The Aim of the Association shall be to improve the well-being of all people, especially those in country areas by promoting courtesy, cooperation, community effort, ethical standards and the wise use of resources.
Honour to God,
Loyalty to the Throne,
Service to the Country,
Through Country Women,
For Country Women,
By Country Women.
I would be true, for there are those who trust me;
I would be pure, for there are those who care;
I would be strong, for there is much to suffer;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare;
I would be friend to all – the foe – the friendless;
I would be giving and forget the gift;
I would be humble for I know my weakness;
I would look up – and laugh – and love – and lift.
We say thank you as we gather for the food before us here.
For the hands that gave, in service and the friends with whom we share
Thank You for the day, and hour, times gone past and times to be.
For the goodness of this country we give thanks, our God to Thee. Amen.
SONG OF PEACE
This is my song, O God of all the nations,
A song of peace for lands afar and mine.
This is my home, the country where my heart is;
Here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine.
But other hearts in other lands are beating
With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.
My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean,
And sunlight beams on clover leaf and pine.
But other lands have sunlight too, and clover,
And skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
O hear my song, O God of all the nations,
A song of peace for their land and for mine.
MARY STEWART COLLECT
Keep us, O Lord, from pettiness; let us be large in thought, in word and deed.
Let us be done with fault finding and leave off self seeking.
May we put away all pretence and meet each other face to face,
without self-pity and without prejudice.
May we never be hasty in judgment, and always generous.
Teach us to put into action our better impulses, straightforward and unafraid.
Let us take time for all things; make us grow calm, serene, gentle.
Grant that we may realise that it is the little things that create differences;
That in the big things of life we are one;
And may we strive to touch and know the great human heart
common to us all; and O lord God let us not forget to be kind.