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CHRISTMAS LUNCH at Mill Ride Golf Club, December 12th 2018

Ascot Inner Wheel  celebrated its 53rd anniversary in 2016, and is a member of the Association of Inner Wheel Clubs which are part of the family of Rotary.

They meet monthly on the fourth Wednesday evening at Mill Ride Golf Club, in Ascot, to enjoy dinner and often, a speaker or presentation. If there is a fifth Wednesday in the month, we join with Ascot Rotary for dinner and a speaker.

There are usually two major fund-raising events a year, together with Inner Wheel Day in January. Other events include trips to gardens, the theatre and other venues.

The three objects of Inner Wheel are very simple. They are to promote true friendship, encourage the ideals of personal service and to foster international understanding. Inner Wheel is a caring organisation, not only to its members, but also to others outside its circle.

Friendship is the core of all that is done and achieved by members of Inner Wheel. Wherever there is an Inner Wheel Club, no matter in which country, you are made very welcome. Friendship and fun abounds as members work together to help others less fortunate than themselves, not only in this country, but overseas.

Membership is open to all women who share in our ideals of service and friendship. We offer a valuable outlet for women of like mind who are searching for a way to provide voluntary service.

 

Inner Wheel District 9 Chairman, Linda Clarke (right) presents the Margarette Golding award to Mrs. June Martin MBE

 Ascot resident, June Martin MBE was presented with the prestigious Margarette Golding Award at an Ascot Inner Wheel event last week, in recognition of her continual and extensive support given to the Ascot and Sunninghill community since 1962.  This award presented by International Inner Wheel (IIW) in memory of their founder, has only been given to 299 women worldwide since its inception in 2001.  After reading the citation, District Chairman Linda Clarke described June as:-“An inspiration to us all.  It is hard to do justice to the time, effort and resources that June has put into the local community.”  Although she knew about the nomination, June said: “The news still came out of the blue.  I was very surprised but delighted to receive this award.”

Initially June joined the Women’s Voluntary Service (WVS).  In 1975 she played a pivotal role in establishing the Ascot Day Centre Trust and in its subsequent redevelopment to provide hot food, activities and social contact for up to 90 elderly people.  June spent 14 years as chairman before retiring on her 80th birthday when she took on the role of lifelong President.

In the mid 1980’s she helped establish the Ascot Volunteer Bureau (AVB) which assists local people, usually the elderly, with transport to medical appointments and similar journeys.  She became Chairman, a post she held for more than 20 years.  Becoming aware of the need for support for the very frail and their carers, June founded Saturday Day Care Plus in the mid 1990’s.  She still attends every week, helping out where necessary, supplying the lunch for the attendees and assisting with transport despite having celebrated her own 90th birthday this year!

In 2005 June was invited to become an Honorary Member of Ascot Inner Wheel, and became a full member in 2007 since when she has been a supportive and generous member of the Club.