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THE OBJECT OF ROTARY
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
- FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
- SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
- THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
- FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
ROTARY CLUB OF LARNACA – KITION
The Rotary Club of Larnaca-Kition was established in the summer of 1991 and it officially became member of Rotary International on November 14 of the same year. The Emblem of the Club is the Cyclopean Walls of ancient Kitium, which are considered to be one of the most important archaeological sites in Cyprus.
The Rotary Club of Larnaca – Kition since its establishment has a course very rich in activities which on the one hand comprise a historical consignment and on the other hand a guarantee to better tomorrow for the Rotary. The podium of the Club has been honored by distinguished speakers, Rotarians or not, with speeches of scientific, professional, social, historical and national content.
The Club has given special emphasis in the encouragement and strengthening of Service as the basis of every profession by awarding prizes to Professionals, Business men and the Working people who have distinguished themselves through dedication in their profession.
In the sector of education the Club has donated books to the Public Library of Larnaca, to the Community Library of Livadhia and also books, book shelves and computers to the front line village of Troulli. The Club has also established the annual awarding of prizes to students of the Lyceum schools of Larnaca, including the American Academy, who have excelled academically.
It has also granted a number of scholarships of £1 .000 each to needy college or university students from the city or district of Larnaca.
In the sector of health it organizes every year blood donation for the needs of the blood bank of the Larnaca General Hospital, as well as the donation of medical and other equipment such as camp beds used by the mothers who need to spend the night next to their aching child. In addition, the Club undertook the medical expenses of an eye surgeon to go to Sudan to operate on needy patients so they can regain their vision.
In the sector of environment the Club has so far carried out a number of tree plantings in places designated by the Forestry Department and has created, in cooperation with the Rotary Club of Larnaca, the Rotary Forest of Peace and Friendship at Rizoelia area. Also, many times, it has organized clean up campaigns at which members and friends of the Club cleaned up the Larnaca shore as well as the Pattichion Park.
The Club makes every effort to be an aid-giver to the suffering and it should be stressed that this is not done only at Christmas and Easter. Every year it offers meals and financial aid to different old peoples homes in Larnaca and children with special needs.
During the crisis in Lebanon the Club sent with a U.N. ship aid, which included medicine, child food and pampers, blankets and clothing, which were distributed by Lebanese friend Rotarians and at the same time supported the effort of the Doctors of the World to Lebanon with financial aid.