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IIW BOARD OF DIRECTORS
  • Beatrice Kraemer Andreotti
BEATRICE KRAEMER ANDREOTTI

SWITZERLAND

I became a member of Inner Wheel in 2001 as a cofounder of the Inner Wheel Club Ticino. Taking office at Club, District, National and International levels has allowed me to obtain experience and a deeper knowledge of the largest women’s service organisation in the world. I am proud to be a member of Inner Wheel, to be part of this wonderful family who has given me the opportunity to live unforgettable moments in friendship.
Together , sharing the same ideals and united in the same way, allows us to become stronger in our mission to build a positive future.  We can make the difference for children, adolescents, young mothers and elderly people in all countries.  To make the world a better place, we must achieve our important goals across continents.
To ensure global membership growth, it is essential to encourage young qualified women noyt only to become members of our enviable organisation, but also to participate actively in our activities and take on responsibility.  It is also important to change attitudes and teach the next generations to protect and conserve our wonderful planet earth.
As part of this rapidly changing world, it is imperative for us to maintain a voice in society.  Therefore, we must do our best to improve our contacts and continue working to develop new communication networks.
My ambition and personal engagement is to achieve the best possible results for Inner Wheel

  • Grace Adekoya
GRACE ADEKOYA

NIGERIA

I joined Inner Wheel Club of Abuja in December 1988 and later transferred to Inner Wheel Club of Garki as a Charter Member. Since Ijoined Inner Wheel, I had served in various offices at the Club, District and National levels.
As a Club President (1992/1993), I initiated the sponsorship of a girl (whose parents died in an automobile accident) through her secondary education. This was taken over by subsequent Presidents. Scholarship was also given to a brilliant indigent student to study Mechanical Engineering at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife,
As District Chairman (2001/2002), I encouraged all Clubs in the District  to campaign against prostitution and child trafficking which was rampant then. An incubator was donated to Neonatal Ward in Garki General Hospital. The first 2 babies delivered on the 10oth of January 2002 in two hospitals (Wuse General Hospital and National Hospital) were presented with gifts in honour of Oliver Golding.
As National Representative (2012/2013), in fulfilment of happier futures, school materials were donated to indigent students in Primary and Secondary Schools in all the 3 Districts (911,913and 914). Poverty alleviation through widows’ empowerment was also initiated.
I promise to work relentlessly in order to uphold the Aims and Objectives of International Inner Wheel by promoting true friendship among Clubs in countries allotted to me, encouraging the ideals of personal service and fostering international understanding. More women will be encouraged to join Inne Wheel to enhance growth.
My passion is to continue the campaign against child trafficking/ abuse, prostitution and violence against women.
I will diligently carry out any responsibility allotted to me as a Board Director to move our noble organisation forward.

  • MARILYN ARMSTRONG
MARILYN ARMSTRONG

AUSTRALIA

I believe , today more than ever, we need to remind ourselves of our objects, of friendship, service and understanding.  These 3 words motivate and encourage and give us true meaning of membership in Inner Wheel.

 

Our Unique organization faces many challenges as we continue into this century, which I believe we are ready to face and conquer.

 

Of the challenges, we have identified membership—age is causing members to be less available, and keeping abreast of the challenges the technological world expects of us.  The need for younger engaged members is more relevant than ever, while bringing our longer serving members with us as changes are needed.

 

There is so much to offer the women of today, the friendship, the working together to help others, our challenge is to showcase who we are to our community?  Our identity needs to be invigorated, for the community to realise what and where we are contributing, helping others, at home and worldwide, while building lasting friendships.

 

With International connections, our friendships are global, uniting us with countries and clubs all over this world.  For future generations we must keep working to maintain and build on what we have and are.

 

I regard giving to others whether it be time, talents, or just listening, is where we began as an organization.  I am enthusiastic to see Inner wheel grow to become the largest women’s organization in the world.

  • Gabriele Schruempf
GABRIELE SCHRUEMPF

AUSTRIA & CZECH REPUBLIC

Ever since I joined Inner Wheel (IW) in 1999, I have been impressed by its principles of friendship, service and international understanding. Participation in the European Meeting (EM) in Tampere/Finland in 2009 was a big turning point in my IW-life.  For the first time, I experienced IW’s international dimension.  I was deeply impressed by the friendship and commitment of my fellow participants.

