A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF KANDY

 

The Rotary Club of Kandy was chartered on the 24th of September 1941 with an initial membership of 27 residents of the City of Kandy who comprised a representative cross section of its citizens. Our charter members included the then Government Agent of Kandy, a State Councillor and Junior Minister, two future Ambassadors, a Chief Justice and a future Archbishop.

 

In 2016 we celebrated 75 years of fellowship and humanitarian service by renewing our pledge of friendship and service to our fellow citizens at an event organized at the Provincial Secretariat of the Central Province in the presence of the Chief Minister. We also planted a Rotary Friendship Tree in the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens to serve as a permanent reminder of our commitment to our city.

 

We maintain a close relationship with the World Heritage City of Kandy and take pride in supporting the municipality and the city’s two main hospitals.  We are also active at District level and participated in its post-tsunami Schools’ Reawakening Project, the One Million Trees Project and its recent Gift of Hearing Project which we initiated and spear-headed.

 

Our membership currently stands at 75 and our members serve at both club and District level. We have three Past District Governors, including the only lady District Governor to date.  We sponsor two Rotaract Clubs and 22 Interact clubs and guide and support their humanitarian activities

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Rotary International is an organization of service clubs located all over the world. It is a secular organization open to all persons regardless of race, colour, creed, gender, or political preference. There are more than 32,000 clubs and over 1.2 million members worldwide. The members of Rotary Clubs are known as Rotarians. The stated purpose of the organization is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Members usually meet weekly for breakfast, lunch or dinner, which is a social event as well as an opportunity to organize work on their service goals.

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