I was reduced to being star-struck yesterday… and in-awe with a genuinely interesting conversation with the Immediate Past State President of the Country Women’s Association (CWA), Mrs Annette Turner. This woman is like a celebrity in my eyes.
A good-hearted, caring, intelligent, captivating woman of many CWA achievements with a great sense of humour. I have so much respect for her as a woman and in her role as the CWA State President over the last 3 years.
Mrs Annette Turner had been invited as a Guest Speaker to our CWA Wanthella Group Annual Conference and to open the meeting. Her story-telling conversational-style tone is easy to listen to and very inspiring. My day was enjoyed immensely.
I presented my lengthy Group Agricultural & Environmental Annual Report and shared my passion for an industry that I care about sustaining. Respectfully, listening to other fellow members share their reports and reflect on the past year’s achievements and activities.
People often ask… what is so great about CWA? My personal values align with those aims of CWA. So for me, it is a significant organisation that makes a difference in the lives of women and their families. I value the advocacy developed by ensuring women have a platform to share their voice and improve lives. It also provides a network of supportive women and social friendships in our community.
The sharing of skills and knowledge is also another great benefit. CWA support within the community in so many aspects, is what makes me very proud to be a part of CWA.
Yesterday, was also the day for CWA Branches to present their written motions of advocacy with voting taking place for the potential inclusion at the CWA Annual State Conference next year. Our Group discussed and voted on 3 motions that were accepted to move to the State Executive Committee for the motion to policy process.
It is fascinating to see the passion from a single concern, will develop into a motion and possibly become CWA policy to lobby the Government to support the policy and make a change in legislation. CWA is a very influential organisation with the best interests of the members of our nation at heart.
With the elections taking place, I have been re-elected as the Agricultural & Environmental Officer for Wanthella Group. Very excited to keep promoting agriculture and the rural industry in our region and beyond.
I felt overwhelmed yesterday when Mrs Annette Turner, complimented me on my report presentation and for my passion in the industry. This compliment meant so much to me, especially coming from her, a lady that I respect whole-heartedly.
It is nice to compliment people. That small comment that comes from your lips, may just take a small moment, but can make a massive difference for those listening ears. That compliment may just last a lifetime, giving someone the confidence and strength to make other decisions in their life. Remember to be kind to people and treat people the way you want to be treated.
Take care, Karen.
“Respect is how to treat everyone, not just those you want to impress.”
~ Richard Branson.