District 129 covers Plymouth, Roborough, Tavistock all of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly



Dear Ladies

Hope you have been enjoying the beautiful sunshine. and are all keeping well and have been able to meet your friends and family in groups of 6 in gardens in the fresh air.

Hope you that some of you who registered have been able to enjoy the Virtual IIW Convention coverage last weekend.
I don’t know what you think, for those who watched it, but I thought that it was fantastic.

It must have taken a lot of organisation to produce such a wonderful Virtual experience in just two months.
Over 4000 people from all over the world have been honoured to have watched the entire IIW Convention in Two days from the comfort of our homes. There was so much to see and the staff were very helpful. There were many exciting experiences eg Bollywood Dance classes, Indian cooking classes , Yoga, the choice of 14 International dancers , Bazaars, with shops where one could visit and purchase items with a discount, Virtual Tours of Delhi, Accra and Jaipur.
The discussions on the Proposals from Key-note Speakers was certainly very interesting, including the very poignant and convincing Debates and Rights of Replies.

We look forward to hosting the IIWCentennial Convention in Manchester in 2024, to countries from all over the World.
IIW President Bina did an excellent presentation of the entire Convention and the Business sessions.
It was a good speech by Ebe Martines, our new IIW Vice President from Italy.
We will have a lot of good objectives to look forward to in the future.

We have certainly had good Leadership from Dr Bina’s motto for her year “Lead The Change” and will make the next year a lead into more changes to make a better place for women and the elderly and for all the Districts and clubs in GB&I and our International Inner Wheel friends all over the World.

Thank you all for joining in the IIW Convention and for all those who registered. You will still be able to access the archives in a few days.

Please read the email dated April 21 st, that District Treasurer, Vanessa Hughes has sent clubs stating then, that the archives would be available in a day or two and how to access the Convention.

It was an experience that we may never experience again.
Thank you for your hard work and support.



On Thursday 11 March District 129 held a District Meeting via Zoom and the speaker was Betty Roberts, the Vice Chairman of Association.

Hilary Genes welcomed members to the meeting from all over District 129 including the Isles of Scilly.

Betty Roberts talked about her time in Inner Wheel and how she was looking forward to becoming President next year and hopefully would get to meet many more Members in Inner Wheel. However, this pandemic has made us realize our organization must modernize and move foward into the Twenty first Century. The purpose of IWheel is that members can meet on line and this will run in parrallel with Inner Wheel.

"Steps for Strokes" - Betty Roberts would like to raise money for "Stroke Association". Her idea is for all members to walk from John O'Groats to Lands End. To achieve this, if each member of each clubs walks 2.5 miles and raises a little money Betty would be very grateful. Both her parents had a stroke and her mother lived in Bodmin so Cornwall is very close to her heart.

Letter from Ditrict 129 Chairman Hilary Genes

To Presidents and those who are not yet handed over,

Dear Ladies,

Happy New Year to you all.

What a lovely morning to welcome a Year of NEW beginnings and hopes for a better and happier year.

Hope you have had a good Christmas, despite last minutes changes.

Thank you for all your lovely Christmas cards and wishes.

My suggestion to mark Inner Wheel Day is to have a "MAKE A PHONE CALL DAY."

I would like you to ask members to make a phone call on Inner Wheel Day to someone who is lonely but Not an Inner Wheel member, on 10th January to mark Inner Wheel day, as part of what Inner Wheel day does.

Just think, if every one of you, made a call that would make 400 calls, that would have made someone happy.
Thank you for your coperation.

I would also like to know, whether you would like us to have a Zoom District meeting in June and invite some of your members.

Please let Vanessa know how many members you would like to invite, and who they are so a link can be sent to them as well.
Thank you ladies.

Enjoy the sunshine.
Have a wonderful day.

Look forward to hearing from you.
Hilary Genes
District Chairman

District Clubs have been supporting "Victims of the Earthquake in Croatia" Appeal. Link to Newsletter


A District Meeting with a difference !

The Committee of District 129 put together two videos - Christmas Themed - with Committee members super-imposed. Special thanks must go to Vanessa for organizing this and to the Committee who put so much work into providing the entertainment.

The Chairman welcomed Members and said how Covid has made a lot of challenges for Inner Wheel members to get to grips with technology and Zoom. Over 50 Inner Wheel members logged onto the District Zoom Meeting. Hilary looks forward to getting back to District Meetings in the near future.

The District Editor asked members to look out for the "Feel Good Magazine" which will be on the internet and website shortly. Please keep logging onto the website for updates.

The next District meeting will be on Zoom in March and details will be sent out to Members near the time.





Association President, Enid Law with Officers of District 129

This year's District rally was again a very happy occasion, despite the weather.
National President Enid Law had quite a trek to get there, 2 trains, a coach, another train and then car from Exeter St David's to the Falcon Hotel, Bude with snow, rain and high winds coming over Dartmoor
The day started with a service of dedication & thanksgiving held at St Michael & All Angels, Budehaven led by Reverend David Barnes.
After being blown back down to the hotel there was the opportunity for fellowship over a welcome cup of coffee
We were all warmly welcomed to Bude by Club President Hilary Rainsley.
After the meal greetings were give from District 17 chairman Mrs Jeanette Dommett, Rotary District 1175 Assistant Governor Mr Michael Champion, President of Rotary Club of Bude Mr Brian Hunt and a warm welcome to his town from the Mayor of Bude Mr Bob Willingham, who also took all the official photos. Despite his best efforts, very few went to sample the delights of the town after the meeting!
President Enid Law then greeted us in Cornish & Welsh, told us about herself and then spoke to us about the various problems that Association had had recently, and all that was being done to rectify them. The message was Accept and Adapt, we were told about a new initiative to be put forward regarding I-clubs, which would be an on-line 'club' for those who believed in the ethos and aims of Inner Wheel but for whatever reason were not interested in joining actual clubs at this time.
The final exhortation was, to go forward with the aims of the International President -
'Together, We Can'

All those who attended enjoyed the day, it would be lovely to see even more next time!

District Chairman with Bude Club Members
District Chairman with Club Presidents
District Chairman with the speakers
District Chairman with District 17 Members
Who is that escaping from the meeting ?

District Chairman Beryl Gardener Inaugural Speech

Beryl said that she was very much looking forward to being District Chairman in the coming year, even though it is a role she has taken before. She is looking forward to the District Rally in November which will be held Bude, preceded by a church service. Plans are already underway and although some travelling will be involved, Beryl hopes as many members as possible will attend. Beryl firmly believes that participation in District meetings is worthwhile for all members and that this enables them to get more out of their membership of Inner Wheel.

Beryl has been a member of Inner Wheel since the 1970s and has greatly enjoyed serving on committees and the DEC. She urged members to consider serving on the DEC, it is not difficult and nobody expects you to be perfect.
Beryl feels that Inner Wheel has given her the opportunity to tackle things that she never dreamed she could do.

Beryl thanked everyone for being part of Inner Wheel and encouraged all to enjoy their participation.

Beryl announced her charity for the year; Cornwall Air Ambulance. She apologised in advance for her non-attendance at the next District Meeting due to a pre-booked holiday. Vice Chairman Hilary Genes will chair the meeting.

Retiring Officers for 2018 - 2019
Introducing the new Officers for 2019 - 2020
District Chairman Frances Tregaskes raised money for RNLI during her year. Frances made with beautiful quilt which was raffled during the year. The raffle was drawn at this meeting. The winner was Rita Vincent..



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