Founder Of Inner Wheel

Founder Of InnerWheel

 The candle that lit the flame of Inner Wheel

Mrs. Margarette Oliver Golding was the Founder President of The Inner Wheel’, a name she herself had coined. She was trained as a nurse, serving throughout First World War that triggered off a deep desire to help all ailing. Consequently, she took the first step in 1923 to form an organisation, which today is considered as the one of the largest women’s organisation in the World.Inner Wheel was finally a reality on 10th January, 1924 Margarette Oliver Golding when Rotarians’ wives met in Manchester, England, Manchester, UK where Mrs. Margarette Oliver Golding was elected as its first President. This day is now celebrated as the World Inner Wheel Day.

Margarette (nee Owen) was born on 20th November, 1881 at Blaenau Ffestiniog, Merioneth, Wales, located in the mountain of Snowdonia. Margarette was the daughter of William Owen and Sarah Roberts. Having started as a nurse at the London Hospital for Tropical Diseases, she joined a firm already run by two ladies in the field of nurse uniforms, where her vital personality, combined with great courage, foresight, intelligence and business acumen made her a very capable business woman. In 1919, Margarette Golding bought all shares and took over as Managing Director of the company and renamed it as ‘Nurses Outfitting Association Ltd.’, but continued with brand name, ‘DANCO’, derived from old firm’s trade name, ‘Doctors and Nurses Complete Outfitters’.

Margarette married to Oliver Golding in 1905 whose job, registered during the census of 1911, was that of Brewery Cashier. Her husband became a Rotarian of the Club of Manchester, founded in 1911, where she could enjoy the breath of Rotary that inspired her to form an independent social organisation for Women.

Popular amongst her friends as “Peggy”, she was truly an excellent speaker with a lively sense of humour and the gift of inspiring friendship – her ‘At Homes’ were renowned! After battling ill health for a number of years, Margarette Golding died in 1939, having seen the 100th Inner Wheel Club formed.

Here’s To The Women!
Who is loyal to the family and friends,
Who expects no more from others,
Than she is willing to give.