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ISSUE 6

DECEMBER 2013

Dear Fellow Rotarians, Warm Rotary greetings to you all and also warm Diwali greetings. It was a very busy for all Rotarians, Anns and Annettes. The month started with 50th Birthday celebration of our Rtn. Sagar on the 9th November. We have celebrated our charter night on 12th November. I will like to thank all the charter members for attending the function. Also we have felicitated two vocational awardees in this function. This was followed by the sensational event of this year i.e. Annettes' talent show. It was great to see all our Anns coming together to bring glory to this event. Also the performance of all our Annettes was wonderful. I will like to thank all the Anns and Annetts who have worked tirelessly to make this event a great success. The month end we had our Rotary Youth leadership Awards (RYLA) which is a star event of our club. This year, we had 53 participants from various schools. We had eminent resource persons like Mr. Pravin Sabnis, Mr. Pravin Sawant, Mast Omkar Thakur, Mr. Sanjeev Sardesai, Adv. Anirudh Borkar and our own Rtn. Arun Salkar. We had with us child celebrity, eminent national swimmer Miss Saachi Gramopadhye for the valedictory function. It was really good to see active participation of many of our Anns and Annettes along with you all. I would to thank you all for the involvement in this event. December is scheduled as family month in the Rotary calendar. Let us enjoy the day picnic in this month. I request all the members to attend the day picnic with Anns and Annettes. Thank you. Yours in Rotary Rtn Santosh Sawal


Message Dec 2013

Ron Burton President Rotary International One winter day, Rotary founder Paul Harris took a walk down a well-kept street just outside Chicago. Watching children sledding down a hillside, he recalled his own boyhood in New England. At that moment, he decided that if he ever were to own a home, it would be on top of that hill on Longwood Drive. In 1912, Harris and his wife, Jean, made that dream a reality. They named their new home Comely Bank, after the street where Jean grew up in Scotland. Over the years, the Harrises hosted Rotary meetings and entertained visiting dignitaries, surrounded by objects they had collected on their travels throughout the world. The trees they planted in their friendship garden still grace the yard. In 1947, Harris died there; Jean sold the home not long afterward and returned to Scotland. The property changed hands twice more before the Paul and Jean Harris Home Foundation purchased it in 2005. Through the efforts of that group, and with the help of the Rotary clubs of Chicago and Naperville, the Harris home has been saved from demolition. Now, it is up to us to protect the home for posterity, as a place for Rotarians to gather in the spirit of friendship and service. The RI Board has agreed to loan $500,000 to the Paul and Jean Harris Home Foundation to assist with the restoration of this irreplaceable piece of Rotary history. A goal of $5 million has been set for the project, to complete the necessary renovations and to provide an endowment fund to allow the property to operate as a museum and historic site.

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I am committed to the restoration of the Paul and Jean Harris Home and hope you agree that this project is worthy of your support. My wife, Jetta, and I have made a contribution to our Rotary Foundation to establish a donor advised fund to accept contributions from anyone who shares our love of Rotary history, and our desire to preserve Rotary's past. If you would like to join us, please go to www.rotary.org/daf and click on "How to Contribute." Include the account name, "Paul Harris Home Preservation," and number, 474. A gift of any size is welcome, and naming opportunities are available in the home and garden for those who are considering a larger gift. We are excited to have the opportunity to celebrate the spirit of Paul Harris in this special way. Together, we can save his home for generations of Rotarians to come.

Fellowship Greetings BIRTHDAYS DECEMBER 2013 17 Tue Durgesh s/o Rtn Sadashiv Walaulikar 23 Mon Mayank s/o Rtn Durgesh Karapurkar 24 Tue Rtn. Vallabh Salkar 24 Tue Ann. Vijaya w/o Rtn Vinayak Shirodkar 31 Tue Ann. Tanuja w/o Rtn Paresh Kadkade JANUARY 2014 2 Thu Rtn. Sandeep Desai 4 Sat Ann. Nilima w/o Rtn Ramanand Natekar 9 Thu Rtn. Vijay Sardesai 9 Thu Rtn. Satish Prabhugaonkar 9 Thu Ann. Neeta w/o Rtn Narahari Sawant 13 Mon Nikita d/o Sandeep Desai 14 Tue Rtn. Vishwas Sardesai 14 Tue Rtn. Swapnil Dixit


Annette's Talent Show: on 24th Nov at 8 pm onwards a unique Talent show for the Annette's was organized. The Planning and execution of

