Friday, July 6, 2012

ReLaunch of Rotary Time Capsule Monument

In a quiet enclave of Dataran Merdeka, smack in KL city centre,  history was recreated on a lovely sunny Saturday morning of  19 May, 2012. Rotarians from District 3300, VIPs and the media gathered to witness the relaunch of the Rotary Time Capsule Monument.

Back in year 2000, on June 26th, the Rotary Time Capsule was launched by the late District Governor, Dato Dr Jaafar Mohamed Ali. The project was funded by 57 clubs and Dato Jaafar Ali. This momentous event is the pride of Rotarians.

The idea was mooted to honour contributions by past Rotarians. Alas, over time vandalism has marred the site.  DG Dr S Raveendra, RY2011/12 decided to relaunch the Rotary Time Capsule. Renovations were carried out and the date was set after TRF ( The Rotary Foundation) Awards Night at Bukit Jalil Golf and  Country Club. We were honoured by the presence of the Federal Territory and Urban Well- Being Minister, YAB Rtn. Senator Datuk Raja Nong Chik who  officiated the ceremony. Among the VIPs were Rotary International Director, Sekhar Mehta , and the ex- mayor of KL, Tan Sri  Dato'Kamaruzzaman. Indeed the presence of  Kamaruzzaman was poignant as it was during his tenure that the Time Capsule was laid.

Bangsar Rotary Club took charge of organizing the event. With this launch, Raja Nong Chik  awarded the site a new name, Rotary Square. On a tall cylindrical column stands the huge Rotary wheel . Yes, we are proud of this landmark and we want the world to know us and our great organisation. We hope the public and tourists alike will visit the site.

We were happy to witness this  historic event. It will be a hundred years on before posterity opens up the site and reveal to all the legacy left behind by Rotarians. Bulletins, memorabilia from all the Rotary Clubs will tell our story and hopefully inspire future Rotarians to serve and make the world a better place.  Needless to say, time would have passed us by and we would all have said our goodbyes for good!

Long live Rotary!

At Rotary Square

Balloons to celebrate the event

Eyes on the Time Capsule site

President Suki with Anne Marie Larquier, Ambassadorial Scholar from Alaska

FT and Well- Being Minister, YAB Rtn. Senator Datuk Raja Nong Chik 

Tan Sri Dato' Kamaruzzaman, former Mayor of KL and Inernational Director, Sekhar Mehta

In his address,Sekhar Mehta praised the  government for recognising the wonderful work of Rotarians and giving prominence to the Rotary logo in a prominent  part of Kuala Lumpur.

DG Dr S .Raveendra presenting token of appreciation to Sekhar Mehta

Soaring higher and higher. May Rotarians achieve their ideals

Some food  after the launch. Time to meet and make new friends.

Our Wheel - Rotary International 


  1. I'm not part of the rotary organisation, but I know they do a lot of good work in Guyana (South America) where I was born.

    Great to see you're doing what you do best. Another great, adventurous event. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  3. Rotary is really doing great work

  4. Important event indeed & thanks for sharing these memorable photographs. Can see the great pride joy and enthusiasm reflected in your face! Congratulations !

  5. Wonderful post. You take me to so many places in KL that I normally dont go or visit, great information. hope you are keeping well :)

  6. Good to be able to hook up with such an organization... luckily for me, I am able to attach myself with the Lions club...


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