Dear Inner Wheel Friends,
Happy birthday to all of you!

Yes we celebrate…. The birthday of our UNIQUE organisation.

Thanks to our founder Margarette Golding, who founded the club of Manchester on 10 January 1924.
A long history since 1924.  Today we are in over 100 countries worldwide, with more than 100,000 members. And we are still growing!

Inner Wheel Day is celebrated in a lot of countries all over the world but not everywhere.

I hope that wherever clubs have a meeting in January, they will have special attention for the birthday of our organisation.

And let us all together light virtually the Flame of Friendship:
“The Flame symbolizes the warm feeling of pride we all feel in being members of Inner Wheel.
The rays of the candle typify the friendship and understanding that will always exude from Clubs.
This Flame is a true symbol of Friendship and reminds us of our obligations to others who are less fortunate than ourselves.
May it weld together all members of Inner Wheel in True Friendship, Personal Service and International Understanding.”

In my country we have more than one given name. Usually we are named after mother/father, grandmother/father, godmother/father…..
My given names are Charlotte Denise (my mother) Marguerite (my grandmother and godmother), which is Margarette in English.

Your proud President


Charlotte Denise Marguerite.

IIW President 2015-2016 

Dear Inner Wheel Friends,                                        

The end of the calendar year is approaching. In a lot of countries Christmas will be celebrating. Traditionally Christmas is everywhere on earth the symbol of peace. But the world is nowadays facing the violence of terrorism. A lot of our countries have experienced it recently.

Thank you for all your messages of solidarity.  We have all to be United against it. We have to be careful, vigilant…. but life goes on. 

So does Inner Wheel life.

 

Our Unique organisation is growing. Since 1st of July   35 new clubs have been created, some with a unique name as “Chennai Unique” and “Chennai United”. Or a new club with 102 charting members!

Some countries are growing easily; some countries faces more difficulties and do their best to create new clubs as well. I hope we will welcome soon a club in a new IW country Moldavia.

 

At this time the December mailshot will go out. Pay attention to all documents in it.

You will find the minutes of the Governing Body Meeting of October 2015 with the financial statements of the year 2014-2015.

You will find all voting papers for the next Governing Body.  As democratic organisation, it is important that all clubs use their right to vote.

The elections are for the year 2016-2017. In April 2018 will be held the 17th International Inner Wheel Convention in Melbourne (Australia).  The elected Vice-President  2016-2017 will be the Convention President. 

  

And finally you will find my Christmas and New Year wishes. My special thanks to our administrator Elaine for the idea of the Christmas tree combined with the now very famous hands of my 7 grandchildren.

Thanks to my daughter Julie for her modern Christmas tree design, and thanks to my friend and Board Director Ashnadelle Hilmy-Mortagy for the Season's Greetings card.

 

Let us all be united in this end of the year, to celebrate in friendship.

 

“Faith makes all things possible.

Hope makes all things work

Love makes all things beautiful

May you have all the three for 2016”

 

Charlotte De Vos

IIW President 2015-2016 

Meet the President

Charlotte De Vos

IW Club of Knokke-Heist Oostkust - D62 - Belgium & Luxembourg

Charlotte De Vos

Dear Friends,

I am sincerely honoured to serve our unique organisation as International President.

Thank you for your trust in me.

The theme for 2015-2016 is Unique & United. I hope you will find in my motivation the inspiration for the coming IW year.

 

You are UNIQUE

Your Club is UNIQUE

All together we are UNITED in our UNIQUE Organisation.

 

"UNIQUE & UNITED"

 

Two key words, two fundamental words for the Inner Wheel philosophy.

Each of us is UNIQUE, so we are all different one from each other.

 This difference is based on our back grounds: race, age, gender, physical ability, ethnicity, parental status, appearance, geographic location, personal habits, income, religion, educational background, work experience, marital status

 At each level in Inner Wheel we have this variety of members.

 Our members have a clear sense of what UNITES us around the values of Service, Friendship and International Understanding.

Our differences, our diversity, will enrich our lives and the whole organization.

 When members feel the strength of their different background, they are more capable of working harmoniously and engaging in actions, services, projects.

 We are women from many countries, representing a rich variety of cultures, working together in a great common cause: the progress of mankind.

 Inner Wheel is a UNIQUE global network of Members, who are working UNITED in all the 103 Countries, with United Nations relations, serving Human Development in caring the Children, Women, Youth; fighting every kind of Violence and fostering the Peace Education. Saving the Environment and the Green planet through the Sustainability in every area.

 Unique and United Logo

Logo: while I was searching on internet on the key words of my theme, I’ve found several times a picture of different hands. A few years ago I received from my grandchildren a painting of their hands. At that time they were 5. Now they are 7.

So  a new painting has been made with the 7 hands.

My grandchildren are very proud to be part of my year as IIW President.

 

Charlotte De Vos

IIW President 2015-2016