By Neil Wilson - Sub Editor for the Bribie Islander

Bribie Island Rotary Club.  International Womens day. Local Clubs and Groups

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On Sunday 4 March 2018, the Rotary Club of Bribie Island held its fourth annual High Tea to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), at Pacific Harbour Golf and Country Club. The 2018 International Women’s Day theme of #PressforProgress and Rotary’s 2017/2018 theme of “Making a Difference” were very apt slogans for the function.

Featured Image(above): The ladies from Sway with the models, Marjorie, Julie T,
Julie R and Sherryl

IWD was started by the Suffragettes in the early 1900’s and the first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911. According to the IWD Website, the day is recognised by communities all over the world – by governments, companies, charities, educational institutions, networks, associations, the media and many more. Whether through a High Tea, breakfast, conference, community gathering, classroom lesson or dinner table conversation, everyone can play a role in achieving gender parity.

Rotary was founded by Chicago attorney Paul Harris in February 1905, however, women were not admitted as members until 1989. Following The 1989 Council on Legislation vote to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide Frank J. Devlyn said “My fellow delegates, I would like to remind you that the world of 1989 is very different to the world of 1905. I sincerely believe that Rotary has to adapt itself to a changing world.”

Bribie Island Rotary Club.  International Womens day. Local Clubs and Groups

Members of the Rotary Clubs of Caboolture and Bribie Island

Today there are over 260,000 female members worldwide (22% of the 1.22 million members). Of the 36 members of the R C Bribie Island, 15 are women. 10 of our ladies attended the High Tea, together with 3 Rotarian wives and four members of the Rotary Club of Caboolture. The inspirational guest speaker, at the event, was Alanna Geary, Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Metro North Hospital and Health Services. Alanna spoke about her career and rise to the role of an Executive Director.

She said along the way there had been many falls but a leader learns from mistakes and setbacks and moves on. The inimitable Elvis Parsley had the ladies up and dancing and set the mood for the fun afternoon. Mary Anne Cannon and Keith Haigh from “Wings of Fleetwood” provided music throughout the afternoon.

Bribie Island Rotary Club.  International Womens day. Local Clubs and GroupsBribie Island Rotary Club.  International Womens day. Local Clubs and Groups

Guest speaker Alanna Hill and Rotarian Lyn Petrohilos(left) and Organisers Lyn Petrohilos
and Cate Palmer(right)

These three generous entertainers provided their services free of charge to support our worthy causes. Sway on Bribie provided the fashions for a very special fashion parade. The beautiful clothes were modelled by Sherryl Jennings, Julie Thomson, Marjorie Voss OAM, and Rotary’s very own Julie Robbins.

Raffle prizes and the lucky door prize were donated by local businesses. Nadine King from Fifth Avenue Collection had a display stand of her beautiful jewellery which attracted much interest. Proceeds from the day (just under $2,000) will go to Rotary International and “Look Good, Feel Better” (LGFB).

LGFB is a free community service program dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by cancer treatment. My sincere thanks to this year’s organisers Rotarians Ann France, Lyn Petroholis and Cate Palmer and Ella Chipperfield from Pacific Harbour Golf and Country Club.

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