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R. I. President : Rtn. Sakuji Tanaka District Governor : Rtn. Sanjay Meshram Club President : Rtn. Atul Shah APRIL 2013 HOLI FELLOWSHIP SENI OR CITIZENS RUBELLA VACCINATI ONS COMMUNITY WELFARE BLOOD DONATION CAMPS VOCATI ONAL TRAINING

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R. I. President : Rtn. Sakuji Tanaka District Governor : Rtn. Sanjay Meshram Club President : Rtn. Atul Shah

APRIL 2013

HOLI FELLOWSHIP

SENIOR CITIZENS

RUBELLA VACCINATIONS

COM MUNITY WELFARE

BLOOD DONATION CAMPS

VOCATIONAL TRAINING

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SENIOR CITIZENS HOLI AT MATOSHREE VRIDH ASHRAM

th Songs. A Water Cooler was donated to the snacks and sweets and put “Gulaal” on them On Sunday 24 March, our club organised a Ashram by Rotarian Pramod Jain. Rtn Mohd visit to Matoshree Vridh Ashram, Adhasa. The to celebrate the upcoming festival of Holi. PP Master donated 15 3”-pipes for irrigating the 3-residents of Vridh Ashram, along with our club

Gulab Mehant, PP Rajan Bhatia, PP Arvind members, played passing the parcel and took acre-land where they cultivate vegetables and pleasure in singing and dancing. Some even grains for their own use. Chairperson Neeta Bhargav, Rtn Sharad Bhave and Rtn Yatin sang Bollywood songs. The participants were Kale distributed the residents with Ayurvedic Malji were also present to share in their given gifts. Soaps and Creams.

happiness. Rotary Anns Kanak Bhargav, Divya Bhati, Dr Our Members led by President Atul Shah and Pushpa Bhave, Neeru Bhatia sang Holi Director Manish Bhati served them delicious -Chairpersons Neeta Kale & Anita Jain

The Senior Citizens had a fun filled Holi…. In the company of PP Gulab Mahant, PP Arun and Kanak Bhargava, PP Rajan and Neeru Bhatia, Sharad and Pushpa Bhave, Prez Atul, Divya and Rachel Bhati and Anita Jain

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Pardon me, did I hear you right???Justice might have been delayed, but for once, it was not denied. The families who lost their near and dear ones in the 1993 bomb blasts in Mumbai may feel vindicated after the sentences were pronounced to those guilty. All those found guilty had different roles in the unfortunate incident. Some were plain criminals while quite a few had been unassumingly drawn into the

mess thanks to some indiscretion on their part. The bottom line being that each one played some role or the other. Knowingly or unknowingly……..wittingly or unwittingly, they played into the hands of anti nationals which resulted in arguably the saddest day in Indian terror history. Then why this Kolaveri Di???? About Sanju Baba I mean!!!! A whole cross section of people including actors, politicians, legal luminaries and socialites have jumped into the 'pardon seeking' bandwagon. Various reasons are being cited as to why he deserves to be pardoned. Some on logical grounds, some on emotional grounds, some on 'ingenious' grounds. His having depicted the role of Gandhi is my all time favourite. That he has suffered for the last few years fighting the case is also very good reason, notwithstanding the fact even those who get favourable judgments have suffered for no reason.The only silver lining to this episode is that the debate on news channels has for the first time, in many years, steered clear of corruption and scams. Arnab Goswami of Times Now has a brand new topic and is going ballistic on it. Coming to the topic of Arnab, even though he has done great service to the nation by constantly taking up critical issues, he needs to be sensitive to other people's views. Asking a question, not allowing the panelist to answer it, interrupting between every word, changing the question after it has been half answered and offensively launching into the next question with the same cycle being repeated may not be the best way to carry out a debate or a discussion, but it is extremely absorbing and good time pass. Thanks to TV serials (for women) and news channel debates (for men), happily married couples have a new topic to fight over. The Remote!!!!

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Dear Rotary Families, live in. Similarly, during the short film viewing One feels disgusted reading the newspapers, session in one of our regular meetings, it was especially in the last few weeks. Only thing one heartning to note the way our young gets to read about is Crime, Corruption and generation thinks and their willingness to work Complacency. I am confused – whether our towards betterment of the society, not to forget society's morals been eroded drastically or their creativity.reporting style by media has changed, just to One of the Educational Institution I visited grab attention since there are too many during the Rubella vaccination program, I was players(media) vying for a small space and impressed the way it was being run without hence. any grant or aid from the State and with But when I drop the paper and move out every complete transparency, with one of our

hope our media shifts its focus, albeit a little. day, I am convinced the world around us is not members at the helm of its affairs. Last Fellowship convinced me that if some day as bad as it is made out to be. The common Talking about good deed for the society, our our club desires to make a movie, there is man, the youth, the NGO's, the list is endless, I partners in service involved with us in enough talent! No wonder it was a Super hit. see everyone working to make this society a Vocational Training or MG projects or Surgical Kudos to the fellowship team!good place to live in. camps, each one is a shining example. Our Cheers!!During my recent visit to an old age home it GenNxt has also been involved in doing good

was wonderful to see so many NGO's for the society as we saw in their presentation contributing to make it a comfortable place to “Annual Work Done”. The list goes on and on. I

Shibu Mathew and Meher Kanga giving expression to their creativity on canvasPoonam Sethi, who successfully organized the Holi fellowship and the multifaceted Veenita Pasari Rachel Bhati feeding a lady at Matoshree Vridh AshramRubella Vaccination has a young girl petrified

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GUEST EDITORParag Paranjpe

We shall have a Guest Editor every month at the GO. Here the GEs will give expression to their creativity by writing about what they will. Past Editors of the GO will be seen in this space one by one. The idea has

come into being so that these two pages will have something refreshingly new to offer every month, steering clear of the year mould.

The GE of this month, Parag Paranjpe is the chosen GO Editor for 2013-14. Young, dynamic, intelligent and creative, he is sure to take the GO to

newer heights.

The only certainty in life is death and no wonder many traditions actually celebrate death. There have been some images that pay respect to departed soul. Few moving images I could pick from the net…..

Mel Blanc, the iconic American voice actor who gave his voice to Bugs Bunny,Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Marvin the Martian, Pepé Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, the Tasmanian Devil and many other characters from the Looney Tunes passed away, this poster was paid as a beautiful tribute to his legacy.

When the author Kurt Vonnegut passed away his website displayed a simple black-and-white drawing showing an empty birdcage with the door wide open.

A tribute to Steve Jobs by a Hong Kong student Jonathan Mak Tribute to Dara Singh

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time and as a reward he asked for the license to the city of Herat, the governor impressed with his THE LOVE STORYsell portraits at CP!! paintings extended his visa and also arranged (All characters in this piece are real)

exhibition of his paintings. The ambassador of Some ten thousand km away in another corner of True to Swedish efficiency, I was handed over turkey in Kabul gave him transit visa. From Iran the globe, in a royal noble family of Sweden, a the program schedule for the entire month on the to Turkey to Bulgaria and Yugoslavia he father was worried for his daughter. In her very first day of my arrival on GSE visit. continued. Love took him this far and changed an dreams she sees a prince coming on an elephant Experiencing immaculate planning and ordinary to an extra ordinary.to marry her. All she wanted to do was to go to thoughtful programs through out the month, my India as the place she knew had elephants and During his journey he faced difficulties of curiosity was however on the program kings. When everyone laughed her dream and enormous magnitude but he prevailed. At scheduled on the last leg at the city of Boras. the impatience grew beyond limit, she took a car, Germany, he was detained suspecting him to be Why a day long visit was scheduled with a couple of friends and drove all the way to India, a drug dealer. They did not find anything in his gentleman called PK Mahanandia? landed up in Delhi and one evening in front of an bag except his portfolio and paper clipping of his On scheduled day we met Pradumna Kumar artist named PK. exhibition and of marriage. The police chief got (PK, as most of the people know him in Sweden) his portrait done and arranged his travel to They met and felt something for each other. She at the school in Boras. He is an arts teacher and Denmark. There a lady helped her and took him came back next day and again a day after. He judging by the reactions of the students, the most to Sweden. It took him four month to reach there. drew her portraits, and on third day suddenly popular one as well. We reached his home that The immigration officer their advised him to go asked her if she is a Taurus? 'Yes' was the was spread over 400 hectares & met his family. back and warned him as the lady supposedly his answer. 'Then you will be my wife' said PK. We were all keen to know how he came to wife belongs to famous 'Von' family and that her Guess what? She agreed immediately. Sweden and married a girl there. Fact father will use him as target to practice his They married and went to his village in Orissa, sometimes is stranger than a fiction. Story of PK 'flawless' firing skills. spent couple of weeks and then as it happens in is amazing and unbelievable. It came from the

For the man who traveled thousands of miles all love stories had to leave for Sweden. PK man himself so have to believe him.through mountain terrains, deserts, jungles, decided to stay back till his studies are over with It all started way back in early 70s in small village bitter cold and many a times escaped from the a promise to meet again. in Orissa. In his childhood, PK born to a poor jaws of death, these words failed to dampen But things hardly changed even after studies. He family of postmaster indulged in everything but spirit. A phone call to Charllote was enough for was poor, had no income, or a place to live and studies. Though an excellent painter, he was him to forget all sufferings. She came all the way the entire world making fun of his love story. A failure for his teacher and parents. Frustrated, he to receive him at Malmo in south Sweden. But white girl marrying a poor non-white boy and the tried his luck with suicide but failed there as well. the joy was soon taken over by fear of facing her boy waiting endlessly for her to come back!! Worried parents consulted an astrologer and father. He was speechless with amazement Somebody jokingly gave him his old bicycle to go were told that his son would marry a Taurus girl when the tough gun-wielding father gave him to Sweden. This man took him seriously and belonging to wealthy family from outside the decent reception. A loving handshake and started for Sweden!! Visa requirement were not state. PK, who was listening started to dream affect ionate hug drove away al l h is strict those days and if at all there were, he had impossible. apprehensions. Thus began a new chapter in the contacts with embassies!! With a second hand Somehow he managed school and went to Delhi life of PK.bicycle, portfolio of sketches, newspaper to study arts. There he lived on pavements and Toady apart from being a teacher, PK is a well-clippings of their marriage and a dream to meet managed study by selling portraits. Police used known artist in Sweden and has exhibited his his love of life, he was ready for the amazing to round him up for want of license to sell portraits painting in major cities across the world and have journey.at Connaught Place. He however was more than found place in UNICEF greeting cards. PK and There was small problem though; he did not willing to get arrested as it means confirmed Charllote (Lata, for Indian relatives) have a son know where Sweden was!! All he knew was that meal and a place to sleep!! His wit and painting Karl (Siddhartha) and daughter Emile. Their son he has to travel in the direction where sun sets. At skills made him friends with police and later even is the winner of the best DJ of Sweden and was Wagha border, he was captured by Pakistani they did not arrest him. A constable suggested also adjudged as hottest DJ in entire army for unlawful entry and was handed over him to draw portraits at International airport as Scandinavia. Daughter Emile is excellent back to Indian army. The painting skills, few foreign tourist might pay him more. designer.newspaper clippings of his marriage with A lady astronaut from former USSR was guest What next? A book New Delhi- Boras is just out Swedish girl helped him and an army officer during the Republic Day parade. Children's were but written in Swedish. Probably a file by Sanjay arranged tickets to Kabul. He continued the queuing up to greet her and were offering flowers Leela Bhansali. Lata though is reluctant and both torturous journey unmindful of menacing to her. PK too drew her portrait from newspaper Bhansali and PK are waiting for her approval. weather, rough terrain and natural obstacles. At clippings, signed it and threw at her convey. As

luck would have it she saw it and liked it very much. She asked for this gentleman and immediately search order was issued. Parliament Police Station always had the information and PK was promptly dispatched to Russian embassy for few more sketches. And from Russian embassy to embassies of many European countries' to late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and the wife of then President Zakir Hussain the journey was smooth and fast. He drew portraits of many famous figures during that

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There will be a best letter prize every month. So keep writing.

