Inner Wheel District 1 is the most northern of the 29 Districts that make up the Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in GB&I. It covers most of the north and east of Scotland. There are 23 clubs in the District with around 680 members. All clubs have a formal meeting each month with social and fund raising activities during the month. None of the clubs meet formally in July and August.
A message from our District Chairman, Mary Berstan
They say all things come to those who wait. And we have certainly waited: waited for jabs, waited to see family and friends and we are still waiting to hear when we can meet face-to-face in our clubs to share in the fun and fellowship of Inner Wheel.
But waiting has a positive side as well; waiting for the right moment to contact someone who simply needs to speak; waiting for the right words to express what we are thinking; and allowing time to reflect and plan ahead – and change everything to suit the changing times.
So, I have been planning what I should write here!
I’ve enjoyed my 12 years as a member in my own club at Banff and as a “volunteer” at District Level. I look forward to my year as District Chair and hope during my term of office that together we can enjoy the service, fun and fellowship we have come to expect from Inner Wheel.
All of us in Inner Wheel are volunteers and there is no such expression as “just a member” because without enthusiastic members no organisation can survive. So,to all those who think of themselves as “just a member” remember that we are all in this together and no member is less important than any other and together we can achieve so much more.
Yours in Friendship,
District Chairman Mary's chosen charity this year is CHILDLINE ~
which offers a free, confidential telephone counselling service for children and young people. CHILDLINE SCOTLAND aims to protect children who are at risk of harm and to help children resolve or alleviate their problems or worries.
How lucky were we to have the founder of the charity, Dame Esther Rantzen speak to us at our District Assembly in August.
(pic. from Zoom presentation)
Association President Betty Roberts
Association President Betty's chosen charity this year is the STROKE ASSOCIATION
Each club has been sent a Partnership Pack from the Stroke Association to help with fundraising.
Betty has set a walking challenge to us all and you can read all about Betty's adventures as she tours around the country this year in a monthly blog called Teddie's Tales - Betty is seen with Teddy above. .
District International Service Organiser, Muriel Irving
Muriel has nominated the BUTTERFLY TREE as our International Charity this year.
Founded in 2006, the Butterfly Tree Charity supports orphans and rural communities in Zambia decimated by the HIV & AIDS pandemic.
It focuses on 5 main issues - WATER; FOOD; EDUCATION; HEALTH; MALARIA PREVENTION.
Gradually over the summer more normal activites took place - handovers went ahead often in gardens and now some clubs
are beginning to meet up again face to face - others prefer to remain on Zoom.
Here are a few of the summer gatherings and activities as we came out of lockdown.