CWA’s big book launch
Over 200 people witnessed the long awaited launch of Yarrawonga and Border Branch of Country Women’s Association (CWA) book ‘Mothers, Daughters, Friends’, voices of women from the Yarrawonga district, on Saturday, August 25.
A total of 123 writers took advantage of our local CWA Branch’s Untold Stories Project, providing an outstanding collection of stories.
Gathering in ClubMulwala’s beautifully decorated Endeavour Room, guests were thrilled at the detailed preparations by the project group under its leader Gillian Keppel.
Large, informative display boards of book contributors, acknowledgements, front and back cover book designs, and use of the original ‘Untold Stories’ banner with the familiar image of ‘Ida with the Twins’, were all in place.
The room demonstrated the input Yarrawonga and Border Branch of CWA has had in the community over the past 88 years.
Smartly arranged table settings complete with table mats designed by Gillian informed guests of the program agenda, the CWA Creed and the elements of belonging to the international Women of the World Organisation.
Upon welcoming guests, Gillian, who was Master of Ceremonies, thanked Calvert and Co. for their input into the initial preparation of the book, and to Dimi Kyriakou and Fiona Blick for their assistance.
Following the reading of the Motto, reflections on being part of the book project group were delivered by Sandy Gibson and Noel Hunt.
Standing in for State President Lyn Harris, Faye Glover spoke on her role as a state committee member as Associated Country Women of the World and Community Support Chairperson.
Special guest Rosalie Ham, who wrote the book’s foreword, spoke of her personal interest and involvement in Yarrawonga and Border Branch over the past four years.
She complimented the book’s storywriters, the branch and everyone concerned with the project team from its ‘Untold Stories Project’ to today.
The book covers were then unveiled by Rosalie to reveal the front and back covers of ‘Mothers, Daughters, Friends’ which were designed by Noel Hunt.
The front cover depicts a vintage panoramic image of Lake Mulwala and a portrait of the 20-year-old Margaret Browning painted by well-known Victorian painter W.B. (Bill) McInnes.
The back cover features the Sepia Image of World War 1 nurse Emily Jane Chappell, the doctor Audrey Wilkinson in black and white, and in colour, our own Bronwyn Taylor, the environmentalist.
Excitement bubbled over the high afternoon tea, followed by laughter, excitement, happiness, hugs, smiles and tears of joy. Book sales subsequently flowed at four table stations.
Our local CWA Branch expressed a huge thank you to ClubMulwala, referring to CEO Alan Rowe, directors and staff for thoughtful, outstanding hospitality to ensure the significant event was such a success.
Unveiling of the book covers was undertaken by special guest and author of The Dressmaker, Rosalie Ham.