The Rotary Club of Phoenix which is part of Rotary International celebrated with pride, 114 years of Rotary International’s role in making a difference in the lives of individuals across the globe.

The club celebrated by highlighting the achievements of Rotary. President of the club, Anben Thulkanum said, “Rotary International is a service organisation whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace.

“It is a non-political and non-sectarian organisation open to all people. There are 34 282 clubs around the world and approximately 1.2 million Rotarians. The primary motto is service above self and the secondary motto being, one profits most who serves best.”

According to Thulkanum, the first club was established on 23 February 1905 by Attorney Paul Harris together with three of his business acquaintances in Chicago. “From thereon and until present, new clubs are inducted so that service is provided to communities. “In 2003, like minded individuals who either worked or lived in Phoenix saw the need to serve the community and established the Rotary Club of Phoenix on 23 March 2003. The club consists of 15 members who selflessly work together on a voluntary basis to meet some of the needs of the community,” said Thulkanum.

A few major projects of the club includes the Rotary Home for Children, the bursary project for tertiary students, computer literacy programme, classroom renovations, Women’s Day celebrations, food hamper drives, stationery hampers, leadership courses for learners, garden and environmental projects and provision of reading books.
In order to undertake such projects and ensure the success of each one, the Rotarians also have to fundraise. Anyone that is interested in joining the Rotary Club of Phoenix or may want to contribute to the club in anyway can contact the club president on 072 244 1802.