Embracing the rural life
QCWA rebuilds its foundations
MEET the future of the Queensland Country Women’s Association in the summer edition of Ruth magazine.
Do they fit your perception of the organisation?
These are young, smart professional women who live in rural, remote and urban areas of Queensland.
They embrace community service, personal development and retro domestic arts.
When architect Nikki Verrall moved from her home in Darwin to Mackay, she didn’t know anyone.
Having grown up with cooking, crafts and community she decided to join the local QCWA branch and see what it was like.
“Suddenly I had all these amazing surrogate aunts and grandmothers,” she said.
“It was good to have support in the community outside of work.’’
Now president of the Brisbane City Nights Branch, Nikki said the friendships and personal development were highlights of the organisation for her.
“If I’ve had a bad day at work, it is gone the minute I walk into a branch meeting,” she said.
“Everyone rallies for each other.”
This year marks the QCWA’s 95th birthday and the organisation’s state president Joy Coulson is under no illusion about where the future lies.
It depends squarely on young women taking up the mantle.
“In its heyday the QCWA boasted more than 20,000 members, making it one of the state’s most influential and respected organisations,” Mrs Coulson said.
“But natural attrition of up to 1000 per year reduced membership to 4000 in 2016,” she said.
A potential crisis has been averted with hundreds of happy, enthusiastic 20, 30 and 40 somethings demonstrating how to put a modern spin on this much-loved iconic organisation.
The summer edition of Ruth magazine features interviews with several young QCWA members who share their ideas about the future of the organisation.
Ruth is available at newsagencies throughout Queensland and by subscription, phone
All sales of Ruth magazine support the work of the QCWA in communities throughout Queensland.
YOUNG BLOOD: QCWA state president Joy Coulson, vice president of Brisbane City Nights Branch Rachael Hartikainen and president of Brisbane City Nights Branch Nikki Verrall.