EARLY YEARS (1963 to 1975)
1963-1964 - Soona Balsara
• Became the founder President of the Inner Wheel Club
of Bombay under Dist 315 on July 1st 1963.
• It was the first club of our district and the 3rd
1964-1965 - Purviz Banaji
• She helped frame the bye-laws of the National Council
of Inner Wheel Clubs of India and Sri Lanka.
• She adopted the “Baby Ratan ” project.
• Became the founder District Chairman of Dist 315 in
1965-1966 - Gulbanoo Premji
• She worked with the orthopedic hospital and continued
with “ Save the children Fund ” project.
• She was the mother of Aziz Premji.
1966-1967 - Shreemati Kilachand
• A hostess with the mostest !! She held several meetings
at her palatial bungalow.
1967-1968 - Silla Ardeshir
• Started the “ Sutharpakhadi Project ” near Sahar.
• She was instrumental in framing the bye-laws for the
National Council and the Association.
• When Dist 315 split, she became the founder Dist Chairman
of Dist 314 in 70-71.
• To her goes the credit of composing our Inner Wheel
• She has been a regular helper at the Avedna hospice
for several years advocating personalized service.
1968-1969 - Lily Jaysinghe
• Despite adversities on the home front, she led the
1969-1970 - Sheila Kumar
• Is remembered as a good President.
• She was the founder Secretary of our Club.
1970-1971 - Ida Fernandes
• Ida kept the Club flag flying high.
1971-1972 - Champa Mehta
• She added prestige to our Club as she was the wife
of the then Governor.
1972-1973 - Kookie Kheshwala
• She took on the Presidentship twice and continued
with the ongoing projects.
1973-1974 - Sushila Lakhanpal
• Was an outgoing and social personality.
• She spread the word about Inner Wheel and was a large
1974-1975 - Shahsultana
• Organized an extremely interesting visit to the kitchens
of the TAJ.
• The Club received an award for collecting the largest
number of stamps at the District Rally.
THE EARLY YEAR PROJECTS
1 Baby Ratan project
- Ms Ratan Waghmare a girl born to parents
suffering from leprosy was adopted by the District and
educated in Pune.
2 Sutharpakhadi project
- Water pipes were laid and a medical
clinic established in the Sahar village. Children were
taught in a make-shift arrangement.
3 Save the Children Fund
- Postal stamps were collected and sent
courtesy Air India to International Link clubs to collect
funds for needy children.
Save the Children Fund
Annual Report 1975-1976
4.Helping at the NGO Sneh Sadan.
5 Sponsoring leprosy detection at Ackworth Leprosy Hospital.
6 Creating a stamp-album to sell and raise funds.
7 The early years were personified more by doing personalized
LATER YEARS (1975 to 2009)
1975-1976 - Banoo Cama
• She streamlined the Club systems. A separate Inner
Wheel Charity Trust was formed.
• Also formed sub-committees for regular projects.
• She started the Incoming Chairman’s Training Institute
and with Silla’s help drafted all rules for incoming
presidents and other posts, official seating procedures
and protocol to be followed.
• She went on to become the 3rd District Chairman from
our Club in 77-78.
• In her term daily comic strips were pasted together
to make an album in different languages and distributed
• She transferred to our Club from the IWC of Thane
in 1975. She was District Chairman in 71-72 from her
• In 1976-77 she was elected Founder President of the
Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in India and Sri Lanka
and held the 1st Association Conference in Bombay.
• The Byelaws for the new Association were framed by
stalwarts Purviz Banaji, Silla Ardeshir and Raksha Mehta.
• Between 1978-91 she took an active part in her club.
She became Secretary twice and Vice President to help
• In 1991-92 she was appointed Conference Chairman
of the 6th Association Triennial Conference which was
held in Bombay
• In 1994 , the past IIWR formed the past IIWRs Forum
to help provide guidance to the Association Council
. She was appointed Convener and Secretary of the Forum.
• From 1992-97 she was Chairman of Inner Wheel Public
Service Committee , Dist. 314. Under her leadership
the Committee had constructed 30 public conveniences
and 21 drinking water facilities at strategic places
in the city and suburbs and has also started integrated
rural development work in 40 villages in Panvel Taluka.
• In 1996 she was awarded the Most Active PDC Trophy.
• She became Chairman of Constitution and Credential
Committee of Dist. 314 thrice.
