Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

CWA Still Plays Treasured Role at Emu Vale

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

CWA Still Plays Treasured Role at Emu Vale

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Byline: TONI SOMES

THE flippant might suggest its all cuppas and scones, but for the staunch Country Women's Association members out Emu Vale way, getting together has always meant more than morning tea.

Local branch president Darien Fritz came to her first meeting as a

little girl holding her mother's hand.

That was close to five decades ago, when the Emu Vale memorial hall was new and women of all ages made monthly meetings a major priority.

Today Mrs Fritz knows too well membership numbers have fallen, but not so she says the invaluable support network the association has always offered.

"I think the CWA is as important as ever; women still need women, we still need friendship and support, and this is one of the places you can always find it," Mrs Fritz said.

Yet she accepts times have changed and the younger generation of women juggle different commitments.

"Young women living on farms or little towns are invariably working now, so they have less time for organisations like ours," Mrs Fritz said.

She knows personally the time restrictions of a career.

For a decade, somewhere between raising children and running a family farm with her husband, she worked in town and was officially "inactive" in the Emu Vale CWA.

But when time allowed she found her way back to the organisation, which had offered the women in her family so much.

"I have a long connection with the Emu Vale branch, my mum Betty (Mewes) was secretary, treasurer and president at one time or another," Mrs Fritz said.

Likewise she has followed in her

parents' footsteps, taking on other official roles until earlier this year she too was elected president.

"I am one of the youngest members these days," Mrs Fritz said.

"There are three of us 'young' ones who are in our 50s and 60s.

"My mum Betty is the oldest at 88. …

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