Message from the State President

Dear Members

I am writing to offer all CWA of Victoria members some support during the ongoing sadness regarding the loss of our Member of Honour and friend  Carol Clay.

We all know that this has been and continues to be a sad and difficult time for Carol’s family, friends and our members.

Our Executive Director, Lynne Jordan has been working with Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry (VCC EM) to develop some information about a range of resources that may be of help to you.

The information includes:

  • The Importance of self care
  • Links to Better health Channel resources
  • A link to the VCC Emergencies Ministry Phone Outreach Support
  • Useful telephone numbers

The resources are in the Membership section of our website and your member login will be required for access. The login can be obtained from your Branch Secretary if you do not already have it at hand.

I encourage members to take the time to read this useful information and use the resources available.

Take care everyone

Kind regards

Pam Mawson
State President

Nominations for State President close on 31 December 2021

Documents regarding the Election of Board and State Council members and the Role Description of the State President are on the Members Section of this website and your member login will be required for access. The login can be obtained from your Branch Secretary or by emailing
The State President Role Description can be found in the Documents section under Role Descriptions.
The Election Policy Document is also in the Documents section under Policies and Procedures.

Congratulations to the Christmas Raffle Winners!

Congratulations to the Christmas Raffle Winners!


The CWA Victoria Christmas Raffle was drawn on 4th December at 5.00 pm and the winners are:

1st PRIZE WINNER: Coles/Myer gift cards (donated by member) – $1,000
Ticket Number: #118 from Seymour, Victoria

2nd PRIZE WINNER: WISH (Woolworths) gift card (donated by member) – $500
Ticket Number: #13 from Seymour, Victoria

3rd PRIZE WINNER: Spotlight gift card (donated by member) – $250
Ticket Number: #3748 from Avondale Heights

4th PRIZE WINNER: Coles/Myer gift cards (donated by member) – $150
Ticket Number: #3862 from Macleod, Victoria

5th PRIZE WINNER: Bunnings Voucher (donated by Bunnings Group Ltd) – $100
Ticket Number: #1320 from Prahran, Victoria

6th PRIZE WINNER: Coles/Myer gift card (donated by member) – $50
Ticket Number: #2000 from Koroit, Victoria

Thank you to all those who bought tickets in the 2021 CWA Victoria Christmas Raffle. Your support is very much appreciated, and enables the Association to continue its work supporting women, children, families and communities in need.

CWA of Victoria’s State-wide Christmas Fare 2021

Our Fare is a little different again this year!
Christmas Pop up shops/stalls will be scattered across Victoria.
Make you Christmas special with home baked goodies to share with family and friends.
Christmas cakes and puddings and much more.

Pre-order so you don’t miss out!

Here are a few locations!

Eastern Goulburn Valley Group , Pop-Up shop
Scots Church
Cnr Fryers and Corio Street
Friday 3rd December
10am -2pm or until sold out
Cash only
Contact Gwneda on 0409 182 451 to pre order

Umina, 3 Lansell Road Toorak
Saturday 4 December
9.00am -2.00pm
Pre order by calling Reception on Ph 9827 8971
Mastercard or Visa accepted
Collect orders on 4 December between 9 -2

East Gippsland Group – NOW CANCELLED
The Paynesville Lions Market has been cancelled on Sunday 12 December.
More information to come about the East Gippsland Christmas stall, where and when it will be held – watch this space.
You can still pre-order your puddings by contacting Joanne Alderman 0419 320 934

Central Highlands CWA Branches are hosting a Christmas Pop Up at the Macedon CWA Hall
Saturday 4 December 2021
10-3 pm
Macedon CWA Hall
662 Mount Macedon Road
Mount Macedon
Please pre-order Cakes and Puddings by email to Rosemarie at
OR Contact Amanda on 0478 409 126.
Lots of other Christmas delights and gifts available!

Meeniyan Branch , Gippsland
Christmas Cakes, Puddings and Shortbread
Order by calling Marilyn on 0408647 327 or Faye on 0427 644 273
Pick up on Saturday 27 November at:
Meeniyan Dumbalk United Football Netball Club Rooms

Gippsland Hills Group Cake stall
Coal Creek Farmers Market Korumburra
Saturday 11th December, 8.30 – 12.30,
Phone Marilyn 0408 647 327 to order.

Orbost Popup stall
at the Orbost Christmas Eve Festival,
Nicholson Street from 6pm

Thank you to Coles for supporting us


Christmas Treats for Members

Whether to assist with our Christmas Fare baking efforts or to pick up some tips to improve your Christmas baking for home – we have planned four fabulous Saturday afternoon Christmas Cooking Masterclasses on Saturday, 6th November and Saturday, 13th November 2021 for members only.  Exclusive cost for members is $25 per masterclass.  Bookings required by 31st October 2021.

How to book:

  • Please email your name, CWA Member No., your email address and phone number plus the Masterclass you wish to attend to:
  • Our reception staff will ring you to book you in and take payment. The timing of our return call will vary due to COVID restrictions and whilst you will receive an out of office email response, we have your email!
  • You will then be sent your list of ingredients, pre class instructions and equipment needed so you can cook along with your instructors at the Masterclass. 
  • After the class you will be sent the recipe and recording of the class.

