Rotary Cochin International (RCI) which was formed in 2002, and chartered under Rotary District 3201, is an organization of like-minded professionals who empathize strongly with the cause of the special children, their families and the dedicated specialists who work with them, to make a difference in their lives. RCI is very active in the field of community service, where we have executed several projects over the years to benefit the disadvantaged sections of our society. We have donated a Dialysis unit to Aluva Taluk hospital, built a Neonatal ICU and an Immunisation Centre at Women and Child Hospital, Mattanchery, among a few.
About three percent of all children born, irrespective of country, race, colour or ethnic origin arrive in this world as a special child, a fact which is sadly not acknowledged thus by the mainstream society. Instead they are considered as a problem due to adult ignorance, social taboos, parental embarrassment and most importantly, the absence of sufficient number of specialists to deal with this children. However, in the last 30 years, our country has slowly mobilized resources to address the needs of these children, albeit insufficiently. The bulk of the contribution towards such resources has been from dedicated individuals and NGOs who have worked tirelessly towards setting up various channels for the rehabilitation of these children, in addition to enlightening society through championing their cause.
Our flagship community service project, BHAVANA, since 2004, is a unique cultural festival for the SPECIAL children of Kerala, providing a public platform for them to display their talents and instill confidence in them, and has completed its 10th annual edition. In addition, BHAVANA also helps to focus the attention of public and the media, on the insufficiently recognized capabilities of these children, and improve their image in society. BHAVANA is the one and only cultural festival for the special children of Kerala, with participation by more than 800 differently abled children from over 35 special schools and their teachers, and will culminate in a grand award ceremony to recognize the creative talents amongst the special children. The complete program has been conceived and designed by RCI. The next edition is planned on 25th January 2015 and the venue is ASSISI VIDYANIKETHAN PUBLIC SCHOOL, Chembumukku, Kakkanadu.
Chartered on March 6, 2002 with twenty three members inducted by District Governor K A Kuriachan and PDG Venugopal CG under Rotary International District 3200 ♦ Five new members added ♦ Twenty Speaker Meetings & Classification Talks held ♦ Dental Camps conducted ♦ Association with Prathyasha special school started ♦ Benefit Show in aid of Prathyasha conducted ♦ The students of Pratyasha were taken on a trip on an Air India Flight ♦ First Vocational Excellence Award to Ms Mini Mohan, Ashadeepam Special School given ♦ 100% attendance in District Conference ♦ Website for the club launched
President: Rtn. Adv. Lellulal T GSecretary: Rtn. Vijay Narayan Govind Nine new members added ♦ Classification Talks by Annes ♦ Two medical Camps & a Neethimela ♦ Started Fire Side meetings ♦ B’day Anniversary Gifts and Early Bird gifts introduced ♦ First Bhavana held on 15 Nov 2003 ♦ Best Centennial Project award to Prathyasha School project ♦ Four Avenues of Service Citation Award to Rtn. Abraham George ♦ Vocational Excellence Award to Ms Anita Paul (Special Education) ♦ Active fellowship among Rotary Clubs with an ‘international’ in their name.
President: Rtn. Harikrishnan PKSecretary: Rtn. Chandrasekharan PV The year of Family meets ♦ First RYLA at youth hostel, Kakkanad ♦ Computer Centre for Ashadeepam as Centennial Project ♦ Two Dental Camps ♦ Vocational Excellence Award to Ms Maya Mohan, Chinmaya Vidyalaya ♦ Made inroads into the Inter Rotary Competitions
President: Rtn. Rajeev VyloppillySecretary: Rtn. Abraham George Inducted five new members ♦ Inducted the first lady Rotarian ♦ Wheel Chairsfor special children donated ♦ Three medical camps held ♦ Vocational Excellence Award to Dr.DM Vasudevan of Amritha Institute of Science and Technology ♦ New Life in association with SORT to promote organdonation, all members pledged their organs ♦ Began a new project, Super Six Challenge, a six a side cricket tournament for Rotary Clubs ♦ Wonmany Inter Rotary Competitions
President: Rtn. Chandrasekharan PVSecretary: Rtn. Reji Raman Seven new members inducted including two ladies ♦ Twenty two Speaker meetings held♦ Formed an Interact Club at Don Bosco School Vaduthala ♦ Adopted Thevakkal Govt UP School ♦ Prostrate Cancer Detection camp held in association with Amritha Institute of Medical Sciences ♦ VocationalExcellence Award given to Dr. S Sudhindran, Amritha Institute of Medical Sciences ♦ 100% attendance for District conference- Jyothirgamaya ♦ Four members become Paul Harris Fellows ♦ Champions in all the Inter Rotary Competitions in the city ♦ Twelve consistent issues of Rocoint published ♦ Super six, the six a side cricket tournament for Rotary Clubs held ♦ Bhavana ♦ RYLA ♦ Best Secretary Award in the Region & Outstanding Secretary in the District.
