Helen Benn of the Bundaberg Branch, Katrina Hain of the Gootchie Branch and Angela Stephensen of the Howard Branch of the Country Women’s Association.
Helen Benn of the Bundaberg Branch, Katrina Hain of the Gootchie Branch and Angela Stephensen of the Howard Branch of the Country Women’s Association. Mike Knott

Country women show their power

THE Country Women's Association has proved it's not just about tea and scones.

“The CWA is a huge part of the community,” member Katrina Hain said.

“We have a strong lobby group for women, children and families and we are linked up with the United Nations. We have proved you can make a difference.”

After joining the Gootchie branch four years ago, Mrs Hain said she has come out of her shell and learned far more than the secrets to a perfect sponge cake.

“I've learned computer skills, book-keeping and how to organise community events,” Mrs Hain said.

“I was a very nervous public speaker before and now you can't shut me up.”

Mrs Hain was announced as Country Woman of the Year district winner, at a divisional contest at the Bundaberg CWA rooms yesterday.

She will go to the state finals in Brisbane later this year, where she will compete for the title of Queensland's Country Woman of the Year.

Mrs Hain said it was an honour to be chosen as the district winner, as she was proud to be a CWA member.

“We raise funds for a different charity every year across the state, like the Royal Flying Doctors Service, macular degeneration and cerebral palsy groups, so we do a lot of good work.”

Runners-up Helen Benn, of the Bundaberg branch, and Angela Stephensen, of the Howard branch, will also go to the state competition.

The convenor of the CWA Country Woman of the Year competition, Lyn Kelman, said the women were tested on their knowledge about the organisation, plus general knowledge, community involvement, overall presentation and personality.

“They all did very well at promoting the CWA,” Mrs Kelman said.



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