February Meeting

Welcome to February everyone. Past President Helen hosted our meeting this month  and welcomed not only our guest speaker Ben son of one of our member’s, but we also welcomed husbands, partners and Rotarian members. We also had a return visit from our forthcoming new member. By all accounts it was a very busy meeting.

Our speaker was gave a interesting personal account of his life as a camera man working for the BBC, working mostly on regional news. Footage of some of the programs and editing that takes place behind the scenes, and our audience was full of equally interesting questions for Ben.

We received a lovely letter from our friends and Trustees at the Oaklands Complex. Thanking us for our donation and inviting us to an open event to see how the gardens we have contributed to are getting on.

Despite a few more bumps, breaks and bruises this month, most members were in reasonably good health, as were our club finances.  The biggest thing we needed to do at the February meeting was all the voting. We are still looking for a members to fill some vital slots at Club level including Junior Vice, Committee Member and Club Correspondent. Without a committee the Club cannot function to it’s full potential, so these are vital places to be taken in the coming months.

The Club also made it’s election selection for the Association and International Board Director posts. Our secretary Christine has done a wonderful job of summarising all candidates and depersonalising them. When voting took place we had no idea who they candidates were or where they were from. We feel this gets us the best candidate based on skill and suitability for the role, rather than name or preferred country.

For the first time in weeks, our secretary report was much longer than usual, but our guests found it very insightful and interesting. We’d welcome any ladies, not in Inner Wheel to any of our meetings just to see what we are about.

The Charity report was read out by Committee member Elaine and included our upcoming event of craft and crumpet night on 20 March 2019. Ladies will be making a wonderful rag wreath garland. We also asked for donations towards our ball tombala of anything bubble related. Vice President Elaine has sent out 32 letters asking local business for support.

A new event was circulated to hear the Nottinghamshire Police Concert Band play at the Warsop Parish Church on 18th May from 7pm. Any profits from the evening will very kindly be split between the church and our Club Charity MS.

International Officer Sue gave a huge thank you to everyone who had attended World Inner Wheel Day last month. A great time was had by all under the guidance of President Ruth and her crafty skills.  A lovely lunch, provided by member’s and as a bonus £77 was raised.  This money has already been spent on nappies that are needed for the Knit and Natter day that has been arranged for 2pm Friday March 1st at the home of Sue.

Following a presentation by Sue to members in November, a suggestion of  a Drop Box was made. Sue launched this idea at our February meeting and said that from March a basket will be out on the side of the room for people to add items to it for the many charity bags that we put together. This helps everyone be involved with International Fundraising. The Club also agreed on the value for a donation to be made to Aquabox.

We were also pleased to announce that our spring market is back this year at the Fretwell Centre and already the stall spaces have gone. It will be held at on wednesday 17 April at 10-12 noon. All proceeds from the day will be shared with the International and President’s charity.

Everyone was looking forward to the upcoming District 22 Quiz night, with it’s new format of pie and pea supper. Great for those who are coming straight from work. we have three team attending this year.

After what was a lovey and busy evening, the meeting was concluded just after 9.35 on Tuesday 6th February.

best wishes and in friendship

President Ruth

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