Glen Innes was the venue for the AGM of the Northern Tablelands CWA (Country Women’s Association) group on Tuesday, October 16 where a new group executive committee was formed for the year ahead.
As well as Glen Innes day and evening branches the Northern Tablelands group takes in branches in Tenterfield, Guyra, Ben Lomond Armidale, Kellys Plains/Dangarsleigh and Deerbal (near Dorrigo).
Glen Innes Severn mayor Carol Sparks welcomed 45 branch officials, members and guests from other groups to the Cameron Memorial Church for the AGM, before minister Gary Walker provided the prayer.
In the agenda were updates on state initiatives such as the success of the two-year campaign to remove the so-called ‘tampon tax’, the instigation of ‘virtual’ branches to keep pace with the times and the demands on the modern woman, and the CWA’s drought fundraising efforts.
Guest speaker Senior Constable Fiona McCormack provide some insight into her work as a police youth liaison officer. She contrasted her working environment coming from inner-Sydney Redfern to a rural area, and the challenges everywhere of drug use and homelessness.
She said there were similar challenges and problems like ICE addition in both settings, with one no better or worse than the other.
Catering was provided by local members and was, of course, delicious. Barbara Timm’s Scottish dance group, accompanied by a piper, provided the entertainment.
The executive of the new Northern Tablelands CWA group includes Lorraine Sewell as president, Helen Rich as secretary and Dorothy Every as treasurer.
The international place of study for the coming year will be Papua New Guinea.
Glen Innes Day Branch president Betty Strong encouraged any local farmers struggling with the drought to apply for support of up to $3000 per household being offered by the CWA, to those who meet the criteria.
The Day Branch continues its fundraising activities, including manning a cake stall at the Men’s Shed car boot sale on the fourth Saturday of each month. A recent donation of $1500 to its sister branch in Totenham in central NSW will be distributed to needy farming families in the form of hamper vouchers, and stirred some raw emotion, according to Mrs Strong.
“We cannot say how much we appreciate what you’ve done for our community,” was the response from Totenham.