monthly luncheons, FLO school breakfast program.
We welcome you to join us at our next dinner meeting to enjoy the company and network of a friendly and dynamic group of women, while also listening to an inspiring guest speaker.
President: Maria Noble-Hayes
In BPW, members matter most. We focus on issues and personal or professional development that is relevant to our own club. We enjoy different types of meetings, including dinner with a speaker, workshops to enhance our skills and social events where lifelong friendships are made.
Club Committee Members
Our Special Projects
Our members are currently supporting projects to empower women and girls in Australia and overseas. Read more..
Our Past Events
Take a look at some of our club's past dinner meetings, workshops and social events. Read more...
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Our Club Sponsors
We choose the local, national and international projects that our club members will support our club members have chosen to focus currently on these:
Days 4 Girls
Swan Hill Australia Day Breakfast
40 Years Commemoration
MEMBERS of BPW Swan Hill recently went in search of a tree change -- one particular tree in fact, planted in Fitzroy Gardens 28 years ago. During a trip to Melbourne to witness the commemoration of the BPW stain glass window at St James Old Cathedral in November, a small group of Swan Hill ladies made a short detour to the gardens. With a map in hand, they sought their treasure -- an oak planted by current member Marie Schlemme when she was BPW national president in the late 1980s. Ms Schlemme said it had been “very special” to return to the tree with her current club.
“It brought back all the memories,” she said. “Looking at the picture [of when it was planted] you think: ‘gosh, was that 28 years ago’, it is hard to believe. It brings back the memories of the people who were with us and what we were doing at the time.”
Planted in February 1987, it marked 40 years of BPW Australia. The organisation had to obtain special permission from the Melbourne City Council to establish it. For Ms Schlemme, it was a “privilege and honour” to be part of the event.
“I suppose it was seen that, by planting a tree it was something that would continue to grow, and that it would continue to grow with the organisation over the years,” she said.
And grow it has, the healthy oak now towers among others, after nearly 30 years in the ground. BPW Swan Hill president Anne Daniel said the symbolic meaning of the planting was still relevant to current members.
“It is nice to see it there and to now be able to remind other BPW members that that was the 40th anniversary and we are still going,” Ms Daniel said.
The tree is located just north of The Pavilion Café on the path towards the playground, with a plaque marking its significance.