The Inner Wheel Club of Warsop is so much more than a Club. Being a part of a World-Wide organisation, we are also a group of women, who come together with shared interests. We have become friends by being social and socialising. We’ve had fun and in doing so we have helped to raise funds for charities and causes. 2016/2017 has been a fantastic example of Warsop Inner Wheel at its best.
As we near the end of our year, President Gloria Humphrey is reflecting on what we have achieved as friends and members. With fun, true friendship and personal service, Warsop has quietly and confidently raised just over £8,000 for local, national and international charities.
This year President Gloria continued her years of personal service and support, by choosing the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), Schools Service as her chosen charity. It costs £795,000 to run the Nottingham Service Centre alone and any money that is raised in Nottinghamshire is spent in Nottinghamshire.
Tracey Davenport from Nottinghamshire NSPCC, said that our fundraising will go a long way to providing much needed support in our area. There are nearly 4000 children at risk in Nottinghamshire, and currently over 700 are part of a child protection plan. Tracey is part of the Mansfield NSPCC which is currently 21 ladies, and their sole role is to fundraise. All of their committee members are passionate about raising money to help stop abuse and to protect children, a task that doesn’t seem to get any easier in this modern world. As a volunteer for the past 5 years for the School Service, funds raised will help and support talking to all Primary School Children to “Speak Out to Stay Safe”
Reflecting on her year before handing over to Helen from 1 July, Gloria has said that she has thoroughly enjoyed her year at President of the Inner Wheel Club of Warsop. ‘It has been a privilege and I would like to thank the wonderful Committee that has supported me, as well as the Club Members.’ When we look back at the year of July 2016 to June 2017 we realised what an amazing club we are and how much we can achieve, because we are better together. We welcomed three new members in the first month with Gloria as President. At the year end, we are a healthy, happy and thriving club of 44 members.
There are many duties as President and Gloria has carried them out with aplomb attending all Club and Committee meetings, fund raising events and of course the Club Charter on the 2nd November. Gloria reflects on the evening and in particular having Lily Taylor-Ward sing beautifully to a stunned and silenced room. The room looked stunning of course, with special thanks to Sue Pasierb and Christine Fretwell for their amazing floristry. It was a fabulous evening, with great feedback from other Clubs. It was superbly organised and Gloria sends her thanks to Jean Nock for all her hard work in organising the evening, ‘it was one to treasure.’
Aside to her Club Presidential duties, Gloria’s fundraising events included the Warsop Carnival, Mediterrane-ham afternoon, the Pantomime Dame, a Christmas Market, the Warsop Christmas at The Shed, Flower arranging day, Cantamus, the BEAT walk and an afternoon tea. These were all very different and very enjoyable.
The Inner Wheel Club of Warsop has close links with the Rotary Club of Warsop, Shirebrook & District. As President, Gloria attend the Rotary Handover, Party in the Farm and their Christmas Dinner. She also had the Club honour with President Tim to lay a wreath at Warsop Cenotaph in November. We also associate with other clubs in the area and representing our Club, Gloria attended the Warsop Ladies Probus luncheon and coffee morning.
Not content with this activity, Gloria has been a very busy President and attended the Langwith Flower Festival, been on two club walks, taken part in two knit and natters and the knitters tea, the Inner Wheel Celebration Day on 10 January, attended our Inter Club International Day and coffee morning; Five District 22 Club International events and the last Bolsover Craft Day. Some might say she’s been a very busy bunny!
Gloria has represented our Club as President at many levels and always with poise and decorum. She attended 11 Club Charters, all three District Meetings, the District Induction Day, the Past and Present Officers lunch, two Past District Chairman lunches, the District 7 Rally, District Chairman Di Hylton’s Garden Party, the International Rally, and the Christmas Carol Service, where she was thrilled to read a lesson.
