QCWA’s Joyce Bell presented Cunningham CWA member Jean Schnitzerling with her 50 years of service badge at the Cunningham CWA Mother’s Day function yesterday.
QCWA’s Joyce Bell presented Cunningham CWA member Jean Schnitzerling with her 50 years of service badge at the Cunningham CWA Mother’s Day function yesterday. Jayden Brown

50-year CWA service marked

THE Cunningham Hall was abuzz with laughter and smiles, as mothers from around the region gathered for a special CWA morning tea yesterday.

The women of the Cunningham CWA spent hours preparing for their biggest annual fundraiser, catering for more than 100 people from as far away as Brisbane.

The day was extra special for one long-serving CWA member, Jean Schnitzerling, who was presented with her 50 years of service badge.

A surprised and overjoyed Jean said she joined the CWA in 1964 while living in Talwood, west of Goondiwindi.

"I was pressured into it while living out west," she said.

"I was a busy lady, but I found time to hold all offices over the years."

During her years with the CWA (27 years in Talwood and 23 years in Cunningham), the 89-year-old said she had many fond memories.

"I won cooking and knitting prizes," she said.

"I enjoyed going to conferences and meetings, meeting different people and all the catering."

The CWA in small communities such as Cunningham has become the meeting place for locals, according to Cunningham CWA president Mary Devereux.

"In most towns the post office or small shop are the meeting place - we have nothing like that in Cunningham," she said.

"The funds we raise are for hall maintenance and we give to different charities such as Meals on Wheels, Blue Care, CareFlight and the Salvation Army."

For Jean the best thing about the CWA is the camaraderie.

"We're there to help each other out when anyone is in trouble," she said.

"There's always someone to pull you up."



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