President Janet welcomed Members of the Inner Wheel Club of Warsop, guests and District Officers from District 22, including District Chairman Jacquie Chapman and the President of Warsop, Shirebrook & District Rotary Club Geoff Milnes, to their 49th Charter at The Hostess Restaurant.
Immediate Past President lit the candle to the Past, President Janet lit the candle to the Present and one of our newest members, Joan Green lit the candle to the Future. Past President Mary Pay lit the International candle. After Past President Gloria Humphrey said Grace, a 3 course meal was enjoyed by all.
Greetings were brought by our District Chairman Jacquie, who also had the honour of awarding the Margarette Golding award to our member Elaine Hopkins who had recently been awarded the MBE in the Queens Honours list for her tireless work with the Royal British Legion, this had been a well kept secret and Elaine was shocked and surprised by the prestigious Inner Wheel award.
The entertainment followed by “The Moonshiners”, a Busking duo who had lots of members hopping and bopping to 60’s music.
After Vice President Christine Parkin gave a vote of thanks to President Janet for the evening, APP Pam McConnell gave greetings on behalf of the visitors.
Our founder member Marjorie Zillwood also celebrated her 86th Birthday. A bouquet was presented on behalf of President Janet. It was a wonderful evening, lots of laughter and just great to see our friends and celebrate as we love to do.
Well what a year, we started off full steam ahead with the Carnival in July, a day which is always hard work but extremely rewarding. It demonstrates Inner Wheel at its best, working in our community providing a very welcome service, whilst raising a funds for our chosen charities. It is a day I always go home from very tired but content in a job well done, with some amazing team work to pull it off and a feeling of a good day had by all with the giggles and friendship we have enjoyed along the way.
This was quickly followed by our E party where again we had a lovely afternoon of fun and friendship, and the afternoon tea with Trevor Negus was all I hoped it would be.
And for me one of the highlights of this year was our charter, I cannot thank our members enough for all the work and support given to make that such a special day for me it will remain with me forever. The Christmas coffee morning was well attended and another day of fantastic teamwork. We have enjoyed again some of Ruth’s craft creations and some of us have even learnt to draw. I thank all the excellent speakers that we had and particularly I enjoyed the army working dog Hi-ha.
When I stood before the members this time last year I wanted my year to be remembered as a year that we worked as a team and made things happen and of course we had the mantra “ Together we can” Although this year has not worked out quite as expected I feel that together we have achieved great things and kept the name of Warsop Inner Wheel out there.
Despite things coming to an abrupt end in March, together as a club we looked at how we could continue with our service and friendship at a time when people were feeling frightened, lonely and unsure what the future held. Our support mechanism sprang into place with Almoner Gloria and Secretary Christine keeping in contact with our members and reporting back if we had anyone who was unwell or needed help.
Little support bubbles came into being where members were contacting each other to let us know someone cares. And of course, our updates from Sue Pasierb and pictures of rainbow wreaths and gardens made us still feel connected. And then we all entered the amazing world of Zoom technology I thank all the members that could for embracing this with such tenacity.
We have had members working on the front line supporting those in need and of course we have supported Front line workers with our sewing and goody bags. To date we have made 128 Scrub bags, 180 Masks and each parcel has been accompanied by hand cream and chocolate. With these we have supported the Oaklands staff, NHS staff and a DVLA examiner who is taking people on test from essential occupations.
Also, our very own front-line workers Janine and Sharlotte received theirs with our thanks and respect for all they have done during the pandemic. Thanks also go to Sharon Sorensen who has been supporting people to return home with the necessary care when needed after a spell in hospital.
I have also worked throughout supporting older people with essentials and in particular also supporting veterans suffering from social isolation, several of our members have donated items for this project they have been very gratefully received by both myself and the veterans.
My biggest disappointment was not being able to hold our taste of Welbeck event (Something that I was so looking forward to and a huge amount of planning had gone into it) and The Pimm’s and Promises afternoon as these would have made some much needed funds for my chosen charities, however in these difficult times of our fundraising being cut short, we were still able to handover £5,500 to these worthwhile charities that are very close to my heart, The Oaklands, Breast Cancer and the Warsop Sporting Trust.
