TWENTY members and state creative arts officer Lee Lelliott attended the Octoman Group annual meeting at Tumby Bay last month.
Tumby Bay president Sandra McCallum welcomed all and encouraged everyone to be prepared to embrace change.
Ms Lellott pinned the badges on the group officers for the forthcoming year including president Dorothy Mellor, handicraft Helen Kroemer, arts/international Di McLachlan and secretary/treasurer Lyn Telfer.
The card making day during the year was a success and enjoyed by those participating.
The group had a stall at the Lipson Markets and raised $474 to support state funds.
Arrangements are in hand for the Country State Council in Port Lincoln in March 2017 and members are encouraged to attend.
The group is planning a quilting day the day after state council for those interested.
Since the White Flat Branch closed during the year, a report by founding member Nell Docking was read by Di McLachlan, detailing the branch’s 57 years of service.
Branch members were successful in table day competitions and a cabinet showcasing its trophies has been placed in the Tumby Bay CWA rooms.
Remaining members have transferred to other branches where their expertise will be appreciated.
Mrs Docking was presented with a 60-year certificate and Val Cronk with a 50-year badge. Both women have done great work for the association and have had positions in their branch as well as in the Octoman group.
Guest speaker Mrs Lelliott provided information from around the state, described her involvement in state committees, shared something of her life's journey and drew attention to the coming annual meeting in Adelaide in October, where the draft SACWA Constitution will be presented for voting. It is important to read the document in order to have an informed vote.
An expression of thanks and a basket of produce was presented to Mrs Lelliott.
Ms McLachlan presented an agenda for the arts/international day on November 10 in which all branches are asked to submit a poster on a specified aspect of Nepal, the country of study, and a skit for the afternoon's entertainment.
Josie Jelinek presented the schedule for table day on May 16 with the theme of heirlooms.
Retiring arts/international officer Joan Winter, absent due to illness, was remembered for her hard work and dedication to that office for the past three years.
Following a discussion, a motion was put that the group requires face to face explanation from the constitution committee regarding proposed changes to the constitution and that the matter lay on the table until further notice.
After the meeting, everyone joined Tumby Bay in celebrating its 83rd birthday with a beautiful cake cut by Mrs Docking and Mrs Cronk.