Also mail your photograph along with your letter.

BEST LETTERLETTERATI- Letters To The Editor

Dear Rtn Atulbhai, Day – DG visited club Projects and club Assembly.Just received your eagerly awaited colourful O Glimpses of Felicitation to Past Presidents.

magazine “The Golden Orange” No.7 of January 2013 through O Celebration of Charter Nite with DG as Chief Guest thcourier which I found to be most interesting and informative on 13 December.

excellently compiled and edited with colourful cover with glimpses of O Report of Surgical Camp at Yograj Hospital , Ramtek club events by Rtn. PP Shabbir Shakir with excellent articles on Face with (19) surgeries. Book by Guest Editor Sohrab Kanga with following highlights for O Inter-club Cricket Match with RC Ishanya on December 9 – which my heartiest compliments and congratulations for an excellent participated by (3) teams.job! O Family Picnic to Deogarh Fort by Adventure Group participated by Club-bulletin is an invaluable tool through which the Leader reaches (70) on December 2.out to his readers with information and inspiration. Let me tell you O Christmas Celebration at YMCA School by (30) Interactors Club on

ththat you have utilized this tool most effectively through your Editor for 20 December.which my heartiest compliments and congratulations! O Visit to Members homes of Rtn.Manju Sahani and Rtn.Tauby Highlights (with beautiful colourful photographs) BhagwagarO Report of weekly club meetings in December. O Interesting articles on 'Treasure Hunt', 'Xpress', 'Advance Booking', O Report of Blood Donation Camp on 15th December by R&Y 'Bobby's Bubbles' and 'Kidzzzone' etc.Associate employees – collected (111) units of blood. O Report of Dist.Conference “Jalsa” at Navetal Hotel, Hyderabad with O Installed 4-Way Test Board on (12) school buses. RID Shekhar Mehta as Chief Guest.

thO Workshop on 19 December at Seva Sadan MSS for (10) inmates O Awards to Best Chairpersons for November. (with photographs) thfor Mala-making and Rangoli Making (12 Dec.) Congratulating you once again for the above excellent Bulletin and

rdO Computer Training for slums women on December 3 and with best wishes for (12-13) and with warm personal regards to you thDecember 5 . and Ann: Shefaliben and Rotary Greetings to all your members from

O Activities of Rotaract and Interact Clubs. myself and Indumati, we remain,th th Your Friends, JAGMOHAN KATAKIAO Report of DG's OCV on 13 December on your club's 68 Charter

RI President-elect Ron Burton has chosen Andy Smallwood as RI training leader, leaders' seminar trainer, and district governor. treasurer for the 2013-14 Rotary year. Smallwood is a recipient of RI's Service Above Self Award and The Andy Smallwood is a member of the Rotary Club of Gulfway-Hobby Rotary Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Airport, Houston, Texas, USA, and has been a Rotarian since 1981. He Service Award. He and his wife, Anita, are Major Donors and charter has served RI as Council on Legislation representative, RI president's members of the Bequest Society and Paul Harris Society of The Rotary representative, task force zone and area coordinator, Permanent Fund Foundation. national adviser, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, Polio Source : Rotary InternationalEradication Private Sector Campaign chair, committee member, RI -Vishwas Sahasrabhojanee

RI TREASURER FOR 2013 - 14 IS ANDY SMALLWOOD

must add that you also contributed to the success and grandeur of the conference. The speech you made at the opening ceremony was truly remarkable and was the icing on the cake. We are very happy that we got you as our RI Representative, your camaraderie and fellowship was truly appreciated by all. We will also follow your advice of increasing our contribution to the TRF and also about enhancing the membership. Vishwasji, we will definitely send the cd and some pictures of the conference. My daughters and wife have sent their regards to you. They have also shared two pictures of theirs through shutterfly.I also take this opportunity to extend a warm invitation to you to come Dear PDG Vishwas, and enjoy our hospitality in our home town in Cannanore whenever you I was very happy to get your letter and more so to get appreciation from have the time. you for our conference. I am also happy to know that you had a safe With warm regards,return trip to Nagpur.

The conference committee had indeed put on a grand show but I also -T. Somasekharan

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TH7 MARCH BUSINESS MEETINGth President Atul read out the letter received from for lucky draw in ladies committee meeting Business Meeting was held on 7 Mar., 2013

the DG's office inviting nominations, if any, at “Udyog Bhawan”. President Atul Shah was Anita Chitaley.from the Club for RID Nominating Committee. called the meeting to order. He welcomed the Release of Golden Orange was made at the Information about Next week's Program was members and requested for Half a minute hands of PP Shreeram Marawar and editor PP given by Joint Secretary Mahendra Kamath. silent prayer. Shabbir Shakir. Announcement about He also informed about the upcoming President announced the Birthday & attendance Report & Distribution of 100%

Anniversary greetings to members and fellowship at Godrej Anandam. Director Dr. attendance Awards for the month of Jan 2013 thanked members who sponsored the snacks Shaunak Mokadam briefed the members were made by Yatin Malji.for the meeting. about the upcoming ear surgeries camp. President Atul wished all the ladies of the club Awards were Announced fo r bes t Sachin Palewar informed the members about tha happy Women's day for 8 of March.chairpersons for Walkathon Committee to the community welfare program at Saoner In any other matter Rtn Sonia Khurana asked Sunil Bhatia and Amitabha Sharma; for Udaan physically challenged school. Director the President about the progress on pending Committee to Rita Bhargava; for Fellowship Shivkumar Rao updated the members about

refund of her cancelled Bangkok trip which during Meeting Committee to Sharmila the successful Vocational Training was long overdue. President informed her that Sutaria and Mamta Jaiswal; for Take Rotary for Office Assistants organized for children of DG Sanjay as well as he himself was pursuing Home to Manju Bhatia and Rakhi Bhatia. Pachpaoli slums.the matter. President Atul has already Hon. Sec. Shabbar Shakir read the minutes of Four members of our club – Nimish Sutaria, informed the DG to try and settle the long last Business Meeting held on 7th Feb. House Dr.Bharati Gidwani, Sushma Hedau and overdue matter. conf i rmed the minutes. Treasurer 's Shweta Singh spoke and made members The meeting was adjourned with singing of Announcements were made by Alok Goenka. aware about the nitty gritty's of their vocation.national anthem. He also informed that 329 members have paid Award for Best Letter went to Anita Chitaley,

half yearly dues till date. for Crossword to Neeru Bhatia and the winner -Mahendra Kamath

Adv. Jaiswal

Ladies committee does it again!! An evening Special antakshari including famous holi and full of masti, fun n games based upon the holi colour songs was brilliantly compiled by theme was organized. The meeting started chairperson Shreya Mokadam which was with Holi wishes n Womens day wishes by thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The chairperson Sonal Singhvi. Then began the conference hall was beautifully decorated by roller coaster of fun with games... Holi Chairperson Duriya Akolawala and Shantala Colours, paints, brushes everything was used Bhole!! Chairperson Veenita Pasari was also to give a complete holi feel!!!! Everyone present.A great team work!!!! The hall was sportingly participated in the games n applied filled to its maximum capacity. Sapna Vastani colour on eachothers faces. Groups were won the lucky draw. formed for the next game and antakshari. -Sonal Singhvi

LADIES MEETINGHOLI HAI!!!!!

Our pretty ladies in a more colourful avatar….

Dr Bharti Gidwani, Nimish Sutaria, Sushma Hedao & Shweta Singh speaking on their respective vocations

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th author of bestseller “Many Lives Many The regular meeting of Thursday the 14 March 2013 had PDG Prakash Shesh Masters”. His efforts are also unproved M.Sc.(I.I.T.), D.B.M. (I.I.M. Ahemadabad), and not substantiated by concrete a leading management trainer speaking on evidences. His recent theory is 'Future Life 'Life after death'. Progression'. It states that 'all the souls are Death occurs when the heart stops and recuperated before they are resurrected'. brain is dead. In other words any kind of In conclusion, the speaker stated his correlation of the body with energy comes opinion as to an end. In 1901, Duncan Mc Donald 1. Brain is Kaleidoscope; it makes you carried out a scientific study to measure opens its eyes only to find an old hag around, believe all the things that are temporary.the weight of the soul, by weighting several that is the outcome of 'bad deeds' and if it 2. Most of the time we give importance to that bodies before and after death and came to a finds a beautiful woman in the vicinity that is

factor of eventuality (one percent), out of conclusion that average weight of the soul is the result of 'good deeds'.fear and keep following it for ex-lest, I may 21 grams. This study was completely It is unbelievable, but true that even the become a ghost.invalidated by fellow scientists. scientists of ISRO, keep the model of a vehicle

Hindu religion is the only religion to believe in 3. Please give importance to statistics. Go for for almost Two Months before its launching at “After Life” and “Before Life”, meaning thereby Tirupati Balaji for ensuring success. facts and figures only.re-incarnation or rebirth. Garud Purana- the The only conclusion that can be drawn is “all of 4. Donate your organs for medical research, one that was narrated by Lord Vishnu to his us are sold on immortality”- said the speaker. the only good, logical and authentic way of carrier Garuda, exclusively deals with 'Life The religion identified this need and delivered 'living after death'. After Death' in sixteen chapters. One of the the package. It knocks death off terror. Thirdly It was a well researched speech. Rtn. Bharat chapters includes in detail' who will become a all the rebirth cases reported are primarily by Goenka introduced the speaker and Rtn. Ghost?' There are sixteen reasons Hindus. Vindhya Sanjana offered vote of thanks.enumerated such as – one who ill-treats his M/s Penny Sarton- a nurse, who worked in an - Sharad Bhavewife, one who kills a cow, one who consumes Intensive Care Unit in a British Hospital-, liquor……………… and the list goes on and documented reports of the patients who died on. It is stated that if one dies with unfulfilled momentarily and regained life. These are near dreams, he becomes a ghost. How can 'atma' death experiences as the heart stops and remember, what did the brain store before brain is still working. All of them saw bright death? The speaker posted a question. light. Ian Stevenson of University of Virginia

School of Medicine presented twenty Other religions like Christianity mentions suggestive cases of reincarnation. But his purgatory. Islam- 8 gates of Jannat and 7 exclusive research could not prove his theory. layers in Jahannum. Buddhism talks about 'life Dr. Brian Wise, Chairman Emeritus of the after death' based on one's own karma, in this Department of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai life. (Without mentioning the presence of God Medical Center in Miami. has propounded his of course). Parsees- in their religion believe theory of 'Past life regression' and he is the that the soul lingers for 3 days and when it

THE ONLY AUTHENTIC WAY OF 'LIVING AFTER DEATH' – DONATE YOUR ORGANSREGULAR MEETING

PDG Prakash SheshPDG Prakash Shesh

REGULAR MEETING A MIXED BAGst visual presentation. 15 short films received, two were screened The regular meeting of Thur. 21 March was a

Rtn. Nimish Sutaria showed short films made during the meeting.mini film festival, of sorts.by Interactors and Rotaractors under the “Autobiography of a Dust Bin” was created by Being the World Rotaract Week, it was aegis of the Youth Services Committee. Interactors of Centre Point School, befitting that the Rotaract Committee Working on the idea that youth should be Wardhaman Nagar. “Eet” (Brick) was created Chairpersons, Rtns.Sapna Vastani and Jatin taught beyond academics by using their by Aly son of Rtn Rozina and Shamsuddin Sampath present before the members the creativity, these youngsters were encouraged Rana. Both the short films were meaningful wide spectrum of activities carried out by to try their hands at designing and creating and spoke volumes about the sensitivity of our Rotaractors. This, they did with a crisp audio- short films conveying social messages. Of the youth.

The icing on the cake, literally, was provided by Naushad Bhagwagar , who took us on a journey of faith with the screening of the film, Kumbh Karma. The discipline despite the dust and din; the devotion; the belief ;was all so evident in the short screening .The running commentary by 'Baba' Naushad gave insights into the Kumbh experience.

