Women save the QCWA

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

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.

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