Work wonders & My dear friends in Inner Wheel,
WE CARE…….Yes, we do! Dare, Care and Share ……….Yes, we will!
This is the challenge I place before you this year - Dare, Care and Share. Three small words yet with great depth of meaning .As members of Inner Wheel, this great women voluntary organization, we Dare to do the impossible, because we Care and we wish to Share. It is so simple. Ever since the inception of Inner Wheel, in 1924, we as members have taken up many challenges, without fear, and with a genuine desire to serve those who need help. Our Inner Wheel prayer says that wherever the need for service arises, be ready to serve. And we at Inner Wheel have come forward with courage and compassion to serve. The world in the last hundred years has seen wars, famines, pestilences, earthquakes, floods, epidemics, and the most recent Covid -19 which shook the world to its very foundations. Yet Inner Wheel members were to be seen everywhere serving the people in any way they could. Nothing could stop them. They DARED because they CARED.
The IIW theme for the year 2022-2023 by our IIW President ZenaidaFarcon -Work Wonders - is a theme that encompasses a very broad spectrum of what we as members can do , to make a difference to the community, society, and the world at large. It inspires us to work Wonders and miracles, when all seems hopeless. Let us all join together to Work Wonders and we will watch the miracles unfold.
I believe that a woman needs to be healthy .She needs to be educated. She needs to be given equal opportunity. She needs skill training. She needs to stand tall and empowered. Keeping this in mind my major focus would be on Adolescent and Women Welfare. Positive health for adolescents and women is my primary goal. A battle against the dreaded Cancer, anemia - spreading awareness regarding early detection and treatment and other health issues will be dealt with "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" said Nelson Mandela. We will use this weapon to educate children who have never seen the inside of a school, school dropouts, educate the adult whose identity is her fingerprint as well as foster E Learning for all. Voluntary teachers would be encouraged and their social conscience awakened Save the environment, Save the world. The Dalai Lama says that it is our collective and individual responsibility to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live. We must ensure that the world we pass on to future generations is better than what we found it.
With this in mind, a major drive to minimize air, water, noise pollution and regulate waste management will be undertaken. Efforts to bring back tall shady leafy trees that were a part of our childhood and afforestation on a war footing will be organized. "Each one plant many" is my wish. An increased membership means more hands to serve. Let us bring into the Inner Wheel fold those women who wish to serve and are looking for a forum of likeminded women to channelize their compassion and generosity.
As we step into a New Year of Friendship , Service and International Understanding, as we build further on the mighty edifice of Inner Wheel in India, as we Work Wonders and Miracles as we make the impossible possible with courage, dedication & friendship, let us in the words of Swami Vivekananda "Arise ,Awake And Stop Not Till The GOAL is reached".
I wish you all the best my dear Wonder Workers. God bless you
Dr. Sujit Kaur