Trangie branch of the Country Women’s Association recently hosted the Far Western Group Council meeting with delegates travelling from Enngonia, Brewarrina, Cobar, Nyngan, Warren and Narromine to attend.
The meeting was opened by Group president Mrs Carolyn Egan and local branch president Mrs Margaret Wood welcomed the visitors to Trangie, wishing them an enjoyable and productive day.
The handicraft judging which formed part of this meeting, attracted a great deal of interest and inspired the judges to comment on the quality of the work presented.
Enngonia branch was successful in gaining the most points and was awarded the Hall trophy while an article entered by Mrs Glenys Church of Warren was judged the best entry made from all natural fibres.
Education is high on the CWA agenda and as a means of assisting students in the Far Western area, scholarships are granted each year to successful applicants.
Application forms will be available from branch executive in mid-July with applications closing at the end of September.
Public Speaking has been gaining momentum over the past few years and is quickly becoming an important event on the Association calendar, providing school children with an opportunity to improve their research skills, express themselves and their ideas clearly, confidently and articulately, thereby gaining confidence and self-assurance.
Currently children from twenty-nine schools in the region are involved in this initiative.
The Group competition will be held at Narromine RSL on Tuesday, May 28 and will be followed by the Inter-group competition on June 25. These events are open to the public.
The CWA has been active in drought relief, dispensing in the vicinity of $9,000,000 to farmers in drought affected areas of New South Wales.
The next Group Council meeting will be held in Warren on August 6 and the Group Cultural Day will be held at Nyngan on August 24 with a 1970’s theme.
The Nita Dewhurst poem, (25 lines including the title) for this year is titled “A Happy Day”.
With the centenary of the founding of the Country Women’s Association approaching, discussions are being held regarding ways and means to re-ignite interest in the purpose of the Association and re-establish enthusiasm for an organisation that, in 1922 adopted an agenda to improve the living conditions of rural Australians and that is today, still the largest women’s organisation in the country.