The joys of Inner Wheel
By Meryll Evans
Posted 2 May 2015
Inner Wheel is now one of the largest women’s voluntary service organisations operating in the world. It is concerned with the well-being of women and children, the aged and infirm and those affected by poverty and disaster.
Inner Wheel has NGO status at the United Nations in both New York and Geneva. It is active in over 103 countries with over one hundred thousand members. Although, when the organisation began in England in 1924, membership was restricted to those who had an association with Rotary, it is now open to all women.
The objects of Inner Wheel are:-
- To promote true friendship
- To encourage the ideals of personal service
- To foster international understanding
Inner Wheel New Zealand is incorporated as a charitable society and has 58 clubs with almost 2000 members spread throughout New Zealand. These clubs include two in the Pacific Islands - in Fiji and New Caledonia. Clubs support many, many organisations such as Plunket, Women’s Refuge, Life Flight Trust, The Neonatal Trust, Cancer Society, World Vision, Save the Children, and many more. Members of Inner Wheel enjoy the friendship that service brings.
There are five Inner Wheel Districts in New Zealand. District NZ294 covers the Wellington region from New Plymouth to Wellington and the Wairarapa and has 13 clubs. The local club is the Inner Wheel Club of Plimmerton. Originally the members met in each other’s homes, then at larger venues for supper meetings and now for a dinner meeting once a month. The club now has over fifty members and just celebrated its 25th birthday.
The current Chairman of District NZ294 comes from Porirua. If you would like information about local clubs please contact her.