-Khushnoor S.ChughNimish Sutaria, Sapna Vastani and Naushad Bhagwagar

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MAURITIUS INTERNATIONAL FAMILY EXCHANGE

RANDONNEURING REGULAR MEETINGth one of them and the only lady from India to point. You may want to do it for various reason 28 March Regular Meeting – Mrs Divya Tate.

th achieve this honour. With a time limit of 13½ but for her the inspiration that she could give to The regular meeting of 28 March generated hour for 200 km, 20 hr., 27 Hr. and 40 hrs for others, share the stories, the legacy that would lot of excitement due to unusual topic 300, 400 and 600 km respectively, rider has to be build, and the opportunity that can be (Randonneuring). The speaker was Mrs Divya maintain an average speed of 15-20 kmph. tapped by future generations are some of the Tate from Pune, the only lady Randonneurer She shared the joy and the pain of undertaking reason why brevets still attracts her. Now she from India. Randonneuring is basically a long this rigorous event. Climate, food and terrain is preparing for 1200 km brevet 2015 and the distance cycling sports with its origin in are big challenges. But with more than 120 mother of all RAAM (Race across America) France. Audex Club Parisien (ACP) is the years of legacy behind the event, the people She has already enrolled as crewmember for international governing body for this are very enthusiastic and offer food, drink to this year's RAAM.endurance sports. Unlike a race where riders even at midnight. The brevet attracts Earlier 3 new members were inducted to the position matters, here each rider receive equal many riders from across the world and the club. Sheela Singhee introduced the speaker recognition regardless of their finishing order. inspiration one gets from different riders is and Rtn Alok Goenka proposed vote of thanks.Divya Spoke about how she came to know amazing. Riders come with different types of about this. She had been into cycling for long bike like recumbent, tandem bikes, triple. time. A small initiative for healthy lifestyle soon There was a rider who is amputee and rides turned into passion. An interior designer by with only one leg. Then there is another rider profession, Divya soon got attracted to this who has completed brevet by backward fascinating event also called as Brevets. One paddling. The oldest person to complete the of the famous brevets are Paris – Brest – Paris ride is 80 years. This and similar stories lift the and London – Edinburgh – London. spirit and make you do it once more.Randonneuring being endurance event is also On being asked why would somebody does it, difficult for the fact that the riders are expected she said the challenge itself is self-propelling. to be self sufficient between the control points. The satisfaction, confidence and the resolve She explained the different types of brevets. that comes with surviving pain is immense. The most popular is 200 km but there are other We have sporting heroes who have excelled brevets also like 300, 400 and 600 km. Anyone but fallen from grace. The recent example of completing all these four in a single season is Lance Armstrong and Pistorius is case in called Super Randonneurer. Again Divya is

-Parag Paranjpe

We have heard enough of a programme called International Family Exchange. The IFE is finally set to transform from a fantasy to reality. It might have taken 68 years, but it's happening!!!!! The person who can be credited for doing this is Vilas Kale.A team of 15 (7 and a half couples) will be visiting The Rotary Club of Curepipe in Mauritius in the third week of April. The RCN team consists of Vilas & Neeta Kale, Behram & Archana Patel, Alok & Anula Goenka, Rajiv & Abha Choudhary, Nimish & Sharmila Sutaria, Naushad & Tauby Bhagwagar, Shabbir & Jumana Shakir and Vishwas Sahasrabhojanee.Here are the families who will be hosting our team members. -Team GO

Mrs Divya Tate

Jean Claude & LindaJean Claude & Linda Jeet & Sadhna ManbauhalJeet & Sadhna Manbauhal Pres Esmael and Yasmin PatelPres Esmael and Yasmin PatelLata & Dev

Hiren & Renuka & familyHiren & Renuka & family Gawtum & SheelaGawtum & Sheela Suren & SheelaRSuren & SheelaR

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MARCH 2013BLOOD DONATION‘People believing in, worshipping and started at 10.00 AM and continued till 2.00 PM. kilometers ahead of Jamtha off Wardha Road.

The camp was conducted between 12.30 and feeling closer to God are also closer to Mr. Anand Mahajan worked hard for this camp. 4.30 PM. humanity'. This equation was proved right in He had already spread word and had The rising summer heat did not deter the Shiv the first half of March, when both the blood appealed to people to come and donate blood Bhakts from participating in this camp, which donation camps were held at two different on this occasion. Honouring his appeal, generated 30 units of blood. Mr. Banait, Mr. temples and were participated by devotees people came in large numbers and did their Kale and other members of the Mandir Trust visiting these temples. Offerings came in the part. The collection at the end of the camp was worked with full enthusiasm to make this camp form blood donation. an impressive 64 units. a success.th th5 March, 2013: This camp was held at 10 March, 2013: The other camp was for Present at both the camps were President Atul

Khaparkheda Mandir and was organized by devotees of Mahadev Tekdi Mandir, on the Shah, Hon. Secretary Shabbar Shakir, Dr Mahajan Pariwar, which conducts religious occasion of 'Maha-Shivratri'. This Mandir is Sheela Mundhada and staff of Jeevan Jyoti and social programmes there. The camp situated on a small hillock at Khurmari, a few Blood Bank.

Blood donation camp was held for the student advanced the camp before the exam started. attended by Rtn Dr Sheela Mundhada. and staff of college. The principle of the The response was very good and 56 units college Mr Burande took the initiative and were collected from this camp, which was -Parag Paranjpe

TH25 MARCH 2013 - VILASRAO DESHMUKH COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, MOUDA.

TH26 MARCH 2013 – SPACEWOOD LTD, MIDC HINGNA.The annual blood donation camp for the staff from Down Town Club. The camp began at impressive 137 units. President Atul Shah, and workers of Spacewood was held at their 9.30 AM and gradually pace of blood donation Hon Secretary Shabbar Shakir, Director Parag sprawling factory premises at MIDC Hingna. increased till lunch time. Both Kirit and Vivek Paranjpe, Chairperson Rtn Dr Sheela The company is owned by our very own joined the donor list. The camp concluded at 3 Mundhada and Ravi Wankhede were present Rotarian Kirit Joshi and Vivek Deshpande PM by that time the count had reached to an during the camp. -Parag Paranjpe

Kirit Joshi looks on while Vivek Deshpande donates…..

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DEAF AND DUMB SCHOOL, SAONER COMMUNITY WELFARE

CENTRE POINT COLLEGE FOUR WAY TESTThe installation of 4 Way Test Board was held at Centre Point College, Nagpur on 1/3/2013. The programme started sharp at 5 pm. It was a very informal but sweet fellowship. Though examination time, Centre Point College organized the event meticulously.President Atul Shah, Shivkumar Rao, Sheebu Mathew, Beena Mathew, Nimish Sutaria, Aparna Gandhe, Gaurav Jaipuria, Rajesh Yadav, Mamta Jaiswal and Sushma Hedaoo were present.

-Sushma HedaooNimish, Beena, Sushma, Shiv, Atul & Rajesh with the College Authorities

The Community Welfare Committee was once again seen in action on 11th March'13 when the members visited the Deaf and Dumb Residential School, Saoner. The school had put forth a request for mattresses for the young inmates of the school sometime ago, for which the club made arrangements very promptly. After a quick tour of the school, a small function was held where 25 mattresses were handed over to the school authorities. Examination material like compass boxes and examination boards were given to the school's be distributed later on.Senior rotarian and chairpersons Vanita Shukul, Madhu Mrig first batch of ten students who were appearing Mr.Gulab Mahant, Hon.Sec.Shabbar Shakir, and Smita Chaubey worked hard to make it a for their board exams .Biscuits and chocolates

Shefal iShah and Anita Singh were successful and satisfying day for all. were distributed amongst the children and old prominently present. Directer Manish Bhati -Smita Chaubeyclothes were handed over to the authorities to

PP Tauby, Madhu, Vanital, Manish with the Special Kids PP Gulab goes vocal

The children are watched from the sidelinesShefali and Anita Jain join in

COMPUTER TRAINING WOMENS UPLIFTMENTSlum and Women upliftment committee in Manavseva Nagar near Seminary Hills. Dutta housewives from nearby locality. The kids too association with Prakasha Institute started Meghe Foundation is the partner in service for shall join soon after the school examinations one month computer training program at this project. Majority of the students are are over. The program began at 3.30 pm on

20th March at the Durga Mandir premises. Mrs Asha Pawar, the patron of Prakasha institute was instrumental in spreading the word about the program. President Atul Shah, Director Parag Paranjpe and Chairperson Rtn Ragini Sahu and Kusum Pande were present for the inaugural session. -Parag Paranjpe

The ladies in Computer Space

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Rubella is sometime called German measles Auditorium, Orange City Hospital & Research been found convenient in many instances to or 3-day Measles. It is a generally mild disease Institute. vaccinate rubella susceptible women in the caused by the rubella virus. The greatest On this occasion Dr.Sameer Jahagirdar, immediate postpartum period. It is highlighted danger from rubella is to unborn babies. If a Plastic Surgeon and Convener of this camp that females should neither conceive for 28 woman gets rubella in the early months of her stated that Rubella vaccine is indicated for days period following vaccination nor it should pregnancy, there is an 80% chance that her immunization against Rubella in persons from be administered during pregnancy. baby will be born deaf or blind, with a damaged 12 months of age to puberty. Immunization of

Smt.Shobha Bainalwar, Kalyani Nursing heart or small brain, or mentally retarded. This susceptible non pregnant adolescent and School, Dr.Sameer Jahagirdar, Plastic is called Congenital Rubella Syndrome, or adult females of child bearing age with live Surgeon and Convener and Dr.Bindu Menon, CRS. Miscarriages are also common among attenuated Rubella virus vaccine is indicated if

women who get rubella while they are certain precautions are observed. Consultant Gynecologist are the Organizers pregnant. The virus may affect all organs and Dr.Bindu Menon, Consultant Gynecolo- on behalf of OCHRI. Saramma Samuel, cause a variety of congenital defects. Infection gist, OCHRI Dayaram Nimbarte, Priya Sashi, Dr.Preeti may lead to fetal death, spontaneous abortion, stated that vaccinating susceptible post Waghmare, Dr.Noorul Amin, Ambika Nair, or premature delivery. pubertal females confers individual protection Sheela Patel, Sindhu Rao, Prakash Shende As a social responsibility towards needy all against subsequently acquiring rubella and Priti Joseph are members of the Unmarried girls ; Rotary Cub of Nagpur and infection during pregnancy, which in turn

Organizing Committee. Shri.Ganesh Iyer, Orange City Hospital & Research Institute prevents infections of fetus and consequent Shri. K.S.Shaji, Shri.Avinash Ganar and Shri. have joined hands to organize a free Rubella congenital rubella injury. Women of child Pankaj Wadaskar are assisting them in this Vaccination camp on Thursday 28th March bearing age should be advised not to become

2013 from 10am to 12noon at Jaivik pregnant for 28 days after vaccination. It has noble undertaking.

