Ebe Martines (Italy)
Phyllis Charter (UK)
“TOGETHER WE CAN”
TOGETHER WE DO
TOGETHER YOU DID
THANK YOU – FOR BEING YOU
On becoming International President, I chose the theme “Together we can” but in this year of two halves its significance has proven to me how important and relevant the theme has been to us all.
I chose my theme to inspire us all to work together in our clubs, in our districts and in our governing bodies as “together we can” achieve so much more in projects and communities by making the impossible possible.
For the first eight months of the IW year, I visited so many worthy projects, all displaying the theme “together we can”, each one showing how members in different countries chose how they interpreted the theme. It is very humbling when you see so many Inner Wheel Members achieving their dreams to make a difference to so many lives.
But then in the middle of March – Covid-19 – our world was turned upside down. All visits, meetings, social activities or even just meeting a friend for a cup of coffee was put on hold and we were all in lockdown, confined to our cities and villages – where we stayed at home – stayed safe.
Did the Inner Wheel stop turning?
NO – You all proved that as Inner Wheel Members, “together we can” be extraordinary – inspirational – and innovative. You not only continued to support your ongoing projects but immediately supported your communities in every way possible throughout the pandemic.
You also proved that “together we can” still meet face to face by doing the next best thing by holding our meetings virtual. For the time being this has become the normal routine – Business Meetings – AGM’s – Handover’s – Anniversaries – and special social virtual meetings – quizzes – yoga – sharing meals – often over a cup of coffee or glass of wine – but all from the safety of your own home.
One day in the future, our lives will be back to a new normal and we will once again meet face to face, sharing the friendship that we have missed during the last few months.
I thank you for the wonderful year that I have experienced as President, which – although so very different from the one that we had all planned – has given me friendship and memories that will last me a lifetime.
It is my privilege to hand over to incoming President Bina and to wish her and the IIW Executive, Board Directors, National Representatives and all the incoming Officers in our Clubs, Districts and Governing Bodies a memorable year and let us continue to prove that “Together we can” – Lead the Change.
Thank you – you are Inspirational and Innovative Women – enjoy Inner Wheel – enjoy the friendship and continue to make dreams come true.
Love and best wishes – and thank you for being YOU,
Elizabeth Thomas (GB&I)
With 10 years working in international banking in Luxembourg, 30 years in accountancy back home in the UK and latterly as Association Treasurer in GB&I, I feel that I have the necessary training and experience to take on this very important and complex role. My main objectives would be to ensure the financial integrity of IIW and obtaining the best investment returns for its capital and reserves.
I love the international aspect of our organisation and would greatly enjoy working with the Executive Committee and Board Directors as well as getting know members throughout the world as Treasurer. I speak French, German and Italian which could also be useful in communicating with fellow members.
What do I hope for the future of Inner Wheel? We must be positive, raise the profile of Inner Wheel in the heart of our communities, use social media, strengthen and support our Clubs, embrace open membership while respecting and supporting our existing members, continue to adapt and respond to the challenges of today, make our meetings fresher and more interesting to attract new members who can enjoy our very, very special Inner Wheel friendship.
Corinne Dalleur (Belgium & Luxembourg)
It is a great honor and privilege for me to serve as Constitution Chairman of International Inner Wheel, our beautiful and caring organization.
Member of Inner Wheel for 18 years, I have held several functions at Club, District and National level of Inner Wheel in my country. Board Director for two years and participating at Inner Wheel meetings outside my country gave me the opportunity to meet a diversity of members and to work with them. Working together motivates and teaches tolerance.
Tolerance means being able to appreciate and respect the diversity of the others. This diversity which exists in Inner Wheel worldwide is the strength of our organization.
Let’s preserve the values of Inner Wheel while adapting Inner Wheel to today’s world. We all have the same goals. We are all women who want to give a better future to less fortunate people in our society.
It is essential that we actively promote and strengthen Inner Wheel to ensure the future of Inner Wheel by retaining membership and by gaining new members.
Our organization needs a Constitution to go forward. The Constitution covers the fundamental principles, goals and mission of our organization and the way to build an effective group of members. It also allows members and potential members to have a better understanding of what the organization is all about and how it functions. The Constitution gives uniqueness to Inner Wheel.
It is in Friendship and Service that I will help the members to have better understanding and use of our Constitution.