Helene Torkilsden - Norway
Since 1987, I have been a member of the organisation IIW. My first meeting with IIW was attending the Convention in Stavanger May 1988. As a new member many areas were unknown, but to experience a meeting with 2500 participating IW-women from all over the world, was exciting. Business session, discussions, seminars and enjoyable social events, all together showed a unique international organisation. A Lifetime membership has given me possibility to take part of a network of worldwide friendship. Through different positions in the IW, attending Conventions, international and national meetings, club activities at the same time working as a dentist in my own private practice, I have developed leadership, teamwork and communication skills. But above all, IW has given me a community based on friendship, support and love. Everything based on the three aims: Promote True Friendship, Encourage the Ideals of Personal Service and Foster International Understanding. I think close cooperation and working together could encourage fellow clubs and members to become more visible IW members. Objectives should change IW to an attractive organisation, especially towards younger women. Promoting the benefits for all, showing that IW is the largest women organisation in the world. Members learn from each other, and share our talents. IW gives guidance, care and opportunity to work among people who need care and friendship. Engagements are highly needed in a troubled world, where life and daily activity changes quickly. Many areas are uncertain. The goal of Inner Wheel should be an important organisation worldwide.