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A TOUCH OF PINK - A NEW NEWSLETTER FROM DISTRICT 330

For the 2021-2022 term, District 330 will be issuing a tri-monthly newsletter, aptly titled, A TOUCH OF PINK, in keeping with the theme of PINK FIRST. This newsletter will contain interesting articles and stories, mostly related to the main focus areas of Inner Wheel, i.e., Health, Education, Opportunity and Empowerment. The District Editor welcomes unpublished articles from all Clubs to ensure the continuity of this newsletter. Please click to download the issue and read. Enjoy!

A touch of pink. District 330 Newsletter No. 1

A touch of pink. District 330 Newsletter No. 2

A touch of pink. District 330 Newsletter No. 3

A touch of pink. District 330 Newsletter No. 4

 

 

Message from
District Chairman 2021-2022
Shamini Nair

PINK FIRST NOW AND ALWAYS


DC Shamini Nair's 4th Message

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end".

This is my farewell speech. My one last chance to say what I have to say.

Thank you is all I have. Thank you to each one of you who had faith in me to do my best for District 330. I hope and pray I have not disappointed any of you, but I am sure as any human being, I would have disappointed a few of you, and for that, I apologise.

One year has come and gone. I remember a constant call saying I must leave a legacy behind. I should do something big for everyone to remember me. I, on the other hand, do not believe you have to do something for someone to remember you. Your kind words, your capacity to listen should someone need to vent and your time in being there for your members should be the way you are remembered. It is nice to hear someone say, "She was there for me when I needed her". I hope I was.

To my District Exco, thank you is not enough. Each one of you has made my year blissful.

I had one of the most hardworking ISOs. Datin Pathma, your debut into the District has been simply amazing. Thank you for coming in during my year.

District Webmaster, a position new to all especially the person who took up the post. District Webmaster Lucy Barrock, thank you for putting us on the map.

District Editor Padmini Pillai has made reading a pleasure. Your time has been consumed by the District and I know it was not an easy task in coming up with interesting articles. Thank you for all that you have done.

DVC Veni, a friend I could turn to at any time. Thank you for being there for me and I wish you nothing but the best for your role as incoming District Chairman.

DEO Peggy, thank you for looking after the Clubs that needed you and the District.

DS Kamala Yeap, thank you, thank you, thank you, for all that you have done. My position has been a bliss because of you.

DT Vimala, thank you for keeping our accounts in check despite being so far away. I am truly happy that you were part of my Exco.

Finally, my friend and my sister, IPDC Shanti Menon, what can I say. You gave me the confidence to hold this post. You believed in me more than I did. You are definitely my rock and calming blanket. Sometimes, a hug is all one needs. Thank you IPDC.

To my National Representative Ambika Menon who has been there for me every single day. You are my Chechi first and then my National Representative. I literally could call you any time of the day. You have been my guiding star. Hearing you say Kutty already gives me the confidence to do the right thing. Thank you National Representative.

Datin Seetha, indirectly you were my Advisor. All I needed to do is to call and you were there. Thank you for always being there for me.

I wish the Incoming DC Krishnaveni Mutthiah nothing but the best. I am very sure you and your Exco will do your utmost for the Members.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish all our Muslim members Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir dan Batin. May this auspicious occasion bring all of us peace, joy and good health.

Thank you all for having faith in me and I once again say we are all about “Friendship First”, the PINK FIRST way.

With much love,

Shamini

Message from
District Chairman 2021-2022
Shamini Nair

LOOKING ON THE PINK SIDE OF LIFE


DC Shamini Nair's 4th Message

It feels like the year 2022 has just started but we are already into March. The District and Clubs have been busy with their own activities and being a part of all these activities has left me a little breathless.

I would like to thank all the Clubs who stepped up to help the flood victims and are still doing their part. Let’s continue to do all that we can do. I would also like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to Inner Wheel Club of Singapore West from District 331 for reaching out to us to offer their assistance to help the flood victims. This then saw a collaboration of Inner Wheel Club of Klang from District 330 and Inner Wheel Club of Singapore West from District 331 working hand-in-hand to help these flood victims. Great work Ladies.  Let’s not forget,

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much" – Helen Keller.

January saw two monumental events take place, one of which is International Inner Wheel Day and the second being the Charter Installation of the Inner Wheel Club of Johor Bahru.

Why do I say monumental??? Firstly, the International Inner Wheel Day was hosted by Club ISOs from the various Clubs in District 330 and the District ISO Datin Pathma, and secondly, we had as our Guest of Honour, International Inner Wheel President Ebe Martines, along with District Chairmen from various Districts and their members. Our President Ebe rendered us her speech where she made a request to all of us to help her and future IIW Presidents to eradicate Cervical Cancer under the theme “Wheel Can Cerv”. Let’s do our part to help. Thank you Club ISOs and District ISO for organising this event.

