What an exciting time to take on the role of Fraser Group President with new Branches formed and a growing membership of enthusiastic women with a wide range of interests.
CWA State and FRASER GROUP HAPPENINGS
Presidents Report Conference Theme is Change
communities are changing and CWA as part of the community is also going through
changes. There is a very old Buddhist
saying along the lines - ‘The only constant is change’
talking to long time members that CWA has always been changing in response to
community needs. Recently, what can make
change more difficult, is the pace of change. It seems to be getting more and
more rapid and sometimes it can be hard to keep up. I am sure we can all think of some
examples. For me it stands out that when
I joined 9 ½ years ago the debate was about writing minutes in pencil in a book
or using the computer to record meetings.
the State, Group and Branch level there are many changes being talked about.
Council is looking at changes to the Constitution so that CWA can take the next
step towards gaining charity status. There
is a sub-committee looking at Structural changes and examining a range of
options which include creating a Board of Directors and more will be coming out
about these different options as this committee reports to State Council.
for including Branch input into Forward Plan for the next 5 years is being
developed. At the last State Council Lynne Jordan,
Executive Officer proposed a ‘Road Show’ to travel around the State gathering
member input. State Council members
contributed ideas for gaining member’s input.
essential for CWA members to work out what to value, what to keep and where we
can improve. Change can be a good thing
and offer lots of opportunities for efficiency and create greater benefits to
members. I know that the very word
‘change’ can bring about an emotional fear response. This is quite natural as not all change is
for the best. The best ideas come from a
balance of thinking and feeling.
identifying what to keep it is essential to tap into the wisdom and experience
of long time members as well as listening to new ideas and the enthusiasm and
energy of new members. If we keep an open mind we can take the best ideas
forward from what has been tried before and what worked what didn’t, does an
idea just need to be tweeked a little to be worth trying again, maybe it’s time
Group level, Fraser Group is in a very good position to handle all the
challenges that change can bring. We
have a great new injection of energy with all the new Branches opening in the
previous 2 years thanks to all the hard work of Vivian Chermali. Also, we have the wisdom of long standing
members in the established Branches and new members joining all the Branches.
Group has improved Communications with updated Branch contact lists and
refreshing the information placed on the Blogsite, we have looked at issues
around the use of social media and assisted Branches when asked.
for the Group looks good with more social activities and training planned. An
increase in Craft activity is a particular focus and responding to the needs of
Branches as they arise will continue to be a priority. Building membership is essential for the
continuation of all the Branches and especially important for the smaller
A Very Successful Cocktail Party ...
held on Friday 19 May by Alida for the executive of each branch within our Fraser Group. This was timely for branch members to meet before attending the State Conference in late May.
Too much food, not enough wine (probably cause everyone drank it all!) and lots of very pretty shoes on display.As no one left early, Alida would like to host another one and this time for all the branch members. Stay tuned ... Meanwhile, here is a happy snap.
|Fraser Group Branches Executives|