All the 54 members of RC Mettupalayam, District 3202, have contributed a $1000 each to The Rotary Foundation this year too, after a similar activity last year. This generosity of the Rotarians has helped make theirs a 100 per cent MPHF (Multiple Paul Harris Fellow) Club — “probably the first in the District,” says club member L S Sidduram.
When all members of a Rotary club contribute $1000 each to TRF, the club qualifies for ‘100 per cent Paul Harris Fellow Club’ recognition; and when they give more than $1000 each, the club becomes a ‘100 per cent MPHF.’
RC Mettupalayam received the prestigious banner from DG Sridharan Nambiar at the District Conference held at Wayanad, Kerala, during the first week of February.
Chartered in 1961, the club has ushered in a remarkable transformation in the community in the past 53 years. The 37-year old METRO (METtupalayam Rotary) Matriculation Higher Secondary School, the first English medium institution in the town providing quality education to 2,100 students, with cent per cent ‘pass’ results in the Board exams consecutively for 30 years, is one of its babies.
A 10-year old vocational training centre that has been empowering poor women with knowledge in tailoring, embroidery and a beautician course and helping a good number of them to earn a living; and a beautifully landscaped electric crematorium (“looks like the Brindavan Gardens,” says Sidduram) worth Rs 2.2 crore dedicated to the Mettupalayam Corporation, are the other significant landmark-projects of the club.
“We are glad that our contributions to TRF will help in securing and growing Rotary programmes somewhere in the world, reaching out to some needy society,” says club President Ismail, on his club’s new status.