While participating in the WIMA International Rally 2023 in France, we unexpectedly received the news of the death of our former long-time President Jane Spiegel.
Jane, who grew up in England and Germany, was always a self-determined woman with goals and stamina. She earned her degree at the University of Leoben and worked as a lorry driver to fund it. And, for professional reasons, she became a resident of Austria and got in touch with WIMA Austria – at that time a regulars’ table without association statutes – and soon took over the office of National President. She did this for 18 years with joy and conviction, she was our contact point in all matters of WIMA, very well connected and personally acquainted with many women worldwide.
Jane did not believe in circumlocutions and euphemisms; we knew and appreciated her as a woman who spoke her mind openly and honestly. Whenever possible, until 2019, she attended the annual presidents’ meetings held at the Rally, where she consistently voiced her concerns.
The last years of her presidency were overshadowed by health problems, which made it difficult for her to pursue active motorcycling. She resigned from office in 2020.
Jane, we thank you for everything you have done for WIMA Austria, for your personal commitment and your friendship!