Christmas Pudding Masterclass

1pm on Saturday, 6th November
2-hour duration
Instructor:  Marilyn Mackie

Fruit Mince Pies Masterclass

3pm on Saturday, 6th November
2-hour duration
Instructor: Louise Taylor

Christmas Cake Masterclass

1pm on Saturday, 13th November
2-hour duration
Instructor: Marie Vassallo

Shortbread and Gingerbread Masterclass

3pm on Saturday, 13th November
2-hour duration
Instructor: Pam Mawson and Marie Vassallo

The State Creative Arts Exhibition for 2021

The State Creative Arts Exhibition for 2021 was held in Ararat 20-21 August.

Immediate Past State President Marion Dewar declared the Exhibition open, we were joined for the Official Opening by Jo Armstrong -Mayor Ararat Rural City Council, Louise Staley – Member for Ripon (State), Tim Harrison – CEO, Ararat Rural City Council, Beverley McArthur – Liberal Party Member for Western Victoria Region (State), Alison Foletta – representing The Advertiser and Barbara Blamey – Beaufort Group President.

The Ararat Rural City Council were acknowledged for their generous support and assistance – especially Sue Brown and Tim Lewis whose assistance during the whole week was invaluable in keeping us Covid compliant.

Thank you to The Ararat Advertiser and the Sock Festival Sponsors – Bendigo Woollen Mills, Changeling coloured Yarns, Heathermaid, Millpost Merino, Tarndwarncoort and White Gum Wool.

The presentation of Trophies and Certificates was followed by a lunch for the Official Guests.

An afternoon tea was held in the Green room for past Creative Arts Committee Chairmen, attended this year by Sadie King Williams, Margaret Davis, Helen Wall OAM, Betty Mustey, Libby Milner, Wendy Earwicker, Doreen Napier and Heather Scott.

Many thanks to everyone who volunteered to assist over the duration of the exhibition, it was much appreciated as the exhibition doesn’t function without the assistance of many pairs of hands.

A big thankyou to all the entrants – with-out your support we don’t have an exhibition!

There were close to 1700 individual entries, including 90 pairs of socks for the Inaugural Sock Festival, some of these entries were from local non CWA ladies.

A heartfelt thankyou to State Treasurer Heather Scott (Exhibition Co-ordinator) and Wendy Earwicker (Creative Arts Exhibition Committee and Floor Manager) for their guidance during the week.

A huge thankyou to the husbands that come along to do the heavy work.

Last, but not least, thankyou to Beaufort group members who assisted with set up and pack up,  providing all volunteers – Monday to Thursday – with refreshments and lunch each day, the official lunch on Friday and the afternoon tea.

The 2022 State Creative Arts Exhibition will be held in Tallangatta in the north-east of the state, with the date yet to be fixed.

The Themes for the 2022 Exhibition will be “Quotations” for both Handcraft and Home Industries Group Entries.

Choose your favourite quotation which must be displayed and base your five individual items of different craft techniques for the Handcraft section or 5 individual items of different food categories for the H.I. section on the subject of that quotation.

Full instructions and examples will be published in the next Magazine and on the web site – keep an eye out!

Congratulations to the 2021/22 Elected Board of the CWA of Victoria Inc.

The following Members constitute the elected Board of The Country Women’s Association of Victoria Incfor the 2021/2022 year.

State President:
Pam Mawson

Deputy State President:
Jennifer Nola

State Treasurer:
Heather Scott

State Vice Presidents:
Joanne Alderman
Mary Grant
Amanda Millar

General Board Members:
Sarah Barnbrook
Lynette Harris OAM
Janette Mason
Marie Vassallo

Congratulations to those members elected and thank you to all those who nominated.

From Our Kitchen to Yours – Out Now!

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A collection of tried and tested, family favourite Australian recipes from the members of The Country Women’s Association of Victoria Inc.

The recipes gathered here come from the wonderful cooks of The Country Women’s Association of Victoria Inc., some of whom would never have envisaged that their recipes would still be in such demand. The 185 tested and true recipes in this book have been shared countless times between friends and published as community cookbooks to raise funds for cash-strapped good causes. Food tastes may have changed and evolved, but these recipes stand the test of time – Tex Mex Fish with Crispy Potato Slices to feed a hungry family, Lamb, Lentil and Rosemary Soup to give as a gift to a neighbour who might need a helping hand, or Orange Poppyseed and Cardamon Biscuits to share with a friend with a strong cup of tea. There are recipes for breakfasts, morning teas, soups, salads, vegetarian dishes, main meals, jams, chutneys and preserves, updated with additional tips and hints to ensure success for the most inexperienced modern cook.

About the author

The Country Women’s Association of Victoria Inc. was formed on 12 March 1928. It is a self-funded, non-party-political, non-sectarian organisation which aims to improve conditions for women and children and make life better for families, especially those living in rural and remote Australia. The Country Women’s Association of Victoria Inc. is actively involved in ongoing campaigns to fundraise for those affected by drought and the recent bushfire emergency.

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