GML Special Edition of RID3131

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Special Issue : Volume 2 Jennifer’s Vision and Goals for Rotary “In order to live in the kind of society you want, you have to help build it.” This is a quote from my brother and it speaks to the core of who we are and what we do. I believe we are rooted in what our founders set forward – our core values, the objects of Rotary and our Four-Way Test. These are the principles that are the bedrock of who we are as Rotarians. Times may change – but these remain our sacred truths. I see a Rotary that increases our impact by focusing on our strategic plan and expands our reach by engaging the Family of Rotary at every age, gender and culture to create lasting change. As we reflect upon our new strategic priorities, we could have never envisioned that our ability to adapt would become our North Star during what is inarguably the most profound time in recent history. When the world stepped down, we stepped up.

RI President Jennifer Jones

Editor Dr. Arti Bhatia Silver linings rise out of the most challenging circumstances. Using metric-driven goals, I will harness this historic landscape to innovate, educate and communicate opportunities that reflect today’s reality. As a globally recognized communicator, I will open direct dialogue with the family of Rotary through our social channels to heighten awareness of our most pressing issues, like Polio Eradication, Supporting the Environment, Elevating Rotaract and Growing Rotary. I believe that Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) begins at the top and for us to realize growth in female membership and members under the age of forty – these demographics need to see their own reflection in leadership. I will champion double-digit growth in both categories while never losing sight of our entire family. I pledge to Grow Rotary by hosting DEI Summits to create leadership opportunities that foster balance across our membership. - Jennifer Jones

Welcome to RID 3131

22 July 2022

Meet your RI President Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones is the Founder and President of Media Street Productions Inc., an awardwinning media company in Windsor. She was Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Windsor and Chair of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. She has been recognized for her service with the YMCA Peace Medallion, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and Wayne State University’s Peacemaker of the Year Award, a first for a Canadian. Jones holds a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.). A current Rotary International President, Jones has been a Rotary member since 1997 and has served Rotary as Rotary Foundation trustee, RI Vice president, Director, training leader, Committee Chair, moderator, and District Governor. She played a lead role in Rotary’s rebranding effort by serving as chair of the Strengthening Rotary’s Advisory Group. Jones recently led the successful #RotaryResponds telethon, which raised critical funds for COVID-19 relief and was viewed by more than 65,000. Jones has also received Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. She and her husband, Nick Krayacich, are members of The Rotary Foundation’s Arch Klumph Society, Paul Harris Society and the Bequest Society.


Nick and his wife Jennifer Jones share a love of travel, cycling, golf and time spent at their family cottage. As a family physician, Nick runs his own Medical Centre in LaSalle, Ontario, and Past Medical Director for a local Nursing Home. Nick is DGN 24-25 for RI District 6400


Warm welcome to RI President Jennifer Jones and DGN Nick Krayacich and all the delegates of Jashn e Josh to RID 3131


Jennifer Jones and Nick Krayacich

- DG Dr Anil & First Lady Hema Parmar

DG’s Installation report DG’s Dil Ki Baat TRF - Generous Donors Clubs in Action Metaverse meeting Inter District Synergy Project Rotary Hospital near Pune Tree Plantation RYE Rotary in Synergy District Synergy Partners District Synergy Partners TRF Trustee’s message Editor’s Desk First Lady’s message


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District Governor’s Installation Ceremony - The 3rd of July 2022 All roads that morning of 3rd July seemed to lead to the Adya Krantiveer Vasudeo Balwant Phadke Natygruha, Panvel which was the venue for the Grand Installation Ceremony of the District Governor Dr Anil Parmar for the Rotary year 2022-23. The Guest List included TRF Trustee Dr Bharat Pandya as the Chief Guest, RI Director Dr Mahesh Kotbagi as the Guest of Honor along with the galaxy of College of Governors, World Rotaract Chair PDG Ravi Vadlamani as well as Family members and Friends of Dr Anil & Dr Hema Parmar and Rotarians, Anns & Rotaractors from District 3131. Proud members of Rotary Club of New Panvel, in well coordinated attire were seen welcoming one and all to this prestigious event with a traditional Pedha. The morning kicked off with a wonderful performance of Ganesh Vandana by a troupe of young children trained by Pravin Panhale. The agility, ability dexterity of these

youngsters left every one spellbound. Presidential Installation ceremony saw the outgoing President Dr Mina Biswal hand over the reins to Rtn Pradeep Davkar, an ex-Navy man who promised to work in unison with the district team to ensure that the vision imagined by District Governor Dr Anil for this year becomes a reality. Outgoing District Governor Pankaj Shah took everybody through the glimpses of the year that was 2021-22, and ended with his customary “Picture Abhi Baki Hai “. DRFC PDG Dr Shailesh Palekar in his unique style introduced Incoming District Governor Dr Anil Parmar & First Lady Dr Hema Parmar.


