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									Executive Minutes – February 2011

MINUTES of the third Executive Committee Meeting held at International Inner Wheel Headquarters, commencing
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9 -11 February 2011

Present
                         Pallavi Shah                  President, in the chair
                         Catherine Refabert            Vice-President
                         Anne Fryer                    Immediate Past President
                         Charlotte de Vos              Treasurer


                         Norma Friar                   Constitution Chairman, in attendance

                         Elaine Hathaway               Administrator, in attendance.


OPENING REMARKS:
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President Pallavi welcomed all to the 3 . Executive Meeting of the year 2010-11. She wished all A VERY HAPPY
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NEW YEAR, once again. She conveyed Greetings for the Inner Wheel day on 10 . January.

Having enjoyed Christmas & New Year with family & IW day with friends in IW, she said it was time for all to focus
on modernizing the system of working in Inner Wheel, making it more effective & uniform.

News of the IW world:

The sad news of passing away of Past IIW President Gwen Davies was received from Australia. Past IIW President
Carole Buchanan, NR Lorraine Hyde, BD Joan Beech Jones wrote about her. At the funeral, IIW PP Carole will be
reading her eulogy of IW.

Gwen joined IW in 1956 & was IIW President in 75-76. Assn. of IWCs in India was formed in 1976, President
Pallavi felt certain that Gwen must have contributed to its inception. She was an amazing personality& a mentor for
Australia. The President wrote a letter of condolence to NR Lorraine & PP Carole.

We also lost IIW Representative Mehr Framjee from India. She had an amicable personality & did pioneering work
for developing IW in India.

The news of floods in Australia was disturbing. Carnarvon in Western Australia was first to be affected. Bundaberg
in Queensland, Rockhampton,, Victoria were subsequently affected. Major calamities noted in Brisbane &
Toowoomba where flash floods occurred. About 100000 homes destroyed & 60000 damaged. It was noted that IW
& Rotary in Australia have risen to the occasion & have instantly started relief work. Floods in Sri Lanka too have
caused lot of damage. Our hearts reach out to those who lost their lives & a prayer of thankfulness of the news that
that all IW members in Australia were safe.

All prayed for welfare of all who were affected by calamities.


1)      Apologies
None
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2)         Minutes of the meeting held Sept 29 2010- Oct 1 2010
        accepted
        Proposed Charlotte de Vos
        Seconded Anne Fryer.

3)      Matters arising
        To be taken as they arose within the Agenda

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4)   MINUTES RECEIVED FROM NATIONAL GOVERNING BODIES AND DISTRICTS

     WITH NATIONAL GOVERNING BODY
     (a) Australia
         Council Meeting                                 22nd Oct 2010

     (b) Belgium & Luxembourg
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         Council Meeting                                 30 Aug 2010

     (c) Finland – Suomi
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         Minutes of Meeting                              29 January 2011

     (d) France-Algeria-Marroco-Tunisia-Andorre
         Council Meeting                                 Sept 2010

     (e) France
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         2 National Council Meeting                      8th January 2011

     (f) Great Britain & Ireland
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         2 Council Meeting                               7/8 Oct 2010

     (g) Italy
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         Council Meeting                                 24/25 November 2010

     (h) Sweden
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         Council Meeting                                 12/14 Nov 2010

     (i) U.S.A.
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         Gov Body Meeting                                23 Oct 2010

     WITHOUT NATIONAL GOVERNING BODY

     (a) Cyprus
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         Minutes of District 96                          21 Oct 2010

     (b) Egypt & Jordan
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         Minutes of District 95                          4 Dec 2010

     (c) Germany
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         District 81 Conference                          23 Oct 2010

     (d) Germany
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         District 89 Conference                          6 Nov 2010

     (e) Germany
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         District 86 Committee Meeting                   23 Oct 2010

     (f) Germany
                                                          nd
         District 87 Committee Meeting                   2 Oct 2010

     (g) Germany
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         District 90 Committee Meeting                   6 Nov 2010

     (h) Sri Lanka
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         Minutes of District 322                         20 Nov 2010

     (i) Switzerland
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         Minutes District 199                     18 Oct 2010
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5)
         CORRESPONDENCE

        Letter sent in early January to National Representative Australia regarding floods in Queensland. An e-mail
         up date was received from the IW Treasurer from District A77. An e-mail regarding cyclone Yasi District
         A76 was then sent in early February.

        Letter sent to National Representative Sri Lanka regarding flooding in Batticaloa and Ampara regions.

        Request from Turkey regarding National Representative.
            It was agreed.

        Name change request Cromer and Sheringham to Cromer and Sheringham and District.
            Approved

        Name change request Hilden-Haan to Hilden-Haan-Neandertal. Approved

        Request for website link Norway. Approved

        Request for website link Finland. Approved

        Suggestions for the next International Social Project already received included:-

         District 87 ADDIS – Integrated welfare of mother and child.
         Board Director – Yemise Alatise- Screening for and vaccination against cervical cancer.
         Board Director Marion Patchett - UNICEF HIV Mother to child transmission.

         It was agreed that countries wanting to submit other suggestions should do so via their National
         Representatives, if applicable, by the end of September 2011 for submission to the Governing Body at their
         October meeting. Those already received were discussed in general terms and in relation to how the
         International Social Project could be taken forward by the organisation, perhaps to be used by the
         organisation to fund work more directly than through a well established large charitable venture.

        Suggestions from Joan Johnstone GB&I regarding Convention and elections were discussed.

        Suggestions from Stamford GB&I regarding the reserves. These were noted and a response sent.

        Request from n/d Clubs in Cyprus for information on expansion. Guidance sheets supplied.

        Complaint about registration booklet West Wickham Club District 12. A letter of explanation on the need
         for marketing of the Convention to be provided.

        Changes to the Rotary formation of Districts and implications for Inner Wheel. It was agreed to wait and
         see what would result from these changes in Rotary and give the Clubs, Districts and National Governing
         Bodies an opportunity to respond in due course depending on their individual circumstances.

        Request for use of logo by IWC Subang. The banner was approved.

        Query from IWC Rajdhani regarding relationship with Rotary. This query was answered explaining that
         Inner Wheel was separate entity with its own constitution and self determination.

        Request for non districted Clubs in Australia to go back into A51. The IIW Executive agreed that if the 6
         non districted Clubs from the disbanded A56 area wished to join District A51 it would be their choice. The
         boundary could then be redrawn after the decision of the Clubs was known.


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    Suggestion of National Representative Kapila Gupta regarding the layout of the IIW Directory. Names of
     the Clubs should appear along with the country & District, rather than in alphabetical order.

     The Executive Committee considered it to be an excellent suggestion. Administrator Elaine Hathaway to
     see if the change would be possible, if not for the pending Directory, for subsequent editions.

