CENTRAL VIC GROUP of the COUNTRY WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION
September Newsletter 2013
Another action packed three days at Lansell Road,
The meeting started with a Candle of Honour for Frank
Metzke. He had achieved wonders with simplifying the accounting, and with
sorting out the land tax CWA had been paying. The huge amount not only applied
to the Lansell Road property, but included about 50% for all the properties
held by CWA in the State. The current land tax has been paid, with a refund of
$118000 to cover overcharging for the last few years.
I have great admiration for Dorothy Coombe – she
reported on her first 100 days as State President – over 2000 emails and 15
disasters – mostly with the Lansell Road property (bits of the roof blew off,
hot water pipes leaked, sewerage problems). Dorothy was very good at making
sure all the representatives from the Groups were heard. You can all rest
assured that any items you want discussed will be.
Now that we are nearing the end of our New Zealand adventure
the next destination has been voted on – MONGOLIA. The theme for 2014 is
“Challenging Perceptions, Changing Lives”. How
about that for food for thought? We can apply it to ourselves to look at
things from another point of view; to our branches to try to see what the
community thinks of us. You will all come
up with ideas before the round of annual meetings, won’t you?
The bid to hold the 2019 ACWW World Conference has
been accepted at ACWW in London, a committee formed and a brochure produced. The
announcement of the successful application will be made at the World Conference
in India. The committee has to prepare a 15 minute segment to promote CWA in
Melbourne, Australia. WhileState
President Dorothy Coombe and Vice-president Machelle Crichton are in Chennai,
India for the conference the Immediate Past State President Carol Clay will act
in the position of State President.
CWA is represented on a lot of State committees. The
latest is Carers Victoria. Did you know that if you are caring for someone –
helping them to visit the doctor, or just being with them when travelling you
are entitled to free travel?
This service is
open to all carers – not just those carers with government assistance. Foodbank
Victoria’s representative is our State President, Dorothy Coombe.
THE ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW is the next big event. Contact CWA on 03 9827 8971 and leave a
message for Kaye Kyle if you can help out – volunteers were still needed for
the last few days of the show.
THE CHRISTMAS FAIR on 7th December at
Lansell Road would like donations of Christmas cooking etc.
THE STATE FAIR on
1st March 2014 is focussing on “Gardening for All Ages”.All the usual donations of produce, plants,
jams, cooking will be welcomed. There will be a stall for good quality second
hand gardening books and kids toys.
Plans and programmes are under way for the 2014 State
Conference in Geelong , and the next State Creative Arts Exhibition will be in
South Morang on 8th and 9th August 2014.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS – the next big item on our
agenda. I have been most impressed by the organisation of CWA. The two year
limit for president – of State, Group or Branch means that there is a continual
change in the way things are done – but not big changes. These new beginnings
every two years really keep the Association alive. The wisdom of having the
really hard-working secretaries and treasurers around for longer makes sure CWA
doesn’t fall in a heap.
Now is the time to start thinking about next year. All
office-bearers are elected for one year. The president may be elected for a
second year, but must have a year off before taking office again. The secretary
and treasurer may also be elected for a further year – up to a maximum of five
Nominations should be made by branch members and are
open until the AGM. This means no nominations or appointments are finalised
until the AGM. It would be quite good fun to have a vote or two.
Any branch executive formed must include ALL the
branch office bearers (President, Vice-president, Secretary and Treasurer) and
any other members appointed at the AGM. They can prepare the agenda and plan
events – but all their decisions must be ratified by the branch.
Now that I have seen just what can be accomplished
following the CWA rules and objects at State level, my aim is to see what we
can achieve together in the Central Vic Group.
Please try to send invitations 6 weeks before any
event (to me as well as the branches),
so that I can add them to a newsletter and try to make sure events don’t
Tuesday 10th September9.15 amMorning tea at Woop Woop with parents of children at the Harcourt Valley
Tuesday 19th November12 noonWhite Ribbon Day Luncheon at 3 Lansell Rod, Toorak.Bookings
Tuesday or Wednesday 28th or 29th
January will be our CENTRAL VIC FRIENDSHIP DAY to begin 2014 ay Maryborough.
Saturday December 7thState Christmas Cooking Fairat 3 Lansell Rd Toorak.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS
HeathcoteWednesday13th November12 noon
Sutton GrangeWednesday 20th
me if these need to be altered.
GROUP CONFERENCEThanks to all who helped make my first conference a great day out – not
the trial I thought it would be. It was a
greater trial for Allison and the Castlemaine Branchto cope with the catering – thanks
to those from other brancheswho
helped with trading table and raffle etc.The speakers were excellent. I thought the venue and the set-up for
lunch was terrific and I was really pleased that you all thought we should
start the 2014 year with a Group Friendship Day. Thanks to Maryborough Branch
for offering to host the day -
Results -Door moneyto Castlemaine Branch
Trading Table$19.00to Central Vic Group
THE FEBRUARY AGM AND HALF-YEARLY CONFERENCE will be at
– no fruit, and cooked in a cylinder tin
flowers – no more than 18cm in diameter
The Group Effort for the hospital:
knee rugs – mad of materials that are washable in very hot water.
2014 CWA DIARIES$7.50Please post any orders,
with a cheque made out to CWA Vic to me at P.O. Box 48, Harcourt as soon as
possible. I can then collect them at the ACWW Luncheon in October.
Anything left out I’ll put in next month’s newsletter.
Just a reminder about our Group
International Day – All Things New Zealand.
It is on Monday April 29th at
the Newstead Community Centre. Ten for a ten thirty start.
Each branch is requested to bring a
casserole, salad and slice, enough to feed the number of members and friends
attending from their branch plus three extras. We are hoping for an attendance
of approximately fifty on the day. [ Castlemaine is asked to bring French
sticks only and Newstead to supply fruit salad and cream only. ]
A display of N.Z. items will be decorating
the Centre, so please bring along any you may have. There will be a trading table;
so please bring lots of items, by way of craft, produce, baking, books and so
on. Let your imagination soar!
After a welcome by Newstead at !0.30 a.m. we will proceed to Branch volunteers talking
briefly on New Zealand. To help me coordinate this, could you please let me
know who will be speaking and their topic. Thank you
We will include our A.C.W.W.“Women Walk the World” at noon; so bring your
banners on the day to make our walk down the main street of Newstead a splash
of colour. I will make a banner to place
outside the Centre for public information and donation tins. Following the walk
we shall partake of our shared lunch.
We have an excellent guest speaker, Helen
Bissland, who will talk to us afterwards She has lived on Stewart Island;
which, if you check your N.Z. map, is just off the coast of the South Island near
Invercargill. She says, she welcomes questions, so have plenty ‘up your
sleeve’, as this is a place in N.Z. that will prove to be both unique and
fascinating. Afternoon tea will conclude the day.
Last but not least ---- please remember all
are welcome; so please bring a friend or family member along with you to share
in what will be a most enjoyable day.