THE Korumburra Branch of the Country Women’s Association (CWA) needs you.
And if local woman don’t answer the call, the 86 year old branch, one of the state’s oldest, may have to fold.
The handful of stoic women who presently make up the membership of the group say that won’t be allowed to happen.
But with some of them in the super senior age bracket, time might be the final arbiter.
In the meantime, they plan to move heaven and earth to introduce a new generation of women to the group and with that in mind, they have organised an ‘Open Day’ at Milpara Community House in Korumburra on Friday, September 22, starting at 1.30pm.
Everyone is welcome and you don’t have to worry about taking office. They’ll simply be happy to see you.
There’ll be a nice afternoon tea for any visitors who take an interest and come along.
And there’s likely to be scones, jam and cream but as Group President of the Gippsland Hills Group of CWA branches, Jillian Matthies, is keen to stress, CWA is not just there for scones and cream.
“It’s about friendship, personal development and taking an interest in community issues but above all, it’s about families really, supporting women and children,” Mrs Matthies said last week. We support the community and other service groups too including the local fire brigade, Red Cross etc,” she said.
“And we’re good at raising funds,” acting president and secretary Norma Head contributed.
“When people move to an area, they may not know anyone and if their kids have left school, there may not be an obvious way to get to know people. CWA is good for that,” said Mrs Matthies.
“We have guest speakers, craft and other activities including computer skills and the like and yes, we do have a lovely afternoon tea.”
What’s not to like.
The members of the Korumburra Branch of the CWA have drafted Jillian in to help them breathe new life into the local branch and it’s all about attracting new members.
“Next year CWA in Victoria celebrates its 90th year and Leongatha is going to host the Victorian Creative Arts Exhibition so we wouldn’t want to see Korumburra close up in the same year,” said Jillian.
That would be a bit embarrassing!
So come on Korumburra. Why not come along and see what you can make out of an established group with fantastic connections.
And be prepared to be challenged in various ways.
It might surprise you to know that CWA Victoria was one of the first community groups in Australia to come out in favour of Same Sex Marriage.
So, the truth of it is, CWA is not just about scones and cream.
Why not come along on Friday, September 22 to Milpara Community House and at least see what can be done to revitalise the group.
For further details you can email Jillian Matthies at: jillianmatthies66m@gmail.com