6)                REPORTS.
President Pallavi requested that her report should be printed as delivered.

a) President:

Pallavi reported as follows:

After the intense activity in the 1st.quarter regarding the property matter, formation of the Company, organising
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the Executive & GB Meetings in Mumbai, the 2 . quarter had new vistas opening up, like proposals for the
Convention & visits; besides the usual queries and requests for messages.

Property: The formalities of transfer of the property at My Buro, Altrincham is completed. The property is held
in the name of “International Inner Wheel”, with 6 Directors, 4 IIW Executive members & 2 Trustees.

Refurnishing of the new office is in progress. Elaine has worked hard to take care of aesthetics & costs. We
will hear details from her later when it appears on the agenda.

    Letter to Michelle Obama. I have received a letter from Scheduling Dept. of the First Lady, USA. Our
     request is in their system of processing.
    Wrote Christmas & New Year cards.
    Received lot of Greeting cards.
    Wrote a letter of appreciation to Review Committee.
    Wrote a letter of encouragement to BDs, reminding them about
     the tasks entrusted to them in GBM.
    Wrote a letter to NR, of candidates whose nomination was rejected explaining the stand taken.
     Talked to NR USA Suzanne regarding our need of UN Representative & expansion in USA.
     Wrote letters of condolence for Gwen Davies & Mehr Framjee.
     Letters enquiring welfare of all in Australia, Srilanka. I enquired personally when I visited there & am happy
      to say that IWC of Batticaloa & Triconomallee were represented at the Conference.
     Recd. Letter of thanks for gift from Elaine & Pat.
     Letter of invitation from district 191 for their Conference (Croatia).
     Expressed inability as dates clash.
     Letter from Nepal of invitation.
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     Visit confirmed on 3 . to 7 . March.
     Repeat letter from Turkey of invitation
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     Visit from 30 . April is planned.
     Invitation from IWC of Dubai DownTown to adjust visit for Charter presentation. Trying to adjust dates.

President Pallavi thanked Norma & applauded her efforts, for the immense pains she had taken to put together
the Proposals for the Convention. One of the proposals was forwarded to the Lawyer for confirmation.


b) Treasurer:

The Treasurer explained that she had been in office for 7 months and the time had been one of learning. She
explained the figures for capitation fees so far and donations to UNICEF. On enumerating the expenses she
said that a better picture would be after the payments relating to the new offices and the relocation had been
settled. She was also concerned to explain that some costs relating to the new offices would be written down
over a period of time in the accounts but the length of time and the totals would have to be agreed with the
Accountants when finalising the accounts for the year ending 2011. The final total would also have an impact
on any investment of reserves in the future.

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The Treasurer said that she had found the Bankline system of payments fairly straightforward and although
there had been some occasional problems – the day limit, the international payments system and the time limit
having caused some additional work but in general it had worked very well. She reminded those with
commercial charge cards to use them for payment where possible as there were no bank charges.

The Treasurer explained that the Liquidity reserve deposit interest was extremely low. Although some
members had expressed concerns about any form of investment the Executive committee felt that they did
have to safeguard the finances of the organisation and doing nothing at all would ultimately mean the
organisation would lose money. It was suggested that some sort of framework and rules be drawn up – for
example - 50% fixed deposits, 30% bonds, 20% currencies.

It was agreed that the commission charged by the Banks made investment through them unworkable and that
an Independent Financial Advisor would probably have to be employed. It was agreed to speak to the
Accountant and invite him to attend the meeting in June.

c) Editor:

Gomathi Viswanathan
IIW Editor

The Editor sent greetings to all from the warmth of south India. She explained that being the editor of
International Inner Wheel had been both educative and exciting to her. Though news coming across the globe
had been slow, she said it was very interesting to compile and bring out the News on the Web. She stated that
she enjoyed doing this. She was hopeful that Issue 15 of the News on the Web was already on the IIW
website, when the Executive met.

She explained that many countries were now evincing interest on how and when to send in news for publication
for the web. That was very encouraging and she hoped to bring out more issues regularly on the web.

The last issue of the Newsletter was printed in India. The Editor asked of the Executive if they could let her
know whether this year‟s Newsletter could be printed in India so that she had enough time to get competitive
quotations from printers.
She wished the Executive committee well

President Pallavi confirmed that the Newsletter would be again printed in India and requested Elaine to follow
up with the company based in Chennai, which had printed previous printed materials.

 d) IPP    Extension:
The Immediate Past President reported on the work of Extension since the Governing Body Meeting.

The figures for new Clubs this current year is encouraging: India 31, Nepal 3, Germany 3,
Philippines 2, Italy 2, Bulgaria 1, Mexico 1, Nigeria 1, G.B.& I. 1, and 2 Non Districted Clubs, Dubai Downtown
and Macedonia, a total of 47.

Unfortunately there are losses too: G.B.& I. 26, France 5, Norway 2, Australia 1, India 1, Netherlands 1,
Switzerland 1, and 1 Non Districted Club, Grand Cayman, a total of 38.

A number of suggestions relating to Extension and Retention came out of the Group Meetings at the Governing
Body Meeting. She said she appreciated the comments and suggestions of Directors Maria Koutita, Andree
Schots and Merecedes Velten and would like to suggest that all Directors exchange views over the next four
months so that she can collate the views of them all and which will help establish a way forward.

Useful observations included:
   we must be flexible and consider ways to increase membership in our failing clubs;
   we should always be enthusiastic in talking about Inner Wheel to family members and friends;
   we should encourage our family female members to share in Inner Wheel;
   bring several friends to join Inner Wheel;
   ask what younger women want from an organisation such as ours;
   listen to our newer members;
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     make changes to encourage all members;
     cooperate with other organisations;
     encourage new members to take office;
     publicise all we do in the community;
     establish an English speaking contact, able to translate in the local language within each country with one
or more Non Districted Clubs. This contact to be the link between Board Director and the Club(s);
     a template should be designed which the contact person will ensure that each Club she represents
completes and then forwards to the Director. The completed templates could be copied and sent to the
different clubs in the area, serving as a directory and a link between those Clubs, making the clubs aware of the
existing clubs around them. If successful this minimal information network will give a clearer picture of the
many Non Districted Clubs all over the world. She thought it would be of benefit if Elaine had input into this.


Non Districted Clubs

The Immediate Past President reported that she was grateful to those Directors who have responded in a
 positive and enthusiastic way regarding the Non Districted Clubs allocated to them but of course there are
 some disappointments when clubs do not respond.

Director Yemisi Alatise reported: Nepal. There are seven Clubs in Nepal with six further Clubs to be
 chartered. This is a real success story and the Immediate Past President was pleased to know that President
 Pallavi will be visiting Nepal and will encourage them to form a District. The Inner Wheel Club of Patan has
 written to Headquarters requesting further information. Yemisi had successfully contacted IWCs of Rajdhani,
 Bagmati and Butwal Midtown but had had no response from the Mahabauddha Club but up to date information
 for the Butwal Club has been received.
The IWC of Blantyre, Malawi is in the process of forming a second club.
IWC of Bahrain – Confirmed they are still active.
IWC of Rodrigues has been in contact.

