Friday, March 02, 2012

The Rotary Service Awards

In 2003, Rotary Club of Bangalore, the premier Rotary Club in Rotary International District 3190, decided to recognize excellence in the vibrant voluntary sector of the city – to identify and honour organizations working for the community - and give an annual ROTARY SERVICE AWARD. As the voluntary sector is very large – over 2000 NGOs in Karnataka and 1000 in Bangalore – they select one group or activity each year for recognition.

Rotary Club of Bangalore, recognizes eminent people and organizations in many areas, annually. The club give the Corporate Citizenship Award to a company who achieves social responsibilities with excellence, the Citizen Extraordinaire Award to true leaders in Bangalore, and the Vocational Service Award to people working in services like the BBMP or State Transport, or in an NGO. Equally, they recognize young persons for their scientific inventions, debating and quizzing.

For this year we invite applications by March 31st, 2012. The award is scheduled to be given in the last week of April 2012.

The objectives of the Rotary Service Awards
The average citizen is sadly unaware of the excellent voluntary work going on around us. The Rotary Service Award was instituted to give deserving voluntary organizations due recognition, some publicity of their work, and to help increase awareness and support for such initiatives in our city. To fulfil this aim, Rotary Club of Bangalore has collaborated with ‘Bangalore Cares,’ a voluntary organisation, which believes the voluntary sector is a vital and vibrant part of society, contributing significantly to solving human problems in the community. The organization also organizes training and research, and has produced directories of voluntary organisations; in addition, they help Rotary District 3190 to organise SEVA SETHU - a meet of voluntary organizations with companies, government, media and
interested public.

In the case of the Rotary Service Awards, Bangalore Cares helps Rotary Club of Bangalore to collect data from voluntary organisations in Bangalore, to get nominations for the awards, and then select the winner of the Award.

The criteria for the awards
The Rotary Service Awards are given on the basis of defined parameters to be fulfilled by eligible voluntary organisations:-

  • Inspiration: They will be setting a high standard of service and effectiveness, perhaps made possible by strong and committed leadership
  • Impact: They will be able to demonstrate a major impact on government policy or public understanding or service to the community, leading to positive change for the community at large, especially to the benefit of disadvantaged people and groups.
  • Innovation: The voluntary organization will demonstrate advances in approach or technique, possibly applying ideas originating from other social, corporate or Government sectors.

After a final short list of the awardees is made, this is referred to a respected citizen of Bangalore, like Justice Michael Saldanha, Dr Samuel Paul, Rtn PDG Rajendra Rai, for finalizing the selection. The awardee is then finally approved by Rotary Club of Bangalore, which presents the award at a Club Meeting. The Award is a plaque and donation. Two awards have been planned. The first for INR 25,000 and the second of INR 15,000.

A sterling track record of deserving candidates

In 2003, when the Rotary Service Award was first awarded, it was given to the best NGO working for the Environment. Eco-Watch (Mr Suresh Heblikar), was selected for the award. In subsequent years, this Award has been given to CUPA (Ms Suparna Ganguli and Ms Sheila Rao) and Karuna (Ms Jaya Bhattacharjee) for animal welfare; Nightingales (Dr Sudha Murthy) for Care of Senior Citizens; Akshara (Ms Rohini Nilekani) in the field of primary education; Janaagraha (Ramesh and Swati Ramanathan) for Civic Affairs; BOSCO (Fr Edward) for street children, ASHA (Ms Jayashree Ramesh) for autistic kids , Spastics Society of Karnataka (Ms Rukmini Krishnaswami/Ms Indira Dave) for spastic children, AMC (Mrs Rupandi Padaki) for the Mentally Challenged, and Unnati (Mr Ramesh Swamy) and Shrishti (Ms Suchitra Somashekaraiah).

This Award is organized by the Vocational Awards Committee of the Rotary Club of Bangalore, and this year, they have chosen the group of NGOs working on critical counseling. Again, Bangalore cares is helping select the best NGOs in this field, using the same high standards as in the past.

Last date for filing your nomination is 31st March, 2012.
For details, please email me at

Thank you all for making a difference in the society.

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