Iris Forno passed away peacefully at the age of 106. Iris was as Charter member and Charter Secretary of the Cairns Inner Wheel Club formed in 1961. Iris was President in 1972 – 73 and held various positions. She remained a member till her death. She diligently kept a history of the Cairns Club on a typewriter for many years. She never forgot a face and was so agile. One of Iris’s last official duties as a member was to light the Candle of Friendship at last year’s conference in Cairns. Iris was a legend among Inner Wheel members. We will miss you Iris.
Meet Team Inner Wheel Club of Pakenham, some of our #MNDTourVic Walking Warriors. The members of the IWC of Pakenham walked for MND in memory of their member Betty and a member’s husband – both died from MND. The IWC of Pakenham are long-term supporters of MND Victoria and have raised funds for the organisation on the years.
The 52nd Annual IWA Conference will be held in Wangaratta, Victoria.
Information will be posted here when it becomes available.
Bush Fire Appeal Funds to Upper River Torrens, SA
14 September, 2020
The Upper River Torrens Landcare Group were presented with a donation of $3000 by Inner Wheel. This donation went towards revegetation of the Cudlee Creek area which was impacted by the 2019 bush fires.
The donation would greatly help support property owners who wish to restore/replace wildlife habitat impacted by the fire. Some of which are still recovering from the 2015 fires. Funds would go towards several different aspects:
- Co-ordination, catering, facilities for 10 planting events (up to 25 volunteers at each event requiring provisions).
- Purchase of materials for weed control, fencing, tree
- Purchase of materials for batching/distribution of plants (e.g. tubestock holders, fertilizer granules, tags).
- Purchase of 5 additional Hamilton Tree Planters (they currently own one)
14 September, 2020
Further Bush Fire Appeal Funds Donated to Bemm River, VIC
A story of gratitude from an area in Far East Gippsland, Victoria Australia.
Bemm River is a small community with a population of 61 and is located 437km from the City of Melbourne and is 26km from the Princes Highway. It forms part of the Wilderness Coast and abuts the Cape Conran Coastal Park to the West, Croajingalong National Park to the East and State Forrest to its North.
This small community became part of what was named the “Snowy Complex” of fires in 2019-2020.
Dating back to 2011 this “C.F.A.” Country Fire Authority, Volunteer Fire Brigade has committed themselves to being pro-active in the planning and the preparation of their community for an Emergency Event. They battled for six years to be able to create a 50 metre firebreak and a 50 metre understory clearance abutting the most at risk area of fire on the western side of their town. They conducted regular fuel reduction burning and built a Heli-Pad next to the Fire Station back in 2017-18. They instigated and developed a double sided metal sign, Red with a white H indicating the resident was at home on one side and Green with a white A indicating the resident was away on the other. These signs were to be displayed at the front of properties on days of significant danger. With regular community meetings held at the Fire Station they provided the education and the knowledge that was needed for residents to be pro-active, resilient and confident about the protection of their surroundings. A local CFA Emergency Management Team was formed and under the close supervision of this team the Bemm River residents were prepared, and they were also well aware that the chance of outside assistance was minimal to nil.
The importance of communication, listening, supporting and planning helped this community survive the emergency event that occurred this past bush fire season. Over the many years the respect and trust the community has in the leadership of Fire Brigade Captain Russell Pardew was never more evident than during this latest fire emergency. The community recognised his dedication and qualities and he was deservedly awarded one of the most prestigious awards given to a fire fighter “The Australian Fire Service Medal” in this year’s Queens Birthday Honours List.
It is now with the next safety project that Russell Pardew has in mind for his beloved area, where Inner Wheel is becoming a proud part of. For many years the scientific based evidence, relevance and value for the fitting of an External Sprinkler System with pump to Fire Stations in rural areas has been his goal. With donations to our Bush Fire Appeal including a significant amount from Inner Wheel Clubs in Germany, Inner Wheel Australia supported a submission by A62 District Chairman Kate Luxford to assist with funding the installation of these external sprinkler systems to three Rural Fire Stations, these are Bemm River, Goongerah and Wairewa. Inner Wheel Australia allocated $40,000 from the donations to this project and this amount will cover almost all the costs for all three Fire Stations. This sprinkler system will provide personal and asset protection from ember attack to these three most vulnerable communities where their Fire Stations are utilized by many community groups as meeting places, places of reassurance and places where they are encouraged to seek information and companionship. Quotes are now completed for this work and the installation will proceed in the very near future. I look forward to keeping you regularly updated on the progress of this very valuable and possible life saving project.
The communities of Bemm River, Goongerah and Wairewa are now well aware of our wonderful organization “Inner Wheel” and our important International connections. Going into the future, Inner Wheel can be justifiably proud that they have become an invaluable part of these small communities town protection against Wildfire.
They are so very grateful for the support they have been given.
Allocation of More IWA Bush Fire Appeal Funds
12 September, 2020
Presentation of Bush Fire Appeal Funds to Hartley Fire Brigade, NSW
The President of Lithgow Club A50 Marilyn Tulley presented the following extract:
I have been speaking to Doreen Peters who manages the Hartley Bush Fire Mobile Canteen. I was slightly involved in volunteering with Doreen when the fires started ‘getting serious’ beginning of December, and it is not until you become involved that you realise just how much goes into running such a facility.
Doreen is 80 years old (looks about 60!) and has been catering for bush fires for over 40 years! Manages to run her farm on her own since her husband passed away and is an amazing woman.
In the first couple of weeks, we were preparing from about 80 – 100 meals a day. Fresh salad, cold meats, fresh buns, fruit, snack bars, lollies, drinks all went into a bag for each fire fighter. When the fires were raging all over, it went to over 300 per day! Doreen over the years has been acknowledged for her hard work and devotion to “feeding the multitude”.
When I spoke to Doreen to see how she was situated, she mentioned that a new generator was needed and a few updates on her mobile truck, and she was going to request some money at a meeting she was attending this week.
$5000 was donated to the Hartley Fire Brigade. Doreen was thrilled to be able to accept this very generous donation.
Presentation of Bush Fire Appeal Funds to Bungandarra Rural Fire Brigade, Qld
The disaster which unfolded north of Yeppoon in District A77 last December exposed a number of weaknesses in the QFES management of wildfires, not the least being poor communications and inadequate water supplies for the many appliances which attended this catastrophic incident. Following this event the Bungandarra RFB resolved to construct their own semi-mobile water supply to better manage future appliance water supplies. The project involves a portable 6000 litre capacity tank mounted on a portable frame, equipped with suitable pumps, hoses and fittings to provide a quick refill option to both urban and rural appliances. The contribution of $6000 was gratefully accepted by the RFS community.
Presentation of Bush Fire Appeal funds to Salvation Army (Gosford North & Surrounds), NSW
Following negotiations with Maria Fletcher, from the Salvation Army, Gosford North President Karen, Treasurer Kath, Correspondence Secretary Glenis and Minute Secretary Pat visited The Salvation Army Headquarters at Erina where they presented them with 5 x $400 vouchers. These vouchers were bought with the $2000 allocated to our club from IWA Bush Fire relief funds. They packaged the vouchers and a brochure on Inner Wheel in beautiful handmade cards donated by Ros Spencer. The Salvation Army have identified 5 families “who have lost everything” in the Summer bush fires. With their extensive network, the Salvation Army were able to identify worthy recipients of these vouchers. What would we do without such wonderful people as the Salvation Army?