Streaky Bay branch celebrates 81st birthday

DEDICATION: Fay Kelsh was recognised for 70 years of CWA service and Jan Patterson for 50 years at the Streaky Bay branch's 81st birthday celebration last month. Picture: Supplied
DEDICATION: Fay Kelsh was recognised for 70 years of CWA service and Jan Patterson for 50 years at the Streaky Bay branch's 81st birthday celebration last month. Picture: Supplied

Thirty-eight members and visitors were in attendance as the Streaky Bay Country Women's Association branch celebrated its 81st birthday late last month.

Branch members from Streaky Bay were joined by those from Wudinna, Elliston and Lock in the Flinders Room at the Streaky Bay Hotel to enjoy the celebration, but unfortunately Ceduna branch members were unable to attend.

Branch president Helen Flanigan welcomed all and stated how lovely it was to be with other members and visitors.

During the afternoon Jan Patterson was awarded her 50-year badge, and her citation noted a long list of involvement at branch, group, division and state levels.

Meanwhile, Fay Kelsh was presented with her 70-year award, having started at a young age at Wirrulla.

Her involvement has been of great assistance at both branch and group levels - and still continues - and she stated, "what one puts in, one is rewarded".

She was also given the honour of cutting the birthday cake, which was very nicely presented.

Both ladies were very deserving of the recognition.

Lighthearted entertainment was the order of the day, with jokes and competitions causing much laughter.

The hotel catered very well for the day and both Helen and Sussan Bignell decorated the tables and memorabilia on display.

Ms Flanigan spoke about what CWA's aims were, as well as the organisation's assistance to rural projects through the emergency fund - there are many bows to CWA's apron strings in many fields.

Rae Brewster gave a brief insight into the beginning of the branch at Streaky Bay in 1938.

The Hospital Auxiliary was an active group of ladies and their president Erica Fleming and members amalgamated with CWA, and she became the first president.

Women were invited to come along and discover more about CWA.

Handicraft is another path of learning, and the motto of CWA is 'sharing and caring with action'.