The Charter Installation of the Inner Wheel Club of Johor Bahru was definitely a monumental event because after three years of overcoming their hurdles and waiting patiently for COVID-19 to give them a break, they managed to do it. Obviously, they would have wanted a Gala event; nevertheless, President Sumathi and her members made it an event to remember. The pleasure was all mine when they sent me an invite to attend this beautiful Charter Installation. Thank you President Sumathi and Members of IWC of Johor Bahru. Wishing your Club many, many more years of friendship and hoping to see you one day in the District.

Well Ladies, we have four months left in this term before we hand over to our successors. Let’s make this last few months count. Friendship is our Motto. Let’s not forget that. Let’s encourage, respect, include and stand by one another. Let’s not judge one another.

Finally, I recall reading somewhere that  as long as there is PINK in the world, it will always be a better place. With that thought provoking quote in mind, let us all continue looking on the PINK side of life.  

Shamini

Message from
District Chairman 2021-2022
Shamini Nair

LET'S ALL HAVE A PINK NEW YEAR


DC Shamini Nair's 4th Message

Sometimes in life, you find a special friend. Someone who changes your life, just by being a part of it. Someone who makes you laugh until you cannot stop. Someone who makes you believe that really, there is good in the world. Someone who convinces you that there is an unlocked door just waiting for you to open. This is forever friendship. This is Inner Wheel. It is a friend for life. It changes you for the better. It brings you laughter through fellowship. It gives you the belief that by doing good, the world becomes a better place. And finally, through Inner Wheel, you can unlock the door that is within you to something so amazing within yourself.

It did for me. On reflection, joining Inner Wheel has been the best thing that has happened to me. For this, I am thankful to Charter President Thana. It has made my life more meaningful. It has allowed me to do charity work, and at the same time, have amazing fellowship with my fellow Club members and other members in the District. I have more friends than I can count. Friends who have become family.

Did I think that I would gain so much from joining a club??? Definitely not, but along the way, I have and am still gaining from Inner Wheel. So my dear Friends, let us take a moment and appreciate this beautiful organisation called Inner Wheel.

Six months have gone by and we are at the end of 2021. Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was installed as DC? How time has flown! I have already had 19 Clubs visits and look forward to four more before I end my term. I thank my ExCo team, truly an awesome bunch of ladies who have rallied together to hold webinars and training programmes. Clubs have been busy helping those in need and also forging friendships with other Inner Wheel Clubs locally as well as Internationally. The District ISO and her merry ladies have been on the go hosting events for National Day, Malaysia Day and Diwali, and are now putting their pretty heads together to organise the upcoming International Inner Wheel Day on 9th January 2022. DEO Peggy recently concluded an inter-district meet with District 331, a long overdue event to forge international understanding and friendships. The third issue of our District newsletter, A TOUCH of PINK is up and I thank DE Padmini for her relentless efforts to keep this newsletter going. The way Clubs have been going about to bring cheer to ensure health, education, empowerment and opportunities for women and children through their projects, I sit back and am so gratified that there are so many positives to look forward to, in spite of the raging COVID-19 pandemic.

I hope every Club President and her members have enjoyed the past six months and are looking forward to the next six. Thank you Ladies for your unending support to the District.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Put on your pink lipstick, a pink dress, a pink scarf, a pink pair of shoes and carry that pink handbag  – let us celebrate PINK FIRST  IIW Theme 2021-22 for what it truly stands for – putting women and children first and women helping women. Let us together build that stronger world.



With much love.

Shamini

Message from
District Chairman 2021-2022
Shamini Nair

PINK IS NOT JUST A COLOUR

DC Shamini Nair's 3rd Message

 

I would like to begin my address with a poem:

“…..I no longer have the patience
to stand absurd people who,
despite their chronological age,
have not grown up.

My time is too short:
I want the essence,
my spirit is in a hurry.
I do not have much candy
in the package anymore.

I want to live next to humans,
very realistic people who know
how to laugh at their mistakes and
who are not inflated by their own triumphs
and who take responsibility for their actions.
In this way, human dignity is defended
and we live in truth and honesty.
It is the essentials that make life useful.

I want to surround myself with people
who know how to touch the hearts of those whom hard strokes of life
have learned to grow, with sweet touches of the soul.

Yes, I'm in a hurry.
I'm in a hurry to live with the intensity that only maturity can give.
I do not intend to waste any of the remaining desserts.
I am sure they will be exquisite,
much more than those eaten so far.

My goal is to reach the end satisfied
and at peace with my loved ones and my conscience.
We have two lives
and the second begins when you realize you have only one.”

(excerpt of a poem “My Soul Has A Hat” from the Internet)
 
This is a poem I keep on my phone, and ever so often, I go back to it and read it as a reminder that this is my ONE life. Let us live our life to the best of our ability.

