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Mrs Shanti Menon, District Chairman 2020-2021. September 2020 Message.



September 2020 message from
District Chairman







Greetings Ladies,

August has come and gone and surprisingly the District 330 has not been awfully busy but just dusting the surface, and getting its act together for Annual General Meeting (AGM) in September.

The venue has been identified, the date has been fixed and the programme drawn out. It’s going to be a relaxed and fun-filled day for all we ladies to just come, attend to business of the day, soak in the fun and frolic and just enjoy each other’s company. We have booths with interesting things for sale, we have a talk show with the talented local designer Bill Keith and nice door gifts for you. So please do attend the AGM. 

I have also managed to deliver all the face masks to all members who have ordered. I hope all of you love it as much as we loved creating it.

I had one club visit and an installation to attend in Kuantan, which I did with District Vice-Chairman Shamini. Congratulations is in order to President Renuha Ratnasingam of IWC Kuantan/Indera Mahkota for taking up position this term and I know that you will steer your club well. We also enjoyed IWC Kuantan’s warm hospitality, their delicious food (thank you PP Viji Nair) and the general reception. My sincere gratitude to each and every one of you! IWC Kuantan - you charmed me!

District Treasurer Kamala and I have been making trips to the bank to get the formalities done. DT Kamala has also been extremely busy collecting district dues and keeping every club treasurer on her toes. District Secretary Veni must have been the busiest of us all as she is in the midst of compiling documents for the annual report and generally getting everything in order for the AGM. 

District Editor Vimala has been doing an excellent job updating the website in record time. Kudos to her and web provider Cheng Yeok San for a job well done!

District Extension Chairman Juanita and her team are busy producing a pamphlet to encourage fresh membership. I know that all of you are going to be excited to use these pamphlets in your own extension work. This will be launched on AGM day.

Another launch on AGM day would be the District Guidelines. IPDC Padmini Menon with guidance from our own stalwarts Joy Sundram, Jessie Wang and Joan Salleh has managed to update the guidelines for district positions to suit with current requirements. Once again web provider Yeok San has managed to make this document so user friendly and I am sure it’s going to be well received.

I hope all of you are doing well and busy with your club activities and projects. Do take all the necessary precautions as we are not out of the woods yet, in fact, we have seen a sudden spike in fresh COVID cases. 

Please encourage each other to visit our District website and check out what’s new and interesting. I trust you will call me or anyone in the District if you need any assistance or if you have any queries.

Stay healthy, stay safe and stay beautiful. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be of service.

Hello September, surprise me...

Shanti Menon
District Chairman 2020-2021
Inner Wheel District 330, Malaysia 

Mrs Shanti Menon, District Chairman 2020-2021



August 2020 message from
District Chairman







Greetings Ladies,

Welcome to the month of August. It’s been a month since my team and I have been in office. And we have been busy. But busy is good, especially since we are still in the period of partial lockdown with limited travel, closed borders and social distancing.

I have attended two installation gatherings in July, witnessing two brand new presidents - President Daisy of IWC Butterworth and President Indira Menon of IWC Subang taking office. Many other clubs have had their installation in very low key handover sessions. Whichever way you have chosen to do it, its fine! It’s a beautiful sensation and transported me back to my earlier days when I became club president. That top of the world feeling rivals none! May your enthusiasm never fade, may you soar high and may your clubs flourish under your guidance and watchful eyes! Congratulations to all the new Presidents.

A good Inner Wheel sister planned a lunch for me to meet up with Malaysian designer Bill Keith. Bill Keith, who has always been a friend of Inner Wheel District 330, a philanthropist and a benevolent soul, was his normal charming self and related stories of the pandemic period to lockdown to preparing of PPEs for our frontliners. Amazing feat, amazing person and I am happy to work with him on a ‘Charity starts with a Mask’, Covid preventive, Inner Wheel branding initiative. The response by the Inner Wheel Clubs, though not astounding, has been encouraging and we have managed to get this initiative going.

The month of July also saw me busy preparing for the official matters to come. Visit to the bank to change signatories, almost everyday chats with District Executive Committee members just to update each other on the happenings, preparing for our first Executive Committee meeting and various other formalities. Not forgetting the calls from club presidents to either touch base with me or just clear some doubts. Your calls are important to me and it keeps me connected to all of you.

I also participated in a Friendship Day zoom video conference under the invitation of District 325 India. Past Association President Prabha Raghunandan engaged with officers from South Asian countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. All our ISOs were also encouraged to participate in this very exciting and vibrant programme. Thank you DISO Sumo Nair for coordinating this.

