Inner Wheel Club
Inner Wheel is an international women's organisation to create friendship, service and understanding. It has had clubs in over 100 countries with over 100,000 members. It was founded in Manchester.
The organisation was officially founded in January 1924 by Margarette Golding, a nurse, business woman and the wife of a Manchester Rotarian. who had met with 26 other wives in November 1923. Women were not allowed to join the Rotary Club. The first meeting was held on 10 January 1924 when 27 ladies attended. This date is now known as "International Inner Wheel Day". This organisation was established for the wives and daughters of Rotarians. Gradually other groups formed themselves into Inner Wheel Clubs and in 1934 the Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in Great Britain and Ireland was formed.
The number of clubs around the world grew and in 1967 the International Inner Wheel came into being. There are clubs in over 100 countries around the world. Inner Wheel clubs are grouped into districts with twenty-nine districts within Great Britain and Ireland. Most clubs meet monthly, often with a speaker at the meeting but members meet socially on a regular basis.
In 1989, Rotary International allowed women as members. Despite women now being able to join Rotary, Inner Wheel Clubs continue in many countries.
The International Inner Wheel objectives are (a) promoting true friendship, (b) encouraging the ideals of personal service, and (c) fostering international understanding.
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