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NAME

 CHARTERNo.

DATE OF CHARTER

FOUNDER MEMBERS

BATH

282

11th MARCH 1946

28

BATH WEST

1512

7th MAY 1971

22

BRIDPORT

1306

10th JAN 1968

23

BURNHAM-ON-SEA

511

27th OCT 1949

12

CHARD

539

5th OCT 1950

9

CREWKERNE

803

30th JAN 1963

24

CHIPPENHAM

561

1st JULY 1951

24

DORCHESTER

164

30th JAN 1939

17

FROME

101

1st JULY 1936

6

GLASTONBURY & STREET

528

17th JAN 1951

16

HONITON (ex.District 17)

232

28th Oct 1944

9

ILMINSTER

1708

1st JAN 1974

13

LANGPORT & SOMERTON

476

30th JUNE 1949

17

LYME REGIS

1462

19th JAN 1970

20

MENDIP

426

12th APRIL 1948

26

MIDSUMMER NORTON & RADSTOCK

664

1st JULY 1957

15

MINEHEAD

425

12th APRIL 1948

14

SEATON

753

2nd FEB 1961

20

SHEPTON MALLET

593

23rd JUNE 1953

10

SHERBORNE

1677

3rd FEB 1977

23

SIDMOUTH

662

14th MARCH 1957

9

TAUNTON

79 CLUBS

1st JULY 1934

  8*

TIVERTON

558

10th MAY 1951

17

TROWBRIDGE

622

11th MARCH 1955

13

WARMINSTER

685

20th FEB 1959

15

WELLS

427

3rd MAY 1948

15

WESTBURY

674

12th OCTOBER 1957

13

WESTON-SUPER-MARE

79 CLUBS      

no date given

12

WEYMOUTH

138

5th FEB 1938

12

YEOVIL

130

2nd DEC 1937

12

*79 Clubs

Ten years after the formation of the first Inner Wheel Club, the Association of Inner Wheel Club in G.B & I was formed at the RIBI Conference in Douglas, Isle of Man in 1934.


The 79 Clubs in existence came from England 76, Paisley, Scotland 1930. Belfast, Ireland 1931. Newport, Wales 1931. These founder Clubs are known affectionately as the ‘79ers’ and as such have no Charter number. These Clubs approved and ratified the Constitution and Bye-laws and voted Mrs Oliver Golding as the Association’s first President.


AN  HISTORICAL INNER WHEEL JOURNEY:

According to historical notes in the archives in July 1972 RIBI formed four new Districts, this was achieved by dividing the nineteen large Districts in G.B. & I. into twenty-three Districts.

Inner Wheel members always look to the future so in 1970 at the Association Conference, Inner Wheel passed a General Resolution giving official approval to the redistricting of Inner Wheel Clubs to follow the same boundaries as RIBI.

A note in the District archives states:

 ‘…although Inner Wheel is an autonomous body, we are tied to Rotary by the sacred bond of marriage, therefore when R.I.B.I. decided to split certain areas into another four Districts, according to our rules, Inner Wheel had to follow suit…’

By this time in 1972 when District 20 was formed, 20, came from our former District 10, four from District 11 and four from District 17 making up the twenty eight registered clubs. A Charter was presented to a new Club, Sherborne on 3rd February 1973. Charter number 1677. Founder members Members 23.

On 22nd May , Inner Wheel held a meeting in Yeovil to discuss the formation of District 20 Inner Wheel. It was here that the following officers were duly elected.

Chairman  Mrs A.E. Abell   Bath

Vice Chairman  Mrs R.B. Meyers              Dorchester

 Secretary  Mrs A Griffiths   Warmington

 Treasurer   Mrs E Jenkins    Weston-Super-Mare

Council Member Mrs J Moon     Shepton Mallet

Overseas Service Chairman.

Mrs V. Owen Roberts     Langport

Editor   Mrs E Driver   Westbury

4th July 1972. Installation of District 20 Chairman & 1st District Meeting held at the County Hotel. Taunton (where Marks & Spencer’s store now is.)

After the Installation came the Business of the Day.

Roll call.  All 28 Clubs were present.

Correspondence.

Letters were read from Mrs Offord, Mrs Kay Martin, The Rotary Club of Ilminster and several Inner Wheel Clubs all wishing well for the new District.

Decisions

It was agreed by members to defer a decision about an overseas project until after the 1973 International Convention.

There were to be two District Bulletins annually, organised by the District Overseas Officer, Mrs Owen Roberts.

Three editions of Twenty Times organised by the District Editor, Mrs E Driver.

The first District Rally was to be held at Bath on 6th March 1973.

A very good luncheon followed by a successful meeting launched our new District.   

 

The second District Meeting was held on 29th November 1972 at the Manor Hotel, Yeovil.

        ‘…a buffet lunch was served with much scrambling of chairs and laughter, due to our numbers being greater than …the hotel could cater for…’

At this meeting that a motion for every member of G.B.& I. Inner Wheel Clubs should pay £2. towards the cost of purchasing office premises in London for our headquarters, was moved. This motion was carried and although the result was not unanimous or nem. com. it was carried by a reasonable majority of votes by the delegates.

The next two District meetings were held at the County Hotel. Taunton.




INNER WHEEL CLUBS IN DISTRICT 20  1ST JULY 1972  

This District commenced with twenty-eight clubs:


District 20 History 1972-2013