Far Western Group welcomes CWA state president

The Far Western Group of the Country Women's Association hosted its annual general meeting last month.

The meeting took place at the Streaky Bay RSL Hall, with president Shirley Mahar welcoming four Ceduna members, seven Streaky Bay members and a special welcome to state president Roslyn Schumann.

There were apologies from group handicraft secretary Claire Collins and Mary Fox of Ceduna, plus eight Streaky Bay members.

Three former members were remembered - Joy Stott of the Ceduna branch, Erica McInnes from Wirrulla and Streaky Bay, and Pat Gurney from Coorabook.

Susan Bignell has been named the new Far Western Group president for 2019-20, with a secretary to be announced.

Continuing in her role of floralcultural officer is Faye Kelsh, while Claire Collins continues as the handicraft secretary.

The Ceduna branch will host the table day in the Ceduna RSL Hall on Tuesday, September 24.

Ms Schumann was present as a guest speaker and she spoke about CWA since it began in 1929.

Mount Gambier was the first branch to open in that year, while others to form in the early 1930s included Minnipa, Kimba and Ceduna.

She spoke about the Autumn Fair which raised $10,000 and the lunch that launched the rose to celebrate 90 years of CWA in the state, while noting that the apple recipe book which was launched had proved to be very popular.

Ms Schumann said she had taken her companion 'Mary bear' to all group meetings and functions in 2019 to celebrate 90 years of CWA in South Australia - Mary Warnes first started CWA.

On October 29 there will be a SACWA dinner to celebrate 90 years at the Royal Coach Motor Inn at Kent Town in Adelaide, with the annual general meeting to follow over the next two days.

The Streaky Bay branch provided morning tea and lunch and Ms Mahar thanked everybody for attending.

Kath Dunn presented Ms Schumann with a scarf and thanked her on behalf of the group for attending and being the guest speaker.