Connecting Women Across Queensland
We are the Queensland Country Women's Association.
We are women joined in friendship, and in our strong desire to help others.
We are women of all ages, from different backgrounds and with different life experiences.
We respect and support each other, and we value the individual.
The QCWA is opening new branches, sub-branches and social groups. You are most welcome to come along and enjoy the connection, friendship and activities. If you live close by to these areas, why not give us a call?
Our new Wynnum Bay Belles Branch are shown here at their Dirty Dancing night.
Ravenshoe Branch held a Monster Cent Sale to raise much needed funds for the victims of the recent Ravenshoe Café disaster. Jan McCarthy, Branch Vice President said, "Our little town of around 900 people has been shattered by the sad news of the deaths of two of our well-known characters around town and the dreadful injuries suffered by another 18 people from our community." The people who attended the Cent Sale had an afternoon of laughter and some time to talk. The entire business community got behind our efforts and donated a wide range of wonderful gifts for us to sell. QCWA couldn't have done this without them. Ravenshoe members cooked up loads of delicious treats for afternoon tea and a good time was had by all. The Monster Raffle Prize was a convection microwave oven, donated by the clocal Mitre 10 hardware store. $3,225 were raised for the victims; a great effort for such a small branch. Pictured is Alice Grinstead (Branch President) thanking the participants for their attendance, support and donations.
Dear lovely ladies at the Queensland Country Women's Association
I am a member of the Rotary Club of Port Moresby and recently we unpacked a container which had boxes and boxes of books and birthing kits. Most of it went to people who are working on the Kokoda Initiative so will end up in villages and aid posts along the track. Some of the birthing kits will go to Alotau Hopsital. I can not tell you how much the work you have done and what you have sent up, will be appreciated. A recent study showed that 41% of clinics received NO funding at all in 2012, so things like birthing kits are worth their weight in gold to the people. And the books are also really needed; many schools have no books at all. This is a personal rather than an official 'thank you' but I recognise all the work that went into preparing the kits and packing them and could not let it go without a heartfelt thank you.This photo is one of all the gear being unpacked by Kristine Seko of the Kokoda Initiative. I have asked her to mention the work of the QCWA in her newsletter so hopefully you will get the recognition you deserve.
Yours sincerely and thanks once again
Here, a new North Mackay Branch member, Nikki Schulz presents a resolution for change at the Northern Region Meeting. These resolutions are often presented, discussed and debated with the State Premier, State Ministers, State MPs, the Prime Minister, Federal Ministers or Federal MPs. These resolutions often present the views and needs of people living in regional, rural and remote Queensland. QCWA has many younger members, with well-formed opinions. We welcome and value their input.
QCWA's 93rd birthday will be celebrated on 11 August. This year, the 'Not Just Tea and Scones' celebrations will be very special in Brisbane because the City Council has agreed to light up the Story Bridge – BLUE - in QCWA's honour. To celebrate and view the lights, State Office is organising a walk across the bridge and a drink or dinner at the other end. It's just a casual fun event so you'll need to pay for your own drinks and/or dinner. Please contact the State Secretary on 3026 1220 or firstname.lastname@example.org to advise if you'd like to join us.
The QCWA is seeking new members who want to have fun, meet new people and hopefully help those less fortunate in their community. Bring along your friends and colleagues; you might even consider setting up your own branch. We encourage all members to participate at the level they feel most comfortable. You don't have to be invited to join! So, if coming along to a meeting once a month is all the involvement you want, that's perfectly fine. Read more.
For nearly 100 years, we have actively helped women and their families in crisis, whether from natural disaster or personal crisis. In 2013 and 2014, we helped over 600 families with accommodation or financial assistance enabling them to recover, rebuild and get ahead.
Please help us to help others by donating to our Public Rural Crisis Fund. Read more.
The Ekka is fast approaching, and there's now a frenzy of activity until our Eats and Treats café opens between 6-16 August. We've been at the Ekka since the 1920s (can you believe!) The newly-named café will be manned by members and volunteers from near and far. Fabulous fresh food, drinks and the ever popular Devonshire teas will be served to customers from all over Australia. This year, we'll have random specials to keep us on our toes too. Cheesy burgers and gourmet pies to name just two. This year, our prices are still family-friendly. The South Coast Division Catering Committee comprises a small group of ladies (pictured) who orchestrate this mammoth event every year. It can be hectic but, at the end of every day when we look over what has been achieved, it's mind blowing. Visitors come back year after year to support the QCWA, catch up with friends and let us know they love what we do. So...please drop in to see us again this year!
(THANK YOU TO FUN OVER 50 TRAVEL & TOURS who kindly donated their gold class coach.
The QCWA State Executive and 35 members have returned from their seven day trip through the drought stricken west, where they offered financial assistance and support to those in need. The bus left Brisbane on 26 June and travelled through Toowoomba, Miles, Roma, Rolleston, Emerald, Alpha, Barcaldine, Ilfracombe, Longreach, Winton, Blackall, Charleville, Mitchell, Morven, Chinchilla and Dalby - with many other stops on the way through.
Image: Blackall members came into town to meet with the ladies.
21 August - Crotchet (Beginning and Beyond) 9.30am – 3.30pm at Ruth Fairfax House, 89 Gregory Terrace, Brisbane More information here
3 September - Gympie/South Burnett Division - Handcraft finals at Murgon QCWA rooms, with judging on Thursday 3 September. The exhibition will be open to the public on Friday 4 September at 10am. Entry is a gold coin. Morning tea comes with entry, and lunch is available. Come along and enjoy the crafts, have a cuppa and a chat with the ladies.
28 November - BushKids
The Bush Children's Health Scheme (BushKids) is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. Because of our long history, we have been asked to celebrate with them throughout 2015. QCWA will be hosting a joint community breakfast on Saturday 28 November. The aim is for the breakfast to be held at the same time and same date in all towns and districts across Queensland. Can we set a new Guinness Book of Records world record for the most breakfasts held at the same time? Would you like to join us?
QCWA members are renowned for their great cooking. Members and non-members can participate in QCWA competitions. Read more
Make a child's small cot or bassinet quilt, or a wall hanging for a child using colours of burgundy, pink and green. Read more.
Members and non-members can enter in the following categories: Still life; Landscape; Contemporary. Read more.
Members, non-members and children (up to nine years and ages 10-15 years) are welcome to enter in 11 categories. Read more.
Young Leaders 'Leadership School'
(26 September-1 October 2015)
Get your children involved in a week-long fully-supervised camp on the Sunshine Coast where fun and learning are the priorities. Click here to learn more about the Young Leaders and how they can join up.
Northern State Vice President Meg Trimble and the State President will be attending the Annual Meeting and 50th year celebrations of the Mingela Branch in the Northern Division in July.
Central State Vice President Jan Street will be visiting the branches in the Central Highlands Division for their annual meetings.
The State Executive attended a breakfast hosted by the Premier for the release of the findings of the Domestic Violence Taskforce led by the former Governor General Quentin Bryce.
State Vice Presidents Jan Street and Maria Keys and the State President Robyn McFarlane attended the Gladstone Mayoral Ball to see our Young Leader group featured as a recipient of the fundraising evening. $110,000 was raised on the night and Young Leaders will receive 30% of this towards special programs and equipment.
Thank you TIM HORRELL of Horrell Lawyers for your ongoing support of the QCWA!