Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Honoured Active Member?

Honoured Active Membership can be offered to someone who has been an excellent member of the Club and given outstanding service. To honour someone in this way, is a mark of respect for their contribution to the Club and Inner Wheel generally. The Club should pay the member's dues for the year in which Honoured Active Membership is awarded. In the following years she retains Honoured Active status, but pays her own dues.

Can someone rejoin Inner Wheel if for any reason they have to leave?

Members who have had to leave Inner Wheel, for whatever reason, are entitled to rejoin and should be welcomed back.

What generally should happen on Inner Wheel Day?

January 10th marks the commencement of the Inner Wheel organisation and has become known as 'World Inner Wheel Day'. Members worldwide are encouraged to commemorate this special day by performing some act of service or celebration, and also remember their fellow members around the world. The celebrations and the service given varies enormously.

What is a National Representative?

She provides the liaison between the Districts in her country and IIW.A National Representative may be elected by any country with 1 or more Districts with 4 or more Clubs, which have been functioning as a District for a minimum of 2 years.

What are the qualifications for National Representative?

For countries with a National Governing Body - she must be a Past District Chairman, Past District Vice-Chairman, Past District Secretary or Past District Treasurer where nominated and elected and also served on the National Governing Body for at least 1 year.

For countries without a National Governing Body - she must be a Past District Chairman, Past District Vice-Chairman, Past District Secretary or Past District Treasurer where nominated and elected.

What are the qualifications for members of the International Governing Body?

IIW President and IIW Vice-President - must have served as a President of a National Governing Body, or an International IW Board Director, or an International IW Board Member or an International IW Treasurer. Nominations can only be accepted from District Committees of the National Governing Body of which they are members.

IIW Treasurer - must have been a National Governing Body or District Treasurer and have served as a member of a National Governing Body for at least 1 year at the time of nomination. Nominations can only be accepted from District Committees of the National Governing Body of which they are members.

Board Directors– Must be a Past President of a National Governing Body or a Past National Representative to stand for election as a Board Director of the International Governing Body. No Past International President shall be eligible to be nominated for the position of Board Director. A District Committee within a country, which has a National Governing Body or an elected National Representative, may nominate a suitably qualified member for the office of Board Director

Constitution Chairman – This is an appointment by the Governing Body. She must have been a Past member of the International Governing Body. Nominations should be submitted by District Committees of the National Governing Body of which she is a member. Maximum period of service is 3years but appointed annually.

What is the protocol for guests at meetings, who takes precedence over whom?

At Club Charter Anniversaries and Club events the order of precedence is: -

Club President, followed by the District Chairman, followed by the National President, followed by the IIW President, followed by Rotary President (if they are present)

At District Rallies and special District events the order of precedence is: -

District Chairman, followed by National President, followed by Rotary District Governor. (if they are present) At National Conferences and

National events the order of precedence is: -

National President, followed by the IIW President, followed by the Rotary National President. (if present) In some countries the law of the land states that Civic dignitaries, eg the Mayor take precedence over the Inner Wheel Officers.

Who can submit Proposals to amend the Constitution?

Any Club may submit Proposals to amend the International Basic Rules on pages 1 – 18 of the Constitution & Handbook 2009
Only Clubs who do not have a National Governing Body can submit, propose, second speak and vote on Proposals to amend the Standard Rules for Clubs and Districts with no National Governing Body on pages 19 – 32 of the Constitution & Handbook

Why are the reserves in the IIW accounts so high?

The reserves were built up from the sale of property in London in the 1990's and the subsequent high rates of interest accrued. They were not built up from Capitation Fees. Interest rates are extremely low at present, and whilst there is a worldwide recession, this situation is unlikely to change very quickly.

Although the reserves may appear large, we do need some contingency, if, for example, a Convention had to be cancelled at short notice, because of a natural disaster or terrorism (for which we cannot get insurance). Capitation Fees do not entirely cover current costs and with diminishing membership in some countries, the reserves are the only available source to cover any shortfall.

Who replies to the Toast to International Inner Wheel?
There is no common rule, as I.W. countries have different customs.
But I.I.W. gives the following recommendation:
If the Toast to International Inner Wheel is proposed by the most senior Inner Wheel officer present, no reply is needed, as the Toast often comes after the closing speech.
How is the International Social Project chosen?
Districts are asked to submit suggestions for the International Social Project. Background information and as much detail as possible about the suggested Project. should be sent to the IIW office for consideration by the Governing Body. The successful Project, chosen by the Governing Body, is announced at the next Convention.
How is the Convention location chosen?

Any country wishing to host a Convention must do a detailed feasibility study, on the suggested venue, with a breakdown of the costs, suitable convention centre, hotels, travel possibilities etc. Guidelines on the details needed when preparing a bid, can be obtained from the IIW office.

Prepared bids must be sent to the office by a chosen date, and include one copy for each member of the Governing Body.

The Governing Body then considers all the bids received and a vote is taken.

The successful bid is announced at the next Convention.

Who can be Proxy Vote Holders at Convention?

A National Representative, a District Committee Voting Delegate or the International Inner Wheel Official Proxy Vote Holder at Headquarters can be Proxy Vote Holders and they are Voting Delegates in their own right.

A Past National Representative, a Past Board Director or a Past Board Member can also be Proxy Vote Holders providing they have been elected to be their Club or District Voting Delegate.

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