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At the start of the Ukraine war, Lesley, a Member of the IW Club of Plimmerton, discovered a friend in Scotland had begun knitting teddies for the children of Ukraine refugees arriving in the UK.
The idea appealed to Lesley, so she floated the idea of knitting teddies in Ukranian colours to all her friends, including the ladies of Plimmerton Inner Wheel.
Lots rallied to the cause and when it became evident that no refugee families had yet arrived in NZ (apart from those joining families already established here) teddies started to be made in a kaleidoscope of colours.
At a recent IW meeting, the Club had a guest speaker: Jacqueline from ChangeMakers Resettlement Forum, an organization that works in conjunction with the Red Cross. Jacqueline was presented with all the teddies and undertook their distribution to arriving refugee children.
Hopefully, the teddies will give each child a little comfort combined with a welcome to NZ as they begin a new life here.
On 14th July we held a movie night at the Lighthouse Cinema Pauatahanui to raise funds for the Child Cancer Foundation. Carol Woodfield organised this with the help of Janet Reidy and all the generous Inner Wheel ladies – the dream team. Thank you everyone for your support and the delicious food. The light-hearted movie ‘Phantom of the Open’ was a big hit, enjoyed by all.
Tania Pattemore gave us a brief talk on the role of the Child Cancer Foundation, explaining the beads of courage given to mark treatment procedures. Carol’s grandson George has about 1,300 of these beads, that’s 14 necklaces!
Our total profit for the evening was an amazing $3,097. As you can imagine the Child Cancer Foundation were delighted to receive our donation. Thank you very much everyone for your wonderful support. We would like to thank all the sponsors of the raffle, the silent auction and lucky seat prizes:
A weekend of promotion by members of District NZ294 as volunteers helped at the Inner Wheel stand at the 2022 Women's lifestyle Expo in Wellington's TSB arena July 23-24th.
Women attending the Expo were encouraged to enter a draw to win a beautiful gift box of KD One skin care. Each person who entered the draw was given a small goodie bag of IW information and a KD One Cosmetics lip gloss. Over 60 ladies entered the draw.
District secretary Brenda is following up with every entry and encouraging them to be contacted by the Clubs in their vicinity. Attendees of the weekend came for a wide area around the Wellington region and as far as Palmerston North, Levin, Wairarapa and Kapiti.
It was a fabulous opportunity to showcase our work and there was a positive response from those we connected with. A busy, tiring weekend for the volunteers but any new members joining our Clubs will be a positive outcome.
A reminder too that if there is not a Cub near you, we also offer a virtual opportunity. Learn more about joining Inner Wheel by visiting our Join Us page.
The IW Club of Matamata has been putting together care packs for Starfish, a not-for-profit organization that works across the Matamata region and provide professional counselling, education and social services in the community. Their contributions have recently been recognized by Starfish and they have been sent the thank you message below. Great work, ladies of Matamata!
Kia ora Gaylene,
I hope this finds you well
Jut wanted to let you know how amazing the packs that the inner wheel put together have been for families in need.
Starfish has a new service where we are providing support to whānau who are isolating with covid. This often looks like us providing kai, cleaning and hygiene products to these families who are in need and do not have access to much at all whilst isolating (often our community’s most vulnerable families). These packs have been such a great addition to what we are providing to the families – so THANK YOU so much Inner Wheel
Deborah Galloway-RiwhiWellness Facilitator| BHSc Starfish Social Services Trust15 Gordon Terrace | PO Box 71 | Matamata
M 027 419 9413
The June 2022 edition of NZ297 Spoke & Felloe magazine gives a wonderful summary of the 2021-22 Inner Wheel year in NZ297.
Click here to read.
During March 2022, the IW Club of Ahuriri took part in a community effort to send aid to Tonga.
They were approached by the Tongan community in Flaxmere to provide a donation to help purchase necessary items to send. With a contribution from the Clubs Charity fund to both this cause and the National Inner Wheel fund for Tonga. It was inspiring to see how the communities of both Hastings and Napier helped out. Churches, Schools, and other community groups all contributed to the cause.
A few members (President Margo, Joanne and Joy) were privileged to be invited to the closing up of the 20ft container. The container was filled to capacity with essential aid items, including water, non-perishable food supplies, furniture, shelter materials, tools and clothing.
When the organisers were asked how it was that they ensured that each family being supported was given an allocation of the goods being sent. It was explained that Tongan culture is one of sharing and supporting others. To ensure that nobody is left destitute due to this concept, once a donation is shared the items may not be passed on to another. The New Zealand Community has ‘shared’ with the Tongan community. All the donated goods were divided up into barrels with family names and contact numbers on them. Each family will receive an appropriate allocation of the goods and because the aid has already been shared from here, it entitles each family to keep possession of the aid received without sharing again.
