By the year 1995, the Rotarians of Nepal felt that Nepal should have a separate District for its further development. The visit of Rotary International President (RIP) Herbert Brown to Nepal in 1995 became a historic moment for the Nepalese Rotarians to aspire and try for a separate District for Nepal. RI President Herbert met with the late His Majesty King Birendra, who expressed Nepal’s aspiration for a separate Rotary District. The RI President expressed his willingness to make a concession for Nepal to allow a separate District if Nepal could manage 25 clubs instead of 40 as required at that time. Then, the growth of the Rotary movement in Nepal gained momentum.
Inspired by the positive response of RIP Herbert Brown, the Rotary Club Presidents of Nepal formed a Task Force in 1996, coordinated by Rtn. Yogendra Man Pradhan, the then President of RC Kathmandu Midtown to increase the number of Clubs and membership to meet the requirements for a separate District. Within the next 3 years to 1999, the number of Clubs reached 20 and the membership was increased from 380 to 650.
The Rotary movement was significant during the first five years of the new millennium (2000-2004), when 46 new Rotary Clubs were chartered to a total of 66 clubs, with 1,386 new Rotarians recruited to add up to 2,045 members by 2004. 20 new clubs were chartered only in the year 2003. The momentous growth of Rotary movement in Nepal, supplemented by the meeting of His Excellency Kedar Bhakta Shrestha, Nepalese Ambassador to the USA to insist RI President Glenn Estess on January 17, 2005, and the hoisting of Rotary flag on top on Mt. Everest by three Rotaractors of RC Newroad City, Nepal (Pema Dorje, Moni Mulepati and Kami Sherpa) as a centennial gift to RI President Glenn Estess impressed the Rotary International to decide in its March 2005 Board meeting for a separate District 3292 for Nepal.
Rotary District 3290 India-Nepal was bifurcated into two Districts, District 3291 for West Bengal and Andaman Nicobar island and District 3292 for the Nepal Rotary Clubs in Nepal with effect from July 1, 2008. The new District was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of Nepal Mr. Girija Prasad Koirala in the presence of Past Rotary International President Rtn. Raja Saboo from India.
By January 2016, the number of Rotary Clubs has soared to 95 active Clubs, with 3,414 members in 24 administrative districts of Nepal and Bhutan.
Growth of Rotary Club in Nepal
Since the establishment of the new Rotary District 3292 on July 1, 2008, there has been substantial growth in the number of Rotary Clubs (24 new clubs within 8 years), and in the number of Rotarians (1,485 members). The number of female Rotarians has more than doubled to 450 within the past 6 years. Similarly, the growth of the Rotaract Club, Interact Club, and RCC in Nepal has been substantial during this period, as their number has reached 97, 98, and 88 respectively by January 28, 2016. So far, 12 Rotary Clubs of Nepal have been dechartered.
Growth of Rotary Club in Nepal
|YEAR / FAMILY OF ROTARY||ROTARY CLUBS||CLUB MEMBERS||FEMALE MEMBERS|
|2009 (1 SEP)||71||2081||-|
|2011 (1 AUG)||78||2404||-|
|2012 (3 AUG)||84||2685||274|
|2013 (1 AUG)||85||2668||291|
|2014 (1 JUL)||88||2890||313|
|2016 (18 JAN)||95||414||450|