‘Fam­ily’ en­joy get-to­gether for birth­day of In­ner Wheel

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations - Jonathan Ged­des

Ruther­glen’s In­ner Wheel Club marked their birth­day in style last month.

The club turned 55, and had a spe­cial din­ner at the King’s Park Ho­tel to mark the oc­ca­sion.

T h e y w e re joined by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from their mother club in Hamil­ton, and their daugh­ter club in Cam­bus­lang for the din­ner.

The birth­day cake was cut by se­nior mem­ber Morag Whit­tle.Back­ground mu­sic was pro­vided by Alexander Maxwell on his key­board. Alexander is a pupil at Hutch­e­son’s Gram­mar School, and is about to study at the Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land.

The speaker for the evening was Rt. Rev. Idris Jones, re­tired Bishop in Glas­gow and Gal­loway of the Epis­co­pal Church.

His theme was vol­un­tary work and the char­ity sec­tor, which were very ap­pro­pri­ate as one of the ob­jec­tives of In­ner Wheel is ‘to en­cour­age the ideals of per­sonal ser­vice.’

The club look to their mem­bers be­ing in­volved, at what­ever level they can, in other or­gan­i­sa­tions to­gether with the club.

Although the In­ner Wheel are not a fundrais­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion, the mem­bers in­ter­est them­selves in vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions, lo­cally, na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally and, through so­cial events raise amounts to do­nate to cho­sen groups.

Rev Jones spoke of the ba­sis of “char­ity” in the var­i­ous re­li­gious bod­ies.

He re­lated the mod­ern trans­la­tion of “love” in the New Tes­ta­ment to com­pas­sion and em­pa­thy, a nec­es­sary el­e­ment in ser­vice in the vol­un­tary sec­tor and of com­mit­ment to oth­ers.

As a for­mer Dea­con Con­venor of Trades House, he spoke of some of their in­volve­ment in char­i­ta­ble work­ing in var­i­ous ar­eas of need through­out Glas­gow and be­yond for young and old.

He also spoke of the sat­is­fac­tion of know­ing that one can make a con­tri­bu­tion, not nec­es­sar­ily of money, but of time, in­ter­est and skills as he had also been able to do in his time work­ing full time for the church.

Mem­bers were very ap­pre­cia­tive of his thoughts and felt that there had also been some en­cour­age­ment for them for their other ob­jec­tives, which are ‘to pro­mote true friend­ship’ and ‘ to fos­ter in­ter­na­tional un­der­stand­ing.”

Th­ese are easy to say but not al­ways easy to put into prac­tise.

Be­ing the world’s largest vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion for women, stronger in some coun­tries than in oth­ers, the In­ner Wheel will re­main ‘unique and united’.

Mem­bers are now look­ing for­ward to their Na­tional Con­fer­ence for Great Bri­tain and Ire­land, which will be held at the SECC in Glas­gow.

Cake Morag Whit­tle and Pres­i­dent Jan Dob­son mark the birth­day

Guest Rt. Rev. Idris Jones

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