Esperance Progressive Women will celebrate 20 years

The Progressive Women’s Association will celebrate 20 years in Esperance with a progressive tapas walk.

Progressive Women’s Association treasurer Jan Archer has been a member of the association for 15 years.

Ms Archer said the association was about providing opportunities for women to share experiences, information, skills and friendship.

“It started because of International women’s day and a group a ladies got together and thought it was a good opportunity for women to get together and spend time together,” she said.

“We’re a non-for-profit formed by a group of women in 1996 for the fellowship of women.

“It gives women an opportunity to talk to each other even though we have members the events are open for non-members as well.

“It’s an opportunity for new ladies in town to come and meet other ladies.

“I think it’s just a lovely support group, if you’ve got any problems you can talk to other women about it, its just just that sense of camaraderie.

“Women don’t seem to make time for themselves, so it’s an opportunity for women to get together and share experiences and just to talk I suppose.”

Ms Archer said the association often raised money for different causes through events they run.

 “We like to do it for local organisations so when we had the bushfires last year we donated money,” she said.

“Every year we do a $500 bursary for a female student in high school to help with their further education.”

She said the biggest event of the year was the garden tour.

This year 57 people attended the event which included the women touring different gardens stopping for morning tea, lunch and nibbles along the way.

Ms Archer said all women were welcome on the the tapas tour which would cost $55 for non-members and $45 for members.

Tickets could be purchased from Esperance Shoe Centre.

The price included a complimentary wine and champagne at the first venue and tapas for the evening.

Ms Archer said only the committee knew what venues were on the tour agenda.

“It’s a surprise, ladies will be told where they’re going on the evening,” she said.

“It’s a mystery tour.”