CWA look ahead to 2015

President Jenny Thompson and local Carmen Gordon SecretaryBoorowra members joined seven CWA branches who met at Young CWA rooms on Monday,August 4 for the South West Group Council meeting.
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Seven branches sent apologies. After the National Anthem and Motto a minute’s silence was held for troubled members and family.

A “How to Day” will be held at Cudal on 18th September, or details contact Secretary Carmen Gordon 0402390095.

Eugowra Branch is having a Fashion Parade and book signing with Fr Chris Riley on September 20th, $20 RSVP 13th to Wendy 68595221. Branch Treasurers Day is being organized by Group Treasurer, Nicola Mitten for 4th September 1-6PM. at Young CWA Rooms.

Emma Godsell was awarded the Edna Sharrock Memorial Award. Cowra Evening lodged a very impressive submission to Head Office in anticipation of holding 2116 State Conference in Cowra on behalf of SWG.

Preparations are underway for our Group Conference at Boorowra on 20th October, commencing at 9:30AM at the Services Club. RSVP and $20 cost to Treasurer Nicola by 13th October.

The President Jenny Thompson reported on her recent CWA activities, the shop is going well and reminded all reports are due in September. Branch Office Bearers form F1-1-708 to Head Office by 31st October/

The Executive Representative, Linda Willding reported $1200 in foreign coins and $2000 to Pennies for Friendship has been collected. Feedback from the State Conference was very positive. The ACWW South Pacific Area Conference in Dubbo is coming up quickly, from 31st August to 4th September.

In the absence of International Officer, Tammy Cameron, Secretary Carmen Gordon read the report which included a “thank you” to all for the success of the CWA Day in Grenfell. She has received applications ACWW Membership. ACWW is working world wide to stamp out slavery and bullying. Books and reports to Tammy by 15th September.

Handicraft Officer, Leona Steen reminded about 17th & 18th September workshops on teddy bear and jewelry making contact her 63421572 for details. Leona reported on coming events for 2015: A potholder will be the open article for Handicraft Day. Tea cozies is the group project.

Cultural Officer, Meryl Lees reminded us of her table arrangement for the group Conference, themed in black and white, no larger than the size of a dinner plate and no higher than 20cm. Meryl also read an article on “How to Tenderize Your Husband” which caused great chuckles. Cultural Books and reports to Meryl by 30th September.

Margie Ryan, Publicity Officer reported on the co-operation of the local papers, reminded members to look at our Facebook page and once an email is out it is no longer confidential. She suggested we all read President Tanya’s Blog.

Cookery Officer, Norma Power urged all to become involved in next year’s Land Cookery Day. Reports in by 15th September

Cowra Evening branch will host and cater for our last meeting for 2014 and Christmas party at the Presbyterian Hall in Cowra on December 1st. A prize will be awarded for the best Christmas outfit.


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Michael Crossland’s gift to Wauchope

Generous: Inspirational speaker Michael Crossland will deliver a powerful and memorable talk at Port Macquarie Panthers Club on Wednesday 3 September. All proceeds will go to Wauchope District Memorial Hospital s Palliative Care Unit
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MANY members of the Wauchope community will be familiar with Michael Crossland.

The 30-year-old inspirational speaker visited Wauchope earlier this year to share his incredible story of triumph through a lifetime of illness and adversity.

Now he is about to tell his story again at a fundraiser for Wauchope’s new Palliative Care Unit.

The Rotary Club of Port Macquarie is hosting the event on Wednesday 3 September after several of its members heard Mr Crossland speak at the Rotary District Conference in Coffs Harbour earlier this year.

“The impact of that speech reverberated throughout the Rotary community, and we felt we had to give local residents an opportunity to hear Michael and to be inspired by his story,” club president Debbie Loveday said.

One of Australia’s most sought-after inspirational speakers, Mr Crossland was diagnosed with a life-threatening cancer before his first birthday.

Given a four per cent chance of survival, Mr Crossland defied the odds, despite a lifetime of health setbacks, including a heart attack at 12.

The youngster had a dream – to play baseball in the United States – and illness wasn’t about to get in his way.

At 12, he started playing baseball in his home town of Coffs Harbour and at 15 he was drafted into the Australian Expos Baseball Team. A year later he was offered a scholarship to play college baseball in the US.

By the age of 24, he had become the youngest national sales development manager for one of the world’s largest companies but he turned his back on the corporate high life to put his health and family first and, in the process, rebuilt an orphanage in earthquake-devastated Haiti.

“The story of Michael Crossland is one of inspiration and challenge,” Ms Loveday said.

“His story is not about how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get back up.”

In the past 12 months Mr Crossland has presented in front of more than 250,000 people, appeared on countless radio and television shows in the US and Australia, and featured in an humanitarian documentary about the lives he has saved through his orphanage and school in Haiti.

The highly sought-after speaker is donating his time on Wednesday 3 September to ensure 100 per cent of the night’s proceeds go to the Palliative Care Unit at Wauchope District Memorial Hospital.

