The Boorowa CWA Branch had a very successful 100 year Centenary celebration this past weekend on Saturday, November 25.
Despite the weather changes on the day the 100 year Centenary Event "Fun in the Park" went off with little changes and was an overall success.
We thank the Boorowa and surrounding communities who came along to join in the centenary celebrations and for showing their commitment and support to our branch and this momentous occasion.
Boorowa CWA President Belle Banks formally opened the celebrations and gave a warm welcome to our guests and community members.
We are very thankful to the Boorowa councillor's Jo Mackay, and John and Sandy Piper for coming along to support the event. Jo Mackay gave a wonderful speech and a thoughtful account of the Boorowa CWA Branch, it's successes over the past 100 years, and most recently this year of 2023.
Jo Mackay and Belle Banks had the honour of cutting the Centenary cake, which was shared amongst the many guests and in true CWA form the cake was so delicious not a crumb remained!
Thank you to our Secretary Karen Smith for generously baking the centenary cake.
Guests and visitors enjoyed the sausage sizzle and cool drinks and we thank the wonderful men, Mick Gorham, Barry Coble and Alan Banks who generously donated there time to help Fiona Gorham, Christine Coble, Kerry Lindeman and Jayne Apps feed the many hungry guests.
After the formal speeches and cutting of the cake we were thoroughly entertained by the musical talents of Anna Dreverman and her band.
Anna generously volunteered her time, musical talents and the support of her very successful Hilltops Youth Action Group.
The HYAG supplied and was supported by CWA members Mary Corkhill, Nat Downey and Amanda Ingall in offering a range of activities for the younger children and families, the snow cones and fairy floss was a notable hit!
The old fashioned egg toss was a success.
There were plenty of laughs from the children and the adults as eggs were carefully thrown between the pairs. Amazingly some of the eggs withstood some long throws and plenty of bounces.
Congratulations to Jeorjie and Maggie Dowling who were the remaining pair, walking away with the winning egg and big smiles.
We would like to thank the students of Boorowa Central and Hennessy Catholic College who volunteered there time and talents to helping the days events in a variety of ways.
Thank you to Josh Gorham, Cooper Downey, Jordan Grimson, Molly Daniels and Oliver Miller.
Thank you to the Boorowa Car Club and Boorowa RFS members Joseph Banks and crew for kindly volunteering their time and support to the event. The RFS truck is always a favourite with the younger children.
Families were taken on tours of the truck and given plenty of encouragement to help support the future of RFS voluntary service. The free activity packs and red fire hats are always a treat.
Visitors and guests meandered through the arts and craft tents, purchasing an array of home prepared produce, hand sewn clothes and accessories.
Thank you to Karen Smith, Marilyn Miller, Kathy Mason and Jane Saillard who supported sales and in all other areas, and Susan Musgrove who delighted the younger generations with a multitude of lucky dip prizes.
One of our special guests, Mahalia Manion, was so excited with her purchase she chose to wear her new dress immediately after the sale. Mahalia proudly showcased her new Boorowa CWA handmade original by Karen Smith.
Virginia Keighley, CWA member, has worked tirelessly to put together a fabulous Women's Wellbeing and Pamper Package full of gifts and vouchers worth over $700. Tickets are on sale for $5 per ticket with all revenue going to Ovarian Cancer Research and Treatment.
Virginia sold more than $500 worth of tickets, thank you to everyone who purchased tickets, we will announce more opportunities to purchase tickets in the coming week. The package is filled with an array of wines, skin care packages and vouchers generously donated by Mike at The Top Pub Boorowa $100 dining voucher, The Stables Day Spa Young $150 voucher, a bouquet of flowers from The Girl and the Garden, Boorowa valued at $80.
Definitely worth having a chance to win this marvellous gift pack and help support a worthy cause.
A lot of organisation and hard work went into ensuring the centenary event was a success. It takes many hands to bring an event like this together, the work of all our members and volunteers have not been missed and does not go without notice.
We would also like to thank the Hilltops Council men and women who ensured the Boorowa Recreation Park was looking it's upmost best for the centenary event.
On behalf of the Boorowa CWA Branch we would like to thank all our local families, guests and visitors who helped celebrate the centenary of CWA in Boorowa.