District Chairman's Blog

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Blog of District 7 Chairman Suzanne Robinson

July/August 2019

Hi Ladies, this is the start of my District Chairman’s blog.  I have decided that I will write it in 2 month blocks, so there is enough but not too much to read.

My year in office started on July 1st.  Life becomes very busy behind the scenes, events to arrange, invites and speeches to write, there is a lot to organise.

I could only see out of one eye when I took over, as was waiting for an operation.  This was my excuse for any mistakes I might have made, I don’t know what I will use after the op.

Tuesday July 2nd and Wednesday 3rd

 I attended the Inner Wheel National Assembly in Leicester with the rest of District Exec.  Straight away into District Chairman’s meetings, very informative listening to those from Districts across GB & I, sharing ideas and finding out information.

The evening was socialising with dinner and then meeting up with our sister District 11 for a few drinks before bed.  Wednesday morning was very busy with Association Presidents Meeting making plans for the year ahead followed by presentations from Riding for Disabled and IIW.  Finished at lunchtime and home with a head full of information to digest and more planning.

Thursday July 11th

My first District Meeting the busiest of the year. I had been given hints and tricks by previous District Chairmen to remember points along the way. There is a lot of preparation for this meeting. Officers meetings first then the business meeting with the handover etc.

My Presidents Meeting was well attended with 26 of us. We had some new Presidents and one on their 6th term, all were friendly and looking forward to the year ahead. Then off to lunch where I could relax for an hour.

The afternoon business meeting started with the handover that was the easy bit. I was honoured to be standing there as your District Chairman then the realisation that the responsibility of representing the District is now on me. The knees wobbled the mouth went dry and the nerves kicked in. Like a swan or maybe a duck the top was still but under the table I was paddling like mad. I got through it conscious of following the correct format and protocol and remembering what to say.

Afterwards Carolyn read a lovely introduction about me (very glossy I thought

2012 Inner Wheel Distict 7 District Chairman's Blog.