International Inner Wheel Day was celebrated on January 10 by close to 70 members, partners and friends from the Inner Wheel District A70.
The South Australian district is comprised of six clubs which includes Mobilong (Murray Bridge) along with the Adelaide Hills (Mt. Barker), Holdfast Marion, St Peters/Campbeltown, North East Sunset and Tea Tree Gully.
The members gathered at Auchendarroch gardens at Mt Barker for the planting of The ‘Gift of Friendship Rose’ by District Chairman Rosalie DeLurant and Michelle Barry, in recognition of the support given Michelle and her Auchendarroch staff have given IW over the years.
The ‘Gift of Friendship Rose’ will be planted by each of the clubs in a public garden within their local council area.
Following the planting of the rose, attendees enjoyed a viewing of the latest Hugh Jackman film ‘The Greatest Showman’ before they gathered for a luncheon.
IIWD is celebrated each year on January 10 by districts and clubs around the world to celebrate the formation of IW in Manchester in the United Kingdom in 1924, when in 1924 women formed friendships while their husbands attended Rotary meetings.
Over the years friendships grew into one of the largest International Women’s Service organisations in the world supporting their own communities and internationally, also having representatives at United Nations in Geneva, Vienna and New York dealing with women and children’s issues.
IW begin in Australia in 1931 with the formation of the Ballarat club in Victoria, with the Mobilong club chartered on November 16 in 1985 and has 23 members.
IW is a service club which promotes true friendship, personal service and international understanding with membership open to all women in out communities.
In April IW Australia is hosting the Triennial Convention in Melbourne where representatives from 103 countries will attend.
The ‘Gift of Friendship Rose’ is available to be purchased at Treloar Roses at www.treloarroses.com.au.