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NOVEMBER 2021 DCM
Before the Business Meeting began there was a very congenial atmosphere as members visited the various Christmas sales tables which had been provided by some of the clubs to help boost their charity funds. Clubs had been very innovative with their ideas about merchandise and the sales event seemed very successful.
Before lunch various notices were given - Stratford member Valerie Redfern is to be proposed for the Association International Committee, the June DCM/AGM date was confirmed as 9 June and the meal for the March District Meeting was confirmed at £17. Members were encouraged to consider becoming next year's District Chairman and were advised of the ramifications if this is not possible.
District Chairman Sylvia reported on her enjoyable Presidents Tea Party and the successful Rally which was attended by Association President Betty.
MOC Anita reported on the Council Meeting in London. No Association Conference to be held in 2024 as GB&i will be hosting the IIW Convention in Manchester.
District Treasurer Margaret thanked Past District Treasurer Mabs for help and assistance she had given. There are now 334 members in D6.
District International Service Organiser Ann advised that a container of goods is due in Gambia at the end of November and its contents will be distributed under supervision in December to support a wide range of projects. Project Gambia will again be at next year's International Rally on 12 May 2022, lunchtime.
MADO Sandra gave a report on recent activities and advised about the current state of national and District membership. Information was also given about a publicity slot for IW on Rotary Radio which is an exciting development.
District Editor Flick thanked Club Correspndents for their reports for AA6 and advised that some articles had been sent to Association for possible inclusion in their magazine. Home Service Reports to be sent to Jill Joyce by January 1st at the latest.
Members received an update on next year's con-ference. 37 members booked on coach - still one hotel room available and several coach seats available (£40pp, transport only)
After various raffle prizes were drawn members enjoyed their Christmas meal.
District Rally 2021
Over 75 members attended the District Rally.Coffee was served from 1100am when members had the opportunity to meet with Association President Betty Roberts and to catch up with each other after a break of almost two years; it was most enjoyable seeing so many Inner Wheel friends again.
Once assembled for lunch District Chairman Sylvia introduced the visiting dignatories including Association President Betty, three District Chairmen from neighbouring Districts, (one of whom remarked that it was a joy to get dressed up although the dresses in her wardrobe no longer fitted and she was now more used to wearing trainers than high heels – the pandemic has a lot to answer for!) and Rotary District 1060 Governor David Clayfield, all of whom brought their warm greetings for a happy and successful year.
After a delicious lunch Sylvia introduced Kaylee Linton and Karen Cleaver from the Rugby Refuge Centre (one of Sylvia’s chosen charities) who told us of the essential work in being the voice of change for victims of domestic violence and how they work closely with the police and others in supporting such victims. It was surprising to hear about the amount of on-line abuse that takes place. In terms of how Inner Wheel might support refuges, donations of clothes, bed linen, toiletries, children’s toys are all welcome in addition to monetary donations to fund taxis for health and court appointments.
We then heard from Association President Betty and in particular her charity the Stroke Association and how we can raise funds by sponsored walks. Each member was encouraged to walk 2.5 miles. Betty brought along her bear who was joined with many from District 6! She also encouraged members to attend Association Conference in Bournemouth in April 2022 when she hoped members would celebrate Inner Wheel friendship and fellowship.
It was a very enjoyable Rally as is clearly demonstrated by the photographs! (See Gallery under D6 News)
Gay Bligh, IWC Edgbaston Convention
In June District 6 had its first face-to-face District Meeting and AGM since the beginning of lock-down, adhering to all the various Covid regulations and advice to ensure a safe environment for all 69 attendees from 14 participating clubs.
The first business of the day was the collection by a large van of the huge number of parcels and boxes of donations for the International Service Gambia project (see elsewhere on the site for details).
District Chairman Margaret welcomed all members and thanked them for their continued hard work under very difficult circumstances this year and especially for their donations to her charity, The Sick Children's Trust totalling over £1,600.
Nominations for various District Officers were approved and an appeal for 1st and 2nd Vice Chairmen made.
Member of Council Anita advised that Trish Douglas would be GB&I's nomination for IIW Vice-President. The IIW theme for 2021/22 is "Pink First" and under the IIW theme of "Strong Women, Stronger World", the Association would be supporting the mental health charity "Mind" for the 3-year Social Project. Association President Betty Roberts would be supporting "The Stroke Association"
Bev Holte, the founder and representative from Project Gambia gave a very enthusiastic presentation about the organisation which was founded in 2007 and now supported several schools. Their remit covered refurbishing existing schools, building classrooms and toilet blocks, providing food packages and applying various new technologies to the schools.
At the AGM the Executive gave their Reports and DC Margaret welcomed incoming DC President Sylvia to the Chair wishing her every success and thanked the Executive for all their support. DC Sylvia introduced the Executive for 2021/22 and named her chosen charities as Rugby Women's Refuge and Macmillan Cancer Support.
District Committee Meeting on Zoom on March 25th 2021
It was lovely to see 65 members attending the District 6 Meeting on Zoom where there was an opportunity to discuss District business. The theme was Easter bonnets which gave a real uplift to the meeeting with such lovely vibrant colour on display.
Officers sent out their reports beforehand so there was sufficient time to listen to a talk by Charlotte Coldrey from the Sick Children's Trust. The charity enables families to be together by providing accomodation close to a number of hospitals where children are treated and gives valuable support. This charity is supported by District Chairman Margaret this year.
District Committee Meeting on Zoom on November 26th 2020
While we all prefer to be in the same room as those we are meeting, Zoom has provided the opportunity for the District Meeting to take place as planned with all D6 Clubs invited to participate.
Reports were sent out beforehand and delegates were able to ask questions and give their views. Many dressed in festive garments and toasted the District with a glass at the end.
With all best wishes to you and to your club members at this strange time.
District 6 Chairman Margaret
A message from Breast Cancer Haven
As the Covid-19 crisis continues to affect each and every one of us, I’d like to send my very best wishes to you and your loved ones.
Although the past few months have presented significant challenges , Breast Cancer Haven have expanded their online provision with classes and running support groups and one-to-one support over the phone as well as virtually.
This means that despite the temporary closure of centres clients can still access the complementary programme of support BCH has to offer, meaning that anyone facing breast cancer is not alone.
Without your continued support this would not be possible.
This has been taken from a letter sent to me by Sally Hall CEO, of Breast Cancer Haven.
Thank you for helping me support Breast Cancer Haven.
Yours in friendship
Claire 2019/2020 District 6 Chairman
The IW national Conference in Cardiff was well attended by members from District 6 who had a very enjoyable time.
There were inspiring speakers such as Ed Pratt who circled the world on a Unicycle to raise money for the School in a Bag charity, charity presentations including one from Hope and Home given by a woman who had been an abandoned orphan herself and business sessions including our Annual General Meeting. All of this was sprinkled with entertainment and music, and we finished off the last night dancing to the Amazing Blues Brothers. Join us next year in Belfast if you can!
District Chairman Sylvia has selected Rugby Womens Refuge and Macmillan Cancer Support as her charities
The National President, Betty Roberts, has chosen The Stroke Association for her charity.