The Rotary club of Jalna is a part of the Rotary International falling in Rotary district No. 3130. It is committed to carry forward the mission of the parent organization. The club has members from various walks of life ranging from doctors & engineers to businessmen, industrialists & educators. Since its inception it has grown from strength to strength, making difference to the lives of many through its service projects. The fellowship & camaraderie of this club & the dynamism of its members, who have committed to cause of Rotary, has resulted in the club making an indelible imprint in Jalna.
The Rotary Club of Jalna was born on 4th December 1960 in District No. 315 sponsored by the Rotary club of Aurangabad with a membership of 20. The District Governor, Rtn. D.M. Desai presented the charter to Principal Rtn. P.M.Sapre, thus adding to the growing number of clubs around the world. Since then, the club has not only grown in size to present 86 members but also expanded its spheres of activities. Its District number changed to 314, then to 313, then to 3130 & now 3132.
Perhaps the most important work of the Jalna Rotary
club has been in the field of health. Recognizing
the need of the society, as early as in 1964, the
club started an Eye Camp in Jalna. Under this
programme free Cataract & Glaucoma surgeries were
done, which in those days did not involve the modern
techniques & implant of Intra Ocular Lens (IOL). So
far more than 10000 Cataract surgeries were done
free of cost by Club.
The eye surgery camps of the Rotary were appreciated
by the people & acknowledged by the Government &
other organizations including the Rotary
International. The Rotary International conferred on
Dr. D.A. Ambekar the highest Civilian award given to
a Rotarian called the ‘Service Above Self’ award.
The then Chief Minister Mr. Shivaji Rao Bhosle,
awarded the ‘Care For Eye’ trophy to the Club for
its creditable work. The Club has also received many
District Awards under community service avenue for
Every year to promote the Eye Donation we felicitate
the relatives of those person who donated eye after
death at the time of Installation ceremony & D.G.
ENT is the another area of active work done by the
Rotary. In 1976, Rotary club of Jalna organized its
first camp for the deaf & people with stammer &
since then every year club organized ENT check up
camp for needy people.
For about 5 years, speech therapy camps were organized by the Rotary under the expertise of
Dr.Oza from Mumbai & Mr.Anand Raju, which lasted 15 days each.
One of the most important commitments made by the
Rotary International is to eradicate polio from the
world. Rotary club of Jalna joined the Polio Pulse
program of RI in 1995 & has been actively involved
in the effort wipe out Polio from India. Most of the
Polio booths during the campaign were manned by the
Rotary volunteers the whole day. Rotary provided
support required to keep the vaccines in cold
storage, arranging food for the volunteers, getting
babies from homes to the booth & giving wide
publicity. The club has also contributed substantial
amount for polio fund.
Another major project taken up by the Rotary Club is
the Plastic Surgery Camp. It was started in the year
2004 & has continued since then. About 675 people
have benefited from this camp so far. These
surgeries were done only for improving the
functionality & not for cosmetic purposes. They
mostly dealt with cleft lips, cleft palates, burn
contractures & other congenital defects. A number of
these surgeries have been done on people who have
been rejected at other places due to complex nature
of these surgeries. The club’s collaborators in this
effort have been Interplast Group from Germany,
Rotary Club of Hattigen, Germany, Rotary club of
Concord, USA & Rotary club of Bombay Midtown &
Rotary International, which has given a matching
grant for the project for 2 years. These surgeries
were done at Jalna Mission Hospital making use of
the facilities & staff there.
As per the calculation of Rtn. Anil Tibrewala,
famous plastic surgeon, Mumbai the cost of each camp
would be around Rs. 40-50 lacs if they would have
gone to Mumbai for surgery.
Jaipur Foot Projects
To help the physically handicapped, Rotary Club
distributed more then 700 ‘Jaipur Feet’ since 1987.
From 2008-09 it is our regular project in
association with Mahavir Viklang Sanstha, Ahemdabad.
