About Rotary International
Rotary international is a service
organization with a 111 yrs history of service to the community.
It now has a presence in over 200 countries in the world including China
& Russia. There
are over 1.2 million members all over the world with 35,000 clubs.
One of the
major activities taken up by Rotary in recent years was to wipe ‘POLIO’ from the
face of the earth. Rotary clubs all over the world. Contributed
funds for the rebuilding of Rotary Village, Salegaon after the destructive
earthquake in Latur & Osmanabad. Now the Rotary Nagar Salegaon has over 300
houses, school and Village Panchayat building built by Rotary.
About Rotary Club of
The Rotary Club of Solapur was started in 1936 almost 17
years after Rotary arrived in India. We are now into our 72nd year of
existence. Rotary Club of Solapur is the Oldest & the Biggest club in our Rotary
District 3132. The Solapur Charter started with
17 Charter Members
and was granted Charter No. 4054 on 11th May 1936.
The past 80
years have seen the club living up to the Rotary motto “Service above Self” in a
great many ways. The club has been conducting a wide range of activities.
To mention a few, Famine relief, Village up-liftment, Slum welfare, Youth
competitions, Free scholarships, Medical relief & treatment camps, providing
drinking water facilities etc. The club has conducted several eye camps,
artificial limb replacement camps, polio corrective surgery camps, plastic
surgery camps, urology camps and various other medical diagnostic and treatment
achievements has been the establishment of the University Study Centre, Rotary
Children’s garden, Rotary Burn Centre at the General Hospital, Swagati Shikshan
Kendra for slow learners, providing water tanks for clean drinking water in
schools. The Solapur Chapter of Chamber of Commerce and Industry was also
sponsored by this club. The club established the 'Solapur District Table Tennis
Association' to promote the sport among the youth. Even now the club conducts
District level Tournaments every year. Siddheshwar Pungutva Nivaran Kendra was
established at Dr. Chidgupkar Hospital for the rehabilitation of the physically
initial years the major work of our club was during the famine in 1936-37 by
providing relief to the victims of the famine. This was followed in later years
by relief activity for children and personality development for college
students. During the wartime, service canteen was organized for the troops
passing through Solapur.
fifties, we were involved in flood relief and also famine relief in some areas
apart from the regular activities, Fund raising dramas were staged to raise
funds for all the various activities.
sixties our club took up the work of providing anti-polio vaccine. Our
club also took up a cancer detection scheme for factory workers. The club
also took up conducting of various tournaments/competition for school and
college students etc.
In 1974 a
festival cricket match was held when leading Indian cricketers participated in
the match. The funds raised were utilized for the University Study Centre
and the Rotary Children’s Park. Our club donated funds and constructed 15
houses in Gulvanchi village which was later handed over to homeless villagers.
started conducting an Inter School Quiz competition and also an Inter collegiate
elocution competition which are continuing even today and have been immensely
popular among the students. Eye camp activities were taken up in very big way.
Our club was awarded the 2nd Prize by the Government of Maharashtra
for the highest number of eye operations.
eighties, a Kalyanji Anandji Nite was organized to raise funds for the Golden
Jubilee project. The funds raised were utilized to provide drinking water
tanks in the slum areas of Solapur. Intra ocular lens implant operations were
conducted free of cost for poor and needy patients. A number of hand pumps
were also donated and fitted in slum localities of Solapur.
nineties, Swagati Shikshan Kendra, a slow learners school was supported by our
club through matching grand donation which helped the school to provide a number
of vocational skill developing equipments. Now our club has taken over the
major responsibility of supporting this school on a permanent basis.
As part of
the diamond jubilee, celebration our club took up a ambitious project of setting
up a Burns Centre at the General Hospital, Solapur. This was made possible
by our contribution along with the donation received from 2 clubs in the USA and
a matching grant from Rotary International, This center has been of tremendous
use to the citizens of Solapur.
The club celebrated the 50th Death Anniversary of Paul
Harris by adopting part of 'Smruti Van' - A ambitious programme promoted by
Social forestry in a 26 Acres of barren land near Kamber Talav. Rotary adopted
and developed the 'Amra Van' part and name the same as 'Paul Harris Upavan'.
moved into the 21st century by taking up a number of new projects. The
club has provided for a 'NANA NANI' park within the Rotary Children’s Park a
special walkway for Senior citizens along with seating arrangements.
In the last 2 years the club has organized free artificial
limb camps by providing artificial limbs to needy patients. A heart
diagnostic camp and subsidized treatment for the needy patients was arranged.
Very recently itself our club has donated water tanks to many schools and
colleges in and around Solapur for drinking water purpose. More recently we have
distributed beach umbrellas to many cobblers in Solapur who work under scorching
Clubs : Following Rotary Clubs were sponsored by Rotary Club of Solapur in the
Years mentioned as under :