Bordertown SACWA celebrate their 82nd birthday

CWA: Back - Thelma Twigden (left), Bev Coad, Heather (visitor), Lila
McGrice, Joan Exton, Carolynne Parker; Front Cynthia Michelsen (left), Rosalie Crocker, Jean Read.
CWA: Back - Thelma Twigden (left), Bev Coad, Heather (visitor), Lila McGrice, Joan Exton, Carolynne Parker; Front Cynthia Michelsen (left), Rosalie Crocker, Jean Read.

During the month of May, the Bordertown branch of the South Australian Country Women's Association celebrated its 82nd birthday.

The group's oldest member Thelma Twigden had the honour of cutting the 82nd birthday cake.

"Many of our members have at least 50 years of service to the branch, group and state. We are a completely voluntary service organisation," secretary Christine Hunt said.

The inaugural meeting of the branch was held on May 16, 1937. Mrs R.W.R. (Dorothy) Hunt was the inaugural president and Miss A.K. (Kath) Wiese was the secretary and treasurer.

Mrs Hunt said branch meetings had continued on the third Tuesday of every month ever since the inaugural meeting.

"The earliest effort of the branch was the pride of supervising the new public restroom in Bordertown's Apex Park, offering a friendly meeting place for women to feed and change their babies while they were in the town or on shopping trips," Mrs Hunt said.

"In the 1960s, the Bordertown evening branch started, with many young mums with babies wanting to meet other ladies, make friends, learn crafts, cooking, floral art, having fun, games, participating in international understanding, volunteering and provide a valuable service to the community."

Mrs Hunt said they raise money for many worthwhile "Associated Country Women of the World" projects throughout the South Pacific.

The group has been busy over the last year, visiting Humble House for afternoon tea and the 5TCB radio station. It has also hosted guest speakers Maryke Krop (Girl Guide trip to Madagascar), Carolynne Parker (Ireland), Kieran O'Donovan (Physiotherapist).

"We've also had purely social afternoons, playing and learning new games and celebration meals for members' birthdays and Christmas," Mrs Hunt said.

Members are encouraged to join in activities in the Tatiara group and also volunteer to help at the Adelaide Royal Show in September.

"They are also encouraged to do crafts, knitting, crochet and are currently doing layettes of cap, booties and jackets for our baby parcels that are distributed to needy ladies and their babies," Mrs Hunt said.

Mrs Hunt said the Social Issues Fact Finding Team at SACWA consider all their applications about factors affecting homes, families and communities and bring them forward at meetings.

The group provides a number of activities and opportunities to get women out and about.

"Gum Tree Quilters are meeting at our rooms for their quilting sessions on the first Monday and third Thursday of every month," Mrs Hunt said.

"Our activities are only limited by what we all want to do, come along and have your say."

The group's next meeting was its annual general meeting on Tuesday, July 16. The election of new committee and program planning for the forthcoming year will be conducted at the meeting.

For more information, contact secretary Christine Hunt on 0428 834 126, or email at cdhunt500@gmail.com.