The Inner Wheel Club of Georgetown, a non-profit organization committed to helping the less fortunate, has appointed new members to its executive team.
On June 17, under the theme for the new club year 2014-2015 “Light the Path”, the Inner Wheel Club of Georgetown installed Monette Patterson as President for a second term, succeeding immediate Past President, Aretha Campbell.
Each year, the Club raises funds not only to undertake its own projects but also to support other service organizations, thus allowing this relatively small group of inspiring women to indirectly impact the lives of hundreds of people in need.
As part of the installation ceremony, donations of $100,000 each were made to the Guyana Red Cross Meals on Wheels, the Methodist Church Feeding Programme, the St Andrews Kirk Kitchen project, the Children’s Convalescent Home, Mothers’ Union Day Care, the Guyana Relief Council, Ruimveldt Children’s Aid Centre and the First Assembly Church of God Feeding Programme. The group also renewed its promise to continue the maintenance of the grounds of the Eccles Nursery School.
The Committee reflected on the fact that they successfully executed plans for the year which included the premier fundraising event, the Annual Hat Show and Garden Party at the Promenade Gardens and a Chinese Take-Away Lunch.
Also under the Community Outreach Programme, educational and craft materials from a budget of $200,000 were presented to eleven special needs schools across Guyana in March 2014.
A further $124,600 was also expended on three recipients who were given cash in lieu of food hampers to help them on a monthly basis, e.g. with medical bills.
To mark World Inner Wheel Day and under the 2013-2014 motto “We for Women” a donation was made to Help and Shelter.
Today International Inner Wheel has over 100,000 members in 3,895 Inner Wheel Clubs in over 100 countries worldwide.
The Inner Wheel Club of Georgetown places emphasis on friendship and therefore values the activities held this year that promoted fellowship, such as the Christmas luncheon, the Charter Brunch in March with guest speaker Dr. Faith Harding and the annual joint tea hosted by the sister club, the Inner Wheel Club of Georgetown Central.
Naturally, no funds are taken from the charity account for any of these events, and all contributions such as delicious salads, cooking and baking come from members.
Incoming President Monette in her address reiterated the words of the Inner Wheel prayer to underline the purpose of the Club’s existence and her endeavour to ensure that the Club continues to gather in true friendship to personally serve communities and develop international understanding.
She indicated in short that the coming club year would be no different from any other since it would be ‘work, work and lots of work’.
The new executive comprises along with President Monette, Vice President Marva Patterson, Secretary Maggie Gittens, Treasurer Barbara Walrond, Club Correspondent/ International Service Organizer Santosh Bera and Immediate Past President Aretha Campbell, while the other members heading the various subcommittees are: IW Marina Roberts (Community Outreach), IW Mitzy Campbell (Membership & Friendship), Past President Yvonne Quintin (Assistant Sec/Treasurer), Past President Dorothy Fraser (Scholarship) and Past President Evelyn Cheong (National Park Playground).
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