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THE HISTORY OF DISTRICT 2241

Romania and the Republic of Moldova

A Part of Our History of Rotary in Europe

Prepared by the district and not verified by Rotary Global History

The Rotary Club of Bucharest, the capital of Romania was the first club to be formed in this district in the days when it was known as District 84.
In the spring of 1929, in Bucharest, the first Rotary Club in Romania was created, at the initiative of Christian Penescu-Kertsch, who became the first president.
After Bucharest, two more clubs were formed in Cluj and Timisoara.

The Rotarian purposes and ideals were understood and accepted by the Romanian intellectual elite, from all domains - science, art, business - the result being the establishment of another six clubs in Arad, Brasov, Campina, Cernauiti, Iasi and Ploiesti.

With nine clubs, in 1936 The Romanian District is created and it receives the number 84.
The effect of the Rotarian activity and actions begins to be noticed all over the country.

But, in the full swing of development, Rotary is suddenly prohibited by the authoritarian regimes which were overtaking all of the central-eastern-European regions and countries.

The formation of the new District 2241
In 1992, with the support of the French Rotarians, The Bucharest Rotary Club is re-established.

Like the first time, it is followed by The Clubs in Cluj and Timisoara, so that in June 1996, there are 13 clubs in Romania as part of District 1160, which was based in Paris, France.

On the 1st of July 1995, Romania overcomes a second barrier, being defined by Rotary International as “a zone of Rotarian expansion”, together with The Moldavian Republic.

The entire International Committee names Swiss Rotarian, Jorg Tschopp, as “the presidential administrator for expansion”.
The result is impressive: in less than three years, the number of clubs reaches 30.
Two world premieres are registered: the first Rotary Club in Chişinău and a second one of the same kind in a Romanian city.

Chişinău, also known as Kishinev, is the capital city and industrial and commercial centre of Moldova.
It is also the largest city of Moldova and is located in the centre of the country, on the river Bîc.
Economically, the city is the most prosperous in Moldova and is one of the main industrial centers and transportation hubs of the region.
As the most important city in Moldova, Chişinău has a broad range of educational facilities.
Additionally, the city has among the highest proportion of green spaces of any major city in Europe.

Back in the Romanian capital city, The Bucharest-Continental Rotary Club is set up.

The Rotarian actions have brought into Romania and the Moldavian Republic almost six million U.S. dollars in six years, and because of this, the statute of “district” became an imperative.


This event took place on 1 September 1999, when the International Rotary Committee and the president Carlo Ravizza decided that in Romania and the Moldavian Republic, the Rotary clubs will be part of their own district, number 2241.


After Poland (1998), The Czech Republic and Slovakia (reunited in one district in 1999), it was our country’s turn to have its own district, an honor which no other country from The East of Europe had.

Translated by: RCC Member: Dragu Adriana; Coordinator: Stoean Simona.

acknowledgements to the District Board, Club, members and Webmaster and to Wikipedia

posted by RGHF Webmaster, Greg Barlow. September 2008