Club No:31734     Charter Dt:26-06-1996     Dist: 3060 ROTARY SHOWCASE ROTARY LINKS

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The History of Rotary Surat Riverside

In Rotary the three essential elements of membership growth are:

  • The recruitment of new members.
  • The retention of existing members.
  • The extension of Rotary through the formation of new clubs.

These three elements are equally important, as illustrated by this simple membership equation:

New Members (recruitment) + Retaining Members (retention) + New Clubs (extension) = Membership

Each of these elements need to be emphasized at the club and district levels.

In the year 1995-96, the RI Dist. 3060 district governor Rtn. Himanshu Thacker identified the need to focus upon this thrust area. He knew that individuals who have achieved a certain level of career experience allow them to bring a specialization to Rotary clubs. The Governor?s Special Representative Rtn. Prafull Bhatt took up the responsibility to form a new club and started his endeavor to find individuals who have achieved a level in their professional and personal lives that allows them to fulfill all aspects of Rotary club membership.

By the latter half of the Rotary Year 1995-96, some 25+ individuals were already willing to join hands to contribute to the well being of the less fortunate section of the society. Rtn. Nanak Nazar (Pres. Rotary Club of Surat ? 1995-96) and Rtn. Bankim Dave (Pres. Rotary Club of Udhna ? 1995-96) conducted few interest meetings with this bubbling bunch of youngsters at the Sarosh Bhacca Rotary Hall at Jeevanbharti School, Timaliyawad.

Click here to view the invitation for the interest meets

Jayesh Dhamanwala who is a mechanical engineer by qualification and a leading businessman in the field of textile machinery manufacturing and fabric manufacturing took up the responsibility to become the first president of the club under making. RC Surat and RC Udhna jointly sponsored the formation of club no. 31734 and a new baby? ROTARY SURAT RIVERSIDE was born in the Rotary World on the 26th of June 1996 when we received our club?s charter.

Click here to view the RSR charter.

Rtn. Jayesh Dhamanwala, with a total of 28 charter members, steered the club from the new Rotary Year starting 1st July 1996 under the able guidance of Rtn. Hemant Desai - district governor (1996-97). Jayesh Dhamanwala guided RSR through all its teething problems under utmost parental control and no wonder he is considered as the father figure of our club.

Click here to view RI President (1995-96) Herbert J. Brown?s welcome note sent to RSR.

A grand celebration was organized at Hotel Holiday Inn on the 8th of August to present the charter to our club. Besides IPDG Rtn. Himanshu Thacker, GSR Rtn. Prafull Bhatt, DG Rtn. Hemant Desai and other stalwarts, we had the gracious presence of PRID Rtn. Kalyan Bannerjee as the chief guest of the function to bless the new club. A big round of applause echoed nonchalantly when IPDG Rtn. Himanshu Thacker handed over the charter to the charter president Rtn. Jayesh Dhamanwala.

Click here to view the charter presentation bulletin.

Members started meeting every Tuesdays at Hotel Dhawalgiri where they shared a perpetual bond of fellowship. Ideas for small and large humanitarian projects were exchanged in addition to pledges of eternal friendships. Charter members still reminisce the days when the informal code of conduct in the ‘meetings after meetings’ made their eyeballs yearn to see Tuesdays on their calendars.

Slowly and steadily RSR started marking its presence in the Rotary World by actively participating in all avenues of service, hosting events and taking up different projects. Today it is an integral part of the galaxy of prestigious clubs of Rotary District 3060 with various community projects to its credit.

We meet every Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. at Sarosh Bhacca Rotary Hall, Jeevanbharti School, Timaliyawad, Surat.

Click here to view the board of directors who served the club during these years.