A contingent of ladies, representing branches of the Country Women's Association from Narromine, Bourke, Cobar and Brewarrina gathered in Nyngan recently for the Far Western Group Council meeting.
The meeting was opened and ably chaired by newly elected Group President, Dr Sally Torr of Bourke.
This meeting was also a forum for the judging of the Land Cookery competition and it was heartening to see the number of entries in each section.
Nine-year old Kestral Ebsworth from Trangie scooped the pool in the junior division with his cinnamon tea cake and butter biscuits.
Trangie Pharmacist, Damian Lewis was the most successful entrant with two first and three second place awards, while Jessie Quigley and Pat Riley, both of Trangie, were awarded a first and second place respectively.
First place awardees will now compete at state level in May.
Much of the business of the meeting dealt with the ongoing drought and the most effective means of rendering assistance to those affected.
In a number of towns in the Central West, CWA has been charged with the responsibility of sorting and organising delivery of some of the goods donated by city and coastal areas.
The sale of association rooms at Nevertire and Wanaaring initiated discussion on the most efficient way to distribute the proceeds. No decision was reached and the matter was deferred until a later date.
A fifteen-hundred dollar donation to the group from a Mudgee couple was distributed on motion from the floor, to Far Western branches, Wanaaring, Nymagee and Hermidale.
Education is high on the agenda of the CWA and to this end, a number of scholarships were recently awarded to students in the Far Western region, with six going to Narromine, one to Bourke and two to Warren.
A presentation was made to retiring secretary Pat Irving of Warren in appreciation of the innumerable years she spent in a variety of executive roles within the Association.
The position of Group Handicraft Officer and also that of Group Representative to state remain unfilled but it is hoped that this situation will be remedied in due course.
With the State Conference to be held in Newcastle in May 2020, members are busy preparing an assortment of arts and crafts for judging and display, while various branches throughout the state are formulating motions to be presented to the meeting for debate before a vote is called and the motion is either carried or defeated.