ROTARY INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT 

KR "RAVI" RAVINDRAN 2015 - 16

ROTARY CLUB OF COLOMBO, SRI LANKA

Ravi is CEO of a publicly listed company which he founded with a worldwide clientele in the tea packaging industry. He also serves on the board of several other companies and charitable trusts.

He is the founding president of the Sri Lanka Anti-Narcotics Association.

As his country’s national PolioPlus chair, Ravi headed a task force consisting of the government, UNICEF, and Rotary and worked closely with UNICEF to successfully negotiate a ceasefire with the northern militants during National Immunization Days.

A Rotarian since 1974, Ravi has served RI as treasurer; director; Foundation trustee; committee member, vice chair, and chair; task force member; RI training leader; and district governor.

He also chaired the Schools Reawakening project, sponsored by Rotary clubs and districts in Sri Lanka, to rebuild 25 tsunami-devastated schools to benefit 15,000 children.  

Ravi and his wife, Vanathy, are level 4 Major Donors of The Rotary Foundation. They have been married since 1975, and have two children and one grandchild.

 
A MESSAGE FROM KR "RAVI" RAVINDRAN
Dear fellow Rotarians,

All of us reach a point in our lives when we must decide what we want our legacy to be. Do we want to be remembered for the material things we pursued or the relationships we nurtured? Do we want others to recall only the cars we drove or the jobs we had when they think of us? Will this world be better off for our having been in it?

In Rotary, we know what legacy we are leaving for the world. When Rotarians see a need, they meet it. When Rotarians see conflict, they work to bring peace. Rotarians work every day to make the world a better place.

We have all come to Rotary for different reasons, but we have stayed in Rotary because it has brought out the best in us. It has shown us the value of integrity, compassion, and dedication, and in Rotary, we now have family members around the world. In short, Rotary has made us better people — people who want to make a difference. Rotary has been a gift to each of us.

This year, we will give that gift to others. Whether that is through participation in a National Immunization Day, a strategic partnership funded by a Rotary grant, an invitation issued to someone to join Rotary, or a simple act of goodwill, we will continue to share Rotary’s good work with people around the globe. In telling our Rotary stories, we will tell others about the many ways that Rotary has given us a legacy that lasts.

I look forward to the great work we will do together in Rotary this year, as we strive to Be a Gift to the World.

Sincerely,
K.R. Ravindran
2015 - 16 President, Rotary International