Rotary News -- 26 March 2013

RI President Sakuji Tanaka and Past RI Presidents Kalyan Banerjee and Rajendra K. Saboo accepted honorary doctorate degrees this week on behalf of Rotary International from IIS University in Jaipur, India, in recognition of the service to society provided by Rotary and by the professional, community, and business leaders who join together for action in Rotary clubs around the world.

Tanaka, who selected the theme Peace Through Service for his term as president, was honored during the special convocation on 25 March in Jaipur for efforts to promote peace. Banerjee and Saboo were honored for their efforts toward the eradication of polio, which has been Rotary’s top priority for more than two decades.

Ashok Gupta, vice chancellor of the university, said the degrees were bestowed not so much as individual honors but in recognition of the spirit of Service Above Self demonstrated by Rotarians everywhere.

“There are thousands of Rotarians of the world who are contributing ceaselessly to the welfare of mankind,” Gupta said. “The honor of these three is symbolic, and through them goes to the organization and those who have made it happen. A large number of Rotarians will be motivated to do good in the world by this singular event.”