26 Aug QCWA Mt Larcom Branch 90 years young
Simply put, the Mount Larcom Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA) Branch is a group of women who support women and families in our community.
And while many members are renowned cooks and very skilled with traditional handcrafts such as sewing and knitting, they are actually so much more than this.
For the past 90 years these women have banded together to lobby government and advocate for changes to health, safety and education legislation for people living in regional, rural and remote communities.
President Cheryl Hannant said the key to the branch’s longevity and success was quite simply, friendship.
“The close bond of our QCWA family is very important, we are always there for each other,” she said.
“We genuinely care about what happens in each other’s lives, and give support to each other in times of need.
“Mt Larcom Branch members are local women with the same values who have come together over the past 90 years to support our community.
“We celebrate our interests and share ideas, skills and knowledge. Our members band together and forge lifelong friendships in a respectful and caring environment.”
The branch celebrated their 90th birthday in style last month with a street parade, a tribute to those members who have come before, and a daytime reunion and an old time dance, but Cheryl said they had sights firmly set on the future.
“We will maintain our QCWA Hall, so that community groups can gather there to connect and socialise,” she said.
“We will continue to do compassionate work in our community, such as providing refreshments after funerals, welcome new women to our district, and support local organisations such as Mount Larcom State School and the Mt Larcom Show Society.
“We are also passionate about the QCWA Country Kitchens Program, an education-based nutrition program.
“It promotes healthy lifestyle choices, and we hold cooking workshops and put up showcase displays and have tun trying new healthier recipes with our community.”
The Mt Larcom QCWA Branch meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 9am at the QCWA Mt Larcom Hall, 4 King George Street.
For more information contact them on 0428 751 213, or follow their Facebook Page: QCWA Mt Larcom Branch.
QCWA Mt Larcom Foundation Executive Members (1931)
President: Mrs Annie Healy
Vice Presidents: Mesdames McAntee, Lush and Flynn
Secretary: Mrs Malahar
Treasurer: Mrs Watts