'We must change with time'

'We must change with time'

Social service

Colourful: A dance performance by the members of Inner Wheel.

After nearly five years, an IIW President, has visited the City, hence the delegates went all out to welcome her. Be it the food, cute Dasara dolls adorning the foot of the stage  or the energetic ‘yakshagana’ performance, the members made sure they gave Catherine a feel of Karnataka’s culture.    

Said Geetha Gurunath, ISO, Inner Wheel Club of Bangalore, “This multi-district rally is a great way to meet friends from other places. It was great seeing the members  perform the dances and decorate the place so well. Through this rally, we aim to improve the bonding between the members.”

Agreed Bharathi Uday Kumar, the Past District Chairman. “To organise any successful event, one must have good teamwork. And on this occasion, one saw each and every member contribute in her own way to make this event a grand success,” she added.

The formal function showcased a snapshot of the various activities conducted by the members. Prizes were given to winners of crossword and best smile events. Addressing the audience, the Association President Bina Vyas, expressed her happiness and gratitude towards IIWP Catherine. “I have known her personally and she is such a caring, loving and committed person. Her work speaks a lot about her and I am glad that we have had the opportunity to host her during her visit here,” said Bina.

The key note speaker for the morning, Past IIWP, Minna Kapur, spoke about the importance of friendship and service. Having been in the Inner Wheel for many years, Minna also stressed on what the club has taught her. “In all these years, the one lesson that I have learnt is to reach out and help those in need. In this course, I have made some lifelong friends and I am looking forward to making some more,” she added.

Everyone in the audience waited with bated breath for the IIWP Catherine to address the audience.

Having joined the International Inner Wheel of Tour District 72 in 1993, Catherine later became the president of the club in 1997.

And from that time until 2007, she has been elected to all district and national French positions. This being her first visit to the City, Catherine said that she was overwhelmed by the response and welcome.

In her address, she expressed the need to think more internationally than locally. “We, as members of the Inner Wheel, should be ready to face the challenges of the new millenium and must change with time but with dignity. One of the major problems most European countries face is that of membership. The number of clubs in other European countries are decreasing. We should encourage more youngsters to join the club and contribute to the society. Of course, the case is different in India where the membership has been growing every year. India has set an example for clubs outside and hopefully things will change in the coming years,” she concluded.

After the address, Catherine interacted with other delegates, and was even treated to a small and entertaining cultural programme. 

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