R. I. President 2015-16 K.R. Ravindran

Rotary In'l 2015-16 President K.R. (Ravi) Ravindran

K.R. (Ravi) Ravindran, of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International in 2015-16. Ravindran will become the president-nominee on 1 October if there are no challenging candidates.

Ravindran's top priority for Rotary will be to increase membership. "The emphasis on membership has to continue with focus on the younger generation," Ravindran said. "Additionally, we must seek to attract the just retired and experienced people into Rotary." Also, it's important for Rotarians to speak with a consistent voice and share their stories, especially through social media, so others can see the impact Rotary has had in their lives, he said.

Creating regional membership plans and realizing that "one size does not fit all" has been a move in the right direction, he said. "Albert Einstein defined insanity as `doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.' In many ways this has been the story of Rotary's poor membership advance," he said. "Thankfully, our approach this time has been studied and altered. We have created 22 different membership regions so that each region would develop and execute a plan that would suit that particular region."

Ravindran said it's important for Rotarians to share their stories, especially through social media, so others can see the impact Rotary has had in their lives. He said it's also important for the organization to speak with a consistent voice. "Our identity must remain simple and be based on our core values. It must be clear and straightforward to both our internal and external audience."

K R Ravindran holds a degree in commerce and is founder and CEO of Printcare PLC, a publicly listed company in the tea packaging industry and the founding president of the Sri Lanka Anti-Narcotics Association. As national PolioPlus committee chair, Ravi headed a task force of representatives from Rotary, UNICEF, and the Sri Lankan government and worked closely with UNICEF to negotiate a cease-fire with northern militants during National Immunization Days.

He chairs the Schools Reawaken project sponsored by Rotary clubs and districts in Sri Lanka, which entails rebuilding more than 20 tsunami-devastated schools, benefiting 15,000 children. As his country's PolioPlus chair, Ravindran headed a task force with members from the government, UNICEF, and Rotary and worked closely with UNICEF to negotiate a cease-fire with northern militants during National Immunization Days. He has also served as an International Assembly group discussion leader, district governor, Council on Legislation representative, and zone institute chair.

A Rotarian since 1974, Ravindran has served Rotary as a director and treasurer of RI and as a trustee of The Rotary Foundation. A member of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Ravi is a Major Donor and a recipient of The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. He has served as a RI Director, Foundation trustee and an RI task force and committee member. Ravindran has been awarded The Rotary Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award and the Service Award for a Polio-Free World.

Ravi and his wife, Vanathy, who live in Kelaniya, have two children, and are level 4 Major Donors to the Foundation.

The Nominating Committee members are Eric E. Lacoste Adamson, USA (chair); John T. Blount, USA; Robert K. Crabtree, New Zealand; Gerson Gonçalves, Brazil; Frederick W. Hahn Jr., USA; Lynn A. Hammond, USA; Teruo Inoue, Japan; Paul Knyff, The Netherlands; Peter Krön, Austria; Jorma Lampén, Finland; Kyu-Hang Lee, Korea; Masahiro Kuroda, Japan; Michael D. McCullough, USA; Donald L. Mebus, USA; David D. Morgan, Wales; Catherine Noyer-Riveau, France; and M.K. Panduranga Setty, India.

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