The women packed during the day and then the men came home and loaded the container in the evening. Each of the 80 x 40 gallon drums & 40 plastic drums were packed with water & oil first then a sheet of cardboard ; a layer of clothing or soft furnishing and then packaged food & canned goods. There were 2 water drums filled with clothing plus sheets of iron & drainage pipe to gather water as well as other tools & furniture in the container.
A wonderful community project of support for the IW Club of Ahuriri.
The IW Club of Otautahi Canterbury was proud to host this year's NZ297 Empowerment Day event with a great turnout.
A big Thank You to Diane Ladd for organising and presenting such an inspiring event.
Speakers Alyssandra Skerrett and Carol Haskett gave fabulous talks regarding taking on office bearing roles. And our wonderful lifetime member Yvonne was as delightful and entertaining as ever, sharing stories from her experiences while she was in Sweden.
It was great to see Wendy from Rangiora Club able to join us remotely via Zoom.
IW Club of Otautahi Canterbury members put on a delicious selection for lunch, with many guests commenting about the amazing Bacon and Egg Pie from Lynne.
On Tuesday, 12th April, the IW Club of Christchurch West held our AGM and the Committee decided to theme it as a Royal High Tea to honour the Queen's 70th Jubilee and also to acknowledge our 34th Birthday. We were delighted with the numbers of Members who attended. Below are a few photos from the event.
President Joy and Gaynor (Secretary) about to commence AGM
Lorraine, our founding President, 34 years ago introducing two new members: Fay and Elizabeth at our Royal High Tea meeting.
Fay, Margaret, Elizabeth, welcomed by Shirley and Joy who inducted members Fay and Elizabeth.
Vivienne Fitzgerald, SI Coordinator for Muscular Dystrophy NZ
Our inspiring speaker with flowers and card and a donation will be made to them from our Club.
Food fit for a Royal Occasion and our 34th Birthday.
Michele, Gaynor, Shirley and Janette [hidden: Jude].
An excellent turnout for our Royal High Tea with so many Royal attendees all dressed in their finery!
For me, a bucket full of enthusiasm and a team of three amazing women has been the key to growing the membership of our Club. Members are encouraged to invite friends along to enjoy, build friendships, make a difference in the community, and discover a range of opportunities allowing personal growth along side a group of like-minded women.
Walking, the ukulele group, the craft group, and dinner out before our monthly meetings are just some of the social activities which are attracting many of our new members. Getting to know a small group of women helps grow their enthusiasm, confidence and empowers them to become active members of our amazing Ashburton IW Club.
“If someone offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.”
Ashburton IW Club NZ
Club’s 20th Birthday Celebratory Lunch
McHugh’s Restaurant 14 Feb 2022
The Inner Wheel Club of Shore City's 20th anniversary lunch was held at to Mc Hugh’s Restaurant - the same venue where on 14th Sep 2001, the Club had held its Charter Night Dinner.
The Charter President, Rae Innes lit the candle of Friendship and was given the President's Chains for the day, in honour of her work to charter the Club.
A Flame of Friendship, A Flame of Light A Flame of Warmth Which Burnt so Bright
A Candle of Friendship
A Candle of Light
A Candle of Warmth Which Burnt so Bright It showed the way on Charter Night.
A Candle of Hope
A Candle of Peace
Which Burnt so Bright twenty years ago And still it shows the way to go.
By Sue Blenkhorn, Australia, District A62 Extension Office (adapted by Mary Bingham, IW Club Shore City)
After the Candles of Friendship & Remembrance were lit, President Gwyneth introduced special guests National President Michelle, with her mother, Hazel, and District NZ291 Chairman Adrienne, with husband Jack. She paid tribute to the three charter members still active in our club – Rae, Innes, Maureen Kearney and Denise Bullus.
National President Michelle also spoke and later she and District Chairman Adrienne presented three recipients with Honoured Active Membership awards –Judith Cowie, Joan Simpson and Gwyneth Higginson.
After lunch, drinks, and cutting Elsa’s scrumptious cake, Mary B, Nancy and Maureen entertained with the song “A Few of my Favourite Things”. Well done the Park Lane Singers. Members were able to reminisce looking at the memorabilia table, with photos, awards, lists of previous officers of the club and newsletters – all reminding us of the many charities and causes we have supported over the years and, importantly, the friendships made.