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And then it was the time... amidst the resounding drums and beats of Azeem O Shaan Shahenshah, and a loud cheering of the entire crowd, Dr Anil Parmar was installed as the District Governor of Rotary International District 3131 at the hands of TRF Trustee Dr Bharat Pandya in the presence of R I Director Dr Mahesh Kotbagi, District Trainer ARRFC Dr Girish Gune and Vice Governor PDG Mohan Palesha for the Rotary Year 2022-23. Dr Parmar in his first speech as the newly installed District Governor outlined his plans for the Rotary Year 22-23 and encouraged everyone to DELIVER HAPPINESS SPREAD SMILES & ENJOY ROTARY. The Membership & TRF felicitations which followed spoke volumes about the meticulous planning and hard work done

by both the Membership & TRF teams before the start of the year. Three new clubs and three new satellite clubs were installed and the TRF numbers were simply mindboggling. Chief Guest Dr Bharat Pandya in his own charismatic style and manner kept the audience enthralled and glued to their seats. His pearls of wisdom motivated each and every person present in the auditorium to do more. The ceremony ended with another superlative performance of Vande Mataram by the same troupe. The grand ceremony culminated with a sumptuous lunch at the Virupaksha Mangal Karyalaya. Thus, the start of this of the Rotary year 2022-23 couldn’t have been any better. Rtn. Dr. Amod Diwekar Dist. Secretary - Events

Dil Ki Baat

Dear Friends, It’s been a great start to the year and it gives me immense pleasure to share my DIL KI BAAT with you through this Special Edition of GML being released on the Occasion of RI President Jennifer Jones’ Visit to RID 3131. Hema and I welcome RI President Jennifer Jones and Nick on this occasion and I am sure this will be the lifetime memory for all of us. The Year started on a great note with Darshan and Maha-Arti at Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Mandir with COG Members, District Officers and Presidents. I would like to take this opportunity to thank District Director Kranti Shah and Youth Team Member Purab Oswal for the initiative and arrangements. The Trust Members were kind enough to felicitate us and also shared this on their Social Media Account which has lakhs of Devotees on the account and it was a great PI Event for us. After the blessings of Bappa we took part in the Tree Plantation Drive at Aundh Military Campus and 5000 plus trees were planted by 2000 plus Volunteers with the help of Indian Army Personnel. I would like to thank District Director Sonia Shikarpur, District Director Devidas Bhalerao, Project Chairman Pinal Wankhede, President Vibhavari Deshpande and all Other Club Presidents, Members, Indian Army Personnel and Volunteers for participating in this great drive. Next Project is something which will remain in my memory for the Lifetime-Bhoomipujan of Rotary Hospital at Talegaon-Project by RC Udyognagari in association with Caring Hands which has donated the entire land. The Land Cost is worth 3 Crores and total Project Cost is around 10 Crores and I compliment and appreciate the efforts being put in by the Rotarians of RC Udyognagari and their enthusiasm to complete this Project in Record time. I must appreciate President Ravikiran Kesharkar, IPP Yogesh Tipre, Charter President Mallinath Kalshetty, Land Donor Sudhirji Naik and all Members of RC Udyognagari and Caring Hands for this Great Initiative and this is going to be a Great Project Serving Community in the long Run and will be an Iconic Project of RID 3131. The 1st Installation that I did as a DG was of RC Nigdi and what a start by the Club on

