Sarah Nixon of Lincoln County was one of four North Carolina voting delegates to the 25th Triennial Conference of the Associated Country Women of the World held March 23-30 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
The ACWW, headquartered in London, has 9 million members in 137 societies in 72 countries working together to improve life for women and their families. Theme of this conference was Working with Women Worldwide. The Country Womenâ€™s Association in Tasmania Inc. hosted the event in the Grand Chancellor Hotel on the Hobart waterfront.
Through six plenary sessions and meetings of the nine worldwide areas, delegates from 41 countries discussed, debated and voted on proposed recommendations and resolutions submitted before the conference aimed at making life better in developing countries and all over the world.
ACWW-supported projects in 2003 included those dealing with water, education, nutrition, food production, health (where much concern, questions and debate evolved around AIDS awareness), skills training and income generation.
Following the Sunday morning Interfaith Worship Service in Federation Concert Hall, 14 buses carried the delegates and observers to different scenic and historic parts of the country, where they were entertained at lunch and with special activities and events of Tasmania Day.
The seven days of the conference also included opening and closing ceremonies with the presentation and return of flags from 66 countries that lined the back of the hall stage all week, various workshops, briefings, election of officers, morning and afternoon tea, Tasmania Night entertainment and a gala dinner.
Rice is Life is the theme of the International Year of Rice 2004. IYR this year aims at promoting improved production of and access to this vital food crop with feeds more than half the worldâ€™s population while providing income for millions.
Sarah and her daughter, Kathy Sparrow of Hillsborough flew from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia on Thursday before the conference, arriving on Saturday. They puddle jumped over to Sydney on Sunday, where they were hosted by Alan Emmertar, a work friend of Miriam Nixon, toured the Duke Energy Office complex, visited the famed Opera House, had two ferry rides, lunch at the quaint le kiosk restaurant on the waterfront at Manly Park and saw numerous other highlights of that city.
They had a tour to the Danderong Forest and other sites in Melbourne and one day in Tasmania cruised up the Tasmanian Bay, toured the Cadbury candy factory, Bonorong Wildlife Park, where they saw Tasmanian Devils and numerous other animals, and toured historic Richmond.Sarah has been a life member of ACWW since 1977 when she was a delegate to the Triennial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa. The 2007 triennial will be held in Finland and in 2010, the USA will host again.