Plans to establish an Inner Wheel club in Cromwell to serve the wider Central Otago area is gaining traction.

Inner Wheel, an international women’s organisation which fosters friendship and service, has branches based in more than 100 countries.

However, the closest branch serving the Central Otago area is in Queenstown.

For some members that has become too far to travel, member Dot Anderson-Lee said.

“We are trying to encourage Central Otago ladies who don’t wish to travel to Queenstown .. to charter a club in the area, probably the most central point is Cromwell.”

Inner Wheel started in Manchester, in 1924, after the wife of a Rotarian realised how much of a difference Rotary was making in the community.

Wives then were excluded from any involvement.

“She thought women can make a difference and Inner Wheel was born,” Mrs Anderson-Lee said.

An “official process” had started in order to get “acceptance” from the governing body, International Inner Wheel.

“We require at least 10 ladies who want to give something back to their community, whilst making new friends and having a fun time.”

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