EXPANSION: QCWA state team leader for new branches Christine King.
EXPANSION: QCWA state team leader for new branches Christine King. Contributed

New QCWA branches pop up to delight of state leaders

THIS week, Christine King, state team leader for new branches writes:

"It is very exciting news for QCWA to announce activities of launching a new branch and two new sub branches in southern region recently.

The opening new branches has been a four year project I have developed and tweaked along the journey.

In greater Brisbane, my own division, we have new branches at Wynnum Bay Belles and Brisbane City Night, both of these branches are night meetings.

We have sub branches launched at Centenary (night) Sandgate (day) and Samford Night Owls (Night).

Sandgate will be moving to Branch in the new financial year.

"This will give the Greater Brisbane Division three new branches over this period.

Groups are at Toowong, Mango Hill, both day groups and Kenmore Twilight and Burpengary Green Wattles both night groups.

It is exciting to advise that the Kenmore Twilight and Burpengary Green Wattles Groups are launching as sub branches this month.

Mentoring these groups has been a wonderful experience - meeting new ladies interested in becoming members of CWA and the skills and interests they bring to share.

Mentoring involves attending all these meetings and giving encouragement as they promote their group in the community to gain new ladies and sharing the CWA experience.

Each of the groups launching have achieved fifteen members and been involved in division events, workshops and community engagement.

They have held fundraising events to ensure they are solvent to pay accounts that will arise as they move forward within the association.

The excitement in the room was very noticeable at these events and what a pleasure to see how keen the new ladies are to become members of QCWA.

I wish them all the best for the future and their contribution in their divisions”.

Christine is always available to assist any division in the state in moving forward by starting new branches.

She is currently assisting division president, Margaret Grayson in establishing a new group in Goondiwindi which is in border division.

It seems that night branches may be the future of QCWA. With so many women working full time or involved in school activities, they don't have time to attend day meetings.

With younger women joining QCWA new interests and skills are being introduced which will help update the association's image.

The interest in QCWA is there with many younger women wanting to learn the basic skills of cooking a meal for their families, sewing on a button, knitting and other things that older women take for granted.

Border division has night branches at Mt Colliery and Cunningham with a group forming in Goondiwindi soon.

More could be opened if there is interest.

It's not a problem to have a day and a night branch in the same town or area.

For more information on QCWA contact Jenny Whitsed on 4664 8083 or jennywhitsed@hotmail.com

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