CWA’s big book launch

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

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.

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