Rotary in Lithuania

The first Lithuanian Rotary club was founded on 15 October 1934, in Kaunas. In a solemn ceremony in Kaunas City Hall on 5 May 1935, F.Torval, a representative of Rotary International from Finland, handed Kaunas Rotary Club its charter – a document certifying international recognition – and the symbolic Rotary wooden hammer with a bell. The silhouette of Kaunas City Hall therefore still adorns the emblem of Kaunas Rotary Club. There were established Rotary Club in Klaipėda on 15 July 1938. After 11 month when Germany occupied the Klaipėda's region, the club was closed. 
Before 1940, there were two more Rotary clubs in Lithuania, in Šiauliai and Vilnius, but as the Red Army occupied the country in June 1940, the Soviets suppressed Rotary activities and many Rotarians were deported to Siberia.
 
As Lithuania regained independence in 1990, Rotary reappeared. However, Kaunas Rotary Club alone could claim to be a legitimate heir of a pre-war club, since it had preserved enough documents. Moreover, one pre-war Rotarian, Vytautas Landsbergis-Žemkalnis, was still alive to tell the story – he was named a honorary member of the reconstituted Kaunas Rotary Club.
 
Till 2014 Lithuanian Rotary clubs were under the jurisdiction of Denmark's District 1460. On 1 May 2001, the LRO Committee was registered at the Lithuanian Ministry of Justice, to coordinate the activities of Lithuanian clubs. Now Lithuania has separate district 1462. It was officially declared on 1 July 2014.
 
There are now 49 recognized Rotary clubs in Lithuania. The first Rotaract club – with membership open to young people between 18 and 29 – was founded in Kaunas on 9 December 1995. There are now 9 Lithuanian Rotaract and 7 Interact Clubs.
 
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.
Avenues of Service

For years, Rotary’s commitment to Service Above Self has been channeled through the Avenues of Service, which form the foundation of club activity. 
  • Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club. Learn about effective club service in Membership  and Training .
  • Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards. Observed each October, Vocational Service Month  spotlights Rotary club projects related to this avenue, offering opportunity for clubs and districts to use their professional skills in service projects.
  • Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community.
  • International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace. Rotarians can support International Service by sponsoring a project in another country, seeking international project partners to support projects in their own communities, or by personally volunteering at an international project site. Visit the ProjectLINK database to post a project in need of assistance, find projects to support, or learn about successfully completed projects to replicate.
  • New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities as RYLA , Rotaract  and Interact , service projects, and creating international understanding with Rotary Youth Exchange .
Diversity and Rotary

Rotary International recognizes the value of diversity within individual clubs. Rotary encourages clubs to assess those in their communities who are eligible for membership, under existing membership guidelines, and to endeavor to include the appropriate range of individuals in their clubs. A club that reflects its community with regard to professional and business classification, gender, age, religion, and ethnicity is a club with the key to its future.
 

Rotary in Lithuania

Rotary

52 Clubs 1568 Members

Rotaract

10 Clubs 188 Members

Interact

11 Clubs 105 Members