CWA meets for handicraft and cookery day

Carolyn Harris, Gundagai branch, Hume Group handicraft officer, with Patricia Herbert, Eurongilly branch, showing the Champion exhibit, a beautifully knitted garment by Jennifer Heard.

Members of Hume Group CWA met at the Junee Ex-Services Club for the handicraft and land cookery day and council meeting last week. 

President Jenny Birtles presented her president’s report, commenting how privileged she is to be president of Hume Group and State Representative in the centenary year of NSW, CWA. Jenny also mentioned this year as a year of tragedy in Ukraine and also the floods in northern NSW.

This year is a milestone for the Cootamundra branch who are celebrating 100 years, and 90 years for Hume Group. In 1935 there were 26 branches and 14 younger sets. The CWA Centenary book is now available and the CWA 100 year coin was recently released.

The State Social Committee are continuing working with many issues including homelessness, domestic violence, anti poverty and keeping women out of prison.

Gail Commens, ACWW (Associated Country Women of the World), South Pacific Area president, outlined some of the activities of ACWW. Gail has been involved with Zoom meetings and spoke of the changes occurring, with a new logo unveiled, with the aims and objectives remaining the same.

Sheridan Evans and Catherine Goodall, both Cancer Council community programme coordinators, outlined some of the work they are involved with. The Council is community funded and offers unique support for families and people with cancer. The focus is on research, and anyone can phone and speak with trained oncologist staff. 

Sheridan outlined several of the cancers, mentioning they are hopeful of eliminating cervical cancer with high school students receiving vaccinations and new testing procedures. Sheridan also spoke of the second most common cancer, bowel cancer, followed by breast cancer with the importance of screening. True Council offers transport to centres, accommodation, counselling and mammography units.

As NSW CWA celebrates its 100 year milestone, Hume Group have organised a lunch to be held at Illabo, as it’s celebration. Hats and gloves for “Pride in our Past” and oyster shell and pearls for “Faith in our Future”. The lunch will be held on April 20.

Agricultural and Environmental Officer Helen reported on the diversity at present in Australia, with floods, cyclones and storms, with no rain in parts. Helen spoke of the pleasure in harvesting her honey and her increased awareness of her surroundings and trees to plant.

Gail as cultural officer was delighted to report four Hume Group entries from Nangus Public School have been forwarded for state judging in a photographic competition. Also, digital posters on healthy eating from Memphis Lane and Emily Eyres in the 8 yrs and under section, and Connie Shimf and Angela Eyres in the 9-12 yrs section. 

The CWA International Committee, as reported by Tina, presented a $2000 donation to ACWW to go to the Women’s Empowerment Fund, along with annual membership to ACWW for the Nepal organisation, Solomon Islands. Rural Women’s Association, PNG Women’s Association of NSW, supporting those with limited resources to be members of ACWW.

International Women’s Day is to be held on March 8, celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of Women.

The 2022 theme is “Gender equality for a sustainable tomorrow”, recognising the contribution of women and girls around the world who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation and response to build a more sustainable future for all.

Handicraft officer and Gundagai branch member Carolyn Harris thanked her judge Shona Hando from Coleambally, her assistants and the participants. Some beautiful handicrafts were presented from six branches. The Champion piece was won by Jennifer Heard, a beautiful knitted garment. The Land and State trophy went to Eurongilly, and the Hume Group trophy was awarded to Bellarwi on points. The Hume group competition, a potholder, was won by Marie Root from Cootamundra branch.

Land cookery was disappointing with only two branches contributing. The judge Helen Robertson awarded the Bev Martel trophy for most successful and the Dolly Andrews trophy to Margaret Smith, Bellarwi.

Hume Group will meet for their council meeting at Temora on August 10.

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