Director Annette Bangma had received a newsletter from the IWC of Redding, USA giving information of their
activities. They meet weekly, are generous supporters of the Inner Wheel Foundation and have a lot of
friendship and fun.      Recently had a talk on Matching Grant Literacy in Zambia, a Rotary project which
distributes dictionaries to students and schools in Zambia.
No information received from the IWCs of Orange County, USA; Marbella, Spain; Belo Horizonte, Brazil;
Bogota, Columbia. IWC of Barcelona had disbanded. IWC of Mengo, Uganda; unable to make contact but
the President of the IWC of Kampala, Uganda will liaise. The Uganda Clubs are looking at the possibility of
forming a District.

Director Margaret Batt had received no response from the IWCs of Kisumu, Kenya; Nairobi, Kenya; and
 Sandy Springs, USA. IWC of Santa Rosa West had disbanded. Three positive replies from IWCs of
 Mombasa, Kenya; Lublin, Poland; and Sapporo, Japan who hoped to be godmother to a second club in
 Japan.
I have tabled for you a report sent to me by Director Margaret regarding meetings with the members of the Non
 Districted Club Madeira (with the approval of Director Jean Matthews).

Director Ruth Beausire reported that during January she would visit the Clubs in Austria.
She wished to ascertain if the formation of a District was moving in a positive direction. She appears to be
 optimistic and plans a visit perhaps in April to meet with the Club Presidents and Vice Presidents only and has
 set out an agenda she wishes to follow which includes the item on Foundation of a District in Austria.

Director Joan Beech Jones reported that sadly the IWC of Grand Cayman had decided to close. She had
written to encouraged them but their decision had been made. IWC of Georgetown, Guyana had celebrated
25 years and she had made successful contact with IWCs of Georgetown Central, Guyana.          She had
contacted Beograd Singidunum, Serbia who would make enquiries about IWCs of Beograd and Beograd
Zrenjanin. The Immediate Past President had been able to forward an address for the IWC Woodland, USA.

Director Beatrice Guerrini reported that of the four Clubs allocated to her only two have responded, IWCs of
El Cerrito and Dunedin, Florida, USA.

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Director Maria Koutita reported that the IWC of Malta had responded. Money was raised by holding a BBQ
and donated to a home for disabled persons. She had also heard from clubs in (North) Cyprus, IWCs of
Lefkosa and Girne; and Russia IWCs of St Petersburg and Togliatti.

Director Ulrike Kylberg reported that the IWC of Kecskemet, Hungary has 20 members. Money is raised to
help a home for disabled children. Last year they donated money to a Therapy Room and this year they are
collecting toys for a school attended by mostly unprivileged children. The IWC of Budapest, Hungary works
closely with Rotary on a project called “Wonderlamp” the aim of which is to try to grant a wish for children aged 6
– 16 years who are suffering from a life threatening illness and whose family cannot afford the wish. They
collect money but also work physically on the project; zoo visits, bicycle rides, a concert or a ride on a tractor at
a farm. Many more wishes, minor and major, are fulfilled.
She has yet to receive a report from the IWC of Mateszalka.
IWC of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The Club President reported that due to the economic crisis the club is focusing on
social projects; offering money, woman to woman conversations and discussions on how to deal with the crisis
and educational materials for children. This Club has a close relationship with the IWCs of Maribor and Trieste.
IWC of Maribor has 20 members. One of their projects is to support the “Safe House Maribor”, the Centre for
Social Welfare, and a shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Other projects
include building playgrounds for disabled children, support of a Maternity House and giving contributions to the
Music and Ballet School for the purchase of a concert grand piano.
Director Ulrike and her Hungarian friend are planning to visit Hungary and Slovenia.
IWCs of Baton Rouge and Concord Diablo, USA – no reply. Ulrike had been given up to date information.

Director Rathy Mahendran reported she had not received responses from the 10 Clubs in Lebanon even after
writing and emailing a second time. The only contact she had was from St Augustine, Windward Islands but
she has sent no details. The Immediate Past President had personally emailed Jeannine Mouawad of the
Beirut Club for information of the 10 Clubs in Lebanon and awaits a reply.

Director Jean Matthews reported that following several attempts she had received no reply from the IWC of
Ndola. She confirmed that the IWC of Cascais Estoril was continuing to respond but the IWC of Lisboa Oeste
had closed. With Jean Matthews‟ agreement Margaret Batt had reported on the IWC of Madeira after visiting a
Rotary Club Meeting with her husband, a copy of which is tabled for each of the members of the IIW Executive
Committee. Director Jean has received a copy of this report. The Madeira Club is operational.

Director Marion Patchett reported that of the 8 Clubs allocated she had received four successful replies. IWC
of Westchester, USA, IWC of Skopie, Macedonia, IWC of Banju Luka, Bosnia Herzegovina IWC of Bacau,
Romania who had sent photographs and report for the IIW Editor. Director Marion has asked the IWC Bacau
Secretary for further information of the other Romanian Clubs but the Immediate Past President had recently
discovered that three Clubs listed on the database, IWCs of Iassy, Ramnicu and Valcea have not sent in
Capitation Fees since 2006 and the IWC of Cluj Napoca since 2008. This is rather disappointing as PP Kamala
was convinced that this would be a growth area. The question of the payment of dues is raised below.

Director Christiane Requin reported that the IWC of Douala Marine, Cameroon only had seven members but
do not wish to disband. She is of the opinion that this club should join D.909 West Africa which groups the
Inner Wheel Clubs of all French speaking countries in Central Africa. IWC of Yaounde. No news received for
several years. Information requested from the IWCs of Douala Marine and the District Chairman of D.909. No
response so far. Guadeloupe. IWC of Guadeloupe, 22 Members plus one Honorary Member. Director
Christiane wishes to create a second club in Guadeloupe either in Saint Barthelemy or in Saint Martin.
Martinique. IWC of Fort de France. A new Committee had to be elected in June 2010 after the President and
members left the Club and formed a new Club, the IWC of Schoeler. French Guyana. IWC of Cayenne
Centre, 21 members. IWC of Remire-Montjoly No information. Emails returned “not a known address”.
Mauritius. Information received from IWCs of Curepipe and Quatre Bornes.

Director Andree Schots reported that the IWC of Bitola in Macedonia Charter celebrations took place in late
October and that a further Club IWC of Veles will be chartered during this year.

Director Doreen Shand reported hearing from IWC of Halifax North West, Canada. Secretary Carol Vaughan
is known personally to Director Doreen and they correspond and ask advice from time to time. They have 17
members some more active than others but all wish to remain on the list.

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IWC of Saint Georges Club, Quebec has 37 members, their main project being, taking care of 7 primary school
students in their city. IWC of Kinshasa, Republic of Congo Photographs received. She is hopeful that more
information will be forthcoming following further correspondence.    No response from Bahamas, Vernon,
Taiwan and the Thailand Clubs.        She will contact them again in February.   She received unexpected
correspondence from Hungary. IWCs of Kecskemet, of Budapest and of Mateszalka.          These Clubs were
allocated to Director Ulrike Kylberg.

