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IIW BOARD OF DIRECTORS
  • Lorna Bradley
Lorna Bradley

South Africa

Born in 1940 in South Africa and qualified as a Nursing Sister with post-graduation diploma in Infectious Diseases.

 

Married with three children and six grandchildren.

 

My husband joined Rotary in 1982 and I was a Rotary Ann for 10 years. In 1992 he moved to a new Rotary Club and I was Charter President of the new Inner Wheel Club of Waterfront in Cape Town, which has just celebrated 25 years of service.

 

I am proud to be a member of Inner Wheel and it is an important part of my life. I have particularly enjoyed the friendship and especially contact with members overseas. Have served my Club as President and Secretary several times and ISO for 15 years. Took Office at Club, District and National level to increase knowledge of Inner Wheel. Attending the Inner Wheel Convention in Berlin was a highlight.

 

South Africa has a large indigent and rural population and my passion has been helping new mothers and babies, supporting Care Centres dealing with adult and child abuse; the elderly and Early Childhood Development.

 

Inner Wheel is very important for future welfare of the less fortunate. Encouraging children, especially girls, to maximise their education and training.

 

We need to promote our organisation using media, placing Inner Wheel logos in areas we serve and forming new Clubs in developing areas to grow our influence.

 

It is an honour to become a Board Director and I would do my best to work as a team member to fulfil any assigned duties.

  • Trish Douglas
Trish Douglas

GB&I

A successful hotelier for decades, I think I can safely say that I am very much a “people person”- so is it any wonder that Inner Wheel and all that it stands for is very close to my heart?

 

With a business degree and a wide range of experience across companies, constabularies and corporations TEAMWORK has always been my mantra – “Together Everyone Achieves More”- as much with my Inner Wheel service as in my professional life.Mrs Golding, herself a business woman, knew the truth of this and was certainly forward looking, when she put the promotion of true friendship, as our first object, for “working together in friendship”, leads us into International understanding and is very much the solid base of all we do in Inner Wheel.

 

My membership of Inner Wheel, for well over 30 years now, has given me the most amazing opportunities (not least, through International service, which is my particular passion) to work alongside some wonderful people, from many walks of life- all equally dedicated to serving those in need- by helping them to raise not only much needed funds, but the profile of their various charitable organisations.

 

We can be justifiably proud of all that Inner Wheel has achieved over the past 95 years, but must not be complacent and “rest on our Laurels”.With new technology, the world is rapidly changing and we all need to be open to what that change brings, ready to embrace new ideas and move forward, ensuring the future of International Inner Wheel.

  • Zenaida Farcon
Zenaida Farcon

Philippines

I was introduced to Inner Wheel at the age of 28 and got more actively engaged with Inner wheel clubs of the Philippines in the past 30 years, serving in various capacities in the club, district and national level. I have come to love and know Inner Wheel’s history, organizational structure, objectives, mission, constitution and ways of working.

 

I believe I will be able to share my learnings for the continual improvement of the management system of International Inner Wheel affairs.

 

As a practicing Certified Public accountant for more than 36 years now, my expertise and experience in Audit and Accounting will be of great help in reviewing, analysing and improving the Financial management Systems of IIW.

 

I envision International Inner Wheel as a sustainable Global Organisation, experiencing robust growth, responsive and relevant to the Diverse Needs of all Women Ages, where initial membership is extended to Young Girls aged 12-17, through the formation of Inner Wheel Youth Clubs in the High School and College Levels, to create awareness about our service mission; inspiring them to cross over to our Inner Wheel Clubs as regular members when they reach 18 years old.

 

I envision an IIW Global Management System that is able to create Leaders and Clubs who can share best Practices and optimise synergies across countries

  • Ria Heijens
Ria Heijens

Netherlands

In 1990 I joined Inner Wheel because friendship and social commitment appealed to me. After meeting with International Inner Wheel members, I realised the true power of Inner Wheel. Seeing the positive influence of Inner Wheel at local level, in the districts and subsequently at a national level. It would be an honour for me to contribute internationally to Inner Wheel serving as a Board Members.

 

Being one of the largest women’s organisations, we can promote our goals worldwide, and in doing so help and empower uneducated women and children living in poverty and without basic healthcare. Not only can we do this by educating them, but also by supporting and empowering them to find a better future for themselves and their communities.

 

However, it is also important to focus on Inner Wheel itself as a solid organisation.Unfortunately, membership in many countries is declining and it is essential to find ways to encourage the younger generation of women to join Inner Wheel.Retaining and extending membership in existing clubs are where possible charter new Inner Wheel clubs.

 

We can still achieve a lot within International Inner Wheel and I hope I can make a contribution with my passion and enthusiasm.

