MEMBERS and supporters of Beaudesert's Zonta Club gathered today at the RSL Services Club on William Street in celebration of International Women's Day.
The annual event, which normally attracts about 80 attendees, this year hosted 91, including three men.
Guest speakers included Zonta district governor Bridget Mather, who arrived from South Australia to attend the luncheon and spoke about the contributions of Zonta to improving the lives of women and girls locally, across Australia and internationally.
The main speaker at the event was singer and author Sue Wighton, who was on hand with copies of her recently released book, Accidental Writer.
Ms Wighton delivered a light-hearted but moving talk about feminism, true beauty and ageing gracefully.
She entertained the audience with several songs, all of them in keeping with the spirit of International Women's Day.
Also taking to the podium was Beaudesert-nominated Sunuri de Silva, recipient of a Zonta International JMK Women in Business Scholarship in 2020.
Ms de Silva graduated from Griffith University with a 6.7 grade point average in finance.
"I arrived in Australia from Sr Lanka three years ago to pursue my higher education," she said.
"This scholarship is important to me because I hope to educate and advocate for female empowerment in finance.
"Females are under-represented in the finance industry and I want to advocate for financial literacy in schools for girls as well as boys.
"This scholarship is a good foundation and starting ground. I hope to help close the gap in financial literacy among women and encourage more women to take on roles in the finance industry."
After dessert came the multi-draw raffle and the moment everyone had been waiting for since spring- the drawing of the raffle for a hand made quilt created by Beaudesert Quilters Shirley Balmer and Faye Murphy, donated to Zonta last year.
The quilt was won by Renee Duff.