PRIOR TO DISTRICT 322
Dr. Muriel Sukumaran Trivendrum
Princess Gowrie Parvathy Bayi
Gnanapoo De Croos
Nirmalie was the founder Chairman of District 322 and she initiated the formation of many IW clubs in Sri Lanka and she was always there to advice the new clubs. She received the Margaret Golding award in 2001. She served as IIW Representative and Board Member for two years 1987/89. Later she served as IIW Board Director in 1997/98.
Late Annie Samaranayake took over the reins and the IWC of Maharagama was formed. For the first time an IIW President graced the District Conference of District 322 during this year. The first Indian IIW President Mrs. Mina Kapoor graced her District Conference as the Chief Guest. She started a home for the destitute in Dankotuwa and it earned her a well deserved Margaret Golding award.
The IWC of Mount Lavinia was chartered during this year. She started the project “The Breath of Life” to provide piped oxygen to the ICU of the Ragama hospital and it was later completed by Mrs. Gwen Tissera in 1990/91. She was appointed the IIW Representative and Board Member in 1990/91.
Nadine took over at a time when the country was in political turmoil and it was impossible for her to continue with the previous year’s project. IWC of Kurunegala was formed during this year. She was appointed as the IIW Representative and Board Member for Sri Lanka in 1992/93.
Gwendoline completed the project “The Breath of Life” started in 1987/88 by Mrs. Indrani Atukorale in the ICU of the Colombo North General Hospital in Ragama. This project provided piped oxygen to 10 beds. IWCs of Nuwara Eliya and Wattala were formed during this year. She was appointed the IIW Representative and Board Member for Sri Lanka in1993/94.
Pearl encouraged the clubs in the District to engage in personalized service projects in keeping with the IIW theme for the year. She demonstrated a uniquely quiet efficiency during her period in office. After the post National Representative was created by IIW and she was appointed National Representative for the country in 1994/95.
The IWC of Batticoloa received their Charter during this year. She laid emphasis on personalized service to assist the down trodden people. Specially designed IW greeting cards were printed and clubs were encouraged to mail them to foreign clubs to widen our horizons and to mark World IW day. She organized a special training program for club Presidents to promote efficient club leadership. She was elected the National Representative of Sri Lanka in 1997/98. She was elected IIW Board Director in 2002/03.
She encouraged the clubs to foster children who lost their fathers in the civil war of the country. The female inmates of the Rheumatology and Habilitation Hospital in Ragama the only one in the country were assisted in many ways. IIW President Mrs. Beth Mc Neil who was the Chief Guest at her District Conference was interviewed on National TV to promote Inner Wheel. She was elected the National Representative for Sri Lanka in 1999/2000.
She was the District Chairman during the 75th anniversary of IIW. She donated 75 sets of books, stationery and uniforms to 75 children to commemorate the event. A contribution was made towards the purchase of a MRI scanner for the National Hospital in Colombo. A scholarship fund was set up for a bright student of grade 5 up to A/Ls and this student obtained 3A grades at her A/L exam. Kusum was elected the National Representative of Sri Lanka in 2001/02.
The IWC of Colombo South was formed during this year. She compiled and printed the IW cook book “A Gastronomical Journey Around the World”. The proceeds from the sale of the books were used to uplift the junior school of the visually impaired at Ratmalana. The National Hospital was given a donation of an Intravenous infusion pump, 6 blood pressure meters and 5 water mattresses to the Neurological Ward. The Millennium District Conference was attended by IIW President Lilian Pettigrew as the Chief Guest and several dignitaries from India. Renuka was elected the National Representative in 2002/03 and was elected the IIW Board Director in 2005/06.
Focused mainly on the disadvantaged woman. A seminar was held on abuse of women and drug abuse. “The Welcome House” a centre for women in crisis was refurbished. Members of the district visited the Welikada prison and the female inmates were donated basic necessities. 23 members attended the Triennial Conference in Chennai, India during her year. She was elected the National Representative for Sri Lanka in 2003/04.
The maternity ward of the Nagoda Hospital, Kalutara was refurbished and a baila night was held to raise funds for the project. She was appointed National Representative for Sri Lanka in 2004/05. During this year the devastating Tsunami struck Sri Lanka and she chaired the IW Tsunami committee and successfully built many houses, initiated self employment and provided basic amenities to start life again for the victims of Tsunami.
Dr. Carmel Fernandopulle
The contribution to the building fund of the Rotary District Center in Battaramulla made IW District 322 a Life Member of the Center. A handsome donation was made to the Mammography Fund of the National Hospital in Colombo. The IW Clubs of Trincomalie and Kurunegala were formed during this year. She was elected the National Representative of Sri Lanka in 2005/06 and was elected the IIW Board Director in 2008/09.
With the donation made to the Federation of the Visually Handicapped it was possible to transcribe books into Braille for undergraduates. A Perkins Brailler and Braille stationary for the visually handicapped students of Dharisanam School, Batticoloa donated. With the proceeds of the coffee morning, a surgical drill was given to the Department of Neurosurgery, National Hospital in Colombo. IWCs of Ethugalpura and Kurunegala were formed and received their Charter certificates. The official web site of District 322 www.innerwheel.lk was launched and the district got wide publicity with a full page advertisement. She was elected the NR for Sri Lanka in 2006/07.
Maligawatte Maternity Hospital was refurbished. 18 wheel chairs were given to the clubs to be handed over to the handicapped people. Spectacles were given to the clubs to be donated to needy people with prescriptions. Two Anesthetic machines were given to Jaffna and Kurunegala Teaching Hospitals. Houses were built in Kosgoda and Ambalangoda for the Tsunami victims. This project was continued by the Tsunami Committee and built a total of 36 houses, a community Centre and a school for IT and English. She was elected the National Representative for Sri Lanka in 2007/08.
She embarked on a project to give sight to the poor and 125 sets of lenses for cataract patients were donated to Matale Base Hospital and Vijaya Kumaratunge Hospital, Seeduwa. The Kosgoda Community Centre for Tsunami victims was officially opened during this year. She was elected the National Representative of Sri Lanka in 2008/09 and was elected the IIW Board Director in 2011/12.
She rebuilt the Community Centre in Batticoloa that was washed away by the Tsunami with the funds received from France. 19 boxes of valuable books on IT and English were distributed to 19 girl’s schools in keeping with the IIW – UNICEF project “Educate a girl child”. IWC Colombo Mid City was formed during this year and there was a 7% membership growth for the year. She was elected National Representative for Sri Lanka in 2009/10.