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The Rotary Club of Madras was inaugurated on 10th May 1929 and Chartered on 19th July 1929, making it the first Rotary Club in South India & erstwhile Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Rotary Club of Madras is the third oldest Club in India, after Calcutta and Bombay.

Rtn. James Wheeler Davidson, from Calgary, Canada, is credited with the formation of Rotary Club of Madras, while Rtn. C.G. Armstrong, Chairman, Madras Port Trust, was the first President. Rtn. Morton Chance, of the Hotel Chain, was the first Secretary. Rtn. Rajah Sir M.A. Muthiah and Rtn. Mohd. Usman were the first Indian Members of the Rotary Club of Madras.

Over the years, leading luminaries from various businesses, professions & vocations have been Members of the Rotary Club of Madras. Guided by the theme, “Service above Self”, the Club is credited with pioneering work in the area of eradicating Red Measels and with the Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme, adopted by Rotary International as their global campaign to end polio. Indeed 6th June 2015 was a red letter day for the club when the End Polio Flame reached Sao Paulo, Brazil for the 106th Rotary International Convention. The Flame, to celebrate the end of polio in India and to herald a polio free world, was launched on 13th Dec, 2014. Recent projects include the Club’s significant strides in the areas of Sanitation and Water Conservation.

The Community Service Projects of Rotary Club of Madras include:

  • Rotary Nagar, since 1947.
  • Women Empowerment at Sembakkam, since 1984.
  • Boys Town at Gummudipoondi, since 1988
  • 3H Project for Rehabilitation of people already afflicted with Polio
  • School Project
  • Schools into Smiles
  • Skills Development at Selaiyur
  • Go Green Project

Other Community Service Projects include

  • Rebuilding the lives of fishermen & their families, after the devastating Tsunami hit Sulerikattukuppam, near Mahabalipuram, during December 2006.
  • Delegation of Doctors to Ghana for corrective eye surgery
  • Periodic Medical Camps for less privileged sections of society
  • Scholarships to deserving students
  • Donation of medical equipment to hospitals
  • Old age home at VHS Centre, Taramani, Chennai.
  • Mid – day meals scheme to nourish students from weaker sections of the community
  • Thaneer Thaneer, project to renovate temple tanks and recharge ground water.

Today, the Club has 250+ Members, who are distinguished citizens of Chennai and leaders in their chosen businesses/professions/vocations. Eighteen illustrious Members from the Club have risen to the post of Governor of District 3230.

Apart from our fellowship activities, the members, through the Club, have engaged actively in giving back to society through children’s home, skills development, water-body restoration, schools, slum clearance etc. Indeed our contribution to polio eradication has been globally recognised and our contribution to Swachh Bharat so far was to make 4 villages Open-defecation free (ODF).

While these are met by club collections, we also solicit donations to help us raise money for our social causes. This is a core value of Rotary Club of Madras.

Rotary Club of Madras meets on Tuesdays over lunch between 12.30 to 2;30 p.m. at  The Hyatt Regency, 365 Anna Salai, Teynampet, Chennai  600018 

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