New president for Gympie QCWA

ELAINE Reid has taken up the reins as president of Gympie QCWA for the coming year.

She was elected at the branch annual meeting in July, along with fellow office-bearers, vice-presidents Maureen Perry and Gwen Ashford, secretary Verna Hay, treasurer Lois Donald, press secretary Edith Mahoney and Younger Set supervisor Margaret Ross.

Opening the August meeting, President Elaine welcomed 12 members, with special mention of visitor Debbie, and presented a birthday posy to member Clare.

An invitation to Tin Can Bay branch’s international luncheon was received, as was a postcard from member Kath, who is in the Cape York area and enjoying the weather up there.

Handcraft for August is still Canterbury cushions (made from stained glass window squares) or bring your own choice of craft.

The Younger Set girls have been busy with their international items for leadership school.

They have completed their painted tea towels, working on the embroidered one and also dressing a doll in typical Irish clothing.

These are three group activitie where different girls do parts of each item.

They are also making shamrocks from stocking fabric in an individual activity.

The girls had much sucess with their craft items as the divisional craft display held in Murgon in late July.

Gympie QCWA members also scored quite well at branch level without gaining a placing.

They can all be proud of their efforts.

The international report was all about the peat bogs of Ireland and the use of peat in providing 20 per cent of Irish electricity.

An average Irish home uses 12-15 tons of peat per year for warming as peat heats better than wood and about half as well as coal.

The Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) report was about rice growing in Sierra Leone in West Africa.

Women from a local CWA group in a poverty-stricken area have grown a bumper rice crop and are now helping two other groups to get started.

They can now hold their heads high because of their achievements.

Branch members will be busy again this month with two caterings.

This is building funds so the branch can donate to worthy causes.

The divisional annual meeting will be held at Kingaroy CWA Rooms on Friday, August 27, with five or six Gympie members attending.

The international display and competition will be in the morning, with the meeting after lunch.

Next meeting will be on Wednesday, September 1.

Women from a local CWA group in a poverty-stricken area have grown a bumper rice crop and are now helping two other groups to get started.

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