• In 2001 she was the Chairman of Silver Jubilee Celebration
Committee of Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in India
and also the Chairman of the Gujarat Earthquake Relief
Committee when the Inner Wheel Clubs of the Assn. took
up projects for physical and social rehabilitation of
9 affected villages in Mundra Taluka, Kutch District
and also projects for educational scholarship for earthquake
• She was Conference Chairman of the 11th Association
Triennial Conference held in Mumbai.
• In 2007 she was awarded the Margaret Golding Award
by IIW at the 11th Association Triennial Conference
• In 2009 Rotary Club of Bombay bestowed on her the
award for “Outstanding Social Service”.
• Since 1997 she is the Chairman of the Rural Projects
Committee of Inner Wheel Dist. 314. She is the mainstay
of our rural projects . Our past Association President
Alaghu Annamalai felt everyone should emulate our rural
project and declared it to be one of the best.
• Association President Nandini Bhargava (2009-10)
echoed the sentiments of her predecessors , asserting
that the rural projects at Wakdi were truly the jewel
in the crown of Inner Wheel Dist. 314
1976-1977 - Coomi Kharas
• Continued with the ongoing projects.
1977-1978 - Late Shirin
• Organised a successful “card-drive” to collect funds
for charity. For several months members were busy making
cards, sewing and crocheting items for the sale.
• She became District chairman in 80-81 and introduced:
a) Care for the old and lonely
b) Promoted, prevention of nutritional blindness in
children by giving 6
monthly concentrated doses of Vitamin A.
1978- 1979 - Anita Parikh
• Continued with Sutharpakhadi as the main project.
• She organized sewing of over 6000 diapers and dresses
and a 1000 blankets. Every new mother left the hospital
with a set of clothes.
• A regular donor to our Club , she has since 2009 instituted
an award for “Outstanding Social Service”.
• She served as Dist Editor in 79-80
• This year some members attended the IIW Convention
1979-1980 - Sooni Mehta
• In her term 40 kids from the backward class from a
Marathi medium school in Pune were brought to Bombay
for a weekend treat and put up at Girton High School.The
girls were treated to camp-fires, sight-seeing and puppet-
shows. This was done in coordination with the Inner
Wheel Club of Pune.
1980-81 - Late Zarina Kajiji
• She was founder Vice President of IWC of North Bombay
before she transferred to our Club in 1965
• She had a deft hand with handicrafts and represented
our Club in several competitions.
1981-1982 - Kanta Anand
• Became District Chairman in 90-91
• As an AC member travelled to Indore and Khandwa
• Organised an Audiometer from Hongkong for Sion Hosp
to check the hearing of new-borns.
• From her term the Presidents started maintaining a
list of “Projects Done ”
1982-1983 - Late Mira Mehta
• Served as President for two terms. In the first term
her pet project was to start a door-step school with
• In the 2nd term she supported the Make a Wish Foundation
and helped fulfill the last wishes of terminally ill
• She was also District Chairman 88-89
• For several years our Club runs a clinic and immunization
centre at the BDD Chawls. Mira goes every week and supervises
1983-1984 - Lata Palekar
• An esteemed personality, she has served two terms
• She graciously hosted all our VIP and International
• Was trustee of the Charity Trust for almost 30yrs
and managed the account as treasurer for 17 yrs.
• In her term the first toilet block was set up at Churchgate
and was sponsored by LIC.
• She became Dist Chairman in the year 2001-2002. Her
District Conference was held at the Hotel Oberoi and
Amitabh Bachchan was honoured by the Club with the “Lifetime
Achievement Award ”.In her term the Association celebrated
its Silver Jubilee.
• As DC she introduced the Zonal system and in the District
and established that transactions were conducted by
cheque rather than cash.
• She started the concept of joint installations of
Presidents at the Dist Assembly.
1984-1985 - Zarine Chothia
• For several years she organized a ‘mela” for 350 handicapped
children at the grounds near her home.Now since 1984
over 2000 handicapped children from several institutions
converge at the SRCC (Society for the Rehabilitation
of Crippled Children) for a “MELA”.Our Club contributes
towards the “Fun City” at this mela and we host a stall
serving pizzas and pastries mostly catered by our members
and some donors. This project of Zarine’s continues
to give much joy and happiness.
• Her other special interest is the SEC Schools .Through
her efforts our Club sponsors the inter-school swimming
competition every year .
