Soroptimist International Bayside member Sue Myers receives the 2021 Florence Drury Award for Excellence

SERVICE: Sue Myers with her Florence Drury Award for Excellence as a Soroptimist.

SERVICE: Sue Myers with her Florence Drury Award for Excellence as a Soroptimist.

Soroptimist International Bayside member, Sue Myers, received the prestigious 2021 Florence Drury Award for Excellence as a Soroptimist.

She is the fifth Bayside member to receive the award in its 12-year operation.

Initiated by SI Gold Coast, the award honours Florence Drury who turned 101 earlier this year and who has been an active Soroptimist since 1962.

It recognises club members who work tirelessly behind the scenes and whose efforts often go unrecognised.

Ms Myers was selected from a number of nominees from the eight clubs in the south Queensland region.

She has been involved in the Bayside club for four and a half years and took on the role of president in her third year, and served for two years.

Ms Myers manages the Maris King Scholarship which assists a young woman in her tertiary education. She also coordinates care packs of toiletries and essential supplies for women in trauma at Redlands Hospital.

In early 2020, Ms Myers set up Bayside Buddies, a vital lifeline during covid lockdowns which saw SI members divided into small groups to help them stay in touch and support each other. This strengthened friendships and kept members active and engaged.

As well as supporting Night Ninjas in getting supplies for those living rough in our community, she has also volunteered as a Pyjama Angel. By working through their Love of Learning program, Ms Myers has been mentoring a child for almost five years by providing literacy, numeracy and life-skills support.

This year, Soroptimist International's centenary year, Ms Myers started an activity to provide kindness packs to women living in care.

SI Bayside programme coordinator, Jacky Burkett wrote the nomination.

"Sue clearly believes in educating, enabling and empowering women no matter where they are in their life cycle."

Beyond club level, Ms Myers has served as a region delegate and this year agreed to be the region archivist.