The venue is Port Macquarie Panthers Club and tickets cost $15 each online at www.trybooking南京夜网/FLET, or $20 at the door. It is recommended audience members should be over 16 years of age. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. For more information contact Leonie McHugh on 0418 982 212.

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Gold medals for local tourist operators

Golden couple: Mark and Julie Ennor from Bellrowan Valley Horse Riding received the gold award in the Best Adventure Tourism category at the 2014 North Coast Tourism Awards. Pic: Seen Australia PhotographyA LOCAL business and tourist destination have taken top honours in the 2014 North Coast Tourism Awards held at Trial Bay Gaol last weekend.
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Bellrowan Valley Horse Riding at Mortons Creek took gold in the Adventure Tourism category and Old Bottlebutt in Burrawan State Forest Wauchope received a gold award for New Tourism Development at the glittery event held inside South West Rocks’ most famous tourist attraction.

Owner Julie and Mark Ennor were understandably thrilled with the award.

“To be recognised as the North Coast’s number 1 Adventure Tourism business is truly an amazing feeling, “said Julie.

“We pride ourselves on giving the highest level of service focusing on safety, fun and offering a true Aussie bush experience”.

The business has received top gongs in 2007, 2010 and 2012 (Silver) for business excellence, being the premier adventure tourism activity in NSW’s fastest growing tourism regions.

“We are now in our 12th year of business and have welcomed over 38,000 guests from all over Australia and the world to discover our stunning hinterland from the back of our beautiful horses, “said Julie.

Bellrowan Valley Horse Riding qualifies as a finalist in the NSW Tourism Awards to be held in Sydney in November.

Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Manager of Tourism and Partnerships Louise Faulkner said the award for Old Bottlebutt recognises the contribution local State forests make to the region.

“Old Bottlebutt is the Mid North Coast’s best kept secret and the award recognises the new facilities we’ve developed will really put it on the map.

Billabong Zoo also took out the bronze award in the Tourist Attractions category.

The North Coast of NSW is the third most popular destination in Australia behind Sydney (number one) and Melbourne (number two) in attracting domestic overnight visitors.

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Batman and Robin (aka John Eggert and Bill Norris) ready for Trek4Kidz

Dynamic duo: Bill Norris (aka Robin) and John Eggert (aka Batman) are firing up the batmobile for this year’s Trek4kidzLOCAL superheros Batman and Robin (aka John Eggert and Bill Norris) are busy doing the final checks to the bat mobile ahead of this year’s Trek4Kidz.
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The pair will zoom out of Wauchope on Saturday to be in Armidale for the start of the 2014 Bush to Coast Trek.

The annual week-long event explores different regional areas of the Australian countryside by car and since its inception the trek has visited more than 300 towns, 35 schools and raised over $1,045,000 for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

These funds have enabled Starlight to grant 160 life-changing wishes or transform the hospital experience for 28,243 sick children at hospitals around Australia, including John Hunter Children’s Hospital.

Thanks to generous donations from Hal Lyndsay Earthmoving, the Wauchope Steam, Oil and Engine Club and Wauchope Timbertown Tennis Club, John and Bill will enjoy a week exploring Dalby, Hervey Bay, Caboolture and Tenterfield before the trek finishes in Woolgoolga.

This is John Eggert’s sixth trek but the enthusiasm hasn’t waned.

“It’s a great week, all about mates, friends with not too many cars.

“You aren’t waiting all day to start or finish and you get to see a lot of the country mostly on dirt roads while supporting a wonderful cause,” said John. The event begins on Sunday August 24 and finishes on Sunday August 30. For more information on this year’s Trek4Kidz, visit th website www. trek4kidz南京夜网

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Remembering the fallen on Vietnam Veterans Day

Lest we forget: Greg Gadd, Greg Cavanagh, Ken Meredith,George Payne,Kevin Ward, Ray Knapp, David Harding and Mal Butler at the cenotaph in Wauchope on MondayA GROUP of Vietnam Veterans, held a small but moving ceremony at the Wauchope Cenotaph on Monday August 18 to mark Vietnam Veterans Day.
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It was 48 years ago, that the men of Delta Company, 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment withheld an enemy attack in a rubber plantation at Long Tan in Vietnam.

Australian would lose 18 men in battle that day; a defining battle in Australia’s 10 year engagement in Vietnam. A further five hundred and three Australian soldiers would die in Vietnam.

The anniversary is also referred to as Long Tan Day.

Lead by veteran Ray Knapp, the ceremony in Wauchope acknowledged those men who served their nation in the Vietnam War.

Three wreaths were laid at the foot of the cenotaph from the Wauchope RSL, Wauchope RSL Sub branch and Port Macquarie Vietnam Veterans Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Association of Australia (NSW branch) Inc.

“We wanted a service in Wauchope for those that are still here,” said Mr Knapp.

“We are really hoping for a much bigger turn out next year when the centenary is on”.A home parade for Vietnam Veterans in 1987 saw the genesis for the Memorial in Canberra that serves as a reminder of the service and sacrifice of the almost 60,000 Australians who served in the Vietnam War.

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