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IIW President Profile

Mrs. Christine Kirby
IIW President 2018-19

Inner Wheel Time Line Positions Held

August 2000 Joined Inner Wheel Club Balmain
2005-06 President Inner Wheel Clun Balmain
2007-08 District Chairman A51
2008-09 Council Member Inner Wheel Australia
2010 Charter President Inner Wheel Club Sydney Inner West
2012-13 Vice President Inner Wheel Australia
2013-14 President Inner Wheel Australia
2014-15 National representative to international Inner Wheel
2015-16 International Inner Wheel Board Director
2017-18 Vice President International Inner Wheel
July 18+ President International Inner Wheel

Personal Bio
Born and raised in Sydney.
Chris met her husband Rob when they were both enrolled in law at Sydney Uni. They have been married for 40 years. In between having children, Chris completed her degree majoring in Sociology and Politics.
She has 4 terrific children -2 of each and 4 divine, but exhausting grandchildren.

Involvement and Service

Chris's introduction to Inner Wheel began when she was invited to be a guest speaker at the Inner Wheel Club of Balmain in 2000 to talk about her and her husband's involvement in an orphanage in Paradip, India that they established with another Rotary couple who were living in India at the time. The orphanage continues to operate today.
Chris joined the Balmain Club shortly after that ....and was made treasurer on the same night. During her year as President of Balmain, she introduced a few activities that were more service based, rather than relying on members and their friends having to put their hands in their pockets.

Ronald McDonald House
The Club began monthly visits to the Ronald McDonald House, Randwick, where members prepared and served dinner to the sick children and their families. It was about sharing with the families and breaking the hospital routine for them, and the members loved it.
(She continued this project with her new club, Sydney Inner West.)

Sydney Cord Blood Bank
Chris had heard of Inner Wheel Clubs of Sutherland and Pt Hacking running a weekly roster to collect cord blood from their nearby St George Private Hospital, and drive it to the Sydney Cord Blood Bank at the Prince of Wales Hospital Randwick.
She began a roster with her club to do the same from another accredited hospital close to her club, Royal Prince Alfred. Happily, Balmain and Sydney Inner West continue to do this one day each week.

Gorman House St Vincent's Hospital
Another activity Chris introduced was cooking a barbecue twice a month with the homeless at the drug and alcohol detox centre attached to St Vincent's Hospital.

Breakfast Club at the International School
One of her more recent projects has been Brekkie at Clevo where members of her club prepare a breakfast at the International School each week during school terms. A good hearty breakfast is served to the refugee pupils and an opportunity to practise their English.

District Level
(District A51 extends from the Northern Beaches to Wollongong in the South and Camden in the West)
Chris became District Chairman, A51 in 2007-8. She was passionate about expanding the organisation and following this role she brought a number of women together and was the Charter President of the Sydney Inner West Club in 2010.

Beginnings of International Involvement
Her journey to International Inner Wheel (IIW) really commenced in 2006 when she attended the IIW Convention in Christchurch. She worked together with other members within Australia to produce the very successful proposal that was presented at the Istanbul Convention some 6 years later, opening the membership parameters to this great organisation. No longer did a member have to be affiliated with Rotary and this proposal has helped grow the organisation it is today.

2013-14 President Inner Wheel Australia, Chris continued to foster the objectives of Inner Wheel - promoting true friendship; encouraging the Ideas of personal service; and fostering international understanding. During this year as she travelled around the country she loved meeting members and sharing the stories. Inner wheel was changing being more relaxed and inclusive.

Chris continued her journey in Inner Wheel and became Present of Inner Wheel Australia in. In 2014-15 she became National Representative followed by becoming an International Inner Wheel Board Director in 2015-16. Her journey continued and in 2017-18 she was elected vice President of IIW and this role coordinates the representatives of Inner Wheel at the United Nations. The representatives follow and assist this work session of the commissions regarding important themes as: Human Rights, Rights of the Children, conditions of Women, the family, the Elderly and drugs and report to the International Vice President on the International Vice President on the activities of the Committees and Conferences. Currently there are 4 IW members accredited at the United Nation Offices in Geneva, Vienna and New York.

Inner Wheel walks proudly besides all other service clubs in serving the community. What Chris loves about Inner Wheel is that we are truly women supporting each other in everything. That matters to women: our families, health, the rights of the child, education, equality, ageing, :::: our community. And when women work together as members of Inner Wheel, their friendship and other benefits come. 2018-2021 international Social Project launched the recent IIW Convention in Melbourne is caring for Women and Girls.

Chris also launched her theme for the year providing all members with a powerful message during her year - Empower and Evolve.

A lady of endless energy and passion to strive to make a better place for all.