Spring is in the air at QCWA Silkwood’s High Tea

QCWA members Jean Rosendahl, Agnes Tait, and Janice Fanias presented Maria Vasicek (second from left) from IYFC with care packs, towels, and saris.

SEVENTY-FIVE ladies dressed in their finest attire and enjoyed the hospitality of members of QCWA Silkwood branch at their High Tea in Springtime at Silkwood Bowls Club.

Due to COVID-19, this was the branch’s first fundraiser event and ladies from Innisfail, Tully, Cardwell, Mission Beach, El Arish, and Kurrimine Beach were in attendance.

Guests enjoyed a selection of delicious homemade treats, including famous scones, jam, and cream, as well as fancy sandwiches, warm savouries, and mini sweets.

Teapot shaped biscuits were made by a branch member from her grandmother’s biscuit recipe and decorated by some of the ladies and placed on every plate.

A cup and saucer at the High Tea were part of a wedding present to Jean Rosendahl’s parents when they married in 1935. 

As Jean Rosendahl and her granddaughter are avid collectors of teapots, they supplied the 13 teapots used at the function.

Collector teaspoons, supplied by Marion Rick, were used to select lucky prize winners and the ladies wore their finest homemade Australian themed fascinators to be judged.

Guest speaker, Maria Vasicek, Treasurer of Innisfail Youth and Family Care, spoke in detail about the types of abuse, domestic violence programs and services offered by the not-for-profit community organisation.

The branch especially wished to thank Silkwood Bowls Club, Tully IGA, Tully Drapery, Sally from Silkwood Hair, and STT Butchery, Kurrimine Beach for their support and generosity.

President Jean Rosendahl, who is the longest serving member of the branch since 1970s, said she first became involved when she was a young mother in Silkwood and soon became hooked by the ladies’ caring attitude and friendships formed.

The Silkwood branch, formed in 1930, has a rich history and reached its 90-year milestone in 2020.

Their committee is made up of Jean Rosendahl (President), Colleen Smith and Judy Young (Vice President), Agnes Tait (Secretary), Jeanette Bucklar (Treasurer), and Janice Fanias (Media & Publicity Officer).

In early 2021, the branch was successful in securing a substantial Community Gambling Fund grant, which was used to install air conditioning and solar panels at their hall, which was built in 1937.

The branch provides ongoing support to local community organisations such as IYFC.

QCWA branches are involved in international projects, which include providing birthing kits to women in Papua New Guinea, as well as Water for All and Women Feed the World.

Each year QCWA branches engage in a Country of Study and in 2021 it is Malaysia.

In 2022, QCWA will celebrate 100 years since its formation and the country of study will be Australia.

The branch holds craft mornings every Tuesday from 9.00am – 12.00pm at the QCWA Hall in Silkwood and women of all ages are welcome to attend. 

The cost is $5, which includes morning tea, and it provides a great opportunity for women to connect in a relaxed, social environment.

Anyone interested in finding out more or joining QCWA Silkwood branch, can contact Jean on 4065 2280.

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