Day 1, 1 New Club with 40 members, 6 new members, 28000 USD to APF, which includes a Non Rotarian’s Contribution of 5000 USD. 1 new AKS, 1 Committed AKS Contributing Significant Amount, 2 Major Donors and plan for great Projects. My Sincere congratulations to Pranita and Members of RC Nigdi-Pune for the great start to the year. Coming to my Installation as the DG, there couldn’t have been a better start and it was much more than my Imagination and my Dreams. The Event was a grand one attended by 600 plus Rotarians from all over the District and outside RID 3131. Hema and I take this Opportunity to thank IPDG Pankaj and Priya for the great Leadership in RY 21/22 and taking RID 3131 to the newer Heights. Significant Announcements on the DAY 1 • 1 new AKS Trustee Chair Circle-AKS Anil and Neeru Goel • 4 new AKS Trustee Circle : President Atul Galande , PDG Dr.Girish & Dr. Sanjeevani Gune, Rtn.Supriya & Shrikant Badve and Rtn. Anil & Jayashree Kulkarni • 1 Level 4 Major Donor - Rtn.Vilas Kothari • 1 Directed Gift-Smt. Indumati Parmar, in memory of Late P.C. Parmar • 6 Endowments • 60 Rotarians contributing 3000 USD and above with many achieving MD in RY 22-23 • 10 Clubs Contributing more than 20,000 USD to APF • 3 New Clubs Chartered - RC Panvel City Sponsored by RC Panvel Elite RC Thergaon -Sponsored by RC Magarpatta City • RC Belmondo-Gahunje-Sponsored by RC Nigdi Pune • 3 new Satellite Clubs • Total Members Inducted by All Clubs - 500 plus • App Released-Rahat and PPH App • 12 MOUs with Various Organisations for Service Projects with various NGOs

RY 22-23 and the innovative Installation Ceremonies and the Mega Announcements are very heartwarming. The enthusiasm of District Officers and Rotarians is worth appreciating. I also admire the great enthusiasm and dedication towards Rotary by all the Rotarians of RID 3131. I would invite all the Members to attend all the District Events starting with JALSADistrict Fellowship Meet on 31st July. Also please register for the JOSH District Conference before 31st July as Registration Charges will be revised from 1st August 2022 onwards. Our Tagline this Year “Deliver Happiness, Spread Smiles, Enjoy Rotary” Let’s all put in our best to achieve the Pinnacle of Success in RY 22/23. “TOGETHER WE CAN and WE WILL” DG Anil Parmar

My sincere gratitude to the Chief Guest TRF Trustee Dr. Bharat Pandya, Guest of Honour Dr. Mahesh Kotbagi, PDG Ravi Vadlamani, All the COG Members, my Club Members and all Rotarians, Family Members and Guests for attending and gracing the Event. I am thankful to all the Members of my Club and District Secretariat for the great efforts in arranging this Installation Ceremony and all the support I have received from them in all my endeavors in Rotary. I have been doing Installations since 15th June and Hema and I are overwhelmed by the love and blessings from every Rotarian of 3131. The Enthusiasm of Presidents of Rotary District 3131


The Rotary Foundation Our Generous Donors

It was a moment of great honor & pride to witness the grand installation of District Governor RID 3131, Rtn Dr. Anil Parmar & RC New Panvel’s President Rtn. Pradeep Davkar on 3rd July 2022, at the Aadya Krantiveer Vasudev Balwant Phadke Natyagruha, Panvel. The flawless execution of the entire event once again highlighted the planning & execution prowess of the District Team led by our DG Rtn. Dr. Anil Parmar. How could the Foundation Promotion Team be left behind?! The district team, led by DG Rtn. Anil Parmar & DRFC Rtn.Shailesh Palekar worked diligently and produced a record TRF contribution for the RY 22-23. A benchmark TRF commitment of USD 1.3 Million created a wave of excitement not only in the hearts of Rotarians present but also across the entire District. The participation for TRF giving was across Rotarians as well as non -Rotarian Donors. A commitment cheque of USD 2.5 Lakhs was presented to DG by the Presidents of RID

3131 as a token amount of TRF giving that is to follow in the coming year.Rotarians who committed to give $3,000 and above were felicitated at the hands of PRID Dr. Bharat Pandya. Almost 14 clubs who committed to donate $20,000 and above in the RY 22-23 were also felicitated. The icing on the cake was five AKS were committed throughout the event, three of which have been committed in the Rotary year 22-23. Counselor PDG Rtn Deepak Shikarpur, DRFC PDG Rtn Dr. Shailesh Palekar, DG Rtn. Dr. Anil Parmar and the entire TRF Team played a vital role in the setting of a new benchmark for RY 22-23. As you all are aware, the District TRF team has set a goal of achieving APF 1 million USD, and with the help of generous donors in the Pune & Raigad Districts, the combined giving (CSR, Endowment, etc.) will surpass 2



