CWA celebrates its long history
SUPPORTING QUEENSLANDERS FOR 93 YEARS
THE Childers Branch of the Queensland’s Country Women’s Association (QCWA) held its annual meeting on Friday, July 31.
With formalities out of the way and the singing of two verses of the Australian national anthem, CWA members from across the region joined Childers as its annual reports were read.
Childers branch president Rosie Shuttlewood read her report to the members.
Her report was well-received by the members present.
Making the journey to Childers was State Vice-President Central Region Jan Street, who said it was a pleasure to make the journey to Childers.
“Our Childers branch truly does a lot of work for the community and I personally had to thank each and every one of them,” Mrs Street said.
Members congratulated Childers for its fundraising efforts and community support over the past 12 months.
Edna Buck, secretary of Bundaberg branch, gave congratulations to the Childers branch for keeping things going here so successfully.
“We help by joining other local support organisation such as the local ambulance, hospital auxiliary , Red Cross, SES, Neighbourhood Centre and women's domestic violence services,” she said.
“The QCWA is renowned for 'being there' in times of trouble and Childers branch has been at the heart of that support on many occasions.”
The CWA this year joined the Childers Festival, where the volunteers worked tirelessly serving tea, coffee and sandwiches to the hungry crowds.
Patrons had a comfortable seat in the shade and away from the noise of the festival.
As the CWA prepares to celebrate its 93rd birthday on August 11, the Brisbane City Council will light up the Story Bridge in blue, honouring the QCWA.
“We have been supporting groups for almost 100 years, and it’s all possible due to the volunteers,” Mrs Street said.
“Our membership numbers have decreased over the years, and branches have closed,” Mrs Shuttlewood said.
“We need more young women to join us, young mums, working mums, singles, groups of friends everyone is invited.”
The QCWA understands the busy lifestyles today, as many members raised families themselves.
“If you’re on your own, need a friendly ear, new to the area or a new mum needing support, please join us,” Mrs Street said.
It can be difficult being new to Childers and the CWA will make you feel welcome and assist you any way they can.
The Childers branch of the QCWA asks the community to continue supporting them for another 100 years.
QCWA: State vice president Central Region Jan Street, Bernice Maidment, Rosie Shuttlewood (Childers Branch president), Jaky Roberts, Rama Willis and Jan Taylor.
QCWA: State Vice-President Central Region Jan Street and Rosie Shuttlewood, the Childers branch president.