Introducing District Governor Rampur Viswanath & Treja
Introducing Governor-Elect Rampur Viswanath & Treja

Rampur has been a Rotarian for 25 years and a member of the Richland, Washington Rotary Club for nearly 16 years. During that time, he has served on the Board of Directors and had the honor of serving as its Centennial President (2004-2005).

Rampur was born in India and his first exposure to Rotary was during his freshman year in college when he received Rotary grant for buying books. That little act of generosity etched the name "Rotary" in his mind ever since, and has led to Rotary being his life's passion. He was nominated for membership in the Bangalore South Rotary Club (India), but could not join because he was about to come to the United States for his Doctoral program in chemistry. However, his inner desire to join Rotary never faded. In 1987 he became a member of the Tulsa Central Rotary Club, where he eventually served on the Board of Directors and also received "Rotarian of the Year" award. He subsequently moved to Richland and joined Rotary there.

Rampur's motto of being a Rotarian is "transforming one life at a time." He has been demonstrating this by enthusiastically devoting himself to numerous areas of Rotary. He has served as the District Rotaract Committee Chair, a member of the District World Community Services (WCS) Committee, and a member of the District Group Friendship Exchange Committee. Rampur has attended almost every District Assembly and District Conference held from 2003 to present and also attended Rotary International Conventions held in Osaka (Japan), Chicago, Copenhagen (Denmark), Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Birmingham (England), Montreal (Canada) and New Orleans and planning to attend Bangkok (Thailand) convention. He started a Rotaract Club and an Interact Club in the Tri-Cities Area in the Centennial Year and continues to mentor the clubs.

Rampur is passionate in championing WCS projects through matching grants. As an example, Rampur and his wife Treja (a member of the Columbia Center Rotary Club in Kennewick, Washington) together completed more than a dozen WCS projects in India and working to do many more. In 2006, they traveled with a WCS project team to Bangalore to inaugurate a Rotary Blood Bank at a hospital that serves for the poor who survive on $2-$5 per day. They were team leaders for two Group Friendship Exchange teams, one with District 1290 (England) and the other with District 3190 (India), as well as host team leaders for the inbound team from District 3190.

Rampur earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry and is a Senior Scientist with Washington River Protection Solutions, contractor to the United States Department of Energy, Richland, Washington, where he contributes to the management of hazardous and toxic materials in compliance with strict environmental regulations. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management, an honor bestowed on only about 50 people in USA. He has held leadership positions in several professional organizations, including serving as the first International Ambassador of the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (ACHMM), and as Founder and President of the Institute of Environment and Hazardous Materials Management in Bangalore, India and of the India Chapter of ACHMM.

As a dedicated Rotarian, Rampur applies his professional skills and knowledge of environmental issues toward advancing several Rotary initiatives. In 2007, he was selected by the Rotary Environmental Fellowship to lead and develop a new world-wide Rotary Action Group of Rotarians on the 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Rampur serves the community he lives in. He is selected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of Hanford Advisory Board, and voluntarily serves as a member of the Board of Directors/Vice President of LaClinica Community Health Center in Pasco, Washington. He served as President of the Hindu Society of Eastern Washington, a non-profit cultural organization in Richland.

Rampur's hobbies include travel, reading, and volunteer service. Rampur and Treja, both multiple Paul Harris Fellows, live in Kennewick, Washington, and are blessed with two wonderful children and two grandchildren.