Each year Inner Wheel holds its annual Conference. This year our great Conference was held in Nottingham and again Gloria was in attendance with nine members joining her for the full 3 days; five members joined for one of the days. Gloria said ‘I always enjoy our Association Conference, going to every one since 1994. They have a tremendous atmosphere and I am now looking forward to Bournemouth next year, and Cardiff the year after.’
As we mentioned earlier, the majority of the money raised by Warsop Inner Wheel has gone to the NSPCC, a charity very close to President Gloria’s heart. Donations have also been made to other Charities. Our Treasurer Elaine Hopkins, said that ‘President Gloria has had an amazingly busy year fundraising. The final total raised being £7,096.27. Cheques have already been paid to, Inner Wheel District 22 Charity, The Royal British Legion, Beat, St John’s Ambulance, and The John Eastwood Hospice.’
Not only is this coming to the end of Gloria’s year as President, we see two other members of our wonderful committee move on. Gloria will step down as president, and slip confidently back in to the Committee as Past President and Events Secretary. She will also be taking up the role of Member of Council at District & Association level. Taking with her is our fabulous Treasurer Elaine, who steps down from our committee to become District Treasurer and Junior Vice President of our Club. Elaine will be handing over her Club Treasurer role to the equally fabulous Anne Benison.
We also say a fond farewell, see you on the other side of the table, to our International Chairman Christine has who has had an equally good year raising a total of £1,737.80 from the International Coffee Morning, Christmas Flower Day, the Spring Coffee morning and International Inner Wheel Day.
At our last Club meeting before we officially hand over on 5th July, Christine said she wanted to ‘thank you all for just being here. We belong to a Worldwide Organisation and I hope that you can find the time to embrace all that it offers. You know I always say, the more you give, the more you get out of it, and I am a true believer in that.’
This was Christine’s third and final year as International Service Organiser (ISO) and very much appreciated the tremendous support of President Gloria and club members. Alongside the usual Club events and activities, our ISO has her work cut out to fund raise for international charities and causes, this year along, there have been four knit and natters which were all very well attended; we received lots of hand knitted items provided by our volunteer knitters from all across our area. Together we made up 154 Ladies Joy Bags and 93 Baby Bundles, all of which have been taken to the Nottinghamshire Police Aid Convoy warehouse along with:
14 children’s toy bags 5 men’s Roy bags 4 bags of children’s large soft toys
5 boxes of children’s toys 75 hand knitted blankets 3 large blankets
6 bags of bras and underwear 2 sleeping bags 1 box of a4 pads of lined writing paper
4 bags lady’s warm hats, scarves and gloves 59 boys hand knitted garments
74 girls hand knitted garments 1 bag of children’s shoes 3 bags of boy’s clothes
1 bag of girl’s clothes 3 bags of craft and sewing items 1 sewing machine
1 large roll of new fabric 2 lady’s warm jackets 1 hand mixer
1 bag of premature baby clothes 1 bag of brand new baby feeding equipment
Together Christine and Gloria have been none stop this year. Christine has attended the District Induction and International Meeting given by District ISO Marion Tasker at Eastwood Hall, Alfreton’s International Lunch, District International Rally, Soup lunch and walk for Aqua box organised by the Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs of Ravenshead, Ravenshead’s Sandwich Lunch, A Zone Meeting at the Hostess and Kirkby’s Dinner and fundraising evening. As the final month of her role approached Christine said ‘I am honoured and grateful to have had the pleasure of being ISO for our wonderful club and wish Sue Lunn every success.’
We are very proud of our club and our members. We thank each and every one of you for all the hard work and contributions you have given over the years, and in particular over this last year. Our club is only as good as the members we have; our events only as good as the members and friends who attend them. We thank you all members, friends and family for all your support.
The Website will take on a new look for the new President Helen.
You will still be able to see everything that has been achieved in 2016 – 2017 under our archive section. Please continue to check our website, Facebook and Twitter for our updates, activities and events. A list of 2017-2018 events are now available.