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The challenging drought conditions felt across the North West did reduce attendance numbers slightly at the Annual General Meeting of the Armidale Diocese Catholic Women’s League (CWL) held over the weekend of the 19th & 20th October at Quirindi. Participants however saw the gathering as an important part of their catholic lives and critical to ensuring regional Catholic women remain connected and empowered.

Local branch delegates saw the greatest challenge facing the CWL as the recruitment of new members given the busy lives that people now lead, further compounded by the vast distances between branches and towns across the diocese’s 91,500 square kilometre reach.

Despite these factors, delegates believed that the reward and satisfaction experienced through being a part of the CWL far exceeded the sacrifice of their time. The social interaction and friendships built overtime are a lasting and rewarding bonus.

(L-R) Helen Passfield (Quirindi), Catriena Broekman (Gunnedah), Anne Jones (Warialda)
(L-R) Vishanti Porter, Diedre Andren
(L-R) Molly Burke, Madelaine Hayes, Marlene Keys

Business Development and Marketing Manager, Bernie Munro said “ADIG was extremely happy to support events such as this because of the positive benefits it brings to our communities. The actions of groups such as this quite often do not get the recognition they deserve. Even the fact that they choose to hold their meeting in a small local community such as Quirindi, shows the thought that they give to helping locals and the towns in which they live”.

The AGM allowed for the elevation and presentation of important local issues at the State level of the Catholic Women’s League in coming weeks.

(L-R) Mary Smith, Lyn Carlisle