Anne Yates who is president of the Melton Mowbray Belvoir Inner Wheel District 7 Women’s Rotary Club tells the Melton Times how rotarians give humanitarian aid.
Q What is your background?
A My background is based in nursing. Following a period of working as a staff nurse I engaged in further study to become a health visitor. I had always thought that promotion of good health and prevention of disease were key components in people’s lives, and working across all age groups gave me the opportunity to put this belief into practice. Further study gave me the qualification of community practice teacher where I was able to train health visitor students by working closely with the local university.
The latter years of my career were spent in Melton where I was based at St Mary’s hospital and working closely with the GPs in Latham House. Following retirement I studied to be a local preacher with the Methodist church. I now visit churches within the Melton Mowbray Methodist Circuit leading worship as requested.
Q How did you get involved in Rotary?
A My husband joined Rotary when he retired which automatically generated an invitation for me to join Inner Wheel.
Inner Wheel has been going for 28 years. It’s part of the rotary family and is the largest women’s service organisation in the world. It has 19,000 within Great Britain and Ireland and over 100,000 members from more than 103 countries across the globe.
Q What did you do before you became president and what does the club offer its members?
A Initially I was a club member which gave me the opportunity to join in various social and fundraising events whilst getting to know other club members. I became president and have fulfilled this office for three years - the most demanding of all the roles within the club.
The club offers its members the opportunity to make a difference and improve lives of those in greater need than themselves. We work together giving humanitarian aid nationally and internationally.
We promote friendship amongst our members, encourage the ideals of personal service and foster international understanding.
Q What charities and projects do the club support?
A We support the work of Storehouse and provide toiletries to the Melton hospital for the use of patients who are admitted without any. We have also given gifts to a local women’s aid refuge. Our charity changes each year and is selected by the president. My chosen charity is Homestart. This is an organisation I worked closely with during my years as a health visitor. I believe it offers a valuable service to parents who may need additional support for a variety of reasons.
Q What in your opinion makes a good leader?
A A good leader should have a clear vision of the direction in which to steer the club; to be able to communicate that vision so members will be enthused; to have the ability to identify and engage the skills of individual members and to delegate accordingly.
l The Melton Mowbray Belvoir Inner Wheel District 7 Women’s Rotary Club have 17 members. If you’re interested in joining, email or visit www.innerwheeldistrict7.org