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What is Inner Wheel?
International Inner Wheel is one of the largest organisation of women's service voluntary organisations in the world - active in more than 104 countries with a continually growing membership of over 100,000.
The District 199
The first Inner Wheel Club in Switzerland was founded in Morges in Swiss Romand (French-speaking) region - on 1. July 1981. Two years later, in 1983 the Club of Zurich-Knonaueramt opened in the Swiss German region, followed in 1984 by the Clubs of Montreux-Vevey and Val-de-Travers, in 1985 by the Club of Bulle and in 1986 by the Clubs of Fribourg and Bern.
In 1987, International Inner Wheel federated all individual IIW clubs in Switzerland to form District 199. The youngest club is the Club Bern-Zytglogge, which was founded in 2008.
Today, IIW District 199 comprises 43 clubs with 1700 members and counting. Except for Ticino, there is at least one Inner Wheel Club, albeit not in all cantons, but in all regions.
Who can become a member?
Originally membership was restricted to wives and family members of Rotarians, nowadays it is possible for any woman who wishes to share the aims of Inner Wheel, ie.
- to cultivate genuine friendship,
- to encourage service to others
- and to promote international understanding
to join a Club.
If you are interested in becoming involved in an Inner Wheel Club, contact the Club nearest to your home. A list of all Clubs can be found here.