Current president of the Catholic Women’s Group, Mary Roberts, with some of the members celebrating their 60th anniversary.
Current president of the Catholic Women’s Group, Mary Roberts, with some of the members celebrating their 60th anniversary. Karleila Thomsen

Catholic Women's League turns 60

MARYBOROUGH will see in a huge milestone next week when its branch of the Catholic Women’s League celebrates its 60th anniversary.

With more than 60 members, it is the largest CWL membership in Qld, says president Mary Roberts.

“We have about 62 members – quite a few of whom have been there right from the beginning,” she said.

Ms Roberts, who was appointed president three years ago, said the CWL was a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting women spiritually, socially, culturally and intellectually.

“Particularly supporting young mothers and people who can’t leave their homes,” she said.

“Here in Maryborough we do a lot of fundraising.

“We have a lovely group of people and they are all active because they all have different abilities.

“They’re very talented people.”

She said that although she had many cherished memories from her time as president of the organisation, she would be stepping down from her position this year.

“I was so amazed when I was accepted as an outsider.

“I came from the south but everyone made me feel so welcome.”

She encouraged past, present and anyone with a connection to the original members to come along to the Granville Sports Club for the celebration on Tuesday.

“It’s going to be a wonderful celebration.”

To book a seat call Mary Conaty on 4123 2041. Tickets are $20 per person.

GROUP’S HISTORY

Maryborough’s branch of the Catholic Women’s League was formed in March 1950 after it was requested that a group of ladies get together a social and charitable club to help St Mary’s Catholic Church.

The first general meeting saw 45 paid up members and decisions made that still hold good today – including that meetings be held the first Tuesday of each month and that the sick, elderly and St Vincent de Paul are top priority.



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