 

I also realised the importance of retaining and recruiting members. I initiated preparations for a second Club in Graz. It was chartered in March 2012.  I then spoke about “Retention and Extension” at the Convention in Istanbul in April 2012.

 

However, after nearly 30 years, the Austrian clubs still did not have a District. Together with an experienced IW friend, I organized an EM in Graz in September 2012, to introduce our members to Inner Wheel’s international dimension. In October 2012 the majority of Clubs decided in favour of a District. In June 2015 the first IWC in the Czech Republic joined our District 192.

 

I had long been intrigued by the strength of IW in India.  To understand the reasons for this better, I have attended three of their national/regional conferences.

 

This year (2016/17) I am privileged to have been chosen as Austria’s first National Representative.

 

In view of my intensive experience of national and international IW, I now feel equipped to serve IIW in the position of a Board Director.  I want to promote and support the friendship between India and Europe, because going hand in hand together, will be our future

  • Helene Torkilsden
HELENE TORKILSDEN

NORWAY

I have been IW member since 1987, and have been elected to different positions in my club and district. In addition, as Council Chairman/National Representative, 2013- And now elected IIW Board Director 2017-2018, I would like to express my gratitude and great honour for this opportunity to have this position. I am looking forward to new challenges and working together with the Executive and the Board Directors. Furthermore, get to know new clubs and members around the world and promote the benefits for all and strengthen our worldwide organisation.

 

Becoming a new IW member, many areas are unknown. But as years passes by,participating in different positions in IW; attending club and districts activities;international and national meetings; you learn much about the organisation and get the possibility to participate in a network of worldwide friendship. Through my membership in IW, working as a dentist in private practice, support from my family, I have developed leadership, teamwork and communication skills.  Members learn from each other and we share our talents. IW gives guidance, care and opportunity to work among people who need care and friendship. The goal of IW is to give women and children all over the world good living conditions, urgently needed in a troubled world, where life and daily activity changes quickly. Still, to many areas are uncertain. Close cooperation, working together and more visible, hopefully IW could be an attractive organisation, not at least for younger women, based on Friendship, Personal Service and International Understanding

  • FRANCINE BEIJ MOS
FRANCINE BEIJ MOS

NETHERLANDS

International Inner Wheel is one of the largest women’s service organisations of which I am proud  to be a member since 1981 when I was 29 years old and  one of my three daughters was not yet born. In the beginning of my membership,  being a working mother with three little children, it was difficult to attend all club events but it was always relaxing meeting fellow members. It was an honour to become president of my club in 1998 and to realize that work for Inner Wheel is always characterized by joyfulness and participation. When I stopped working in 2008 I was asked to enter the District Committee and became District Chairman in 2010. It forces you to think out of the box and develop yourself by helping others together in friendship. I am passionate about this organisation and I believe that it is vital to take steps to ensure IW’s continuity for generations of women to come.  I am convinced that for our mothers it was a help in their emancipation and that there are still many parts in the world we can make the difference. A difference not only for the mothers but also for their children being the future IW members. Being National Representative in 2016/2017 and president of the National Board I feel equipped to bring my economic and legal skills into IIW in the position of a Board Director. I want to support happiness worldwide by creating a strong, modern and global Inner Wheel.