Director Pat Traill reported that she had received several letters from the IWC of Harare West Club in
Zimbabwe and two from the IWC of Stamford Hobart together with a report on their activities. She has not
received any replies from the IWC of Tracy or the IWC of Walnut Creek, USA and notes that both clubs have the
same California postal codes. Information was requested from the President of the Clubs in the USA has been
forwarded to Director Traill.

Director Mercedes Velten reported. Of the two Clubs allocated in the USA and four Clubs in Uganda only
one Club in the USA, IWC of Slidell, Louisiana and one Club in Uganda, IWC of Kampala had responded.
IWC of Slidell, USA contact is Elaine Duvic a member since 1984 and the designated writer.    They have 33
members including a few grandmas. They support various Rotary projects and their projects include the
IWUSA Foundation and projects selected by the Club.
IWC of Kampala, Uganda. Director Mercedes is awaiting details of whether the other three clubs in Uganda,
Mengo, Jinja and Mbarara would wish together with the IWC of Kampala to form a District. They help the
disadvantaged, collect maternity equipment and are successfully involved in campaigns of information about
cancer of the cervix and its risks.

It is always heartening to receive the reports from the Directors on the Non Districted Clubs. However it seems
inevitable that some Directors receive better information than others but their enthusiasm is of paramount
importance and must give these Clubs the willingness to increase membership and commitment. It is up to the
Directors and us to create worldwide enthusiasm ensuring the growth and wellbeing of our Organisation.

Payment of Dues. The question of the late payment of dues was raised above. Elaine advises that a number
of the Non Districted Clubs have not paid dues for a number of years and that it is fairly common for this to be
the case. As members appreciate, clubs that cease to pay dues should cease to be members of IIW but we
seem to have no policy in place to deal with this. The Immediate Past President thought that consideration
should be given as to whether this is fair to those clubs that do pay their dues in a timely manner and whether a
policy to deal with it should be adopted.

New Generation Clubs can and do work well and further encouragement must always be uppermost in our
minds as we consider Extension in all its forms.

Retention is also a most important issue and again it is essential that encouragement be given to those Clubs
that we feel are struggling. National Governing Bodies must be aware of such problems and take action before
Clubs decide to close. Clubs so very often grow old together and seem happy to do so but, bringing younger
women into the Clubs very often gives a boost to a failing club and secures its future.

Rotary International Convention, New Orleans

The Administrator reported that IIW had been allocated a booth at the R.I. Convention. The Immediate Past
President reported that she had requested items from National Representatives to include in our posters and
information. During this meeting she was going to look at the posters and information which we have in the
Office so that we can be ready to prepare all our requirements. Once we have confirmation of the booth flights
can be arranged. She expressed her gratitude to Vice President Catherine Refabert and her husband Jacques
for arranging hotel accommodation.

The President of the Inner Wheel Clubs of the United States of America, Suzanne Robinson, has been in
contact to invite the Vice President and the Immediate Past President to the Installation Dinner held on 21 May
during the week of the Convention.




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Budget for RI Convention

The Immediate Past President expressed the view that it was essential that International Inner Wheel attend the
RI Convention. She said it was the only opportunity to show the face of Inner Wheel to an international
gathering and she sought the Treasurer‟s advice on the possibility of creating a specific Budget for the RI
Convention and excluding those costs from the Extension budget so that we avoid having to debate each year
whether or not we can afford to go as a result of other demands on the Extension budget.

e)   VP      United Nations:

Report of the Full Committee Meeting of the NGO Committee on the Family held on November 2010 at the UN
Vienna. By Ceja Gregor Hu
“Family Violence Defies Basic Human Rights”, lecture given by Dr. Tara Pir, clinical psychologist and diplomat in
behavioral medicine and professional psychologist.
“Developing Culture of Peace vs Culture of Violence”
Art. 25 of Human Rights clearly defines entitlement of each citizen to have the right to:
-     A standard living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, i.e. food, clothing,
housing and medical care and necessary social services;
-     The right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of
livelihood in circumstances beyond his control;
-     Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance;
-     All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same protection.

After having elaborated on the above article, Dr. Pir showed us the film “The stoning of Soraya M” based on the
book written by Freidoune Sahebjam.
The film is the remarkable account of what happened to Soraya, a woman whose bad marriage leads her cruel
husband to conspire against her, trumping up charges of infidelity, which carry an unimaginable penalty, the
stoning.

He succeeds in manipulating important members of the village, the mayor along with the radical Islamic clerics,
by producing a man who alleges, falsely, that he had an affair with Soraya.
The husband also succeeded in turning Soraya‟s father and two sons against her.
The film went on and the audience finds itself witnessing the stoning. They saw a woman buried up to her waist
and slowly being attacked by the throwing of round stones.( Round stones because it took longer to be rendered
unconscious). Even her own father and her two sons took part in this incredible inhumane act.

Sadly enough this kind of “honour killing” was just one story that stood for lots of stories around the world. In
Europe, where there are multicultural societies in almost every country, the citizens were very often confronted
with stories of this kind. Mostly they were about young women who did not agree with arranged marriage, or
behaved in “too western” a manner, who were beaten, stabbed or shot to death by a male family member with
the mother looking on in silence.

But there was also the story of a young Turkish man, a homosexual, who after several death threats, was
murdered because of his sexual orientation.
While these terrible things usually happened in immigrant societies, even in all society violence in the family was
a daily fact, although these cases were very often kept silent unless also murder happened and questions arose:
-    What could we do to ascertain international standards of “well-being” for every member of the society

-    What needed to be done – within article 25 of the Human Rights Declaration several clauses were included
to improve safety within the family

-    How can mothers be educated? They very often were victims as well, but needed to stand up against such
violence

-   Solutions by National and International Law. How could societies create the proper institutions and/or
authorities with easy access for potential victims


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At the end of the session they reached the conclusion that, while at least in western societies the legal
framework was in existence, at this point in time there was no possibility of enforcing the necessary changes in
other countries or cultures. What could be and needed to be done was by incessant pressure through NGO‟s
and the media including the internet, to raise the awareness of national and international policymakers and
institutions about these matters.

