Rotary Club of Gangtok celebrates 50 years in Sikkim

Gangtok, 23 Aug:

Rotary Club of Gangtok organized Rotary Charity Ball 2018 to commemorate its 50th birthday on 22 Aug at Hotel Lemon Tree in Gangtok during which the signature service projects of Rotary Club of Gangtok carried out in the past 50 years were displayed for information of the gathering, a press release informs.

Senior Rotarians Lalchand Khatri, Poonam Chand Agarwal and Mohan Lal Sarda, and former District Governor, Dr Yogesh Verma, were felicitated by president, Prakash Mundra.

Rotary Club of Gangtok extended gratitude to sponsors of the event, Topsel Toyota, Cox and Kings and Loreal Paris, for their support. Funds raised from The Rotary Charity Ball 2018 will be used for the various social service projects of the Club. The Club will be conducting different service projects on 22nd of every month to commemorate its Golden Jubilee with few megaprojects in pipeline, it is informed.

It may be mentioned here, the first Rotary Club was formed in Chicago, USA in 1905 with Sikkim having its first Rotary Club in 1968. The process of forming Rotary Club of Gangtok was conceived in March 1968 with the visit of the then District Governor of RI District 325, Justice H Mahapatra [Patna High Court], and DIG of CID, Bihar [Rotary Club of Patna], T Nath, and their meeting with Principal Administrative Officer of Sikkim, RN Haldipur. A provisional Rotary Club of Sikkim was formed patrnonized by the Chogyal of Sikkim, PT Namgyal, under RI guidelines with office bearers as RN Haldipur [president], Rai Bahadur Athing SonamTobden [vice president], Madan M Rasaily [secretary] and LH Hartnett [joint secretary].

The Club was admitted to Rotary International as Rotary Club of Gangtok on 22 Aug, 1968 and the charter presentation ceremony was planned on 03 Nov, 1968 but due to landslides and disruption of communication, the ceremony was postponed and was finally held on 02 Mar, 1969 with Rai Bahadur Athing SonamTobden as president, MM Rasaily as vice president and LH Hartnett as secretary with Chogyal of Sikkim as patron and had 32 members on its roll.

Today, it is the longest surviving non-governmental social service organisation in Sikkim.