Rotary Shantiniketan

The first four Rotarians.

Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram E. Shorey, Paul P. Harris.

Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships.

Over time, Rotary’s reach and vision gradually extended to humanitarian service. Members have a long track record of addressing challenges in their communities and around the world.

Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.

Paul Harris
Rotary founder

Our ongoing commitment

Rotary's commitment endures today through an organization that remains truly international. Only 16 years after being founded, Rotary had clubs on six continents. Our members now span the globe, working to solve some of our world’s most challenging problems.

Rotarians have not only been present for major events in history — We’ve been a part of them, from UN to Easter Seals. We’re not afraid to dream big and set bold goals.

Rotary at the start of the United nations

Rotary and the United Nations have a shared history of working toward peace and addressing humanitarian issues around the world.

During World War II, Rotary informed and educated members about the formation of the United Nations and the importance of planning for peace. Materials such as the booklet From Here On! and articles in The Rotarian helped members understand the UN before it was formally established and follow its work after its charter.

Chinese Rotarian from Shanghai Dr V.K. Wellington KOO, the longest-serving diplomat of the Republic of China, and three-time Ambassador to the United States, was the first person to sign on the Charter of the United Nations on 6 June 1945.

Polio Eradications

In early 1979, on a flight home from the Philippines, Sir Clem Renouf, the 1978-79 Rotary International president read a magazine story about the eradication of smallpox. He wondered if Rotary’s new Health, Hunger and Humanities (3-H) Grants could be used to eliminate another disease. Renouf consulted with a friend, John Sever, who was a district governor in Maryland, USA, and chief of infectious diseases at the United States National Institutes of Health. After doing some research, Sever said that polio would be the best disease for Rotary to work on. At that time, Polio was affecting about 1000 children a day. A vaccine had been available for over 25 years, but immunization efforts had not scaled up. In the next few months, Rotarians rallied around the idea of eliminating Polio from the face of Earth. and, in November 1979, the RI Board set the eradication of Polio as a primary goal of the 3-H program.

In order to raise money, Clem asked all the clubs to contribute some cash, which was about $15 per member, for service projects, and the appeal raised the surprising amount of $7 million. Part of that money was then used to fund the first polio immunization project for 6 million children in the Philippines and the success was real.

In 1985, Rotary launched the PolioPlus program, and it later spearheaded the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with its partners — national governments, the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF. The GPEI continues to pursue worldwide eradication of polio.

Rotary International is the second largest private sector donor. According to , contributions from Rotary from 1985 to 2016 totaled more than $1.5 billion to the polio eradication activities in 122 countries. In addition, tens of thousands of Rotarians have partnered with their national ministries of health, UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and with health providers at the grassroots level in thousands of communities.

Today, polio remains endemic in only two countries — down from 125 in 1988.

World Famous Rotarians

Rotarians are your neighbors, your community leaders and some of the world’s greatest history-makers:

Rotary India

  • 01 Jan 1920

    Rotary Club of Calcutta was the first Rotary club chartered in India

  • 19 Mar 1929

    Rotary club of Bombay received its charter

  • 08 May 1929

    Rotary club of Delhi was chartered

  • 19 Jul 1929

    Rotary club of Madras, The first club in South India was chartered

  • 05 Jun 1934

    Rotary Club of Bangalore was the 6th club to be chartered in Colonial India.

  • 01 Jul 1977

    our Rotary District 3190 was carved out of District 318

  • 29 Jun 2018

    Rotary Bangalore Shantiniketan was Chartered

  • 01 Jan 2020

    Rotary completes 100 years of service in India

Today, there are more than 1.2 Lakh members in over 3,000 clubs operating throughout the country. Our District 3190 comprises of 8 revenue districts (Bangalore, Bangalore Rural, Mandya, Tumkur, Ramnagaram, Chikkaballapur & Kolar from Karnataka and Chittoor from Andra Pradesh). and has over 6000 members and 150 clubs.

Rotary Bangalore Shantiniketan

Rotary Bangalore Shantiniketan was chartered on the 29th June 2018 with an enthusiastic group of 21 members who eagerly want to contribute towards making the world a better world. We are from diverse professional backgrounds, with an intent to give back to Society. We pour our passion, integrity and capabilities into completing projects that have a lasting impact, and we persevere until we deliver real, lasting solutions. Rotary rests on the twin pillars of Fellowship & Service. RBS has over the past 3 years used the vehicle of friendship & camaraderie of its members to complete impactful projects on the ground.

Past Presidents

Sunil Jain

Sunil Jain has over 30 years of working experience in Accounting, Finance & Information Technology. Sunil has done his masters in Accounting & Finance from Devi Ahiliya University (Indore) and is a Fellow Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). Sunil has worked & lived in US for almost a decade. Sunil has vast experience of managing global, high impact projects all over the world. (North American, Europe, Asia & Australia). An avid Traveler & Twitterati, Sunil’s passion is driving, cooking, reading, contemporary politics, Movies and Music.

Mithun Amin

Mithun is an Engineer at heart. He led teams in Software Engineering in India and Sweden for over 15 years. Apart from his tech wizardry, he is also an entrepreneur with interests in Real Estate, E-Publishing and Restaurants in multiple cities. His latest foray is into Export advisory services. Apart from Social service, his other interests are in Photography, hobby electronics, home automation, Cars, skiing and fitness. He is very keen on giving back to the society and believes that universal education is the best way to ensure sustainable progress.

Sanjay Agarwal

Charter President


Sanjay is the charter president of our club, and was instrumental in setting up a strong foundation. He has over 30 years of rich industry experience across diverse industries such as IT Software, Telecom, New Product Development & Manufacturing at companies such as IBM, Ericsson, Sasken, HCL HP & East India (Oberoi) Hotels. He has experience in multiple domains of the business, including IT Management (Infra. & Services), Business Operations & Compliance, Supply chain and Program Management. With his visionary, strategic & outcome driven approach, he has demonstrated success by envisioning & implementing world’s first Solar powered Green Data Center @ Bangalore. He is also a Yoga enthusiast.

The Rotary Foundation

At the 1917 convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.

Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.

In Dec 2020, For the 13th consecutive year , The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.

The Foundation earned the recognition for adhering to sector best practices and executing its mission in a financially efficient way, demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only one percent of the organizations Charity Navigator evaluates have received 13 consecutive 4-star evaluations.

Fellowship Groups

Rotary Fellowships are international, independently organized groups of any interested individual who share a common hobby, recreational interest, or profession. Rotary Fellowships give their members the opportunity to have fun and make new friends around the world.

Many of the sporting fellowships hold regional matches and world tournaments. Fellowships related to travel or excursions plan destination trips, while vocational fellowships often plan get-togethers at professional conferences and seminars.

Fellowship Groups