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Jashn e Josh HOST Dr. Anil Parmar

DG 22-23 RID 3131

Thankyou for being

Jashn e Josh CO-HOSTS

Dr. Anand Jhunjhunwala DG 22-23 RID 3030

Baban Deshpande DG 22-23 RID 3170

Kailash Jethani

DG 22-23 RID 3142

Rukhmesh Jakotia DG 22-23 RID 3132

Sandip Agarwalla DG 22-23 RID 3141

million USD. I am humbled by the generosity displayed by all Rotarian and non-Rotarian Donors & seek further support & blessings in the year ahead. I also appreciate the guidance of DRFC Rtn. Dr. Shailesh Palekar & DG Rtn. Dr. Anil Parmar. On behalf of the entire TRF promotion team, I take this opportunity to thank all of you for the support extended to us due to which we had a dream start to the TRF mission of APF 1 Million USD. Yours in Rotary World Rtn Nitin Dhamale Director- TRF Promotion Team, RID 3131 RY 22-23


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Service Projects Our Clubs in action RC Poona

RC Pimpri Town

Rotary Club Of Pune Sahawas

It was a moment of great honor & pride to witness the grand installation of District Governor RID 3131, Rtn Dr. Anil Parmar & RC New Panvel’s President Rtn. Pradeep Davkar on 3rd July 2022, at the Aadya Krantiveer Vasudev Balwant Phadke Natyagruha, Panvel.

Donated a Water Tanker to the Varkari pilgrims. The Water Tanker capacity is 10,000 liters and it would be moving with the Pilgrims for 21 days regularly providing water for their daily needs. The group of around 500 people will benefit from this Project.

Medical checkup, bone density checkup and an eye checkup camp was organised.

SHASHWAT Hospital provided Doctors, supporting staff, Bone density checkup machines, eye checkup machine, free Haemogramme check was also provided by the hospital. Rotary Club Of Poona Airport

Rotary Club Of Pune Royal

Save the Babies is a Global Grant project for enhancing capacity for Pediatric Surgery in Sassoon hospital in Pune. The focus area of this project is Maternal and child health. Project Objective is to boost the survival rate of neonatal and infants undergoing surgery, by providing modern equipment for the Operation theatre thus increasing the capacity to provide better and affordable critical surgical interventions for low- and middle-income group of people in and around Pune .

Grow Green Project, 6 month old saplings given to 200 students of

No. of Beneficiaries - 150 Cost involved - INR: 25,000

Sou Pratibhatai Pawar Vidyamandir Madhyamik Vidyalay along with an observation Book. Students were asked to nurture the plant and write down their observations in an Observation book. At the end of School year, they will bring more than 1 year Old saplings to school for planting. No of Beneficiaries - Minimum 200 students Cost involved. - Rs 10000.

Estimated Beneficiaries 500- 999 annually. Total cost of the project is $64489 We are grateful to RC Miami Airport and RC Somerville for partnering with us, thankful to RC Poona Downtown and RC Poona West for their contributions. Sincere gratitude to DG Rtn. Dr Anil Parmar, PDG Rtn. Pankaj Shah, DRFC Rtn. Dr. Shailesh Palekar, TRF Grants Rtn. Santosh Marathe , PDG Rtn Deepak Purohit , Dist Dir Synergy Rtn. Charu Shrotri for their guidance and support .Heartfelt Gratitude to all the donors for their donation for this project .

Rotary Club Of Lonavala Lonavala being a tourist place, under the Public Image avenue RC Lonavala has come up with the unique idea of SELFIE POINT.

RC Pune East Uniform distribution to the needy dumb and deaf students at Karnabadhir school Hadapsar Pune No. of Beneficiaries: 25 students from Primary Section. Cost involved: 10000 ( Donated by Rtn. Kantilal Chhajed and family from RC Pune East )


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Selfie Points were erected at Lonavala and nearby Khandala. Project cost - Rs.45000/-

