Inner Wheel Clubs of the Philippines, Inc.
The Inner Wheel Clubs of the Philippines, Inc. is a service organization for the wives of the Rotarians founded by Trining Legarda which was established on March 1949. Its aim is to establish camaraderie among the wives of Rotarians and find ways to better support Rotary undertakings.
On February 2003, Pres. Clara Anciano of the Inner Wheel Club of Singapore came to the Philippines with her Rotarian husband to attend the Conference of RI District 380 in Manila. She met the ladies Committee of the Conference headed by Trining Legarda. Highly impressed, she shared the good news of Inner Wheel to the Anns of the Ladies Committee namely: Trining Legarda, Millie Lim, and Fely Tranco. Encouraged by then District Governor “Balmy” Balmaceda, the ladies Committee served as the core group which formed the foundation of Inner Wheel in the Philippines, the Inner Wheel Club of Manila, on March 1949.
The first Inner Wheel Club was spearheaded by Gening Puyat, who put to task 34 lady Anns to make its mark in the forefront of friendship and service. The foundation became more solid when they established clubs in Quezon City, Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija, Malolos, Bulacan, Cebu, and soon in other parts of the archipelago.
Individual clubs has rendered effective services to their communities however, they have to have a common goal to achieve. They then felt the need to federate the Clubs and to coordinate a national organization of Inner Wheel Clubs. Thus in 1965, sixteen years after the organization of the first Inner Wheel Club in Manila, Trining Legarda started to organize the Association of Inner Wheel Clubs of the Philippines. A Steering Committee was formed, among them were Trining Legarda (IWC Manila) as Chairman, Esther A. Vibal (IWC Quezon City), Secretary, with Nita Caparas (IWC Caloocan), Lily Basa Salazar (IWC Manila), Pilaring Nabe (IWC Calapan), and Trining D. Enriquesz (IWC Quezon City) as members.
- To foster camaraderie and develop the spirit of service, understanding and mutual assistance among its members
- Improve the cultural, social economic and spiritual conditions of the people and undertake activities that will help develop the sense of nationalism
- Promote international understanding and friendship; and
- Cooperate with Rotary whenever invited to do so
The so-called golden years of the Inner Wheel history was during the term of Lily Salazar (1970-1974) when IWCPI had its own identity as an NGO in terms of a) adopting a pledge that emphasized the motto: "Selflessness in Friendship and Service to Humanity;" b) establishing initial steps in the formation of districts corresponding to those of Rotary club; c) incorporation of IWCPI in 1974 and its registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission; d) a leasehold contract with Ayala Corporation for as long as Inner Wheel exists; and the e) the construction of the IWCPI Headquarters.
Another milestone of the IWCPI was the international recognition accorded to Esther Vibal when she was elected International Inner Wheel President in 1983-1984, the first Asian and Filipino to have achieved such honor. She was also elected as International Editor, the first Asian to hold the honor, a position she held for three years and eventually, as the first Asian and Filipino IIW President.
Certain innovations and policies were implemented during the term of Caring Velasquez such as: a) the granting of 50% transportation subsidies to District Chairmen of Districts 385 and 386 when attending board meetings; b) granting IWCPI Charter to newly-formed Clubs upon induction as members; c) conducting leadership seminars and workshops for incoming officers of the national board and members of the executive committee of all districts; d) honoring of national past presidents and past IIW representatives and board members during World Inner Wheel Day.
- Fidela Magnaye. 100 Centennial Celebration Feminist Movement in the Philippines 1905-2005. Vibal Publishing House, Inc.:2005.
- Inner Wheel Club of Caloocan's Official Website http://www.innerwheelcaloocan.com
- Inner Wheel Clubs of the Philippines, Inc. Official Website http://innerwheelclubsph.orgfree.com