CWA thrives on friendship

Girl power: St Marys CWA secretary Eva Maher, 20-year member Diann Ellis, president Dorothy Kerr-Lansom and new member Chris Mossman want to see more members on the first and third Monday of the month. Picture: Gary Warrick

Girl power: St Marys CWA secretary Eva Maher, 20-year member Diann Ellis, president Dorothy Kerr-Lansom and new member Chris Mossman want to see more members on the first and third Monday of the month. Picture: Gary Warrick

Girl power: St Marys CWA secretary Eva Maher, 20-year member Diann Ellis, president Dorothy Kerr-Lansom and new member Chris Mossman want to see more members on the first and third Monday of the month. Picture: Gary Warrick

Girl power: St Marys CWA secretary Eva Maher, 20-year member Diann Ellis, president Dorothy Kerr-Lansom and new member Chris Mossman want to see more members on the first and third Monday of the month. Picture: Gary Warrick

THERE'S more to the Country Women's Association than most people think.

"It's not just about tea and scones," St Marys branch president Dorothy Kerr-Lansom said.

"Friendship is the biggest thing if you ask anyone what they get out of the CWA. It's somewhere for women to get away from the home and gives them something else to think about. Women have better conversations with their husbands when they're learning about other subjects."

The St Marys branch, formed in 1935, has 15 members ranging in age from 40 to 90.

Mrs Kerr-Lansom welcomes new members aged 18 to 120 with open arms.

"Age is in the mind — you can be an old 40-year-old or a young 90-year-old," she said.

The CWA, formed in 1922, is one of the largest women's organisations in the world.

Originally formed to overcome the isolation of rural women in the outback areas of NSW, the CWA's focus has changed over the years.

It now works to fix things that affect women in Australia and around the world.

"The CWA meet face to face with government ministers and community leaders to improve the status of women in Australia,"

Mrs Kerr-Lansom joined the CWA in Narrabri 52 years ago. She joined her local branch when she returned to Sydney.

"Around 99 per cent of members got introduced to the CWA by someone they know," she said.

The CWA St Marys branch meets at St Marys Corner on the first and third Monday of the month at 10.30am, corner of Mamre Road and the Great Western Highway, St Marys.

Details: Dorothy on 0408 257 858 or email kerrly1@bigpond.com.

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