• Parakh Dharamsala is also one of the beneficiaries
of her care and concern. She alleviates their loneliness
by organizing fun-fellowships for them, assisted by
our Club members.
1985-1986 - Chandrakala
• The Shanti Avedna Hospice was her pet project and
she made several donations to it.
• She transferred from our Club to Dhanbad , where she
founded an Inner Wheel club and set up the Inner Wheel
District 325 becoming its District Chairman.
• We are happy to welcome her in our midst again.
1986-1987 - Ranjan Kaji
• Organized a hindi play to raise funds
• For the first time 4 Inner Wheel clubs went to Marve,
conducted their individual meetings and then “picnic-ed
• Provided material for sewing to Cheetah and Shivaji
Nagar Camps ladies.
• Donated playground equipment to a park.
1987-1988 - Nayana Aggarwal
• She favoured doing health projects.
• Organised a medical camp at Kherwadi for over 200
• Organized eye-check ups at Kanhayalal Municipal school
with the help of Asha Reshamwala and Dr Sharmila Kazerouni.
1989-1990 - Late Alice D’Souza
• Best remembered for sponsoring the Sports day at the
Institute for Deaf and Mutes.The Club since 2009 has
instituted a running trophy for the best sports person
in her honour.
1990-1991 - Naju Colah
• Continued with the Clubs on-going projects.
1992-1993 - Jayshree Parekh
• Served two very successful terms as President.
• She constructed a Sulabh Sauchalya at Chowpatty, sponsored
by Crompton Greaves.
• Organised drinking water facility for Kumble village
sponsored by Jimmy Guzdar.
• Organised a battery bank for Central School for Deaf
for uninterrupted supply of hearing aid.
• Held a family planning camp at Shanmukhananda Hall
and invited the governor’s wife Ackamma Alexander to
be the chief guest.
1993-1994 - Rekha Tanna
• Holds the record for introducing 23 new members.
• Renovated the clinic and immunization centre at Sah
& Sanghi in the BDD chawls.
• Established drinking water fountains outside the Museum
& Kamala Nehru Park.
• Organised the cleaning of Banganga and Prem nagar
• Undertook the beautification of Kamala Nehru Park.
1994-1995 - Mrinal Kher
• The year 1994 was declared by WHO as “Year of Oral
She organised a dental clinic at Rotary Village Corp,
Kherwadi and donated a
• Donated a kitchen-set to VOICE
• Had IIT Bombay research and design a hydraulic wheel-
chair especially for the disabled children.
1995-1996 - Malini Agarwalla
• Converted a dumping area into a playground at Narayan
Dhabolkar Road with the help of neighbouring slum children(
they were treated to snacks and taught cleanliness)
• Set up two Sulabh sauchalyas and drinking water facilities.
• Contributed to setting up the Community Hall at Wakadi.
• Provided a borewell in Sevansari village.
• There was a joint meeting of our club with the Rotary
Club and Maneka Gandhi had addressed the meeting.
Late Meher Framjee
• In 1996 Meher transferred to our Club.
• She was the Founder Chairman of IW Dist 310/311 in
• She was a member of the National Council for over
2 yrs and hosted two meetings.
• She then became a representative of the IIW from 1972-74
• In 2001 she was awarded the Most Active PDC Trophy.
She is the Grande dame of our Club and equally involved
in all our activities to
1996-1997 - Radhika Kaji
• Has been the youngest president of our Club.
• Organised a special “coffee morning ” to raise funds
for the handicapped, the proceeds of which were donated
to Wadia Hosp.
• Took 150 children to have a picnic at the Governor’s
• Planted over 400 saplings.
• Installed 6 telephone booths for the handicapped to
give them a permanent source of livlihood.
• Set up 3 sauchalyas at KEM Hospital , Mahim Station
and outside the Taj.
1997-1998 - Jyoti Doshi
• Has had a very illustrious career with the Inner Wheel.Besides
serving two terms as president and one as District Chairman.
• She managed a record 100 projects in her first term.
• Held a fund raiser by the handicapped for 550 handicapped
children at Nehru Centre and raised over 5 lacs.
• Planted a 1000 saplings at Solapur.
• From this year onwards our club stopped applying for
the District Awards.
• In 2004-2005 she became the District Chairman. Her
District Conference was held at the Taj President and
Juhi Chawla was the chief guest.
• When in 2007 there was an unavailability of a President,
she graciously stepped in to serve a second term in
2007-2008. Jyoti is the mainstay of our Inner wheel
projects. She is a major donor, contributing every year
to our projects
• She is also an authority on our constitution and guiding
light to all incoming office-bearers.
• In her second term she sponsored the education of
181 children of Ashramshala
• Provided medical equipment to LMT Hospital
• Sponsored mass marriages of adivasi couples
• Sponsors the nurse for the milk-bank at LMT Hospital
set up since 2004-05 by our club courtesy Ratanchand Foundation.
• She was ESO ( Extension Services Organiser ) at the District level for 2010-11.
2000-2001 - Anjana Sonawala
• Organized a fund-raiser with a film-show.
• Established the leprosy ward for women at Shantivan.
- Indira Kotak
Hers was a very busy year.
• The “Association Silver Jubilee” function was in this
period and our Club sponsored the event generously.
• Members visited Bhuj in the aftermath of the earthquake
and help was given to 9 villages in Kutch, by inaugurating
balwadis and health care centres.
• At Shantivan the triple benefit project was undertaken
whereby women received insurance coverage.
• She was District Chairman for 2010-2011 In her tenure she propagated self-reliance for rural areas and with a personal contribution of Rs 30 lacs put up an Empowerment Centre at Shantivan for the benefit of over 40 villages.
• Provided 2 Bubble C Paps and various other medical equipment to Sion Hospital at a cost of 10 lacs.
• She sponsored the Dist Conference at the Taj Vivanta for over 500 members of her district.
2002-2003 - Arti Sanghi
She brought a lot of verve and zest to her term. Her
enthusiasm evoked a warm
response from the members.
• The club contributed towards the Auditorium / Training
Centre at Shantivan.
• Rain water harvesting was undertaken at Satchiwadi.
• Kamathipura municipal school was adopted for an year.
• A camp was held for immunizing over a 1000 children
against Hepatitis -B
• Rehabilitation of 25 leprosy children was undertaken.
2003-2004 - Kusum Patel
• The Panchayat Raj Training centre was inaugurated
at Shantivan on 5 Feb,2004.
• With the collaboration of Rotary Club of Bombay the
BDD school playground was inaugurated on 26 June 2004.
• Kusum is an avid donor of cows and providing fodder
for them at Ashramshala. In the pipeline is sponsoring
the construction of a gaushala.
• In her term she conducted a meeting at her farm in
2004-2005 - Gauri Jatia
• She was a great support to the then District Chairman
• Undertook the construction of a ladies dormitory and
office at Ashramshala.
• Inaugurated a human milk-bank at KEM on 11 Jan 2005.
• Did a fund raiser at the Air India auditorium with
a classical concert.
• Organized a programme “Day of Hope” where 400 handicapped
children were treated to snacks and entertained with
the help of Rotractors.
• Gauri is generous in offering her office premises
to Zone 1 members for practice.
2005-2006 - Komal Israni
She brought valuable experience when she transferred
to our club from IWC of
• A unique scheme of micro-financing was started for
the women around BDD chawls. It is a success story ably
managed by Lata Palekar, Arti Sanghi and Komal Israni.
• Donated towards the “ Flood Relief Rehabilitation
• Created a recreation room at the Ambedkar School.
• Organised a wonderful fellowship dinner for the entire
club and their spouses.
• She is currently the treasurer of the Charity Trust.
2006-2007 - Rashna Cooper
A true gem , she was a very good president.
• Rashna’s pet project is the Ambedkar School at the
BDD chawls. She personifies personalized service. She
puts in several hours a week teaching at the school.
• She was equally involved with the women doing vocational
classes conducted by our Club. The ladies put up an
impressive fashion show for the club members.
• She contributed towards a toilet for the staff at
• Raised funds for 2 homes for “Habitat for Humanity
• Undertook a water project for Kewale Municipal school.
• Every year she assists Zarine by coordinating with
the members for catering at our stall at the Mela.
• The Triennial was held in Mumbai in her term. Raksha
Mehta was the convener of the Triennial conference and
being the parent-club, Rashna Cooper headed the flag-march.
2008-2009 - Geeta Gogia
Her term saw large contributions from overseas.
From all the projects undertaken , the few closest to
her heart were:
• A garage- sale conducted jointly with the Zone 1 clubs
at YMCA premises. This involved a lot of personalized
effort and fostered fellowship with the other clubs.The
proceeds were jointly donated to NASEOH for corrective
• Installation of 3 borewells at Umroli and Khanav villages
sponsored by our German donors.
• Donation of a ventilator and anesthesia machine courtesy
Ratanchand Foundation to the LMT Hospital. Also donated
equipment to the neo-natal clinic.
• Providing for the visually impaired - software equipment,
vocational training, cataract surgeries, structural
repairs to old peoples home, education of 20 girls etc
• Donating homes worth $10,000 and members personally
building a home for a lady-villager under the aegis
of “ Women India Builds ”.
• The past presidents project for the year was to prepare
a web-site of our club.
• In a break from the indoor meetings the Club members
were taken on the under-construction Bandra -Worli -Sea
-Link and given a conducted tour, taken a 100mt high
in the lift and given a panoramic view. The District
committee was also invited to this fellowship event
which ended with a high tea.
- Falguni Mehta
• A very accomplished person and daughter of our Past
Association President, Raksha Mehta
• Her thrust area was rural development of villages
in and around Panvel with emphasises on education of
tribals, women empowerment, providing drinking water,
sanitation and environment friendly projects.
• In the urban areas focus was on micro-finance to
women and reaching out to the vulnerable sections of
• She was installed as President on 15th July, 2009,
when The Club celebrated its 46 years of service
• The official web site of the Club www.innerwheelbombay.com
was launched by District Chairman Vasudha Chandrachud.
• The Club has sponsored a record 300 students at Ashramshala
• Set up a language laboratory ( Past Presidents Project)
for communication skills and a spinning wheel centre
at Ashramshala, Shantivan.
• Environment Project – Soil/Water Conservation, vermi
compost at Bhanghar village.
• Provided drinking water to Shivkar, Koproli , Shivansai
villages by installing bore-wells , pipelines and water
• Provided sanitation blocks to Shivansai village.
• For Pollution control distributed 30 Sarayee cookers
and smokeless fuel in villages.
• Women Empowerment workshops at Balwantrai Mehta Centre(Rural)
and Ambedkar School (Urban) .
• For physically challenged children organized Diwali,
X-mas parties, a swimming gala, sports meet, “handicap”
mela for 1000 children.
• Supported education of spastics and held art competition
for “ Polio Free India” .
• Distributed 200 white canes to visually impaired
and provided a computer to Helen Keller Institute for
• Arranged ENT medical camp for 80 physically challenged
children and Medical Camp for Blind Welfare Association
• Donated calipers, walking aids to physically challenged
• She is on the District Committee as Editor for the term 2011-12.
- Geeta Kapur
• Supported Tribal students under “Help
A Child” programme at Ashramshala, Shantivan.
• Organised Christmas & Diwali parties, Swimming
Gala, Sports meet, Handicapped Mela for 1000 Physically
• Initiated Battery Bank for under privileged hearing
impaired students at The Central Society for the Education
of the Deaf.
• Constructed Rural Empowerment centre at Shantivan,
• Re-constructive surgery & medical treatment of
Leprosy patients at Shantivan, Panvel.
• Life saving equipment for Neo Natals at Sion Hospital.
• Women Empowerment Workshops for Vocational Training
at Balwant Rai Mehta Centre & Ambedkar School.
• Donated Sewing & Fall Beading Machines &
Lift Irrigation Pumps at Ashramshala.
• Provided interest free Micro Finance Loans.
• Soil Water Conservation & Vermi Composting at
• Borewells in Shiravli Thakurpada & Bakulwadi
- Susmita Mitra
• The drinking water project, which was completed in Ambe village by constructing a bore well and getting the water connection in the village. The women were spared the distance, and could utilize that time for some other good work.
• Women Empowerment programme. Through Micro Credit scheme loans were given to the women who live in slums / chawls. This way we try to give control of their life by helping them to earn and get economic independence.
• Arranging the midday meal to the 525 tribal children in Ashramshala, Shantivan.
• The Sports Day of the Deaf & Dumb School in Mazgaon. It was heartening to see how these special children participating in march past and various sports events ,overcoming their disability.
• The musical programme, 'Nostalgia', arranged at the Parakh Dharamshala. The elders sang along, danced with so much joy, forgetting the drudgery of everyday.
• Organizing “Vrikshropan”. Honoring nature / environment by planting a sapling with full honor. Replicating the idea of Rabindranath Tagore.
• Arranging help the cancer patients with their treatment and prosthesis.