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.
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.
Burnett ladies enjoyed themselves at the Cowboy evening, June 2015.
Members walked to the venue, welcoming everyone to the Northern Region Meeting held in May 2015.
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.
Women in a small outback Queensland town have reached into the depths of their wardrobes to show off their wedding dresses, some of which have not seen the light of day for many years. The event - a bridal spectacular and high tea - was organised by the local Queensland Country Women's Association branch as it continues its push to attract members of all ages. Many of the women said it was an emotional experience to reflect back on their big day.
The QCWA is opening new branches and sub-branches. If you live close by to these areas, why not give us a call?
Our new Mt Colliery members are shown here at their community's 2015 Anzac commemorations.
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.
Who would have thought a small gesture back in 1918 would eventually become an institution for the community of Port Douglas, their veterans and QCWA?
In 1918, following the Great War's end, the ladies of Port Douglas began holding a free morning tea for the returned servicemen as a thank you for their service to the country. As regular remembrances were established, such as ANZAC Parades, this small gesture became an integral part of the ceremonies. Many of these ladies became the founding members of QCWA Port Douglas Branch.
The tradition has continued every year since, with the members of the Returned Services League, Veterans, Defence personnel and all Emergency Service Volunteers invited back for morning tea to the QCWA Hall following the March and Wreath Laying Service at the War Memorial in Rex Smeal Park. This year (97 years later), Jill Thoroughgood (standing in for Branch President Jenny Neilson) received the Spirit of Service Plaque from the Returned Services League Mossman for that continued service to the community.
(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.
Congratulations Isabelle Kearsley from Rosewood Branch, awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia general division in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for her tireless service to the community of Rosewood. We are very proud of you, Isabelle!
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!
10 July - Centenary Sub-Branch is holding a Trivia Night from 7.30pm at the Jindalee Bowls Club. Cost $10 per person. Raffle and prizes are available. For more information, click 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.