Ashburton Trio Honoured for Servcie
9 February 2017 - By Maureen Bishop - It was the late Norman Thompson's idea which led to the formation of the Inner Wheel Club of Ashburton.
Now his wife, Jenny is one of three members to be honoured by the club for their long service.
The three, Jenette Storrier, Joan Dephoff and Jenny were charter members of the club. Mrs Thompson was the first president, Mrs Storrier the first secretary and Mrs Dephoff the first treasurer, and all are still active members.
Their club has presented them with honorary active membership badges.
A fourth charter member, Almond Royds, was presented with the honour several years ago after serving the organisation at international level. Also honoured sometime ago was the late Anne Martin.
Inner Wheel, a women's service organisation, was originally for wives and partners of Rotarians, although the criteria has been widened now.
Mr Thompson, when he was president of the Ashburton South Rotary Club (now Ashburton Plains) suggested his wife call a meeting to judge interest in forming an Inner Wheel club.
The meeting was well attended and the club was born.
Although formed as a social club to allow women to belong to more than one service club, members have given many hours of community service over the years, including making silk pillows for breast cancer patients, and knitting singlets for premature babies.
They still support the town's two Rotary clubs, catering for such events as Bookarama, youth leadership events and the antiques fair.
Several club members have served at district level in District 297 which stretches from Rangitata to Nelson, including the present district chairman, Carol Haskett, and Mrs Royds has served on the international board.
Posted: Tue 14 Feb 2017