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

I.W. Club of St Austell

President Yvette Flux

This is my second time as President and I feel it is a privilege and honour to represent my Club. I have been in Inner Wheel for 15 years and have also held the positions of Treasurer and Secretary. We are quite a large and happy club, and have been fortunate to have gained a number of new members in the last few years. Our monthly meetings are always well attended and we are very active in the community.

I am a "Londoner" and proud of it, although from Cornish decent and have lived here for 50 years. My main career was in banking and I have also worked for the WRVS. I volunteer in the office at Truro Cathedral, read a lot and Mike (my husband) and I love to travel. I have two sons, four grandsons and one granddaughter, and I am at my happiest when I am spending time with the family.

Just before Christmas 2019 we ran our annual charity Christmas Tombola at Par garden centre
From left to right Janice Jerome, President Yvette Flux, Jacqueline Norris and Monica Lake.

Report from 2018 - 2019

During the second half of the Inner Wheel year President Faith Geake organised some interesting speakers.
President Faith's chosen charity this year is Cornwall Hospice Care. Our speaker at the February meeting was Oliver Hoare, Head of Fundraising for Cornwall Hospice Care.
During the Illustrated talk given by Oliver we were presented with a few statistics, showing us how the need for funding is so essential. The care provided by the hospices cost 3.85million a year to fund with only 19% of that coming from the N.H.S. The shortfall is made up by fundraising. Funds are raised from the shops, events, lottery, donations and legacies. The fundraising is further supported by 850 volunteers who work mainly in the 30 charity shops throughout the county but some also work in the hospices such as on the front desk.

We were shown how the hospices not only care for terminally ill patients as inpatients but a day clinic is also provided along with domiciliary services, an advice line and bereavement counselling. A short heart-warming film with revelations from a mother and son who gave their own account of the care they received form Cornwall Hospice Care was very poignant and meaningful.

Looking to the future as the 40th year of Hospice Care in Cornwall approaches, there are several changes in the Hospice movement for earlier intervention by using community hubs in various places throughout the county. Plans are also afoot to increase the amount of beds and also to increase the amount of nursing staff to enable services to branch out into the community giving greater patient choice.

After this inspirational talk President Faith gave the vote of thanks.

Our speakers for the March meeting were Rachel Trudgian and Ian Champkins. Rachel is the Select Relationship Manager and Ian a Customer Service Provider from the St Austell Santander Branch.

Rachel and Ian's talk consisted of an example of Santander's Scam Avoidance School, which is designed to help people spot the signs of the most common scams and prevent themselves falling victim to fraud.

During the lively talk we were given examples of scams by email, text and phone. Where scammers often pretend to be your bank, the police, HMRC or a service you use such as BT.

Phishing emails from criminals look very convincing but will contain a few tell-tale signs and members were given the chance to spot the ones who weren't genuine. Such as ones where the senders address didn't match the organisations address, ones that just said "Dear Customer" and weren't addressed personally and ones that contained a website link with a request for personal information.

It was helpful to find out that scammers also use text messaging or "Smishing" to obtain personal information. Here criminals use a tactic called number spoofing where they make it look like the text is from your bank or service. Again we were given examples and asked to pick out the scam texts which also contain several of the components found in the phishing emails.

The talk finished with lots of general advice for us such as beware of cold callers asking for personal or banking details. We were advised to never give out passwords or PINs, never access your banking details through a link in an email or log on to a computer giving a phone scammer remote access and allowing them access to your personal information. Lastly sharing information about scams helps to make everyone aware and helps prevent fraud.

The talk was both useful for our everyday lives and particularly relevant with the general data protection regulations (GDPR) that we need to adhere to as, an increasingly more amount of correspondence is done through email.

Day in Exeter November 2019

Members of the Inner Wheel Club of St Austell and Friends embarked on a shopping trip to Exeter Cathedral and Christmas market on a beautiful sunny day on Monday 18 November 2019.
This being our first outing of the Inner Wheel year, we were in high spirits. There was plenty of chatter and laughter going on during the journey and we arrived at 11 a.m. after which we had free time to enjoy the many shops, market stalls, cathedral, water front, cafes and restaurants.
We arrived home to St Austell at 8 p.m. well pleased with our purchases and our day of friendship and fun.

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