  • Yanislavi Ilieva
Yanislavi Ilieva

Bulgaria

I have been a member of IW for almost 19 years, since its very beginning in 1999, when my club Varna was charted.

 

In 2000, we were just 4 clubs in Bulgaria, and I made the first translation of the IW Constitution and Handbook into Bulgarian in hand writing, as the computers and technologies were not so widespread then. It was really a great enthusiasm. I have served in all the offices at Club, District and National level and participated in 4 International Conventions.

 

I am really very proud with my club as we all travel intensively, got acquainted with a lot of new women, and we have succeeded in creating many new clubs, more than half of the clubs in Bulgaria.

 

My activity always led me to various international events. I made many new friends, learned a lot from different cultures, and found out that we are all the same everywhere, that we all have the same goals. I have redefined the values of our organisation in a new way, thinking more internationally and adapting my IW to the changes of today’s world.

 

I do believe that there is a bright future of IW, and it is up to us to face and conquer the challenges of the world with friendship, service of society and understanding. IW has encouraged me to learn a lot, to improve myself and motivate the others.

 

There is still much to be done for the development, extension and popularisation of IW.

  • MARJORIE JONES
MARJORIE JONES

USA

Inner Wheel membership has been an important part of my life for the last 34 years. As a Charter Member of Citrus Heights Inner Wheel in California, there have been a number of changes to our organisation in those years. The many Inner Wheel friendships that have been made in my club, district, nationally and internationally continue to be so very precious to me.

 

Today, with the addition of “like-minded women” to our membership, we are able to expand our friendships to many. Now women who want to do good in the community by giving back to others, have an expanded, caring group of friends, and promote international understanding with Inner Wheel are able to join our clubs. As our current members age, we need to find was to bring younger women into the Inner Wheel circle. One such way is with “E” (electronic) membership. The Inner Wheel USA and my IW club has had a pilot programme for “E” members which has worked very successfully. With the “E” membership, members are connected to one specific club by emails/social media to let them know what is happening in the club. “e” members can then be involved with meetings, fundraising and community service projects when time permits. In this way “E” members are introduced to Inner Wheel and know more about our wonderful organisation. Our hope is that they will be able to participate and carry the Inner Wheel torch for future years as other life responsibilities make it possible.

  • Mania Papadopoulou
Mania Papadopoulou

Falidas – Greece

My membership to the Inner Wheel initiated in 2000. Μy family has an old relationship with Inner Wheel so the values of friendship, service and understanding were familiar to me and have been my personal values during my life as a woman, wife, and professional as doctor in the field of the health care system.

 

I believe in the future of Inner Wheel as it has been created and shaped by strong feminine personalities from all over the world who have set as their main goal to support and evolve a great organization as ours.

 

Throughout my course in Inner Wheel as a simple member, Treasurer, President of my club but alsoas a Chairman, and National Representative of the 247 District I.W. Greece, I tried my best in order to deliver the best service for my fellow citizens and my country against adversities and challenges that Greece has faced through all these years.

 

Being elected as a Board Director, would be a great honor and opportunity for me to provide an excellent service not only inside the boarders of my country but also all over the world as a Board Director of the Worldwide Women Organization of Inner Wheel.

  • Marja Kyrola
Marja Kyrola

Finland

It is an honour and a pleasure to be a member of the world’s greatest women’s organization for over 20 years. After I had functioned in the board of my club, and particularly during my time as its president, I began to really understand the scope of what this organization does. I found out even more through acting at district level. But only when I served in the National Board, I got a true idea of how much this organization does across borders. I feel great pride to be a part of this women’s organization. Over these years, more and more information about our international activities has also become available on the internet.

 

The world is becoming more restless, and more and more help is needed. We continuously read and see messages about desperate people who have left or had to flee their home country. As an organization, Inner Wheel is very current. Every member and every club offer help, in their own vicinity and in their own ways, to persons, families, and even large groups of people who have ended up in dire need for assistance. Various natural disasters and forms of persecution have become more everyday phenomena. Human distress seems to grow each day.

 

In my work as a special education teacher I have faced many of these issues every school term. I have taught children with various degrees of learning and focusing difficulties, and increasingly also social and emotional issues. In recent years, particularly behavioural problems and difficulties in acting empathetically towards others have been increasing. Bullying and self-centeredness have become more commonplace.

 

I have heard about reasons that have forced families to leave their home countries. In my school there have been students whose families have sent them to search for a better life, hoping that one day the family, or even just a part of the family, could be together again and start a new life together. In my classroom I have also had children of refugee families who have had one thing in common: their mothers’ inability to read and write. The fathers, if they are still in the picture, have known how to read and write. We can only imagine what these mothers have felt like in a strange country, without these basic skills. They have had to rely on their children whose skills have also been insufficient.

