Women in Agriculture and Business of SA 'create history' by hosting state meeting via Zoom

MEETING: Members from around the state hopped online to conduct their annual state meeting and election of office bearers.
MEETING: Members from around the state hopped online to conduct their annual state meeting and election of office bearers.

Women in Agriculture and Business (WAB) of South Australia Inc was formed 103 years ago to give support, inform and educate rural women, and to lobby support for the industry of agriculture.

On August 9, the organisation proved that is still adhering to it's aims and ambitions for members today, when its annual state meeting and election of office bearers was held on Zoom.

With almost all branches connected, state president Narelle Scott conducted the meeting, creating history for the organisation, which is the oldest rural women's organisation in South Australia.

Narelle was re-elected state president, with Sandra Young assuming the role as treasurer.

Nadine Jericho (Mallee), Sally Packer (Eyre Peninsula), Yvonne Correll (Central), and Narelle (Limestone Coast) filled the co-ordinator positions for each of their respective areas.

Jan Boord was re-elected as the Associated Women of the World International Officer, Jane Smith was named the website manager, and Sally Grundy has taken on the role as social media manager.

Promotions officer was filled after having been vacant for a time by Helen Colliver, of the Cunliffe Branch.

Reports were received from all office bearers, including details of support for Women Walk the World for A.C.W.W. and charities supported.

Members also enjoyed hearing and seeing a representative of Guide Dogs SA/NT.

This year, members enjoyed being updated on how to manage various aspects of using computers with the "Be Connected" programme.

The Federal Government funded initiative is a basic computer training course designed to focus on easy access to multiple Federal Government departments including Medicare, Centrelink, and more.

With there being some members who have never used computers before, WAB provided facilities for members to learn and become familiar with the internet and its many uses.

State president Narelle Scott was the "very capable" instructor of the course, visiting Kalangadoo, Lochaber and Padthaway Branches before Covid-19 caused a pause for three months.

In September, Coonalpyn/Yurgo Branches and members of other organisations in Naracoorte will take part in the course.

The group's Zoom Meeting was well received and went "without a hitch", with many members enjoying being able to see friends from other branches.

WAB are also planning to hold "Let's do Coffee" meetings by Zoom, which will be held on the third Wednesday of each month.

Rural women who are interested in the work of Women in Agriculture and Business can go to their website: wabinsa.com.au to see the group's programmes, members and other interesting details.