District History

Between 1929 and 1930, seven Rotary Clubs were organised in the then Malay Peninsula and Siam region. The clubs included Penang (12/08/1929), Seremban (20/09/1929), Kuala Lumpur (27/09/1929), Ipoh (11/10/1929), Klang-Port Swettenham (07/05/1930), Singapore (06/06/1930) and Malacca (08/07/1930). When these clubs were formed, the Malay Peninsula and Siam were undistricted. The Rotary Club of Singapore was chartered on 11/08/1930 followed by Rotary Club of Malacca which was chartered on 8 September of the same year.

On 1 July 1931, the Malay Peninsula and Siam were designated as Provisional District “B” and on 1 July 1935, French Indo-China which comprised Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam was included in Provisional District “B” — which together became a regular district of Rotary International (District 80). His Royal Highness Prince Purachatra of Thailand (Siam) became the first District Governor of District 80.

In 1936, the Rotary Club of Kuching, Sarawak, was also included in District 80. The Japanese Occupation between 1942 and 1946 saw the suspension by Rotary International of all clubs in District 80 and the District was voided.

On 18 December 1946 after the war, Rotary International then re-instated District 80 after a resolution in 1946 following an application by all clubs concerned. All Rotary clubs previously in District 80 were re-admitted and the District re-established. Klang and Coast, however, did not apply for re-instatement and as a result joined the fold only in 1961.

During 1948-49, all Districts in RI were re-numbered and District 80 became District 46. All Districts were again re-numbered on 1 July 1957 and District 46 became District 330. In 1981, Rotary International established District 335, which was to include Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam leaving clubs in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei as District 330. On 1 July 1991, with the number of clubs totaling over 80, District 330 was divided into District 3300 consisting of clubs in West Malaysia, but excluding Johor and Melaka, and District 3310 consisting of clubs in Johor, Melaka, East Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.

As of 1 July 2005, District 3300 has 67 clubs with about 1,800 Rotarians, 22 Rotaract clubs and 155 Interact clubs. While District 3310 comprises of 69 clubs with about 1860 Rotarians, 44 Rotaract Clubs and 156 Interact Clubs.

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