CWA not just about scones

THE Country Women's Association's awareness days held around the country recently are designed to show the wider community that there is more to this diverse group of ladies than tea and scones.

The Minister for the Status of Women, Julie Collins, chose the recent CWA of Australia conference in Hobart to launch a new toolkit aimed at stopping violence against women in rural communities before it happens.

After writing articles on their strong advisory role I have some notion of the power of the women as a lobby group, but I suspect I am going to find out how much more they are about than just baked goods.

Today I am to be made this year's Kiama CWA honorary member and can I just say this journalist from the big smoke is pretty chuffed.

Locally, our CWA groups are active and proactive but need new members and like all of our many service organisations, desperately want younger members to whom to pass the baton.

I'm not sure whether the CWA will be my cup of tea, pun intended, but I'm pleased to accept my honorary membership and promote their interests.

Although the group is about more than scones, there's certainly nothing wrong with scones. Therefore, I'll be at the CWA Scone and Damper bake-off today in Shoalhaven Street to defend my best plain scone title.

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