THE resurgence of the Country Women’s Association is continuing with eight new branches opening in the south-west in the past 18 months.
Membership committee chairwoman Janette O’Keefe said the opening of evening CWA branches was proving popular with women who worked away from home during the day or had children in kindergarten or day care.
Evening branches had opened in the past 18 months at Allansford, Port Fairy, Koroit, Portland, Hamilton, Heywood and Dunkeld as well as a day branch at Timboon, Mrs O’Keefe said.
The association aims to keep the membership momentum going with information sessions this month to gather interest about establishing more evening branches at Coleraine and Terang.
The information session about forming an evening branch in Coleraine will be held on Monday, October 28, at 7.30pm at the Coleraine Primary School.
The session to form an evening branch in Terang will be on Wednesday, October 30, at 7.30pm at the Terang CWA Rooms, The Promenade, Terang.
Mrs O’Keefe said the 85th anniversary of the CWA of Victoria this year was proving to be an exciting new era.
The opening of evening branches across the state has been greeted with enthusiasm by women of all ages, with a new evening branch opening each week across the state in the past few months.
Mrs O’Keefe said the CWA was not “just another committee” but a vibrant, busy organisation offering friendship and personal development, as well as supporting communities with projects to improve the lives of women and children in both local communities and in developing countries.
“The fact that so many women have been members for 40, 50 and even 60 years is testament to the wonderful friends you make, and the fulfilment you achieve working with the CWA,” she said.
Members were able to extend themselves in areas such as craft, performing arts, cookery, photography and public speaking as well as leadership, Mrs O’Keefe said.
Each year it has a social issues theme with this year’s being “Family violence, what can I do?” It has facilitated workshops across the state on the issue, including one in Hamilton in June.
“We welcome all women who would love to come and join a group in friendship and support of community,” Mrs O’Keefe said.
The CWA also has junior branches that are also growing in number.
The junior branches teach young girls skills in handcrafts and cooking, and offer opportunities for them to participate in community support.