February 14, 2013
A group of local women are breathing new life into a country tradition, experimenting with Twilight meetings to help attract new members to the Queensland Country Women’s Association
The QCWA launched a new Twilight Branch in Kingaroy on Wednesday night, designed to attract members who work during the day.
Organiser Lois Thurecht, from the Elgin Vale QCWA branch, said there were a lot of younger women who had expressed an interest in joining the association but felt they couldn’t become involved because traditional QCWA meetings were held during the day.
Lois said the concept of Twilight meetings – which can be held after-hours or on weekends – is spreading throughout the CWA movement in Australia.
This is the first Twilight meeting in the South Burnett.
The inaugural meeting, held in the 1913 Council Chambers in Edward Street, attracted a handful of possible new members plus two Younger Set members.
Lois said she had also received a number of apologies, so she was hopeful attendance numbers would grow.
QCWA Central Region vice-president Joy Coulson, a member of the QCWA State Executive, also attended the launch.
She said women who were interested in the QCWA, but felt they could not attend meetings, could also join as “supporter” members online and enjoy many of the privileges of QCWA membership.
The Kingaroy Twilight Branch plans to meet at the 1913 Council Chambers from 5:30pm on the second Wednesday of every month from now on.
[UPDATE September 11, 2013]
The Kingaroy Twilight Branch now meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm.