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ISSUE 12

JUNE 2014

My Dear Fellow Rotarians and members of Bicholim Rotary Family, This is the last time that I am sharing my thoughts with you as President of Rotary Club of Bicholim. I t's June again and time to flash back at the year gone by. It was a challenge for me take the responsibility as President in spite my travel schedule and job responsibility. But by grace of god and confidence given by my superior, I could manage my schedule very well. Last Twelve months have been the most happening eleven months in my life. It has been indeed a happy and cheerful voyage as President of Rotary Club of Bicholim. With able support and co-operation from club members we have been able to successfully complete various projects in different avenues of service. Well begun is half done‌ and well finished is mission accomplished!. I take this opportunity to thank Rtn. Vishesh for his extended backing as Club Secretary. It was because of him, I could run the Club effectively seating at Verna, Colvale or even Baramati!. Further I thank First lady Ann Smita for successfully managing the home affairs, when I was out for Club functions. Also special thanks to Rtn. Sudin for keeping the Club financial matters transparent and up to date. Also I would like to thank Ann. Smita Vishesh Mardolkar for her support in all our activities. My sincere thanks to all other BOD and Club members who helped in various Club activities during the year. RI President Rtn. Ron Burton had given us the theme "Engage Rotary to Change Lives" and I am sure we have indeed managed to change lives of more than a handful people around us by providing service above self. New team led by Rtn. Prasad Kamat is all set to take charge from July onwards to light up Rotary with new thoughts and innovative projects. I wish him and his team a successful tenure ahead! mog asacho, dev baren karun! Thank You! Rtn. Santosh Sawal


Message June 2014

Ron Burton President Rotary International We have a saying in Oklahoma that you need to leave the woodpile just a little higher than you found it. To do that, I needed to ask you to get involved. Involvement is what our theme this year - Engage Rotary, Change Lives - is all about. And, as each of us has done that - as each of us has gotten up out of our chairs and truly engaged Rotary - we have changed lives. This year, I asked each one of you to bring in one new member. The Board has laid a foundation for strengthening membership around the globe: Sixteen regional membership plans are now in place. They are built around making sure that we give people a reason to be in Rotary. I believe that if we can get prospective members to help us with a project - it could be reading to kids, or working in a soup kitchen, or picking up trash along the highway - the rest will take care of itself. They will realize that they made a difference in someone's life. And they'll also realize that when you give through Rotary service, you get so much more in return. I also asked each one of you to make a gift of some amount to our Rotary Foundation. All of our governors did that and became the first class in the history of Rotary to make that commitment. Sometimes we get comfortable in going to our club and not having any responsibility. Maybe it's because we haven't been asked to be more engaged. And, of course, it's great to go to your meeting and see your friends. But if you want to get fired up, you need to be doing projects. Hands-on projects are great equalizers. When you're unloading boxes off a truck, you're just like the

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next person, and that person is just like you. When everyone's serving together, there's a camaraderie, and that's how you keep people engaged. Rotarians sometimes don't realize all that Rotary is doing and is capable of doing. If they could witness the impact of the projects I have seen this year, it would change their lives. They would understand that they belong to an organization whose members have a common desire to do something good and who, working together, accomplish incredible things. I continue to be in awe of the good I see Rotarians doing. I am firmly convinced that the woodpile is just a little higher because of your efforts. It is my hope that each one of you will continue to Engage Rotary, Change Lives.

Fellowship Greetings BIRTHDAYS JUNE 2014 16 Mon 17 Tue 17 Tue 17 Tue 18 Tue 26 Thu 30 Mon 30 Mon

Rtn. Sadashiv Walaulikar Rtn. Anthony D'souza Ann. Jayani W/o Rtn Atreya Sawant Ann. Vibha W/o Rtn Sadashiv Walaulikar Ann. Smita W/o Rtn Santosh Sawal Rtn. Dr. Sandip Sawant Shaivee D/o Rtn Dr Sandip Sawant Ann. Santoshi W/o Rtn Sudin Nayak

WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES JUNE 2014 17 Tue 20 Fri

Ann Neeta & Rtn Narahari Sawant Ann Nilima & Rtn Ramanand Natekar


Rtn.Vallabh Salkar, Rtn.Durgesh Karapurkar, Rtn.Jitendra Bandekar, Rtn. Narhari Sawant, Rtn.Swapnil Dixit, Rtn.Ramanand Natekar, Rtn.Nilin Karpe, Rtn.Santosh Sawal, Rtn.Arun Salkar, Rtn.Pradip Lad and Rtn.Vijay Sardesai. District Officers : the following members of Rotary Club of Bicholim were selected on district post for the upcoming year 2014-15

Secretary’s Report May/June 2014 Rtn Vishesh Mardolkar Club Service Membership: The strength of the club as on 31st May 2014 is 49, all active members. Attendance: The attendance for the Month of May 2014 was 65.32 % Club Bulletin: The May issue of monthly club bulletin Amigo was released. BOD Meeting: The eleventh Board of Directors meet was held Rotary Information: Two to three minute Rotary information was given during every Rotary Meeting. District Assembly : District Assembly was held at Belgaum, in JNMC campus conference hall on the 10th & 11th May 2014, Our club received many an accolades and awards at District Assembly, the following awards were received by Rotary Club of Bicholim

Rotary Club of Bicholim Preserve Planet Earth Award 1st Runner up

Rotary Club of Bicholim Outstanding in Community Service Projects of the District 2nd Runner up ?· Rtn. Dr. Sandip Sawant Outstanding Club Secretary Big Club 2nd Runner up ?· Rotary Club of Bicholim Outstanding Club Bulletin Monthly 1st Runner up ?· Rotary Club of Bicholim Outstanding Club in Attendance Promotion 1st runner up. Apart from the District awards, our Club member Rtn. Arun Salkar Received a Rotary International CLUB BUILDER AWARD and District Governor's certificate of appreciation for excellence as District Secretary Publications 2012-13 Huge uproar in attendance during the 54th district assembly at Belgaum was aptly noted and the following members attended namely Rtn.Prasad Kamat, Rtn.Sudin Nayak,

RDC Enviornment Protection Rtn Prashant Chanekar

RDC Vocational Training Team Rtn. Pravin Gadekar

RDC Attendance Promotion Rtn Pradip Lad

RDC Global Grant Projects Rtn. Nilin Karpe

DCC Speaker Bank Goa Rtn. Sudath Madrekar

DCC Rotary Volunteer Rtn. Arun Salkar.

RDC Project Link Rtn. Santosh Sawal

DCC Task force Chairman Goa Rtn. Raghunath Gauns

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DCC Thrust Focus Area Goa Rtn Sagar Shetye. RDC Focus Area Rtn. Rajkumar Kamat.

Over Night Picnic: Every Year we conduct an

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2014 Rotary Convention ends with the passing of the torch RI President Ron Burton put the final touches on the 2014 Rotary Convention in Sydney by reminding a packed Allphones Arena why they joined Rotary. "Being a Rotarian isn't about our own achievements, it isn't about our own careers, it really isn't about us at all. It's about the people we help," said Burton. "At the end of the day, the only thing that matters in Rotary is how much better the world becomes because Rotary is in it." The four-day event, which drew to a close on 4 June, attracted more than 18,000 attendees from 153 countries. Burton encouraged convention goers to return to their clubs ready to do more to improve the lives of others. "Together, we can dream big and we can achieve. We can change whole communities for the better, not for a day but for a lifetime," he said. Rotary changes lives by improving literacy, making water cleaner, bringing better health care to mothers and children, and eradicating polio worldwide, Burton said. But he warned that complacency could set Rotary back. "That's why it isn't enough for any of us to just go through the motions, to show up at our clubs, to do just the minimum needed and no more," he added. "And it's why each of us has to remember, every hour of every day, what a responsibility we have."

