Constant support in changing world

Mr Jenkins officially opened the conference at Lake Charm. It involved delegates and members from CWA branches at Boort, Dingwall, Cohuna, Kerang and Tresco. Mincha branch members were unable to attend.
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He said that newspapers had been a key communicator since European settlement created towns like Kerang.

“In the 136 years since Kerang’s first newspaper was established, technology changes have been used to predict the death-knell of newspapers. First it was the advent of the radio, the development of the television, first in black-and-white and then colour,” Mr Jenkins said.

“More recently it has been the internet and social media.”

Mr Jenkins said that newspapers have had to adapt for changing times.

“Today, we are news providers, presenting news in print as we have for more than a century and through a website, Facebook and Twitter and others are using iPad and iPhone applications,” he said.

“Despite the changing tools we use to deliver and disseminate local news and information, we remain committed to our town and district and I believe no other media source cares about our district like the local newspaper.”

Likewise, the CWA might have an image of tea and scones, but he said that he was assured that the organisation continues to work to improve conditions for women and children.

The early women of the association were described as initiators, fighters and lobbyists; working in difficult circumstances to build a better life for women and children and to break the isolation that still befalls many today.

They were regarded as courageous and showed great vision.

“And I am sure that your members in remaining district branches continue to lend a hand in the way that your founder, Lady Mitchell, intended,” Mr Jenkins said.

“I am sure your collective involvement continues to enhance your own lives, through your commitment, through mutual support and through sense of achievement in helping others – and may I use this opportunity to commend you for that.

“In that sense, nothing has changed.”

CWA group president, Joan Russell said that a series of events will be held next year to mark the organisation’s 85th anniversary.

A coming event is a two-day craft school at Swan Hill where members will be instructed in gold embroidery, beaded jewellery, wet felting, sculptured dolls and card embossing.

CWA branches are studying Cambodia this year.

Sea Lake resident, Jennifer Simpson told conference delegates about her love affair with the country after her son began working there as a zoologist and married a Cambodian girl.

Cambodia is regarded as a poor country with one of the greatest losses of forests in the world and is a country where many people regard vegetation and wildlife as “cash crops”.

“It’s a long haul from poverty to enlightenment,” Mrs Simpson said.

It is also regarded as having more landmines than any other country.

“They are beautiful, friendly people,” Mrs Simpson said.

SERVING STILL. Front and centre are CWA Loddon Valley Group secretary, Betty Cowland and group president, Joan Russell, surrounded by branch delegates and members.

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