IIW BDs 2020-21 Fellowship meet in Croatia

Posted by | Dec 02, 2021 |

IIW Board Directors 2020-21 fellowship in Croatia

A group of IIW Board directors 2020-21 with their husbands visited Croatia. They gathered in Split to socialise from October 14th to 17th, 2021 as the IIW Governing Body 2020-21 could not meet in person last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The event was organised by the Past IIW BD Sandra Neretljaković from the Inner Wheel Club of Split Palmina, D191 Croatia.

Upon arrival, President Sonja Grego and Secretary Livija Plančić greeted them at the Central Hotel on behalf of IWC Split Palmina. In a four-day gathering, they visited Split, Šibenik and the Krka waterfalls, and met with friends of IWC Šibenik, NR Snježana Petrović Tkalčec and Past NR Dijana Percač.

During their stay in Split, they visited the cultural and 1,700 years old historical sites. Split is the second largest city in Croatia. They were truly impressed with the Diocletian palace which is one of the best-preserved monuments of the Roman architecture in the world included in the UNESCO Cultural World Heritage List since 1979.

They also visited Meštrović Gallery which displays the masterpieces of Ivan Meštrović carved in marble, bronze and wood. The house is surrounded by a Mediterranean garden. Its surrounding of bronze sculptures and a view of the sea and the central Dalmatian Islands, makes it a unique example of landscape architecture.

In the city of Šibenik, they visited the Cathedral of St. James. It is one of the most significant and most beautiful architectural achievements in Croatia which was included in the UNESCO Cultural World Heritage List in 2000.

Another place well worth the trip is the gem-toned Krka waterfalls. Krka National Park lies within Šibenik-Knin County and covers a total area of 109 square kilometres of the loveliest sections of the Krka River. The national park is a vast and primarily unaltered area of exceptional natural value, including a few pristine ecosystems.

The group took home beautiful memories of a small part of Croatia. They parted with the desire to get to know the other parts of this beautiful country in the future.

At the end of their stay, as a wonderful gesture of generosity, they donated 4,000 Croatian kuna, or 530 Euros, for a local charity. Members of IWC Split Palmina support vulnerable groups of women, especially those exposed to violence, in line with the 2021-2022 IIW social project themed "Strong Women Stronger World" and the IIW presidential theme “Pink First”. The donation, therefore, is directed to the further education of a young woman who is a mother of three. She is a beneficiary of assistance from the White Circle Croatia Association, an organisation which helps victims of all forms of violence. As aa victim of domestic violence, she receives allowance to be retrained as teaching assistant, a personal assistant. The aim is to strengthen and prepare her for easier integration into the labour market.

The IIW BD 2020-21 who were in Split were:

  • Angelika Walde, Switzerland
  • Corinne Dalleur, Belgium & Luxemburg
  • Margareta Wesslau, Sweden
  • Marja Kyrölä, Finland IIW BD 2020/21
  • Ria Heijens, The Netherlands
  • Sandra Neretljaković, Croatia
  • Trish Douglas, GB & I

Sandra Neretljaković IIW PBD