Looking back to move ahead
Big occasion The Katandra West branch and the Country Women’s Association Victorian chapter celebrated their 90th birthday last Thursday.
Ninety years of history of the the Victorian chapter of the Country Women’s Association and the Katandra West branch were celebrated last week.
Members from across the Eastern Goulburn Valley branches and beyond came together at the Katandra West Community Centre for the celebrations.
The day included the organisation’s famous morning and afternoon teas with members pulling out all the stops to celebrate the milestone.
Eastern Goulburn Valley CWA group secretary Gwenda Metzke Double delight . . . Margot Jeffery and Shirley O’Mear enjoyed a birthday of their own. Both women received badges for 40 years of service from the Katandra West CWA branch on the day. said the 100-strong crowd had plenty of fun.
‘‘I don’t think anyone was doing nothing, they were all talking and catching up. It was good to see,’’ Mrs Metzke said.
With old cookbooks and memorabilia marking the whole history of the CWA, the event was as much about looking back as looking forward to the future.
‘‘We really wanted to show off what we do and our crafts right through the day,’’ Mrs Metzke said.
‘‘All of our speakers pushed the point of how important the CWA is and what they do . . . It was a great day.’’
Former CWA president Helen Christie looked back through some history of the organisation. Clubs from across the Goulburn Valley were represented at the event.
CWA state vicepresident Bev Wall enjoyed the day’s festivities.
Catching up . . .
Changing times . . .
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Gathering . . .
Special day . . . Katandra West branch president Heather Palmer, Goulburn Valley group president June Walters and CWA junior member Taylor Clarke, 9, celebrated the milestone.
Tasty fare . . . June Walters enjoying many of the famous CWA treats on offer. Pictures: Rodney Braithwaite
Chatting . . . Potters branch member Della Metzke with Katandra West members Betty Opie and Norma Forbes.
Valuable knowledge . . . Decades of cookbooks and household tips were shared.