Women save the QCWA
WOMEN of Biggenden and surrounds have taken up the challenge to keep the doors of the Biggenden QCWA branch open.
Everyone agreed it would be a tragedy for the town if the branch was forced to close after 88 years due to the lack of an executive.
As someone said, “It is the heart of the community.”
Degilbo friends Julia Young and Wyn some Wendt said they couldn’t sit back and see it close but weren’t sure what to do.
They put their heads together and decided they were willing to take on a position as so many organisations used the rooms.
Mrs Young, who was away on the day of the annual meeting last Thursday, wrote a letter to say she was willing to take on a position. Many other women in the community were of the same opinion and on the day 12 members signed on the dotted line and joined up.
As the meeting progressed and nominations were called to fill the executive positions, willing hands were raised and each position was filled. Mrs Young was elected president, with Ms Wendt and Aileen Miller as her deputies, new mum Michelle Radel as secretary, Margaret Stradmann as treasurer and Claire Blacker as international officer.
It was a relief for outgoing president Nancy Brady, who before Thursday’s meeting was the only member left.
A member for 42 years, Mrs Brady said it was the hardest letter she had ever written to the Burnett division president to say her branch had no nominations.
That president, Bernice Maidment, said it was pleasing the branch would now continue.
“Phone conversations with Nancy over recent weeks have had me scared an executive wouldn’t be forthcoming,” she said.
Irene Hamilton, of the Howard branch, paid tribute to Mrs Brady on the way she had held the Biggenden branch together.
“You are a true CWA member,” she said.
CHALLENGE ACCEPTED: Outgoing president Nancy Brady (sitting left) was the Biggenden QCWA’s only member before its annual meeting but now its future looks bright thanks to a further 11 coming forward to keep the doors open.