THE end of the CWA year is drawing to a close, a time for secretaries and treasurers together with various office bearers to prepare reports.
Membership fees are also due on September 30 to branch treasurers.
The end of the year also concludes a most interesting year of country study of Timor Leste. Members and students who have attended schools both in the central west and throughout the state have now a greater understanding of its history culture, political structure and economy.
As one of Asia’s poorest nations, Timor Leste will rely on outside help for many years, the infrastructure is poor and the country is drought prone, however vast offshore oil and gas fields in the Timor Sea hold much potential.
The country of study for 2013 will be announced early in October.
On Monday, October 8, a visit to the Japanese Gardens has been arranged. Members and friends are asked to meet outside the gardens at 10.30am, a picnic lunch is suggested.
Following the gardens a visit to the Cowra Art Gallery has been arranged to view the Archibald Prize. Numbers are required so contact Helen on 6360 3159.
The central western group of CWA of NSW and the Rural Women’s Access Group are holding a barbecue outside Woolworths on Saturday, September 22.
Last Monday members from throughout the group gathered for a surprise celebration in honour of the group and branch patron Mrs Betty Wilson, OAM.
Mrs Wilson has been long and loyal member of CWA of NSW, as well as many other community organisations. It was her 90th birthday.
The Borenore Branch in recognition of her 90 years, donated $90 to the Orange Cerebral Palsy Alliance – another organisation in which Mrs Wilson is closely involved.
A luncheon to mark 25 years of the schools public speaking competition is being held on Tuesday, September 25, at the Patmos Gardens Cafe at 12.30pm.
The recent meeting of the Millthorpe branch begun with a minute silence as a tribute to long standing member Poss Dickson, a popular and hard working member of the branch she will be sadly missed.
Guest Speaker at the September meeting was Alana Benson, Chronic and Complex Care nurse who shared information about Tai Chi for arthritis classes which she has been conducting in the Millthorpe CWA rooms.
Alana also holds healthy lifestyle and gentle exercise classes for residents of the Blayney district.
Included in their recent meeting Jean Selwood displayed some traditional needlework, knitting, lace and crotchet work of Iceland and Scandinavian countries.
Cultural officer Susan spoke of “women in the Olympics”, telling how at the Paris Olympics women were only represented in golf, tennis and swimming.
Gradually they’ve been able to compete in more and more events, where in 2012 they competed in most sports.
Agricultural and environmental officer Lynne Suttie spoke of concern about Cubby Station being sold to the Chinese and also the Country Care Link, a service for country people needing assistance with health issues travelling to the city.
She also encouraged members to read “The Web”, a magazine brought out by the DPI.
The next meeting of Millthorpe branch will be its annual general meeting on Tuesday, October 2, at which Mrs Betty Wilson OAM will be guest speaker.
Nashdale branch is planning a high tea to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth 11.
Mr Don Peck will pipe a welcome and Mr. Bill Miller will recount his climb of Mt Kilimanjaro. This event will take place on Saturday, October 20, at 2pm at the Nashdale Lidster Hall. Cost is $10.
Tickets are to be pre-purchased from any Nashdale member or by contacting Shirley Mayfield-Moore on 6360 1036.
This should be a fun-filled afternoon; members of Nashdale branch look forward to your company.
At the recent meeting of Nashdale, members paused to remember and share some special memories of former member Mrs Evelyn Spicer, who passed away recently.