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The Lake-Constance-Rally is a regional Friendship-Meeting of the clubs around the lake Constance. These clubs are situated in 4 different countries - Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland - united by one language - German.
In 2010 Gabriele Schrümpf met the current district presidents from the districts of Germany (D86) and Switzerland-Liechtenstein (D199), bordering Lake Constance, at the Rallye Charlemagne in Montreux. When these ladies heard that Gabriele was founding a new Inner Wheel Club in Vorarlberg/Austria, the missing piece of the puzzle was found to realize their vision of a regional meeting. Thus this friendship meeting was founded almost seven years ago by the then district presidents Bea von Fassong (D86 - Germany) and Mechthild von Graevenitz (D199 - Switzerland-Liechtenstein) and the co-founders Gabriele Schrümpf (Austria) and Pirkko Schindler (Liechtenstein), and has since then been a tradition, a fixed and popular component in the annual calendar of the clubs.
On 10th March 2018 the 7th Bodensee-Regio-Treffen took place in the most western part of Austria, in the city of Bregenz on the Lake of Constance and were organized by Marie-Therese Amann (IWC Innsbruck) and Gabriele Schrümpf (IWC Graz-Uhrturm). Austria hosted this beautiful four-country meeting for the first time and this year also welcomed the 50th IIW World President Dr. Kapila Gupta as a special guest of honor. The participation of the IIW world president underlined for them the appreciation of the Bodensee-Regio-Treffen and their countries, their language, culture and art.
110 Inner Wheel members from 28 clubs of Austria-Germany-Switzerland-Liechtenstein participated at this meeting. Keynote speaker was Mag. Elisabeth Sobotka, the director of the famous "Festival of Bregenz", which is an open air opera festival with the world's largest floating stage.
The director was very impressed by the charismatic speech of the world president about the contents and values of the association and the "demonstration" of friendship and the common ground of those present. In her speech she explained her work, the situation of women and their work in the field of arts, such as opera, music and the fine arts, and compared the role of women in these professions from the past to the present.
After her speech a fantastic buffet in the Casino of Bregenz with delicious Austrian food and drinks was offered. Lots were drawn for the seating arrangement at the tables, so that the members could get to know each other better.
After lunch the founders of the Bodensee-Regio-Meeting, as well as the co-founders received from the IIWP Dr. Kapila Gupta an AWARD OF FRIENDSHIP for founding the annual Bodensee-Regio Treffen in order to connect and deepen this international friendship.
All clubs then had the possibility to have a picture taken with IIW-President and handed over to her their club banner.
The last item on the agenda for this day was the offer to take part in a guided tour through the city of Bregenz or alternatively in a guided tour backstage of the Bregenz Festival House led by its director Mrs. Sobotka.
A big THANK YOU to our dear Madame President Dr. Kapila Gupta for her kindness and for enhancing this meeting with her presence.
It was a wonderful day with new friends, a nice program and the SPIRIT of INNER WHEEL!
Founder of Rellye Bea Von Fassong with IIW President Dr Kapila Gupta and BD Gabrielle Schruempf