Inner Wheel

International Inner Wheel is most probably the largest women's Voluntary Service Organisation in the world. We hold Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) status with the United Nations and have representatives in its three centres of Geneva, New York and Vienna and are therefore able to play an important role in today’s world.

Since its inception in 1924 Inner Wheel continues to grow as new Clubs form in many countries. We are the sister organisation of Rotary International and currently we have more than 100,000 members in over 101 countries and geographical locations. Members enjoy working together making new friends and having fun whilst experiencing the sense of ‘belonging’ that Club life brings. Visiting members wherever we are in the world is a great joy and the start of lifelong friendships.

However that is by no means the sole objective of Inner Wheel as Service to those less fortunate than ourselves - the vulnerable, young people and the elderly - both at home and in the developing countries is equally important. It is given in many ways from general long term support to providing goods, funds and practical ‘hands on’ help in emergencies and disaster areas and our members are among the first to respond.

 

The Objects of Inner Wheel

The objects of this service organisation are:

    To promote true friendship
    To encourage the ideals of personal service
    To foster international understanding

To promote true friendship

Clubs meet regularly and have a full and varied programme through which friendships are built and maintained. Visiting other clubs and joining in their activities broadens the opportunity to make new friends.


To encourage the ideals of personal service

Inner Wheel clubs have an outstanding record of service to the community. Initially members provided goods, quite often homemade, to the poor of their communities. The ethos spread rapidly through the country and then abroad.

Inner Wheel has adapted to the needs of the country as society has changed. Some members still knit and clubs collect tons of useful goods for the needy but much is now sent abroad. In this country members support refuge centres for abused women, hostels for the dispossessed, child centres and drop-in centres, school breakfast clubs and much more.

All this is carried out in the spirit of friendship.


To foster international understanding

International Inner Wheel was formed in 1967 and the clubs have since spread to 103 countries with a 100,000 members worldwide, 20,000 of those of those being in Great Britain and Ireland.

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