PRESIDENT 2021-2022 – LESLEY ROBERTS
CLUB CORRESPONDENT – JUDI COTES
As last month we were allowed to meet in Stoke Fleming Hall but the kitchen remained out of bounds.
This month we held our AGM with most reports reflecting the difficulties caused by the Covid restrictions of the past year. Whilst we had been unable to meet for any fundraising events, we had still raised sufficient money to continue to support local charities and our overseas charities with stamps, shoeboxes and blankets as well.
President Jenny thanked everyone for their continued support through the past year especially Ginny who had cleverly organised our Zoom meetings and wished her every success in her new club.
I gave a brief, and I am told, interesting and amusing talk on experiencing the International Inner Wheel Convention held ‘virtually’ in Jaipur. The climax of which was the revelation that the centenary convention in 2024 would be held in Manchester the location of IW Club No.1.
IW meetings wouldn’t be complete without tea and biscuits or some other form of refreshment and with IW’s ‘can do’ attitude and resourcefulness this was resolved by the appearance in the car park of a campervan.
This week 10 members and a very welcome unexpected guest, Ginny, met face to face for the first time this year at Stoke Fleming village hall. Chairs were placed socially distanced and as the kitchen was out of bounds due to Covid each member brought their own beverages and individually wrapped biscuits were shared….. Is this to be the future of social gatherings? An agenda bringing everyone up to date on the past 5 months of ‘Virtual activities’ and anticipating the future when normality could be resumed was followed. Members signed up for the forthcoming IW District meeting and Rally in June and July respectively.
The report on our very successful International IW virtual convention held in Jaipur had to be held over until our next meeting as I was helping with a member of our congregation’s 100th birthday.
Good News! The collection / sorting hall for Christian Response to Eastern Europe reopened this month and we were able to take a car, loaded to the gunnels, of laundered and sorted linen, duvets, clothes for all ages, 3 sacks of soft toys. Thanks, are also due to everyone who knitted squares and crocheted them together for the 6 large new blankets which were also very gratefully received.
During this strange time we are all managing to keep in touch thro’ emails and snailmail and encouraging one another in pursuing IW’s objectives of ‘Promoting true friendship and the ideals of personal service’. Some members are making ‘scrubs’ others attempting face masks. We have volunteer delivery drivers and there is always knitting, crochet and other crafts being prepared for when we finally get out of detention and can return to much needed fundraising for our local charities.
We look forward to some belated celebrations of Diamond wedding anniversaries and significant birthdays.
In the meantime, we hope you are all keeping well and saluting the NHS and key workers by joining in the applause on Thursday evenings. David rings his ‘Father Christmas’ bell whilst our youngest neighbours have painted and hidden stones to cheer up our garden walls.
I had hoped that this report would contain details of the events at our Association Conference in Belfast but of course this had to be postponed and perhaps will even be cancelled like the holidays that most of us will have had planned.
Our Diamond Charter Celebration Lunch was held at The Castle Hotel in Dartmouth.
The Rotary club presented us with 60th Anniversary Pin for our President’s collar and our secretary, Debbie, made a beautiful 60th birthday cake.
To celebrate International Inner Wheel Day we sent greetings on postcards of Dartmouth to 5 districts in New South Wales and Victoria in Australia.
We had our AGM on the 13th June, where President Sylvia reminded us of a very enjoyable past year’s activities all of which seem to include a variety of food – coffee and cake mornings, deck quoits followed by lasagne, salads and puddings, traditional afternoon teas where we enjoyed the company of Torquay Club, an international charity lunch held in aid of ‘Literacy in a Box’ as well as the occasional outings for lunch or afternoon tea.
We are pleased to welcome Past President Jenny Mills back to the role of President for the coming year. We are now looking forward to another year of fun and friendship.