THE INNER WHEEL STORY
Inner Wheel is the story of a women’s movement which began in the simplest possible way, through the help given by wives to husbands in their efforts towards the public good.
During the war years in England, the Rotary men were overburdened with service needs so they asked the wives to help. Women joined together, formed a bond and found they enjoyed meeting other wives of Rotarians women they probably would never have known. When the pressure of war times was over, they realized they did not want to disband---so the first idea of forming a club began.
On January 12, 1924, Mrs. Oliver Golding, became the first President of an Inner Wheel Club in Manchester, England. The idea of Inner Wheel spread quickly and many clubs were soon formed. The Manchester Club became the model upon which the movement is based. Due to the leadership, inspiration and vision of Mrs. Golding and a Mrs. Nixon the Clubs were grouped into Districts. Together the Districts formed the Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in Great Britain and Ireland.
International Inner Wheel began in July, 1967.
Today, the structure of Inner Wheel is:
- International Inner Wheel
- Associations & Councils
- Non District Clubs
(4 clubs form a District)
(12 members for a Club)
One hundred thousand members make up Inner Wheel Clubs today in over 100 countries. Inner Wheel has become one of the largest women’s organizations in the world.
The Objects of Inner Wheel are:
- To Promote True Friendship
- To Promote the Ideals of Personal Service
- To Foster International Understanding
In Brief...FRIENDSHIP AND SERVICE
Each Club enjoys close ties with its corresponding Rotary Club and is always willing to support and assist Rotary when invited to do so.
Membership is open to:
- Rotaract members
- Female who has participated in a program of Rotary International, such as Youth Study Exchange (YES), Ambassadorial Scholar and Group Study Exchange (GSE)
of present or former Inner Wheel and Rotary members.
Meetings - Each Club has complete freedom of choice to arrange:
- select its own charities, and
- channels of service.
Meetings are held once a month and a typical agenda would include:
- club matters
- financial report(s)
- upcoming activities, and
a speaker can be invited to address the members. These meetings give excellent opportunities for developing friendships and offering service.
There are Standing Rules, Bylaws and a Constitution to follow.
The emblem of Inner Wheel, with its cogs, symbolizes the ever changing opportunities to serve.
Clubs with no Districts come under the direct jurisdiction of their National Association. Here in the United States these Clubs are overseen by our Zone Representatives.
International Inner Wheel holds a Convention, open to all members, every three years. Inner Wheel U.S.A. holds a Conference, open to all members, every three years, but not in the same year as the IIW Convention.
A member may visit another Inner Wheel Club in any country and is always assured of a warm welcome. One of the greatest joys of Inner Wheel is the opportunity given to members all over the world to get to know one another, thus contributing to international friendship and understanding.