Wednesday, April 3, 2019

One Among Rotary Club of Thimphu’s Most Valuable Partners

The Rotary Club of Thimphu is a Public Benefit Organization chartered in April of 2012. It is a compact organization comprised of 22 Members drawn from a wide range of backgrounds - doctors, auditors, artists, industrialists, entrepreneurs, agriculturists, social workers, government officials, retired international staff, and even an airline pilot. Our Club associates with over 35,000 other Rotary Clubs in over 220 countries. The Rotary is perhaps the world’s largest club - with close to 1.3 million Members worldwide.

Membership to the Rotary Club of Thimphu is by INVITATION only. No one may become a Member simply because he/she desires to be one. Membership is denied if even one existing Member objects to the admittance of an aspiring Member. The Club does not accept Membership requests from religious and political personalities; neither from non-nationals. The Rotary Club of Thimphu does not engage in anything remotely related to politics or religion.

The Rotary Club of Thimphu’s core areas of focus are in Agriculture, Education and Health. The first time the Rotary Club of Thimphu began its service projects was in June of 2013. The Club donated 2 garbage dump trucks to the Thimphu Thromde (City Corporation), valued at US$ 44,550.00.

As of March, 2019 the total value of our service projects stand at: Nu.120.949 million. Beneficiaries include hospitals, youth farmer groups, village dwellers, students, a homeless destitute, a nursing student, the differently abled, and even the dead and dying.

The Members of the Rotary Club of Thimphu are proud to have been able to contribute this meaningfully - for the cause of the country and the people of Bhutan. But we never allow ourselves to forget for a moment that our successes are, in most part, due to others around us - those who contribute to our cause. Most of the funding comes from outside - but there are some within the country who contribute to our cause - with generosity and selflessness.

Yesterday evening the Rotary Club of Thimphu honored one such champion of CSR - The Hotel Druk, Thimphu.

The hotel has been there for us - every time we needed their help. In fact it was in this very hotel that our ongoing BHUTAN2020 project was conceived - a project that was officially launched in 2018, during the Toronto Convention of the Rotary International. This project will see the installation of $1.00 million worth of SkyHydrant water filers in 120 of Bhutan’s schools across the country, by the end of 2020.

We offer our Thanks to the Hotel Druk owners and the management for their generosity and their unflinching commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility. With the award of this Token of Appreciation, the Druk Hotel joins two other past champions of CSR in the country:

a.  The Druk Air; and
b.  Lhaki Group of Companies

The Club President Rtn. Tsewang Rinzing presents the Token of Appreciation to the General Manager of Hotel Druk, Mr. Dilu Giri

The words on the plaque fashioned out of the aromatic Tsenden Shiing

The Corporate world and the business houses, along with every single Bhutanese draw their sustenance from the country and its resources. Doing so is our birthright. But the first responsibility of those of us who draw from the common pool is to give back to it - a part of what we draw out of it.

You do not have the right to claim to be rich, if you cannot give. There is no pride in withholding all that you have. Please remember, all things considered, every one of us is destined to exit as poor as we entered. Thus, please give while the season of giving is yours - so that those among us who are not as fortunate may benefit from your generosity and spirit of giving.

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