We are at the fag end of the Rotary Year 2011-12. Many a times, April or May is presumed as an end of activities for the year. However, I look at it otherwise, I feel I have little time now to complete the planned projects and activities. Apart from our weekly Programmes and On going Projects, there are few major Programmes planned in the days to come. Our Rotarians and Anns have refreshed themselves by going to Anandavan and Mahabaleshwar respectively. This boost to the energy will give a last thrust for remaining Rotary Year.
We are planning Human Response Award in last week of May. Our Club Day will be celebrated on 16th June. We are applying for Dist Awards and this District Awards Function will be held on 10th of June.
Our Global Grant Project for Ramakrishna Math is progressing fast. After successful uploading of Application and obtaining necessary authorizations, we are now expecting to get the funds during June, 2012. Let us hope for the best.
In the beginning of the Rotary Year, we had marked a target of US$ 15,000/- towards Contributions to the Rotary Foundation. As we had achieved this target in the initial period, TRF Director Rtn. Prashant revised this target to US$25,000/-. He is confident that our Club will achieve this revised target too before the end of this Rotary Year.
Recently, a group of 22 (Rotarians, Anns and Annets) had a nice overseas picnic to Thailand. On 6th May, five Rotarians including myself attended the RI Convention at Bangkok. We had an opportunity to attend the Inaugural session of the Convention and we were fortunate enough to listen the Inaugural speech of RI President Kalyan Banerjee. RIP Kalyan announced that In Bhutan, the first ever Rotary Club will start soon. We also visited the House of Friendship where many Rotary Districts from various part of the world displayed their major service projects. I noticed that many Districts from US and Europe are doing great job in the field of drinking water and sanitation in African Continent. You will know more details of this Tour in one of the weekly programmes.
President Elect Rtn. Hemant and his Board are gearing up themselves for the year to come. PE Hemant and his Board Members attended the recently held Dist. Assembly. Our Club also had an Informal Club Assembly for planning of the programmes and projects for next year. On 29th June, we are organizing Installation Ceremony and DGN Deepak Shikarpur has agreed to be the Chief Guest for the function.
Friends, Time flies past very quickly. When I look back since I took over as a President of this Club, it’s a mixed bowl of feelings, anxiousness, happiness, contentment and what not ! I will talk to you about this next time, till then Good Bye !
Rtn Prakash Mate