Message from Sebastian Karunakaran, District Governor 2019-20

It is indeed a great honour to take up the mantle of Governorship of district  I am extremely thankful to all, who have mentored me and helped me in my rotary journey. I very much appreciate that all of you have unanimously chosen me and trusted me to lead our district. I need your continued support to carry out my responsibilities successfully.

On the 1st of July, Rotary clubs across the world and the Rotary organization would see a change in leadership carrying a new theme. RI president Mark Daniel Maloney’s theme for the year is “Rotary connects the world”. This exactly is the reason that Paul Harris started the 1st Rotary club more than a century back to get connected with the people of his community where he had just moved in. Now Rotary has grown to be the biggest service organization much beyond the dreams and expectations of the early pioneers. We Rotarians have the golden opportunity to connect ourselves to our respective communities with various service projects which will benefit people of different walks of life - service that would have a lasting change in your community. Presidents of all Rotary clubs with your respective boards go into the new Rotary year believing in yourself that you as a team can make a change in the world to bring peace and that through your service be it big or small that you can make a difference. Rotary is indeed a family. So, embrace all members, your Rotaractors, Interactors, your family and your friends into this circle and make membership grow. I wish all of you a successful Rotary year. My board, the district officials and I are here to serve you. Let us all together as a team “connect the world”.

About our Rotary District

The first Rotary Club in Sri Lanka was formed in Colombo in 1929. Currently there are 71 Rotary Clubs in Sri Lanka, with nearly 2,000 Rotarians.

Sri Lanka became the first country in South Asia to become Polio Free with a funding of US$ 2,5 MILLION from the Rotary network. Rotary Sri Lanka also takes pride in rebuilding 23 Tsunami affected Government schools in Sri Lanka at a cost over Rs 1 billion.

Rotary was founded on principles that remain at the heart of the organization today. These principles reflect our core values — integrity, diversity, service, leadership, and fellowship, or friendship. Our core values emerge as themes in our guiding principles.

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:

Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?