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
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
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
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
for the Elderly, supporting it financially and morally.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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