Visit to Reunion Island, District 920, May 18-26th 2016

for the 23rd Assembly of District 920

 

District 920, composed of 5 clubs in Reunion Island and 3 clubs in Madagascar had the privilege to welcome President Charlotte DE VOS in Reunion Island, on the occasion of the 23rd Assembly which took place in Saint-Denis, capital of the island. Members of Madagascar joined us for the event.

Welcome at the Airport

 

 May 18th

After a warm welcome reserved to President Charlotte at the airport. We had breakfast in a lovely café where a press conference was arranged before going to the house of Jasmine Sery who was privileged to host President Charlotte.

PRESS CONFERENCE

Press Article

PROUD TO HAVE PRESIDENTIAL ON OUR T-SHIRTS

 

The first evening was hosted by Rose-may, for a typical buffet of creole food cooked by many members. 

TYPICAL BUFFET CREOLE CHARLOTTE WITH HOSTESS ROS-MAY AND I

WITH MEMBERS IWC SAINT-PAUL_ ETANG SALE

May 19th

IW Club Saint-Paul/ Etang Salé has planned a social project: a sea safari to see dolphins and whales inpatient children and teens suffering from psychological distress as a result of violence or rape. But, because of the bad weather, the boat couldn’t leave the port and the project had to be postponed after IIW President’s visit.

After geocaching in the morning and lunch in a restaurant located on the seaside, we went to the Home Hospitality Evening organized by IW Club Saint-Denis, the club District Chairman Maryse belongs to.      

FIRST GEOCACHING IN REUNION ISLAND         

 The interesting and unique project of District 920 was presented and we could visit the area provided for a sewing atelier provided to unemployed women with 3 main goals: give work to women, dressmaking Inner Wheel members’ traditional gowns for the next Convention, rehabilating traditions of the island.

SOCIAL PROJECT SEWING ATELIER CULTURAL CENTRE HOSTING THE ATELIER

Before dinner, we had a show choir conducted by Audrey, a  young talented choir master.

SHOW CHOIR

May 20th 

The Opening Ceremony of the 23rd Assembly took place in the reception lounge of the City Hall of Saint-Denis.

TABLE FOR OFFICIALS RADIANT IIW PRESIDENT

DURING THE OPENING CEREMONY  A VIEW OF THE AUDIENCE

It started with the parade of the clubs then welcome of Executive Committee, then our Guest of Honour, IIW President Charlotte.

IWC ANTANANARIVO PRESIDENT IRMA FAOZIA IWC MAHAJANGA REPRESENTING HER PRESIDENT PRESIDENT BRIGITTE IWC LE TAMPON_ SAINT_PIERRE

PRESIDENT DANIELLE IWC SAINT-BENOIT_ SAINT-ANDRE PRESIDENT MICHELINE IWC SAINT-PAUL_ ETANG SALE PRESIDENT SYLVIE IWC ESPERANCE 920, THE YOUNGEST CLUB OF D 920

EVELYNE LEADING THE DELEGATION OF IWC SAINT-DENIS

 

Then, the bearers of flags were ready for the moving parade of flags and Ceremony of Anthems: first, Belgium in honour of our IIW President, then Madagascar, then France as Reunion Island is a French overseas region.

FLAGS READY FOR THE PARADE

FLAG OF BELGIUM  MADAGASCAR FLAG  FLAG OF FRANCE

Then, the Inner Wheel song, “Standing together” was sung by Audrey, the choir master and all the Inner Wheel members eagerly burst into chorus.

PARADE OF INNER WHEEL LOGO STANDING TOGETHER INNER WHEEL SUNG BY CHOIR MASTER AUDREY

PRESENTAION OF OUR INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT

Business session in the afternoon with interlude with a children choir. 

INTERLUDE CHILDREN CHOIR

Talents’night in the evening in the lovely garden of the Region Venue.  Each club of the district made a show, either dancing, singing, acting…. Fun and enthusiasm! 

CHARLOTTE IN FRONT OF THE VEGETAL WALL

IWC SAINT-DENIS PERFORMING A LOCAL DANCE SHOW OF INNER WHEEL SAINT-BENOIT_ SAINT-ANDRE

IWC LE TAMPON_ SAINT-PIERRE CHOSE A ZEN PERFORMANCE IWC ANTANANARIVI AND MAHAJANGA IN A MADAGASCAN TRADITIONAL DANCE

IWC ESPERANCE 920  FUNNY SKETCH PLAYED BY IWC SAINT-PAUL_ ETANG SALE

PRESIDENT CHARLOTTE JOINED THE YELLOW AND BLUE HAIR DANCERS PRAISING THE PRESIDENTIAL LOGO

May 21st

The day started with a very interesting presentation from Mr Marodon, eminent speaker, a chemist, fond of local medicinal plants, president of APLAMEDOM, association created in 1999 for the protection of those plants. Every year, a competition is organized in schools to raise awareness about ethno botanical heritage in the island.

MR MARODON SPEAKER ABOUT PROTECTION OF MEDICINAL PLANTS

After an interlude by an orchestra of young musicians, a new business session with financial review, Chairman’s report, Elections of the Incoming Executive Committee return, presentation of the Elected Committee of Ditrict 920, exchange of presents and banners. A photo session came before lunch.

CHILDREN ORCHESTRA  TALENTED YOUNG MUSICIANS

ELECTIONS RETURN

END OF BUSINESS SESSION

 

Gala night, handover of the District. What a privilege and honour to receive the collier of Chairman from President Charlotte! 

EXCHANGE OF BANNERS PRESIDENT CHARLOTTE ANC CHAIRMAN MARYSE  RECEIVING THE COLLIER FROM IIW PRESIDENT CHARLOTTE

EMOTION WHEN RECEIVING THE COLLIER WITH NICOLE PAST CHAIRMAN, IIW PRESIDENT AND IM PAST CHAIRMAN MARYSE

INCOMING EXECUTIVE COMMITEE  AND DEPUTIES

INCOMING CHAIRMAN JASMINE WITH IM PAST CHAIRMAN MARYSE  IIW PRESIDENT's SPEECH

 

After the District 920 Assembly, Charlotte had the opportunity to visit the island and we enjoyed geocachings a few days more before going back home one week after her arrival in the island.

GEOCACHING IN THE SOUTH OF THE ISLAND GEOCACHING AT AN OLD SUGAR CANE FACTORY

GEOCACHING IS FUNNY  NO MORE SECRETS FOR CHARLOTTE

GEOCACHING TOURISM IN SALAZIE

IN THE GREEN CIRQUE OF SALAZIE WTH CHARLOTTE CHARLOTTE AND FAOZIA, MEMBER OF IWC MAHAJANGA MADAGASCAR  IN FRONT OF THE FAMOUS WATERFALL _BRIDE's VEIL

CHARLOTTE,FAOZIA AND I HAVING FUN WITH HATS

ENJOYING SUNSHINE AT THE BEACH

And then it was time for President Charlotte to go back to her family, and time for Good-byes! 

TIME FOR CHARLOTTE TO GO BACK HOME

GOOD BYE PRESIDENT!

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