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From National President, Michelle

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  • 19 Jul 2021 7:56 PM | Anonymous

    The Inner Wheel Club of Plimmerton have held stands at the two Love Local Expo's held in Porirua.  It is a great way to help raise the profile of Inner Wheel.

    The stand features photos of all our activities, a running powerpoint, silky pillows and wheatpacks we make for the cancer society, neonatal knitting and welcome packs for Women's Refuge and Hospitals.

    We also have lots of promotional material on hand with contact names and numbers. It is really important to engage with people and to take names for follow up calls. 

  • 15 Jul 2021 4:53 PM | Michelle Atkinson (Administrator)

    As we have watched the news of the turmoil and devastation due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Fiji, it is very apparent that Fiji is a Nation in great need of help.

    Our Inner Wheel Club of Tokalau Suva, based in Fiji are safe and they are working hard to do what they can to help those in need.

    District NZ291 has a long standing relationship with the JP Bayly Trust, a welfare agency that has been supporting people in Fiji for 67 years. A number of Inner Wheel Members from NZ291 have been to Fiji in the past and visited the JP Bayly trust and seen their work first hand. We also receive regular newsletters from them.

    Therefore, I took the opportunity to reach out to John Yee, the General Manager of the Trust to ask how we could assist them in this time of need. They would be gratefully receive any financial assistance from us to help them provide the basic needs to people in their care and other in need in Fiji.

    An Appeal Letter has been sent to every IWNZ Club, please ask your Club Secretary for this, if you have yet to see it.

    I invite you all to spread the word of this Appeal. We have given a time frame of 1 month for Clubs to reach out and deposit funds into the IWNZ Appeal Bank Account by Thursday 12th August.

    You can download the Appeal Letter here.

    On behalf of all the families we can support, I thank you for your generosity,

    Nga mihi nui, Many thanks,

    Michelle Atkinson. IWNZ National Representative and President 2021-22

  • 15 Jul 2021 3:04 PM | Michelle Atkinson (Administrator)
     Glen Innes Plunket  Days for Girls and Operation Uplift  Shine

    The IW Club Auckland East had the pleasure of making Donations to the Club’s Charities which they have supported this year.

    Look Good Feel Better, Glen Innes Food bank, Glen Innes Breakfast Club who support the Glen Innes Primary school.

    This donation will buy books for the year one children. Starship Hospital, Shine, Days for Girls, Operation Uplift and Eastern Plunket. 

    Club members have also knitted children’s garments throughout the year.

     Look Good Feel Better  Glen Innes Foodbank
     Starship Hospital  Glen Innes Primary School Breakfast Club

  • 15 Jul 2021 3:02 PM | Michelle Atkinson (Administrator)

    Members of the IW Club of Ashburton have helped to fill the shelves of the St Vincent de Paul Foodbank.  The member handed over a large collection of non-perishable goods to shop manager Donna Collins after collecting the items at their Club Changeover event.

    Club President Clare Chapman, 2020-21 shared that this is a project the Club also did last year, as a way to recognise those in their local community that are struggling. The demand for support in the Ashburton community has recently been higher due to the recent floods in the region. But here ae also ongoing struggle in the community especially since the onset of Covid. So the grocery donation will be well received by those in need in Ashburton.

  • 15 Jul 2021 2:59 PM | Michelle Atkinson (Administrator)

    The IW Club of Howick have spent time volunteering to assist Project Uplift in sorting more than 400 donated bras. Across Auckland bras are donated to specific drop off points. At a local drop off point the ladies form Howick we able to share time and friendship as they sorted the bras into sizes and suitability.

    Project Uplift collects and recycles these bras by delivering them to women in need across New Zealand and overseas. It is not only bras that are collected by aslo swimwear and new underwear. To find out more visit

  • 14 Jul 2021 4:18 PM | Michelle Atkinson (Administrator)

    Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the IW Club of Matamata, District NZ291 Saturday 10th July was a special occasion for all to share friendship, stories, and laughter as the Club celebrated this milestone.

    40 years young and going strong!


    Founder member Esme Crawford (94) and Margarette Golding Awardee Gwen Kirkwood (93) cut the celebratory cake and had such a good time that they headed for home reluctantly at the end of the celebration.

    2021-2022 President Vera Farmilo inducted the Club’s 100th member, Diane Tyrrell (above) who, as a former member of now-disbanded IW Napier West.

    After her speech, IWNZ President Michelle had the pleasure of surprising Sandra Hunter as she was presented with a surprise Honoured Active Award. Sandra is , a very active, dedicated, vibrant and delightful member of the Club and very worthy recipient of the award.

    It was a wonderful day of celebrations.

    Thank you, nga mihi, IW Club of Matamata for all you do as women in action sharing friendship through service.

  • 7 Jul 2021 1:36 PM | Michelle Atkinson (Administrator)

    You can read the annual news and activities from NZ297 in their June 2021 edition of Spoke & Felloe by clicking the image below or link here.

  • 23 Jun 2021 12:33 PM | Michelle Atkinson (Administrator)

    IWNZ Sunday Sessions

    These are Online Open Forums held bimonthly, 3-4pm Sunday Afternoons to ask questions, share ideas, and share friendship.

    Each session will have a topic to discuss as follows:

    18th July

    19th September

    21st November

    9th January

    13th March

    15th May

    Meet the NGB team

    Women in Action

    Friendship in Action

    IIW Day International Celebration Online

    Membership March

    Our IW Stories

    This is a great opportunity for you to invite a friend to your home, make yourselves a cuppa and share an hour of Inner Wheel friendship with other IW members from around the country and maybe even a few International IW friends may drop in too.

    You will be able to register for these free events on the Events page and links to the Zoom meeting will be sent to you at least 24 hours before the event takes place.

    Find out more or register here.

  • 23 Jun 2021 12:25 PM | Michelle Atkinson (Administrator)

    National Digital Education Series 2021-22

    A monthly Digital Education Series for all IW members covering a range of tools, tips and tricks for using technology. Monthly on 1st Wednesday 4-5pm –recorded and shared later as a video recording on the website.

    These sessions are designed for you and will be run by various Inner Wheel members as they share their skills and ideas.

    7th July

    4th August

    1st September

    6th October

    Introduction to Google Workspace

    IWNZ Database – users guide

    Making Media Submissions to IWNZ

    Online guide to Service Records

    3rd November

    1st December


    2nd February

    Creating exciting Newsletters

    Using Online creative tools

    (no Digi Ed this month)

    Social Media tips and tricks

    2nd March

    6th April

    4th May

    1st June

    How to Write A Press Release

    Using Google Apps and tools.

    IWNZ database and Website updates

    Preparing for handover of accounts

    You will be able to register to attend the Digital Education Series via the Events page and invitations will be sent to all members to choose if they would like to attend.

    Click here to register or to learn more.
  • 14 Jun 2021 10:00 AM | Michelle Atkinson (Administrator)

    The 2021 IWNZ Conference took place in Queenstown May 14-16th 2021. 

    A weekend filled with friendship, inspiration. There was plenty of conversation and laughter. Inner Wheel business was discussed and ideas shared as we undertook development workshops to help the future growth of IWNZ. Thought provoking and inspirational speakers bought interesting insights and personal development skills too.

    Overall, a wonderful weekend in a superb venue with amazing people. 

    Read the Conference review newsletter here.

    See the gallery of IWNZ photos here.

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