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
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)