As you can see, as a team we can rise to any challenge and the ladies of Warsop Inner Wheel are a force to be reckoned with. I thank you all for all the support you have given me this year and for making it a year to cherish always. I would also like to say a huge thank you, to all my committee members who have always been there for me listening to some of my wacky ideas and then helping me to make it happen. Each one of them has shown me true friendship and compassion. It has been an honour and a joy to be the president of the Inner Wheel Club of Warsop for the last year and to represent them at events.
Although my year may not always be remembered in the way that I wanted it to be at the beginning of the year, I have has a fabulous time surrounded by some fantastic women who have a can do attitude and “Together we did”. It will always be remembered by our club members as how we came together to support each other and our community.
After a successful series of craft and crumpet sessions in 2018/2019, President Elaine asked Past President Ruth if she would host another evening of fun and friendship. With a new venue and a new craft topic, we were off. Two challenging topics were chosen, first to make a dishcloth man, using simple (or so we thought) folding skills, with a little poem. To be sold on our market stall at the Christmas Market.
After a quick drink and hot buttered crumpet everyone was taught how to doodle. So using a few simple techniques everyone one learn how to design their own floral card and embellish or colour however they wanted.
Warsop ladies we excelled ourselves once again, a beautifully set room with stunning flowers and lovely meal accompanied by singer Lily Taylor-Ward
With the continued support of our Charter Secretary Jean Nock, the room and evening went smoothly and looked amazing. Elaine has strong connections with the Royal British Legion which set the theme for her evening. Using the actual cut our rolls from the poppies. the tables looked stunning. The program illustration was hand painted by our member Pat Ashton. Together with flowers by Christine and Sue, this was a perfect setting to celebrate.
Shirley and Christine have been flower arranging at the beautiful St. Peter and St. Paul’s church, Warsop. As has been the tradition for many years now flowers are placed in Warsop Church I’m memory of past members at Charter time.
A wonderful selection of images from a fantastic evening. Friends and family from across the District joined Warsop for their birthday celebrations.
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.
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These images show what a fun, frustrating and fabulous year President Elaine has had at the helm of Warsop Inner Wheel from June 2019 to June 2020. At the start of the year Past President Ruth handed over to Elaine with a room full of well wishers. Balloons and chocolates helped mark the occasion, as did a joint induction of new member Janet, by both incoming and outgoing presidents. A first for the club.
In fact it has been a year of first. As a club we have survived our first pandemic and held our first online meetings by Zoom. Not only has Elaine had to master zoom at a club level for Committee and Club meetings, she and web master husband Pete, have hosted the District meetings. Technology has been a lifeline for our club this year.
Our first induction on line happened in May as we welcomed Jean and Elaine presented with the power of post and technology new committee members with their badges.
Whilst things have not gone to plan and the fundraising events she had hoped to hold have been put to bed by Covid19, Elaine shone through with tremendous leadership to get the club involved with other community and service projects.
As her year has come to an end, she can be proud of the year that never was, and how much we have all learned from and with her at the helm of our wonderful club. Well done Elaine, President Warsop Inner Wheel 2019-2020
With my Theme of “Together we can” – I want you to join with me and show the world that, by being an Inner Wheel Member, together we can achieve our dreams and help others to achieve theirs, whilst enjoying friendships in our Clubs and with 110,000 other Members across the globe.
Let us be proud of our heritage and what our founder Margarette Golding achieved for Inner Wheel in the early days. Nearly 100 years later, we have to continue to inspire other women to join Inner Wheel by being Innovative in our efforts in this ever changing world. Let us prove that whatever the size of your Inner Wheel Club, or wherever you are in the world, together we can support each other in our projects, both in our own communities and internationally. Let us prove that 110,000 Inspirational and Innovative women in Inner Wheel together can achieve so much.
St Francis of Assisi once said “Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible”. On behalf of all those that you probably have never seen but have assisted by doing the impossible over the years, may I say a very big thank you to you all.
Let us reinforce how small the world is and how successful International Inner Wheel is in holding hands around the world whilst leaving footprints for others to follow.