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The Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in Great Britain and Ireland were delighted to welcome the IIW President to their Conference of 1800 members. National Representative Zena Coles had the pleasure of hosting Dr Kapila and introducing her to many Inner Wheel members over the three days she was in Bournemouth. One of the first members to meet her was President of the IW Club of Newent in D10 Marie Riley who had cycled to the Conference from her home town, a distance of 150 miles.
After dinner on the Monday evening Kapila agreed to visit the District Get together hosted by D11 with D7.
IIW President Kapila and President Liz are pictured arriving for the start of the Conference – and then with other guests at the Service of Faith which opened the Conference.
President Kapila addressed the members of the Conference. She said she was delighted to be with us in GB&I – the birthplace of IW. It is the 17th country she has visited and 15 of those countries were speaking a different language but she said that IW is above borders and we speak a common language of caring. We at Inner Wheel don’t care about religion, race or social status we want to serve humanity. She told members that for the last 94 years ,IW has made a difference to many lives in many ways. She emphasised that “Your Club is the heart beat of our organisation, dedicated members who hold a passion for community service & friendship.The stability and growth of Clubs translate to the stability of the whole of our organisation. Each Club is very important to International Inner Wheel” . She said that when you focus on problems you will have more problems; when you focus on possibilities you will have more opportunities. Diversity in Inner wheel is the way forward. Presiden Kapila stressed that the world needs IW more than ever.
She hoped many members would be attending the Convention in Melbourne – an opportunity to learn about IIW and make new friends.
She finished by telling members to
“Use your voice for kindness, ears for compassion,
Your Hands for charity, your mind for honesty & your heart for love.
Be remembered for the right reasons.
Leave a Legacy and a smile in your heart beyond life.
Be a rainbow in someone's life Enjoy IW -- Be proud to be IW member
She was delighted to have the opportunity to present a Margarette Golding award to Margaret Day in recognition for her outstanding contributions to schools in deprived areas of Gambia, the Guiding movement and meritorious services to Church communities. It was a very popular presentation as Margaret is also the Conference Chairman for 2017-2018 and been responsible for the organisation of this Conference.
She also presented banners and gifts to President Liz, Vice President Ann and National Representative Zena.
On Wednesday morning IIW President Kapila joined the Executive on the platform for the GB&I Annual General Meeting.