CHISTIANE NICOLE report from Geneva
A Convention specifically designed to protect people with disabilities had only recently been drawn up and set
into force,.
This was the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its Optional Protocol
with specific reference to children. The Convention as a whole was premised on the fundamental human rights
values of dignity, equality, social justice and self-determination, and constituted the first holistic human rights
approach to disability.
For five years, Christiane attended the sessions on the Rights of the Child and she realised that for all the
problems concerning the children – all over the world - the most important thing was…
The Birth registration.
The Committee recommended to States parties to undertake all necessary measures to ensure that all children
were registered at birth, by using mobile registration units and to make birth registration free of charge. The
Committee also reminded State parties of the importance of facilitating late registration of birth, and to ensure
that children, despite being not yet registered, had equal access to health care, education and other social
services.
There were invisible children living in the cracks of cities and rural communities in all parts of the world. Some
died without anyone knowing their names,( Haïti ) and others wandered the streets living life by instinct, doing
whatever it took to survive. So many children were separated from their parents, others were orphaned; all were
vulnerable. Such groups of children included girls, children living in poverty, children with disabilities, children
belonging to indigenous or minority groups, children from migrant families, children without parental care,
children living in institutions, children living with mothers in prisons, refugee and asylum-seeking children,
children infected with, or affected by HIV/AIDS, and children of alcohol - or drug -addicted parents.
Among all these children , many of them were disabled.
Where were they?
Children with disabilities were found in all societies of the world. More than 80% lived in developing countries
and had no access to appropriate services.
It was a common feature that, whether intentionally (i.e. linked to cultural or religious or social dispositions) or
unintentionally, many children with disabilities remained invisible and excluded. In some societies their
birth may even never be registered.
How many children with disabilities were there around the world?
The number of children and adolescents with disability was significant. Current estimations give a ratio of 1/10.
Some 200 million children, meaning 10% of the world’s youth, were born with a disability or become disabled
before the age of 18.
What were the causes of disability?
The causes of disability were multiple. Disability could occur at birth, from genetic disorders, but many forms of
disability were preventable, and may have occurred because of lack of preventative health care services (i.e.
polio, malnutrition, micronutrient deficiencies) or on account of social situations (armed conflict, war,
landmines, poverty). It should not be overlooked that violence was often a cause of childhood disability.
How was social exclusion for disabled persons perpetuated?
Primarily, children with disabilities did not have access to schooling and education. It was estimated that less
than 2% of children with disabilities today receive an education, while the remaining 98% were out of
school. 1% of these children were completely illiterate.
Societies had failed to respond to disability in a „human rights-integrated‟ manner, taking into account the
abilities and potential of such young people, and have addressed disability very much in a medical sense.
Another aspect that had supported exclusion was the marginalisation of children (and persons) with disability
in state policies and programmes (with the introduction, for example, of ‘special schools’, ‘special
institutions’, etc) and the limited respect to the principle of non-discrimination.
Apart from dire social exclusion, many children with disabilities have no access to services, not only health care
or education, but to cultural and recreational activities, to vocational training and to other forms of important
social and developmental activities.
Many of them are in institutions, while in many societies the mere birth of a child with disability was linked to
cultural, religious and social beliefs (i.e. „curse‟, „bad blood‟, etc) that lead to an ostracism of these children from
their community environment.
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Comprehensive programme, including vulnerable children
It was without doubt that persons, and particularly children, with disabilities, had historically experienced severe
forms of abuse and discrimination, violation of their human rights, social exclusion and maltreatment. Children
with disabilities were one of the most acknowledged categories of children who were found in difficult social
situations all around the world

The CRC required States to support disabled children to enable them to enjoy a full and decent life, and
obliged them to ensure the establishment of appropriate resources to ensure the full and unobstructed
individual development of these children.

ROSWITHA POULET REPORT FROM GENEVA
The 15th session of the Human Rights Council ended October 2010 adopting 28 resolutions and 2 decisions
about the situation of the Roma, violation of Human Rights in Haiti and religious intolerance.

They particularly welcome the establishment of the new UN Entity for gender Equality and the Empowerment of
Women, known as « UN WOMEN

Michelle Bachelet was appointed Executive Director and would head the new organisation which was a merger
between 4 women‟s organisations.
-Division for the Advancement of Women ( DAW)
International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women ( INSTRAW)
Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women(OSAGI)
United Nations Development Fund for women ( UNIFEM)
The main role of UN WOMEN was to be :
 - To support inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in their formulation
of policies, global standards and norms
 -To help Members States to implement these standards, standing ready to provide suitable technical and
financial supports to those countries that request it, and to forge effective partnership with civil society
 -To hold the UN system accountable for its own commitments on gender equality, including regular monitoring
of system-wide progress
For many years, the UN has faced serious challenges in its efforts to promote gender equality globally, including
inadequate funding and no single recognised driver to direct UN activities on gender equality issues
UNWomen was created to address such challenges. It would be a dynamic and strong champion for women and
girls , providing them with a powerful voice at the global, regional and local levels
UN Women would act on two fronts. It supported international political negotiations to formulate globally agreed
standards for gender equality and it would help UN Member States to implement those standards by providing
expertise and Financial support. UN Women also would assist other parts of the UN system in their efforts to
advance gender equality across a broad Spectrum of issues related to human rights and human development
UN Women works in the following thematic areas of critical concerns for the achievement of gender equality and
women‟s empowerment :
Women, poverty and economics
Violence against women
HIV and AIDS
Democratic governance
Women war and peace
Human rights
Millennium Development goals
At the end of January Michelle Bachelet was to be the special guest at the UN daily press briefing to unveil her
vision and 100 day- action Plan for UN Women and she would attend the World Economic Forum in Davos
The headquarters would be based in NY with liaison offices in Brussels and Madrid (for Europe) and national
Committees in several countries : The Executive Board had 41 member Countries including among others
France. On the NGO Committee of UNIFEM now part of UN Women 25 WOMEN‟S ORGANISATIONS were
represented, amongst others SOROPTIMIST AND ZONTA. A special partnership existed with Zonta which
supported programmes to reduce violence against women and girls, with an emphasis on innovative local
projects funded through UN Women and managed by the UN TRUST FUND TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST
WOMEN.

It remains to be seen how far IIW could become associated with this new entity.

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UNICEF/International Social Project

UNICEF‟s support in the procurement and distribution of equipment for district education offices and
pedagogical support centres had helped these centres build capacity and improve standards. In the first six
months of 2010, UNICEF‟s work included the distribution of 3 million school text books. .Since Madagascar‟s
political crisis in 2009, UNICEF had played a major role in maintaining international funding for the education
sector, and had been instrumental in channelling this funding directly to schools and teachers to ensure that
children were the direct beneficiaries. UNICEF was committed to continuing all of its activities in this time of
socio-political instability. In 2010 alone, among other work, over 70 community pre-schools would be
established; 6000 teachers would be trained to use the new curriculum; and 12.500 teachers would be trained in
improving techniques to assess student‟s learning. All these activities would reinforce the capacity of the
education system and help improve the quality of education that Madagascar‟s children receive. .In addition,
close to 650 schools would be constructed or rehabilitated; 300 schools should be given the support they
needed to adopt “ child friendly” standards; and 2800 girls from lower income families would receive specific
support that should enable them to pursue their studies”

7)   SLATER HEELIS

There was a general discussion on the work of Slater Heelis Collier Littler as their charges had been queried.

It was agreed that Administrator Elaine should write and ascertain the costs of the lawyer attending the
Convention from them in advance and bring the results to the attention of the Executive Committee when a
response had been received.

