This year our branch is celebrating our 50th year. The Kindon branch was formed on 12 August 1972 following a QCWA meeting at Yagaburne. The minutes from this historic gathering refer to concerns about the need for Government assistance to educate country children, as well as staffing issues in rural schools. The inaugural executive consisted of Mrs Heather Gollan as President, Mrs Cathy McClymont as Secretary and Mrs Joan Moffatt as Treasurer and stayed the same for eight years. Cathy served as Secretary for 12 years and is the longest period of service as an office bearer in the Branch. The branch did not hold meetings in the early days but instead passed on news at the local CWA meetings or P & C meetings.
Early correspondence is very informative and also mentions the weather status at the time be it drought or wet.
We applied for registration as a branch member body in 1990.
Some other members have been office bearers for long periods of time and are worth a mention. Jan McClymont was Treasurer for 8 years, our current Treasurer, Daryl Martin, has been in the position for 8 years and Tom McClymont served as President for 7 years.
The Cathy McClymont Tertiary Bursary
Last year we moved to set up a bursary for a student entering Tertiary education and this year will be the first issue of the bursary.
Application information can be found here.
Branch membership is currently 31 families from across the Kindon area, and membership is $60/year/family.
Members who have served on Federal Council:
Di Skene (2017 - 2020)
Nikki Macqueen (2014 - 2021) - currently ICPA Federal Webmaster in an off-council position.
Certificates of Appreciation:
In 2002 the Inaugural Executive of Heather Gollan (President), Cathy McClymont (Secretary), Joan Moffat (Treasurer) and also long term Office Bearers Lois Martin (Secretary), Jan McClymont (Treasurer) and Tom McClymont (President) were issued with Certificates of Appreciation.
Lois Martin receiving her Certificate of Appreciation
In the early days the branch ran a “Christmas Cheer” raffle which consisted of 12 bottles of beer (tickets were 20 cents each). Regular donations were also received from the Wyaga Progress Association and the Kindon QCWA. The branch also hosted a fence painting competition at the local gymkhana.
In recent years we have done Jazz on the Hill, Trivia nights, MND fundraiser and we cater for the Talbalba Bull sale each year.
2017 MND Fundraiser
Jazz on the Hill 2016
2019 Yabbie Races at Quiz Night
Catering Talbalba Bull Sale 2020
In 1992 Kindon was involved in the Federal Conference held in Toowoomba at Toowoomba Grammar School. They helped with the planning and provided afternoon tea on the first day. 11 branches helped host the conference.
In 1994 our branch helped with the catering of the State Conference held in Goondiwindi.
Kindon, Moonie and Westmar/Inglestone branches cohosted the 2012 State Conference in Goondiwindi.
Over the years, branch members have worked hard to ensure that children in the local district have access to better education opportunities. We regularly send delegates to both State and Federal Conferences and realise that it is important to support the State and Federal Councils in the work that they do by regularly donating funds to each.