A South Canterbury Rural Women New Zealand branch is
considering its future.
The Otaio branch is down to just six members, the youngest
aged 68 and some in their 80s.
President Elaine Taylor said members had agreed to continue
in the meantime, but at their annual meeting in July next
year they would discuss the prospect of closing after 79
The difficulty of continuing with dwindling numbers and
ageing members was being experienced all around New Zealand,
Mrs Taylor said. Younger women were mostly in the workforce
or busy with other commitments. However, the local preschool
group was booming, with many young families involved in the
Mrs Taylor said she would welcome queries from anyone
interested in joining the Otaio branch. It was flexible about
its meeting times, so it could gather in the morning,
afternoon or evening depending on what suited members.
Monthly activities were planned, along with participating in
national RWNZ campaigns including school bus safety
awareness, Women Walk the World, and the Fairlie Mid-Winter
Mrs Taylor said the branch combined with its Lyalldale
counterpart this month to discuss India, the organisation's
''country of study'' for 2013. Mrs Taylor can be phoned on