FREE RUBELLA VACCINATION CAMP BY ROTARY CLUB OF NAGPUR & OCHRI

OFFICE ASSISSTANTVOCATIONAL TRAINING

Getting the underprivileged youth into an trainers Amit Arya and Shreya Shukla. They Point College for allowing the students to use employable position is the need of the hour. have done a commendable job by taking out their computer lab. The slum development The office assistants program did just this by time out of their schedules and contributing to committee deserve kudos for identifying teaching, the youth from Indora slums, basic this project. Computer training to the students students as well as a hall for training. The office skills, personality development and was imparted at Centre Point College by trainers have listed about 10 students out of 22 English. The course was conducted by Meenal Lanjewar. Many thanks to Centre as readily employable. -Shiv Kumar Rao

Pres Atul Speaks while Drs Jerry and Sameer work and others listen

Director Parag hand over certificates, watched by others

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AT CHANDAK SCHOOL RUBELLA VACCINATION

AT GURU GOBIND SINGH SCHOOL RUBELLA VACCINATION

A Rubella Vaccination camp was held at Ramesh Chandak English school and 50 girl students were vaccinated that day. Dr Shaunak and Dr Jerestin alongwith Rtn Tauby, Rtn Nilufer and Cyrus efficiently adminstered the vaccines. -Jerestin Watchmaker

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MSB INTERACTORS ORGANIZE DRAWING COMPETITION The Interact Club of MSB Educational Institute distributed sweets and biscuits to them. First, life – THE JOY OF GIVING. The teacher-

th second, third and consolation prizes were visited Dongargaon on 12 Jan, 2013 to give Incharge – Ms Rashida Dalal, Mrs Fatema given. an opportunity to the tiny-tots of Prathmik Anis and Mrs Munira Jamali (Teacher of Arts) Shada, Dongargaon to unveil their hidden After the competition the interactors went into accompanied the interactors. The Principal, talents in the Drawing Competition held by the village and distributed woollen shawls and

Mrs. Raziya Husain and Teacher-Incharge them.The MSB Interactors provided paper clothes to the villagers. This gesture gave the and crayons to the children. They also Interactors a new experience in their prime of Ms. Rashida Dalal guided the interactors

A MSB Interactor is seen giving shawl to a villager at Dongargaon

Receiving Prizes Children seen drawing

Nilofer and Atul are amused at Tauby's medical skills Jerry working, as usual Dr Shaunak and Cyrus Join in

On 13 th March, a Rubella Vaccination Camp was held at Guru Gobind High School, Kamptee where 80 girl students from Class 7 to 9 were immunised. Rtn Dr Shaunak Mokadam and Rtn Dr JerestÍn Watchmaker conducted the camp and were ably assisted by Rtn Rakhi Bhatia, Rtn N i lu fe r Rana, Rtn Sarang Upganlawar and staff from Nursing school of Suretech Hosp. Pres Atul, secr Shabbar and Cyrus were amongst those present.

-Jerestin Watchmaker

Cyrus, Sarang, Dr Jerry, Rakhi, Dr Shaunak and Shabbar

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Rotary Club of Nagpur in association with Basanti Uikey also assisted the team in this Officer I/c , Yogiraj Hospital briefed about Yogiraj Hospital, Ramtek run and managed camp. the unique facilities available at hospital. He by Orange City Hospital & Research Shri. Ashish Jaiswal, MLA, Ramtek visited highlighted that Yogiraj Hospital is being run

and managed by Orange City Hospital and I n s t i t u t e h a v e o r g a n i z e d t h e the camp and appreciated the surgical team and the patients. He was accompanied by Research Institute, Nagpur on “No Loss No CORRECTABLE DEAFNESS DETECTION

Profit Basis” as a CSR endeavour to provide & EAR SURGERY CAMP at Ramtek for the Shri. Andhare, Chief Officer of Ramtek best medical healthcare services to the rural benefit of rural population from Ramtek and Nagarparishad, Vice President of Ramtek population at affordable costs. He further said surrounding areas. Patients came from Nagarparishad Shri. Ramesh Karamore, that “Yogiraj Hospital” is nothing but a kind of Ramtek, Deolapar, Parseoni, Mouda, Chairman of Water Supply Committee healthcare movement. People from all the Kalmeshwar, Mansar, and Chhindwara. Two Shri. Umesh Mahajan, Chairman of

th th strata of the society should positively join this day surgical camp was held on 16 & 17 Education committee Smt. Kumbhalkar, movement and serve the society.March 2013 at Yogiraj Hospital, Ramtek. Out Noted ENT Surgeon, philanthropist and of 72 patients, 42 patients were selected for Rotarian Dr. Nandu Kolwadkar opined that, the free EAR Surgeries. In these two days 30 most of the ENT problems are correctable, if major and 12 minor surgeries were done. All treated on time. But people in India in general the surgeries, medicines, diagnostic tests, and rural population in particular, have less hospital accommodation was provided to the awareness and they tend to ignore these patients “free of cost”. It is highlighted that problems. He sadly pointed out that, even Yogiraj Hospital is being run and managed by government agencies give less importance to Orange City Hospital and Research Institute ENT diseases and it has not yet launched any on “No Loss No Profit” basis. Corporators Shri. Anil Thakre, Smt. National programme dedicated to ENT as it Total 72 patients were screened for the period Mahajan and others. Shri. Subramanyam, has for eye diseases, malaria, filaria, HIV etc. of one week by Noted ENT Surgeons Rtn. Dr. DGM, Suryalaxmi Cotton Mills also visited the He told that, he is working hard on a mission Nandu Kolwadkar from OCHRI, and Dr. hospital and various departments of the with the help of Rotary to make central India Prakash Gupta, Consultant ENT Surgeon of hospital and took the information about “Ea r D i sease F ree ” . He thanked Yogiraj Hospital, Ramtek. Free of Cost functioning of this project. He hailed the management of Shri. Laxminarayan Audiometry tests were done by renowned efforts taken by Shri Laxminarayan Devasthan, Yogiraj Hospital, Rotary Club and Audiologist Dr. Ashish Disawal assisted by Devasthan and Orange City hospital and OCHRI for extending their altruistic gesture. Shri. Narottam Awasthi. Research Institute to develop such modern Team led Shri.Rajesh Mastkar, Executive Ear Surgeries were performed by Dr. Nandu healthcare infrastructure at the remote place C o o r d i n a t i o n , Y S S M H R C , S h r i . Kolwadkar, Dr. P. C. Gupta, Dr. Akash like Ramtek. They also appreciated the Moreshwar Khajure, Shri. Jitendra Kose, Varhade and Dr.Kshitij Patil assisted by Dr. philanthropy behind this hospital. Shri. Smt. Varsha Samrit, Ms. Amruta Santosh Dhole, Anaesthestist, Dr. Noorul Deepak Chhabra, Shri. Narayandas Karamore, Shri. Prashant Urade, Shri. Amin , and Dr. Pankaj Wahane, Dr. Roshan Agrawal, Shri. Sanjay Khandelwal from Rajendra Mohankar Shri. Gyani, Shri. Jawadekar, Dr. Priyanka Chandekar, Dr. Shri. Laxminarayan Devsthan Trust, were Sanjay Tikre, Manish, Tathagat, Surendra Yo g e s h Wa g h m a r e , Dr. So u ra b h prominently present on this occasion.Bhoyar, Ashok Gonnade, Pinky Gonnade, Choudhary, Dr. Mohit Patel, Dr. Kavita Shri. Deepak Chhabra expressed that such Pournuma Kamble, Dilip Selokar, Kamley and Dr. Rehan. free surgery Camps in the rural areas by Bhagwan Thavare, and Radheshyam Team of doctors was assisted under the renowned doctors are very much essential as worked hard for the success of this camp.guidance of Smt. Sandhya Dhanwate, people are not much affordable to avail quality

-Dr. Nandu KolwadkarNursing I/c OT, OCHRI by Ms. Vaishali healthcare services. To get Sakore, OT Nursing I/c, Ms. Saroj an expert opinion and Meshram, Ms. Pinky Sakhare, Ms. surgeries, they have to travel Chandrlekha Bawane and Ms. Rupali to cities which take time and Gajbhiye, Shri. Nitin Brother, Nursing I/c money. Because of this Wards. Team of OT Technicians led by Shri. initiative taken by Yogiraj Raju Bhute, Shri. Shekhar Deshmukh, Hospital and Rotary Club Shri. Umesh Bhoyar, Shri. Rakesh Thakre, Nagpur, rural people getting and Shri. Umesh Rodkar. Electricity and q u a l i t y a n d e t h i c a l Technical back up provided by Shri. Pankaj healthcare services at their Wankhede. Br. Anurag, Ms. Sonam Sakhre, doorsteps. Houshila Kanoje, Pravita Ambatkar and Dr. Deepak Dongre, Nodal

ENT SURGERIESSURGICAL CAMPS

Couselling_to_relatives ENT_Surgery_under_MicroscopePre-op_Prep

Screening

Team of Doctors with operated Patients

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SUR, SARGAM, AUR TAAL - FELLOWSHIP The March fellowship ........under the magical charming and stylish Veenita Pasari in her 5 members. The dance numbers put up by guidance of our very accomplished different "avatars"...from Meena Kumari to Rt.Anns were wonderful and the members c h a i r p e r s o n . . . . R t . A n n . P o o n a m Tabbu. could not resist but join them from time to time. Sethi...........who gave a concept of Sur, The location and settings were perfect - the The energy levels of our members was worth Sargam aur Taal,,,and won hundreds of lush green lawns of Godrej Anandam. The rain watching. hearts. It was a Fellowship brought to life by God's were threatening all through the day but The food served too was amazing, especially melodies rendered out by our members and were gentle enough to just keep the weather thought of by PP Bunty Rawal. All in all an their families, stage set on fire by dance pleasent. The decor at the venue, taken care evening which saw the involvement of all, an sequences performed by our Anns in well of by Rtn.Shweta Singh was superb, evening which will remain etched in the minds though out costumes - shimmering western especially the "baithak" system, was of our members for a long time to come, outfits to gorgeous, colourful folk dresses. Live thoroughly enjoyed by our members. Songs thanks to all the wonderful singers and colourful paintings happening to the tune, by based on various instruments - Saxophone, performers who put in days of hardwork. An Rtn.Shibu Mathew and little star Meher Keyboard, Guitar and Dhol were rendered by evening conceptualised by Rt.Ann Poonam Kanga. The compereing was done by our extremely talented, senior and junior Sethi, who proved it once again that she has

not lost the touch, of putting up an amazing evening full of Fun-Frolic-Participation. She was ably supported by her better half "Sonuji" Rtn.Bali Sethi and First Lady Shefali Shah. Towards the end members could not resist but say "Anand....Nirmal Anand".....until the next fellowship....3 cheers to the fellowship team...ciao!

-Mahendra Kamath

The audience and the revelers….

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H O L IH O L IFellowshipFellowship

The Setting for a great start!!!!

Rajiv Behal

Ajay Sood

Shibu Mathew Nimish Sutaria Anjali Thakur

Shubha Gade Anagha Jaiswal and Shivani Bidaye Sanjay Mansukhani

Ann Wilkinson, Ragini Sahu, Anita Chitaley, Dr Nikunj Pawar Shivkumar Rao

Anushka Kale and Sandeep Dhodapkar

Swati Agarwal

Shreya , Sonal, Shilpa, Jerry, Smita Dr Rafat Khan Shilpa Agrawal

The Michaels…..

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H O L IH O L IFellowshipFellowship

The Setting for a great start!!!!

Rajiv Behal

Ajay Sood

Shibu Mathew Nimish Sutaria Anjali Thakur

Shubha Gade Anagha Jaiswal and Shivani Bidaye Sanjay Mansukhani

Ann Wilkinson, Ragini Sahu, Anita Chitaley, Dr Nikunj Pawar Shivkumar Rao

Anushka Kale and Sandeep Dhodapkar

Swati Agarwal

Shreya , Sonal, Shilpa, Jerry, Smita Dr Rafat Khan Shilpa Agrawal

The Michaels…..

