Association President ( 2019-20)

MAMTA GUPTA

ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT 2019-2020
The 44TH President of the Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in India

An Aquarian, born and brought up from the land which once served as the cosmic playground of Krishna, in the sacred soil of Mathura and Vrindavan, Mamta Gupta did her B.Sc. Hons. in Chemistry from Magdh university. She has joined Inner Wheel in 2001 and has had an incredible journey within the organization. She served as the Club President in 2006-07. Since she was elected to be the President, she started searching for a land, suitable to fulfill her vision for a permanent project. A responsible person with proven leadership abilities in handling multiple tasks, Mamta took over the President ship very enthusiastically and started her year with the club’s website. Her year long effort resulted into buying of 13 kotthas of land in South Kolkata. On the auspicious occasion of Inner Wheel Day 10th January 2007 it became clear to all that the dream seen by her would soon be a reality, when the foundation stone for “Apnalay”….. a Home for the Aged was laid. She always reads the word IMPOSSIBLE as l”M’ POSSIBLE.. She and has been instrumental in construction of Apnalay since its inception and in 2014 the building completed and inaugurated by IIW President Carol Young. Trust account has been opened by her to support the project. She also started a mega fund raiser event “FQ- Fashion Quotient”, a wedding exhibition”, the first edition of which was held for two days at Taj Bengal and was inaugurated by Shri Amar Singh, by then Hon’ble Member of Parliament. Success of this event made it an annual feature for the club.

She had the privilege of chairing the 200th regular meeting of the Club. She had made her club proud by inducting new members and making it the largest club in the District. She entered the district committed with conviction, compassion and consistency in 2010 and served as Dist Editor, ISO, Treasurer, Secretary and Vice Chairman. As District Treasurer she got the opportunity to convene the East Zone Seminar. As District Chairman in 2015-16 she had the credit of adding many first to her District, e.g • Publication History book of District & it’s 51 clubs • District Directory was given a name.

First E-newsletter was released. Clubs also started E bulletin that year. Kolkata New Gen Club was formed with 19 very young vibrant members. – 14th Triennial conference was hosted.

44 Presidents were the voting delegates in 14th Triennial conference, hosted at Kolkata.

Another milestone for the District — Past Association Presidents forum meeting was hosted.

MANAVTA a unique Project to provide sanitation, hygiene and health facility to the underprivileged women, attracted contributions from the Clubs to the tune of more than Rs. 12 lakhs. 67 sanitary Napkin vending machines and few incinerators were installed in girls’ schools, which would benefit a lakh plus women. First Ever Walk of about 2 hours by more than 650 people, for Breast Cancer Awareness. Apollo Hospital and Yours Company, besides six other organizations, joined the noble cause. IIW day was celebrated in style and widely publicized through the Telegraph, Radio FM, hoardings at prominent intersections of Kolkata and multiplexes. 

Stared Friendship meet trip visiting with members to other Districts. She has attended 5 Triennial Conference in Mumbai, Varanasi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Pune respectively and also served as steward and chief stewards in the business session of 13th & 15th Triennial Conference. She has also attended 3 South Asia Rally in Sri Lanka, Mumbai & Malaysia. She attended the 60 Years of IW – the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of IWC in India. She attended 50th year celebration of IIW Formation Day at Varanasi. 16th & 17h IIW convention at Copenhagen and Melbourne was attended by her as a voting delegate. She has been the faculty in 3 ICI.

• In 2016-17 she has served as first Association Treasurer from her District and 1st time

the Income Tax return for 2015-16 and 2016-17 was filled by her for the Association.

She loves swimming and driving. She is a natural artist, who loves to play with colors and draw sketches. She has held solo exhibitions and sold paintings from home. She is a member of Calcutta Ladies Golf Club (CLGC) and DI (Dalhousie Institute).

Her noble work is adequately supported by her son, Sanyam who is pursuing LLB and CS, and husband, Sanjay Gupta who is a practicing Company Secretary for more than 30 years. He was twice Chairman of the Eastern Region of the Institute of Company Secretaries in India. He is a former Rotarian served his club at various capacities for 18 years. Milestones

Inner Wheel has become her passion which reflected in her innovative ideas and its execution. She has conceptualized and designed the Special postal covers (Envelopes) with Inner Wheel logo & theme: 2014-15 — first of its kind in the Inner Wheel history, to commemorate the 75th death anniversary of Mrs. Margarette Oliver Golding, the Founder of Inner Wheel. 10,000 such envelopes were released on 11th June, 2014 at the Association level. These special covers are kept on display at Philately Bureau of Mumbai GPO, Nagpur GPO, Pune, Aurangabad, Nasik & Panaji HO.

In 2012, she took part in painting Competition held at 15th IIW Convention Istanbul, Turkey. Her painting won the highest vote and was auctioned during the Gala Dinner to raise the fund for construction of Primary School in the earthquake affected area in Eastern Turkey.

mamta believes in ‘Change, Challenge and Opportunity’–All Inner Wheel members, let come together to change the challenge into opportunity.


Message

Dear Seema & Members

Chairman, District 308

Warm Greetings!

Congratulations to you and members of the Executive Committee for taking leadership of this vibrant District. Persistence and willingness to stride an extra mile and help us achieve our dreams. Someone has truly said -A dream does not become a reality through magic. It takes sweat, resolution, vision and hard work. You have carved your own niche to reach the zenith of success due to your diligence and tenacity for excellence.

It’s time to connect with every member through this page of the District Directory. Friends, this year’s I/W theme given by IIW President Phyllis E Charter is “Together we can”. We do various projects, spend millions, still we are not well known in the society. We are proud members of this prestigious organization, which very soon would be celebrating its centenary. In India our first club Ahmedabad will be completing 65 years in January 2020. Therefore, it is about time that we make our INNER WHEEL identity more visible in the society.

As Swami Vivekananda says “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life. Think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea beside.” This is the way to success.

Friends, if we decide to brand Inner Wheel, “Together we can”. Whatever has to be done – should be done on a large scale. Whatever projects we do, it should be noticeable, if all clubs do similar projects on a large scale, it would be visible to the eye. If clubs work jointly and do some permanent projects, that will give us a big visibility. Please put a big IW logo in all the projects and write ‘World’s Largest Women’s Voluntary Service Organization’ that shows the unity and “Together we can” contribute in branding Inner Wheel, which should be our Mantra.

Youth is the most cherished asset of any Nation and they are truly, the dreamers of tomorrow. So our motto should be to initiate New Gen Club – as many as possible to bring new enthusiasm and new innovative ideas to make IW more millennial.

“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.”:- Mother Theresa one of the most inspirational and determined person having humble beginnings make me believe that with the unyielding support of all clubs and each & every member we will be able to accomplish the project Mission Mamta- Orphans free India 2024.

It’s a proud moment for us as for the first time we will be hosting the IIW Convention in India on 3rd-6th March, 2021. Registration for the same will commence from February 2020, so register yourself to avail this elated opportunity to witness the 18th IIW convention.

Lets’ begin the New Inner Wheel year with new teams having new ideas and renewed enthusiasm and a commitment of “Together we can”, achieve greater heights & even move mountains.

The path needed to travel and traverse may look laid down with hurdles at this point in time but it is at times self-limiting. The sky gets cleared as we move on, with passion and sincerity. Miles to go before we sleep…!!

Wish you all a bright IW year.

Mamta Gupta
President & National Representative
Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in India