Five new members added ♦ Fourteen Speaker meetings held ♦ Two Joint Meetings ♦ Participated in all the interclub competitions and won most of them ♦ Fourteen ROCOINTs, our club bulletin, were released ♦ RCC at Maravanthuruth chartered ♦ Artificial Limb Camp ♦ Dental Camp ♦ Blood Group Detection Camp ♦ Geriatric Camp ♦ Prostrate Cancer Detection Camp ♦ Cataract Detection Camp ♦ Cleft Lip Camp ♦ Support to Govt LP School, Edappally ♦ Bhavana ♦ RYLA ♦ Vocational Excellence Award to Ms Shani Prabhakar of Manorama News
The RI District had 170 Rotary Clubs and hence was bifurcated into RI District 3201 (98 clubs) and 3202 (72 clubs). RCI is under RI District 3201. Participated in all the interclub competitions and won most of them ♦ Bhavana ♦ RYLA ♦ Vocational Excellence Award to Singer Mr Vineeth Srinivasan ♦ Super –six Cricket Tournament held ♦ Major work done in setting up the NICU at Mother and Child Hospital Mattancherry ♦ Best Secretary Award ♦ Best President Award
President: Rtn Dr Siby TCSecretary: Rtn Sunil H Two members inducted ♦ twenty speaker meetings ♦ Annettes Day Celebrations ♦ Twelve ROCOINTs released ♦ Participated in inter club competitions and won prizes ♦ NICU at Mother and Child Hospital Mattancherry ♦ Dental Awareness Camp ♦ Donated Wheel Chair, Artificial Limb ♦ Two RYLAs ♦ “Kannadi” a Malayalam play based on Sufi stories, performed by child artists in association with Magic Theatre ♦ Vocational Excellence Award to Commodore M Jithendran, Chairman, Cochin Shipyard Ltd. ♦ 100 % TRF contributory club ♦ Five members received Governor’s recognition pin
First Matching Grant Project with Rotary club of Marina City Singapore – a dialysis unit at Taluk Hospital, Aluva ♦ Eight RYLAs and two counseling sessions at Government Schools together benefitting more than 1100 students ♦ Participated in inter club competitions and won prizes ♦ 300 saplings planted ♦ medical camps ♦ dental awareness and check-up ♦ H1N1 vaccine camp ♦ Urology camp ♦ Cardiology camp Joint replacement camps ♦ supported 21 booths for pulse polio programme ♦ Vocational excellence award was presented to Ms Nirmala of Bhavans School ♦ RCI released District souvenir 2011 ♦ Bhavana
Seven members added ♦ Thirteen speaker meetings ♦ Eight Family meetings ♦ Participated in interclub and district activities ♦ Bhavana ♦ Immunisation Centre at the Women and Child hospital, Mattancherry, Medical Camp in Ophthalmology ♦ General Medicine and Dental OP was organized at the MASS School, Mattancherry ♦ surgical instruments to the Primary Health Centre, Kakkanad ♦ Tuition fees and Grant to St Raphael’s School benefitting 40 students ♦ RYLA for two Govt Schools and Education about the health and social effects of alcohol’ drugs and smoking by Rtn Dr Rajeev Jayadevan at various schools together benefitting more than 1000 students in various schools “Vocational Excellence Award” to Dr. Vijayakumar N. Pillai, Taluk Hospital, Aluva ♦ Five more PHFs♦ Supported 21 booths in pulse polio programme