Myrtle­ford CWA turns 90

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - BY TATE SPI­TERI

ONE of the Vic­to­ria’s oldest Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tions groups, will cel­e­brate its 90th birth­day next week.

The Myrtle­ford CWA will mark the mile­stone with an af­ter­noon tea and cake cut­ting next Mon­day.

The club’s sec­re­tary Joyce McDon­ald said the state pres­i­dent would also be in at­ten­dance for the event.

“Our Myrtle­ford branch is as old as the state CWA, not many are 90 like us, there are a few 80 but not 90,” she said.

“We are pretty old now, down to about 10 or 12 mem­bers, but most of us have been in­volved a very long time.

“I was part of Beech­worth CWA from 1945.”

Many of the group’s mem­bers have trans­ferred from around the state, form­ing long-time friend­ships.

“I think it is pretty spe­cial the rich his­tory,” Ms McDon­ald said.

“It’s a club to keep women oc­cu­pied and in­ter­ested, we have made some great friend­ships through CWA, I am go­ing down to Mel­bourne soon to meet women I met through CWA all over Vic­to­ria across the last 30 years.”

The group have also made out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity with an ar­ray of do­na­tions, many unan­nounced.

“I was a group pres­i­dent when the fires went through and I went out to af­fected prop­er­ties and found out the things they needed,” Ms McDon­ald said.

“Whether it was grass or fenc­ing we all get to­gether with other CWA’s and made a big fund to help out where we could.”

The group also funded the pan room at the new Myrtle­ford Hospi­tal when it first opened.

“If we can give $100 to a can­cer ap­peal and Beech­worth and all other places can too you add that up and we can pro­vide a big ma­chine,” Ms McDon­ald said.

MILE­STONE: Myrtle­ford CWA pres­i­dent Joyce McDon­ald cuts a cake to mark the branch’s 85th birth­day in 2013. Next week the group will cel­e­brate its 90th an­niver­sary.

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