The Goulburn Valley West CWA celebrated 90 years of the women’s organisation on Wednesday, March 14, attributing strong friendships and welcoming communities as its influence.
Members showed up in dresses from the different eras, bringing a colourful atmosphere to the Harston Community Hall.
The big theme for this year was celebrating 90 years of diversity and the members showed just that, as well as their ongoing support for a chapter that had brought so much hope and inspiration to their lives.
Harston branch member Lucy Harper, who has dedicated 75 years of her life to the organisation, said it was all about the friendships she had made along the way.
She initially joined up to connect with young girls her age and soon found herself raising money for the Red Cross during World War II in 1943.
‘‘I’ve seen a lot of fellowship and also working for different things and listening to very informative speakers and going to conferences, and had time to do craft work,’’ Mrs Harper said.
‘‘I think over the years the CWA has been for women and children, things have been done in that field.’’
Mrs Harper said she had gained significant support from the group during the years and could see the benefits it injected into small communities.
‘‘It brings a lot of women together, and I think for a lot of people it has been a chance to go out and socialise,’’ she said.
‘‘I’ve moved around quite a bit and belonged to different branches, so that has been something lovely. You immediately meet new friends.’’