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History of the Club

The ROTARY CLUB OF CALCUTTA  was installed on the 26th September 1919 and received its Charter on 1st January 1920 (charter No. 587).

At its inception it was the only Rotary Club between the English Channel and the South China Sea, there being only two others in Asia, viz. Manila and Shanghai, both installed in 1919, a few months after Calcutta.

However both the Manila and Shanghai Clubs had to suspend activities due to the Second World War and other reasons. 

This makes our Club the longest continuing Rotary Club in Asia with 100 years of uninterrupted service.

Our 4731stRegular Weekly meeting was held on 2 July 2019. Indeed, we can claim to be in existence even before Rotary officially changed its name to "Rotary International” in 1922. We also one of the few Clubs having its unique Presidential badge. The emblem itself depicts in red the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self". Below is a crown depicting two adjutant storks, typical of the Gangetic plains standing guard on either side. Inside are two green palm trees - commonly found in these parts. We see the British Lion insignia in red in between and below it a sailing ship which connected Calcutta with distant shores. At the bottom is the Presidential motto inscribed in Latin, "Per Ardua Stabiles Esto."(Be firm through difficulties)

Key Officials

Rtn Purnendu Roychowdhury
Rtn Anusua Das
Centenary Committee

Rtn PP Saumen Ray
Rotary Club of Calcutta Centenary (2019-2020) Club Specific Programme
100th Installation on 2nd July 2019
26th September 2019-100th Foundation Day Celebration
Club Centenary Convention
  •  31st December 2019 – Morning: Free Time for Tourists’ Calcutta sight seeing,  Evening:  Cultural Programme & New Years Eve Party
  •  1st January 2020 -100thCharter Day Celebration - release of Postage Stamp, and main events followed by Evening Fellowship and Dinner
  •  2nd January Morning – Golf Tournament  &  Vintage car Show, Felicitation of Showcase projects in teams, & Cultural evening by International  and Sponsored Clubs
3rd January –Travel to Santinikentan ( 300 km from Kolkata) and Free time for  sight seeing,; 4thJanuary 2020 –Seminar in Santiniketan
5th January Morning – Showcasing /Inauguration of  WASH projects  and  Santniketan Seminar continues
14th February 2020 – Rotary Club of Calcutta Centenary Endowment Evening by RIP MARK D MALONEY
23rd February 2020 – Oration  evening by TRF TRUSTEE CHAIR GARY CK HUANG
30thJune 2020 - Release of  Club  Centennial History Book and Closing Event
Bhojerhat Immunisation Centre
Rabindra Nath Tagore Hospital
Mercy Hospital
Howrah South Point Bridge School
Club Assembly
RCC Bishnupur
Pay & Use Toilet, Exide Crossing
Republic Day
Video of Rotary
Ayodhya School Movie
Mercy Hospital
Rotary Wash Movies
Techno Global Hospital
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