Bournemouth 2012

Monday 2nd April 2012

Beautiful sunshine  greeted us all at this years conference and blue skies continued through out even though District 7 experienced wind, rain and sleet. The Sheila Crane walk, on Monday morning was well subscribed  but many chose  the easier option of  trip on the land train along the front from Bournemouth to Boscombe. Registration took place in the afternoon where members met  members  from other Districts and reaffirmed friendships. After a session of retail therapy, afternoon tea or a stroll along the beach we returned to out hotels to prepare for our evening meals and get together with District 11.   District 11 being our hosts put on an evening of entertainment which included a "Where in the World " picture quiz and Pianist and singer who performed a selection of songs from the musicals - a most enjoyable evening of friendship.

Tuesday 3rd April

Again we walked to conference in glorious sunshine where Association President Phyllis Charter welcomed approximately 2500 Inner Wheel members to conference. Members had travelled from the Isle of Skye and the Channel Islands to take part.


Following a service of Friendship the Mayor of Bournemouth welcomed us to his wonderful town then the President of  International Inner Wheel, Catherine  Refabert, addressed us speaking passionately about our organisation and how  important  it is to encourage new members to join us.



Rotary Young Musician Finalist  Charlotte Fletcher sang a selection of arias from her award-winning vocal ensemble. Rosie Swale- Pope MBE,adventurer, marathon runner and all round human dynamo left us exhausted as she told of her 5 year marathon around the world  when she raised £250,000 for charity whilst highlighting the importance of early diagnosis of prostrate cancer.

The afternoon session saw Association President Phyllis present a £3000 cheque to the Sue Ryder cancer charity and a £8340 cheque, the money collected at the Service of Friendship, to the Children's Bereavement Charity - Winston's Wish.

We were also entertained by Ray Burman Rotary International President of GB&I as he told of his life  as a serving police officer in the Metropolitan Police  and how Rotary changed his life through the exchange programme.

To finish the afternoon we were totally inspired by Olivia Giles OBE who at the age of 36 required quadruple amputations to survive meningococcal septicaemia. Olivia told how she has founded the charity 500 Miles to support amputees and other disabled people in Malawi and Zambia in Africa by giving them the chance to walk again using prostheses and orthoses.

The evening entertainment  provided was in the form of a fashion show by House of Fraser and singer Lisa Faye with a compilation of songs by Barbara Streisand.

Wednesday 3rd April

Another beautiful day of sunshine began our second day of conference and the AGM. As in all business meetings the minutes  from 2010-2011 were proposed and agreed followed by the reports from the committee.

We were all quite astonished to find that in this time of financial uncertainty and belt tightening the Inner Wheel Clubs of GB&I  had donated a massive £1,251,332 to a charities throughout the year. As there were general motions an Open Forum allowed members to discuss the following : Future Conference Venues, Male Partners joining Inner Wheel, The Conference Fares Pool, Youth Clubs, and the Margarette Golding Award.

The afternoon session began when President Phyllis introduced Adam Henson, farmer and TV presenter.Adam's passion for the countryside and farming was obvious from the outset and he gave a fascinating insite to his life and work with amusing stories and anecdotes of how he became involved in television and how he has developed his fathers Cotswold Rare Breeds Farm into the  thriving business it is today.



President Phyllis gave her address followed by the introduction of the officers for next year which of course included Sheila Halliday- Pegg as Association President for 2012-13

The Conference ended with a beautiful performance by the New Forest Children's Choir. The choir has already won a variety of competitions included Choir of the tear 2012


After a short break and time for a meal we all met again at the BIC for an evening of Country music and dancing. With checked shirts and cowboy hats we danced, and laughed and said our goodbyes to our friends old and new.


2012 Inner Wheel Distict 7 Conference 2012.