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 24 clubs in the District with around 750 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 District Chairman Lesley Niven
In line with Government Guidance, all Inner Wheel Clubs in District 1 have been advised to suspend Club meetings and other get-togethers until further notice. The District Bridge and Golf Competitions and the Belfast Conference are all cancelled and the District 1 Rally has been postponed until 20 May 2021.
These are challenging times but I hope members will find ways to keep in touch and look out for each other and other vulnerable members of their community.
Please stay safe & well.
Yours in friendship
Welcome from District Chairman Lesley Niven
Dear Fellow Members,
My Inner Wheel year began in July 2019 with a delightful day at the D10 Rally in Gloucester and our District Assembly in Pitlochry in August.
Who could have foreseen how it would end! It’s very sad that we’re not able to meet in person but I’m grateful that the technology is available to allow us to have an online get together.
I’m grateful for the warm welcome and friendship received on my Club visits over the past year and I’m pleased that I had managed to complete all but two visits before the coronavirus arrived and we all found ourselves in lockdown.
Unfortunately, the restrictions also meant the cancellation of the District Bridge & Golf, the Belfast Conference and the postponement of various other celebrations including the District Rally in May.
But I am very heartened by the way members across District 1 have risen to the challenge – keeping in touch with each other and getting involved in projects supporting the NHS and others in their communities. Well done all of you.
I’d like to thank everyone who has supported my nominated charity – Canine Partners. Over £3500 has been raised to date and I know that this donation to a very worthwhile cause will be especially well received at this time when many charities have seen a significant loss of income.
Sincere thanks go to my own Club, Stirling and my colleagues on the District Executive and for their support over the year.
We live in unexpected and unusual times and none of us know when it will be possible to meet up again in person either at Club or District but in the meantime, I send my best wishes to everyone across our District and thank you for everything you are doing in the name of Inner Wheel.
Club International Service Chairmen with Shamim Govani (Association International Services Committee Chairman) (centre), Nanette Thomson (Stirling) (centre left) and Muriel Irving (D1 International Service Chairman and Rally Chairman) (centre right) at the District 1 International Rally (Dundee) on 19th October 2019
Cheque Presentation by District Chairman, Lesley (on right) to Laura McCreadie, Canine Partners July 2020
Lesley found an innovative and COVID-19 safe way of making a cheque presentation to Canine Partners. A total of £4,000 has been rasied by District 1 members in 2019-2020 to support the District Chairman's charity. Canine Partners transforms the lives of people living with disabilities by training amazing assistance dogs. Well done Ladies