Three new CWA branches formed in 2009
A third new branch of the Country Women’s Association was formed at Cowaramup in the south of the State on 28 May. Once again the interest to form the branch came from young women.
State President, Pam Batten and State Extension Officer ,Judy Scott met with prospective members at the beautiful Brookward Estate where a delicious afternoon tea was served. One could say it was synonymous with that of CWA members, but following the meeting all enjoyed a glass of wine compliments of the Estate.
There was plenty of enthusiasm from those in attendance, including two grandmothers who wished to join with their granddaughters in establishing the new branch. The name of the new branch is the ‘CWA Cow Belles’ and the seven members joining at the inaugural meeting look forward to planning branch activities.
These members hope that as a group they will be able to interact with the three established branches in the Margaret River area. One suggestion was that they meet for dinner every few months and exchange ideas whilst enjoying time out together.
If you are interested in joining the Cow Belles contact details of the office bearers can be obtained from the Association’s Head Office. The Cow Belles CWA welcomes young mums with children.
On the 23rd April over 20 young women came together to elect the office bearers of their new CWA branch the ‘CWA Perth Belles’.
Jo Hawkins, initiator of the branch and the young lady largely responsible for bringing the group together, was elected as inaugural branch President. Within a two month period Jo developed a website, set up a blog page and through Facebook had 60 women interested in finding out more of the work of the Country Women’s Association in WA.
A well known bar in Murray Street was the venue chosen for the first “face to face” meeting.
CWA State President, Pam Batten and State Officers, Pat Twiss and Judy Scott attended this function and introduced them to the many facets of the Association. The women were assured that there would be an area within CWA to stimulate their interest as well as an opportunity to make new friends.
Check out their website at http://www.cwasouthernbelles.org
An excited and enthusiastic group of young women met with State President, Mrs Pam Batten and the General Secretary at Kununurra on 1 April 2009 to form a new branch of CWA of WA.
With the help of newly elected President, Suzi Silvester, members “brain stormed” to decide on activities they would like to focus on throughout the year. These included forming new friendships, having fun, raising funds for CWA projects and their community by participation in local community activities and providing for identified needs in the community. One need identified was a means whereby women could get to know others on arrival in their new community which the new branch will take on board.
They plan to meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month, 6.30 pm at the Ord River Sports Club and welcome visitors passing through during the tourist season.
We look forward to hearing more from “the Ladies of the Ord” about their activities!