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A ROTARACT SPECIAL

4. The best community service club projectRotaract club of sadabai raisoni womens' college

5. The best club participation in a rotary projectRotaract club of sadabai raisoni womens' college

6. Recogni t ion for outs tanding and wholehearted participation in hemalkasa surgical camp.Rotaract club of tuli college of hotel

st by chairpersons rtn. Jatin and rtn. Sapna managementOn 21 march ,the rotaract committee which led to a successful rotaract year. Our After the awards, presidents and teachers celebrated 'rotaract week ' in line with the president rtn. Atul shah in his speech laid great in charge of each rotaract club were 'world rotaract day' at udyog bhavan at emphasis on the personal development of felicitated with a certificate by our president. 5:30pm just before the regular thursday each rotaractor which was possible because The award announcements brought with it meeting. The celebrations were a retrospect of the various life skill workshops and also happiness for some but disappointment for of what the 6 clubs did throughout the year.the because of their choice to be actively involved o t h e r s . A f t e r t h e c u s t o m a r y program started with welcoming all the in various activities through rotaract.the congratulat ions, the new rotaract rotarians,rotaractors and guests followed by president also mentioned about the bitter and committee team for the year 2013-14 was all 6 rotaract clubs reading their yearly sweet memories that the rotaractors will carry announced by rtn. Jatin sampat. Then the reports.the reports gave an insight of the with them all their lives of these rotaract years. pres. Elect. Rtn. Prashant kale informed various activities each club undertook, from The presidents speech was followed by the various workshops on lifeskills for which everyone about his plans for the next year most awaited moments...the awards excellent speakers were called in by the youth followed by a vote of thanks by rtn. Litesh ceremony . Keeping in mind, the contribution service committee, community service thakkar. Hon.sec. Shabbar shakir, rtn. Nina made by various rotaractors and clubs, this projects of each club to their participation in parekh, rtn. Namita sharma, rtann. Shalini year the rotaract committee decided to float 6 rotary club projects.the rotaractors also naidu , rtann amruta thakur were present awards. The awards and their winners are as expressed their gratitude to the parent rotary during the program. The program was under: club for giving them a platform through compered by rtn. Sapna kaswa-vastani.the 1. The best president award. rotaract. program ended at 6:45pm followed by

Rtr. Isha khurana of r.c. Of sadabai raisoni The program continued with the director rt. fellowship where all rotaractors and guest womens' collegeSandeep pathak addressing the gathering.he were invited. A power-point presentation of

2. The best secretary awardmentioned in his speech about the amazing 10 min about the activities of rotaract clubs Rtr. Shalakha gambhir of r.c. Of srw collegeefforts each club put in this year and also through the year 2012-13 was shown by rtn.

3. The best club awardcongratulated each club for their hardwork.he Sapna during the regular thursday rotary Rotaract club of hislop collegeacknowledged the team work of his team lead meeting. -Sapna vastani

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A ROTARACT SPECIAL

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SAVE EVERY DROP OR DROP DEADAabid Surti is an odd character. A few years was funding. “But,” he says, “if you have a creator. After reading the newspaper report

noble thought, nature takes care of it.” Within a ago, the angular, bearded author was invited titled 'City of Angels', he wrote to Aabid: “…It few days, he got a message that he was to meet the President of India to receive a sounds like one of the little big things my dad unexpectedly being awarded Rs.1,00,000 national award for literature at a ceremony in would have done.Strange that I have enjoyed ($2,000) by the Hindi Sahitya Sansthan (UP) the capital, New Delhi. He politely declined. [your comic] Bahadur in my childhood and for his contribution to Hindi literature. And one Absorbed in writing the first draft of his new enjoyed reading your tap story so many years Sunday morning in 2007, the International novel, he cited the reason that he did not have down the line… when I am a father myself. Year of Water, he set out with a plumber to fix time. But what he has made time for every God bless you and yes, I believe in angels the problem for his neighbors.Sunday for seven years now, is going door-to- after reading the newspaper.”He began by simply replacing old O-ring In 2010, Aabid Surti was nominated for the door in Mira Road, a non-descript suburb of rubber gaskets with new ones, buying new CNN-IBN CJ 'Be The Change' Award. In the Mumbai, with a plumber in tow, asking fixtures from the wholesale market. He named same year, a television crew from Berlin flew residents if they need their tap fixed for his one-man NGO 'Drop Dead' and created a down to follow him on his Sunday rounds free!tagline: save every drop… or drop dead.As a distinguished Indian painter and author, which continued come monsoon or shine.Every Sunday, the Drop Dead team – which It's hard to say how much water he has saved Aabid has written around 80 books but no consisted of Aabid himself, Riyaaz the with his mission, given that the faucets he story so moved him as the truth about water plumber and a female volunteer Tejal – picked fixed could have continued leaking for months, scarcity on the planet. “I read an interview of the apartment blocks, got permission from the and maybe years, had he not rung the doorbell the former UN chief Boutros Boutros Ghali,” housing societies, and got to work. A day one Sunday morning. But conservatively, it he recalls, “who said that by 2025 more than before, Tejal would hand out pamphlets

could be estimated that he has single-40 countries are expected to experience water explaining their mission and paste posters in handedly saved at least 5.5m litres of water till crisis. I remembered my childhood in a ghetto elevators and apartment lobbies spreading date.fighting for each bucket of water. I knew that awareness on the looming water crisis. And by In the summer of 2013, the state where Aabid shortage of water is the end of civilized life.” Sunday afternoon, they would ensure the lives is expecting its worst drought in 40 years. Around the same time, in 2007, he was sitting buildings were drip-dry.Months in advance, the Chief Minister in a friend's house and noticed a leaky tap. It By the end of the first year, they had visited Prithviraj Chauhan has warned citizens to bothered him. 1533 homes and fixed around 400 taps.

When he pointed it out, his friend, like others, begin conserving water. While ministers lobby Slowly, the news began to spread.dismissed it casually: it was too expensive and for drought-relief packages worth millions of In March 2008, director Shekhar Kapur, who inconvenient to call a plumber for such a minor dollars, Aabid sees his own approach as was working on his own water conservation job – even plumbers resisted coming to only simple and inexpensive.film, heard about Aabid's efforts and wrote on replace old gaskets. As he rings another door-bell on yet another his website: 'Aabid Surti, thank you so much A few days later, he came across a statistic in Sunday in Mira Road, seven years into his for who you are. I wish there were more people the newspaper: a tap that drips once every one-man mission, he says: “Anyone can like you in this world. Keep in touch with us and second wastes a thousand litres of water in a launch a water conservation project in his or keep inspiring us. Shekhar.'month. That triggered an idea. He would take Local newspapers began to write about Drop her area. That's the beauty of this concept. It a plumber from door to door and fix taps Dead, which prompted a further flood of doesn't require much funding or even an

grateful emails and spontaneous messages. for free – one apartment complex every office. And most importantly, it puts the power One of the most heartfelt messages was from weekend. back in our own hands."

As a creative artist, he had earned more superstar actor-producer Shah Rukh Khan, a Courtesy Rotary News line goodwill than money and the first challenge longtime fan of Aabid's work as a comic book -PDG Vishwas Sahasrabhojanee

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WORKSHOP ON GROOMING/ IMAGE CONSULTANT ROTARACT PROJECT“Grooming/Image consultant” workshop held The workshop was based on corporate at G.H. Raisoni School of Management grooming. Ms. Rishita told us how personal Studies on March 16, 2013 by Rotary Club of appearance creates positive impressions with Nagpur. Ms. Rishita Agrawal founder and your clients and prospects. The workshop Director of “Grace Communications” was covered personal presentation skills, speaker for the workshop. Rtn. Beena Corporate Etiquette, Significance of body Mathew, Our campus Director, Mr. R.Y. language etc.Mahore campus coordinator Mrs. Sophia Ansari and college faculty were also present at the session. Workshop started with the welcome ceremony. After the ceremony All Students enjoyed a lot during the session was continued by Rishita ma'am and workshop. Miss Rishita has effectively defined Rtn. Beena ma'am.

the aspects of corporate grooming. Student has definitely learnt a lot from the workshop and will surly apply tactics of grooming to make their appearance impressive in corporate environment. The session adjourned with the vote of thanks given by President elect Rtr. Pooja Joshi.

-Pooja Joshi, President Elect

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NEW STRUCTURE FOR PROJECT FUNDING BY TRFROTARY & YOU(TH)W H AT A R E R O TA R Y term success after the global grant funds have ·Selecting and mentoring scholarsGRANTS? been spent ·Assembling teams of professionals for peer-The new system focuses · Include measurable goals that are based trainingprimarily on three grant types—district, global, demonstrated through progress reports ·Providing technical expertise or direct serviceand packaged. It is both more efficient and ·Align with one of our six areas of focus ·Promoting and publicizing activitiessustainable, and will help us make a greater ·Respond to real community needs ·Monitoring and evaluating the projectimpact around the globe. ·Include active participation from both HOW DO I APPLY FOR A PACKAGED EXPLORE GRANTS Rotarians and community members GRANT?The Rotary Foundation offers multiple types of ·Have a minimum budget of US$30,000 The Rotary Foundation accepts packaged grants to serve the wide variety of projects ·Meet the eligibility requirements in the grants grant applications on a rolling basis Rotarians are doing around the world. Explore terms and conditions throughout the year. Before a district or club the different grant types to find which one is You can use global grants to fund: can apply, it must complete the qualification right for your activity. ·Humanitarian projects that support the goals process.District grants of one or more of the areas of focus WHAT PACKAGED GRANTS ARE ·Global grants ·Scholarships for graduate-level academic AVAILABLE?·Packaged grant studies that relate to one or more of the areas Five types of packaged grants, described · s of focus below, are currently available. As we transition District grants ·Vocational training teams, which are groups into our new grant system, we'll be steadily

of professionals traveling abroad either to increasing these opportunities to include a WHAT ARE DISTRICT GRANTS?learn more about their profession or teach wide range of projects and activities, District grants fund smaller, short-term local professionals about a particular field locations, and levels of Rotarian involvement.activities that address needs in both your local

community and communities worldwide. Each HOW DO I APPLY FOR A GLOBAL GRANT? Health educators training & nursing district gets to choose which activities it will The Rotary Foundation accepts global grant scholarshipsfund with these grants. applications on a rolling basis throughout the Aga Khan University and The Rotary You can use district grants to fund a variety of year. Before a district or club can apply for a Foundation offer two packaged grants in activities, including: grant, it has to complete the qualification Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda: the first ·Humanitarian projects, including service process. Once your club or district is qualified, provides training to health educators and the travel and disaster recovery efforts you can apply for a global grant through the second offers scholarships to nursing and ·Scholarships for any level, length of time, online tool. midwifery students at the university's East location, or area of study HOW ARE GLOBAL GRANTS FUNDED? Africa campuses.·Vocational training of any team size or Global grants are funded with a combination of Developing local entrepreneurstimespan Distr ict Designated Funds or cash In this packaged grant with strategic partner HOW DO I APPLY FOR A DISTRICT contributions and matching funds from The Oikocredit, Rotarians collaborate with GRANT? Rotary Foundation's World Fund. The World microfinance institutions in their own To apply for a district grant, please submit your Fund will match 100 percent of District communities to develop programs that help funding request directly to your district (and Designated Funds and/or 50 percent of cash increase the impact of microcredit lending.not The Rotary Foundation), which contributions. The minimum award amount Vocational training and medical serviceadministers and distributes the grant funds. from the World Fund is US$15,000, which This packaged grant with Mercy Ships helps HOW ARE DISTRICT GRANTS FUNDED? means that the minimum project budget is assemble vocational training teams of medical Districts may use up to 50 percent of their $30,000. professionals to work aboard the state-of-the-District Designated Fund to receive one Packaged grants art hospital ship Africa Mercy, to deliver free, District Grant annually. Districts receive this WHAT ARE PACKAGED GRANTS? world-class health care, capacity building, and funding as a lump sum, which they can then Packaged grants have been predesigned by sustainable development to those without distribute to their clubs. Rotary and our strategic partners. The access in the developing world.Global grants activities they fund are similar to those funded Water and sanitation scholarshipsWHAT ARE GLOBAL GRANTS? by global grants in many ways—they support This packaged grant provides scholarships for Global grants support large international our areas of focusand can include graduate students at UNESCO-IHE Institute activities with sustainable, measurable scholarships, humanitarian projects, and for Water Education in Delft, The Netherlands. outcomes in one or more of the six areas of vocational training—but the work of designing The institution is the largest postgraduate focus. the activity's general framework has already water education institution in the world and Global grants must: been done. aims to tackle the world's water and sanitation ·Be an international partnership between a This allows Rotarians to focus their talents and crisis.Rotary club or district in the country where the energies on bringing the project to life. With a HOW ARE PACKAGED GRANTS FUNDED?activity takes place and a Rotary club or packaged grant, your role could include: Packaged grants are funded by the World district outside of that country ·Assessing community needs and identifying Fund and the strategic partner for the grant.·Be sustainable and include plans for long- those who could benefit from a project -PP Viju Naidu