Secretary’s Report Nov 2013

Rtn Vishesh Mardolkar Club Service Membership: The strength of the club as on 30th Nov 2013 is 49, all active members. Attendance: The attendance for the Month of Nov 2013 was 62.75% Club Bulletin: The November issue of monthly club bulletin Amigo was released. BOD Meeting: The fifth Board of Directors meet was held at Rotary House Rotary Information: Two to three minute Rotary information was given during every Rotary Meeting Chartered Night: 20th Charter Day Celebrations were organized at the Rotary House on the Tuesday 12th November at 7:30 pm along with Anns and Annettes. DG Rtn Mohan Mulherkar was represented by past President of RC Mapusa City Rtn. Prakash Pilankar as his special representative and graced the occasion on his behalf. President of RC Mapusa City Rtn. Dattaram Dicholkar along Members from various Rotary Clubs in Goa attended the Charter Night Celebration. The Charter members present were greeted with flowers. This was followed by garlanding of the charter and lighting the traditional lamp. Club secretary Rtn Vishesh briefly presented the report of the activities that were conducted in the first four months of the Rotary Year. The Club bulletin “Amigo” November 2013 issue was released at the hands of DG's Special representative Rtrn Prakash, In his address Rtn Prakash congratulated the club for the various activities they have done in the past and urged to continue the same spirit and zeal in the future years. The function concluded with cutting of cake to commemorate the two decade existence of the club. This was followed by fellowship dinner

the event was entirely done by Anns and Annette's. It was truly remarkable as Annette's presented their skills in Painting, Poetry, Story Telling, Martial arts, Cultural Dances, and Dances on various genres. Over 30 Annette's participated in the event. Annt. Sailee Rajesh Kenny was the Master of Ceremony.

Annette Atharv presented his painting of Rtn. Paul Harris, Goan famous poet Bakibab Borkar and Shivsena supremo Late Balasaheb Thakre. These Paintings were inaugurated at the hands of Rtn. Arun Salkar. Annetees Shivani along with Mrunmayee, Krittika and Rama exhibited their super talent in dancing skills entertaining all the Rotary Family present for this occasion. A duet performance by Annette Shaivee and

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Avaneesh brought smiles in the hall and was a pleasing experience for the eyes. A special game was conducted for the annes

testing their skill of concentration and craftsmanship Solo performances by Annettes Gandha, Sanavi, Ira, Snigdha, Nandita, Krittika, Mrunmayee, Mandar, Shaivee, Gaurav delighted the crowd Annette Rishik and Poorvi need a special mention for their acrobatics. Annette Arya, Aakanksha also participated in the event.

Annette Aarushi surprised everybody with her skills in music and Annette Mayank kept spectators on toes exhibiting his martial art skills.

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Felicitation of Rtn. Sagar Shetye: On 24th at 10:30 am Rotary club of Bicholim felicitated Rtn. Sagar Shetye , The felicitation was jointly organized by Rotary Club Bicholim, Keshav Seva Sadhana and Bharat Vikas Parishad. Rtn.

Vallabh Salkar on Behalf of RC Bicholim felicitated Rtn. Sagar Shetye at the function held at Deendayal Hall. The Felicitation was to commemorate the completion of 50 years on the planet Earth of Rtn. Sagar Shetye . The chief Guest Prof Subhash Velingkar and other speakers highlighted the achievements of Rtn Sagar and wished him all the success in his life VOCATIONAL SERVICE Vocational Awards were presented during the

Charter Night Celebration to Mr. Arjun Gosavi a Coconut plucker by profession and Mr. Gajanan Karpe teacher by profession appauding their dedication and excellence in their respective profession, D.G. Representative Rtn. Prakash Pilankar honoured this duo by presenting a shreefal, Shaul and a citation . Charter night contd on pg 7


Corporate Social Responsibility under the Companies Act, 2013 By: C S Dhanapal INTRODUCTION Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been in existence for a long time and is almost as old as civilization. It is based on the Gandhian Principle of "trusteeship concept" whereby business houses are looked upon as trustees of the resources they draw from society and thus are expected to return them back manifold. CSR is extremely important for sustainable development of all stakeholders (all the people, on whom the business has an impact, including the society at large). Proponents of CSR argue that companies make more long term profits by operating with a perspective, while critics argue that CSR distracts from the economic role of businesses. Nevertheless, the importance of CSR cannot be undermined. Corporate social responsibility is also called corporate conscience, corporate citizenship, social performance, or sustainable business. It is a form of corporate selfregulation integrated into a business model. CSR policy functions as a built-in, selfregulating mechanism whereby a business monitors and ensures its active compliance with the spirit of the law, ethical standards, and international norms. Companies Act of 2013, which has already been notified partially, gives the concept of CSR the importance it deserves. Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013 contains provisions exclusively dealing with Corporate Social Responsibility. Schedule VII contains a list of the activities which a company can undertake as part of its CSR in initiatives. PROVISIONS OF COMPANIES ACT, 2013 ON CSR Applicability · Following companies to constitute CSR committee Net Profit of Turnover of Net worth of Rs 5 crore or Rs 1000 crore Rs 500 crore more or more Or or more Or

