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“Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.” —Paul P. Harris
Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member. OUR ONGOING COMMITMENT Rotarians have not only been present for major events in history—we’ve been a part of them. From the beginning, three key traits have remained strong throughout Rotary: We’re truly international. Only 16 years after being founded, Rotary had clubs on six continents. Today we’re working together from around the globe both digitally and in-person to solve some of our world’s most challenging problems. We persevere in tough times. During WWII, Rotary clubs in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Japan were forced to disband. Despite the risks, many continued to meet informally and following the war’s end, Rotary members joined together to rebuild their clubs and their countries. Our commitment to service is ongoing. We began our fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. By 2012, only three countries remain polio-endemic—down from 125 in 1988.

Dr.Ashoke Kumar Basu was the driving force behind the origin of Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons,of which he is an Editor for over the last two decades. He has held the post President of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons and hashosted the World Congress of Pediatric Surgery in New Delhi in 2009-2010. He is also a Past-President of Indian Medical Association North-West Calcutta. He has been conferred the Life-time Achievement Award by Indian Medical Association North-West Branch.

A member since 1998, Dr. Ashoke Kumar Basuhas served the club in various capacities. He was instrumental in forming locality-wise Blood Donor Lists at a time when the State was facing a great scarcity of blood. He has held many medical camps including several Pediatric Surgical Camps. He and his wife, Dr. Jyotsna Basu, a senior Anesthesiologist of the city, were crucial members of the Mission Nigeria of District 3291 where they performed free Pediatric Surgeries on 60 patients in 8 days.

Dr. Ashoke Kumar Basu's vision is to cultivate the spirit of Rotary in every individual and to involve all the members in the activities of the Club. He also aims to forge permanent relationships with foreign clubs.

Dr.Ashoke Kumar Basu is a golf enthusiast along with being a theatre buff. He, and his wife are proud parents of a son and a daughter. They are blessed with three grandsons.