THEY might be renowned for their sponge cakes and scones, but the 90th birthday celebrations of the Ipswich branch of the QCWA reminded the community of how much members have contributed locally.

Even the cake-cutting was a pointer with former Mt Walker resident Vernon Kopelke joining branch president Gail Neville to hold the knife.

Mr Kopelke's mother was the first guest at the Mary Tregear Hostel in 1942, when she stayed there while waiting to give birth at Ipswich hostel, Mrs Neville said.

"Over the years members have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, helped in wartime, and supported the community when it needed help," Mrs Neville said.

"Our members join to help the community, and enjoy the company of each other."

CWA Ipswich branch president Gail Neville and Vern Kopelke cut the cake at the CWA Ipswich 90th anniversary on Thursday. Vern was the first child born as part of the CWA Hostel in 1942.
CWA Ipswich branch president Gail Neville and Vern Kopelke cut the cake at the CWA Ipswich 90th anniversary on Thursday. Vern was the first child born as part of the CWA Hostel in 1942. Rob Williams