August was a busy month for Gloucester CWA. A visit to the Port Macquarie Koala hospital and adjoining historic Roto House was enjoyed. With our native Koala being studied this year, members were privileged to learn of the valuable life-saving work carried out by the volunteers at the hospital.
At the monthly meeting, the branch's annual donations were allocated with local schools, medical research and drought relief being among the recipients. Treasurer, Christine Bolton, reported on a successful street hamper raffle and congratulated the winners, Di Mansfield and Elizabeth Greenham. The continued support of local residents and visitors is greatly appreciated. Christine also reminded members that annual membership fees are now due.
This month's cookery competition was for peach blossom cake and first place was awarded to Sandy Tebbet closely followed by Robyn Scott. Cookery for September will be Petticoat tails. Handicraft officer, Claire Reynolds congratulated Anne Williamson on gaining her Handicraft Judges qualification, both Anne and Sandy are members of the State handicraft committee. At the next handicraft get-together, on Monday, August 26, Christine will be teaching Tricot, otherwise known as Tunisian crochet. All interested are welcome, starting at 9.30.
CWA Awareness Week will be held State-wide from September 1-8, and this year we will shine the spotlight on mental health awareness and support services available. The ongoing drought continues to present enormous mental health implications and we hope to raise funds to help maintain local health care and mental health services.
The next meeting is Tuesday, September 10 at 10am. Visitors always welcome.