  • GULGUN DOLUNAY
GULGUN DOLUNAY

TURKEY

I was born in the historical city of Smyrna(Izmir) in Turkey. I was educated in American Collegiate Institute and studied  Pharmacy in Aegean University.  I married Dr. Haki Dolunay who is a medical doctor specializing in radiology. We are blessed with two children, a daughter and a son and two grandsons.  Thirty years ago when I first heard of Inner Wheel, it was just a big global institution centered in the UK which seemed very far and somehow distant for us. One of our elderly Rotary-Ann friends, Gulen Muskara had studied and was very determined to bring Inner Wheel to our country. With her enthusiasm and eagerness, we, the Rotary-Anns in İzmir soon became Inner Wheels by forming our  Inner Wheel Club of İzmir in 1990. Since then, we have been working for the benefit of women, children, elderly people and also for schools and hospitals in underprivileged areas.  We are proud of being Inner Wheel members and try our best to make Inner Wheel  to be acknowledged in our community. We have two Districts and 14 clubs in our country. I was the  president of my club  in 1996-97. I was elected the District Chairman in 2014-15 and became the National Representative  in 2016-17. This year I serve as the ISO of District 244.  Districts 242 and 244, we have successfully organized the 15th International Inner Wheel Convention on April 17-21, 2012 in Istanbul. I was the voting delegate of my district. I have also attended  the 16th International Inner Wheel  Convention on May 7-9, 2015.  This year as District 244, we are planning  the Women for Europe Conference 8 in İzmir on Nov. 23-26, 2017, with the guidance of PIIWBD Luisa Vinciguerra. The topic of the Conference is ‘The Role of Inner Wheel Women in Contributing to The Life Improvement of Displaced Women and Children’.  As Inner Wheels, we are trying to improve the lives of these displaced people especially women and children by helping them in various ways such as supporting schools to assist these children to better integrate to their new host country and focusing on skill teaching to these women for economic and cultural developement.  In our Women For Europe Conference 8 Izmir, IIW President Dr. Kapila Gupta will be honoring us with her presence which will give us strength and spirit.  I try to cultivate true friendship among my IW friends as well as IW members from different countries. By creating strong bonds between people and countries, I believe  we can find different ways of helping people who are less fortunate.   We try to leave a lasting lagecy by surveying schools and hospitals and by finding out  defiencies and providing  facilities. There are Inner Wheel logos on the walls of many classrooms, sciencelabs, school libraries, hospital rooms in the city to mark a lasting legacy. Concerts, dinners, trips  are organized for fund raising  where I am actively involved . This is an other way of creating awareness of Inner Wheel in our community.   My main goals are to contribute to keeping  peace in the world  by strengthening  bonds  among  IW friends from different cultures and to provide  education for women and children for a better future.  My election as IIWBD will give me more opportunities to serve globally in this honorable organization as we combine our diverse strengths to work togetherWith Inner Wheel

  • LENE KRUGER SCHADE
LENE KRUGER SCHADE

DENMARK

It is a great honour for me to have been nominated in my country for election as Board Director.one more year Inner Wheel is a big part of my life and has been since 2004 when I became a member of Aars Inner Wheel Club, district  44 in Denmark.

 

I have worked with several items in Inner Wheel and the last 5 years I have been part of the National Council and a part of IIW Board Directors

 

As an Inner Wheeler you will experience many exciting things, and an event that I will  always remember, is the Convention in 2015 in Copenhagen- where I was National Representative in Denmark.

 

Since 1992  – and every year- I have worked with creating better conditions for orphan children,  because they’ve had a hard life. It is very important for me to focus on these children’s needs, as they did not choose to be born .  We can help them to get a respectable life.

 

International Inner Wheel is one of the largest women’s service organisations.  Therefore I hope that I  through IIW can help to make  a difference in countries where women and children need help to get make a better life.

 

My vision is to continue building a dynamic and creative network, with respect for the organisation and the  objectives we advocate.  With respect for each other and each other’s views, perhaps the most  important to remember and maintain.

 

With respect for each other and each other’s views, perhaps the most important to remember and maintain.”

  • TRISH DOUGLAS
TRISH DOUGLAS

GB&I

Very much a “people person” I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of my 30 years as an inner Wheel member.  Inner Wheel has given me the opportunity of working with some wonderful organisations throughout GB&I raising their profile for the benefit of others.  During these years I have also had the opportunity of supporting projects internationally, which has always been my passion.

 

International Inner Wheel is one of the largest women’s voluntary organisations, operating in over 104 countries around the world, it would be a great honour to be a a bOard Director, serving to help people around the world less fortunate than ourselves.

 

TEAMWORK has always been mu mantra, TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE”.  I have had a varied career, a business degree and wide range of experience across companies, constabularies and corporations has helped me make a successful hotelier for the past 27 years– with perhaps a touch of the entrepreneur.

 

Being the National representative for GB&I this year has given me an opportunity to meet other National representatives from other countries in Europe at our meeting in Italy, listen to their ideas and thoughts, to exchange our vision of the future of International Inner Wheel in a rapidly changing world.

