The 2011 QCWA Country Woman of the Year and Fundraiser of the Year winners at last year’s state conference. IT’S fitting that in its 90th year the Queensland Country Women’s Association state conference will return to the location of its original headquarters.
On Tuesday October 23, hundreds of QCWA members will descend upon Toowoomba, not only to celebrate 90 years of service to the community, but also to conduct the serious business of running a state wide organisation.
The three day conference will be officially opened on Tuesday morning by QCWA Patron, the Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley.
It will be followed by sessions to exchange information, debate of resolutions and updates on the Association’s activities.
QCWA state president, Jennie Hill said the debating of the resolutions was the most important part of conference.
“This gives members an opportunity to have input into the running of the association and it also determines the issues that members consider important enough to pursue outside the organization,” she said.
“In past years we have lobbied Governments on issues such as coal seam gas and the patient travel subsidy scheme. These are issues which impact our members and also their communities.”
The annual conference isn’t all hard work for these lovely ladies.
State finals for handcraft, knitting and crochet, photography, international, dressmaking and cookery among other things are held as part of the conference. These entries are on display and members of the public are welcome to visit the conference to view the entries and perhaps even make a purchase.
The Country Woman of the Year and Fundraiser of the Year winners will be announced at a gala dinner this year to be held at the Toowoomba Golf Club.
As part of the 90 year celebrations the QCWA will launch two exciting new publications.
The first is a pictorial book titled From the Outback to the Sea – A Pictorial History of QCWA 1922 – 2012.
State Archivist, Norma Lovelace said the production of this book was made possible through generous donations from local council’s across the state.
“It is a wonderful visual history of the Association that illustrates how the QCWA is integral to so many communities.”
The second is the first edition of a quarterly magazine, which will be available to the general public through newsagents, is entitled Ruth – live an inspired life, and aims to share the knowledge and inspiration that exists within the QCWA with the wider community.
“It is difficult to break down the stereotypes that people have about the QCWA and its members and we hope that Ruth goes some way towards doing that,” Mrs Hill said.
“There is a wealth of knowledge and some amazing women within the association and we would like to share this beyond the QCWA.”
Ruth looks at some of the issues affecting Queensland communities, shares fundraising, cooking and household secrets, provides inspiration to make a change in your life, gives tips on finance, family issues, exercise and fashion, shares insider knowledge of holiday destinations and showcases recipes, gardens and homes.
“It’s been a big year for the QCWA,” Mrs Hill said.
“Not only have we celebrated the past 90 years but we have also spent a lot of time planning for the next 90 – we aim to be around for a long time!”
From the Outback to the Sea – A Pictorial History of QCWA 1922 – 2012 is available for $29.95 plus postage. See 老域名qcwa.org备案老域名 for more details.Ruth – live an inspired life is a quarterly publication which will be available in newsagents across Queensland from October 26 at a cost of $6.95.For more information contact State President Jennie Hill on 07 3026 1219.The QCWA State Annual Conference is on October 23-25 at HumeRidge Church, 461 Hume Street, Toowoomba. Entries to state competitions are on display from 1pm Tuesday October 23 until 3pm Thursday October 25. Members of the public are welcome to view the displays.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 老域名.