About District 16
Inner Wheel District 16 comprises 15 Clubs with 324 members throughout Ireland and is one of 29 Districts in Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I). At District we meet 5 times each year and our Inner Wheel year runs from September to June. Clubs meet monthly, organising programmes of events which include guest speakers, social outings, various fundraising initiatives, and fun activities.
Our members combine friendship and fellowship to positively impact the local community and provide aid internationally. We function as part of a Worldwide Inner Wheel organisation which is active in 100 counties with over 100,000 members.
Our fundraising efforts raise money for local, national, and international charities. We also host an Annual District Rally, where we meet to reinforce our positive philosophical and action-oriented approach of friendliness and usefulness.
Friendships are forged in an open non-judgemental way and members have fun working on projects together contributing to a better future for all, as our aims determine.
Sue Pinkerton | Chairman District 16
I am honoured to have been chosen to represent all our Clubs as District 16 Chairman for 2023/24
Who founded Inner Wheel: Inner Wheel was formed in 1924, in Manchester by Margarette Golding and will celebrate 100 years in existence in 2024. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inner_Wheel_Club
Inner Wheel History
The first Club in Ireland was founded in Belfast in 1931 and in Ballymena and Larne in 1945, Newry & Portadown, 1948, City of Derry 1950, and Ballymoney in 1967, and Dublin, 1970. Eventually, as more Clubs were formed, the Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in Great Britain & Ireland with 29 Districts was created, with all of Ireland as District 16. We look forward to the Inner Wheel Centenary in 2024 and to continuing to carry on the long tradition of friendship, fellowship and supporting others.
Who We Support
We support a wide range of charities, from small projects chosen by individual clubs to larger national and international organisations. Our members have supported many and varied charities including Woman’s Aid, Hostels for the Homeless, RNLI, Air Ambulance, Foyle Hospice, Talking Newspaper, MS Association, Foyle Sailability, Foyle Foodbank, Riding for the Disabled, Stroke Association, Mary’s Meals, Mum’s in Africa, Water Aid, Sight Savers, Alzheimer’s Society The Red Cross Ukraine appeal NI Children’s Hospice, Laura Lynn and many more. These Charities have had a positive impact on so many lives.
District Chair Joanne welcomed Inner Wheel Club members from Great Britain and Ireland to District 16 Rally held at Clandeboye Lodge Hotel, Bangor in June. Members were welcomed by the Mayor Gerardine Mulvenny, followed by introductions by Host Club Larne’s President Mary Carmichael.
The rally was addressed by Association President Karen Davies who focused on the importance of growing Inner Wheel membership, commenting that she hoped to see a large attendance at Manchester Centenary Conference in 2024. District 1 Chair Doris Campbell, and District 13 Chair, Kim Tanner, travelled from GB to attend the Rally, and Rotary Governor John Fitzgerald brought greetings from Rotary.
Members were treated to some excellent music and entertainment before Lunch by Beryl Crawford’s husband Alan and participated in a very enjoyable dancing session. Many Clubs were represented on the day and it was reported that everyone in attendance enjoyed an extremely successful Rally, where the sun shone brightly on all.
‘Let us lead rather than be lead’
IIW President – Zeny Yunges Farcon 2022
The aims of Inner Wheel are Friendship, Service to the Community and International Understanding. Members achieve these goals through many club events that combine fund raising, personal service and good fun.
Promote true friendship – Clubs meet regularly and have a full and varied programme, including guest speakers discussing topics of interest. By meeting regularly, friendships are developed and maintained. Annual conferences, international conventions and district rallies extend the friendship circle, providing opportunities to meet other Inner Wheel members from across GB&I and globally.
Encourage ideas of personal service – By working together our Clubs in District 16 have an outstanding record of personal service to their local Communities, and to individuals and groups on a national and international basis, raising charitable funds in imaginative ways.
Foster International understanding – Clubs support the District Chair’s charities, Association President’s Charities, and other international charities. These endeavours encourage, highlight, and create awareness among Clubs and Districts of the importance of supporting people from all over the world. This in turn nurtures Inner Wheel relationships and friendships.
There are 3 routes to membership:
1. Women with a connection to IW members/former members
2. Women with a connection to Rotarians/ former Rotarians
3. Woman over 18 who share our ideals.
What will it Cost: Subscription per annum is: £40 stg and €47 Euro
What do members do? Dedicated Inner Wheel members share friendship, passion for community service and take action to improve lives of individuals in the community and further afield. We enjoy working together to help local, national, and international charities. We are proud to have made a positive impact on the lives of many millions of people through a huge range of initiatives that are truly life changing. We make firm and lasting friendships with likeminded women who become friends for life. The spirit of Inner Wheel is captured through members’ enthusiasm, great wisdom, commitment and energy.
Why should I join?
‘Social connectedness, links with friends and the larger community is one of the most powerful determinants of individual health and wellbeing.’
• Meet new friends with similar interests in your local area
• Partake in interesting and lively meetings
• Provide service and have fun interacting productively with friends
• Receive regular Magazines and Newsletters (hard copy and on- line) with up-to-date information on Clubs, District and Association events and activities. (Magazines include Club reports, articles, and information from fellow members in GB&I and internationally.)
• Opportunity to attend The Association Conference, the International Convention and visit other Inner Wheel Clubs.
• Opportunity to meet with women working collectively for the common good
• Provides a wonderful opportunity for personal development
• Meet women whose enthusiasm for helping others is infectious and their sheer drive and motivation delivers positive, practical results
Get involved- Be part of something special
Would you like to help your community and make a difference in people’s lives, locally, nationally, and internationally?
If you are over 18yrs, enthusiastic, purposeful and enjoy making new friends and having fun then we would be pleased to meet you.
We welcome new members
For more info, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
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Disrict Times Newsletters
District Times Newsletter Dec 21
D16 Spring Newsletter 22
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District 16 Officers
District Chairman Sue Pinkerton
1st Vice Chairman Judith De Fleury
2nd Vice Chairman Beryl Crawford
Immediate Past Chairman Joanne Liddle
District Secretary Jennifer Davidson
District Treasurer Irene McCune
Member of Council Norma Shannon
District Ediroe Elaine Doherty
International Service Chairman Doreen Armstrong
Membership & Development Officer Joanne Liddle
District 16 Events
|Meeting||Date & Time||Place|
|District Assembly||2nd Sept 2023||Europa Hotel, Belfast|
|District Meeting 1||23rd Nov 2023||Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire|
|Inner Wheel Day||10th Jan 2024|
|District Meeting 2||14th March 2024||Craigavon, Civic Centre|
|7th – 10th May 2024||Convention Manchester|
|Pre- Rally||6th June||District Chairman Sue’s Home, Ballymoney|
|District Rally||7th June||Royal Court Hotel, Portrush|
|District Meeting 3 & AGM||27th June||Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen|
Ballymena Leighinmohr House Hotel BT42 2AN
Ballymoney St Patricks Parish Hall BT53 6JA
Belfast Malone Golf Club BT17 9LB
Monaghan Four Seasons Hotel
Newry Diamonds Restaurant BT34 3LY
Omagh The Silverbirch Hotel BT79 7LT
Portadown Seagoe Hotel BT63 5JE
Sligo Sligoe Park Hotel F91 Y762
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International Inner Wheel 19th Convention is coming to Manchester. Come and celebrate 100 years of Inner Wheel - Friendship and Service “Dear Inner Wheel Friends, it is with great pleasure that I am able to offer you the possibility of joining together at...