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Elaine Johnson, the new state president of the CWA. PICTURE NIC ELLIS THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
Camera IconElaine Johnson, the new state president of the CWA. PICTURE NIC ELLIS THE WEST AUSTRALIAN Credit: The West Australian

What do you know about the Country Women’s Association?

Most people’s first thought is their famous cookbook or delicious scones and cream.

However, the CWA is so much more, and to prove this the group is opening its doors to the public on 12 November from 9.30am to 1.30pm at the West Perth headquarters.

More than 25 per cent of CWA members in WA in the metropolitan area.

After Nungarin — which is 95 years old — the Metropolitan Branch is one of CWA’s oldest groups.

CWA members come from all walks of life, ages and they contribute to the social fabric of country and city in so many ways.

The group’s activities include advocacy, fundraising, community projects, catering, crafting and sharing of friendship, knowledge, and sharing skills and ideas.

To be a member of CWA you do not have to live or have lived in the country, women only need to share the aim of the association — which is improving the well being of all people, especially those in country areas.

CWA of WA president Elaine Johnson said the open day would welcome prospective members, supporters and existing members.

“CWA is a voice for all women,” she said.

“We are very excited to offer people the opportunity to come along and find out more about what we do, to break down the myth that we are a bunch of knitting nannas – although knitting nannas do produce some amazing craftwork so we encourage that too/

“Our membership is growing and new branches are in the main being started by women in their 20s and 30s in outer metro Perth and regional centres.

“If anyone shares our vision and wants to enrich their local area by starting a new branch of CWA, we’d love to talk to them.”

CWA is non-party political and has no religious affiliation. Its purpose is to unite women and strengthen communities through friendship, education, service and advocacy.

The open day will include the chance to view displays of the CWA’s history, its current activities and projects, find out about the benefits of membership and what our various branches are doing to enrich their communities, and view handicrafts created by CWA members.

The CWA Showroom will also have handmade goods for sale.

Entry is free, and in true CWA style, there’ll be delicious treats to sample on the day.

To find out more, call the CWA of WA office on 9321 6041 or check the group’s Facebook page.

CWA of WA open day details

  • • Tuesday 12 November 2019 • 9.30am to 1.30pm
  • • CWA House, 1176 Hay Street West Perth (nearest Red Cat Stop is Emerald Terrace)

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