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ASHOK MALANI UNSUNG HEROES

NEWS YOU CAN USE1. The total area occupied by Indian railways Their error rate is an amazing 1 in 16 right lung to make room for

million transactions for which they have across the country covering tracks yards your heart.been recognized with Six Sigma workshops etc is about 11 lac acres out of 5. By recycling 1 ton of paper: performance (99.999999% error-free). this about 1.13 lac acres is vacant which is you reduce water pollution by 35% and air Their modes of transportation during their mostly land in narrow strips alongside

pollution by 74%; you save 4,800 kWh of work day includes bicycles, push carts, existing tracks.and public trains. Their use of modern energy, the equivalent of the average 2. Many layers of atmosphere coat our planet technology is almost non-existent although power consumption of one household over including the mesosphere, ionosphere, lately they have been using SMS for a seven-month period; you save 16,330 exosphere, and the thermosphere, but it's convenience. gallons of water; you can make 11,324 the troposphere, closest to the planet itself,

4. The human lungs contain approximately simple rolls of bathroom tissue or 3,569 that supports our lives and is, in fact, the 2,400 kilometres (1,500 mi) of airways and thinnest at only about 10 miles high. rolls of paper towels.300 to 500 million hollow cavities, having a 3. A dabbawala in Mumbai carries freshly 6. The facebook madness has been so viral total surface area of about 70 square

packed lunch in a box (dabba) from a metres, roughly the same area as one side across the world, that had it been a country, person's homes to his office. Nearly 5000 of a tennis court. Furthermore, if all of the with over 800 million users, facebook dabbawalas carry 200,000 lunch boxes rdcapillaries that surround the lung cavities would have been the 3 most populated every day (400,000 transactions: pick-up + were unwound and laid end to end, they country in the world.drop-off), growing from a service that would extend for about 992 kilometres. originated in 1890 with 100 dabbawalas. Also, your left lung is smaller than your - Girish Deodhar

We interact within extremely small groups:

man. So, it is rather surprising that he has not after a pregnant pause: “I feel our been too active in the Rotary administration, members interact only within despite his 15 years' association with the small groups and that should be changed! The institution. need of the hour is - broader interactions Been there, done that! among all the Rotarians. Although we are

doing all the right things, including Take Rotary Ask him why he has stayed away from Home, to usher in a change, we still have a different Boards, despite being the

chairperson of Polio eradication committee, long way to go. Maybe we have to break Four-way test committee and Attendance through our psychological barriers to connect committee, and Ashok says philosophically: with the rest of the members too.”“Earlier, I have served as the Maharashtra Warmth galoreState Secretary of the Jaycees. In fact, I was

Ashok makes it clear that despite this also the president of Nagpur Jaycees. So, I drawback, he is immensely happy to be a part have been there and done that! Moreover, it's of the club. “The bonds that we have made fun to allow youngsters to take the lead. I'm Ashok Malanihere - are long-lasting. And whenever I meet really happy that our younger Rotarians are so He's a perfect gentleman - soft-spoken, energetic, full of zest and joi de vivre!” my fellow Rotarians off the Rotary turf, I get so chivalrous and forever ready to lend a helping much of respect and love, that I feel A suggestionhand to those around him. But then, it's his overwhelmed! It's a blessed feeling!”Ask him what is that one thing about our club upbringing that lends Rotarian Ashok Malani

that needs to be revamped, and Ashok replies -Vinita Chaturvedithat inimitable aura of a perfectly groomed

Ashok Malani

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There has been a huge transformation in the style, content, tone and tenor of The Golden Orange from being a staid, black and white 4 page bulletin in the early nineties to acquiring color in the late nineties and then a quantum leap to a magazine format in 2004 to now an all color

glossy format this year. The month of April being the magazine month in Rotary's calendar, the question this time is:The GO has received lots of praise and awards from all quarters. So please don't tell us how good it is!! Tell us where it's NOT good!! What's wrong with it and what can be added/altered/deleted to make it more attractive in style and readable in content? As you know anything that stands still, does not innovate and improve or is content to rest on its laurels, slowly withers away. We have to constantly go on re-inventing ourselves if we wish to remain contemporary and relevant!! So.......Pull no punches and don't try to be polite and correct. Just let go......

X PRESS

Mamta Kanga: Honestly speaking when the question arises " What is not good about the GO...what needs improvement?"…..my mind draws a blank!. . .because I have seen our GO improve and improve…..get better

and better in all these years! And I have seen the enormous effort that goes into readying the GO too! Our projects are well covered, photographs aimed at making max people happy!....As for the articles...I wouldn't mind a few additions...as in maybe we could ask our newly inducted members to write in a few words as to their initial reaction on meeting with our Rotary members. Maybe we could have more articles on home improvement tips….gardening etc...'cause I'm sure just like we are constantly aiming at cosmetic changes in our GO....our members would appreciate a few reasonable. easy to fix cosmetic changes for their homes too :-)

Habeeb Khan: Boss…let us a l l u n d e r s t a n d o n e t h i n g … . G O i s s t i l l a glamorized bulletin…to be flipped through….sometimes read and essentially thrown after that in the trash

can…..or if you are conservative enough, to be sold off to the Raddiwala at the end of the month!I also feel it essentially restricts itself to a select set of people….bore ho gaye bhai unko dekhte dekhte, sunte sunte….Let us expand our horizons…!!......Us dayare ke bahar jahan aur bhi hain, nazar ghuma kar to dekho, khade peeche hum bhi hain!!But seriously, GO needs to become a collector's item. It can happen only if we have more shelf value contents….serious articles on social issues, community problems, urban affairs, technological growth, scientific matters and so on…we all know how good rotary is..and how great a work we are doing..glorifying it in print is a waste…!! So I suggest the GO should have two sections…1. Bulletin, which briefly reports events and activities of the club with snaps if u wish, and 2. Shelf-value section which shall have the contents I just spoke about above….!!

Khushnoor Chugh: Frank, fearless and constructive!! That's just what I will try to be!! I will say (nay, write) it as it is without seeming to be nit -picking. Indeed, the GO has grown by

leaps and bounds! Indeed, the GO covers all our activities as best as is possible! Indeed, our GO is not only glossed up but is high on content value as well! But then why not adhere to the belief that a picture speaks a thousand words? Why can we not have photographs where we can make out who the surgeons are; who the children are; who the ladies are?? With such teeny-weeny pics and no captions it's impossible to know the when, where and who of each pic!! Can we not have crisp reports and larger pics? That would provide optical relief to the reader!!Also, we seriously need to go into the proof-reading as many a time, one finds that typing errors have found their way on to the printed page. The Committee members could help out the Editor in this or any other GO tasks. Right?

Madhavi Naidu: I am totally biased towards our GO... It is o n e o f m y f a v o r i t e magazines.... And when Sanjiv asked me to be critical about it, it felt like an impossible task and took me

ages to come up with these suggestions to make it 'so called' better or different.Ø Rotary calendar - events of the month to be

highlighted. It can be club events, district or even international events.

Ø Rotary District News - our club is huge I agree and we do many projects but at the same time we behave like frogs in a well... Not interested in what is happening around us.

Ø A fine balance between Rotary information & articles of general interest is what every editor strives for... But sometimes I feel where Rotary information is concerned it is relegated to 'reporting' and less about 'information'.

Ø A column for "future leaders" can be started, where such candidates can talk about their ideas. This gives them a platform and at the same time makes the club aware of their ideas.

Ø Since the Board has 12 members other than President, each one can be given a column each month to coincide with the theme for the month.

Ø Seek new and more people from whom we can get articles. This is important to retain the 'freshness' of the magazine. Also know that it's easier said than done.

Ø Report of Business meetings should be in a different format. A "closed meeting" need not be discussed by the writer in detail, as it defeats the purpose of the meeting

Ø The quality of photographs is more important than the quantity. It's no point putting like 50 pictures and can't see who is in it because of the size of the picture!!

As a past editor, I do feel that each editor strives at making the product as good as it can be... Although constructive criticism is good, it's not easy to please everyone.

Madhav Kinkhede: Change is the Law of Nature. During last 4 decades, our club has been wi tness ing huge change in every community project. So also the Golden Orange has undergone a

revolutionary change in its contents and outlook. I would like to point out that we regularly find the names & photos of only a few senior Rotarians in the Golden orange every month. We must not forget that new Rotarians and not so new Rotarians are also equally contributing in the social, charity & community projects as well. More stress should be to recognize their contributions through the columns of GO. The GO will become more interesting if the focus is more on these Rotarians participation. The Senior Rotarians can share their knowledge and experience with the new Rotarians through the columns of the GO.

Sharmila Sutaria: One aspect which needs attention is the proof-reading and editing. I also feel that the magazine has settled into a comfort zone. We need to look for fresh ideas and new contributors so that some of the not so interesting articles can be replaced. This would ensure that one reads the magazine instead of simply skimming through it.

Contd. on page 25

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Thanks for the enthusiastic response to the April. No Rocket earlier puzzles. All correct entries were Science this..... All received from Prema Srinivas, Manju Bhatia, that you have to do Bhavana Kalra, Manju Shahani , Jerestine is to pick up the Watchmaker, Nakul Malani and Neeru Club Roster, turn Bhatia. to Page 187, get

surnames of April Now this treasure hunt is the Sixth in '......... born and start month born Rotarians and Anns' series!locating them in We take pride in the fact that our club has the puzzle. You will membership drawn from all age groups, find the surnames communities, sects and representing different falling in a single states, speaking different languages etc. <[email protected]> and call on my straight line, in any possible direction....left toIndeed, RCN is a true reflection of India, a cell no.94221 06570 before 25th April, 2013. right, right to left, top to bottom, bottom to top, picture of Unity in diversity'! No wonder, all

Lucky winner will be decided through draw of slanting left to right, slanting right to left, these young and old talented, knowledgeable lots from all correct entries at the business slanting top to bottom or bottom to top. Simple! and enthusiastic member families, who are

Isn't it? After spotting these April born leaders in their vocation dish out more than 300 meeting scheduled in May 2013. Everyone in Rotarians/Anns, you will be left with 7 unused projects year after year and serve Rotary the Rotary family of our club and District is

objectives. In our club, we work hard and play letters spread here and there! Using all these, in eligible to contest.hard! proper order and adding letter T, build up the Come on! We look forward to new participants. first name of our Club President in 2013-14.In the puzzle above, you have to search for Enjoy ....Good Luck!!!surnames of at least 21Rotarians / Rotary Anns Solve the puzzle, photocopy /email the all

who were born in Rotary's Magazine month of c o r r e c t r e s p o n s e t o m e a t -PDG Vishwas Sahasrabhojanee

April born Rotarians & Anns, Fall in Line

L A H G N I S B A T R AA P W W B H A T I A A IW R A A I E R A E R W NM L A I T L R S L Z A AA H E W T C K A A A R YJ A N T A A H I K H A RA N I M A L M M N R M OR A G A D P N H A S A ME C H H A B R A C K O HM L A W A R G A G N E NJ I J A G N O O D P A R A I R A H D U A H C U P

X PRESSParheez Gimi: My earliest recollections of The GO are over 25 years ago, when dad used to bring it home from office to read in his leisure time. GO has really come a long way since those days when it was just a 2 page black and white supplement with only the masthead in color.The magazine is

really good - but since you want me to I'll put down some stuff that could improve.Ø Sometimes the pictures are blurry (please hand

the camera at projects to someone who knows photography)

Ø Same contributors - new members should also be encouraged to contribute more often.

Ø Though the GO covers all topics - know your members, Food, cyber stuff, projects, book reviews, travel etc......I feel more content should be Rotary- centric.

I can't really think of anything else - But truth be told - I read my copy online on our rotary web site &re-read the stuff I like when I receive the actual copy.

Geeta Rao: your call made me review our magazine twice, thrice and four times. I would straight away put my views.Ø Sponsorship though an

important aspect, the ads should be designed in such a manner that the purpose

of the magazine should not be defeated. Let it not appear like a commercial mag.

Ø The paper quality is a class one, let the pictures (photographs) be also clear.