 

The best way to help everyone is education. Inner Wheel is a worldwide women’s organization and I want to be a part of developing its activities to help those in need. Girls’ and women’s reading and writing skills, as well as basic mathematical skills, are the issue closest to my heart. Teaching these skills will be key for helping girls and women, as well as for improving the living situation of their families.

 

My own family includes my husband and our three adult children, two daughters and one son, and our first grandchild. We live in the countryside and farm the family estate together.

  • Gemma Pirondini Venuti
Gemma Pirondini Venuti

Italy

Since I joined the IW Club of Como in 1991, Inner Wheel has been a very important part of my life.I have always been attracted by the international character of our organisation. We belong to small and large countries, different by language, culture and religion, but we are bound together by our goals of friendship personal service and international understanding.In their name we support women and children around the globe, in order to improve health and education and make them stronger and equipped to live a better life: ”Together we can.”

 

To hold and develop the sense of belonging to our wonderful family and exchange new projects it is vital to have fast and frequent communication through modern technologies, which will be also essential in promoting Inner Wheel visibility, thereby ensuring support and growth.

 

My varied experience at Club, District and National council allowed me to acquire a wide understanding of our organisation at national and international level, thanks also to the participation in four Conventions, six international Rallies and three European Meetings.

 

As a Board Director I would be honoured to work in team with the IIW executive and the Board Directors from other countries and contribute to strengthening international links, chiefly supporting the non Districted Clubs to help them to grow in future into ne Districts.Since the XVIII Convention is approaching it would be a precious occasion to make my contribution and have a unique and valuable experience within the International Governing Body!

  • Stefani Roeders-Arnold
Stefani Roeders-Arnold

Germany

I am 64 years old and have been married for 38 years. We have two sons and one daughter aged 34, 31 and 21 years. I have studied law and worked many years in a law firm.

 

It is 25 years ago that I joined Inner Wheel. I am the founding Vice President of our Inner Wheel Club Soltau-Walsrode and since that time I have held several functions at my club and my district as well as for Inner Wheel Germany in my two years as National Representative. Those have been very intense years in an Inner Wheel-country with seven districts, more than 8800 members and without a National Council. 2014 and 2015 I had the great pleasure of being a participant of the European Meetings in Malmö and Bristol.

 

The grand idea of Inner Wheel – to be connected in friendship and to give help to others – I had chosen as motto during my two years as District Chairman. It has contributed to giving me an insight of national and international problems and pleasures and to seeing the human being in the foreground.

 

It would be an honour for me to continue as Board Director for a second time and benefit the organization. I would like to develop and promote Inner Wheel work and teamwork on all levels. My aim is also to improve the growth of Inner Wheel and communication at all levels and add consciousness of us and our work.

  • Sandra Neretljakovic
Sandra Neretljakovic

Croatia

Helping to change the lives of the vulnerable was always motivation of my life. Inner Wheel came to my life as a logical solution.

 

Soon after when I dove in IW history I was impressed with so much energy, dedication and keen of Mrs Margarette Golding. We should always keep in our minds that energy and strength and keep walking on today and future path.

 

Simply put, we should preserve our identity linking our past to the present and hopefully to the bright future of our organization. We are the sum of our past and if we know where we came from we can direct past flaws out and seek better solutions for our organization.

 

I had the privilege of being elected as the first Croatia’s National Representative in 2015/16 and 2016/17 which brings me to several European meetings and allowed me to experience the IW international dimension. After I was elected as IIW Editor / MM in 2017/18 and again 2018/19 I deepened that experience and after the IIW Convention I was deeply moved by the friendship and commitment of IW members around the world.

 

From the beginning, international understanding as one of our three basic goals is very important to me. And today, modern technologies know no borders and enables us to communicate with members separate by great distances. Social media is not just a technology for communicating or entertainment. It’s now an online “home.”

 

When people are far apart, they are able to create the sense of proximity of living together in the same place exchanging friendship and ideas.

  • NUR USTAS
NUR USTAS

TURKEY

Nur Ustas was born in Ankara, the capital of Turkey. After graduating Primary School, she moved to Istanbul where she graduated High school and University.

 

She started to work as an English teacher in 1980 after graduated from English Language and Literature.She has worked 27 years at High Schools and decided to serve the society at all levels when she retired, especially to women and children. She joined the IWC of Dalyan in 2010 as a founding member. She was one of the active committee members of 2012 IIW Istanbul Convention.She is very happy to be remembered as the first organiser of Facebook friends meeting (in Istanbul) during the IW Conventions, Rallies, WFEs. She has attended several meetings as a guest speaker and made presentations. She was the first user of social media in IW turkey for friendship and opened groups and pages for IW Turkey so as to members know each other and share projects around the world.

