The Aims & Objectives of Inner Wheel
To promote true friendship
Clubs meet regularly and have a full and varied programme including speakers on subjects of interest. By meeting regularly friendships are built and maintained. Each club plans interclub meetings when other clubs are invited to join in the activities and in that way their circle of friends is broadened.
To encourage the ideals of personal service
By working together as friends our clubs have an outstanding record of personal service to the community, some examples are:
- staffing the tea bar at the local hospital
- support at the local stroke club
- helping at the local hospice
- filling Rotary Aquaboxes and Shoe Boxes
- running a charity shop
- supporting national charities
To foster international understanding
Clubs support their own choice of overseas charities as well as their District and Association Overseas Service Chairman's chosen charity. Clubs also support the International Inner Wheel service project. Clubs correspond with their link clubs overseas and meet every three years at the International Convention.
History of 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.
A tree was planted last year in a ceremony in the Inner Wheel garden at the National Arboretum to mark 90 years of Inner Wheel