What a different Inner Wheel District Meeting we had today. In honour of our Association President’s HP (Halliday-Pegg) bulletins, District 17 decided to hold a ‘History on Parade’ event. All the Clubs present were dressed in the clothes worn when their Club was founded. From the 1930s to the 1980s, we were decked out in our finery.
After the business meeting we had a lovely tea followed by Chairman Jill giving us a history lesson a la District 17. Music of the era was played whilst each Club did a turn around the room. A really good time was had by all and even the kitchen staff came out to listen to and watch the fun. Click on the relevant thumbnail to see the full photo.
We were blessed with a beautiful day to welcome over 60 members of Inner Wheel District 17 to our North Zone Overseas Rally. There was a lovely buzz in the room which is always a good sign.
We were delighted to welcome our Association Overseas Chairman, Trish Douglas, who had travelled all the way from Montrose to be with us. Also present was District Chairman Jill Cobley, District Secretary Madge Bell and Flo Townsend representing Leslie Roberts, District Overseas Organiser.
We enjoyed a good lunch and then Trish presented District with a Candle of Friendship. She then gave a most inspirational presentation on the invaluable work that Sightsavers do in Uganda where she had recently visited. With the many photographs she had taken we were transported to Uganda to see what is being achieved and very gratifying to know that Inner Wheel is a part of this achievement. To be able to see how so little money can achieve so much, and to see those children so hungry for education in such poor conditions really made one think.
Trish was presented with cheques to help Sightsavers in their amazing work together with the proceeds from the raffle which raised just over £200! Bideford President Jan gave the vote of thanks. Our thanks to Beth Cooke for organising this event and to the Bideford Inner Wheel Elves who honed their waitressing skills and to everyone who came to make the day such a huge success.
Erica Malone, Vice President and Club Correspondent
At the start of our Birthday meeting this month President Anne was pleased to induct new member Dianne Kinch We were also visited by Jill Cobley, our District Chairman who gave us an interesting talk on the history of Inner Wheel.
President Anne with District Chairman Jill and her ‘Inner Wheel Family Tree’
President Anne inducts our new member Dianne Kinch
Calling all the knitters and crocheters in District 17. Can you make one or two bears for the Rotary Shelterboxes? If so, here are the patterns for you to upload:
It was Phyll Orgar’s 90th Birthday and Barnstaple Inner Wheel surprised her with a cake, gift and flowers. She’s been busy again knitting teddies to go in the Shelter Boxes and these, together with ones knitted by Jill Andrews and Anne Shardelow of Bideford Inner Wheel will be winging their way to Helston HQ on the 12th March.
Janet Wood, Club Correspondent of Exmouth Inner Wheel sent me details of a new member, Marcia Sands, who has just joined their Club. She tells me they have a lot of interesting activities in hand which I’m sure Marcia will enjoy.
Totnes Inner Wheel have been busy fundraising for two very worthwhile charities. The first photo is of President Wenda presenting a cheque for five hundred pounds to Paula from The Childrens Hospice South West. The second one is of President Wenda presenting Vona with a thank you for hosting the International Lunch which raised the money to enable the presentation of a cheque to Debbie Williams for her work with children in the Gambia.
Bideford Rotary President, Sharon, collected the numerous colourful teddies that had been knitted by Jill Andrews and Anne Shardelow which are to be put in the Shelter Boxes – many thanks to them.
President Jan presented a cheque for £1,130 to Annabelle Cope representing Northam Lodge, being the proceeds of our Curry Lunch which was reported earlier (scroll down). Northam Lodge are in great need of a new bus to enable them to transport clients more easily and it was agreed that our money would go towards this. The new bus will bear the logos of all who donated so we can look forward to Inner Wheel being promoted wherever it goes.
We then enjoyed a presentation by Geoff Lewcock of Literacy in a Box Trust and President Jan presented him with a cheque to buy a new box. We will be able to follow its progress as it makes its way to help educate some of the children in Zambia. He gave us such an interesting talk, and showed us a video of the beautiful children wanting to learn in far from easy surroundings.
The photos of this event have now been added. Scroll down to take a look or click on this handy link.
Please try to join us for the District 17 Inner Wheel Golf Competition which will be held on Thursday 4 April 2013 at Stover Golf Club, near Newton Abbot. The Competition will be a full handicap stableford over 18 holes.
Tee times will be from 10.00 and the cost will be £28.50 to include 18 holes including a two course meal after the game.
All Inner Wheel golfing members will be very welcome at what is always a most enjoyable day. If non playing members wish to come for the day and walk around the course and join us for the meal please let me know and I will book this for you.
Please complete the entry form (link below) and return to Sheila Box, 15 Abbey Rise, Okehampton EX20 1PJ by Friday 22 March. Please include a stamped addressed envelope for details of tee time to be returned to you or a current email address.
Any queries please ring Sheila on 01837 52611 or 07817 286 065
2013 District Golf