THE 94th Queensland Country Women's Association state conference was held last week overlooking the picturesque bay of Gladstone, and the four day event attracted nearly 400 delegates from a variety of branches and divisions.
And while the conference participants were able to view some of the best knitwear, cakes and preserves, floral decorations and other arts and craft entered in competitions by QCWA members, they gathered eagerly to hear the latest on issues affecting Queensland communities.
Some of the guest speakers included Dorothy Coombe from the Country Women's Association of Australia, Barry Lynch from Red Cross, Peter Brown from Queensland Rail, and Rachel Cliffe, the area general manager for Northern Queensland Telstra Country Wide.
Kevin Crawford from Elders Insurance also spoke on the comprehensive insurance policy Elders is offering to QCWA members.
Mr Crawford said Elders Insurance has been a trusted insurance adviser Australia-wide for over 100 years.
"We are proud to have been providing insurance services to regional and rural Australia over this time, and have built an unmatched reputation as a trusted insurance adviser," Mr Crawford said.
"Elders Insurance is privileged to act on behalf of the QCWA and we are proud to provide real and comprehensive insurance solutions to the QCWA and its members. Over the past 12 months Elders Insurance has worked closely with the QCWA State Executive to generate a number of initiatives that give back to local communities, provide insurance benefits to members and support the great work undertaken by the QCWA and its members.
"A key initiative that is starting to gather momentum is the CTP transfer which allows members to transfer their CTP insurance across to Elders/QBE and subsequently a donation is provided to the QCWA from Elders/QBE on behalf of the member.
"We continue our support of the QCWA through our sponsorship of key events such as the annual state conference and local events such as the Twilight Soiree in Brisbane. We hope to continue this momentum and further enhance our dynamic and strong relationship with the QCWA long into the future," Mr Crawford said.
Some conference highlights included the announcement of the Nambour North Coast division winning the highest fundraising total for the year, with an amount of $14,500. A total of $20,897 was raised for the year, and this money will be put towards improving the facilities and services of QCWA.
On a pro-rata basis, where the total amount raised is divided by the number of members within a division, it was the Warrego division who placed first for their fundraising efforts.
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