IIW President 2020/2021
Inner Wheel is the largest Women’s Voluntary Service Organisation in the world, very soon ready to celebrate our centenary year in 2024. In the last 96 years, times have changed, needs have changed, humanitarian problems have changed, technology has changed and requirement of infrastructure is totally changed. Inner Wheel has been accommodating changes since years. However, we need to keep pace with the changing times. In fact, we need to have a vision to remain one step ahead of the coming changes.
However, it is we, members of Inner Wheel, who have to ultimately take initiatives and adopt a structured approach to continue fulfilling ourprograms and ideology.
We need to make an impact internationally by focusing on sustainable large community development projects, making larger clubs and branding of Inner Wheel in the public through our work.
Inner Wheel is being represented in the United Nations on the Commission for Status of Women and Girls. From time to time, United Nations has been giving recommendations to NGOs on which we need to work. UN has lot of expectations from us to cooperate and help in implementing programs as per their guidelines, with special emphasis on Youth, Women and Senior Citizens.
Inner Wheel needs to implement the recommendations of the UN to bring about change in our community development programs.
We need to lead the change in : our thinking, attitude, working, interpersonal relations, communication, publicising our brand of Inner Wheel, growth of our organisation both financially and in membership strength and cooperating with other like-minded organisations by establishing networking.
As we head for the centenary year, let us lead the changes in
- Having our own Organisation’s Strategic Plan and Goals
- Targeting Membership Growth
- Targeting increase in Number of Clubs
- Initiating Youth Clubs (18-25 age group)
- Initiating Youth Development Project for Girls (12-25 age group)
- Focusing on Projects on the recommendations of the United Nations
- Promoting brand image at club, District and International levels
- Creating awareness about health, financial independence and education in our own members and among the women everywhere
- Shortlisting like-minded cooperating organisations and establishing communication with them
- Working for collective leadership
- Executing Corporate International Projects
If we have to achieve all this, we need to lead the positive change by empowering our own members by guiding, recognising them as leaders in their own rights and accepting and believing in their leadership.
Then only we, the proud members of such a wonderful organisation, can contribute more effectively in developing and bringing a ray of hope in the lives of the needy and underprivileged. We are privileged to have the opportunity to serve those who need us.
Let nothing stop us in becoming a force to reckon with in the world.
Let us then LEAD THE CHANGE collectively to bring about positive, significant and meaningful difference in the world.
The World is waiting for us.
I hope that, using the 2018-19 Theme, we will all ‘plant good seeds’ to ensure that both Inner Wheel and its members continue to make a difference, and flourish around the world.
The Venus Symbol – Empower and Evolve
The symbol for “woman” or “female” was named after the Goddess Venus and has become the symbol denoting all things female.
The circle, or in our case the wheel, denotes the inclusive nature of our organisation. Here there is no exclusion. All welcome, and ever-expanding
The cross (added in the 16th century) rests beneath the womb (represented by the circle in the Venus symbol). The location of the cross under the circle indicates all are birthed from an inclusive, loving womb.
On the top half we feel the openness and inclusivity (circle). Yet, on the lower half we experience a narrowing, or a “coming to the crux.” Visually you can see opening and closing, beginnings and endings, in this symbol.
Through the symbol and the theme there is an acknowledgement of the great need for women to change the world through their own empowerment and evolution.