The Country Women’s Association (CWA) is seeking new members to join this year. After beginning in 1924, CWA Canowindra has spent nearly 100 years working in the community.
“After the war, women were isolated from family support, so the CWA started as a social support organisation for women,” said secretary Christine McIlvain. “It then grew to be the place to go to learn new skills like cooking or sewing.”
The group has held on to its reputation as a cooking and handicraft group, though Christine says that the CWA is so much more than tea and scones.
“CWA now has a voice in parliament. At our conferences, we are able to put up motions. Our management committees then send letters and share opinions on certain things at a government level.”
Christine says that CWA’s influence on parliament focusses on issues facing rural people, upholding its original ethos as a group for the betterment of country communities.
The CWA routinely holds events that are open to anyone, including cooking competitions and handicraft activities. Recently, the CWA have been making reusable shopping bags to cut down on plastic waste.
The CWA meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at the CWA hall at 6.30pm. New recruits are always welcome.