Lo­cal CWA mem­bers pas­sion­ate but few

Isis Town and Country - - News -

CHILDERS’ rich his­tory has es­tab­lished many or­gan­i­sa­tions, all sup­port­ing those in need of as­sis­tance.

First opened in 1935, the Childers branch of the Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion wel­comed new mem­bers but within a few years the sup­port num­bers re­duced, forc­ing the branch to close.

It was more than five decades later the doors again opened, thanks to the hard work­ing ethics and de­ter­mi­na­tion of Edna Buck in 1991.

Mem­ber num­bers grew dur­ing the 90s, and the as­so­ci­a­tion’s du­ties in­cluded run­ning the talk­ing news­pa­pers back in 1992.

The cur­rent cot­tage and cosy home for the CWA on Cres­cent St was pre­vi­ously the meet­ing rooms for the Girl Guides and Brown­ies.

The Isis Shire Mayor dur­ing the early 90s was Bill Trevor and the com­mu­nity was hands-on in the restora­tion of the build­ings and the fa­cil­i­ties.

Last week the Bar­gara branch of the CWA went into cri­sis talks as the branch is at se­ri­ous risk of shut­ting its doors per­ma­nently, just as Childers could face the same fate in the com­ing months.

Sit­ting down with the cur­rent pres­i­dent of the Childers branch, Rosie Shut­tle­wood, you can feel her pas­sion for the CWA.

“We are loud and pas­sion­ate about our com­mu­nity and will do what we need to, to get the job done,” Mrs Shut­tle­wood said.

“We have all strug­gled one time or an­other and be­ing with the CWA can give you the sup­port you need.”

Childers CWA is strug­gling for mem­bers and the branch pro­vides the younger mem­bers of the com­mu­nity with a venue where they can learn to cook, do pub­lic speak­ing and to also take part in com­mu­nity projects.

“All de­signed to give a sense of civic and com­mu­nity pride and we need more sup­port for our com­mu­nity to con­tinue with serv­ing the lo­cals,” she said.

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