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Jacinda Ardern to be Beamed In

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is just one of the influential women from around the world who will be beamed into a special Wangaratta International Women's Day event.

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The Rotary Club of Milawa Oxley is hosting a breakfast event at the Quality Hotel on March 8th, with the theme 'A Bold New World'.

Normally the Rotary International Women's Day event is held in Melbourne, but COVID restrictions forced it to go digital. This opened up the opportunity for local clubs to host their own events and stream the talks to women in the regions.

"Instead of COVID being a problem, it's actually become a bonus," says Melissa Hebbard from Rotary Milawa Oxley.

"It's just a way of spreading the event to a much, much greater reach."

The event will feature talks from various leaders in their fields, including Prime Minister Ardern, Chair of Australian Space Agency Doctor Megan Clark AC, and future Rotary President Jennifer Jones.

"Jennifer Jones is actually going to be the very first woman president of Rotary International," explains Hebbard.

"Rotary has been going for 116 years, so it's been a long time coming to get a woman to that position. Having her as President is just the most wonderful thing."

The club is encouraging women from around the region to come down and hear some of the great talks, and learn a bit about the work that Rotary does.

"I'm hoping that it might also make local women aware that there is Rotary out there, that we do wonderful things," says Hebbard, who has travelled around the world with her Rotary work. "It's just an exciting group of people to be involved with, it really amplifies your life being involved with Rotary."

Bookings for the event are essential, and can be made at

And for those who can't make it, the video is still available to watch online between the 9th and the 12th of March for a small fee. You can find it at

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