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Country Women's Association in NSW is attracting a new generation of recruits

While unions and service clubs are battling falling membership numbers, there's one group that's bucking the trend.

For more than a decade, membership rates for the New South Wales Country Women's Association [CWA] have fallen by 300 people each year, but this year membership is up by 50.

Founded in 1922, the organisation is known for its bake sales and knitting, but members say a shift to night-time meetings and plans for virtual branches are attracting a new generation of young women.

Around 20 evening branches have opened across the state in the last year to cater for the growing number of working women and students wanting to attend meetings.

Madison Bronte, 23, is one of the founding members of a new evening branch in Mascot in Sydney's inner suburbs.

She said one of the reasons she was attracted to the organisation was because of its social issues committee.


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(ABC NEWS 7/10/18)