D18 celebrates IW Day with IIW President Ebe

Posted by International Inner Wheel | Feb 18, 2022 |

District 18 in GB&I celebrates Inner Wheel Day with IIW President Ebe

On 10 January 2022, an online conference was held by District 18 to commemorate Inner Wheel Day. It was attended by 46 members including 2 special guests and a speaker.

Our two special guests were International Inner Wheel President Ebe Panitteri Martines and President of the Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in Great Britain and Ireland (“IW GB&I”), Betty Roberts. The speaker for the night was Gethin Davies OBE on Eisteddfod an International Festival of over 75 years.

The evening started off with our District Chairman Carol welcoming all members and guests. The Inner Wheel Prayer and objects were read out.

IIW President Ebe brought greetings from IIW members as IIW were celebrating 52 years and IW GB&I 98 years. President Ebe spoke about our Founder Mrs Margarette Oliver Golding and how we should all be inspired by the work she did and how we should continue to be proud members and keep the Inner Wheel turning as we approach the 100th Anniversary. She also spoke about PINK FIRST, our IIW theme for the year – empowering women and girls, strong women for a stronger world.

President Betty for IW GB&I, also spoke about our founder, how together we can keep our organisation going for many more years to come, and build on our friendship and service to the communities.

Gethin, our speaker, spoke on how 75 years ago the Eisteddfod was born and how over the years it has branched out to become an International Festival. He spoke about the troubles on the way but also the determination of the people to keep the festival going. The festival is now supported by many countries around the world from choirs to musicians, speakers and dances.

The celebration of Inner Wheel Day finished with us all singing along to the Inner Wheel Song. It was a great evening of fun and friendship.

About District 18:

Inner Wheel District 18 is one of 29 districts in IW GB&I. It is in the north-west of England and covers the area from Chester in the south up to Southport in the north and then the northern area of Wales down to Welshpool. This means that by covering two countries, District 18 have two languages, Welsh and mainly English. The District has 20 clubs and a membership of around 430. The oldest Club is the Inner Wheel Club of Bangor, chartered in 1934 (87 years old this year). All clubs meet once a month either at lunchtime or during the evening and enjoy fun and friendship over a meal.

Having been in lockdown since March 2020, it was great to be able to hold the District Rally on 2 September 2021. 110 members from all Clubs in the District attended. Association President Betty was present along with 3 other visiting District Chairmen along with the District Governor of Rotary.

Much fun, laughter and friendship was had by all. Looking forward to the next Rally in September 2022.

Angela Williams