Glasgow Conference April 2016

In April 2016 members of Warsop Inner Wheel and members from District (District 22) attended the Association of Inner Wheel Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I) Conference in Glasgow. Over 2,400 women attended from across the UK.

Immediate Past President Sharon Smith (left) and President Gloria Humphrey wearing the District 22 Stewart tartan sash before the conference ceilidh ball on the last night.

20160413_203027_resized  Members met President Sharon (as she was at the time) in her room to thank her for her year in office and presented her with a memento of the 2016 conference.

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Ladies from Bolsover Club also in District 22 held a stall ‘Pam’s Jams’ at the Conference. 20160412_122556_resized.jpg

Speaker Luke Simon’s (see below centre) brother Piers died in the tsunami in 2004. Luke spoke to the conference about The Piers Simon Appeal (PSA). PSA was launched  by Luke and his family to help disaster victims around the world. To date, victims in 13 countries have been financially supported by PSA. In 2009 PSA created School in a Bag (SIAB) an initiative that distributes rucksacks filled with stationery, learning resources and eating utensils to disadvantaged children around the world giving them an opportunity for a better education. Each rucksack costs £15 and Warsop IW helped raise funds for many bags. PSA encourage people to promote the SIAB Campaign and anyone wishing to raise funds receives a little bear (Camon) with his own tiny red rucksack which holds 15 £1 coins. PSA encourage fundraisers to promote their campaign by taking photographs of their little Camon bear sharing his life with you. These are just a few of the images from Warsop’s Camon Bear activities. These images were used by Luke to present to the conference – images taken by Ruth Riches Warsop Club Correspondent.

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20160412_090703_resized International President Charlotte de Vos from Belgium opened the guest list of speakers and wished current IWGB&I President Trish Douglas a happy conference. Seen here with Ruth our Club Correspondent.

There was not a dry eye in the house from either laughing or crying following a speak by local Nottinghamshire lady Sheila North. Sheila spoke about the IWGB&I president’s charity Parkinsons UK. Sheila is living with Parkinsons and provided a real, raw and incredibly funny account of her life and how it is affected by this terrible disease. (www.derbyparkinsons.org.uk/index.php/my-story-sheila-north ). IWGB&I presented Sheila and Parkinson’s UK with a cheque for over £50,000.

Other inspirational speakers who attended over the two-day conference were Olivia Giles, Order of the British Empire (OBE), who in 2002 at the age of 36 contracted meningococcal septicemia and required quadruple amputations. She is the founder of the charity 500 miles (www.500miles.co.uk ) which supports the development and delivery of prosthetic and orthotic services in Malawi and Zambia and a little in Zanzibar.

Award winning cook and food writer Lady Claire McDonald, OBE was announced as a new IWGB&I Patron, following her energetic work to promote Scottish Food and Scottish Food Farmers Markets across the world as a growing tourist attraction for Scotland.

Entertainment was provided by Dr. Paul Whittaker, OBE. Born in Huddersfield in 1964 with hearing loss and profoundly deaf since the age of 8, Paul became an organist and pianist, graduating from Oxford with a degree in music. In 2015 Paul founded the charity Music and the Deaf to help deaf people access music and the performing arts. Paul is an inspirational speaker and performer playing classical and contemporary pieces for the conference delegates. (www.matd.org.uk/who-we-are )

Tricia Stewart, an original Women’s Institute (WI) Calendar Girl spoke to the conference about the success of the Calendar Girls campaign which started out as a local fundraising project to buy a ‘comfy sofa’ for a WI member’s husband suffering with Hodgkins Lymphoma. This was an inspirational and motivational talk about fundraising and friendship.

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