Inner Wheel Club of Retford

by | 6 June 2021 | Inner Wheel, Social Group, Worksop

Like so many other clubs and organisations, Retford Inner Wheel is still holding its meetings by Zoom. Last month they welcomed Adrian Sumner, President of Retford Rotary, to give a presentation and slide show of his experiences of Hot Air Ballooning, which made an interesting talk for those attending. Business items followed and reference was made to aspects of change from proposals made at the national Inner Wheel Zoom Conference.
One worthwhile proposal was to approve the introduction of iwheel. This would be an online version. It is the brain child of the lawyer daughter of an established member who thinks it would move with the times, have more appeal to the younger generation of women, who maybe have less time but still have the will to help charitably, and follow the aim to give people locally and overseas better lives. It will take a little while to get it up and running, but the club look forward to its development.
Many pre and post war organisations, such as Inner Wheel, are suffering from a fall in membership. They are always happy to welcome new members of all ages under normal circumstances, but even in lockdown and under restrictions the value of friendship shared, through being in touch, has prevented loneliness. They really hope to meet properly in July when the Inner Wheel year begins.
The World Convention planned for Spring 2021 went virtual and friendship went digital and allowed many members to attend who would have been constrained by travel to India. It took a huge amount of planning to take time differences into consideration, but Jaipur, with the beauty and culture of India, came alive on screen. The programme of events was varied and interesting and it became apparent that the contributions made by Inner Wheel to so many needy causes in all corners of the world are many and valuable.
In this country, many clubs have members who have been volunteers for the NHS and in distributing food parcels and in Retford they have continued their support of the Food Bank and Women’s Aid. They are making plans for fundraising market stalls, afternoon cream teas and coffee mornings when restrictions lift some more. They are hopeful of new members coming to join them. If you have time on your hands why not find out about them on the district Inner Wheel website. You can be assured of a warm welcome. Contact can also be made using their email, retfordinnerwheel@gmail.com.