CWL Lithgow celebrates 40 years!
On 2nd July, 2012, the Lithgow Catholic Women’s League celebrated their 40th birthday in style at the Commercial Hotel Lithgow - which was the first meeting place of the organisation. President Noela Williams welcomed special guests Father Owen Gibbons, Sisters Christina Aitken and Marie Breen, two members of the Oberon CWL - who braved the cold weather to travel to Lithgow - current and past members and guests.
12 of the 13 past Presidents were in attendance, with Jean Brewer unable to attend due to illness. Each was presented with a yellow carnation tied with a blue ribbon. Nancy Connelly was invited to respond on behalf of the guests. Past President Maureen McPherson and President Noela Williams cut the 40th Birthday Cake.
Past President Pat Taylor presented a history of the CWL in Lithgow which had been put together by Diocesan President Dawn Frazer, from the Minutes of the past 40 years. Pat added a few extra memories, as did Moira Murnane, Joan Doonan, Pat Livermore and Therese Walsh.
The Lithgow CWL is famous for its “shows” at the annual Christmas parties - “While the Billy Boils”, “Good Old Days”, “G’Day Australia”, “Australia Remembers” along with its Irish and Scottish nights and St. Pat’s Day Concerts. This year has seen the addition of two new members and Catholic Women Connecting starting up; this group is in the early stages of organising its first outing, 26cm squares have been knitted, allowing 16 rugs to be put together by members for Wraps with Love and a Cyber Bullying night has been organised.
The Lithgow CWL members say they have had a great time travelling to see many parts of Australia, and the world, something they wouldn’t have done had they not been members of the CWL. There was, and still is, a great bond of friendship and faith within this group of happy ladies.