Whether you’re a frequent visitor or it’s your first time here, please do have a look around our website; it’s a great place to catch up on our District’s news, photos, events and more. Here you will be introduced to the enormous variety of activities our members engage in across District 20, Great Britain and Ireland, and indeed further afield with Inner Wheel Clubs active in over 110 countries worldwide.
In April 2018, the International Inner Wheel convention took place in Melbourne, Australia. At this event, the three-year Inner Wheel project “Caring for Women and Girls” was announced, along with the 2018/2019 Inner Wheel mission statement “Empower and Evolve.” We at District 20 were particularly pleased with this choice, as it fits so well with our own three-year District project - 20:20 Mission Restoring Dignity. This project’s goal is to empower women and girls in developing countries by supplying sustainable sanitary wear, thus promoting health benefits and personal dignity - a project that certainly has caring for women and girls at its heart.
So, a little about myself: I was born and spent my formative years in Northern Ireland during some of the worst years of the Troubles, moving to Wales for university and qualifying as an optometrist. When newly qualified I worked in Yeovil, beginning my association with my husband Bill and the West Country! Over the next few years we moved to Hereford, where I had my twin daughters, and then back to Somerset, where our son was born. I will continue to work part-time as an optometrist while serving as your District Chairman, but will attend as many of the Clubs’ events as possible – it will be a busy year, but I am up to the challenge.
I joined Wrington Vale Inner Wheel in 1996 after, like many Inner Wheel ladies, my husband was asked to join Rotary, and have been a member ever since. It is the fellowship, friendship and support of these ladies which have made the last 22 years so enjoyable, and which I know will help guide me through my chairmanship over the coming year. I feel it is this depth of friendship that Inner Wheel Clubs offer that is our best-kept secret, and we must start to broadcast this to encourage new members.
I am really looking forward to being your District Chairman, and wish everyone a wonderful new Inner Wheel year.