Getting into this year's Turkish theme at Howard QCWA are Bernice Pearce, Judy Sheean and Elizabeth Proctor.
Getting into this year's Turkish theme at Howard QCWA are Bernice Pearce, Judy Sheean and Elizabeth Proctor. Alistair Brightman

Women talking Turkey at Howard CWA

EVERY year the QCWA studies a country and a branch may submit their country of choice.

These are put on to a shortlist of five by State Office, and the decision is made from those branches which will be the country studied for the year to follow.

This year it was Turkey and Howard QCWA president Leanne Winter said that during the year, each branch relies on its international officer to inform the members of the customs, handcrafts and cultures of that particular country.

International officer Elizabeth Proctor put a lot of heart and soul into her first project and last week the group celebrated with a morning tea and luncheon of Turkish delights.

"I've been with the QCWA for seven years, ever since my husband passed away. I didn't want to sit around and do nothing, now I never get a minute to myself I'm so busy," Elizabeth said.

"I love the friendliness of other women and we have fun while helping the community.

"We have contest days and I'm the resident poet. I write all of my poetry and have won the contest for the past three years."

Faye Wilkes-Johnson is the newest member of the Howard QCWA and said she heard about it when she was in Melbourne.

"QCWA have an extremely high standard across the board and that's what I like about it. It's a fun group as well, and everyone works well together for the community, especially with helping people during a disaster," Faye said.

"The companionship makes QCWA what it is. You get a chance to make new friends while sharing with other people."

The Howard QCWA women have travelled to exotic places like Madagascar, Denmark and Malta but they did not necessarily have to leave home.

They have made crafts and foods, studied the culture and costumes that are traditional to these countries and celebrated each one with a morning tea or luncheon.



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