The Country Women’s Association (CWA) celebrated their 90th birthday at the South West Rocks Country Club yesterday.
Incoming group president Del Robson was excited to be able to celebrate the monumental day in the Macleay.
“This is a special day for us,” Ms Robson said.
The celebration saw a branch and group raffle, an SWR history table on display, along with a SWR trading table and Lucky Door prize.
Pastor Jeff Murnain, National CWA President Tanya Cameron, Mayor Liz Campbell and Mid North Coast President Margaret Bruest were all in attendance for the event.
CWA was first formed back in 1922 when country women were fighting against isolation and a lack of health facilities, since that time they have expanded into multiple branches with members of all ages.
“We are evolving with the times, which is one of the many reasons we attract younger members,” Ms Robson said.
In the years since its foundation, CWA has grown to become the most prominent women's organisation in Australia, and their numbers are increasing.
“CWA is one of the few non-profit organisations that are growing.” Ms Hunt said.
“We have nineteen branches at the moment, and one virtual branch in development.
“In attendance today are members from all 19 branches, including our new branch at Gladstone.”
Among their current responsibilities is distributing $5 million donated by Coles, which was made up of $2.5 million in customer donations and another $2.5 million from the supermarket.
“The money isn't for feed, hay or anything like that; it's all going to essentials, like food and paying for household bills.” Ms Jones said.
By all accounts, the event was a success, and CWA is set to continue its work well into the future.
“We had ninety people here today, plus one,” Ms Hunt said after the event finished.