Monthly Meetings Matter

Each year our club president picks a great lineup of speakers or entertainment for our monthly meetings. Elaine has had a fabulous year of speakers, both entertaining and informative. Here are a few of the highlights before Covid19 stopped play.

It is a tradition and a pleasure to welcome our District Chairman to our meetings each August. They kick off our year with their presence and we all feel very honoured that they take time to visit each and every club in our district.

DC Anne Lyons, was once a member of our club and so this visit was particularly special for Elaine and our members. Anne told us a little about herself, her year ahead and reminisced with members about how Warsop was and encouraged us all to maintain such a vibrant and happy club.

September is traditionally the month for our first Charity speaker. Elaine has chosen Louise Knight from Nottingham Breast Cancer unit to speak in September, and The Oaklands as equal beneficiaries of the fundraising, were to speak in October.

In October Dave Wint from The Oaklands paid our members a visit. Dave is Residential Manager of The Oakland’s Centre. Whilst The Oakland’s is known to many of the member not everyone was aware of just how much goes on there.

David shared his background which led him to be at the centre, he enlightened us to all of the fabulous activities that are held on a regular basis for residents and also non residents.He moved us telling us a story of a very poignant moment he witnessed in their new Memory garden.

Their aim is to help each individual to develop to become a valued member of their community through gaining competence in the following areas: physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and spiritually. The Centre received the Care Quality Commision award of Outstanding which is proof of the incredible work it does. All in all a truly amazing organisation , one we’re proud to be associated with.

November is a business meeting, where we recap what we have achieved to date and have an open discussion.

December is the fun month as we don’t have a meeting we have a Christmas Meal. This year President Elaine chose 281 Restaurant and Rooms for her meal. Considering the time of year and the weather which wasn’t kind to us, we had a fantastic turn out.

What a fabulous January meeting we had, we had a special visitor Hiha (Belgian Malinour Army dog). She came to share her fabulous story of her time out in Afghanistan. Hiha now lives a well deserved retirement with Pam who is the Mother of Hiha’s Army handler and Pam herself is an ex civilian army nurse. Hiha was trained by Norwegian people’s aid (charity in Bosnia) who train dogs to detect land mines.An incredible girl who has done 5 services in Afghanistan with her handlers.

February started with a fabulous meeting where our visitors were Pam McConnell from Bolsover club and Margaret Day Vice Chairman of D22. They shared with us all the truly fabulous work they’ve done with The Gambia School Appeal. This charity was founded by the late Rotarian Ken Alcock and his Inner Wheel wife Iris, Pam and Margaret are trustees along with Christine Toyne and all Inner Wheel D22. Since it’s inception in 1988 the charity has helped to fund educational supplies and equipment, kitchen buildings, pit latrines,well digging and piped water to schools and villages, serving many hundreds of children living in the North bank region of The Gambia.The ladies inspired us with their stories and of their work with The Gambia School Appeal.If anyone has any children’s reading books(non religious) or games that they would like to donate to this amazing charity please contact Pam or Margaret.

And then we hit March 2020…… and Elaine asked that we publish the following to all our members and friends on Facebook.

I hope this you are all keeping well in these trying times. In light of the Prime ministers latest update re the rapidly developing situation with the Corona Virus, and the advice that we should not attend any social gatherings. I have spoken to the majority of our Club’s committee and we feel that we sadly need to take action to preserve the welfare of our members, it has been decided that:

We will cancel our next committee meeting and club meeting. The MacMillan coffee morning on the 27th will be postponed to a later date. The Knitters Tea and the Easter market are also cancelled.

I hope you all agree with these decisions, as looking out for each other is paramount. If any member needs any assistance, has any questions or concerns, or wishes to provide any information or messages to Club members, please call, text or email myself or Club secretary Christine.

Stay safe and keep in touch with each other by phone, social media or text.Thank you in anticipation of your understanding. Hope it is not too long before we can all be together again. Elaine xx

Set back only for a couple of months, we rallied round and got our members back into meetings for May and June.

We held our May meeting via zoom, what an amazing turnout. No less than 38 participants – well done ladies. We were delighted to welcome Maike Middelmann from In Bochum-Hellweg, Jean Moulson, Anne Jackson and Susan Smailes from IW Kirkby also to join our meeting. Maike Middelmann spoke saying how proud she was to meet us all and sent her best wishes to our club and said she would be talking about us next week in her club meeting.

President Elaine opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and thanking them for attending. President Elaine then spoke about how the current events of C19 had put a stop on some of her fundraisers however she was delighted to make a virtual cheque handover to her chosen charities this evening.

She first of all gave a cheque to Louise Knight from Nottingham Breast Cancer unit, Louise was highly delighted to receive what she said wars a ‘phenomenal amount of money’ she gave thanks to Warsop ladies for their incredible efforts and re-iterated how brilliant we are!

The next virtual cheque handover was to Steve Lunn who accepted a cheque on behalf of The Oakland’s Centre. Steve spoke with immense pride about The Oakland’s and how they went into lockdown very early on in March. Therefore the residents are spending a lot of time in the grounds. The grounds have become a very important place for the residents to feel safe, relax, have fun and exercise. Overall it is a special place used to enhance their quality of life and that is why they have decided to use the monies to put towards a gazebo for them to spend more delightful days in. He thanked us for our continued support to their cause.

President Elaine then went on to talk about the stringent mea#ures that have been put into place at The Oakland’s and how several of our members have made washbags for staff to put their clothes into when they change, also our ladies have been making face masks for the staff to wear to/from work and keep them well. She acknowledged the terrific work being done by the staff.

A further donation was given to John Fretwell for the John Fretwell Centre, John spoke about the centre still being tended for by the grounds men etc and that the monies would go to support the youngsters in the trust.

June is traditionally our hand over meeting, which you can read all about on the Welcome from the President Ann Holland. Another fabulous year came to an end, one in which we experienced many highs and lows. But throughout the strength of Inner Wheel friendships has kept our club strong and we are looking forward to the induction of 5 new members at our next meeting and when we next get to meet.

If you are interested in joining us, please get in touch. See our contact and joining page on the website.

2 thoughts on “Monthly Meetings Matter”

  1. Well done President Elaine – fabulous year in difficult circumstances but you held all the members together and kept all our spirits up


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