MANILA, Philippines — A charter Member of the International Inner Wheel (IIW) head-quartered in the United Kingdom, the Inner Wheel Clubs of the Philippines, Inc. (IWCPI) was formed in 1966 with the mission to provide needed assistance and undertake special projects for the community, the women, the youth, the elderly, and the marginalized sectors of society. As of June, 2011, it had 79 Clubs all over the Philippines with 1,427 members nationwide. It now has eight districts, namely, Districts 377, 378, 379, 380, 381, 382, 385, and 386 covering north to south of the Philippines.
Envisioning itself as a dynamic organization of committed women bound by friendship and dedicated to selfless service to humanity, the members have always responded generously in helping others, particularly in times of devastation such as floods, fires, tidal waves, and earthquakes. Many projects have been made possible by the combined efforts of Rotary and Inner Wheel, particularly in their community service.
With the theme “Think Ahead – Aim High” for Inner Wheel Year 2011-2012, the IWCPI will hold its National Conference at the Historic Landmark Manila Hotel on February 24-25, 2012. Traditionally observed by the IWCPI every February, the conference is the climax of the Inner Wheel Year. The conference included business meetings; reports of National President Cecilia R. Ramos, National Representative Salvacion V. Esguerra, National Treasurer Amelia V. Jarin, and the eight District Chairmen, namely, Eden U. Soller, District 377; Ma. Norma D. Calleja, District 378; Michelle Z. Lioanag, District 379; Ma. Arlie A. Baliclic, District 380; Lourdes L. Carpio, District 381; Clemen D. Aquila, District 382; Elaine Marie Q. Songkit, District 385; and Myrna D. Carcedo, District 386; the National President’s Cup (golf); a bowling tournament; a photo exhibit; fellowship night; spiritual activity; the IWCPI/IWCPFI elections; IWCPFI Hour; and sisterhood activities.
The International Inner Wheel is one of the largest women’s service voluntary organizations in the world and is active in over 103 countries, with 100,000 members in 3,895 clubs. It was Margarette Golding, a nurse, business woman, and the wife of a Manchester Rotarian, who founded the Inner Wheel movement in 1924, with the two fold objects: To foster friendship and to offer much more in the way of service. She was its first elected President. All Clubs became members of the International Inner Wheel and Lavender Weightman became the Founding President on July 1, 1967.
We greet the Inner Wheel Clubs of the Philippines, headed by its President, Cecilia R. Ramos, other Officers and Members, on the occasion of its National Conference. We wish them all the best and success in all their endeavors. MABUHAY!