A LOT has changed since Elsie McInnes joined the Country Women’s Association 75 years ago.
Ms McInnes, 91, was only 16 when she joined the group.
The Bendigo resident said the CWA had provided her with an education and countless friends over the years.
“In the country, you never had an education after primary school,” she said during a recent meeting to celebrate the milestone.
“I’ve certainly learnt a lot from it.
“It hasn’t got as many members now and most of the branches are losing members.
“But the group is still going and there are always new ones coming along.”
Ms McInnes said she particularly enjoyed meeting people at CWA state conferences.
“I’ve met a lot of friends and made a lot of friends,” she said.
“I’ve learnt such a lot about craftwork, knitting and I’ve gone to a lot of exhibitions.
“I’m certainly pleased the CWA has been around.”
Eaglehawk branch president Janet Filbey said being a part of the group for 75 years was a big achievement.
“I’m very impressed,” Ms Filbey said.
“She was always at the meetings and always a good member who put in. I think it’s a great achievement.”
Bev Sutherland said she had become good friends with Ms McInnes.
“She’s devoted her life to the CWA and the church,” Ms Sutherland said.
Cr Elise Chapman attended the presentation for Ms McInnes’s 75 year anniversary.
“I think her dedication and giving is impressive,” Cr Chapman said.
“It’s allowed her to help in communities. CWA members have an opportunity to make a difference in their own communities by playing an active role.”