Another very exciting project that we took on in the month of July was to organise a Zoom webinar in joint collaboration with District 331. Tedious, painstaking effort to get this project off the ground but it was well worth it! My deepest appreciation to web provider and host Cheng Yeok San for facilitating this webinar. IIW President Dr Bina Vyas graced this webinar with not just her presence, but her charm, simplicity and her unmistakable ‘I mean business’ attitude! It was a marathon afternoon that extended to the evening and I trust it was worth everyone’s while. A lot of you attended this webinar and I thank you for the support and I hope you have become a lot more knowledgeable regarding Inner Wheel and that Dr Bina has managed to fuel your enthusiasm and spirit. I hope all club presidents have taken note of President Bina’s goals and targets for this year and let us help her materialise it!

Our first Executive Committee meeting was also conducted successfully and I thank District Vice-Chairman Shamini for opening her home to us for this purpose. Not forgetting the warm hospitality and the delicious food.

Official Club visits have been planned for me and I will be doing my first official visit in a few days’ time. I am extremely excited about this and can’t wait to start visits to clubs and to meet all of you in person.

Meanwhile stay happy, stay safe and stay beautiful. I thank you for the opportunity to be of service.

Shanti Menon
District Chairman 2020-2021
Inner Wheel District 330, Malaysia 

Mrs Shanti Menon, District Chairman 2020-2021


Welcome Message from
District Chairman






Greetings Ladies,

1st July marks yet another Inner Wheel term and I am honored and grateful to be given the mandate to be the 40th District Chairman for District 330. My gratitude goes out to my home club IWC of Subang for supporting me and all the clubs in the district for having confidence in that decision. I would also like to thank PDC Parimala Satheesan for having introduced me to the world of Inner Wheel, encouraged, groomed and supported me in my entire journey of ten years.

A group of very talented ladies join me as I start my journey as the DC and I thank them for their valuable time and willingness to serve in my team. Datin Shamini Nair is the Vice Chairman, Kamala Yeap is the Treasurer, Veni Ramachandran is the Secretary, Sumo Nair Is International Service Organiser, Vimala Pillai is Editor and PNR Juanita Lee is Extension Chairman. Mrs Alice Lau from District 331 is the National Representative for this term. I am also extremely grateful to IIWPBD Jessie Wang and PNR Datin Seetha Lakshmi for agreeing to be my advisors for this term 2020-21. The term that passed under the able leadership of IPDC Padmini Menon was very eventful and I thank her for the invaluable experiences. It was indeed a year of learning and unlearning for me.

We all know that the world is facing unprecedented times. As we tread cautiously into our new Inner Wheel term, I invite all of you to join me to 'Lead The Change'. Times like this call for unprecedented actions. Let's lead the change by being a little kinder, being more compassionate, accepting and adapting to new norms, choosing to skill up and to learn. While we wait for the world to make itself right, let's not retreat into distraction and isolation but choose to progress and flourish as we still have goals and dreams that we need to fulfill. Even though physical meetings and doing big scale projects might be difficult, let's remember that not everything achievable needs our physical presence in it. Sometimes, all it takes is the willingness to be a part of it! Let's lead the change in adapting to this!

The District's goals for the term are in line with the International Inner Wheel project which is Caring For Women & Girls. This has been an ongoing international project for the last two years and this term would be the last year. I would like clubs to have at least one project this term which focuses on this objective. It's a subject close to all our hearts and we do this on a regular basis. It's something that has no beginning and definitely no end. Shout out to all of you who are constantly trying to build other women, those of you who are encouraging women to just love themselves or just helping women to fight for something more.

I have always been a firm believer that we as women have it in us to empower the ones who need to be uplifted. With that in mind, I urge you ladies to empower at least one girl/woman in your community. And as RW Emerson said, if one life has breathed easier because you lived in this earth, is a sign of successful living!

As we go on into the Inner Wheel year, the District will be keeping in close contact with all of you. I hope you feel free to pick up the phone or text me whenever you need to clear any doubts, share with me some activities in your club and community or to just say Hello! We have plans of conducting training sessions with all of you and also aim to have a gathering whenever it is deemed safe. District officers will be contacting you from time to time and I hope you will cooperate with them and give them the information and documents they need. The District will also from time to time give you directions on the practices that might be unique to 2020 and the stand we are taking on various issues.

Meanwhile, stay safe, accept the new normal and be in peace with it all! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be of service.

Shanti Menon
District Chairman 2020-2021
Inner Wheel District 330


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(IIW Board Director 2001-2003)
(Past National Representative

of Districts 330 and 331

(IWC Sibu)

(IWC Petaling Jaya)


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