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QCWA celebrates joy of giving this Christmas

Sunshine Coast Daily
20th November 2016 5:16 AM
by Melanie Keyte

NEVER ones to sit still for long, the Bli Bli branch of the Queensland Country Women’s Association are gearing up for a holiday season based on giving.

Under their motto of “giving in kind”, a dozen determined ladies have been assembling hampers of toiletries, non-perishable foods, children’s toys and other Christmas necessities for homeless and women’s shelters in the area.

They’ve also been packaging sewing kits for women in Papua New Guinea in second-hand glasses cases, and are planning to host a garage sale on December 3 to raise funds for the year ahead.
Branch secretary Judy Dalgleish said their focus over the coming festive season was the act of giving.

“I think it’s giving that holds the community together,” she said.

“That’s what makes us a community and makes us people.”

Long-time member Esme also said the holidays were often a time of loneliness for many people, but it didn’t have to be that way.


“There’s no need to be lonely when we have groups such as the QCWA,” she said.

“We reckon we’re pretty strong women, but your preparations [for the likelihood of tragedy] are never enough.

“There’s always somebody who’s there to listen to you.”

Plenty is promised to be on offer at the garage sale, which will be held at 2/1 Cottonwood St, Mudjimba from 7am until noon.

Ms Dalgleish said funds raised will be contributed to the group’s kitty for “whenever we hear of someone doing it tough” in 2017.


Mount Isa officially establish a QCWA branch in the community

By Samantha Walton

QUEENSLAND Country Woman’s Association (QCWA) officially formed an independent branch in Mount Isa on Tuesday October 11.

After reopened as a sub-branch in April 2016, QCWA Copper City Mount Isa has found its feet again after closing 18 months ago.

A general meeting was held to establish the branch under the watchful eye of QCWA North Western Division international officer, Naomi Douglas.

The meeting was conducted by community member, Kim Coghlan, as nominations were called for the position of president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and international officer.

With one nomination for each position, Judy Martyr was elected as president, Moniqua Gorman was elected for vice president, Amy Ryder was elected as secretary, Yasmin Graffin was elected as treasurer. The position of international officer was not filled.

BRANCHING OUT: Secretary Amy Ryder, vice president Moniqua Gorman and president Judy Martyr. Photo: Samantha Walton.
President, Judy Martyr, said the North Western Division and the branch were both excited.

“I am happy to see the Copper City Mount Isa Branch grow and become a well established organisation in the community,” Ms Martyr said.

“Since reopening as a sub-branch we have gained 26 financial members which has assisted with our growth to a branch. We have worked really hard to get the branch formed and approved by the North Western Division.

“After the branch closed, we were able to open a sub-branch but this was run by the division. It was up to them to decide that we were committed to establishing the QCWA branch in the community again.”

QCWA Copper City Mount Isa have some fundraisers in the works to raise funds to refurbish the QCWA hall.

On November 26 QCWA will host a Christmas Cents Sale and draw the raffle for $10,000 prize money.

“The money from fundraising will help us paint the interior and exterior of the QCWA hall and a new kitchen,” Ms Martyr said.

If anyone is interested in joining the QCWA Copper City Mount Isa  the next meeting will be held at QCWA hall on Isa Street, Saturday October 22, 2pm . 


Crochet Teacup


You can’t get more QCWA then by making yourself a Crocheted Teacup for a party decoration! Check out what the talented ladies at Collinsville Branch created for their Mad Hatter Tea Party. Have a look at all their wonderful photos showcasing the event on their Facebook Page and don’t forget to download the instructions to make your very own Crocheted Teacup here.

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QCWA Cooking at the Ekka

By The Great South East

The Queensland Country Women’s Association has had a long and delicious connection to the Brisbane Ekka. Since 1922, the QCWA has manned a refreshment room at the Show – a tradition interrupted only twice, first by the outbreak of war and then because of renovations. The ladies who run the Refreshment Room, underneath the John McDonald Stand of the main arena, bake hundreds of scones daily on-site to meet the demand for traditional Devonshire Teas – up to 10,000 scones over the ten days of the show.

QCWA ladies are also well represented as competitors in the Cooking & Baking category of the Ekka’s Fine Arts competition. Last year, around 180,000 people visited the Fine Arts Pavilion to see the cakes, pickles, jams, scones and biscuits on show. On average, the RNA receives 850 entrants – this year they’re expecting close to 1,000.

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Girl Guides Are Raising Funds For The QCWA Public Rural Crisis Fund

Girl guides GaugeGirl Guides Queensland (GGQ) is partnering with the Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA) to assist our sisters and their families in drought affected areas.

The goal is to raise $30,000 from their various fundraising avenues, including the sale of those delicious Girl Guide cookies. This is part of their State Good Turn 2016.

Thank you Girl Guides, we appreciate all of your efforts and hard work!

For more information please visit the Girl Guides website

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Modern-day CWA: Young inner-city professionals keep long-running women’s group alive

By Jessica Hinchliffe at 612 ABC Brisbane

Meet a different kind of CWA group from inner-city Brisbane where members are solicitors and accountants by day and CWA members by night. The Brisbane City Night branch is bringing city women together for more than just scones and tea.

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Aurelia – A finished project

By Paula Surmon, Pine Rivers Branch

Sometimes, the hardest tasks we set ourselves are the ones that take the longest to finish!

Pine Rivers member, Kaylene Deagon has shared the progress of her cross stitch masterpiece “AURELIA” a design by Maxine Gadd. Kaylene sister bequeathed her a collection of cross stitches, frames and threads and from this, the project started in May 2014 and finished July 2016.

The pattern is 20 X A4 pages, 87 different colours, using 18 count Aida Cloth and measures 19” X 13” (48.5 x 33cm). Kaylene loves anything from the roaring twenties and the colours of this pattern incorporated lots of different greens, a colour Kaylene really likes. Plans are underway to have it framed and it will be hung in her formal lounge so it will be on show and admired every time Kaylene walks by.

So what does a person do with free time after finishing such a big project? More projects of course! Kaylene is currently crocheting a multi coloured rug and doing some “zenbroidery” which is like colouring in but done with threads and different stitches.

Congratulations Kaylene, a real masterpiece and an inspiration to us all to finish a project!

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