Dear Inner Wheel Friends,
On behalf of the National Governing Body of Inner Wheel Clubs in Nigeria, I welcome everyone to another beautiful year of service, 2021/2022. The Theme of this year is “Pink First”
Inner Wheel is an international organization for women that encourage the ideals of personal services through services to humanity. Inner Wheel has presence in 104 countries with approximately 108,000 members in about 4000 clubs.
Inner Wheel Nigeria has 6 Districts and they are Districts 911 (247 members with 18 clubs), 913 (211 members with 17 clubs), 914 (168 members with 14 clubs), 912 (317 members with 22 clubs), 910 (137 members with 7 clubs), and 916 (94 members with 7 clubs). Total membership is 1,174 in 85 clubs.
The Theme of the year
“Pink first” is the theme that our International President, Ebe Panitteri Martines, chose for the year. We, as members of the club, are being charged with the celebration of womanhood. This year, our projects shall focus more on women through empowerment programmes, education for girls and women and health by ending gender-based violence.
The social project for the next three years is “Strong Women, Stronger World. The old African proverb states that “If you educate a man, you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a family (nation)” This is a call to service. Women, when empowered or educated, impart the knowledge to their children and all other people around them. Women have multiple hands and can accomplish several tasks at once due to their multitasking skills. Let us go out there and build up women of substance and vigor so that we can build a better world.
Let us build up the strength of women, then we can build up a better world. Remember, in all our projects for this Inner Wheel year, Pink comes first, women comes first, and the world will be a better place. Pink first Ladies, welcome to the world of “PINK FIRST”
Rotary came to Nigeria in 1961 with the formation of a club in Kano in April, and another in Lagos in May in 1966, the first lnner Wheel Club in Nigeria was formed in Lagos with Mrs. Deji Alakija as its Charter President in 1969. The second Club was lnner Wheel Club of lkeja, its Charter Certificate was presented by the lnternational lnner Wheel President Mrs. Marjorie Foster: The third Club was formed in 1980 in Kano, from 1982, many Clubs were formed in rapid succession and presently there are about 53 active Clubs in Nigeria with 636 members nationwide. The growth of Rotary extended to lnner Wheel in formation of Districts. District 911 emerged in 1984/85 with Mrs. Adeola Majiyagbe as its first District Chairman. District 912 had Mrs. Beatrice Agama as its first District Chairman in 1984/85 with PBM Bisi Solaru in Distric 911 Both Districts had the honour of Mrs. Doris Browne, the then lnternational President at their inaugurations. To date there are 6 District 911, 913, 914, 912, 916 and the newest district 910.
Members achieve these aims through Club events, which combine personal service, fund-raising, fellowship and fun, united by friendship and a common aim to serve the local community.
Members give practical support as well as financial help whenever there is a crisis, whether this occurs locally, nationally or internationally