The Western Beaches CWL group had its first official meeting on February 17 this year, with monthly meetings now held in the evening at Glenelg Football Club.
Group member Tracy Glover said the evening timeslot was proving popular for a number of Catholic women in the area.
“Our first meeting saw 26 women from Henley Beach, Plympton, Edwardstown, Brighton and Glenelg parishes, as well as staff from Cabra Dominican College in attendance,” she said.
“Our youngest member is a student at Adelaide University Senior College, while others are professional women and recent retirees who are keen to nurture their faith and seek fellowship with like-minded women.”
Tracy said the idea to form the group arose after it was identified that some women in the local area were unable to attend daytime meetings due to work and family commitments.
Discussions were held with members of the Next Generation group in the Emmaus parish, which was formed in 2018 to offer an evening meeting alternative for women who wanted to join together in the CWL mission of sharing their faith and doing good works in the community.
“We saw the potential of engaging more women within our community than were being reached by the daytime meetings,” Tracy explained.
“We were very mindful of the rich history and knowledge base of the Glenelg CWL and therefore knew small steps were important in making a change. We started in 2021 with alternating our day and evening meetings each month and this enabled working members of our community as well as women who had other daytime commitments to attend and contribute.
Social issues on agenda
“Our aim as a group is to promote the spiritual, cultural, intellectual and social development of women and assist with bettering the lives of those in need.”
Tracy said Western Beaches CWL was grateful for the “strong support” it had received from the Glenelg CWL branch, including a $200 donation to assist with establishment costs.
The first event organised by the group was a High Tea held in St Mary’s Hall, Glenelg, on June 19 which raised $3000 for Ukraine.
The Western Beaches CWL meets on the third Tuesday of each month at Glenelg Football Club starting with a meal at 6pm and followed by the meeting at 7pm.
For more information about the group contact firstname.lastname@example.org