In July 2021 there was wonderful weekend of friendship with the "Golden Girls" of the IW Club of Oamaru, as they celebrated 50 years as women in action sharing friendship through service.
The Club of 11 members, including a Charter member and between them all sharing 331 years of Inner Wheel membership in the Oamaru Club, enjoyed a luncheon celebration on Saturday 24th July.
The room was filled with 50 friends including Another Charter member of the Club, Jean Currie. Jean flew in from Wellington for the weekend to share stories of how the Club began. IWNZ President and Nat Rep, Michelle serenaded the audience with her rendition of the theme song from the "Golden Girls" - Thank you for being a friend. District Chairman NZ298, Pam Henderson bought greetings and other members from Clubs all across the District NZ298 were also present to share a wonderful afternoon of friendship at the Brydone Hotel in Oamaru.
The highlight of the afternoon was the presentation of personal profiles of each of the 11 members and then the surprise presentation to each of them of an Honoured Active Award.
An Honoured Active Membership Award can be presented to an active member who has given outstanding service to Inner Wheel. What better way to celebrate these ladies, as a small Club where everyone gives so much to keep the Club active and vibrant, sharing the 3 objects of Inner Wheel - Friendship, service and International understanding.
Congratulations to each of you:
Maureen Malcom - Previous Honoured Active Awardee, member since 1978.
Joan Martin – Charter Member 1971
Cara Duncan - member since1982, IW member since 1971 as Charter member of Stratford Club.
Carole Hamer- member since 1985, Past President
Ann Senior – member since 1990, Past Club President
Dawn Perkins – member since 1993 (Current Club President),Past District Chairman
Ruth Dove – member since 1995 (Current Club Secretary), Past President.
Bronwyn Goldrick- member since1998 (Current Club Treasurer)
Maureen Ardley – member since 2004 -
Susan Clark member since 2004, past District Secretary and Treasurer, National Conference Treasurer
Claire Thomson –Oamaru member since 2011 and previously a Charter member of Gore
Congratulations to the Golden Girls of Oamaru!
"Thank you for being a friend, You've travelled down the road and back again, Your hearts are true, you are pals and confidants."