Rotary Club of Somerville hosted a 'Women in Rotary High Tea' on Saturday, with a Hats and Handbags theme.  A glass of bubbles at the door set the tone (served by the only men at the event) as women arrived decked out in a huge variety of hats. 
A delightful celebration of women’s involvement in Rotary unfolded, with inspiring role models current DG (Malini), DG Elect (Ingrid), and past DG (Jennie) all present.  The request for attendees to bring a donation of good used hand bags and health and beauty items for ‘women in need’ was a great success, with a large pile of items amassed for Somerville to pass on.

The highlight was Nanogirl Dr Michelle Dickinson (MNZM).  She has a high profile in NZ encouraging and advocating for girls (and minorities) to consider careers in Engineering and Science and for her crusade to bring the fun of science into primary schools and homes.  She is totally engaging as a speaker and her personal story is surprising and moving.  It was a privilege to celebrate the work of women in the community with such a motivated role model.
Pictured: Robyn, Ruth (whose hat won a prize) and Michelle.
Article by Robyn and courtesy of St Johns Rotary’s bulletin.