Past President Ruth Riches – 2018/2019


Mrs Ruth Riches, President
Warsop Inner Wheel July 2018 – June 2019

My journey to becoming the President of The Inner Wheel Club of Warsop started some years ago at the tender age of 18 when I joined Rotaract. I have always known Inner Wheel existed. The Rotarians in my Rotaract days would refer to them before an event, saying that Inner Wheel ‘have that sorted’.

A few from the Rotaract Years:

To me in the early 90s, the ladies of Warsop Inner Wheel were a thing of magic and mystery, and I do remember saying ‘One day I am going to be one of those Inner Wheel ladies’. Today, I know them as familiar faces from Warsop’s High Streets and businesses. But I never knew at the time they were the mystical ladies of Inner Wheel raising money for local, national and international charities.

Most people know I love a challenge, but the challenge when I was in Rotaract was joining Inner Wheel without having to marry a Rotarian. At 18, I realised some challenges even I couldn’t take on. So, I quickly gave up hope of ever becoming an Inner Wheel lady.

Some years later and thankfully for all Rotarians everywhere, I met the handsome Dave and we married 14 years ago this October. He is my partner in crime and the love of my life. In fact I’ll thank him now for all the support he’ll be giving me in the year ahead.

Inner Wheel changed the joining criteria a few years ago and approved open membership. I finally joined Inner Wheel together with Immediate Past President Helen in the February 2015 or as I like to refer to it as the Year of Sue Lunn. My dream of becoming an Inner Wheel lady had been realised and I now stand before you ‘living the dream’ as President for 2018/2019.

Each year the President is asked to select a key charity for the club to support. My chosen charity is Multiple Sclerosis or MS as it is commonly known. MS is a long-lasting disease that can affect your brain, spinal cord, and the optic nerves in your eyes. It can cause problems with vision, balance, muscle control, and other basic body functions. The effects are often different for everyone.

I have been aware of MS from an early age as my mum was diagnosed with it when I was nine. It didn’t really mean that much to me at the time and I didn’t really know what was going on. Thanks to my wonderful family, life was pretty much frantic and fun, as it should have been for a nine-year-old with three older siblings.

My mum soldiered on working, raising the family, ruling the roost and hiding any difficulties she was experiencing. I was pretty much oblivious to what was going on with her and MS as I grew up, mum was just mum. It wasn’t until I became an adult (notice I didn’t say grown up!), that I realised what a superwoman my mum has been to have done all this, making our lives normal and all with MS.

Things are very different today for people newly diagnosed with MS. But we still don’t have a cure. I want to use my time as your Club President to increase awareness and help other people understand what it is and to live with MS diagnosed or as part of a family touched by MS. The MS slogan this year has become ‘Someone I love is waiting for a cure’ and it couldn’t be truer.

MS is already close to our Club’s heart as as we have ladies within our midst, and friends close to us with MS; and like mum, I’m sure you all agree they are all super women.

If we can raise some money this year and along the way increase awareness to support the people we love with MS, well I’ll be one happy Past President stood here this time next year.

We have some fantastic events planned across the year, all culminating in a themed black tie ball on 24 May 2019. We’d love to see you there and if any ladies want to join our wonderful club, come to our events or attend a monthly meeting, please get in touch.

I hope you are as excited as I am about the year ahead. So, without further ado I’d better move on. As the great singer songstress Pink said ‘Let’s get this party started’.

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