Huang sets goal increasing membership

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Members of Burton's Rotary Club of Norman, Oklahoma, United States, and RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang's club of Taipei, Taiwan, took the stage to exchange club banners, a tradition that unofficially marks a changing of the guard. Huang will become Rotary International president on 1 July. During his term in office, he has set a goal of growing Rotary's membership to 1.3 million. Huang told the audience that increasing and sustaining

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membership will help Rotary achieve its goals. He shared a story about a small Taiwanese club that had only six members. But after asking their wives to join, the club grew to 29 members in three years because the spouses asked their friends to become members as well. "I want to remind everyone that sometimes getting a new member is as easy as asking," said Huang, whose wife, Corinna, became a member in July. "It made perfect sense. She was a great match for Rotary. Corinna enjoyed it so much that our three children joined Rotary as well. They have been around Rotary their whole lives. They did not need to be convinced. It was a natural step for them," said Huang. Huang, whose presidential theme for 2014-15 is Light Up Rotary, also encouraged members to conduct Rotary Days throughout the year to help the community become more familiar with Rotary's work. "It can be a day to educate your community about polio, it can be a service project, or a celebration. Just make sure to invite the public, your families, and friends," he said. "Show your community what you do, both locally and internationally. Make sure your community knows that Rotary is there, that Rotary is active, Rotary is fun, and it is doing good work." Huang gave attendees three words to guide them this year: hand, head, and heart. "Use your hand to help, use your head to make sure you are helping in the right place, and use your heart to make it sincere. Without your heart, nothing else matters."

From The Editor It has been a long journey of being the editor of Amigo for last continuos three years compiling an publishing 37 issues. I take this opportunity to thank all Rotary Family members who have supported me being contributors or readers. I have yet another commitment of 12 issues in new Rotary year. Expecting similar support! Rtn Arun Salkar


Of two co-travellers who surprised the writer with their graciousness, 24 years ago. It was the summer of 1990. As Indian Railway (Traffic) Service probationers, my friend and I travelled by train from Lucknow to Delhi. Two MPs were also travelling in the same bogie. That was fine, but the behaviour of some 12 people who were travelling with them without reservation was terrifying. They forced us to vacate our reserved berths and sit on the luggage, and passed obscene and abusive comments. We cowered in fright and squirmed with rage. It was a harrowing night in the company of an unruly battalion; we were on edge, on the thin line between honour and dishonour. All other passengers seemed to have vanished, along with the Travelling Ticket Examiner. We reached Delhi the next morning without being physically harmed by the goons, though we were emotionally wrecked. My friend was so traumatised she decided to skip the next phase of training in Ahmedabad and stayed back in Delhi. I decided to carry on since another batch mate was joining me. (She is Utpalparna Hazarika, now Executive Director, Railway Board.) We boarded an overnight train to Gujarat's capital, this time without reservations as there wasn't enough time to arrange for them. We had been wait-listed. We met the TTE of the first class bogie, and told him how we had to get to Ahmedabad. The train was heavily booked, but he politely led us to a coupe to sit as he tried to help us. I looked at the two potential co-travelers, two politicians, as could be discerned from their white khadi attire, and panicked. "They're decent people, regular travelers on this route, nothing to worry," the TTE assured us. One of them was in his mid-forties with a normal, affectionate face, and the other in his latethirties with a warm but somewhat impervious expression. They readily made space for us by almost squeezing themselves to one corner. They introduced themselves: two BJP leaders from Gujarat. The names were told but quickly forgotten as names of co-passengers were inconsequential at that moment. We also i -5-

ntroduced ourselves, two Railway service probationers from Assam. The conversation turned to different topics, particularly in the areas of History and the Polity. My friend, a post-graduate in History from Delhi University and very intelligent, took part. I too chipped in. The discussion veered around to the formation of the Hindu Mahasabha and the Muslim League. The senior one was an enthusiastic participant. The younger one mostly remained quiet, but his body language conveyed his total mental involvement in what was being discussed, though he hardly contributed. Then I mentioned Syama Prasad Mookerjee's death, why it was still considered a mystery by many. He suddenly asked: "How do you know about Syama Prasad Mookerjee?" I had to tell him that when my father was a post-graduate student in Calcutta University, as its Vice-Chancellor he had arranged a scholarship for the young man from Assam. My father often reminisced about that and regretted his untimely death [in June 1953 at the age of 51]. The younger man then almost looked away and spoke in a hushed tone almost to himself:"It's good they know so many things ..." Suddenly the senior man proposed: "Why don't you join our party in Gujarat?" We both laughed it off, saying we were not from Gujarat. The younger man then forcefully interjected: "So what? We don't have any problem on that. We welcome talent in our State." I could see a sudden spark in his calm demeanour. The food arrived, four vegetarian thalis . We ate in silence. When the pantry-car manager came to take the payment, the younger man paid for all of us. I muttered a feeble 'thank you', but he almost dismissed that as something utterly trivial. I observed at that moment that he had a different kind of glow in his eyes, which one could hardly miss. He rarely spoke, mostly listened. The TTE then came and informed us the train was packed and he couldn't arrange berths for us. Both men immediately stood up and said: "It's okay, we'll manage." They swiftly spread a cloth on the floor and went to sleep, while we occupied the berths.


