Central West local Ruth Shanks has been elected president of the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) after taking out 62 per cent of the votes in a second round of elections at the world meeting in India last week.
The Country Women's Association (CWA) is an affiliate member of the ACWW, which Mrs Shanks has been a part of since 1969.
Before she left, Mrs Shanks told the Western Magazine the president's role was to liaise with organisations around the world.
"(The) World President is a liaising role, there's a bit of travel involved but we're a not-for-profit organisation so the money goes to the people who need it. Whatever the outcome it's very humbling to be nominated," Mrs Shanks said.
Husband Greg and children Warwick, Jack and Lyndal said they were proud of their mother and her achievements and were excited about what was ahead.
Mrs Shanks is delighted to be a part of the CWA, calling it a strong group of women who contribute to the community on a local and global scale.
"The CWA is very important, it's the little things behind the scenes like scholarships to primary schools and cushions for breast cancer patients," Mrs Shanks said."The ACWW consists of 75 organisations so it represents nine million country women around the world. We have a UN voice and we give funding around the globe."