Ø Please cover more of the event with pictures of responsible directors, chairpersons and others involved in a box, rather than having them all over with only text on what has been done.

The contents, editorial and the work put in by all concerned with the magazine is remarkable. I would like to convey my best wishes to the team for the marvelous job and sincerely wish they continue the same in future.

Rajeev Javery: I have been put in a situation where one is being asked for an advice to improve the G.O (which is a plush Rotary magazine in itself). I suggest that for

members to know other member's classification, if the classification / members family description of member No. 1 (senior most member) and member No. 335 (newest member) is carried in one issue of GO and subsequently 2 and 334 and so on, it would be a good blend of seniors with the youth. Secondly we can have more photographs of Rotarians / Ann's featuring in fellowships.

TREASURE HUNT

(Readers may Xpress their view on this topic at [email protected]) - PP Dr Sanjiv Chugh

So, friends the Editor next year now has a fair idea of what people want! Though all have been forthcoming in what they would like to see, most have been very diplomatic in NOT mentioning what columns they don't want to see anymore!! THAT is a decision for next year's team to make.

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DURBAR--BY TAVLEEN SINGHADVANCE BOOKingVindhya's Wishlist that I was happiest when I was prominent examples of the latter. Instead of

using my life in the service of seeking inspiration from their Hindu and Sikh IS AMERICA BECOMING MORE HINDU? others.… The spirit of karma yoga backgrounds, respectively, they sought shelter

and support in the faith of the majority of their has been the motivating factor for everything I This month I have chosen not to write, but to neighbors. They, in some sense, are the do in my life. The more I engaged in activities bring to you all, part of an article sent to me by opposite of what America is—their contribution that weren't just for myself, the happier I Bobby Uncle, as I think it needs to find a wider to America's melting pot or salad bowl was became, and the more I wanted to do.” That audience in our club .Not because I'm thereby negated for the most part. Their inspiration led her to found the Healthy Hawaii promoting Hinduism, rather-- I find THAT the decision was in fact bad for America, as Coalition, teaching schoolchildren about promotion of inclusiveness and plurality IS America is, at its core, becoming more and caring for the environment and maintaining a THE INHERENT MESSAGE HERE AND CAN more pluralistic. Lisa Miller wrote that healthy diet and lifestyle. That inspired her to APPLY TO EVERYONE, REGARDLESS OF Americans are more accepting of multiple run successfully for the Hawaii State THEIR FAITH. IT is written by MIHIR paths to God and the belief that “many religions Legislature, give up her “safe seat” to join her MEGHANI, M. D., an emergency physician can lead to eternal life.”Army National Guard team for a year-long living in Fremont, California. This is what he

has to say:-...... deployment in Iraq, run successfully for the Tulsi Talks About Taking the Oath on The Honolulu City Council and win a challenging Bhagavad GitaAmerica IS BECOMING MORE HINDU, Congressional election.THERE IS NO DOUBT about it. Phil IWAS RAISED IN A MULTI-RACIAL, MULTI-

Goldberg's book, American Veda, traces the When Tulsi took the oath of office, she did so on CULTURAL, MULTI-FAITH FAMILY. My history of the influence of Hinduism on a Bhagavad Gita, cementing this ancient guide mother is Hindu; my father is a Catholic lector in American life over the past two and a half his church who also practices mantra to action in American and Hindu history. Her centuries. Similarly, Lisa Miller, in her News meditation. I began to grapple with questions of weekarticle “We Are All Hindus Now,” shows spirituality as a teenager. Over time, I came to how American thought and practice is moving believe that, at its essence, religion gives us a in a direction that can best be described as deeper purpose in life than just living for Hindu. For the most part, however, this ourselves. Since I was a teenager, I have influence has occurred without an outright embraced this spiritual journey through the acknowledgement of or public association with teachings of the Bhagavad Gita.anything identified as Hinduism. I chose to take the oath of office with my Last November, Tulsi Gabbard became the personal copy of the Bhagavad Gita because first Hindu elected to the United States its teachings have inspired me to strive to be a Congress when she handily won her first servant-leader, dedicating my time and energy election to a federal office. The election in on a daily basis in the service to others, karma Hawaii not only reflects the character and yoga. My Gita has been a tremendous source charisma of Tulsi, but also an acceptance, at of inner peace and strength through many

tough challenges in life, including being in the least in her Congressional district, of Hinduism.midst of death and turmoil while serving our As Americans without familial connections to country in the Middle East. When I was India have adopted Hindu beliefs and deployed to Iraq, the only real shelter for me practices, so too have Hindus in America was my bhakti yoga practice and the Bhagavad embraced American life and simultaneously Gita's message of the eternality of the soul and adapted Hinduism, with its ancient mooring in God's unconditional love.India, to the American landscape. Tulsi was oath has added meaning because the Like Mahatma Gandhi, I believe that we cannot born to a Hindu mother of American Samoan Bhagavad Gita has deep meaning for Tulsi overcome the divisive challenges facing our ancestry and a non-Indian, Christian father [see sidebar], guiding her and continuously communities, countries and world if we do not who had adopted some Hindu practices. inspiring her to do seva, or selfless service. recognize and respect all others as children of Raised a Hindu, she, like most Hindu, Jain and This is another defining moment for modern God, despite our differences of nationality, Sikh Indian Americans, questioned her beliefs, Hinduism, because it should serve to remove race, ethnicity, religion and so forth. These studied them, read scripture and made a any doubts about the ability of a proud, public, principles of karma yoga and bhakti yoga, conscious decision to maintain her religion and practicing Hindu to reach a prominent post or therefore, can be a uniting principle for all practices. She explained, “Hari nama, the holy position in this country. Unfortunately, despite people, regardless of their religion.names of God, and the transcendental wisdom inheriting such a rich heritage, many Indian of the Bhagavad Gitahave always provided me I look forward to working with my fellow Americans have tried to minimize their with wisdom, spiritual strength, direction and Congressmen and women to improve the tradition and hide their Hindu identity from purpose in life, as well as solace and comfort economy, stop wasting our limited resources, anyone who could potentially think ill of them or when faced with the possibility of death at any protect the environment and ensure that our misunderstand their beliefs, while others have moment. children will have a bright future. Of course, maintained everything Hindu but decided to since I'm a practicing Hindu, the unique Recall that Mahatma Gandhi was inspired by call it something else. And worse yet, some concerns of Hindu and Indian Americans are this same tradition to take ancient Hindu and have chosen to abandon their heritage very near and dear to my heart. My door will Jain principles of ahimsa to a political level. altogether. always be open to them.Tulsi takes inspiration from that same tradition Governors Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley are when she acknowledges, “I learned early on -Vindhya Sanjana

Congresswoman: Ms. Gabbard and Speaker John Boehner hold the Bhagavad Gita at her

oath-taking ceremony, January 4, 2013

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BOBBY'S BUBBLESTHE LARGEST EVER ROTARY DISTRICT CHANGESRotary District 5010 is currently the largest Historically, due to size and logistics, D5010 Courtesy: Jon Deisher, PPRotary District in the world, extending from the has always had two conferences, one on each Anchorage Rotary/D5010Russian Ural Mountains, encompassing all of side of the Bering Sea. This is the last year that Anchorage, AlaskaSiberia, USA's Alaska and Canada's Yukon we will be doing that under one common (Received from Rtn. Subhash Saraf)Territory it spans 11 time zones. Effective July district. P.S. --Incidentally, contrary to popular notion, 1, 2012 the Siberian portion of D5010 will (Incidentally, our own district 3030 in its Alaska is not always an "ice counry!"become it's own District, and while smaller original D315 stretched from Bombay to Alaska has warm summers too. Our Chandru than the current District the new Russian Visakhapatnam and from Nellore in the South and Manju Shahani's son Ashish used to be in District will become the new Largest Rotary to Saugor in M.P. to the North. In subsequent

Alaska before he moved to the East coast. He District. The remaining D5010, all of Alaska redistricting by RI to make districts more told me he thoroughly enjoyed his stint in and the Canadian Yukon is still huge, but manageable and easier for DGs for their Anchorage in Alaska. -- Bobby much more manageable! Such is the growth of official visits, our geographical size also

-Bobby SrinivasRotary and the dynamics of change. diminished.)

POTATOES WITH ALMOND SAUCE MASTER CHEF Spain has many potato dishes which are Freshly ground black pepper pepper .Grind until smooth , served in the main course. Here is a recipe Salt gradually adding the milk. Heat which has a classic Spanish combination Pinch of chilly powder in the saucepan with some of the reserved oil –potatoes and almonds. ½ cup olive oil until there is a smooth, thick sauce.YOU WILL NEED : 1 cup milk

Now place the potatoes in a pan. Mix the 1 kg potatoes 1 slice bread –crusts removedreserved liquid from the potatoes with the 5 Tblsps or 75 ml olive oil Parsley /coriander chopped

Dice and cook the potatoes in boiling water for ½ cup blanched toasted almonds almond sauce and pour over the potatoes. about 5 minutes and drain. Reserve the Mash the garlic and garlic together. Heat the Simmer gently for about 15 minutes or until the cooking liquid. oil and fry the bread in it. Drain. Saute the potatoes are completely tender .If the sauce is To make the Almond Sauce you will need the garlic for less than a minute and remove it from too thick, add a bit of water.following ingredients : the oil. Grind the almonds to a paste in the food

-Khushnoor S.Chugh3 garlic cloves processor. Add the garlic, salt, bread , black

“BYE ! BYE ! C.H.” GIMI MOREIts finally happened! My favourite “joint” was table or exchanging greetings with the could have given it the proper unceremoniously closed down for ever! No Laughter Club guys, who would eat only the “send off”, it so richly deserved.more piping hot filter coffee, no more crisp whites of the hard boiled eggs leaving the Bye ole friend ! -Shiraz Gimi. Dosas, no more freshly made Idlis & Vadas, no yokes, being afraid of cholesterol and rightly more hanging out with friends every morning so! Some have paunches which have to be after Cricket. No more looking at the faded seen to be believed! No more hushed silence poster of film star Raghini adorning the wall when a pretty girl would enter or ogling the one since 1959. No more “Annas” in their white zipping by on her scooter on the road.uniforms and resplendent turbans and More than 50 years have passed since I cummerbunds rushing around to cope with the bunked school and had my first Dosa and filter 'demands' of the regulars. No more kidding coffee. Its been a long love affair of sorts ever around with the Badminton Boys on the next since that has now ended so abruptly – Wish I

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-Mamta Kanga

KIDZZZONEHey young friends…

This year we have decided to give you youngsters an opportunity to contribute to the Golden Orange through one whole page by you, for you, with lots of experiences, facts, trivia and entertainment sent by your friends. Since this is a monthly feature, I request more of you to contribute. Feel free to participate in this page. Share your talent, views, fun experience etc. I am just a call away. Do contact me on 9923022299 or on mamtakanga @gmail.com or on facebook ;-)

passion is photography. I have not taken any formal lessons in the art but am entranced by the beauty surrounding us. When I find something that touches my heart or impresses me visually I just take out my camera and shoot it. It is really difficult to put feelings into words and I do believe that a picture is worth a thousand of them!

