The 42nd President of the Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in India
Patricia Hilton’s Message
My dear Inner Wheel Members ,
As we embark on a year of friendship and collective service, I am deeply honoured to share this memorable and meaningful journey with you to successfully achieve our vision and goals for the year.
The impact of our association in building better lives and creating happier futures vests with our clubs in providing a platform for our members to come together and execute community need based projects that align with the objectives of our organisation.This can only happen by focusing on Extension, Retention, Membership growth, Strategic planning, efficient training, promoting leadership and involving members in the programmmes and activities of the club and District, to grow Inner Wheel.
In our efforts to create a more socially equitable and environmentally sustainable world, we look to concentrating our efforts in protecting and empowering women, promoting gender equality,enhancing literacy initiatives, skill development and bringing about a positive environmental impact. Our work is diverse and far reaching and reflects Inner Wheel’s deep passion and commitment to Empathize, Educate and Empower women in all stratas of society.
The importance of education and Literacy is a guaranteed way to change lives. By equipping people with literacy skills and quality education, we can increase their access to economic opportunities and emancipation, which in turn will help alleviate poverty.
We need to give full support to the praiseworthy initiative of our Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi in improving the quality of the environment through the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’programme.Our children must also receive guidance and instruction in Hygiene and Health Care,Handwashing etc and providing clean and healthy surroundings to grow. We must also ensure that suitable toilet facilities are provided for girls in schools thereby limiting dropouts from the educational system. Care should also be taken to educate girls on menstrual hygiene,child rights and abuse in society.
As responsible citizens we must also make all efforts to conserve and protect the environment by limiting our use of paper and moving towards electronic communications for reducing our carbon footprint.
Let us work together with commitment and dedication in the coming year for the cause of Inner Wheel by making our clubs stronger and more effective.
Every effort must be made to project the good work of our clubs, thereby improving our Public Image and increasing the brand value of Inner Wheel. Let us reach out by inviting more wonderful women to join us in expanding the great work we do.
The International Inner Wheel Convention is being held in Melbourne, Australia in April 2018 with Dr Kapila Gupta as the International Inner Wheel President. Let us make every effort to promote and support the Melbourne Convention by attending in large numbers.
I look forward to working closely with you in the year ahead to foster friendships and serve our communities.
Let our work together in building happier futures and better lives be our lasting gift to posterity. Leave a lasting Legacy!
Yours in friendship, Patricia Hilton
Association President & National Representative 2017-2018
About Patricia Hilton
Patricia Hilton was born in Agra, Uttar Pradesh and after her schooling attended St. Bede’s College, Shimla for her Teachers’ Training Certificate Course. She excelled in sport and academics, winning college colours in hockey, basketball and athletics. She received the prestigious “Best All Round Student” award for demonstrating excellence in leadership, character and sport. She also captained the women’s hockey team of Uttar Pradesh.
Patricia went on to pursue a career in education and completed a Master of Arts in History from Agra University and Bachelor of Education from M.D. University Rohtak. She taught at La Martiniere College for Girls, Lucknow, The Frank Anthony Public School, New Delhi and with the Ministry of Education, Oman.
Patricia is married to Rotarian Past District Governor David Hilton (RI District 3080). In 1985, she and her husband moved to Dehradun where they joined Hilton’s School and have spent the last 30+ years growing and developing the school into an institution of high repute.
Being proud citizens of Dehradun, Patricia and David have been engaged citizens who have always been actively involved in service and development programs in their local community and at the national and international level.
Among the many organizations that she devotes her time, energy and resources to are:
Member, Inner Wheel Club of Dehradun
Member, Rotary Club of Dehradun
Secretary, The All India Anglo Indian Association, Dehradun Branch
Founder Member and Past President of the Young Womens’ Christian Association (YWCA), Dehradun Branch
Member, LIC Committee in Uttarakhand for Sexual Harassment of women in the workplace
Member of the Friends of the Doon Society
Member, The Experiment in International Living
Member, Hilton’s School Society
Patricia has been a member of the Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in India since 2001 and has had an incredible journey within the organization. She has held various posts at the club, district and national level and is honoured to be the 42nd President of the Association of Inner Wheel Clubs of India in 2017-18.
She has attended several Conventions, Triennials, South Asia Rallies at various places over the years.
Patricia believes in the power of women collaborating to bring about effective societal change and regards Inner Wheel as an important platform to achieve this purpose together with the friendships and opportunities to serve.
She has volunteered significant time and resources in projects of her club in Dehradun, nationally as well as internationally for Inner Wheel and other service organisations. She has hosted Rotary Group Study Exchange teams from Australia, USA and Argentina; organized Medical Camps for people in need; supported the Pulse Polio eradication and National Immunisation Day campaign and the Rotary India Literacy Mission TEACH Programme.
Patricia participated in a Friendship exchange with Rotarians in Sarasota, USA and attended the Rotary International Training Assembly at San Diego, USA in January, 2015. With her husband she has attended International Rotary Conventions and Zonal Training Institutes in India and abroad. She has also volunteered on Rotary Medicare Missions beyond borders to Malawi and Rwanda in 2015-16.
As a Major donor to the Rotary Foundation she also supports numerous charities and philanthropic projects.
She has immense faith in the power of Inner Wheel to bring about significant sustainable change and continues to contribute to and participate in these humanitarian programs in the service of the community.
Patricia and David have two children a daughter, Melissa, a chartered accountant and son Roger a sales and marketing executive with Colgate Palmolive, Australia.