The Rotary Club of Madras South is Chennai’s second Rotary club, chartered nearly 60 years ago on 30th June 1960. The club celebrated its diamond jubilee with eclat in 2019-20. Apart from events throughout the year, a grand celebration was held on 29 February 2020. The club has 67 members, has given Rotary four Governors over the years, and is a cosmopolitan mix of youth and experience, of businessmen and professionals from a variety of disciplines.
RC Madras South is one of the stand-out clubs of RI 3232. It owes its status and reputation to hundreds of service projects over the years, some of them unique; to distinctive fellowship -- through model club meetings, family participation events and out-of-town picnics; to first-rate speakers at weekly meetings; and to contributions in various ways to Rotary International and the district to which the club belongs -- most recently RI 3232, earlier RI 3230.
The club’s history has been well documented.
• The diamond jubilee souvenir of our club, brought out in 2020. Click on the link for the souvenir. Google Drive
• The golden jubilee souvenir of our club, brought out in 2010. Click on the link for the souvenir. Google Drive
• A 2017 brochure on the occasion of a fund-raising event. Click on the link for the brochure. Google Drive
• A 2018 brochure, also on the occasion of a fund-raising event. Click on the link for the brochure. Google Drive
Significant service projects carried out by the club in recent years include heart surgeries for more than 200 children, and many more scheduled; more than 300 toilets in both rural and urban areas, many of them in schools; distribution of more than 11,000 computers and laptops to schools and NGOs mainly in Tamil Nadu but also in other states; skill training for thousands of young women and young men from poor families, enabling critically important jobs and incomes; leadership training for schools and colleges. “Project Selvi” aims at strengthening and empowering girl students and their schools. A community learning centre at Kattur village, 40 km from Chennai, hosts several classes and skill training courses. At East Eden Foundation, Manapakkam, whose inmates are mentally challenged or destitute, we offer annadhanam every month. We have donated ultrasound testing equipment to VHS Hospital, Taramani, dialysis machines to a hospital run by Rotary Club of Ambattur and the Sri Matha Cancer Care Centre, Adyar, colour doppler scanning machine to Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Egmore and baby warmers, in partnership with Rotary Club of Lake Spivey Clayton County, USA, to Government Children Hospital, Egmore.
From one of our family fellowship get-togethers
Our Silver jubilee get-together
Robust fellowship reflects the club’s strength. Once a month, full families of club members meet for an evening of fun and games. Sometimes they pay tribute to a particular state of India – its customs, its apparel, its cuisine. Once or twice a year, members break free from traditional confines for an education-cum-entertainment picnic. They have visited Kodai, Ooty, Mysore, Coorg, Munnar, Goa, Trivandrum, Cochin, Andamans, Amritsar-Chandigarh. The visits cement bonding and friendship.
The year 2000 saw a unique project, Vintage60, in international fellowship and co-operation. Rotary clubs worldwide born in 1960 were invited to celebrate the new millennium with us at Madras South. Ten Rotary clubs from Switzerland, Sweden, Argentina, UK, Australia, Malaysia and France plus a Rotarian from Australia spent a week in Chennai as guests of our club. Again in the year 2020, four Rotary clubs from USA, Austria and Netherlands spent four days in Chennai as guests of our Club.
Guests from Rotary Clubs abroad visit our project during the Vintage60 international fellowship.
Guests from Rotary Clubs abroad during our Diamond Jubilee Celebration in the year 2020.
Madras South perhaps lavishes more time, attention and expertise on weekly speaker meetings than any other club of the district. A detailed circular describes the speaker of the week and discusses his topic. A 280-page book of selected circulars was released a few years ago, and another book is under preparation. During the club’s early years, Madras South was the city’s favourite make-up club. It drew Rotarian celebrities from far and near.
Our Club bulletin, The Southerner, offers an excellent pictorial summary of the club’s activities.
The history of the club’s first 50 years is described in detail in the golden jubilee souvenir, “The golden journey”.
Golden Jubilee Year
2009-10 was our Golden Jubilee and we celebrated it in style. Under the leadership of our Golden Jubilee President P Bowmick and Golden Jubilee Chairman R V Rajan, the celebrations included executing 50 different projects, annadhaanam, to building a science lab in a school.
PRIP Rtn Wilfrid J. Wilkinson, Ann Joan (Hogan) Wilkinson and RIP Nominee 2011-12 Rtn RIPN Kalyan Banerjee were the guests of honour at the Golden Jubilee inauguration function.
Golden Jubilee Lab at P S High School (North), Chennai.
Diamond Jubilee Year
Our Diamond Jubilee year 2019-2020 is yet another milestone of our Club. The glittering Diamond Jubilee ceremony under the leadership of Club President Rtn. M C Srikanth and Diamond Jubilee Chairman Rtn. B B Vengatesh was held on 29 February 2020 at Hyatt Regency, Chennai. PRIP Rtn. K R Ravindran was the Chief guest. 10 international guests from Rotary Clubs in Austria, Netherlands and USA joined the celebration. The Club did 60 community service projects to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee.
PRIP Rtn. K R Ravindran and PDG Rtn. Ramakrishna Raja at the Diamond Jubilee celebration.
Guests from Rotary Club of Lake Spivey Cotton County, USA, visit Government Children Hospital, Egmore, during the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in February 2020.
Members and the family of our Club at the Diamond Jubilee celebration.
Our Club has sponsored 4 Rotaract Clubs and 5 Interact Clubs.