History of the IIW

The First Ten Years, From a club to the Association

Mrs. Margarette Golding, a nurse, business woman and the wife of a Manchester Rotarian, started the Inner Wheel movement in 1924. Prior to 1924, wives of Rotarians in many cities and towns, prompted by a concern for public welfare, had been voluntarily, in the background, giving their time and energies to help in any service being undertaken by their menfolk. On the 15th November 1923, twenty-seven Rotary wives, led by Mrs. Golding, met in a Cooling Room (because it was free of charge) at Herriot's Turkish Baths, St Mary's Street, Deansgate, Manchester; they discussed the possibility of forming...

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History of the IIW

Inside the Inner Wheel History

Margarette Oliver Golding, the founder, the visionaria from “the inner wheel spirit 2” chapter iii, § 1, 2. Being published by © luisa vinciguerra 2015

The Founder of the Inner Wheel, Mrs. Oliver Golding, (nèe Margarette Owen), was of Welsh extraction. A recent survey conducted by Alan Nicholls, genealogist, Chair of Hay History Group in charge of the investigations, required to satisfy the request of information I sent to the town of Hay-on-Wye, would allow to determine the exact place where Margarette was born as well as her year of birth, thus far unknown...

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Global Expansion

Even before 1934, some Clubs were formed in other parts of the world, having heard about the Inner Wheel Association in Great Britain & Ireland - such as Ballarat (1931), North Sydney (1933) and Bendigo (1933) in Australia - in the following years, more Inner Wheel Clubs formed, for example, the Napier Club (1936) in New Zealand, Port Elizabeth (1938) in South Africa, and Winnipeg (1943) in Canada. From 1945 Inner Wheel continued to expand globally, with the formation of at least 15 Clubs in remote places...

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