News from the National Executive and Units
ACW NEWS AND EVENTS
2020 Queensland Unit AGM
On Monday 24 February, the Queensland Unit of Australian Church Women held their Annual General Meeting. It was wonderful to have representation from the various denominations.
Reports on all aspects of the work of Australian Church Women such as Fellowship of the Least Coin, Special Days Services, and Winifred Kiek Scholarship were presented. The recipient for the Scholarship will be found within Australia for the 2020/21 year and all are requested to go to the ACW website in order to source the application forms, and encourage those who would be worthy of receiving a scholarship to apply.
The guest speakers for the AGM were the Rev'd Canon James Oulds and Rev'd Canon Richard Tutin. Rev'd Canon Oulds gave a most interesting talk on the Mission Work of the Anglican Church of Melanesia. His address was centered on climate change, domestic violence, delinquency and the amazing work carried out by the Melanesian Brotherhood, Sisters of the Church, Melanesian Sisters and the Franciscans.
His talk was followed by an address from the Rev'd Canon Tutin who spoke on the World Council of Churches meeting that was taking place in Brisbane. They too were going to be addressing climate change, domestic violence and indigenous matters. A report will be compiled and distributed to fellow denominations. The next meeting of the World Council of Churches will be held in Germany. The Rev'd Canon Tutin has been appointed as a liaison officer, which is a blessing.
At the conclusion of these most informative talks, the Office Bearers for 2020/21 were installed by the Rev'd Canon Tutin: President Mrs Marilyn Oulds (Anglican), Vice-President Mrs Sandra O'Donohue (Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane), Secretary Major Nancy McLaren (The Salvation Army), Treasurer Mrs Margaret Florence (The Uniting Church of Australia).
The appointment of the Office Bearers reflects the true ecumenical nature of our organisation. There is opportunity for others to join our gatherings, which are held on the 4th Monday of the month at 10am at The Salvation Army Temple, Ann Street, Brisbane.
Report from Mrs Marilyn Oulds
President, Queensland Unit ACW
2019 ACW Inc. National Conference
The biennial National Conference of Australian Church Women Inc. was held in Brisbane 9-12 September 2019 at the Mercure Hotel, North Quay, Brisbane. The theme for the past two years has been ‘Women Serving Open Heartedly’ and this was also the conference theme.
We were pleased to receive welcome messages from the Premier of Queensland, the Lord Mayor of Brisbane and the General Secretary of Queensland Churches Together.
We commenced the Tuesday and Wednesday mornings with a Bible Study, ably led by Major Dr Marie Louise Craig. These studies were very well received and gave us much food for thought. Another speaker was Dr Liza Lamis, from the Philippines, who is the Executive Secretary of the International Committee for the Fellowship of the Least Coin prayer movement. Our conference evenings were enhanced by a small bell-ringing group from a local church.
The major part of the conference was the presentation of reports from each Unit, member denominations, World Day of Prayer Australia, other affiliated organisations, and each of our own ACW areas of responsibility—World Community Day, Fellowship Day, Winifred Kiek Scholarship, National Essay Competition for Year 9 Schoolgirls, Fellowship of the Least Coin, Asian Church Women’s Conference, ACW Website and ACW Archives. Other business was the induction of Lt Colonel Lynette Green as a National Life Member, and new notices of motion for discussion. We also participated in a moving remembrance service for members who have passed away since the last conference in 2017.
The South Australian Unit has taken on the responsibility of National Executive for the years 2019-2021, and the members of this Executive were inducted during the closing session of the conference.
Report from Lieut-Colonel Lynette Green
Secretary, Victorian Unit ACW
Prior to the National Conference, Dr Liza Lamis visited the NSW and VIC Units. Liza is pictured here with a few of the VIC Unit members at Port Melbourne for a fish and chip lunch. The Melbourne weather was a very cool change for Liza, and she borrowed a beanie, scarf and extra coat from the Victorian secretary.
Clockwise from Liza: Rev'd Anne Kennedy, Pam Modra, Lieut-Colonel Lynette Green, Joy Morley and Major Donna Bryan.
2019 ACW Inc. National Essay Competition for Schools
Congratulations to our first and second place winners in the 2019 ACW Inc. National Essay Competition.
Both girls attend the Torrens Valley Christian School in Adelaide.