A second Rotary club is chartered in Afghanistan
On 23 January, the Rotary Club of Jalalabad, Afghanistan,
received its charter from Abdul Rauf Rohaila, governor of District 3270 (Afghanistan and Pakistan). This brings the number
of Rotary clubs in the country to two. The other, the Rotary Club of Kabul Center, Kabul, was established in 2004.
In addition to charter members of the club, attendees of the ceremony
included local dignitaries and Past District 5340 Governor Steve Brown and Fary Moini, of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden
Triangle, California, USA. The U.S. club is a cosponsor of the new club, along with the Rotary Club of Peshawar South, North-West
Frontier Province, Pakistan.
Charter club president Mohammad Ishaq Niazmand was presented with
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition, sponsored by the Rotary Club of La Mesa, California, in honor of his outstanding leadership
in organizing the new club and his service to the local community.
Jalalabad Mayor Abdul Razzaq Arsalai, also a charter member, addressed
the ceremony. He had just returned from a trip to San Diego, California, to celebrate the establishment of a Sister Cities
relationship between Jalalabad and San Diego, an outcome of the Rotary connections between the two cities. The new Jalalabad
club members were already carrying out service projects supporting a local school, developing a local recreational park, and
helping to establish links between Nangarhar University in Jalalabad and universities in San Diego.
For more details about Afghanistan's newest Rotary club, contact
club president Mohammad Ishaq Niazmand or club secretary Abdul Wali Ghafoori.