· CSR rules shall come into force on the date of their publication in the official gazette and shall be applicable from the financial year 2014-15. CSR Committee CSR Committee should consist of at least 3 directors out of which at least 1 director should be independent director. Some companies many not be mandatorily required to appoint independent directors as per provisions of Companies Act 2013 but CSR applicability may be there for those companies. How will this criteria of independent director be met in case of those companies need to be clarified. Board's Report to disclose composition of CSR Committee. Functions of CSR Committee: i. Formulate and recommend to the Board, a Corporate Social Responsibility Policy which shall indicate the activities to be undertaken by the company as specified in Schedule VII of the Act. ii. Recommend the amount of expenditure to be incurred on the activities referred to in clause (a); and iii. Monitor the Corporate Social Responsibility Policy of the company from time to time. iv. Prepare a transparent monitoring mechanism for ensuring implementation of the projects / programmes / activities proposed to be undertaken by the company. Responsibility of the Board of Directors ? · To ensure that at least 2% of average net

profit of last 3 preceding years is spent on CSR activities every year. · 'Net Profit' shall mean net profit before tax as per books of accounts and shall not include profits arising from branches outside India. ? · 2% CSR spending would be computed as 2% of the average net profits made by the company during every block of three years. For the purpose of First CSR reporting the Net Profit shall mean average of the annual net profit of

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the preceding three financial years ending on or before 31 March 2014. ? · To approve the CSR Policy after considering recommendations of CSR Committee. ? · To disclose CSR policy and initiatives in Board's report and Company's website. ? · To ensure that activities reflected in CSR policy are actually undertaken by company. ? · If the company does not spend 2% of net profits as required, then Board to report the reasons in the Board's report. Contents of CSR Policy CSR policy of the company should reflect the following: ? · Projects and programmes that are to be undertaken by the company in pursuit of CSR. ? · List of CSR projects/programmes which a company plans to undertake during the implementation year, specifying modalities of execution in the areas/sectors chosen and implementation schedules for the same. ? · A statement that surplus arising out of the CSR activity will not be part of business profits of a company. ? · A statement that the corpus would include the following: a. 2% of the average net profits, b. any income arising there from c. surplus arising out of CSR activities. Activities which may be included by companies in their Corporate Social Responsibility Policies Activities relating to:1 Eradicating extreme hunger and poverty; 2 Promotion of education; 3 Promoting gender equality and empowering women; 4 Reducing child mortality and improving maternal health; 5 Combating human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome(AIDS), malaria and other diseases; 6 Ensuring environmental sustainability; 7 Employment enhancing vocational skills; 8 Social business projects; 9 Contribution to the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund or any other fund set up by the

? · Central Government or the State Governments for socio-economic development and relief and funds for the welfare of the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, other backward classes, minorities and women; and ? . 10 Such other matters as may be prescribed. ? Other important points relating to CSR Tax treatment of CSR spend will be in accordance with the IT Act as may be notified by CBDT. ? · A Company may set up an organization which is registered as a Trust or Section 8 Company, or Society or Foundation or any other form of entity operating within India to facilitate implementation of its CSR activities in accordance with its stated CSR Policy. ? · A company may also conduct/implement its CSR programmes through Trusts, Societies, or Section 8 companies operating in India, which are not set up by the company itself. ? · Companies may collaborate or pool resources with other companies to undertake CSR activities and any expenditure incurred on such collaborative efforts would qualify for computing the CSR spending. ? · Only such CSR activities will be taken into consideration as are undertaken within India. ? · Only activities which are not exclusively for the benefit of employees of the company or their family members shall be considered as CSR activity. ? · Company shall give preference to the local area and areas around it where it operates, for spending the amount earmarked for Corporate Social Responsibility activities. ? · Format of annual report on CSR initiatives to be included in the board report by qualifying companies has been prescribed under draft Rules. Wrapping up Companies Act,2013 has introduced the concept of CSR in the Act itself and even though the Act advocates it strongly but it has still prescribed a "comply or explain" approach only. This means as per the new norms, the two per cent spending on CSR is not mandatory but reporting about it is mandatory. In case, a company is unable to spend the required amount, then it has to give an explanation for the same.

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From Pg 4 contd.. dinner was hosted by Rtn. Prashant Chanekar Vocational Service Director.

