93 YEARS: Mount Larcom QCWA members Dawn O’Dowd, Patricia Tankard, Alanah Moyhinan, Judy Tully, Jean Peters, Doris Kelso and Tracey Hall.
93 YEARS: Mount Larcom QCWA members Dawn O’Dowd, Patricia Tankard, Alanah Moyhinan, Judy Tully, Jean Peters, Doris Kelso and Tracey Hall. Tegan Annett

QCWA celebrates, reflects on year at annual meeting

QCWA women remembered the year that was on Saturday at Mount Larcom.

Mount Larcom, Raglan, Marmour and Ambrose QCWA members gathered at the Mount Larcom hall for their annual meeting and to celebrate a significant birthday.

This year the Mount Larcom branch will be 93-years-old.

Newly elected president Judy Tully said it had been an eventful year with the aftermath of Cyclone Marcia using a lot of their time and resources.

"We had trees down all around the hall, I rallied in my husband to give us a hand with that.

"Luckily we didn't have any structural damage though so we could help out those who were hit worse," she said.

Mrs Tully has just re-joined the branch after taking a couple of years off; she said the group was much more than sewing and baking.

"It is a lot of cooking but there's also a social aspect as well, and fundraising too," she said.

"We haven't got many members at the moment but we all work really hard.

"We're all in similar situations; we live rural, and this brings us together so that we can raise funds for those who need it," she said.

Each year the annual meeting is held at one of the region's halls.

It's a time to share their annual reports, and of course catch up over a cup of tea and cake.

Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher, Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers and deputy mayor Matt Burnett were all at the event.

Mr Butcher recognised Liz Cunningham's dedication to the QCWA branches.

"I understand the great work she did over 21 years as the state member, particularly with the CWA, so I just want to let everyone know that I fully anticipate to continue on with the same amount of work that Liz done with the community," he said.



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