Meet Michelle Spiro
WIZO Women come from all walks of life.
Let’s get to know some of our members and find out what WIZO means to them.
Hi Michelle, tell us why you joined WIZO initially. What year was it?
I was invited by a friend to my first WIZO meeting. I think it was in 1988. I quickly realised that it was something important and joined that same year.
How would you explain WIZO to someone who has never heard of it?
I would tell them what WIZO stands for – WOMENS INTERNATIONAL ZIONIST ORGANISATION – and that we are Israel’s largest welfare arm, helping women and children all over the country.
What does WIZO mean to you?
When I think of WIZO, a few words come to mind: Women, power, community, possibility, potential and opportunity.
WIZO means a lot to me. Before I became WIZO NSW Treasurer in 1998, I was WIZO Yaffa Treasurer for many years. In 2000, the GST came into effect and I was part of the computerisation of WIZO NSW. I continued to do WIZO NSW’s books for the next few years as a volunteer. In 2010, I became Treasurer of WIZO Australia at the same time as being Treasurer of WIZO NSW all while running my own pharmacy. Let’s just say it was a busy time!
Why is WIZO important today?
Truth be told, WIZO is just as important today as when it was first established. This is because there are still as many needy women and children in Israel who need our support, every single day.
Is there a WIZO function or event that stands out in your mind? Why?
Our WIZO Yaffa group had the most amazing events. We had mock bar mitzvahs, mock weddings, we had a mock debut, musical productions just to name a few! We also always self catered, even for larger events at the then Hakoah club. We did it all.
However, I’ll never forget our recipe sharing. We’d all cook one recipe and the food always turned out differently!
What would you tell someone who was unsure about becoming a WIZO member?
I would implore them to join and become part of a highly relevant sisterhood. However, I would also tell them that they must be passionate about Israel because all we do is focus on the needs of Israeli society.
Tell us about yourself outside of WIZO – your family life, work life, other interests.
Outside of WIZO I lead a very active life. Between volunteering, grandparent duties and the pharmacy, I’m always busy!
Is there a WIZO project that you have a particular interest in? Why?
Every WIZO project is important in its own way, depending on the needs of Israeli society. We all play our part supporting and, for me, no one project is more important than another.
Is it time you became a WIZO woman too?