A Brief History of Inner Wheel

On 15 November 1923 a group of ladies, much encouraged by their Rotarian husbands, called a meeting at Herriott’s Turkish Baths in Deansgate, Manchester, for the purpose of setting up a club on Rotary lines, and 27 ladies attended.  At this time in Britain there was still a marked divide between the comfortably off and the downright poor, and there was virtually no welfare or social services at all, so there was plenty of scope for voluntary work.

A committee was set up to contact the wives who had not attended; the chairman of this committee was Mrs. Margarette Golding and the secretary/treasurer was Mrs Mabel Nixon.

As a young woman Margarette Golding, trained as a nurse, becoming a sister at the London Hospital for Tropical Diseases.  She served as a nurse throughout the First World War.

She was also a shrewd business woman, joining the firm known as the "Nurses Outfitting Association Ltd." in Stockport, Cheshire when the War was over.  This was a company run by nurses for nurses.  In 1919 Mrs. Golding took over as Managing Director of the company, a position she held until her death.

On 10 January 1924, The Inner Wheel Club of Manchester was formed and 10 January is now celebrated as Inner Wheel Day around the world. 

In 1928 the first Inner Wheel District was formed, then the Association of Inner Wheel Clubs and in 1967 International Inner Wheel was formed.  Today there are over 100,000 members worldwide in 103 different countries.  District 14 was formed in 1932.   

There are over 17,000 members in GB & I in 708 clubs with 29 districts.  It is now one of the largest women’s service organisation in the world, and has representation at the United Nations.