ROBYN McFarlane has witnessed a lot of change and progress during her time as president for the Queensland Country Women's Association.
Having completed her presidency term, Mrs McFarlane handed over the reins at the annual state conference held in Gladstone at the end of October.
She said looking back, being president of the organisation had been a wonderful experience.
"I have met so many members in so many different situations and locations throughout my time as president,” Mrs McFarlane said.
"It is wonderful to experience the passion and concern QCWA members have for their communities, especially when they bring their resolutions to conference.
"We can then go to the relevant government departments and voice their concerns with the backing of all the members.”
Mrs McFarlane said she felt she had achieved her own goals she set when she took on the role of president, one of which was increasing membership in city areas.
"Other goals that have been reached include a new constitution drafted and accepted by the members, rationalisation of our properties where no longer required, the success of our Country Kitchen program, and acceptance that marketing is vital,” Mrs McFarlane said.
"There are so many organisations like QCWA and we have to learn to tell our story, as the general public isn't aware of what we achieve.
"I was surprised that the delegates at the recent conference accepted the new Category Of Friends of QCWA. This is for any male over the age of 18 years who supports the association in a financial manner.
"There has been a lot of hype surrounding this vote. We are very appreciative of the male support we receive. It doesn't mean that every husband that does the odd job will have to join, and it doesn't mean that men will now be at meetings as they do not get a vote.
"It will simply be showing their support by being a friend of QCWA. We have many female supporter members who simply just do that - support in a financial manner.”
Mrs McFarlane, who is a member of the Gargett branch and Pioneer division, will continue to be an active member.
She said there was such a need for QCWA in all communities so she would assist her division where she could and look at growth areas for new branches. Mrs McFarlane is also looking forward to enjoying some time with her family.
"My husband and I are avid collectors of things from the past, so will hopefully get around the countryside to find some more treasures. I am also looking forward to spending more time with my husband on our cane farm and our eight grandchildren, who range in ages from five to 14.”
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