Message for Inner Wheel Bangladesh 2023-2024
Trish Douglas (IW GB&I)
International Inner Wheels
My Dear Friends in Inner Wheel Bangladesh,
It is with a great sense of honour that I take over the role of International Inner Wheel President for our Centennial Year, a year in which, with your help, we can ‘Shine a Light’ on all the amazing work that we do in the name of Inner Wheel around the world.
I chose ‘Shine a Light’ because sometimes the light does not ‘Shine’ on all the marvellous projects we are involved in. This past year we have been asked to ‘Work Wonders’ now we must ‘Shine a Light’ on all the Wonders Worked and will be doing in this very special year ahead.
An action goal for ‘Shine a Light’ – Support mental health and well-being. The action goal is to raise awareness about mental health, provide support and resources for those struggling with mental health issues and promote a culture of self-care, empathy and compassion. ‘Project Brighten Lives’ – A centenary project to celebrate 100 years of Inner Wheel. An environmental project to fit with the resources of clubs or districts – ‘Shine a Light’ on improving public areas for community enjoyment; raising money to refresh or rebuild community facilities (money can be raised by clubs and districts to fund larger projects such as these).
Simple projects to ‘Shine a Light’ on providing and maintaining gardens for public use or for enjoyment of residents in retirement homes, I’m sure all of us have a retirement home in our town, or a YMCA garden that needs refreshed, let us all ‘Brighten Lives’. In some countries Inner Wheel could ‘Shine a Light’ on school projects, i.e., planting trees, this helps our environment as our climate is changing rapidly – from unseasonal heatwaves and torrential rain to extreme floods, storms, wildfires and prolonged droughts.
I wish all the members in Bangladesh well in this OUR Centennial Year, I know that you will all ‘Shine a Light’ throughout the world in the name of our wonderful organisation – Inner Wheel!
My love to you all,
IIW President 2023-2024