New CWA member brings joy to branch
When Ms Gail Treweek joined the Woy Woy branch of the Country Women's Association in 2019, it was something of an experiment for both Gail and the branch.
Gail joined after her group home in Woy Woy applied for National Disability Insurance Scheme funding for her to attend with her nurse, Ms Marina Clewett.
"From the very first day Gail came through the doors, she was welcomed with open arms and we have never looked back," said branch president Ms Jane Bowtell.
"Shy at first and a little overwhelmed by the number of people and the constant chatter of craft and chat days, it did not take her long to warm to the branch and form friendships and bonds with other members.
"Gail helps choose colours of the yarn her nurse knits into beanies for the birthing kits in NSW Ambulance.
"When she attends monthly meetings she listens carefully and will often speak out or call for quiet when the president dings the bell.
"The noise immediately ceases thanks to Gail.
"She has baked for the cookery competition and her most recent achievement was to place third in branch for her sweet mustard pickles.
"She beamed with happiness.
"Members have happily attended her home to celebrate Christmas with her.
"Her family and staff at her care home always tell us that Gail has gained so much by joining the CWA and being part of the community."
Ms Bowtell said: "Really, we think we are the lucky ones as she has brought a joyful innocence and her beautiful smile warms our hearts.
"She is such an integral part of our branch and we look forward to helping her celebrate her 70th birthday this year."
Media release, 27 Feb 2022
Jane Bowtell, CWA Woy Woy