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2 March, 2023

Gilgandra CWA News - February 21

By Hilda Newstead

(Back): Karen Marshall, Rebekah Makila, and Jennie White. (Front): Helen Oates and Brenda Yager. Photos supplied.

CWA president, Rebekah Makila, recently welcomed members and guests to our first meeting for the year held last Wednesday, February 15 at the CWA Rooms.

Although it’s hard to believe that we are in the New Year, the local group are looking forward to taking part in all facets of CWA life this year. Chairing the well-attended meeting, president Makila thanked all members for participating in the Australia Day Breakfast at what was a very successful morning.

A number of reports were also presented, including emails and other correspondence in the secretary’s report with Julie Sawley making the treasurer’s report.

Karen Marshall in the cultural report, said that she will provide the members with the cultural activities and calendar events at the next meeting. For the handicraft report; Brenda Yager displayed Cricut craft tags and proposed a Cricut machine handicraft session at our next meeting in March. She also explained the significance of the “Invisible String’ project.

The Land Cookery Report discussed members’ contributions to The Land Cookery Day to be held in Wongarbon which will include a butter cake, date and walnut loaf, sultana cake, and whole orange cake. In the publicity report; Helen and Hilda mentioned attending Gilgandra grant program announcements by state minister, Sam Farraway, as well the unveiling of the 100-year commemorative seat in Hunter Park that was covered in The Gilgandra Weekly, and the Country Woman’s Magazine.

For the international report; native bees were the topic of discussion. Australia has more than 1700 species of native bees, ranging from the spectacularly- large 24mm yellow-and-black carpenter bees, down to a tiny two-millimetres. Bees all collect pollen from flowers to feed their young; flies do not do this, although they may be seen eating pollen also.

General business:

The rooms remain popular as a venue for hiring purposes including for work skills/employment groups; government departments; exercise and safety classes for over 65s; and for ”Stepping On”; a seven-week community program for older adults which took place during December and January.

The meet heard that, the CWA Windmill Yarners and the local quilting group, meet there weekly. In other news, the CWA Gilgandra Branch, will attend the kiosk at this year’s Gilgandra Show.

Delegates from the branch will also be attending the 2023 state conference to be held in Bathurst. There no further business, the meeting closed at 9.15pm

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