The Toodyay WIFE branch was formed in November 2017 and though small in membership at the moment, we have achieved a lot over a short time.
Our branch meetings are held every two months. The dates for 2018 are as follows: 8 March (AGM), 10 May,
12 July, 13 September, 8 November. We have evening meetings; general meetings are casual and discussion on guest speakers or interests that we have, are put in place. A raffle is held by a member each meeting and this small bit of fundraising assists with any needs we might have during the year.
We have welcomed local, Charlie Wroth with 40 years’ experience at volunteering as a Bush Fire Fighter & Fire Control Officer and St John Ambulance Officer, as our first guest speaker. He gave a presentation on Bush Fire Safety & Prevention, discussed Bush Fire Plans which is a very relevant topic in Toodyay. Charlie then gave a demonstration on CPR and Defibrillator awareness. This workshop was well supported by our membership and the community.
Our most recent achievement was organising a Biosecurity & Livestock Seminar, including Farm Planning which was open to all producers in the Shire and surrounds. Guest speakers were Frances Gartrell, Biosecurity WA LBN Manager and Jeff Russell, Grains Biosecurity Officer who were very informative and made the evening lively. We obtained the support of the Shire of Toodyay, their rangers attended on the night and it was a very beneficial and knowledgeable night for all in attendance.
Ideas for this year are to attend surrounding WIFE branch meetings if possible and enrol in some TAFE one day courses including a chemical course for women and a financial management course. Understanding and using Dropbox is also on the list of skills to acquire and fortunately we will be able to make use of the knowledge of one of our branch members to do this.
Executive for 2018:
Chairperson - Alison Wroth
Secretary - Maria Rebane
Treasurer - Jane Simonetti
We are open to rural women of all ages and interests.