In the decades
following the ending of the Second World War, some countries fell under
Soviet control while others achieved independence from their formal
colonial status only to fall under the control of totalitarian regimes.
Whatever the reason, the ending of the war did not automatically lead to
the restoration of Rotary Clubs.
In January 1949, the
Board of RI considered the position in Czechoslovakia where the 34 clubs
had failed to make the required reports relating to membership.
Furthermore, as far as the Board could determine, they had "failed to
give evidence that they are duly functioning as Rotary clubs." (Board
minutes, January 1949). Accordingly the board terminated the membership
of these clubs, effective as from January 24, 1949. This also meant the
ending of District 66 as a separate entity.