District 9 Chairman
District Chairman for 2023/24
A warm welcome to our District 9 website page, at the beginning of a very special year for Inner Wheel, the year of our Centenary celebrations. We shall be supporting Association President Anthea’s idea of ‘100 for 100’ at our District Inner Wheel Day in January 2024. This year is also significant for District 9, as it marks our 80th Anniversary year!
My chosen charity for this year is Medical Detection Dogs, which carries out groundbreaking research to improve the early diagnosis of cancer and other diseases and also trains dogs to support people with life-threatening conditions. I am sure that clubs in District 9 will do their best to support this worthwhile charity, alongside all the good work members will be doing to improve things for many others in their communities.
You are invited to join us on 9th January 2024 to celebrate International Inner Wheel Day together with District 9 members and friends in our Centenary Year. Join in the dancing fun and share a special buffet lunch!
Who we are
There are over 100,000 members of Inner Wheel worldwide in 100 different countries, making us one of the largest all-female organisations in the world.
Our aims are;
– to promote true friendship
– to encourage the ideals of personal service
– to foster international understanding
This District has seven active Inner Wheel Clubs in the locations marked on the map. Each one meets for business once a month and there are also a range of social events, community service activities and fundraising events. District 9 includes clubs in Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
District 9 have chosen The Book Bus as their International Service Charity for 2023/24. This is also the Association international charity for the next two years.
This charity is committed to changing lives by improving literacy and access to books and reading opportunities. The Book Bus began work with schools in Zambia, delivering books and working with teachers and volunteers to help get more children reading. They now operate a fleet of five buses and have extended their work to Malawi and Ecuador.
You can find out more at: https://thebookbus.org/
The District International Service Rally and Tea was held at Benson Parish Hall on 23rd February 2023, 2pm. This event provided an opportunity for members to find out more about the charity from CEO David Gordon and Country Director Monica Mulenga. The presentation was followed by a delicious Afternoon Tea. District 9 were delighted to welcome Association International Service Committee Chairman, Pam Boyes as our special guest. All proceeds from the afternoon will be given to The Book Bus.
D9 welcomes special guests and speakers to the International Service Rally and Tea 2023.
Who we support
Medical Detection Dogs is at the forefront of innovative research into dogs’ ability to detect the smell of human diseases and save lives. They believe that their work will have global impact and lead to earlier and much improved detection of cancer and other deadly diseases, as well as contributing to the fight against anti-microbial resistance.
Using their amazing sense of smell, dogs can also be trained to identify minute odour changes emitted prior to an emergency and alert the person to take preventative action. By assisting individuals with their condition, their trained dogs help reduce 999 calls and hospital admissions, giving people and their families/carers greater confidence and independence, enabling them to lead a full and happy life.
Further information about the charity can be found here.
District 9 at the
Scroll through the photos to get a flavour of the fun and friendship enjoyed by District 9 members at the Association Conference in sunny Blackpool!
The District 9 Year
Please click the arrow on the right of each photo to view a slideshow of the key events in our District’s year.
District 9 Officers
DISTRICT CHAIR: Hilary Tindall
IMMEDIATE PAST DISTRICT CHAIR: Judith Elliot
1st VICE DISTRICT CHAIRMAN: Pat Briggs
MEMBER OF COUNCIL: Linda Clarke
SECRETARY 1 (emails): Linda Emery
SECRETARY 2 (meeting bookings): Mercia Hailstone
TREASURER: Pattie Beresford
EDITOR: Jennie Evans
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE OFFICER: Liz Norris
MEMBERSHIP & DEVELOPMENT: Barbara Cunningham
WEBMANAGER: Linda Clarke
Email the District Secretary at:
District 9 Events
|Event||Date and Time||Venue|
|District Assembly Meeting for Club Officers||27th July 2023 6 for 6.30pm||Benson Parish Hall|
|District Meeting||14th November 2023||Benson Parish Hall|
|Inner Wheel Day District 9 celebration||9th January 2024||Benson Parish Hall|
|District Meeting||14th March 2024||Benson Parish Hall|
|Pre-Rally Supper and District Rally||8th & 9th April 2024||The Mill, Sonning|
|International Convention||7th-10th May 2024||Manchester|
|District Handover & AGM||27th June 2024||Benson Parish Hall|
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