2018 Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in GB & I Conference

Bournemouth 19 – 21st March, 2018

What a week! It all began with phone calls to see who was stranded in the snow, who could get out and what were the roads like – most of us made it to Bournemouth, it took a little longer than normal but safety was our main concern.

We were all geared up to support Association President Liz, and our own District Secretary Janet and Sheena from the Quantocks (bucket list ticked!)  Sadly and sensibly the event on Monday afternoon was cancelled – well postponed to June (Flaming June?) mainly due to the ice on the steps leading to the start & the high winds.  I took a walk to the start point on the pier on Wednesday and looked, looked again – Good Luck Girls is all I can say – Sponsorship for Liz Thomas and her chosen Charity (EACH – East Anglia Childrens Hospice)  topped £4,000!

65 members of District 20 joined forces at the Mandarin Chinese Restaurant on Monday evening – thank you Rita Joliffe for organising the evening. A great turn-out for the District Get-Together – sorry not to meet up with the other 80 District 20 members that evening, but hopefully I got to see most of you during the two conference days.

Thank you District 20 – 140 members and 21 Clubs in attendance

A Celebration of Unity and Service on Tuesday included some amazing singing from the choirs of District 8 & 24, and a soloist Sara Eastham (IW Club of Saffron Waldon D8) with a beautiful rendition of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’.

Presentations by Dr Kapila Gupta IIW President and Denis Spiller RIBI Rotary President and Tracey Rennie from EACH. One particular highlight of the morning was the presentation by Dr Kapila Gupta of the Marguerite Golding Award to Conference Chairman Margaret Day – who obviously knew nothing about the presentation – for her services to Girl Guiding, Childrens schools in Gambia in addition to her work in the church in the UK.

The afternoon session involved two more charity presentations one on medical detection dogs those dogs are just wonderful, and also on Alzheimer’s Research UK to whom a cheque was presented as the proceeds from the morning service which raised in excess of £8,000. The afternoon concluded with the guest speaker: John Benjamin, best known for the Antiques Roadshow on beautiful gems and beautiful ladies!

The best was yet to come! The evening entertainment by The Opera Boys! What a talent – great eye candy and stunning tenors with songs from the shows and arias from opera.

Wednesday Morning and the business of the AGM: reports, presentations and the proposals and general motions:

The great news bring that Home Service for GB & I raised £919,787.15p whilst International Service raised £321,987.29p on top of which is the contribution through all the action in the community, hand made goods, teddies blankets etc etc and 2,935 Shoe Boxes!

The Proposal and General Motions were all carried! But there were some interesting and challenging debates!

Finally the Key-Note speaker Helen Sharman CMG OBE being the first Briton in space in 1991 what an inspiration!

We heard from Association President Liz Thomas, a vote of thanks for her conference from Vice President Ann Acaster and Zena Coles.

The presentation of the new Executive Committee has been delayed due to the closing date for voting being 31st March.  The announcement will be made at the Council Meeting in May.

The closing session of music from the Romsey Area Youth Jazz Orchestra – such talent!

And the evening! – well Old Dogz New Trix and animal print as far as the eye could see from leopard onesies to Cool Chicks from Burnham on Sea!

So to Cardiff 2019 8 – 10 April – See you there!