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A special CWA celebration

Patsy Caroll and Dulcie Graham cut the anniversary cake.
Patsy Caroll and Dulcie Graham cut the anniversary cake.

HAPPY smiles, lovely chats and delicious cake made the 95th anniversary celebration of Chinchilla's Country Women's Association a special day out, honouring the branch and all the women involved.

Since 1922, the Queensland CWA has been a prominent fixture in country towns.

From the humble beginnings of providing an organisation for women to overcome the loneliness and worry of isolation, it is now a society providing friendship and support to women across the country.

Chinchilla's branch was just the third branch that formed in Queensland, launched in 1922.

Branch president Patsy Caroll said she was excited to see everyone come together and celebrate the branch that many women before them had kept going.

"Dulcie Graham is one of our members that has been the longest with Chinchilla's CWA,” Ms Caroll said.

"She has been a member for the last 67 years and held various positions.”

Joan Ainsworth has also been a member of the QCWA for 67 years but was at different branches through the years.

Ms Caroll said the branch held various meetings throughout the year and celebrated international day, where they studied a different country each year.

"This year we studied Nepal - we had food from Nepal and a guest speaker who had been to Nepal and climbed to the base camp at Mount Everest,” she said.

"Next year we will be studying Germany.

"We also have CWA competitions each year in different crafts such as cooking, knitting, crochet, floral art, photography, hand craft and paintings.

"This year, artworks from Donna McIntyre and Laura Gothmann went to the QCWA state conference in Brisbane and both won prizes for their entries.”

Ms Caroll said the group had many activities women could get involved in and welcomed new members any time.

Chinchilla's CWA statement is: "Women from all walks of life are members of the QCWA and they join for a variety of reasons.

"The QCWA means something different to everyone and that's the way we like it.

"We invite anyone who wishes to be a part of our community to join.”

Topics:  country women country women's association dulcie graham joan ainsworth patsy caroll


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