  • DARLENE WESTRUPP
DARLENE WESTRUPP

NEW ZEALAND

When I joined my local Inner Wheel Club 30 years ago the main reason was friendship.I was new to the city and I saw it as an opportunity to make new friends. In the many roles at club, district and national level I have undertaken in the years since, I soon became to realise that Inner Wheel is much, much more than Friendship.

 

I am extremely proud to be a member of a sisterhood of over 108,000 like-minded women from all over the world who do wonderful work in their local and international communities to enrich the lives of women, children, the elderly, the disadvantaged. We, collectively, are true to the objectives of our founder Mrs Margarette Golding as established 95 years ago. Her legacy continues.

 

In my year as IWNZ President 2018/19 we created a Strategic Plan to take us through the next 3 years. It is a living document that all members nationwide, can relate to.It already inspires them to engage fully in all aspects of Inner Wheel. It will help us grow so that many more women can enjoy the benefits of belonging to our wonderful organisation.

 

I believe that it is vital that all organisations have a plan, a goal, so that it doesn’t stagnate, and members are kept motivated. Given the opportunity I would love to be able to share our experiences in New Zealand with other Board Directors for the good of Inner Wheel internationally.

  • Angelika Walde
Angelika Walde

Switzerland

Since becoming a member of Inner Wheel in 2004, I have held various posts in my club and in my district 199. A particular honour was to be the National Representative Deputy and National Representative for Inner Wheel Switzerland-Liechtenstein.

 

Among many other activities, I was also involved in organising the 30th birthday of our district. These roles reaffirmed my conviction that international exchanges are of vital importance.

 

In a world full of drastic changes and enormous challenges for individuals and for societies, our organisation represents stability, friendship and mutual understanding.

 

Inner Wheel friendship demands nothing but accepts service in the spirit in which it is given. It is of great importance for us as members of Inner Wheel, and as women, to demonstrate and to live the values, which govern the spirit of International Inner Wheel. Through understanding and working together, we can achieve bigger results and maybe a better life for people in need.

 

Right from the very beginning of my membership I have connected closely with the ideals and the international atmosphere of Inner Wheel. This together with my active interest in the social and moral welfare of the community, especially of women and children, as well as my strong commitment for Inner Wheel provides me the motivation to apply for a term as IIW Board Director.

 

I would be honoured to support the Board in their future efforts.

  • Farida Hashem
Farida Hashem

Banglasdesh

I was introduced by my friend to Inner Wheel Club of Dhaka West District 328 Bangladesh in the Year 2003 and since then got more actively engaged with Inner Wheel activities serving in various capacities in the club, district and National level.

 

My commitment gives me pleasure and propels me to be more involved in Inner Wheel activities for the less privileged community members particularly women and children around me. I am proud to be a member of Inner Wheel and it is an integral part of my life and passionately pursues Inner Wheel initiatives and enjoy friendship and specially contact with Inner Wheel friends home and abroad.

 

We must keep in our mind that growth of membership in Inner Wheel is very much relevant to make our Inner Wheel more strong, vibrant and resourceful. We have to continue to find new members, not only by founding new clubs of young people, but especially by extending the existing clubs. We have to make Inner Wheel better known to the public to build up its image across the world. The world of today is confronted with the challenges of poverty, inequality, injustice and illiteracy. Therefore it is very much crucial that we move forward together to achieve our goal and remove existing malaise of the society.

 

Now I am elected to the Post of Board Director I will do my best to take Inner Wheel forward by pursuing my mission to showcase it worldwide as the best women’s service organization.

  • Margareta Wesslau
Margareta Wesslau

Sweden

Leaving a lasting legacy – a foot print for the future – by joining and taking active part in IW is for me,  a member since 1996,  a fantastic and awarding experience. I am deeply honoured to be nominated for Board Director.

 

Inner Wheel with its core values is important for women today and in the future. Our challenge is to recruit new members and retain longstanding members. In all previous positions I have committed myself to vitalize clubs by making members involved and active. Happy, well informed members are our best ambassadors for attracting potential members.

 

Finding new members is constructive and joyful. Enabling struggling clubs to survive by implementing new and practical ideas is also a great experience. In European Meetings I have focused on our need for a strategy and a group has now presented a first suggestion to a future strategy, aiming at re-vitalizing such clubs.

 

I am a team builder and for the benefits of recipients and IW I have initiated contacts for co-operating over the boarders in finding social projects suitable for more than one country. We need to raise our profile, enhance our image and be visible through NGOs, our fantastic projects and member contributions.

 

As a language teacher I have worked for more than 15 years in multinational, multicultural British and Swedish schools in South America, Singapore and Sweden and feel deep respect and joy when experiencing diversity in nationalities and cultures.

 

If elected, I will do my very best to contribute making our dynamic network grow, develop and prosper.