ROTARY CLUB OF MYSORE WEST
Chartered on 9-Sep-1972, Rotary Club of Mysore West is one of the oldest clubs in Mysore.
Rotary Club of Mysore West (RMW), sponsored by Rotary Club of Mysore, came into being by holding its first informal meeting at the Rotary Children’s Library Hall, J L B Road, Mysore on 8th August 1972. The Club received its Charter on 8th January 1973 with 25 Charter members while it was under the erstwhile Rotary International District-3180. After re-organisation of RI Districts, the Club is now in Zone-8 of RI-District 3181. It is one of the premier clubs of the District having bagged the Best Club Award 14 times; stood second 8 times in the District Awards and having produced 6 District Governors to date. The Membership profile of the Club includes an eclectic mix of different vocations. At present the Club has 61 members including 2 Charter members, Rtn. PHF PP V. Praphulla Chandra and Rtn. PHF PP R.N. Pratap; 3 Past District Governors in Rtn Dr. H.S. Shivanna, Rtn G.K. Balakrishnan and Rtn R. Krishna and, the current District Governor for 2019-20 Rtn Major Donor Joseph Mathew. The Club has 7 Major Donors and …..PHFs. 2 members have had the privilege of leading GSE Teams. ………..members have received Rotary’s prestigious “Service Above Self ” and “Meritorious Service” Awards; and ……….. members have undertaken Rotary Volunteer Service in different countries.
Fund raising and undertaking meaningful Community based projects has been the strength of RMW. To date RMW has raised more than 1.25 crores in Funds for its Community Service Projects. Starting with Selling Fire Crackers, the Club went on to hold NEEDS, a Consumer Fair; Rotowheels, the first ever Auto Expo in Mysore; Rotogyan, an Education Fair; GoBeyond, a Combo Fair of Leisure & Lifestyle in collaboration with the Government of Karnataka, and Illusion-2016, a mega Fund raiser Magic show for school children and general public by world renowned magician Gopinath Muthukkad. During 2018-19 the Club raised 35 lakhs in cash donations and almost an equal amount worth of relief material for KODAGU FLOOD RELIEF. With the raised money the Club funded reconstruction of damaged houses; schooling/education of displaced children; installation of drinking water facilities; etc. Relief material collected by the Club were distributed to the needy in collaboration with local Rotary Clubs in Coorg.
The thrust areas of the Club’s programmes and projects are education, skill development, women empowerment, maternal & child health, rural schemes, differently abled persons, promotion of art, classical music & culture, youth activities, care for the aged, and so on.
The Club established the Inner Wheel Club of Mysore West on 23 October, 1973 and presently has over 30 members. Over the years it has also established College and Community based Rotaract Clubs and Interact Clubs in schools.
The Rotary West Association of RMW runs two Rotary Schools : (a) Rotary West School, Saraswathipuram established in 1985 and, (b) Rotary West School, Kanakadasanagar established in 2003 for classes from Nursery to Class 10.
The Club established the Paul Harris Vocational Training Institute (PHVTI) at the Rotary West School Kanakadasanagar complex on 27 September 2003 for providing vocational skill training especially to girls, women, disabled persons, etc from economically weaker sections of society. Training in tailoring, embroidery, make-up, bag-making, dolls-making, costume jewellery, computer skills, solar-eqpt repairs, etc are conducted. This is a self-sustaining enterprise.
In the year 1995 Rotary Club of Mysore West partnered with the Parent Association of Deaf Children to establish the Rotary West Institute for Mother and Deaf Child(RWIMDC), for children born with hearing disabilities. Deaf children at a very young age, ideally below 3 years of age, are enrolled and mothers are required to compulsorily attend the school with their children. They are trained in Woodford aural method. This Institute is located in Thonachikoppal Layout in Mysuru.
The ongoing projects of the Club include Polio Plus program; TEACH project in rural government schools; Save-a-Child project with Kamakshi Hospital for treating children born with congenital defects; RMW-JSS Jeevodaya Dental Clinic at Mysore Central Jail with JSS Dental College & Hospital, for dental care of prisoners; Rotary Asha Kiran project for rehabilitation of orphaned children; etc. The Club received the “Significant Achievement Award”, the highest Community Service Award from Rotary International for its Save-a-Child project.
RC Mysore West has entered its 46th year of Service to Humanity through Rotary.
The Club meets every Tuesday at 6.30 pm. After an informal fellowship gathering of 30 minutes, the weekly meeting formally starts at 7 pm. Normally the duration of the meeting is about an hour.