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Rotary Club of Athinai was chartered in December 1928 in the capital city Athinai (Athens) of Hellas (Greece). It is the oldest and biggest club in the country as well as in the Balkan Area and one of the first 100s Clubs in Europe and in East Mediterranean. The first ceremonial meeting took place on 27 December 1928, at the Hotel “Grande Bretagne”. Rotary International considered this an important event to the Rotary world, so Rot. James W. Davidson, member of the Board of Rotary International, was appointed by R.I. to be the official representative of R.I. to this meeting.  

Our Club main activities include:

 

At the national level:

  •     The “Michael and Irene Poulmentis Scholarships Foundation” ïf our Club (since 1961) available to university students who lack the financial means to continue their studies. About 800 young people have been awarded with 5-year scholarships until today.

  •      The Association of Protection and Recovery of Disable Children (“ELEPAP”), a unique Institute which honors Hellas internationally. Our Club participated in the join effort with representatives of U.S.A. governments towards the foundation of this Association, which our Club continues to support morally and financially.

  •       The Athinai Home for the Elderly, supporting it financially and morally.

  •      The award with money prizes and diplomas, on a regular basis, of well known personalities, active charity and cutlural organizations and individuals who have acted with altruism and self-sacrifice in their social environment.

In addition, we have

  •     Built a church in the town of  Kastoria, in North Hellas, covering the entire cost of its construction as well as the operational expenses.

  •      Constructed the public baths in the island of Kefallonia (Ionian Sea) for the needs of the local people.

  •      Placed in open places and parks of Athinai, sculptured busts of important and famous persons, as well as various monuments in memory of historic and cultural events.

In 1979, upon celebrating the 50 years of our Club, Hellenic Posts published and circulated a memory  stamp in 15.000.000 pieces with the sign of Rotary posting the number "50" on it.

 

At the international level:

Our Club participates in the annual «European Leonardo da Vinci Award» with other 9 Rotary Clubs from Europe (London-England, Tour-France, Amsterdam-Holland, Madrid-Spain, Florence-Italy, Brucelles-Belgium, Wien-Ring-Austria, Dublin-Ireland and Würzburg-Germany) for the last 35 years.

We occasionally work with other Rotary Clubs around the world in supporting lots of their programs.

Also, we have restored almost from the ruins a Church at the region of Argyrokastron, in North Hpeiros (South Albania).

In December 1999, our Club was honored for its social and humanitarian work with the “Prize of the Academy of Athinai”, the heighest  award that is given by the Academy of Athinai, the Heighest Institution of our country, to individuals, personalities, organizations, companies and foundations for their excellence humanitarian work. Also, on 21st October, 2003, our Club participated in the Rotary Bell celebration of 100years.

Moreover, on 25 May 2003, the Club celebrated its 75 years since its foundation. The celebration took place at the Old House of Parliament and His Excellency the former President of Hellenic Democracy Mr. Constantinos Stefanopoulos was reclaimed Honorary President of our Club.

During the Rotarian year 2008-09, our Club celebrated its 80years since its foundation.

Today, Rotary Club of Athinai has 80 members approximately and is a member of Rotary International 2470 District.

 

 

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