Member of Council

Janet Barwood

Never say never! 

Having fallen off the Executive Committee in 2014 I became club secretary and have enjoyed that role for four years. I had no plans to return to District but after a number of emails and phone calls I thought about the role of Member of Council and felt I should like to try for the post. As I was the only candidate I was duly elected and now I am re reading the Constitution and Rule Book to make sure I will at least be able to sound a little knowledgeable when members ask me Inner Wheel questions. I have been a member of Ashby de la Zouch Inner Wheel since 1994 and have enjoyed so much friendship and fun since I joined. I have held various offices in the club, all except treasurer which is a post I would rather not undertake!
I was privileged to be District Chairman for District 7 in 2012/13 and was amazed at all the wonderful work the clubs do within our District as well as all the fun they have doing their good works. What an organisation we are. My husband, Gerry and I will have been married for 46 years this year and have three wonderful sons and now eight fantastic grandchildren, four boys and four girls. I am afraid they live some way away, Oxford, London and Sydney but we try and see the English ones as often as we can and visit Australia every eighteen months with regular Skype sessions in between.
I have been trying to increase my exercise recently but most of my hobbies, crafting, knitting and reading are rather sedentary but, with the better weather around the corner I shall start my morning walks again and, as a consequence, lose some more weight. Let`s hope my other loves of good food and dry white wine don`t impede my progress. I will try my very best to represent District 7 on the Executive Council and, hopefully, be able to help with any queries you may throw my way. If not, I am sure I can find a lady who can.


The Role of Member of Council

A Member of Council is on the Governing Body of the National Association of Inner Wheel Clubs and is part of the decision making process for Inner Wheel in Great Britain and Ireland and hopefully represents the views of the members, clubs and districts. I am responsible for passing information in both directions – to and from the Governing Body and to and from the clubs and their members. I attend 4 Council meetings in each IW year – the first one takes place at Leicester where we have our Association Assembly when Association officers and officials, Members of Council and District Officers and Officials from all over GB & I meet to learn about their role, submit new ideas, meet the new Association President and officers and do a bit of “team building” with their District Executive. The other three council meetings are held in London in October, January and May.

At the Association office we have an excellent administrator in the form of Melanie Nicholls who works with her team there and you will find lots of information on the Association website






2012 Inner Wheel Distict 7 Member of Council.