I know, I know, we are Inner Wheel and not Rotary, but it was my first Rotary Conference and a lot of our District 17 members were there so I thought it should get a mention. I think we showed the men what Fun and Friendship is all about but if you don’t believe me take a look at the photos!!
It started on Friday with our members meeting up prior to the Rotary/Inner Wheel Welcome Lunch at which our District Chairman, Julie Turner, was guest speaker. She started the Rotary Conference on a light note suggesting we “Always Look On The Bright Side of Life” and has asked me to thank all the members who came along to support her and make the lunch so successful.
We were able to meet Manju Das who is the wife of Yash Das (the RI President’s Personal Representative). Manju is a member of the Ambala Inner Wheel and was very interested in how we operated our Clubs in GB & I. I was lucky enough to be seated opposite her for lunch and we talked at length about her own Club. They have just over 100 members with an age range of early 40s to 70s. That puts Julie’s challenge of 90 new members this year into perspective!.
Friday night was Cowboy and Cowgirl Night and what a wonderful time we all had. Some Club dressed as a joint venture, as Bideford as Woody and Jessie from Toy Story, and some individually, as Totnes. This was followed by a thigh-slapping Barn Dance where members stripped the willow and dozy doed all night long.
Saturday was a quieter affair with an afternoon walk on the wildside – well Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve actually and a Gala Dinner in the evening. In between there were many inspiring speakers and a multitude of charities displaying their ideas in the House of Friendship.
Well, ladies, as the saying goes, a picture paints a thousand words, so take a look at these: