Ms. Purviz Banaji came back from
her trip abroad, Year was 1962, with the information
that a group of Rotaryanns under the name of Inner Wheel
Club were doing commendable service in U.K.
Thus on 1st July 1963,
Inner Wheel Club of Bombay was formed in R.I. Dist.
315. The founder President was Soona Balsara. The Chartar
was presented on April 13,1964 by Mrs. Reynolds, wife
of the Dy. British High Commissioner. The function was
held at the Taj Mahal Hotel with the Rotary Club of
The first big continuing
project was the adopting of Sutharpakhadi village at
Sahar. A municipal school was set up for the hutment
dwellers and medium was Telgu. A medical clinic was
set up, sewing class for women, Balwadi, Adult education
and a play centre for teenagers was set up.
In the late seventies
and early eighties, the focus shifted to Blood Donation
drives, Medical Camps, hosting of Rotary Exchange Students
as well as helping in the activities of Rotary Club
In 1966, 5 new IW Clubs
were added to RI District 315. The IWC Of Bombay, took
up the work of forming an IW District and a resolution
was passed at their regular meeting. The IW District
was formed in 1967 and our member Purviz Banaji was
the founder District Chairman of this IW District 315.
Three year later the IW District was divided along with
RI District. Our member Silla Ardeshir became the founder
District Chairman of IW Dist. 314.
In 1968, National Council
of Inner Wheel Clubs in India and Ceylon was formed
with Purviz Banaji as the First National Council member
from our District. It was the IW Club of Bombay that
framed the rules for the National Council, which Mrs.
Weightman and Mrs. Dorothy Hitching, the Presidents
of the Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in Great Britain
and Ireland greatly appreciated and which were ratified
by the IIW Board.
IW movement grew rapidly, and so Association of Inner
Wheel Clubs in India and Sri Lanka was formed. Once
again our member Raksha Mehta was elected as the Founder
Association President. Under her leadership, Dist. 314
hosted the first Association Conference in Bombay on
January, 5 and 6, 1977. Our members, Silla Ardeshir
was the Chairman of the constitution and credentials
committee and Banoo Cama was the Jt. Conference Secretary
for this conference.
Inner Wheel Club of
Bombay Charity Trust was formed in 1975-76 and has the
distinction of being the first Trust of Clubs in the
In 1978-79, our club
members arranged and hosted the first seminar for Past
and Present District Chairmen of the Association. It
was found to be a very useful training ground, that
this has become an annual event since then – in the
form of holding an Institute for Incoming District Chairmen.
Projects in our History :
a) Under the leadership
of Purviz Banaji District adopted am 8 month old baby
of leper parents, lookd after her till she was an adult.
Every member donated Re.1 annually towards “Save Baby
b) Used Stamps were
collected and money was raised for “Save the Children’s
Fund” which has its headquarters in London.
c) Keeping Fellowship
and Friendship, one of the objects of Inner Wheel, we
hosted Inter Club Social annually which today has taken
the shape of Zonal Fellowships. We had also organized
an Inter District Exchange of Children of IW Members.
d) Links of IW Club
of Bombay within the District, Association and IIW have
always been cordial.
e) Our club is justifiably
proud of its ‘Old Guard ’ who still takes active interest
in its activities. They have inspired and till date
our club has given 8 District Chairmen and one in the
f) Meher Framjee was founder Chairman of Dist. 310.
She served 2 terms as International Inner Wheel Representative.
She then later transferred to our club.