State president visits local CWA branches

President Dungog-Clarence Town CWA Margaret Watson, state president Elaine Armstrong , Joyce Byron, Kathy Neilson, Maureen Humphrey, Patricia Pointon, Hazel Andrews, state representative Hunter River Group Brigita Falconer, vice president Hunter River Group and mentor Kay Teterin; front, Reta Shelton, president Hunter River Group Noelene Grainger, Judy Flannery, Kris Burnet and Ena Wade. CWA state president Elaine Armstrong talking to Gresford CWA members.

The state president of the Country Women’s Association Elaine Armstrong paid a visit to the Dungog-Clarence Town and Gresford branches last week.

On Wednesday evening an informal get together was held at the Dungog rooms with members before they were joined by husbands and guests Gordon Ewin and Dungog Council’s economic development and tourism coordinator Ivan Skaines at Chillbillies for dinner.

Publicity officer Maureen Humphreys said Mrs Armstrong gave everyone a bigger picture of CWA and emphasised the importance of friendship.

The following day Mrs Armstrong joined the Gresford CWA ladies for morning tea and planted a tree in the back yard of their property in Durham Road.

“This is my 17th group tour since I became president three years ago,” Mrs Armstrong said.

“I have been told you have a wonderful facility here and five new members joined because of your popular book club.

“As an organisation we are gradually getting more and more new members, but we are not holding them.

“Last year 1400 chose not to rejoin . . . and we need to look at what to do to keep them.”

Mrs Armstrong is looking forward to the next 100 years of the CWA supporting women, especially those in the country, and lobbying on important issues.

“I joined 20 years ago because I had no sisters, no daughters and no mum, but never had aspirations of becoming state president.

“I am proud if the fact that over the past two years we raised $75,000 for prostate cancer and hopefully will be just as successful for Crohns Disease which is our fundraiser this year.”

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