THE CONFERENCE HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS
ASSOCIATION RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS CRISIS - APRIL 2020
The Association Executive Committee has been holding weekly Zoom video meetings to discuss and monitor many important matters to try to manage the smooth running of our organisation in these unprecedented times.
As we enter into unknown territory on how long the current health crisis may last, it has been suggested that the lock-down is likely to last until at least late Summer possibly more. It has also been proposed that once we are on the safe side of this pandemic, the step back into normal life, both work and social, will be a staggered one, giving priority to those who need it first. As Inner Wheel members are demographically vulnerable and Inner Wheel clubs are social meetings, we have to look at the possibility that Inner Wheel will not be able to resume normal club meetings until very late this year / beginning of next year. We could be acting over cautiously here but we have to look at the bigger picture into the future. The safety of all our members is, and remains, paramount.
The Association Governing Body has therefore taken the decision that all the current Association Committees continue for another year until June 2021.
This would mean
that President Enid Law continues as Association President for the Inner
Wheel year 2020/2021. Vice President Betty Roberts and all committee
chairmen also remain in post, as will all Association Committee members
and the IPP/Nat Rep.
We would ask that Members of Council stay in post where possible, and in order to prevent a mass exodus of Members of Council in June 2021, those whose term of office should end in June 2020 remain until June 2021, and those whose term in office should end in June 2021, remain until June 2022. This gives the continuity the Governing Body needs to fulfil its duties effectively and efficiently.
We understand that some Districts have been very pro-active and have been holding their own District Executive meetings to try to operate as normally as possible and they have already chosen new District Officers for next year. We fully understand that other Districts have not been able to do this and so some Districts and Clubs may face the possibility of having vacant positions. We would like to suggest full flexibility to all Districts and Clubs on how they proceed with appointing Officers for the new Inner Wheel year 2020/2021. We recommend that Clubs and Districts do whatever is best for them in these circumstances.
The current Association Handbook will remain for a further year, and a list of any alterations issued for any changes of Officers.
We will be unable to hold an Association Assembly at the beginning of the new Inner Wheel year and therefore it is hoped that any new Officers will be given all the help and advice they need from their predecessors.
Districts then have
the option to move their planned Rallies and Assemblies forward by a
year, and hopefully will not incur extra costs. Those rallies planned
for the end of the Inner Wheel year, which President Enid has not been
able to attend this year, can go ahead. If Districts who have already
been visited by President Enid want to hold a rally in 2020/2021, President
Enid might like to return to that District, or suggest that another
member of the Executive could attend in her place.
Sending best wishes
to all Inner Wheel members,
The Association of Inner Wheel Clubs is like a wedding cake with tiers the largest and most important tier is at grass roots level with a Club, near you, in most towns and cities and large villages. The next tier is at District level there are 29 Districts that make up Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I). The third tier is the GB&I Association; with a Governing Body and Executive Members representing all corners of Great Britain and Ireland. The fourth tier is International Inner Wheel, which represents 98,000 members from all the Inner Wheel Clubs in 103 Countries around the world.
The Annual Conference 2020 will be held at the Waterfront in Belfast on 27th-29th April 2020. As it is so far away members are asked to make their own arrangements for getting to the conference and your Club Secretaries have details of all accommodation available in Belfast that would be suitable and within easy walking distance of the Conference Centre. .. https://www.innerwheel.co.uk/annual-conferences/
.The Association President this year is
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from their Fundraising and Events Manager, Sal Atkinson:-
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