Seventy years with CWA

A massive seventy years of service by Mary Beard was recognised by the Lock Country Women’s Association branch recently when they presented her with a badge and certificate to commemorate the many years of volunteer service.

Ms Beard joined Dowlingville branch as a foundation member at 18 then transferred her membership to Lock branch after her marriage.

Ms Beard joined Dowlingville branch as a foundation member at 18 then transferred her membership to Lock...

Despite being busy as a wife and mother of three boisterous sons Mary still found time to do handicrafts, provide international education and continue her finest talent of history collation and writing.

Her 30-year history of the Lock branch won her a state competition in 1975.

She updated that history 20 years later for the 50th birthday of the branch.

Buxton Group president Merilyn Kelly listed handicraft secretary/assistant, reporter, arts officer, international officer, assistant secretary and sunshine lady as a few of the many positions she has filled during her 70 years.

Foundation Lock member Anne Searle shared early experiences, along with Shirley Longmire and her three daughters-in-law were present for the occasion.


Lock SACWA were also proud recipients of a Lock Op Shop donation.

With branch numbers and activities increasing they were in need of a pinup board in their meeting room at the Lock Health Centre.

At the recent Lock branch meeting the op shop’s past president Kathy Beard and newly elected president Gabby Zerk cut the ribbon to officially launch the board.

The branch was appreciative of the donation and already the board is sporting the SACWA 2019/20 calendar along with details of the Dorothy Dolling Trust – to support rural children needing to relocate for education – and monies available to ‘farmers in necessitous circumstances’ given by Dick Smith, Coles and Red Cross to SACWA for distribution.

Pictured inset: Mary Beard receives her certificate from Buxton Group president Merilyn Kelly.