Winners & Losers

Three engineers worked in a foreign land. For some reason the king of that place was displeased with them and punished them a COMMUNITY SERVICE death sentence. They pleaded and begged President Rtn. Santosh Sawal attended Polio before the king. He wouldn't retrace the Meet held on 24thnovember at Hotel Fidalgo. decision, rather told them that God willing, they could be saved. In his kingdom, they could chop INTERNATIONAL SERVICE off the neck of the prisoner by some machine. President Rtn. Santosh Sawal and TRF chairman On the day of execution, an old man who pitied Rtn. Parish Khanolkar attended TRF seminar them, advised them saying not to utter a single held on 23rd Nov at Hotel Fidalgo. word there. Remain mum. Those engineers agreed to that. The first one was taken to the guillotine. Somehow the gadget failed to work Winners & Losers properly and the engineer was saved. It was the Once there was a flood in a village. turn of the second engineer—same thing People were atop their roofs for safety. One of happened and he too, escaped the death-knell. the men was constantly praying to God. He was Now, the third one was intently watching all this. deeply religious and a god- fearing man. Water He forgot what he had promised to that old man, level was rising steadily. Along came one boat, about keeping quiet. The moment he was put others asked him to climb onto it to save there, he jumped saying that what you are himself. He refused. He said, “ No, I will be voicing as God's sweet will, is nothing but a saved by my God.” The boat left. After a while technical defect in the apparatus. He pointed out came another boat and again people insisted. the flaw and the executioner easily did the job--He replied in the same vein. he was killed. The water level went up to the roofs MESSAGE finally. Then came a helicopter, and a rope was This principle advocates that whenever thrown to him asking to get in the helicopter. a situation is heated up, there is a controversy, Again, the same answer. In a short while the any argument getting out of hand, your man was upto his neck in water, and eventually boss/husband/wife—anybody in a fuming rage, died. a single word from you would add fuel to the fire. He reached heaven and bursting with So best would be—TO REMAIN QUIET. anger, asked God why He didn't come to his After an argument, if the other person finds out rescue, when he was an ardent devotee. God that you were correct, even then you never replied, “Foolish fellow, the rescue teams in the retaliated, listened patiently—he would be boat and the helicopter were sent by me. But it thoroughly ashamed and embarrassed. He was you who did not want to save yourself. How would certainly repent while your prestige would can I do anything about it? I gave you three increase manifolds. options, but you declined them yourself.” THE MESSAGE In this world we will, of course, have to face difficulties and problems, we do pray to God during those times, but we have to continue working hard. People who blame their luck for their misfortune or spill it on God will forever remain where they are, since God too loves those who work unceasingly and do not sit idle.

Paintings exhibited by Atharv at the Talent Show

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Experience Vs Qualification During a robbery in Guangzhou, China, the bank robber shouted to everyone in the bank: "Don't move. The money belongs to the State. Your life belongs to you." Everyone in the bank lay down quietly. This is called "Mind Changing Concept “Changing the conventional way of thinking. When a lady lay on the table provocatively, the robber shouted at her: "Please be civilized! This is a robbery and not a rape!" This is called "Being Professional” Focus only on what you are trained to do! When the bank robbers returned home, the younger robber (MBA-trained) told the older robber (who has only completed Year 6 in primary school): "Big brother, let's count how much we got." The older robber rebutted and said: "You are very stupid. There is so much money it will take us a long time to count. Tonight, the TV news will tell us how much we robbed from the bank!" This is called "Experience.” Nowadays, experience is more important than paper qualifications! After the robbers had left, the bank manager told the bank supervisor to call the police quickly. But the supervisor said to him: "Wait! Let us take out $10 million from the bank for ourselves and add it to the $70 million that we have previously embezzled from the bank”. This is called "Swim with the tide.” Converting an unfavorable situation to your advantage! The supervisor says: "It will be good if there is a robbery every month." This is called "Killing Boredom.” Personal Happiness is more important than your job. “The next day, the TV news reported that $100 million was taken from the bank. The robbers counted and counted and counted, but they could only count $20 million. The robbers were very angry and complained:

"We risked our lives and only took $20 million. The bank manager took $80 million with a snap of his fingers. It looks like it is better to be educated than to be a thief!" This is called "Knowledge is worth as much as gold!" The bank manager was smiling and happy because his losses in the share market are now covered by this robbery. This is called "Seizing the opportunity.” Daring to take risks!

FELLOWSHIP GREETINGS WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES DECEMBER 2013 16 Mon 19 Thu 27 Fri 28 Sat 30 Mon 31 Tue

Ann Kiran & Rtn Gurudatt Kamat Ann Poonam & Rtn Sandesh Burye Ann Sandhya & Rtn Parish Khanolkar Ann Vijaya & Rtn Vinayak Shirodkar Ann Veronica & Rtn Anthony D'souza Ann Tarannum & Rtn Hussain Shah Muzawar

Official Visit District Governor R.I. District 3170 Rtn Mohan Mulherkar will be officially visiting our Club on Sunday 26th January 2014. The visit will commence at 10 a.m. and will continue thorough out the day concluding with public function scheduled at the Rotary House. Mark your diary for this event and actively participate in the deliberations in this visit to make it a memorable one!

Amigo Dec 2013  

Club Bulletin Rotary Club of Bicholim Goa India

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