SLICE AND SMILES: Merle Rettke enjoys a cuppa at what she calls the happiest QCWA on the Downs.
SLICE AND SMILES: Merle Rettke enjoys a cuppa at what she calls the happiest QCWA on the Downs. Kirstin Payne

Biggest Morning tea proves top way to start the week

NOTHING starts off a Monday better for QCWA Emu Vale branch member Merle Rettke than a morning tea with friends.

The branch members, many of whom had been touched by cancer in the past hoped to raise at least $100 towards the Cancer Council in their Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser.

Part of the branch since the 1950s Mrs Rettke said the Biggest Morning Tea was one of the many activities the group gets up to.

"My favourite is international day and the milestones like the 25th and 50th were really lovely," she said.

While times have changed for the group who once brought children to play at the hall, the QCWA is still the beating heart of Emu Vale.

"There is a changing population in the district but Emu Vale has always been a happy branch," Mrs Rettke said. "I've made plenty of friends here and when you go to a conference it's like one big family."

Though the average age of the group sits at 70, there is no way the ladies plan to slow down.

"My word we aren't silent, we are loud, all our members are very active," she laughed.



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