 

To increase and retain membership in the years ahead will be our greatest challenge, we have to ensure that we promote Inner Wheel in everything we do, we have to promote and let the world know all of the amazing things Inner Wheel members do worldwide.  The opportunity is there for us to promote ourselves, every member has this “gift” in her hands.

 

We can be very proud that Inner Wheel makes a difference throughout the world, leave a lasting legacy is our theme this year, through our International Project “Happier Futures, Better Lives” Inner Wheel makes its voice heard throughout the world.

 

I am passionate about Inner wheel and alongside my fellow Board Directors and the IIW Executive would work hard to ensure the future of our great organisation

  • MIRIAM FISHER
MIRIAM FISHER

USA

To be united around the world with women who have the goal to be of service to others and who have the commitment to understand the needs and interests of fellow world citizens bonds us in an enduring friendship of sisters—this is International Inner Wheel.

 

It has been my privilege and joy to be part of this wonderful organization which, by its many members around the world, has made a positive impact through its many humanitarian projects to help provide “Happier futures, Better Lives”.  Our work is not done, however, until every woman and child has the opportunity for education and no child goes to bed hungry or afraid.

 

We always need to be in recruitment mind to increase our membership.  Many women are just waiting for an invitation to be part of a service organization of friends.  Recently we moved into a retirement community where I have met many outgoing, active women who are retired but not too tired to be of service and make new friends.  I see prospective Inner Wheel sisters.  I am presently working to organize an Inner Wheel club at a local university which includes international students.  Young women like these will keep the Inner Wheel turning far into the future

 

It is an honour to be a Board director, and I shall continue to uphold the objects of Inner Wheel, fulfill all my duties, and work as a dedicated team member for the benefit of Inner Wheel over all the world.

  • JOANNE GAUDIN
JOANNE GAUDIN

NEW ZEALAND

My Inner Wheel journey began back in the 1970’s when my Mother became a member first of New Zealand’s oldest club: Napier and then later a charter member of the Club we now both belong to Ahuriri . My journey began then because that’s how long I’ve been aware of the work & support offered by Inner Wheel and it seemed quite natural to become a member myself in 2003. Although I am proud to be part of the Inner Wheel Organisation, the true value of IW isn’t that I can belong or how many members there are in NZ but that IW exists at all. That for the past 94 years IW members have been helping communities in their home towns and across the world to deal with social issues and emergencies; and since 1993 we have, through our UN representatives, been helping in the work of bringing change to women in countries where there are no choices about anything, let alone whether they can belong to IW. We owe it to those women and to the IW members who have gone before us to continue to grow, nurture and sustain our organisation so it can continue into the future. Our Organisation grew out of Social Change in the 1920’s and has continued to adapt to an ever changing world. At a time when many of our Clubs are facing the challenge of finding Leaders the need to adapt has never been greater. As the Governing Body we need to be finding ways to grow the skills of our current membership, encouraging them to seek new opportunities for service within our organisation and looking at new ways to promote our Organisation to the public so that woman of all ages can see how we serve our Communities and how they can join us in service with friendship

  • EBE MARTINES PANITTERI
EBE MARTINES PANITTERI

ITALY

I joined  Inner Wheel in 1984.  I have been an Inner Wheel member for 33 years now.

 

I have always committed myself to serve Inner Wheel at the best of my capacities and will continue to do so. Our Association is spread all over the world, but we need to make it better known.

 

Effective communication including website and social media is one of the main targets to let people know who we are and the service we provide on a local, national and international level.  Team work is a must if we want to achieve our goals, each of us offering her own uniqueness, enthusiasm, energy, new ideas to strengthen our Association and ensuring its future by inviting new, younger members to join and by retaining the existing membership.

  • MARGARETA MOMQUVIST
MARGARETA MOMQUVIST

GERMANY

I am honoured to be nominated for my country to serve as Board Director 2018-19. Inner Wheel has increased to a bigger part of my life. My knowledge about the work worldwide has grown and my commitment has been even bigger. I want to help Inner Wheel growing because I really stand for our ideas and try to live it. I am convinced that Inner Wheel Friendship is a good way to help people getting a better life. I am ready to take responsibility being a Board Director. I was born in Sweden and came to Germany to study Medicine and Dentistry. After Examinations I stayed in Germany. Since 1997 I joined Inner Wheel Club Tecklenburger Land as a charter member. As Club member and Club Chairman I have worked with local projects. Also for Rumania I had a big commitment with a house for street children, a boarding school for poor but intelligent children but also for elderly people in the mountains I was collecting money, clothes and food. I was involved for many years and also had the possibility to see the effect of our help. As Extension Manager from District 87 I had the opportunity to found 2 new Clubs and as National Representative I made friends with lots of women in Germany and abroad. My opportunity to help has grown and I had the chance to support Projects in Ethiopia, Kenia and Nigeria. I have represented Germany at European Meeting in 2015 and 2016. I have visited three World Conventions, three times Rally Charlemagne and once Nordic Rally in Denmark.