What a contrast! The previous night we had felt very insecure travelling with a bunch of politicians, and here we were travelling with two politicians in a coupe, with no fear. The next morning, when the train neared Ahmedabad, both of them asked us about our lodging arrangements in the city. The senior one told us that in case of any problem, the doors of his house were open for us. There was some kind of genuine concern in the voice or the facial contours of the otherwise apparently inscrutable younger one, and he told us: "I'm like a nomad, I don't have a proper home to invite you but you can accept his offer of safe shelter in this new place." We thanked them for that invitation and assured them that accommodation was not going to be a problem for us. Before the train came to a stop, I pulled out my diary and asked them for their names again. I didn't want to forget the names of two large-hearted fellow passengers who almost forced me to revise my opinion about politicians in general. I scribbled down the names quickly as the train was about to stop:Shankersinh Vaghela and Narendra Modi. I wrote on this episode in an Assamese newspaper in 1995. It was a tribute to two unknown politicians from Gujarat for giving up their comfort ungrudgingly for the sake of two bens from Assam. When I wrote that, I didn't have the faintest idea that these two people were going to become so prominent, or that I would hear more about them later. When Mr. Vaghela became Chief Minister of Gujarat in 1996, I was glad. When Mr. Modi took office as Chief Minister in 2001, I felt elated. (A few months later, another Assamese daily reproduced my 1995 piece.) And now, he is the Prime Minister of India. Every time I see him on TV, I remember that warm meal, that gentle courtesy, caring and sense of security that we got that night far from home in a train, and bow my head. (The author is General Manager of the Centre for Railway Information System, Indian Railways, New Delhi. Leenasarma@rediffmail.com)

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Overnight picnic , for Rotary family to bond together and enjoy Rotary. this time we held the overnight picnic at Whispering Palms Beach Resort at Candolim Goa. from the 7th afternoon till 8th of June evening. Board of Directors meeting was held at the Resort conference Hall

and Rotarian's and Families who contributed to the current tenure were recognized and acknowledged by presenting a memento on behalf of the President and Secretary. Altogether 24 Rotarian and their family were present for the overnight picnic. Anns Fund. Total of Rs: 27500 was collected by the Anns towards the Rotary School

Infrastructures kitty. and was handed over to the chairman of the Rotary Trust and school chairman. during the BOD meeting. held at Whispering palms Conference hall. New member Rtn Samir Falari and Mrs Gauri Falari and daughter Ms Shreen who will be inducted to the Rotary Family during the installation of Rtn Prasad were also invited to the annual picnic.


