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THE DISTRICT 3201 HISTORY

Prepared by the district and not verified by Rotary Global History

A Part of Our History of Rotary in ASIA

 

The Rotary International District 3201 was formed in July 2008 as a multi-generation successor of District 89 (comprising of Afganistan,  Burma, Ceylon and India) formed in 1937-38, and an immediate successor  of District 3200 formed in 1991-92.

 

As of March 2008, there were 170 Clubs listed under Rotary District  3200.
On July 1st 2008, District 3200 was bifurcated into District 3201 and District 3202. The new district 3201 has 98 Clubs and membership strength of 3213 Rotarians. These Clubs are spread over part of the southern Indian states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The larger cities in RI District 3201 are Cochin (Kerala) and Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu).

 

On 2nd March 2008, "Harisree 2k8-Pets-1" of District 3201 was held at Cherai Beach Resorts in Cochin, which was followed by the PETS Program, titled "Trigger 2k8"held on 26th and 27th April 2008 at Hotel Presidency in Cochin.
 

"Vision 2008", the first Rotary District Assembly of District 3201 was held on 24th & 25th May 2008 at Jansons School of Business, Karumathampatti in Coimbatore.

District 3201 will be continuing the emphasis of Rotary International of Literacy, Health and Hunger, and Water Management, but have also formulated the three- R projects viz. Road Safety, Reducing Child Mortality, and Rainwater Harvesting. Besides, each avenue of service has been given a promotional motto, for example, for Club Service, we have "Reducing the age of the club - making the club younger"; for Community Service: "Serving with the Youth", for Vocational Service: "Empowering the
Youth", for International Service: "Inspiring the Youth", for New Generation: "Enlivening the Youth" and for New Horizons we have "New Frontiers for the Youth".
 

Rtn MPHF Advocate Baby Joseph of Rotary Club of Kattapana Heritage is the first District Governor of the new district (for 2008-09).
Baby Joseph was born on 26th April at Ramapuram in Kerala. After matriculating from De Paul English Medium High School, Thodupuzha, he did his graduation from St. Thomas College, Palai, acquiring M.A (English) from the Kerala University. Upon attaining his LLB degree from the Kerala Academy Law College, Trivandrum (the Capital of Kerala State), he started
his practice at Thodupuzha until 1993, when he shifted his practice to Kattapana.
In 1997, he entered Rotary as the Charter Secretary of the Rotary Club of Kattapana and served as the club president in 1998-99. He was recognized as the outstanding president of the year. He also held many club level and District level posts such as GGR, Assistant Governor, District Chairman, District Club Service Director, PETS Chairman, District Secretary, GSA and
Zonal Chairman for Annual giving. During his tenure as GGR and Assistant Governor, he was credited as the best GGR and best Assistant Governor.
Now a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, he has served as a faculty member in the various training programs organized by the Rotary International including DOTS, DOPEM, PETS, District Assemblies and District Conferences.
He is the Panel Advocate for Union Bank of India, State Bank of Travancore, South Indian Bank, Federal Bank and the Kerala State Housing Board and other corporate clients. He is also the life member of the Bar Association, Thodupuzha, Kattapana, Charter President of the Y's Men's Club, Kattapana Central, Member of the Junior Chamber, Life Member of YMCA, Life Member of Rifle Club, Idukki and Life Member of the Red Cross Society.
Rtn. DGE MPHF Baby Joseph is married to Saly and they are blessed with two children Appu and Jolo studying in Montfort School.
 

this history prepared by MPHF Joseph Sebastine, district history representative, 25 August 2008