Lion Dr. R. Vijaya born in an agricultural family in Thimmapur village of Dharmapurimandal of the east while Karimnagar District to Late Shamanthula Kistaiah and Smt. Mallamma.She completed her primary schooling from Thimmapur and high school from Arya Vysya Girls High School in Warangal. She went on to do her MBBS and DGO from Kakatiya Medical College,Warangal. She has been practicing in Peddapalli town for thepast 25 years.
She joined Lionism in the year 1998-99 as Charter member of Lions club of Peddapalli. She served as Club secretary in year 2004-05, President during 2005-06, DC- Women Membership Development (rural) – 2006-07, ZMA – 2007-08, ZoneChairperson - 2008-09, Region Chairperson – 2009-10. She served as District Chairperson for Body donation, PDGs Honoring, Doctors honoring and as Additional District Cabinet Secretary. She has also served as GLT District Coordinator for 3years.
She has organized several training programs across all levels i.e.PSTs, ZCs, RCs, District Chairpersons, and has made leadership development a priority in Lionism.
In light of her exceptional contribution to Lionism, she has received many awards including Best Secretary, Best President, Best Zone Chairperson, Best Region Chairperson, Multiple awards – 3 times, International pins – 2 times, International President’s Appreciation Certificate – 6 times and Global Leadership Certificate - 2 times.
She is a trustee of Lion community welfare centre – Peddapalli, Lions Bhavan – Secunderabad, Hanumakonda, Mancherial and Choppadandi. Also a trustee of Lions eye hospital – Bellampalli.
Apart from Lionism, she is a life member of Telangana Private Nursing Homes Association, Indian Medical Association, FOGSI and also a trustee of Sri Shirdi Saibaba temple – Peddapalli.
Secretary, Srivani Educational Society, Sultanabad, who servedin many positions as well as District Cabinet Treasurer during2014-15. The couple has two children and one grandchild. Swanthana works as a Bioinformatics researcher in USA and Shashanka is currently a manager with NABARD.