So much has happened since my last message. Inner Wheel Clubs have been busy fostering friendships with Sister Clubs locally and overseas. My Club ISOs are definitely the busiest members with Zoom Meets of all kinds. My District Editor and District Webmaster have come up with some interesting training programmes, and the websites of both District and IIW, as well as Facebook and Instagram, are literally bursting at the seams with news of Club and District activities like never before. Clubs are continuing to go the extra mile to help the marginalised, and it is so heart-warming that the forthcoming Festival of Lights will not be so bleak for the many families that the Clubs have generously donated to. As Clubs continue to focus on women through charitable acts, webinars and fellowship, I know that District 330 is right on target in evincing that Pink is not just a colour.

We had our 41st AGM which I must say went well despite it not being a physical meeting. Hopefully, we will be able to meet for our District Committee Meeting scheduled for March 2022.

Well my Dear Sisters, we still have a long way to go before the curtains come down on our Inner Wheel year of 2021-2022 . As I always say during my Club visits, District 330 is here should anyone of you need us.

My ExCo and I would like to take this opportunity to wish one and all a very Happy and Blessed Deepavali. This Festival signifies the victory of good over evil and I look forward to the time when we, working together, can triumph over this virus which has wreaked so much hardship on all our lives.

Thank you my dear Sisters.

Shamini Nair

Datin Shamini Nair, District Chairman 2021-22

Message from
District Chairman 2021-2022
Shamini Nair

THINK PINK

 

Dear Friends

Wow! Two months have gone by and we are already in the month of September.

Pandemic and lockdowns it may be, but Busy is what the last two months have been. I have witnessed Installations, Clubs helping those in dire need, Zoom talks on various topics, the forging of virtual international friendships and Zoom training for Presidents and Vice Presidents, Club Correspondents and International Service Organizers. All the training sessions have gone down so well, with Club Correspondents moving on to a refresher course on what Inner Wheel is all about, the Constitution and registration requirements, and the ISOs gaining invaluable insights into the fascinating world of Zoom and its many features. Training programmes have brought in almost full numbers. At the first sessions, encouraging numbers saw 18 Presidents together with their Vice Presidents, while it was 21 Club Correspondents and 21 ISOs at their respective sessions. A blessing in disguise during this pandemic has been that members are now focused on the need to be more IT-savvy, congruent with the need to be able to do almost everything virtually. I am also so proud of all the Clubs who have not allowed COVID-19 to dampen their spirit of giving to those in need of a warm meal, provisions and face masks. Thank you Ladies for always being there for those who need us. To me, PINK symbolises hope, love and empathy in a pandemic-ravaged world.

I was indeed thrilled to learn that one of our two young generation Clubs, IWC of Azul, mentored by IWC of Butterworth, was finally given the green light by the Registrar of Societies. I thank Immediate Past President Daisy, IPDC Shanti Menon and District Extension Organiser Peggy Khoo, for their untiring efforts in making this much awaited event a reality. Heartiest congratulations and welcome President Nor Ilyani and her young and enthusiastic members.

The highlight of my term thus far is that of the Margarette Golding Award conferred on our very own PP Girija Menon from IWC of Petaling Jaya. From the time I joined Inner Wheel, I recall seeing her as the Star of skits or musicals that IWCPJ puts up for any function we have. She is a very selfless person and so worthy and deserving of the award. Thank you PP Giri for everything you do for the children.

I have also lined up my Club Visits via Zoom and look forward to each one of them. Virtual visits may not be the best way, but to me, I can get to see everyone from the comfort of their homes.

Moving forward, our 41st AGM has been set for 25 September 2021, with all likelihood of it being a virtual one. I do hope all Club delegates and observers have pencilled in the date on their calendars and give their full support.

Blessed is what I am with such a dynamic ExCo. The team has been burning the midnight oil and rising before the rooster crows; I know this because my phone beeps in messages as early as 5.30 am. It thrills me that they are just as excited as I to serve in District 330 and will be the driving force that ensures we continue to forge ahead in spite of the numerous control restrictions. My ExCo is my Legacy and I am sure that by the end of my term, we will succeed in giving District 330 greater visibility and a plump position on the Inner Wheel map. The proverbial “There is no ‘I’ in ‘TEAM’, is ringing loud and clear, as together, we rise above the relentless pandemic and move closer to attaining the goal of ‘WOMEN HELPING WOMEN’ and in the process, to building a stronger world.

Well Ladies, that’s all for now. Thank you all once again for having faith in my ExCo and me to do our best for all of you.

