International Inner Wheel is one of the largest International Voluntary Service Organizations. It is present in 103 Countries/Geographical Areas, and has more than 103,000 members, and is structured in Clubs, Districts and National Governing Bodies. It connects together members of Clubs in the various nations, from Europe to Africa, India, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, United States of America and Canada and many others, all working to uphold the objects of Inner Wheel:

Mrs. Margarette Golding, a nurse, business woman and the wife of a Manchester Rotarian started the Inner Wheel movement in 1924.

Prior to 1924, wives of Rotarians in many cities and towns, prompted by a concern for public welfare, had voluntarily, assisted their men folk especially during World War I, by giving their time and energies to help them in any service they undertook. They became known as the Rotary ladies and later called themselves the "service club."

On the 15th November 1923, twenty-seven Rotary wives, led by Mrs. Golding, met in a Cooling Room (because it was free of charge) at Herriot's Turkish Baths, St Mary's Street, Deans gate, Manchester; they discussed the possibility of forming an independent ladies' group run on Rotary lines. The objects of the Club, they explained, would be twofold, to foster friendship and to offer much more in the way of service.

The next meeting, held at the Social Club in Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, which became their regular meeting place, was on 10 January 1924, and marked the actual commencement of Inner Wheel with the formation of the Manchester Club.

 Since 1970, January 10th has become universally recognised as WORLD INNER WHEEL DAY, when we celebrate the commencement of Inner wheel and the anniversary of that first meeting.

Margarette Golding, the founder, was elected as the first President and Mrs. W. A. Nixon, the first Secretary. Thirty members were present, and six basic rules were agreed. The first rule was 'The name of the Club shall be 'The Inner Wheel'. Thus ingeniously, they respected the wishes of Rotary, and the use of the word 'Rotary' was avoided, while the link with the men's organisation was symbolized by reference to their badge – the Rotary Wheel. This link is still nurtured today and we proudly share the same ethical values and objectives.

This was the beginning of a beautiful adventure which evolved from a club to an ASSOCIATION OF INNER WHEEL CLUBS and later to INTERNATIONAL INNER WHEEL. It is the heritage of the Inner Wheel organisation, known and shared by every member.


 The Inner Wheel movement in Uganda was started by a group of eleven Rotary wives, led by Mrs. Catherine Mwanda in 1987.

They held their first meeting on the 18th April 1985, at Imperial Hotel Uganda, where they discussed the possibility of forming an independent ladies' club run on International Inner wheel ethical values and objectives.

 This meeting was attended by:                           

1.       Mrs. Catherine Mwanda

2.       Mrs. Margaret Kakitahi

3.       Mrs. Joy Byokusheka

4.       Mrs. Immy Mudoola

5.       Mrs. Edith Ssewankambo

6.       Mrs. Scholastic Ongee

7.       Mrs. Rose Nyanzi

8.       Mrs. Mukama

9.       Mrs. Birungi

10.  Mrs. Norah Owori

11.  Mrs. Celia Rutaagi


They continued to meet regularly to agree on basic rules, to read and understand the International Inner Wheel constitution before they could subscribe to it.

During this formation stage, they were greatly encouraged and supported by the parent club, Rotary club of Kampala Arch notably Rotarians Mwanda, Rutaagi,  James Ssewankambo and Chris Mudoola who donated the club chain office.

On 18th August 1985 at Imperial Hotel Uganda, Ann.Catherine Mwanda was elected as the first President, Ann.Margaret Kakitahi the Vice President, Ann. Joy Byokusheka the Secretary and Ann. Scholastic Ongee the Treasurer.

On 11th January 1987, District Governor Rotarian George Ranaidosoa chartered the 1st Inner Wheel Club in Uganda at the Conference Center of the then Nile Hotel. The club was named Inner Wheel Club of Kampala. This Ceremony was highly broadcasted on our national television and Inner Wheel was born in Uganda.


Inner Wheel club of Kampala is governed by the International Inner Wheel constitution.


·         To promote true friendship

·         To foster International understanding.

·         To encourage Ideals of personal service


Every year the International Inner wheel has a new theme.

All clubs are guided by this theme of the year in carrying out their clubs activities.


At formal meetings and special celebrations; clubs recite the following Inner Wheel grace.

Father accept our thanks we pray

For blessings showered on us each day

And thy love in friendship seal

All the members of the Inner Wheel 


At club level, there is a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, International Correspondent, Local Correspondent, the Banner Master, and Sergeant At Arms.


Membership was formerly restricted to wives female relatives of Rotarians.

In 2012, at the 15th Convention in Istanbul, membership was open to include women, who have no connection to Rotarians or Inner Wheel but who share inner wheel values and objectives.


A prospective member is introduced to the Inner Wheel club members by an existing member of the club (Sponsor)

The task of the Sponsor should not end merely by submitting a name to the Club. The Sponsor should:

1.   Invite a prospective member to several meetings prior to proposing the individual for membership

2.   Accompany the prospective member to one orientation /information meetings

3.   Introduce the new member to the other club members each week for the 1st month

4.   Invite the new member to accompany the sponsor to neighboring clubs for the 1st make-up meeting to learn the process and observe the spirit of fellowship.

5.   Ask the new member and Spouse to accompany the sponsor to the club’s social activities, dinners and other special occasions.

6.   Urge the new member to attend conferences and other club events with the sponsor.

7.   Ensure that the new member becomes an active Inner Wheel member.


The Inner Wheel Club of Kampala has done a lot of projects in terms of Health, Education, Humanitarian and other disaster projects. These projects are funded by having concerts, fundraising dinners, tea parties, art exhibition, sports galas, charity walks, fashion shows, auctions, donation from humanitarian agencies, Rotarian friends and other individuals.


This promotes true friendship and development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service and the betterment of social conditions in diverse communities.

The members, their families and friends enjoy talks from selected people of various professions and talents like in Health, Beauty, Social Development and many other topics that affect our daily life.


In many Rotary clubs throughout the world, wives of male members are affectionately known as "Rotary Anns." This designation grew out of an interesting historical occasion.

The year was 1914 when San Francisco Rotarians boarded a special train to attend the Rotary convention being held in Houston. In those days few wives attended Rotary events and until the train stopped in Los Angeles, the only woman aboard was the wife of Rotarian Bru Brunnier. As the train picked up additional delegates, Mrs. Ann Brunnier was introduced as the "Rotarian's Ann." This title soon became "Rotary Ann" and immediately the name was used by all wives of Rotarians in attendance. The name "Rotary Ann" was here to stay.

Long Live International Inner Wheel!

Long Live Inner Wheel Club of Kampala!

History and Report compiled by:


Ann. Winifred Biraaro

Past President; Inner Wheel Club of Kampala.