8)   PROPERTY

Registered as International Inner Wheel. Registration number 07418307.

Directors of Company “ International Inner Wheel”
IIW President
IIW VP
IIW IPP
IIW Treasurer
+ 2 Trustees

The Executive members, the Trustees will be the shareholders but this is Limited by Guarantee.

The membership control the shareholders by voting for them in the IIW elections and the Governing Body
appoint the trustees annually.

The Articles and Memorandum could be made available to those requiring a copy but are a standard document
for the setting up of UK companies.

It was noted that there was no general liability of the membership. The company was limited by guarantee –
that is the equivalent of the IIW membership fee for each of the named Directors.

QUOTES received regarding moving Office
   For moving photocopier £240
    Quote received for removals –Cheshire Removals £680, Moved 4U £465
    Confirmation with Chubb that the staff could move fire extinguishers themselves.
    Cancellation of alarm contract and key holding was to be arranged to coincide with termination of lease.
    Redirection of post £79.99 per year for maximum of 2 years. Alison had the direct debit mandate for the
MyBuro service charges etc which would need signatures for and then can set up the standard payments to
them.
    IIW would need to pay 50% deposit to Preferred Offices for the refit and furniture for Suite 2.3 MyBuro as
soon as possible.
    Emerson‟s had surveyed Stafford Court and had issued a report on dilapidations costs. Total dilapidations
£16.604 but the Administrator sought permission to query some of the reinstatement clauses and the costs they

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were demanding – including costs of £2085 regarding lighting and £487 for their costs to remove the IT
equipment and additional window cleaning charges. The lighting system was thought fit for purpose and the
requirement that it be updated at IIW expense deemed excessive. The IT equipment would be removed when
the premises were vacated, the windows were regularly cleaned by Emerson‟s own cleaners and IIW was
routinely charged for this in the service contract so the staff could not see that they should demand additional
payment for this.

     An attempt to interest a local charity FAIRBRIDGE to take the Board room furniture had been successful.
They would arrange to collect it along with other items they could fit into their van. They were having an official
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office makeover on 24 February for which this furniture would be used.

Other offices in the Stafford Court complex have been persuaded to take some other items which should save
removal and disposal fees which were approx £90 per ton. The recycling costs and landfill regulations were
very stringent so luckily the soft furnishings had all been found new homes. These would have cost a fair
amount for disposal. The Administrator said thanks should to go to Ian Worthington Stafford Court Building
Supervisor who organised an impromptu viewing with the neighbours. They were keen to have items “free to a
good home”. Sadly there was no financial market in very old office furniture. The desks in any case would
probably have to go to a specialist site in Manchester for cleansing, dismantling, de laminating and chipping for
use in a bio fuel facility with the metal bits melted down. Ian was still trying to persuade someone to take them
as desks rather than for recycling.

    Expected date for completion of works at new office was end of February /early March. The organisation
had to have Stafford Court suite completely cleared and handed back by 17 April 2011

9)   CONSTITUTION.

Since her return from Mumbai Norma Friar, the Constitution Chairman, had been extremely busy dealing with
the Proposals and the many queries she had received. She had written to the members of the „Review
Committee‟ to thank them for all their work and to inform them which, of their suggested proposals, had been
accepted by the Governing Body.

She had also written to the Sri Lankan and Mexican National Representatives, as promised, regarding the
agreed procedure for nominations for the offices of IIW President, Vice-President and Treasurer. A reply had
been received from Mexico.

Further letters were received from Norway and the Netherlands asking the Executive committee to reconsider
rejecting their nominations for Board Director. In her reply Norma pointed out that the nomination booklets were
in the process of being printed, so perhaps they should consider nominating those members next year.

At the Governing Body meeting, in Mumbai in October, Norma reported that 34 proposals had been received at
that time. On her return from Mumbai, 97 more arrived, and most of these came in at the last minute. Members
must be urged to send in proposals in good time and not to wait until the final deadline date. If proposals are
received early, then there is time to offer help with the wording or correct any omissions.

A total of 131 proposals from Clubs were considered, 35 were accepted and 96 were rejected. Included in the
ones accepted were 5 proposals received from Bangalore; Norma had suggested that they combined all 5 into 1
proposal and this had been agreed. Egypt also agreed to combine their 2 proposals, and 2 proposals were
changed into General Motions, 1 from France and 1 from GB&I.
The reasons for rejection fell into 17 categories, and the accepted ones and the list of rejected ones were sent to
President Pallavi, Vice-President Catherine and the Lawyer Samantha for their comments and suggestions,
before they were sent to the printer.
Clubs had been informed whether their proposals had been accepted or rejected and the reason for rejection
given.

Three complaints had been received about rejected proposals, one from Switzerland, rejected because they
named a Country with a National Governing Body to second their proposals, which dealt with standard rules for
Clubs without a Nat. Gov. Body. One from Harpenden Village GB&I. complaining that they had in fact taken into
consideration the consequential effects. This was indeed true, but they had used the page reference numbers

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from the GB&I Rule Book and not the IIW C&H 2009. One from Denmark asking for more details about the
rejection. The Constitution Chairman had responded to all these complaints.

Norma offered thanks to Elaine who had been an enormous help dealing with all the proposals.

Many queries and requests had also been dealt with.

West Africa asked for the procedure and appropriate forms for them to elect their first National Representative
and a Deputy National Representative. Since no forms were available, Norma had written suitable forms, using
information in the Constitution, and these had been sent. When completed these forms should be returned to
the office for checking. Subsequent nominations for the National Representative and her Deputy would be dealt
with internally.

Advice had also been requested and information given to:-
Nicosia Club in Cyprus, re - welcoming new members.
District 90 Germany, re - nominations and qualifications for District Vice-Chairman, also the procedure for
inviting Honorary members.
District 311 India, re- disbanding a Club.
National Representative, Italy, re- eligibility to take IW office for members in trade unions. It was confirmed that
this is acceptable.
National Representative, France, re- nominations for Vice-President . The French National Bye-Laws should be
consulted for the correct procedure..
A complaint from a French member about the ballot papers for French National President. This complaint should
have been made to the French National Executive committee.
From Turkey re – nominations and qualifications for National Representative.
Board Director Andree Schots, re –rules for Clubs and Districts with a National Governing Body. These could
be found in each country‟s National Bye-Laws.
National Representative Egypt, re - nominations for District officers and tenure of office.
Queries from the Philippines, re - amendments to their National Bye-Laws
Several queries had been received from Ruth Beausire about correct wording in the Constitution and Handbook
2009 and the Proposals for 2012. These queries had also been addressed


A Club in Finland and a District in GB&I had asked for advice about extension of office for Club and District
Officers.
Members are reminded of the following procedure when there are problems getting officers.
When a Club has problems and needs help and advice, the District Executive should be asked for help in the first
instance.
When a District, where there is a National Governing Body, has problems, they should consult the National
Council/Executive
When a District which has no National Governing Body but which has a National Representative, has problems,
they should consult the National Representative, who can then seek avice, if necessary, from IIW.
When a District, where there is no National Governing Body and no National Representative, has problems, they
should seek advice from IIW.
Non Districted Clubs experiencing problems should consult IIW.


