Rotary Club of Madras South [RCMS] was chartered on 30th June 1960. It was the second club in Chennai — earlier known as Madras. The first Club in the city, Rotary Club of Madras, which was the fourth club in India, was chartered in July 1929. The provisional Rotary Club of Madras South was inaugurated at the meeting held on the 17th June 1960 in the Library Room of the Guindy Industrial Estate. District Governor K. Gopal Rao, presided over the meeting; It was chartered on 30th June 1960 with 24 members — most of them were small scale industrialists, with their factories at the Guindy Industrial Estate. The Charter was officially presented on 1st September 1960 at a function presided over by PDG D C Kothari. The Club has been active over the last 5 decades, in all avenues of service and has successfully implemented many projects to benefit the community in and around Chennai [Madras]. Our members actively participated in and contributed to the Polio Eradication efforts of Rotary International. The first few years were devoted to consolidation, indoctrination, publicity and public relations — all of which gave our Club a distinct stamp and made it very popular in the District. As attendance at the meetings was considered almost as a duty of a Rotarian, we had many Visiting Rotarians at our meetings. Many well-known persons who were Rotarians like cricketer Vijay Merchant, industrialists S P Godrej and G D Naidu and Hindi film actor David were often seen having tea and chatting with our members at our meetings. Every year, many of our members serve the District Office taking important positions. We have represented in almost all important national and international events. Our members have been active in the polio eradication project of RI right from the beginning. Fellowship has been the hallmark of our club and we have always been known as a very friendly club. We have won the District Best Fellowship Award on a few occasions. But more than this, the number of visiting Rotarians who have come to us year after year is a standing testimony to the quality of our fellowship. Our Club celebrates Diamond Jubilee – 60 years in service this Rotary year 2019 – 2020.
From one of our family fellowship get-togethers
Our Silver jubilee get-together
RCMS stands out in the District as the Club that gets the best speakers on interesting topics, week after week, now ably guided by Rtn. S R Madhu. Our Club bulletin, The Southerner, was a trend-setter in our District. Over the years our bulletin became very popular and many senior Past Governors and some RI Presidents have contributed articles. It has won the District Best Bulletin Award many times. It continues to be popular even now. We have a good balance of young and experienced members who are ready to take up projects with wider scope for benefits and fellowship. Our past presidents are always ready and willing to participate and also advise the new members. In the recent years, we have taken up joint projects with other Rotary Clubs and institutions who have already created required infrastructure facilities but need assistance for completion/further development. We donated ultrasound testing equipment to Voluntary Health Service, Taramani, Dialysis machines to the hospital run by Rotary Club of Ambattur and Sri Matha Cancer Care Centre , Adyar.
Golden Jubilee Year
2009-10 was our Golden Jubilee and we celebrated it in style. Under the leadership of our Golden Jubilee President P Bowmick and Golden Jubilee Chairman R V Rajan, the celebrations included executing 50 different projects, annadhaanam, to building a science lab in a school.
PRIP Rtn Wilfrid J. Wilkinson, Ann Joan (Hogan) Wilkinson and RIP Nominee 2011-12 Rtn RIPN Kalyan Banerjee were the guests of honour at the Golden Jubilee inauguration function.
Golden Jubilee Lab at P S High School (North), Chennai.
Our Club has sponsored 4 Rotaract Clubs and 5 Interact Clubs.