For the first time, our Rotary club celebrate International Women's Day, as the Rotary Club of Tamar Sunrise has done in the north of the state for some years. We considered making it a celebration of Women in Rotary, but decided as 2020 was the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, we would take that as our theme and offer any proceeds to the Mothers and Babies Malaria Eradication project being managed by PP Jenny Kerrison. Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC launched the event and Her Excellency's husband Mr Richard Warner accompanied her. We invited the Hon. Ruth Forrest MLC to be our keynote speaker and several other Rotary and community dignitaries graced us with their presence and gave inspirational messages. Music performances were from the Tasmanian Medical Orchestra's string quartet and singer Avalon Teirney, accompanied by Iestyn Parry.
We were very proud of the promotional poster for the event, featuring many women members f Rotary from the south of the state, as well as our keynote speaker, The Hon Ruth Forrest, who is an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Wynyard. Thank you to Focal Printing in North Hobart for their sponsorship of the posters and to all the businesses and organisations which displayed one for us.
Thank you to all members of the club who assisted, all presenters, performers and guests. "Connect Over Canapes" was certainly a night to remember and we are indebted to our generous sponsors, White Lady Funerals, and our MC Jodie Lowe, Rotary Tasmania's Membership Director. More than $2000 was raised for Rotarians Against Malaria.