CHEER: Michele Slater convincing Santa she has been nice all year.
CHEER: Michele Slater convincing Santa she has been nice all year. Contributed

Look back on a stellar year as last QCWA meeting approaches

THE division's final meeting for the year is on Tuesday with a Christmas party to follow.

Instead of members exchanging gifts they will be donating money towards the cost of making care packs for domestic violence victims.

Some branches have also donated money to various local organisations spreading a little good cheer.

Killarney again held a successful Carols Around The World function, led by the choir members and pianist, Lorna Grayson.

Carols from different countries were presented and the audience also joined in with some well-known carols.

Games were played and morning tea served which in true QCWA tradition, was delicious.

Victoria Hill Branch held its Christmas party with members, husbands and friends at the Allora RSL.

Some branches had Christmas parties at their rooms, but many went out to various eateries enabling the members to relax and not have to work.

Emu Vale members enjoyed lunch at CafevJacqui's in Warwick.

Cunningham and Mt Colliery Branches have held barbecues at their respective halls with Santa making appearances.

Stanthorpe has held a successful cent sale with many happy prize winners.

The division recently held a copyright information day with Mrs Judie Bellingham.

What do you know about copyright law?

Do you make and sell all sorts of things from bags to songs to paintings and carvings, leaflets and computer images?

If you do you could find yourself receiving a legal letter from one of the commercial giants because they recognise a design of theirs on which they hold the copyright.

The internet has made it easy to find ideas, publicise what you do and sell your product.

It has also made it easy for those who hold the copyright to find those who misuse it.

There are a lot of stories about copyright.

People will tell you to change the colour, tweak the design, only copy part of it but it is much more complex.

So many people were breaking copyright that commercial laws have been made more restrictive and more precise in order to protect the creators.

Mrs Bellingham was president of Queensland Quilters Inc when she realised there was a problem in selling their creations.

She has done a lot of research and is very generous in talking to groups of people with an interest in these matters.

Her presentation was interesting and most helpful.

Most members will enjoy a break in January with only a few branches holding meetings.

However the branches in Border Division will be back next year, full of enthusiasm and fun ideas.

Why not think about joining a QCWA branch in the New Year?

Now that sounds like a good New Year's resolution.

From the president and members of Border Division, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

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