Rotary Club Solan
Rotary Club, Solan was formed in the year 1970. Late Niranjan Singh Talib and Rtn. V. D. Dutta played vital role in the formation of the Club. Rotary Club, Solan was sponsored by Rotary Club of Shimla in the year 1970. The original charter was issued on September Ist, 1970 which was signed by William E Walk, President and Victor Dover, Secretary General of Rotary International.
Father Emanuel was the Chartered President and Rtn. V.K.Dutta was the Club Secretary for the year 1970-71 and 1971-72. Rtn. Niranjan Singh Talib, Rtn. Mohinder Kapoor, Rtn. Inder Mohan Chhabra, Rtn. D. S. Chopra, Rtn. Dr. Laxmi Sharma, Rtn. Dr. S.R.De, Rtn. Yogesh Mehta and Rtn. Mahinder Gupta were amongst the charter members. District Governor Dr. Som Nath Dhingra of Dehradun presented the Charter to the club.
In the year 1970-71 when the club came in to existence, William E Walk Jr. Was the R. I. President and the theme of the year was "Bridge the Gap". Since then the club has experienced many eventful year under the leadership of various Rotarians.
During the year 1997-98, the original charter of the club was misplaced somewhere and with the efforts of President Col. D. N. Kanwarpal, on 19-11-1997, a new charter signed by the RI President Glen W Kinross and RI Secretary General Aam Hyatt was issues to the Club.
Despite of many tough times, the club kept on progressing and today holds a strong strength of 45 dedicated members, which include 9 Paul Harris Fellows and 4 PHF sustaining members.
Some major Projects and Achievements
Rotary Hearse cum Ambulance Van: A hearse van was one of the most important need of people of Solan and it was with the efforts of Rtn. Sushil Choudhary and Rtn. Puneet Sharma that during the year 2002-03 that a van was purchased by the club which is still running successfully and has earned a good rapport among public as well as civil authorities. The most remarkable part of its functioning is that the club has not paid any amount for its maintenance or running expenses for the last many years. The driver Mr. Rajesh Kumar is working selflessly for the past two years and his dedication towards the cause of humanity is beyond words. May it be any accident, or Polio Plus or any other occasion, he will be found serving in the first row. The mention of van will not be complete till we appreciate the efforts of Rtn, Arun Trehan in bringing the van out of red and in managing its smooth running. Some of our members are donating on monthly instalments for the cause of this van.
Tree Plantation: Since its creation. The club has been planting tree saplings every year at a hill top near Police ground. This hill top, which we call Rotary Hills, used to be a naked hill which has now turned in to a thick forest.During his official visit to our club,DG Shaju Peter was very happy on seeing this plantation when visited the Rotary Hills, his wife Lovy also expressed her pleasure and promised to mention this achievement in the bulletin she was writing.