Supporters

Supporting women in developing their confidence

The following organisations, businesses, and councils are valuable supporters of Speaking Made Easy at Group, Regional, and National level, providing rooms for women to meet and develop their confidence.
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Women Enriching the Lives of Other Women

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Women Enriching the Lives of Other Women

Five women met at the Horseshoe Cafe in Sydney in 1937. Imagine how they would feel if they knew that the organisation they started, is now continuing over 80 years later.One of these women recognised a real need for women to become competent, confident speakers and to know meeting procedure. Thus The Penguin Club of Australia was born with the late M. Jean Ellis at the helm. It is not clear why this name was chosen and there are various stories about the origin of the name.Co-founders of the Club, Mrs. C. T. Parkinson and Mrs. M. Jean Ellis were elected President and Honorary Secretary respectively. Almost immediately after launching the new Club, Mrs. Parkinson left for a twelve month visit to England. On her return she was in poor health and Jean Ellis took on the task of organising and expanding the Club. She assumed the joint roles of Federal President and Honorary Federal Organiser, and set about the expansion of the Club to all States and to Papua New Guinea. The Penguin Club is non-political and non-sectarian. Jean Ellis had unflagging energy and enthusiasm for the Penguin Club and her work in other organisations.
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