YOUNGER women are finding their niche in the Country Women’s Association (CWA) and learning that tea and scones can raise some good dough.
The CWA Namoi Group met in Manilla yesterday for their 85th annual conference, celebrating the milestone with a birthday cake.
World president of the Associated Country Women of the World Ruth Shanks was one of the special guests, and said tea and scones raise a lot of money to do what we do and the CWA gives more than $50,000 in scholarships across the state.
Mrs Shanks represents women from 450 organisations in 70 countries, totalling nine million women and is a member of Dubbo CWA Evening Branch.
She said the organisation was about promoting agricultural awareness and wasproactive in taking issues to the state government.
Mrs Shanks said if the CWA didn’t teach handicrafts and cooking, the arts could be lost.
“We’re involved in anything and everything that affects women and their communities,” she said.
Mrs Shanks said they did have some younger members, but really aimed at women from 45 yearsand upwards.
Manilla CWA Branch’s Caitlin Highlands who is 20 years old, said she enjoyed being part of the association.
She joined when she was four or five years old and said it was a good group of women that did a lot for the community.
“They put a lot of hard work into what they do,” Miss Highlands said.
“I had support through school and got a scholarship in Year 7. I got involved through my nan and I’d like to keep it going in the family.”
Her mum is also a member, along with her seven-year-old sister, Hayley.
“I agree with lowering the membership rate for younger members (18 to 23-year-olds who are at school or university) because it would encourage more younger people to join,” she said.
“I used to help out with AgQuip, but it’s hard now with working, but I help out wherever I can.”
Miss Highlands said the branch had a few junior members.
“It’s very important to have younger members because it keeps it going for each generation,” she said.
“It’s good having this conference to get younger people in to help country communities.”