The Yarrawonga-Mulwala Inner Wheel Club has experienced an outstanding year with members enjoying many social events and contributing around $7000 to local charities and Cord Blood Research.
With continued growth in membership over recent years, the club will have a record 32 members with the induction of a new member Marg Evans at the Changeover.
Yarrawonga-Mulwala Inner Wheel is one of seven clubs in District A54 which also includes Albury, Griffith East, Leeton, Narrandera, Wagga Wagga and Yenda.
Apart from a busy year at club level Yarrawonga-Mulwala Inner Wheel will play a pivotal role at District level, having three representatives on District A54 Council - Dallice Robins, Past Chairman and Membership Officer, Trish Cummins, Secretary and Ruth Rowlands, International Service Officer.
The Changeover for the Yarrawonga-Mulwala Inner Wheel Club was held at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort on June 29.
Bronwyn Lloyd, chairman for the event welcomed representatives from Inner Wheel sister clubs of Wangaratta, Wodonga and Albury and other members’ guests.
After the various formalities of Flame of Friendship conducted by Ro Cilia, Loyal Toast and Grace by Cheryl Viner there was a toast to International Inner Wheel presented by Dallice Robins, District Chairman for District A54.
Dallice said, the Inner Wheel theme for this year is ‘Leave a lasting Legacy’.
“The International Inner Wheel President, Dr Kapila Gupta challenges us to leave a legacy by putting our own stamp on the future of this organisation.
Kapila writes ‘with wishes for a yet another New Inner Wheel Year. Pledge to make a difference in the way you serve the community, she asks each one of us to leave an impact around ourselves, and leave a Lasting Legacy for IW’.
This year, we enter our 94th year of existence and the 50th year of the formation of International Inner Wheel.
We are one of the world’s largest women’s organisations. We encourage the ideals of personal service; we extend the hand of friendship. We foster International understanding.”
A report was given by Outgoing President, Rosemary Clark of the many and varied activities of the Club during the past year.
Rosemary said, this past year’s theme had been ‘touch a heart’.
“I believe we had been reminded to not only look towards our local and global communities, but also to each other. When I was approached 17 months ago to take on the role of president, I was initially a little apprehensive due to some health issues. But I need not have worried because the support, love and concern shown by club members has been overwhelming. Truly, my heart has been touched.
“Our club prides itself in upholding the objects of Inner Wheel; Promoting true friendship, Encouraging the ideals of personal service and Fostering international understanding.
“We are a wonderful friendship club, that is growing and this past year we welcomed Chris and Cheryl into our club as members. Our meetings are well attended and conducted with good humour and respect for all.
“Our monthly coffee mornings, give us the chance to catch up with each other’s news over a cuppa. I thank Robyn for her organisation of these get togethers. We have enjoyed visiting the many cafes in Yarrawonga/Mulwala and Bundalong.
“Since our charter, members have assisted Moira Health Alliance in the delivery of Meals on Wheels. “I thank Kath for overseeing the rosters and to those drivers and runners a heartfelt thank you. Some members have also worked tirelessly in local Opportunity Shops. We also ‘man’ a gate at the monthly Rotary market.
“For the past 4 years we have supported the work of Glenys Davis and the Eva Mae Foundation, a Mulwala based organisation which supports the disadvantaged in Myanmar. Our club has supported Glenys’ Opportunity Shop with goods and helpers. This year we will be presenting a cheque to Glenys.
“Members annually cater a breakfast meeting for the Rotary Club of Yarrawonga/Mulwala, funds raised are directed to the A54 district international project, which this year was the Burundi Central Africa Community Empowerment Project.
“As a club we have worked tirelessly this past year. A movie afternoon, a “pop up” garage sale plus raffles have generously supported the National Cord Blood research project. Last month the “Floral Affair to Remember” raised funds for our nominated local charities.
“This past year has been one of wonderful fellowship. Members have used their individual talents for the benefit of those deserving. With pride I announce the local charities which the members have nominated to be supported. They are: Friends in Common – supporting those touched by cancer, Helping Hands – supporting Yarrawonga Health in the purchase of new equipment, Yarrawonga Neighbour House – to purchase a defibrillator machine, P-12 Collage breakfast program, Yarrawonga/Mulwala Choir, Koonawonga Wildlife Rescue.
“To my Executive, a heartfelt thank you for your support and friendship shown to me. Secretary Pat Loughnan, Ass Secretary Dee Dunstan, Treasurer Margaret Sandford, ISO Ruth Rowlands, Club Correspondence Margaret Pitcher, Historian Uta Devaney. Missing today are Sandra Buckles – Ass Treasurer and Kaye Haebich – Social Convenor.”
Yarrawonga-Mulwala Inner Wheel Club will launch into its 40th year with Incoming President Stasha Barton at the helm, her second stint as president of the club.
Stasha Barton expressed her congratulations to Rosemary Clark and her board on a successful year and congratulated Dallice Robins on her year as District Chairman. She then introduced her new board for the coming year and is looking forward to a busy year with the new Inner Wheel Theme ‘Leaving a Legacy’.
The club will continue to exhibit the ideals of Inner Wheel, to promote the true friendship to encourage the ideals of community service and to foster international understanding, “we need members to be confident to take up positions of leadership”.
“This year, we have two newer members who have agreed to this challenge, they will be nurtured and guided by the senior executive members.”
The Changeover concluded with the Extinguishing of the Flame of Friendship by Alice Reid.