Solid year for Gympie CWA

GYMPIE QCWA has had a good year, both socially and financially, members who attended the recently annual meeting heard.

The meeting was chaired by Gympie Forum Club member Joan Fuller.

The president's report noted members enjoyed the company of sister club members at many functions during the year.

President Sylvia said the Craft ladies had a lot of fun and achieved wonderful final products, as shown by results from the Gympie Show and QCWA divisional handcraft display.

She thanked all members for joining in to help at catering, Younger Set days and visits to other branches.

Divisional president June Finningham pinned badges on newly elected officers, president Sylvia Heeb, vice-president Elaine Redi, secretary Kath Groves, treasurer Lois Donald, international officer Lorraine O'Neill, press secretary Edith Mahoney and Younger Set supervisor Verna Hay.

Joan Fuller gave an interesting insight into public speaking at the Forum Club.

President Sylvia welcomed all to the August general meeting, especially visitor Kay from Victoria.

Very favourable comments came from all involved in the trip to Brisbane on July 20 to celebrate the branch's 85th birthday. A great day was had by all.

The Gympie members were welcomed to Brisbane by state president Marian and were shown around the new QCWA building by state archivist Norma.

The branch received a thank you note from the Special Care Nursery at Royal Brisbane Hospital, acknowledging the gift of Premmy Babes knitting which is one of the branch's ongoing projects. In Craft, most ladies are continuing on with redwork embroidery, and Kath Groves has been showing how to use crayons in embroidery this month.

The Younger Set girls fared well in the recent divisional handcraft display in Murgon, winning the Set display and taking out many individual sections.

Their fundraising raffle is doing very well, so the five girls going to leadership school in Abergowrie in the September holidays are getting really excited.

In the international report, members heard about the Tenrec, which is only found in Madagascar. This is the only insect-eating animal found on the island and resembles hedgehogs or echidnas (though more hairy than spiky). Their average litter is 14, but up to 36 babies have been recorded.

In news from the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW), Sahara Khaton, a lawyer specialising in criminal law and a dedicated voluntary worker for the welfare of women and children, has been appointed the first female Home Minister in government in Bangladesh.

Winner of the branch monthly raffle was Lois and Bloom of the Month winner was Elaine. Next meeting Wednesday, September 2.

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