Carawah Women's Club Incorporated opened rooms in November 1985 in The Mansions, George Street, Brisbane. It has approximately 380 members and primarily caters for career orientated women and women who have left the workforce but who wish to keep in touch with colleagues.
The validity of the Carawah case study has been tested by obtaining two independent readers who verified the data presented in the case study on Carawah.
Carawah is reviewed in terms of its contribution to women and society and this is done by looking at the role of women in Australia, the notion of networking, and the men's clubs. I found that the role of Australian women has significantly changed since the late 1960's, to the point where there are now many more women in paid employment. Many of the legislative and social barriers that, in the past, have precluded women from working have now been removed. In order to help with their career development, support networks are often established. Carawah provides a forum in which a networks operates. With time, it is expected that Carawah will contribute to the business world in a manner similar to the men's clubs.
There are three major conclusions drawn from this paper organizational lessons learnt, aspects to which the Carawah Management Committee must pay attention if the Club is to succeed in the long term, and the Club's future as a single sex club. The organizational lessons learnt include the issues of preparation in terms of financial and marketing planning, obtaining sound advisors in those areas where the Management Committee is deficient, maximising the work of team members through a President who has good leadership skills, minimising early mistakes, and teaching women how to use a Club. The areas that must be heeded if the Club is to succeed in the long term include membership, qualities desired in the next President, premises, merging with the Moreton Club, production of timely budgets and reports, and obtaining suitable staff. As there is a niche in the market for a women's club and not another mixed club, Carawah should remain a single sex Club.
I conclude that the Club does significantly contribute to women and society.