The wheels are in motion to charter a new friendship group in Corowa where women can become part of the largest voluntary service organisation in the world.
Members of the Inner Wheel Club of Yarrawonga-Mulwala will be out the front of Woolworths in Sanger Street, Corowa on Thursday, January 18 between 10am and 4pm to spread the word about Inner Wheel in the hope to establish a group in Corowa.
Residents in surrounding towns like Rutherglen and Wahgunyah are also welcome to join.
With 3895 clubs in 103 countries across the world, the purpose of the group is to raise money locally, nationally and internationally for causes while at the same time celebrating friendships and having fun.
Dallice Robins and Stasha Barton have both been part of the Yarrawonga-Mulwala group for 12 years, saying close friendships are formed and members look out for one another.
“It’s a great way for women to get together and support each other,” Dallice said.
“The club can be an outlet for women who are new to the town, those who have retired, women in the workforce or young mums looking to meet new people.”
In Australia, Inner Wheel has raised more than $2 million and provided 36 grants of up to $65,000 for research into the use of cord blood to treat such illnesses as cerebral palsy, leukaemia, cystic fibrosis and prostate cancer.
Inner Wheel Clubs and Districts help fund cord blood research with a national appeal each year called Coin For A Cord.
Stasha said they were calling all community-minded women who are over the age of 18 and would like to make new friends and assist a child to have a second chance at life by supporting cord blood research.
Fundraising also helps out local organisations and services, with monthly meetings organised by members.
“The meetings can be over lunch, dinner, afternoon tea or even cocktails,” Stasha said.
“Those who work during the day may prefer to have afternoon meetings or meet over dinner.”
Ten members would be required to establish a charter.
Dallice said women should not feel restricted if they were already part of another service group.
“There’s always room for more involvement,” she said.
The Yarrawonga-Mulwala Club enjoys a strong membership of 43 and feels confident Corowa and Rutherglen could experience the same.
The club will mark its 40th year on March 4.
For more details or those interested in joining can phone Dallice on 0428 875 748; Rosemary Clark on 0418 174 756 or Bernadette Frazer on 0419 526 312.