Many Inner Wheel Club of Retford members recently enjoyed the hoedown organised by the Rotary Club. The funds raised were going to help pay for ten treadle sewing machines which were part of an Inner Wheel project in Africa instigated by Marion Tasker who is the District International Service Committee Chairman. It is so worthwhile when these two organisations can support and enjoy each other’s events.
Inner Wheel’s April meeting began with the presentation of medals to their club team, Wendy, Gwen, Lesley and Lindsey, who swam in the Rotary Swimathon. The amount collected so far is £315.00. It was decided by the swimmers that this money will go to Breast Cancer Now. There was no speaker this month as the members were presented with a report from Conference.
The Inner Wheel National Conference took place from 19th to 21st March in Bournemouth. Despite the snow, Retford was well represented by members attending this year. The conference began with a ‘Celebration of Unity and Welcome’, a service of multi faith presentations and singing. There followed an address by the Association President, Liz Thomas whose charity this year has been local children’s hospices. The Retford club has supported our local Bluebell Wood Hospice with a cheque for £400.00, and made a donation to Liz’s local hospice run by EACH. There followed various welcomes and then the Conference was addressed by Dr Kapila Gupta, the President of International Inner Wheel from India. Other speakers included John Benjamin, a contributor to the BBC’s Antiques Road Show; Tracy Rennie, a director of EACH, East Anglia Children’s Hospices; James Warren for Alzheimer’s Research UK and Norma Howell who speaks on behalf of the Medical Detection Dogs Charity. The detection dogs work in research and are trained to detect the odour of human diseases. The main speaker was Helen Sharman, CMG, OBE, astronaut and chemist, and the first Briton to go into Space in 1991. The entertainment was provided by The Opera Boys on Tuesday evening and on the final evening it was the Cool Cats Night. A great time was had by all.
Dani Perry’s 20p pieces in Smarties tubes collection has so far raised £162.00 for Canine Partners, with more to come. Inner Wheel continues to support the Food Bank with regular donations. Grateful thanks go to those who contacted the club with offers to knit for their Baby Bundles. To find out more email email@example.com.