Greetings from Rotary International District 3131! As the leader of more than 5000 passionate Rotarians in 140 clubs, who dedicate their time, energy and resources for social wellbeing and community development, it is my honour and privilege to welcome you to our District website.
RI District 3131 covers the geographical area of Pune and Raigad districts in Maharashtra, India. We are proud to be a part of Rotary International that is one of the largest global social service organizations operating for the last 117 years. Rotary has the unique accomplishment of largely eradicating Polio disease from planet earth through a worldwide vaccination program initiated in 1985. In addition to all the service projects we do, Rotary is in a unique position to contribute to world peace due to its presence in more than 200 countries.
Happy Village and Happy School are the key thrust areas I have identified for RID 3131 for the year 2021-22. Even today, a very large percentage of Indian population lives in rural areas. There is substantial opportunity to develop infrastructure there and improve the quality of life. I encourage Rotary Clubs in our District to pursue Rotary’s Happy Village program that aims to achieve just this. Happy School is an equally important initiative that contributes to the development of the young minds that are the future of our nation.
On the healthcare front, I am passionate about setting up more and more Dialysis Centers with the objective of reducing the huge gap that exists between the need and the availability of such facilities. Of course, the focus on projects to fight Covid continues.
Support for environment has become one of the basic requirements for the overall development of our community. Considering this, Rotary International has identified Environment as a new focus area this year. Clubs in our District are planning excellent impact making projects in this area as well.
All this work becomes possible only through the commitment and dedication of our members who support all the projects with their passion and resources. Rotary also offers opportunities to network with successful professionals from all walks of life, share our experiences, and grow together. I invite all those who desire to give back to the society to join hands with Rotary. Together we will be able to achieve so much more!
Rotary District Governor Pankaj Shah Introduction