Rotary club meets on a train

Members of the Rotary Club of Pune Deccan Queen meet on the passenger train between Pune and Mumbai.

Members of the Rotary Club of Pune Deccan Queen meet on the passenger train between Pune and Mumbai.

By Deepak Shikarpur, past district governor

On the Deccan Queen Express, an Indian passenger train that connects Mumbai with Pune, members of the Rotary Club of Pune Deccan Queen conduct their weekly meeting. It may very well be the only Rotary club in the world that meets on a train.

The Deccan Queen is one of the most popular trains in the sector and a daily means of transportation for thousands commuting between the two cities. The idea was first proposed in 2012, but since the route crosses through two Rotary districts, it took a while to reach agreement the club would be considered to meet in District 3131 (which includes Pune).

Every Thursday, members get together in a special car for pass holders. There are 25 members at the moment, and prominent citizens traveling on the train are invited as speakers. We have conducted community service projects including health checkup camps for train porters and railway staff, and made infrastructure improvements to the station in Pune. We are planning to begin monthly fellowship meetings in the city so members can bring their family and they, too, can experience the joy of Rotary.

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6 thoughts on “Rotary club meets on a train

  1. In March this year my husband and I were cruising on Queen Mary 2 and we had Rotary Meetings on board with lunch and Guest speakers. Amazing…we had Rotarians all over the world joining the meeting. My husband and I are from the Rotary Club of Waikerie , District 9520.


  2. Congratulations to the members and their family members to become a role model for rest of the clubs in the world. What a good idea to hold a meeting in the train and involve other passengers as their future members in the meeting. Hats off to you guys.
    Nandi Spolia pres elect from Aurora centennial Roary club of kamloops (BC)


  3. Congratulations to the members of the Rotary Club of Pune Deccan Queen for conducting their weekly meeting on a train. Thanks for being our role model in Rotary! –Sk Abdul Hadi, RC Khulna North, RID 3281, Bangladesh


  4. Pingback: Rotary club meets on a train | The Rotary Club of Carteret

  5. It is amazing how deep you might get involved when you discover the power in your hands if you have the rotary wheel in your heart.
    Fernando Aguirre Palacios PP 2004- 2005
    Club Rotario Guayaquil – Ecuador District 4400.


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