As requested the Constitution Chairman had looked at the Nomination forms for IIW offices and made some
alterations which she offered for approval. She had also looked at the „Duties and Responsibilities‟ for all the IIW
offices. These appear to be quite suitable and at this point in time she did not wish to recommend any
alterations.


The „Review‟ committee had done excellent work which had resulted in them recommending several proposals
for the Governing Body to place before the 2012 Convention. Their work re- writing the Constitution and
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Handbook, to simplify and clarify it, should be ongoing, but they obviously needed some guidance on how they
should proceed, and if and when future meetings together would be permissible.
This was discussed, and the Constitution Chairman would advise the committee about the suggestions made.


That concluded the report and Norma Friar asked for its adoption.

Design of Voting registration paperwork was checked for submission to the Printer to prepare
Design of Nomination forms for IIW elections was discussed with a view to simplifying the instructions regarding
the required signature of the National Representative.


10) CONVENTION. 2012

Detailed Minutes had been received and the planning stages seemed to be progressing well.

An urgent request regarding traditional music had been received. The Executive Committee were of the opinion
that the music could not take place during the Business Session but it was suggested that this might be suitable
for Closing ceremony or alternatively at one of the evening events (Hospitality, Gala Dinner) or within the Banner
Exchange meeting.

Vice President Catherine was very keen to include some form of presentation by the UN Reps, so that the
membership could see what having NGO status really meant for the organisation. The options for this instead of
a keynote speaker were discussed.

President Pallavi, Vice President Catherine and Treasurer Charlotte de Vos would be visiting Istanbul in the
coming months and would see the progress being made in the preparations.

Request from the local committee regarding website link. It was agreed that the link from the IIW website should
be emphasised and made more prominent.

A complaint had been received from District 96 to President Pallavi regarding trips to N Cyprus. The Executive
Committee wished to emphasise the objectives of the organisation of friendship. It was pointed out that many
members come from areas of conflict but came together despite those problems. The organisation could not
dictate personal choices to the membership on their travel and excursion plans. A letter would be sent
explaining that the pre and post Convention tours organised were outside the official events of the Convention
and the tour mentioned was freely available from a large number of tour operators and holiday companies so
that preventing an individual tour would not cause such traffic to cease.

11)   OFFICE ADMINISTRATION/PAPERWORK

(1)              Margarette Golding Awards –

An increasing number of applications had to be sent back with a request for further information. Often an
application would highlight the work of an organisation that a person had been involved with and it was difficult
to ascertain what the individual had actually done in the form of personal service, from the text received.

President Pallavi said that she would write a letter to the National Representatives outlining her instructions and
thoughts on the criteria to be applied.


(2)              Report by Administrator.

Website

It was agreed to investigate taking the IIW website to a more interactive level and with far more frequent updates
for news and events.

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Administrator Elaine to check with the webmaster on the possibility of managing these updates directly from IIW
headquarters and the costs of obtaining the source programming so that this would be possible.

Discussion took place on the means of obtaining IIW Executive permission to change materials on a monthly,
weekly or even daily basis. However with the speed of e-mail confirmation it was hoped that momentum would
not be lost as it was felt that to be relevant information had to be fresh.

If this was found not to be possible alternative arrangements would be sought with other companies. It was felt
that a company would not necessarily have to be based in the UK but a good level of English language skills
would be a requirement.

The role of NGO’s in Haiti BBC report 1 year on from earthquake

Conclusions were that large charity NGO‟s were inefficient and expensive. The countries that bounced back the
soonest from disasters were those whose own governments took on the coordination task of restoration-
contrast Chile which had much higher scale earthquake than Haiti but rebuilding etc tackled with far better
coordination and effort. In Haiti too many NGO‟s all working at odds with each other, a weak government and a
culture of dependency on handouts resulted in corruption and limited progress. For an organisation like IIW this
was a concern because charitable efforts of members could result in very limited impact despite all the hard
work and best endeavours of the membership.

The Wheels Coming Off Rotary BBC report on Rotary in the UK

This reported an ageing demographic, an unwillingness to really change and therefore affect the image of the
organisation to the outside world. Something that was out of step and out of fashion, too bureaucratic and
formal. Even the near eradication of polio worldwide by Rotary never really hit the headlines until Bill Gates
decided to take up the cause and praised the foundations that Rotary had put in place for the eradication of
polio. Even that was seen by the reporter somewhat as an opportunity that was missed at the time because
Rotary just did not blow its own trumpet.
The programme did also look at Soroptimists (as the Rotarians interviewed said it was the women‟s equivalent
of Rotary, which although strictly true because Soroptimists are professional working women in the maint was a
shame that Inner Wheel got no mention at all.) Soroptimists were having the same problems as Rotary in
attracting younger women but were in contrast quite up-beat. He also interviewed a leader in Rotaract UK but
with only 3,000 members in the whole of the UK he felt they too had a poor old fashioned image that they did
little to address. He pointed out he came from a city with a student population of 37,000 and this was the target
population that Rotaract should be tapping into.

The reporter was obviously very concerned that Rotary was going to allow the old Clubs to wither on the vine as
the members would not contemplate change at all and would rather see their Club go down than continue in a
different style. What he also pointed out was that the “younger” Clubs were also ageing and in time would also
become the next generation unwilling to contemplate change. It appeared that he felt no one wanted to face
reality and actually do something to save the day. Although this might sound a harsh view he appeared to be
sad that this was what was happening but found no one to interview who seemed able to contradict his findings
with any strength or coherent plans for the future.

In the programme one interviewed Rotarian said that the Scout Movement had been in the doldrums in the UK
but was now really attracting members. The Reporter pointed out that the scouting organisation decided they
needed to do something drastic so they changed their image completely and then advertised it to the world.
What Rotary appeared to be doing was trying to attract people to join something that was no longer attractive to
the outside world, but without making any changes to itself or its image.

Much of what was said could be said of Inner Wheel.
What concerned the Administrator as an “outsider” was that even if the membership rules for IIW were relaxed
to allow more like minded women to join would anyone actually want to? What evidence was there that people
were queuing up to join in large numbers? Was the organisation going to pin its hopes on something that did
not actually result in very much at all? What should the organisation do as well as or instead of this?




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DVD from Soroptimist International.

