Inner Wheel Minhi looking to recruit new, younger members

CHANGING HANDS: Inner Wheel Club of Orange Minhi Melissah Quinn and Rebecca Worner with the club's presidential sash. Photo: MAX STAINKAMPH
CHANGING HANDS: Inner Wheel Club of Orange Minhi Melissah Quinn and Rebecca Worner with the club's presidential sash. Photo: MAX STAINKAMPH

Inner Wheel Club of Orange Minhi is breaking the mould of Inner Wheel Clubs. 

Traditionally the domain of an older demographic of women, Orange’s club is breaking ground not just in the Central West but all throughout Australia in making a tech-savvy, mother-friendly club. 

The Minhi club is still small, with only 13 members, but hopes to grow to have more mothers in the future.

Minhi is an Wiradjuri word for “little sister”, which current president Melissah Quinn said was reference to the club’s youth. 

“Inner wheel’s been around for a long time, and in 2012 some of our founding members used to go to other clubs’ meetings and saw a need for a younger group so we were chartered in 2013,” Mrs Quinn said.

“The majority of them are retirees and I think with the timing of meetings, most of us either work or are full time with kids or doing other things, that’s why we needed this other group.”

Mrs Worner said most of the group’s activity was done over Facebook, which meant monthly meetings – which are held at night – go far more smoothly and quicker, with children often in attendance. 

“We do local, national and international fundraisers, and if we hear something in the news and can think of a way to try and help someone we bring it to a meeting,” Mrs Quinn said. 

A movie night raising $1500 for Francine Sammut and a trivia night raising well over $2000 for Barabara Parkins’ KINI charity mark the two fundraisers that stand out to the pair.

Anyone interested in joining should contact Mrs Worner on 0417 449 758. 

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