MILESTONE MOMENT: Trish Magee, Margaret Aberle and Coral Light at the Kingaroy CWA branch's 97-year celebrations.
MILESTONE MOMENT: Trish Magee, Margaret Aberle and Coral Light at the Kingaroy CWA branch's 97-year celebrations. Claudia Williams

Kingaroy CWA members have 97 reasons to celebrate

KINGAROY women have been coming together to share friendship while helping the community for 97 years as the town's Country Women's Association.

It is the association's oldest branch and president Lois Thurecht said she was proud to see it thriving and continuing to play an important role in the community.

"That is what CWA is about, families and keeping families together,” she said at the weekend's 97-year celebrations.

"We feel really sad that people are selecting to leave farms and go somewhere else, so if CWA can keep them, we have got a public rural crisis fund that any farmer can dip into.”

The 26 members of the branch celebrated the 97-year milestone with morning tea and scone-making on Saturday.

While there are fewer members today than there were at the first gathering in Kingaroy in 1922, Ms Threcht said the branch was going through a resurgence.

"We have always been a big branch but then it dwindled away with people ageing but it has a new revamp now,” she said.

"Getting the word out, there is the hardest part.”

Ms Thurecht has seen the association evolve since she joined as a 13-year-old 53 years ago, and said the community spirit of the group continued to play an important role as one of 18 branches in the South Burnett and Gympie division.

"It started out as a friendship club for the ladies and then we discovered now with the drought we need to pay the children's fees for boarding school,” she said.

"I am very proud of the work we do.”

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