BPW Coffs Harbour

About our Club

BPW Coffs Harbour has a long tradition of bettering our community. For the past 46 years, we have supported women, encouraged girls, educated females, succeeding in our efforts to lobby local and national governments regarding women’s issues and along the way, we’ve had a great time. 

BPW Coffs Harbour is a great way for local women to meet, network and socialise. A wide range of women working in the professions, business and industry have been members of the club since inception in 1972.

BPW Coffs Harbour has been proactive in women’s affairs in the community for a long time, with a strong focus on professional and personal development.  We continue to deliver programs for women.

The members of BPW Coffs Harbour have a reputation for being committed, proactive, friendly, professional, smart...and lots of fun.

Annual Scholarship - keep watching for 2020 Scholarship (@March) 

Maude Spielvogel Scholarship $1250

Wendy Martin Education Encouragement Award $750

Open to final year female students from SCU and TAFE (Coffs Harbour Campus) who have had a gap between high school and tertiary education, and have had to overcome adversity or disadvantage

Please email coffsharbour@bpw.com.au for an application form

Meeting Date and Place

BPW Coffs Harbour meetings are usually held on the second Tuesday of every month.  The venue, speakers and topics change each month, so join our mailing list to keep abreast with what is coming up.

We also have BPW Members and Friends on the first Monday of each month at the Coffs Harbour Surf Club for morning tea at 10:00am

Coffs Harbour Surf Club

23 Surf Club Road, Coffs Harbour

Club Contact Details

Email:          coffsharbour@bpw.com.au.
Post:            PO Box 1684 Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
President:    Helen Morschel  M: 0416 156 130

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Join a local network of lively and interesting women.

We make real differences in women's lives by creating awareness, leading debate and driving change.  And we network, learn and have fun along the way.

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

Helen is at this moment composing her piece, as she was only elected last week!

From the Club President

Hello, I am honoured to be the President of BPW Coffs Harbour because I am passionate about women in our society. The women of BPW in Coffs Harbour are smart, wise and committed to the cause of representing our gender to ensure that the issues that are affecting our local female community such as superannuation and homelessness challenges for older women, inequity in pay packets and a lack of female participation on boards, are brought to the attention of the media, government and organisations set up to represent and care for us.


At BPW Coffs Harbour we run fun, interesting events, supported by intelligent, motivated women of all ages and stages. Our events include: social event fundraiser Galas, White Ribbon events, Equal Pay Day events, and  monthly dinners with interesting guest speakers,  morning coffee sessions to foster personal connections; public presentations by professional women regarding women’s issues, and even the odd movie night. We are very proud that funds raised support two local, mature entry, female students with scholarships to help them in their final year of study. 

We are very proud of the fact that we are part of a wonderful collaboration of three local women’s clubs to stage the annual International Women’s Day Breakfast on 8 March. The event has grown from year to year and in 2018 330 women, men and girls attended. The 2019 event will prove to be even more exciting with 2 celebrations planned, at breakfast and then a morning tea in conversation.


President: Helen Morschel

About our club

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.

International Candle Lighting Ceremony 2019

Our Special Projects

Our members are currently supporting projects to empower women and girls in Australia and overseas.  

Our Past Events

Take a look at some of our club's past dinner meetings, workshops and social events.  

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Club Projects

We choose the local, national and international projects that our club members will support our club members have chosen to focus currently on these:

Scholarships - 2019 Applications now CLOSED

One of our main annual activities is to award the Maude Spielvogel Scholarship, (named in honour of a late President of BPW Coffs Harbour who taught at Orara High School),  to a local mature-aged woman studying at tertiary level, who has overcome adversity and or disadvantage. In 2012 we initiated the Wendy Martin Education Encouragement Award to augment the scholarship. The two awards combined are worth $2000 to the two  recipients.

Our Two Very worthy recipients for 2017 were: 

Rachel BennettMaude Spielvogel Scholarship

        Ellen CoxWendy Martin Education Encouragement Award

Rachel Bennett is in her final year of a degree in Secondary Education at Southern Cross University (SCU) Coffs Harbour. 

Ellen Cox will complete her degree in midwifery at SCU Coffs Harbour this year before continuing on to a graduate year in a Sydney hospital.

BPW Coffs Harbour will be delighted to welcome these two young women into our Young BPW Membership ranks.

Love Bites Program

In 2015 we sponsored the Love Bites program for one of our local State High Schools. “LOVE BITES is an extremely successful school-based Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault prevention program that evolved on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Over 100,000 high school students throughout Australia have participated in this interactive and innovative program aimed at 14-16yr olds.”

We hope to continue to support this program into 2016.

Collaborative projects

In 2012 -13 we collaborated with Zonta Coffs Harbour on a Women on Boards Mid North Coast project to encourage women onto more boards and committees.

Each year on International Women's Day, we combine with Zonta Coffs Harbour and Coffs Coast Business Women's Network to celebrate the achievements of women all around the world.

We are also involved with White Ribbon Day in November, highlighting the prevention of violence against women. In 2015 we will join the Reclaim the Night March on 30 October and will assist with raising awareness by assisting Zonta with their White Ribbon Day activities.

We are assisting though donation and assistance a local Days for Girls program. In developing nations, many girls are kept out of school either permanently or every month because they do not have the skills nor the materials to cope with something as ‘fundamentally female’ as menstruation.  Day for Girls raises awareness of this obstacle to girls’ education, and produces and distributes sustainable feminine hygiene kits.  By addressing the menstruation issue, Days for Girls deals with a taboo subject to help girls with period management and education as a key to social change.

Our Equal Pay Day aims to involve the local community to think about the issue of why women are not paid equally and the consequences. In 2014 we highlighted the gender imbalance of women in trades and in 2015 we focused again on women and superannuation.

Our Club Sponsors

We greatly appreciate our generous sponsors that have assisted with our events and projects.

We would like to thank

  Brian Hopwood Homes – sponsorship of the Halloween Party

    Book Warehouse – donation of book prizes for event raffles

      C.ex Group Coffs Harbour - $500 sponsorship towards Scholarship Dinner from Community Partner funds

 Copy Centre Coffs - sponsorship of marketing material        

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