  • SISSY AVGERINOU
SISSY AVGERINOU

GREECE

To be elected as BD is a great honour, a privilege and a challenge to think internationally for the benefit of all IW countries and work with wonderful ladies from all over the world. I will never forget the experience of this year.

 

If I am honored to be elected for 2018-19 I will continue to intensify my efforts to help IIW Executive Committee in the fields of Extension, Communication with N/D Clubs and contribute in new generation clubs’ formation, especially in countries where existing members ages and they need fresh ideas and initiatives.

 

Joining IW at the age of 27 (1994), being a second generation member and the youngest one in my country at the time, having served in all the offices at Club, District, National level and participated in International Conventions and European Meetings, I realized that IW can offer to a young woman moral qualities that can define all her life.

 

When I was honored to serve as District Chairman I could transmit my feelings and experience to younger women and today there are a lot of young and 2nd (even 3rd) generation members in my country. Recently I was the founder of a new club, in which there are a lot of members in their 20s.

 

My dream is to see our organization becoming a worldwide leader in Women Organizations mainly focused on women issues that still remain unsolved (rapes, violence, trafficking, women refugees…….)

 

Women need our support.

  • ROSHANI PEIRIS
ROSHANI PEIRIS

SRI LANKA

International Inner Wheel has successfully pursued its goals of friendship, personal service and international understanding and its mission of improving the lives of women and girls everywhere since 1924. However, today’s fast-paced world brings new challenges to which we must respond creatively if we are to continue to thrive.

 

Inner Wheel is a vibrant global network of committed members, linked in friendship and service. If I am fortunate enough to serve on the Board of Directors, my mission would be to work with the rest of the Board to support this vision and spread the essential “goodness” of Inner Wheel by:

 

– promoting humanitarian service on a larger scale by encouraging more interaction between clubs and Districts in the developed and developing world;

 

– encouraging friendship exchanges to promote international understanding and inter-club links based on mutual respect ;

 

– using social media to increase participation and membership (e-clubs and e-meetings), foster leadership, teamwork and information-sharing (e-learning and chat groups) and enhance our international image as an organization dedicated to serving humanity.

 

My own exciting journey with Inner Wheel began in 1985. I have served at club and District level in various capacities – including District Chairman and National Representative- and have worked with fellow members to bring hope to underprivileged women and girls in our country. This “hands-on” service has given me an appreciation of Inner Wheel’s objectives, means of action and organizational culture which I would be honoured to place at the service of the organization.

  • MUNA SWEISS
MUNA SWEISS

EGYPT & JORDAN

As an active member of the Inner Wheel for over 3 decades since 1988, and a founding member of the Philadelphia Club in Jordan, I have had the privilege to work with many dear colleagues on much needed local and regional projects that have benefited thousands of lives, particularly women and children.  Through the Inner Wheel, I have met many impressionable people from around the world at numerous regional and International Inner Wheel conferences, who have become long-life friends and sources of inspiration.

 

Our region is going through troubling times and a lot of misconception comes along with that.  I believe that I can bring a much needed positive representation as a strong advocate for unity, tolerance and diversity.

 

The mission of the Inner Wheel is needed now more than ever in Jordan—the largest refugee hosting country, the region and the world.  There is no doubt in my mind that our clubs can grow and continue to attract membership dedicated to support its cause.  As with any institution, strong leadership and mentorship are key to sustainability.  I am committed to dedicating my experience and time to the next generation of leaders.

 

I have held similar positions with the YWCA and the Ikebana International Club which share parallel causes of friendship, service and goodwill.  My late husband was a dedicated Rotarian, and together we worked towards advancing world understanding and peace.