The World’s first service club, The Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois, USA, was formed on 23 February 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney who wished to recapture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth. The name ROTARY derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among member offices.
So, ROTARY is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. In nearly 200 countries worldwide, approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to a little bit less than 34,000 Rotary Clubs under 532 Districts scattered over 35 geographical regions.
First Rotary Club of Nepal, named Rotary Club of Kathmandu was established in 1958. The bulding at Thapathali, where we use to enjoy many dinner parties, belong to this club. The growth of Rotary Clubs in Nepal was very slow. Since, we do not have enough Clubs and Members, the criteria of Rotary International to have our own Rotary District could not be met by us. So, we are merged with Rotary International District 3290, Kolkata.
After 1980, a whim, a spirit to have our own District strike the minds of the then Rotarians in Nepal. So, they have started canvassing and encouraging people and community to become Rotarians and organize Rotary Clubs. With the emotions and spirit aroused, they started their war and the growth was there at war footings in Nepal. The dedication and efforts of those Rotarians made it possible to have our own District.
At last, we have become able to have our own District, Rotary International District 3292, Nepal Rotary. It became effective from 1st. July 2008. At present, there are about 77 Rotary Clubs in Nepal. It has about 2400 members scattered in 14 zones. These 2400 members are dedicated to serve the country of 25 million people of Nepal.
Presently, majority of members of Nepalese Rotary Clubs are 60 plus in age. The absence and importance of Young Generation in Rotary was realized by Rotary International few years back; because New Generation are more energetic, dynamic, resourceful. So, they have added New Generation in the Avenues of Services, making it five instead of four. They are Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, International Service and New Generation.
The contribution of women to Rotary is also impressive and effective. They are working hand in hand with Rotarians; somewhere as Inner Wheel, somewhere as Anns. But, they could not be called or addressed as Rotarian. That is why, RI have also approved the membership of women in Rotary, so that they can also be called Rotarians, one of the most prestigious title everybody wants to put at the beginning of their name.
In order to trap the knowledge, energy of younger people, Rotary have two sub Rotary clubs. They are :
The purpose of Rotaract is to provide an opportunity for young men and women to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.
Rotaracts Clubs are another branch of Rotary Clubs. It is aimed to tap the young people of the community to work hand in hand with Rotary Clubs. The people studying in Higher Secondary Schools or Colleges are the best people for this club. In Colleges and Schools, the students might be doing some programs oftenly. So, if students of colleges and schools form Rotaract Clubs and register with any Rotary Clubs of Nepal, the involvement of Rotary Club will be of great help in such programs. If they have in mind of a project, it can be made possible through Rotary Club under many types of Grants like Matching Grants, World Community Service Grant, Rotary Foundation, District Designated Fund, etc. People also can get scholarship for further study.
Interact Clubs are organized for the purpose of providing an opportunity for young people to work together in a world fellowship dedicated to service and international understanding. Like Rotaract, Interact Clubs are suitable for those students studying in Lower Secondary Schools. The details and activities will be similar to what have been described in Rotaracts column. The scale of activities might be different, but the aim and objectives will be same. So, it is not necessary to repeat the same thing here again.
Rotary Community Corps (R. C. C.)
To improve community living and enhance the enjoyment of life by encouraging community members to contribute to these goals by acting in the spirit of service to the community and their fellow human beings, another branch of Rotary Activity is extended. It is called Rotary Community Corps (RCC). It plans and makes programs at the village level taking into consideration the need of the community. Any village or community can open RCC and merge with any Rotary Club in Nepal. Rotary Club will help these RCC’s in guiding and implementing any projects or programs conducted by them
The 4 – Way Test
“Of the things we think, say or do”
1. Is it the TRUTH ?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned ?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIP ?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned ?
Object of Rotary.
1. Fostering unity among member clubs;
2. Strengthening and expanding Rotary around the world;
3. Communicating worldwide the work of Rotary; and
4. Providing a system of international administration.
1. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
2. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
3. The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to his personal, business, and community life;
The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.