Jenny Post – Inner Wheel Club of Armidale

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Jenny Post is a long term member of Inner Wheel Club of Armidale. She tells us about the club and why you should attend the next Pre-loved Art Sale on April 1-3 at the Armidale Town Hall.

What is the origin of Inner Wheel?

Inner Wheel is an International Voluntary Service Organization with around 100,000 members and with clubs in over 1,100 countries and geographical locations around the world.

Founded originally by the female family members of Rotarians, it shares similar aims to those of Rotary International, with which it continues to maintain strong links, though bringing its own perspective on what it does. International Inner Wheel is a non-sectarian, non-political organization giving women with a wish to serve their communities and to promote international understanding, the opportunity to come together in friendship.

The International Inner Wheel Theme for the year 2010-2011 is ‘Commit with conviction, compassion and consistency’.

Tell us about the Inner Wheel Club of Armidale and its members.

Our President for 2010-2011 is Aileen Thomas. The Club was chartered on 18 September 1986 with 32 members, and nine members are still in the Club today. The current members’ ages vary from 41 to 89, and this age difference certainly enhances the types of activities enjoyed by the members and their guests.

Membership is limited to female family members of current and past Rotarians. The Club supports a number of charities each year, with donations dispersed after the members have determined and voted on which charities to support at that time.

What do you gain personally from being a member?

The friendship I have experienced since becoming a member in 1991 is very important to me, and I know the same applies for all other members. Members are very supportive of each other during illness or bereavement, and they do not hesitate to contribute with baking, providing meals and generally visiting to ensure everything possible is done to assist the family concerned.

Members especially enjoy very much the celebratory activities of important milestones of members and their families, such as weddings, anniversaries and birthdays. During my membership, I have taken on the roles of committee member, International Service, Social Convenor, Secretary and President and have gained something from each position. At present I am Secretary for the Pre-Loved Art Sale.

What are you hoping to achieve with the up and coming Pre-Loved Art Sale?

This is our second Sale. The first, held in March 2010 and called a Used Art Sale, raised $7,842 for equipment for the Armidale Public Hospital. This year’s Pre-Loved Art Sale will be held in the Armidale Town Hall from 1 – 3 April.

The Sale will be opened at 6.30pm on Friday 1 April, followed by an auction at 7.30pm to be run by Steven Archer, Auctioneer and Valuer. Steven is a well-known auctioneer and promises to make the evening an entertaining one and worthwhile for anyone interested in or wishing to purchase art. The auction will include important investment and Archibald winning works.

Steven will also be available in the Town Hall on 1 April from 10am to 1pm for valuations of art work and other items for a gold coin donation for each item. From 10am to 4pm, items to be offered at auction may be viewed. On Saturday 2 April from 10am to 4pm will be our sale day for all items, pre-loved and originals unsold at auction; and on Sunday 3 April from 10am to noon, we will hold a clearance sale.

The proceeds of this year’s Sale are going to our local Armidale / Uralla and District Branch of Diabetes Australia, and to Dementia Education and Carer Support – two very good reasons for supporting the Sale.

Donations of art, prints, wall hangings etc. from the community are WANTED now to make this event a very successful one. We would also love to receive original work from our local artists. Donors may request that a reserve is placed on their original art, or that they receive a commission from the sale.

Please phone Jenny on 6771 2249 or Helen on 6772 4815 to arrange to drop off your item(s) or to request that it be collected. We are hoping to be kept very busy accepting all the donations!

Who is to be your special guest?

Our special guest is Steven Archer of Archer Auctioneers and Valuers. Steven trained as a traditional antique restorer in the north of England, arriving in Australia in 1980 to establish his new business in the Blue Mountains. From humble beginnings, Archers Auctions now stands as one of the foremost Fine Art auctioneers in Australia.

Steven is acquainted with Pro Hart and family (all artists), John Olsen, the Boyds, Max Mannix, Wendy Sharpe, James Willebrant, Reinis Zusters, Judy Cassab, Tim Storrier and so many other fine artists, some of whom have become good friends.

We met Steven when he was in Armidale last year for a charity auction at NERAM and when he heard about our planned Pre-Loved Art Sale, he immediately offered to run the auction for us and to also do some valuations while here. After some discussions, we all agreed to confirm the arrangement – and we are very happy to have Steven as our guest.

Are you looking for more members?

Yes, we are always looking to welcome new members to our friendship club. However, as noted earlier, membership is limited to female family members of current and past Rotarians.

Our Club meets at the Ex-Services Club on the first Wednesday of each month at 6.30 for 7pm. If anyone would like to know more about our Club, Aileen, Helen or Jenny would be happy to talk with you.

Thank you Jenny.

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