“One of the most beautiful qualities of True Friendship is to Understand and to be Understood”
~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca


With Love and thinking PINK FIRST,
Shamini

Datin Shamini Nair, District Chairman 2021-2022

 

Inaugural Message from
District Chairman
2021-2022

SHAMINI NAIR

 

 

 

“They keep saying that beautiful is something a girl needs to be. But honestly? Forget that. Don't be beautiful. Be angry, be intelligent, be witty, be klutzy, be interesting, be funny, be adventurous, be crazy, be talented -- there is an entire eternity of other things to be other than beautiful. And what is beautiful anyway, but a set of letters strung together to make a word? Be your own definition of amazing, always. That is so much more important than anything beautiful, ever” ~ Nikita Gill

 

Warm greetings to my Charming Friends of District 330

The theme for 2021-2022 is PINK FIRST

and this is what it means:

PINK FIRST- is about us - the strong, the confident, the amazing, the ambitious, the dedicated, the committed, the courageous, the knowledgeable, the kind hearted, the doting, the dynamic. These are just a few words to describe the women we are. Let us spend not only this year but every year after this putting Women First. Let us plan and carry out projects to empower women. If we do not look out for us, then no one will. The very reason Inner Wheel was founded is for us to be there for each other. Let us lift each other up instead of pulling each other down.

A few words about my District ExCo - they epitomise the definition of women empowerment and so much more! I could not have asked for a better team even if I had hand-picked them myself. My deepest appreciation to:

  • Immediate Past District Chairman, Shanti Menon (IWC Subang Selangor)
  • District Vice-Chairman, PP Krishnaveni Mutthiah (IWC Klang)
  • District Secretary, PP Kamala Yeap (IWC Apsaras)
  • District Treasurer, PP Vimalavathi (IWC Ipoh East)
  • District Editor, PP Padmini Pillai (IWC Alor Setar)
  • District Webmaster, PP Lucy Barrock (IWC Butterworth)
  • District International Service Organiser, PP Datin Pathma (IWC Kuantan/Indera Mahkota)
  • District Extension Organiser, PDC Peggy Khoo (IWC Kuala Lumpur)

I truly look forward to working with them during my year.  Although each and every one of them is instrumental to the success of Inner Wheel year 2021-2022, I would not be doing justice if I do not make special mention of a few key people who have been responsible for what I am today in Inner Wheel.

IPDC Shanti Menon is more than just my friend in Inner Wheel. Serving in her year as her Vice-Chairman has been a delight and an eye-opening experience, if you will. She will always be the calm to my storm. As one of my trusty advisors, I know she will guide and drive me on the right path. Thank you for being there for me always.

Our National Representative, Mrs Ambika Menon, is my mentor. I started in the District as her ISO. Just being a part of her team has taught me so much. I have always looked up to her and knowing that she is the NR during my term to guide me makes me so happy and blessed. Congratulations to NR Ambika Menon.

Another privilege I have as DC is having a friend I have known since 1992. Datin Seetha is the International Inner Wheel Board Director for the year 2021-2022. I truly cannot think of a better person to represent us on the Board and I am confident she will do all she can to take Inner Wheel to greater heights of excellence.  Congratulations Datin Seetha. You are someone I will be turning to often and I am confident your help and guidance will help me execute my year successfully.

Heartfelt congratulations are also due to PDC Parimala Satheesan for being elected as Deputy National Representative and to PP Cheng Yeok San from Inner wheel Club of Ipoh East for being elected as IIW Editor/Media Manager 2021-2022.

My Dear Friends, I would like to thank each and every one of you for having the confidence in me, especially my home club, Inner Wheel Club of Selangor. I accept this post with utmost humility and graciousness. I promise to carry out my duties to the best of my ability. Being District Chairman to me is just a title. I am still Shamini to each one of you and will always be. Please feel free to reach out and I assure you of my undivided attention and support.

Take care and stay safe.

Yours in Inner Wheel Friendship
Shamini Nair

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DISTRICT 330
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
2021-2022

CHAIRMAN
SHAMINI NAIR
shamini_nair2000@yahoo.com

VICE-CHAIRMAN
KRISHNAVENI MUTTHIAH
m.venirama@yahoo.com

IMM. PAST CHAIRMAN
SHANTI MENON
menonshanti@hotmail.com

HON. SECRETARY
KAMALA YEAP
kamyeap@hotmail.com

HON. TREASURER
VIMALAVATHI TP THAYAMAN PILLAI
vimalatp@yahoo.com

EXTENSION ORGANISER
PEGGY LEE
pegkeng@yahoo.com

INTL SERVICE ORGANISER
DATIN PATHMA RAMANATHAN
pathmaramanathan@yahoo.com

EDITOR
PADMINI PILLAI
padpillai001@gmail.com

WEBMASTER
LUCY BARROCK
kanalu2002@hotmail.com


NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
of Districts 330 and 331
(Malaysia-Singapore)

PDC AMBIKA MENON
(IWC Petaling Jaya)
ambika45@gmail.com

DEPUTY
PDC PARIMALA SATHEESAN
(IWC Subang Selangor)
parimala.satheesan@yahoo.com


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