Polio corrective surgery camps were held on three
occasions. Cancer Detection Camp, Skin Disease Camp,
Cardiac Disease Diagnostic Camp, Anaemia Detection
Camp& Diabetic Camp were some of the other health
camps frequently organised by the Rotary. The club
also conducted TB detective Camp at Mantha &
Temburni. HIV education & testing truck drivers is
another effort of the club.
Some activities included Vocational guidance,
Interview Training, Career Guidance, providing
educational loans for post graduation (Loans of the
order of Rs. 40000-50000 were given to needy
children for higher education. since last 13 years),
felicitation of meritorious students, providing
material support for village schools & a few in
Jalna, organizing Elocution, Essay writing, Drawing
& Painting Competition & Personality development
camps. Water purification & storage plants were
provided to 25 schools in Jalna under the matching
grant project in collaboration with Rotary Club of
Singapore. 32000 children were benefited by this
During the seventies & eighties when family planning was considered an important issue in country, the Rotary Club of Jalna took a lead role in educating people about family planning & conducting tubectomy camps. In fact the first laparoscopic tubectomy in Maharashtra outside Mumbai was done in Jalna in the year 1976. In the four days about 100 tubectomies were done. Then again in 1982, 672 tubectomies were done, spread over two days. For the services rendered,
Dr. S.G. Joshi & Dr. D.J. Moses were given State Awards. The Rotary Club also arranged vaginal tubectomy camps in various places, some almost 200km from Jalna such as Vasmath.
Help In the Time of
Rotary Club of Jalna has always come forward in times of need be it helping the victims of natural disasters or otherwise. In 1973, during the time of famine in Maharashtra, the club arranged food for more than 200 village students of JES college for 2 months to make it possible for them to continue their education. When earthquake struck Latur, Jalna Rotary Club members were the first to reach the place to provide assistance- food & clothing, for which the Rotary District felicitated the Jalna Club. When flood affected the people of Paithan a couple of years back, the club arranged food for about 3000 people. During the Guntur floods the club distributed blankets to the needy. The Club has also contributed substantial amount to help the people affected by Gujarat earthquake.
Grow More Food
Feeling the need to educate the farmers to improve
food production, Rotary Club of Jalna arranged a
program to acquaint them with the latest agronomical
practices guiding them in the use of right kind of
seeds, right kind & amount of pesticides, techniques
of achieving greater yields, etc. Under the grow
more food campaign some of the Rotarian Agricultural
demonstrated model farming to obtain record yield in
Farmer’s field. Many Rotary Clubs adopted this
project which was started by Rotary Club of Jalna.
International / TRF Programmes
nine students have gone to various countries under
the youth exchange programmes-2 to USA/ Canada, 3 to
Argentina, 1 to Austria, 1 to Belgium & 1 to Japan.
Eight students have come to Jalna:-2 from Argentina,
2 from Japan, 1 from Austria, 1 from Hungray & 2
from USA/ Canada.
Under this Group Study Exchange programme we have
received teams fro m Greece, Holland, Finland, USA/
Under the Rotary volunteers programme our Rotarians
have visited Cambodia (Kampuchea), Lesotho,
Swaziland Rtn.Dr. M.D. Ambekar carried out about 200
Cataract surgeries in each of these places.
Jalna, in spite of being a small city, has made its
share to the Rotary Fund: it has presently 56 club
members & 15 non club members are the Paul Harris
Fellows while 3 members namely Rtn. Surendra Pitty,
Rtn. Arun Agrawal & Rtn. Satish Agrawal were the
Major Donors. Total contribution so far we have made
is 67,310.57 USD towards foundation contribution.
Rotary Club of Jalna sponsored a new Rotary club in
Jalna known as the Rotary Club of Jalna Central,
which was chartered on 16th May 2007, with Rtn.Kedar
Mundada as its first President. The present strength
of the club is 74. PP Rtn. Pramod Zanzari.