Potential for new SACWA branch

New: Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey with Steph Schmit, of Robertstown, who is the driving force behind a Goyder SACWA branch. FILE PHOTO.
New: Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey with Steph Schmit, of Robertstown, who is the driving force behind a Goyder SACWA branch. FILE PHOTO.

A place for women to go and be themselves, escape the harshness of the land and have some time out is the hope behind the potential formation of Goyder SA Country Women’s Association Branch. 

Steph Schmidt, of Robertstown, recognised the need for a group following conversations with people from throughout the Goyder area. 

“It was really through chatting with people in Eudunda and Burra, it kept popping up in conversation,” Steph said. 

She saw a 7.30pm report on the ABC about the drought interstate and how the CWA branches had helped out, this drove Steph to make some calls. 

After contacting SACWA State Branch, Steph said a meeting for November was organised and the process began. 

“I thought, we don’t have anything that was like this in the Goyder region. I guess that was my tipping point.” 

Steph said the reaction from the state group was positive and their support had been strong since her initial communication. 

Their first night in Robertstown on November 9, saw about 25 women – of all ages – turn out for the event with about 15 marked as apologies, but still showing interest. 

Steph said the ladies included some who had previously been part of CWA (in the Goyder region) up until they closed down. 

The interest generated from this information night saw potential for the SACWA Goyder branch opening. 

A further meeting will be held on Friday, February 22 at Robertstown Peace Hall to establish a membership and, furthermore, a committee. 

Steph felt the timing couldn’t be better, with the SACWA celebrating its 90th year in 2019 – SACWA’s first branch was established by Mary Warnes in Burra. 

Part of the motive behind starting the branch was to allow women an outlet during tough times. 

“That was part of the motivation, we are so busy supporting everyone else, having that space and an excuse to get out of the house is important. The first year’s aim will be more so a social space for the women and that reason to get out and look after ourselves, I think,” Steph said. 

SACWA State President Roslyn Schumann said there had been a pleasing interest in the association right across the state in recent years.

“Members are keen to learn the skills of cooking, crafts and a variety of other activities of their choice while sharing friendship and giving voluntary service to the community, which is still the foundation of SACWA today,” Mrs Schumann said. 

Information evening date: Friday, February 22, 2019, 6:30pm for 7pm start, supper provided. Robertstown Peace Hall; 32 Commercial St, Robertstown. To register contact SACWA on 8332 4166 or contact Steph Schmidt on 0421 643 322.