True friendship is when someone knows you better than yourself and takes a position in your best interests in a crisis. Friendship goes beyond just sharing time together, and it is long lasting. Friendship can mean different things to different people.
Happy World Inner Wheel Day
10th January is a special day in the Inner Wheel calendar. It marks a moment in our history when a group of friends met, at a Social Club on Lower Mosley Street in Manchester, and formed what we know today as Inner Wheel. Since that first formal gathering of ladies and the election of our founder President Margarette Golding, Inner Wheel has become truly worldwide.
International Inner Wheel was formed in 1967 and the clubs have since spread to 103 countries with 100,000 members worldwide, 17,000 of those of those being in Great Britain and Ireland. I wonder what our founder Mrs Golding would make of Inner Wheel today and how far and wide it has grown from that first meeting 92 years ago.
Whose idea was it to celebrate Inner Wheel on this day?
It was International President Helena Foster (1969-1970) who came up with the idea for a special day for a special organisation, so she wrote a letter to all clubs worldwide which said…
“I would like to ask all members of clubs throughout the world to link together in ACTION ON JANUARY 10th. I have chosen this special day because it was on January 10th 1924 that the Mother Club, the Manchester Inner Wheel club, England, first adopted the name INNER WHEEL.
“It can be interpreted in any way you think fit- in group or as individuals- giving personal service to someone who needs you- planting a tree or flowers to beautify some corner of your land, or just the simple act of writing a letter.
“I am sure that there is inspiration and encouragement to be gained by the knowledge that your fellow members throughout the world are at that moment joined together to extend service and friendship” .
The response to the first celebration of Inner Wheel day was magnificent…
“We were filled with pride and happiness as the letters poured in, describing so vividly the infinite ways in which members had brought joy and comfort to so many” Editor Audrey Sargeant noted “Hundreds of letters from Clubs all over the world testify to the success of Helena Foster’s challenge”.
Warsop Club Celebrated with flowers and friendship at the Langwith Village Hall. Our resident fabulous flower girls did not fail to entertain and delight with a pot flower arrangement. All members contributed to a faith lunch including home made soups from spicy minestrone, broccoli and stilton, watercress, curried parsnip – to name only a few of the fabulous feast set before us. We were spoilt so close to Christmas with a plethora of desserts, cheeses, breads and biscuits.
Fabulous prizes were won in the raffle, as the sound of laughter resonated high in to the beams of the building.
Our flower girls Christine and Sue demonstrating how it should be done. We had a beautiful selection of flowers and foliage to choose from. Is that Camon Bear hiding in the flowers? We were all listening with such focus and interest to the demonstration so that we could create our own friendship flower garden to take away with us.
Let’s see how we did. It is always amazing what is created on these days starting with empty pots to stunningly individual take home flower gardens. Here are just a few of our creations.
How did you celebrate? Did you touch a heart? Why not let us know in the comments box below.