Established between 1910-20 the Tasmania branch continues today, bringing people together locally and more recently with a 'twinning' scheme with the Bournemouth Branch in the UK.
The Tasmania – Bournemouth Twin Branch Programme evolved from a perceived need to address the Tasmania branch’s relative isolation from ROSL headquarters and other ROSL branches. The main objective is to create and build on social and cultural links between two branches, with differing cultural backgrounds, along with fostering friendships and goodwill between members from the two branches.
We have built on initial links facilitated by the Director-General through the Bournemouth Branch hosting a Tasmania branch member at a coffee morning in 2015, exchanging information about the respective branches through electronic means - particularly with presentations, sharing newspaper articles about social and cultural activities and events from local newspapers that are of interest to respective branch members, exchanging books about Tasmania and Bournemouth with each other.
It is envisaged that more member visits will take place in the future, along with increasing sharing of information, and friendships between branch members will also develop with reciprocal visits and hosting from members of each branch.