On the third Saturday of each month, the South West Rocks branch of the Country Women’s Association (CWA) holds a morning tea for the community at the CWA Hall in Landsborough Street, South West Rocks.
“It's a good social outing, the community helps us by showing up, and we in turn put the funds raised back into the community,” current SWR branch President Margaret Wright said.
“Its just $7 and people can have fresh sandwiches, scones, cakes, coffee and lots of other delicious treats, guests can eat as much as they like.”
“Generally we get around 35-45 visitors each month, its a good turn out. Everyone is invited, and its a fun morning.”
The South West Rocks branch history goes all the way back to 1928 when it was formed by Miss W. Landers who remained as the president through most of WWII. While the branch isn't the biggest, it still strives to support its community.
“We make an annual cash donation to South West Rocks Public School, support Sing Australia through donations, lay a wreath on the Anzac Day dawn service and bake ANZAC day cookies for the service,” Ms Wright said.
“We also make mother and baby packs for the maternity ward at Kempsey District Hospital, once a month the ladies visit cafes around town too, we do our best to support the local community,” she added.
Last months morning tea saw the CWA and the South West Rocks branch reach an important milestone.
“We turned 90 last month, 90 years of CWA,” Ms Wright said.
“The South West Rocks group turned 90 as well, we were the first group, so it was a big day for us, and the whole organisation.”
“The luncheon had 18 branches from across the region attend.”
Despite its long history, CWA is still growing as an organisation and keen to attract more members and visitors.
“Anyone is welcome to come along to a few meetings and see if they like it. We have fun, there are good social outings, the monthly morning teas and a quarterly magazine. You don’t have to be able to cook or anything like that, that is a common misconception,” Ms Wright said.
“Each year we study a country too, we try to get guest speakers in and learn about different cultures, next year is Papua New Guinea.”
Anyone wanting to get involved with CWA, attend the morning tea or find out more information can contact President Margaret Wright on 0408 215 396.
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