Country Women’s Association members across the Goulburn Valley have been busy baking plum puddings, shortbread, mince pies and much more for the upcoming annual CWA of Victoria Christmas Fair fundraiser.
Since the Shepparton branch received a wealth of donated goodies from Coles Shepparton at the end of September, members including Gwenda Metzke and Judith Poole have been tucked away in their kitchens whipping up the tried and true traditional CWA recipes.
‘‘It takes practice and love,’’ said Ms Poole, who joined the CWA about 10 years ago when her sister died.
‘‘They became my sisters.’’
Ms Poole will represent the Goulburn Valley in Toorak tomorrow at CWA Victoria’s headquarters, where she will help sell baked goods created by branches across the state.
‘‘I’ll also be selling at the ACWW stall, which is the international Country Women’s Association,’’ she said.
She said the money raised from goods sold would be distributed across the state thanks to the organisation which they described as a sisterhood.
‘‘It’s a real women’s thing,’’ Ms Poole said. ‘‘You don’t have to think about men at all.’’
Ms Metzke said the CWA ran through her blood — her grandmother and mother were also members.
She joined the local branch more than 36 years ago and soon developed a reputation for impeccable baking skills.
‘‘When my local CWA branch approached me and asked me to bake some Christmas goods for the annual state CWA fundraiser, I jumped at the chance,’’ she said.
‘‘I love baking. I’m known for my jelly slice, scones and pancakes and often bake with my grandchildren and let them lick the spoon and get their hands dirty in the kitchen.’’
It is their grandchildren the women are trying to target in order to get more young mothers involved with the organisation.
‘‘It’s that late 30s to 40s age group we’d really like to catch as there’s a big gap,’’ Ms Poole said.
‘‘We are always looking for new members. You don’t have to be good at anything, you can just join a group of like-minded women.’’
To register your interest in joining any branch in the district contact the Victorian head office in Toorak on (03)98278971.