Sir Emeka announces $1M gift for polio at Sydney convention Nigerian business leader and Surprise of a lifetime for polio survivors philanthropist Sir Emeka Offor announced a $1 On his way to Sydney, he stopped in million gift to The Rotary Foundation for polio London on Friday to attend an End Polio Now eradication efforts at the Rotary Convention in celebration held by District 1130. He was Sydney. introduced to Gautam Lewis, Anne Wafula Sir Emeka, who is executive vice chair Strike, and Manoj Soma, all polio survivors, of the Chrome Group, has made contributions who told him their stories of overcoming their to Rotary's campaign to rid the world of this disabilities. Impressed and moved by what he deadly disease totaling more than $3.1 million, heard, Sir Emeka abruptly asked them to join including a $1 million gift he him in Sydney for the Rotary announced at the 2013 Convention. convention. He told the attendees Within 12 hours, all three were at the third plenary session on on a plane bound for the Tuesday that his commitment to Harbour City. "It's very rare ending polio is a personal one. when doors like this open. And "Scores of my friends and when they do you should just go classmates fell victim to this right through it," said Lewis, a dreaded disease," said Sir Emeka, pilot, entertainment manager, a member of the Rotary Club of and founder of Freedom in the Awka GRA who serves as Rotary's Air, a nonprofit organization PolioPlus ambassador in Nigeria. that makes flying more "As a young man I vowed that I accessible for young people with would someday do something disabilities. "For Sir Emeka, significant to end polio in Nigeria." actions speak louder than Sir Emeka Offor Sir Emeka told the crowd words. He delivers on what he he recently opened a PolioPlus Ambassador's says. And his commitment to polio eradication Office, at no cost to Rotary, in Abuja. The office is demonstrated by not only bringing us here, serves as a hub for his ambassadorial activities but his announcement of the gift to Rotary. and supports the work of the Nigeria PolioPlus Today he proved that he's committed for the Committee. long term." Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan are the only countries where polio has never been Installation Ceremony stopped. Rtn Prasad Kamat as President of Despite tremendous progress - only Rotary Club of Bicholim will be installed two documented cases of polio reported in the along with his Board of Directors on last 12 months - Offor says the country still Saturday 5th July 2014 at the hands of faces unprecedented insecurity and Installation Officer Rtn Gaurish Dhond at inaccessibility in a number of northern states. Hirabai Zantye Memorial Hall Bicholim, for "The Nigerian government, now supported by the Rotary Year 2014-15 the international community, is doing all that it The programme is scheduled to start can to eliminate the widespread violence, at 8 pm which will be followed by fellowship abductions, and terrorism," he says. "Peace dinners. Members are requested to be would facilitate polio eradication, but we present with family at 7.30 pm to witness the cannot sit by and wait until that time comes. Grand ceremony. We must do what we can to find ways to end polio now.�

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8 tips for getting young people interested in your club Nathaniel Smith and Kristin Post met on a walking tour of Dupont Circle, a lively neighborhood in Washington, D.C. That's where things got a little creepy -- in a ghoulish sort of way. The Halloween-inspired walk featured ghost stories and neighborhood history. It also replaced a regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Dupont Circle Washington. It's just the kind of activity that can attract young people -- or the young at heart -- to Rotary. "This type of club meeting not only shakes up the tradition-bound notions of Rotary, it also creates an event to show off our club to younger prospects," says Post, a founding member of the Dupont Circle club. 1. Organize interesting meetings Post says her club has found that organizing at least two special meetings a year creates a unique experience for attracting new members and cements friendships among club members. Explore your community for activities that you can use to create a different kind of club experience. 2. Look at your traditions Smith says newer generations aren't impressed by pomp and circumstance. He points to the Rotary Club of Crawley in Western Australia, whose membership is one of the fastest growing and most diverse. They no longer sing the national anthem or fine their members."Some tradition is important, but too much time spent on these rituals may prevent a younger member from feeling at home in your club," he adds. 3. Update how and where you talk about Rotary When the Rotary Club of Bondi Junction started referring to itself as a "social enterprise that delivers social change," it saw an immediate uptick in interest from younger members. Choosing the right communication channels for your club is equally important, whether it's Facebook, LinkedIn, or your website. "The trickiest part is keeping it updated, but

This is also critical. If your presence on these sites becomes stagnant, you'll lose the opportunity to hook a younger audience," says Smith. 4. Examine your club dues The Dupont Circle club decided to offer appetizers and a cash bar rather than a full meal at its meetings to keep dues affordable for young professionals. You might also consider offering reduced dues to younger members for their first year. 5. Provide alternatives to weekly attendance "Attendance is another challenge," says Post. "Members in our club often travel for work, plus they have family or other personal commitments that vie for their time." The Dupont Circle club makes make-ups easier by counting participation in service days, committee meetings, district trainings, and club social events. 6. Plan events that members can attend easily I n many urban areas, young people rely on public transportation to get around. Choose meeting locations with that in mind. And hold some events on the weekend so members with full-time jobs and young families can attend. 7. Involve young members early to build club loyalty Involve new members in club projects right from the start. Seek their input. Give them responsibilities so they feel a sense of accomplishment and worth. And assign them mentors in the club to ensure that they feel valued. 8. Plan family-friendly projects and activities Plan club meetings, service projects, and events that appeal to young families. For instance, the Dupont Circle club threw a baby shower to celebrate three upcoming births. The shower was held in a space that offered plenty of room for the children of other club members to play together.

Amigo June 2014  

Club Bulletin Rotary Club of Bicholim Goa India

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