-Yohann Doongaji

Creative works in Focus – Yohann DoongajiSon of Anahita and Shiraz Doongaji.I am Yohann Doongaji, son of Shiraz and Anahita Doongaji. I like to think of myself as a carefree spirit, which shows in my attitude towards life. I love adventure of all kinds and find that life is one big adventure in itself! My

Holi Hai!!! – Rhea SutariaDaughter of Rtn Kapil and Anita SutariaThe most boisterous of Hindu festivals, Holi waves goodbye to winter and welcomes in spring in a rainbow of colours and now, Holi is no longer restricted only to Hindus we find everybody celebrating this festival irrespective of religion.Holi is not only a festival of colours but is also the festival of the triumph of good over evil, festival of romance and festival of fun and pranks.The best part is that all the offences and anger gets dissolved with one boisterous shout of 'Bura na mano, holi hai!'I'm always eagerly waiting to celebrate this festival…but the most disappointing part is the…EXAMS!! Somehow always around to spoil my fun during holi!! And waaooww….my exams are over and I can celebrate a tension free holi this year!And now the challenge is to convince my parents to buy me all those dirty colours and the pichkaari! Obviously, only herbal colours. Waking up in the morning and oiling myself is something I hate among other things that I love doing on this day.And now am ready to go down and play holi with my friends – in my old clothes,

oiled skin with a pichkaari, a bucket of water and ofcourse the DIFFERENT COLOURS!! Oh my,isn't this difficult with an annoying sister refusing to help?! Finally my sister and I manage to climb down and greet our friends. What a sight we make!! Whew! Busy colouring one another throwing coloured water and water balloons is the most exiting part in holi! It is also fun to have hot samosas with soft drinks with our dirty hands.Its not only fun colouring friends but With pichkaaris and water balloons we go on the streets and throw colours on anyone we see! Eve-teasing, child molestation, female molestation, all of these things can be just done in a blink of the eyes during Holi. No intention is always good – but bad intentions are BAD, real bad! SO BEWARE!!AND WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY AND A SAFE HOLI! J

Little Hearts – Prachi ThakkarDaughter of Rtn.Litesh and Jigna ThakkarMy name is Prachi Thakkar . I am 9 years old & study in class IV in Centre Point School katol road . I love dancing & making friends..In my lesuire time I do creative work like making cards,jewellery for my dolls & messing the room which makes my mom scream at me. It's fun to teach my grandmother as a student & do "masti" with my twin cousins. I am crazy for chocolate, mouth watering pani puri & pastry's of yummy flavour with creamy topping. My favourite cartoon is Doremon & I wish to have some of his gadgets to do my homework & some exciting fun with my mom & dad as they mean a lot to me. They never let me down. Dance is my passion & I wanna become a dancer. As I am the youngest & only daughter in the family everyone pamper & adore me lot . I love my family.

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JINGLE BALLS DIMAAG KHARAB

Quick! Which brand uses the song “Aao Na Gale Lagao Na” in its ads? Hint : It's not a commercial for honeymoon packages. Neither is it an advertisement for jewellery. Quick! Which brand jingle is “You and I...in this Beautiful World” ..... exactly! No hints required.We are witnessing an unprecedented amount of advertising which has old Hindi songs in place of what should be brand-specific jingles. Every time there is a blast of an old favourite from the TV and you look up expecting to see Helen seduce Rajesh Khanna, it turns out to be mediocre animation of love birds singing about Kit Kat! Or if you are jolted out of your stupor with a yell from RD Burman's “Duniya Mein Logon Ko” it turns out to be an impostor in the form of a Happy Dent Commercial. What this is actually doing is slowly killing the brand as the viewer remembers the song not the product. Also, if one brand does it, why do others fall in line too like mice following the Pied Piper? And we know how that story ends.Statistics show that the average man spends 9 years of his life in front of the TV. (There are no statistics to show how many years a woman does that because after the man goes to office God alone knows what happens at home!) These same statistics also help the market researcher tell the ad agency what the target audience is looking for in a brand. So we have a double dose of a retro feel ad in which Ranbir Kapoor tries very hard to ape the mannerisms of his elderly relatives to the tune of “Chala Jaata Hoon” peddling Nissan Micra in a market saturated with 30 similar models. How will it stand out and speak for itself when the pan-India appeal of “Ghar aa Gaya Hindustan” where India Comes Home in a Maruti Suzuki pulls at heart strings and drives home the point that Maruti Suzuki is India's Car?Everyone, it seems, is in a death race to dig up a dead number, remix it with modern beats, throw in nubile models or over-exposed celebrities and make a mash-up of visuals where the brand is hidden like the proverbial needle in the haystack. Gone are the days of “Washing Powder Nirma” or “Vicco Turmeric Nahi Cosmetic” where the brand was the hero and worked wonders for the company's bottomline. The ad jingle seems to have been hit out of the park like a Dhoni Sixer!And now, you must be wondering what the point to this whole article is. It's just that I watch TV in the course of lunch or dinner and when I am relishing my wife's cooking (saved!) I do not want a commercial of Whisper Wings with Extra Absorbency popping up telling women around the world to “Have a Happy Period”. I have yet to come across a woman who has a “happy period”. I also do not want to see extra-peppy guys prancing around chawls cleaning stained toilets to a shine while the appropriately picked racial cross-section of housewives stand around breathlessly batting their false eyelashes at the sparkle “Harpic Power” gives them. I want to see things like the old barbershop ad where the dorky looking guy wants a particular hairstyle and the ancient barber just pops a Centre Shock into his mouth to achieve the effect. Or the one legged man standing up to salute the national anthem while others around him keep sitting and are shamed into doing the same by the invalid's actions. Meaningful advertising does not necessarily mean exotic locales, expensive models or slick computer animation. It means giving value for money to both, the brand as well as the buyer.“Have a Happy Summer Period”!!

-Sohrab Kanga

Hello Friends,The Mercury is on the rise and so were the spirits at the Doongaji house, when a baby girl was born to Shehzad and Vahbiz. A girl in the Doongaji house after 48 years!!!!!Congratulations to Anu and Shiraz and the rest of the family!The spirits were high at the Dasture residence too as Dr Mrunalini Dasture was adjudged the “Bhaskar Woman of the year” for her contribution to education in Maharashtra.Congratulations Mrunalini and Deodutt. You have done the Rotary family proud!We would not be able to appreciate the good that happens to us in life, if we were not faced with the sad facts of life.Friends, it is with grief that I share with you the news about the loss that the Shukul, Sharma, Cassad, Rathi and Chitaley families had to bear.Both Navneet and Neerja Shukul lost their respective mothers within a span of 10 days.Chhotu Sharma lost his father.Wijay Chitaley lost his mother.Shahrukh Cassad and Khushnoor Chugh lost their mother.Prashant Rathi lost his mother.May the Lord give the families strength to bear the loss.Till next month,

-Manju Shahani

LET’S GET PERSONAL

*New Pope is a Honorary Rotarian from Argentina!*/

/Jorge Mario Bergoglio born on December 17,

1936, is now Pope Francis (Latin: Franciscus;).

He is a honorary member of RC of Buenos Aires

from 1999.

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15 APR. to 14 MAY.

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The importance of being specificIndia in general and Maharashtra in particular, the saint tradition is deeply rooted. Maharashtra is often called the land of saints. Bhajan, Kirtan and Pravachan are all part of this rich tradition. Come the 'holy' four months also known as 'Chaturmas' (around July-Oct every year) or festive season, all the temples, cultural halls will be booked for any of these activities. Most of Pravachan (Discourse) are on Bhagvad Gita, Gynaneshwari or Dasbodh. Once I had the opportunity to listen to one of the Pravanchankar. He was talking about the futility of asking from God. People often run a current account with God. They offer some dakshina and ask for varied things from God. It could be a nice house or a beautiful wife or girlfriend, (or both??) A baby boy or loads of money. The range is enormous. What is interesting is that most of them are time specific!! While we agree that if there is God or any supreme power, it will have enough capacity to fulfill these 'petty' tangible issues. If at all one has to ask, it has to be intangibles like 'Sukh (Happiness), Shanti (peace), Samadhan (contentment) and Swastha (Health)' (Partly agree with him but obviously these are just the outcome of small tangible things. But isn't those tangibles are very much in our hand rather than burdening God for all these?As I was sitting there listening, I realized that while we ask for all and sundry things with very specific details the same is missing when we are trying to set the financial goals. When it comes to setting financial goals we are generally vague. Most of the time objective is to invest surplus money without proper thinking or setting up time frame. A financial goal can be achieved only when they are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-sensitive) Unfortunately most of the time either there are no financial goals or if at all there are, it comes with lot of ambiguity. Setting financial goals is the fundamental of financial planning process, after all if you do not have a financial goal what is the point of financial planning? Setting financial goals does not have to be complicated, tedious or long, but it is a great gauging tool to ensure you are on the right track.Typical example of financial goal is corpus for child's marriage. “I want to have a decent amount at the time of marriage of my son/daughter' will take us nowhere. “ 'I want to have a sum of Rs 25 Lakhs at present value terms in 2023 for marriage for my son/daughter' is much better. In fact the correct estimate and time frame of financial goal helps in reaching the goal effortlessly. Instead of wandering aimlessly, we have something to strive for and a clear path for getting there.Setting a financial goal is just like setting a personal goal. Financial goals are no different. If you want to buy a car, you must first decide the model and a plan for paying for it. This might mean having to make some trade-offs. Increase budget or go a notch down a different variants of cars. You decide where you can cut back expenses, how much money you are able to save each month, and set a goal for how long it will take you to save up for a down payment. You picture yourself driving your new wheels to motivate you to stick to your plan. So as the God bless us with 4 'S' let us be SMART in our financial goal setting.

-Parag Paranjpe

15 APR. to 14 MAY.ANNIVERSARIES

Rahul Sharma 15Neelesh Agrawal 15Shamsuddin Rana 15Atul Gupta 15Prashant Rathi (Bunty) 16Dr.Shobha Daga 16Dr. Iqbal Khan 16Behram Patel 17Cyrus Watchmaker 17Dr. Raju Wilkinson 18Rana Tuli 18Dr. Smita Harkare 19Mohabat Singh Tuli 20Aarti Kalode 20Dr. Vandana Hazra 23Umesh Agrawal 23Sonal Ajmera 24Sapna Vastani 24Manish Agrawal 24Akhtar Parvez Maimoon 25Vandana Daga 25Durriya Akolawala 26Dinesh Chhabra 26Dilshad Doongaji 27Romal Panchmatia 28

Sarang Upganlawar 28Varsha Jaiswal 28Dr. Subhadha Gade 29Dr. Nandini Babhulkar 30Parul Garodia 30Vipul Gupta 30Shashank Bidaye 01Ruchi Chaudhary 02Sheela K. Singhee 02Shantanu Khedkar 03Pallavi Joshi 04Inderjit Singh 06Ajay Sharma 07Meena Malji 08Abdul Husain 08Atul Pande 09Dr. Bharti Gidwani 11Jasbir Singh Arora 12Kapil Bahri 12Sangeeta Grover 12Nitin Deveshwar 12Manu Seth 14Mrinalini Marawar 14Arvinder Vij 14

A lok & Anu la G oenka 15San jay & Richa Se th i 16Dr. Kishore & Bharti Taori 19N ikh il & An ju Bansa l 19Vivek & Shee ta l G upta 21Prashant & Sm ita Ka le 23N am ita & A jay Sharma 24Sha ilendra & Meena Verma 26Jayant & Uma Pendharkar 27Inderjit & H arbha jan Singh 27Rag in i & Ra jiv Sahu 27Shash i & Be la Thapar 29Ba ljee t & Poonam Se th i 29San jay & Sandhya Agrawa l 02Devendra & Sang ita Parekh 02Sushma & Dhan jay Hedaoo 04Juga lkishor & Sarita Agrawa l 05Yashpa l & Parveen Se th 06N aku l & N ilima Ma lan i 06Rana & Ritu Khurana 07Kiran & N amra ta Ra thod 07Seema & Ra ju Ja in 07Sun il & Renu Thapar 08Umesh & Sushma Sharma 09Ya tin & Meena Ma lji 09Ra jendra Kumar & Vinee ta Ja iswa l 11Dr. An il & An ja li Chaudhari 11Sush il & D aksha Mandhan iya 11Dr. Pushpa & Sharad Bhave 12Dr. Sa tish & Sunanda Su le 13

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BEST CHAIRPERSONS AWARDS FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY

PP Sriram Marawar, Releasing Go Of March

Rakhi Bhatia and Manju Bhatia for Take Rotary Home,

Mamta Jaiswal for Fellowship During Meetings,

Rita Bhargava for Udaan Committee and Sunil Bhatia for Walkathon Committee

Swati Singhee D.K.Sahni

Akansha Singhania Dr Abhijeet Hazra Shamsa Raiyyani

NEW MEMBER INDUCTIONS

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