The DVD pretty much showed an identical organisation to Inner Wheel – to some extent if IIW changed the logo
and swapped the regalia it could almost put out an identical DVD to depict the work of Inner Wheel. This
concerned the Administrator in that to the outside world there was too little to distinguish many of the service
organisations from each other. Maybe IIW needed to look at finding IIW‟s unique selling point (USP) or if that
was too problematical doing joint projects with other women‟s organisations to join forces and increase presence
in some areas? In straightened times in the UK some charitable organisations were merging where they offered
similar or compatible services e.g. Fairbridge was combining with the Prince‟s Trust to provide services for
young people. It would be very sad to see the ethos of service disappear entirely in some parts of the world just
because groups would rather fade away than amalgamate or change.

These radio programme reports and the DVD led to an animated discussion on image, other organisations and
modern methods of communication. Vice President Catherine Refabert and Treasurer Charlotte de Vos were
already looking at the possibility of creating DVD or CD for promotional purposes and proposed to continue this
work.

12) DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

     No particular changes had been requested.

13) PRESIDENTIAL VISITS.

Italy:
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On 13 . Nov. visited IWC of Battipaglia in Italy for celebration of their 30 . Charter Nite. The Gala Dinner on the
occasion was very well attended by the enthusiastic, vibrant, fun loving members. Most IIW Presidents have
visited Northern part of Italy so the energy & enthusiasm of the members in the southern part was high. I
attended Meetings over lunches & dinners & met many members of IWCs of Solerno, & Solerno East, Napoli,
Napoli Ovest, Caserta. It was a privilege to give Charter to the new IWC of Capua at a glittering function. Had
the good opportunity to see archaeological sites like Paestum, Pompeii, Caserta Royal Palace & the beautiful
Napoli. NR Paola along with President, PDCs & members of IWC of Battipaglia looked after all the details, giving
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a glimpse of Italian lifestyle. It is gratifying to hear that on 15 . January a new Club was formed in District 210,
Costiera Amalfitana.

306 - at Surat, on21st November 2010.
Visit to Surat, my native place was nostalgic. Seminar on “Membership Growth” was combined with traditional
programmes making it interesting.

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317 – Sangli : 28 . November 2010.
Besides the felicitation & Cultural programme involving family members & members of all Clubs in District 317,
the welcome was spectacular. The welcome was „Peshwai Welcome‟, like it was done in olden times for royalty,
complete with traditional dressing, with head gear, swords, princely umbrella, musical accompaniments etc. A
comparatively new Club did a good job of hosting the Rally, which was aptly named „Enthusiasm‟.
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318 Mangalore. on December 11 -12 2010.
This was a jinxed visit, which I am happy that ultimately went through. After couple of hiccups, thanks to the
persistence of DC Mitra, I could reach Mangalore. The Conference was well attended & a grand function.

326 Puri : 7th Jan 2011: Visited Dist. 326, on occasion of their District Conference. Met many Clubs & their
members along the way. IWCs of Bargarh, Bargarh Central, Bhubaneshwar,Bhubaneshwar Confluence,
Bhubaneshwar Elite, Bhubaneshwar Infocity, Bhubaneshwar Metro, Bhubaneshwar North, Bhubaneshwar
Royal, Bhubaneshwar Toshali, Raipur, Raipur Capital, Raipur Cosmopolitan, Raipur Greater, Raipur MidTown,
Raipur North, Raipur West, Sambalpur, Sambalpur Handloom City & IWC of Puri, besides the delegates at the
Conference.

I was invited to speak at a Plenary Session of the Rotary Conference of District 3260.


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329 Kolkota : 10 . Jan : This was a special programme on a very special day. Celebrating Inner Wheel Day on
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10 . January, along with 150 . birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, the littérateur, freedom
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fighter, social reformist, 1 . Non European Nobel Laureate & the composer of Indian national anthem & that of
Bangla Desh. Highly motivating programme with Rabindra Sangeet & dances.

Invited as Key note speaker at the Rotary Conference of District 3290.

322 SriLanka: I was invited to SriLanka for their Conference. It was heartening to see young members enjoying
IW. At the end of a well conducted, precise Conference, the members staged a Fashion Show. The Conference
generated lot of enthusiasm which was noted by sudden spurt in registration for SA Rally.
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SVT S‟cruz December 23 . 2010 & Bhuray College of Architecture on 27 . January 2011: Addressed students
of 2 colleges in Mumbai, motivating them towards unselfish service & creating awareness of Inner Wheel.


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          22 . Feb 3 . March                 Dhaka – Bangla Desh
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          12 . March                         Rotary CLub of SeaFace
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          4-5 . 6-8 . April                  IWCs in Indian Ocean
          11-12-13 April 2011                GB & I Meeting
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          23-24 . April 2011                 South Asia Rally-SriLanka
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          6 . May                            Italy
          13-14-15 th of May 2011            Orléans France D 72.
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          19 . June 2011                     Installation Assn. Pres. India
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          29 June – 1 July 2011              4 Executive Meeting
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          2 July 2011                        2011-2012 1 Exec. Meeting


14) ANY OTHER BUSINESS.

Immediate Past President Anne Fryer again queried the need for the ratification of the Governing Body elections
at the Governing Body meeting.

She also queried the emphasis that had been placed on the costs of the re-run and the expense of the legal
assistance required over the dispute in Germany. She was of the view that both had been necessities,
particularly as the dispute in Germany had been escalated by those in dispute with IIW resulting in the receipt of
legal letters and demands for restitution from a German law firm which had to be taken to the lawyer in the UK.

President Pallavi stood by her previous assertions. Lawyer Samantha had asked for the re election to be ratified
by Governing Body at her last Meeting with the Executive of 2009-10. Regarding Re-election, she explained
that it was important to put this on record as, besides the cost, withdrawing names after declaring names of
nominated candidates could create difficulties. It was pointed out that the situation might not arise again if
Proposal 33 of the Amendments to the Constitution was passed.

The posters for the Rotary Booth in New Orleans were scrutinised and IPP Anne and VP Catherine discussed
their requirements and the response of the National Representatives for suitable pictures.

15) Theme for 2011/2012

The theme chosen by incoming President Catherine Refabert was:-

Think Ahead – Aim High

16) Dates of Meetings 2011/2012
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Second Executive Committee meeting 3 -4 Oct 2011
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Third Executive Committee Meeting 7 -9 February 2012
Fourth Executive Committee Meeting 26-28 June 2012
First Executive Committee Meeting 2012-2013 29 June 2012
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First Governing Body Meeting 5 -7 October 2011
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Second Governing Body Meeting 18 April 2012

17) CLOSING REMARKS:

President Pallavi thanked each person for their inputs into the Executive Committee meeting which had been
detailed and exhaustive. She was particularly hopeful that the general discussion on image of the organisation
would bear fruit. She thanked the administrative staff for their preparations and back up support.

She thanked Catherine Refabert for her theme and hoped that she would have a great year and a great
Convention.

18) VOTE OF THANKS

Vice President Catherine thanked President Pallavi for leading and teaching the committee its role. She
explained that the meeting in Mumbai had provided a marvellous insight for the Executive Committee into the
workings of Inner Wheel in India and the biggest and growing membership in Inner Wheel and once again
thanked President Pallavi for facilitating this




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