Celebrating 75 years of service


Rotary International President-Elect Ray Klinginsmith was full of appreciation for the tremendous work, saying that the club had been very active in making the community a better place to live.

“Few organisations last for seventy five years, so this is a very good sign” he said. He mentioned that the club’s Bangalore unit began in 1934 and did very well, despite the world not having recovered from recession completely. “It was during recession, yet they were the golden days and the concept of a service club was new,” Klinginsmith said.

He remarked that once people with skills and education get together, it is inevitable that they turn towards service.

Past RI Director M K Panduranga Shetty, who also celebrated his 75th birthday on Monday, spoke about the origin of the Rotary Club of Bangalore; from its inception in 1934 with 25 members to the present, and how the club had never deviated from its original goal. He gave a detailed list of all the programmes the club has been involved in, particularly the flagship polio eradication programme and their blood bank programme under the Bangalore Medical Services Trust.

Various past presidents were recognised at the programme. Ray Klinginsmith released the ‘Platinum Club’. Rotary International Director Ravindran K R, Trustee of Rotary Foundation William Boyd and District Governor S Nagendra also attended.

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