Rotary Club of Karur, D 3000, has got a spanking new building of its own, spread over a sprawling 14 acres.
One of the largest clubs in India with a membership of 427 (including 42 women), the 10,000 sq ft building was jointly inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Transport Minister Senthil Balaji and RI Director P T Prabhakar.
PDG C Basker, Rotary Coordinator Zone 5, 2013–16, and an RC Karur member, said the club had the vision to buy this huge property way back in 1996 for about Rs 30 lakh. Today the market value of the land is over Rs 40 crore!
The building was put up at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore and entirely financed by the club members. There is a plush auditorium which can seat about 350 people and will be venue for the Club’s meetings henceforth. “There are seven Rotary clubs in Karur, but none of the others have their own meeting place. In the future we will be renting out our facility for their meetings at a very nominal cost,” Basker added.
Club President M P Ramasamy said a unique feature of their new facility was the development of a walking lane, spending Rs 20 lakh, which is now being used by Rotary club members and their families for their morning walk. “And PDG Basker also walks here whenever he is in town,” he added.