Kate Hergenhan says the QCWA has lots to offer young women.
Kate Hergenhan says the QCWA has lots to offer young women. Shannon Newley

Young member extols QCWA virtues

WHAT do you think of when you hear about the Queensland Country Women's Association?

Little old grannies? Tea and scones? Crochet and knitting?

Well all of those things may be a part of the long-running organisation but one Warwick woman said there is a lot more to it.

Forty-four-year-old Kate Hergenhan moved to the Rose City from Brisbane about three years ago and one of her first decisions was to attend craft mornings with the QCWA. She said it was also one of her best decisions.

“I met these incredibly interesting women from such varied backgrounds,” she said.

“Some of them had been stay-at-home mothers, some had worked their entire lives, and others were widows trying to adjust to life as single women.”

Ms Hergenhan said the QCWA initially appealed to her because it was an organisation that had stood the test of time, had a range of activities, gave back to the community and was a great networking tool for someone new to town.

“These women are not only a great source of historical information but current information like who is the best electrician or plumber,” she said.

She said her true initiation into the association came when she was asked to help out in the kitchen on a Thursday.

“These are not little old ladies,” she said.

“They are businesswomen, and they are turning a profit.”

And after working in marketing and human resources and later teaching it, business was something Ms Hergenhan knows something about.

“But as much as they are working to make the profit, it then goes back into the community, which is something I really admire,” she said.

She said despite many of the members being aged into their 70s, there was an incredible amount of energy within the QCWA.

“I am just in awe of these women,” Ms Hergenhan said.

“I have found some really close girlfriends. I don't see them as older women, we are just friends and we have a lot of fun together.”

Ms Hergenhan recently took on the role of vice-president and said she hoped others would see how much the QCWA had to offer young women.

“We can gain so much from these women,” she said.



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