Rotary World’s First Ever Meeting On Metaverse

1st Inter District Synergy Project

The metaverse is considered the next evolution of the internet. It will take many forms, including gaming, online communities and business meetings where people collaborate via a digital facsimile or avatar of themselves. In the metaverse, people use avatars to represent themselves, communicate with each other and virtually build out the community. First time in the world a Rotary Club held a meeting using this new technology on 14th July 2022 thereby creating history. President (RCP Lokmanyanagar) Dr. Madhura Vipra called the meeting to order and introduced all the guests. She presented her club vision and plans for the year 2022-23 . Considering DEI (Diversity E q u i t y Inclusion) focus of Rotary International, club has inducted a t ra n s g e n d e r as Honorary M e m b e r and offered jobs to some t ra n s g e n d e r members. Guest of Honour who conceptualised this innovative idea Dr. Deepak Shikarpur enlightened audience about technical aspects of metaverse.Rotary International is a leading user of technology. It already uses Augmented Reality to showcase global

Friends, I am glad to inform you that our first Inter District Synergy Project between Rotary Club of Poona West (RID 3131) and Rotary Club of Kolhapur Sunrise (RID 3170) was concluded on 14th July, 2022 at Kolhapur. You all are aware that during the last year’s floods, District 3131 had actively helped Mahad region with relief work and materials worth more than Rs.50 lacs.

Rotary Club Of Pune Lokmanyanagar

service projects. It’s only a matter of time before RI adopts Metaverse for its working. In future Conferences, Events, Training Seminars will be held on Metaverse . Chief Guest Dr Anil Parmar lauded innovative efforts of Rotary Pune Lokmanyanagar and

RC of Poona West & RC Kolhapur Sunrise

This year, Rotary Club of Poona West received a request to donate four Trolley Mounted diesel run high-capacity dewatering pumps from Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) and two similar pumps from Mahad region. RC Poona West team completed the Community Need Assessment of both the regions and decided to pursue the project.

spoke about various initiatives RID 3131 is undertaking in the year (2022-23) . He briefed the audience about Vision of First Lady RI President Jennifer Jones . He also briefed about all training events held by his team for Rotarians and club leaders as well as District Officers. Atul Kaluskar Director of CWW who had created Rotary Metaverse universe showcased various initiatives and held a walkthrough of the Rotary Area. Each Delegate later was exposed to personal experience of Metaverse and its various features. President Dr. Madhura adjourned this unique meeting

Further, RC Poona West successfully received CSR funding of Rs.94.80 Lacs and procured six such pumps at a discounted price of Rs.15.80 lacs each. Rotary Club of Kolhapur Sunrise was the synergy partner in this project to ensure proper coordination with KMC and sustainability of the project. This project happened in a very short span. On 29th June 2022, the CSR formalities were completed and on 14th July 2022 the actual handover of the project was concluded. Thanks to RC Kolhapur Sunrise for organizing a great handover function on 14th July, 2022 & also having RI Director 2023-25 for Zone 4 & 7 Rtn. T.N.Subramanian (Raju) as the Chief Guest; Guests of Honour Mr. Milind Khare (Plant Head – Wilo Mather & Platt Pumps Pvt Ltd.) and Rtn.Satej (Bunty) Patil, MLC and former Guardian Minister of Kolhapur; Mr. Rahul Rekhawar (IAS), Collector of Kolhapur District; Mrs. Kadambari Balkawade (IAS) Municipal Commissioner KMC; DG.Venktesh Deshpande (RID 3170); IPDG Pankaj Shah (RID 3131); IPDG Gaurish Dhond (RID 3170); DGE Nasir Borsadwala (RID 3170). Also present were IPP. Rita Kothary and President Bhagyashree Bhide of RC Poona West, IPP Sachin Malu and President Hrishikesh Khot of RC Kolhapur Sunrise, Santosh Marathe District Director Global Grants (RID 3131) and Members of RC Poona West, RC Kolhapur Sunrise, Officials of KMC and journalists of various reputed news agencies. PP Rtn. Charu Shrotri Project Convenor (Rotary Club of Poona West) District Director - Synergy (RID 3131) Rotary District 3131


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DG Dr. Anil Parmar laid down the foundation stone on the First day of RY 22-23. 1st July being the doctor’s day, DG who himself is a Medical Practitioner, starting a hospital building work for District 3131, it was indeed a golden moment Special Project Director IPP Yogesh Tipre and Project Convenor PP Mallinath explained overall project details. The project will be spread across 40,000 sq feet land with 20,000 sq feet building. The estimated cost is INR 8 Cr for initial building and setup. Once completed, the hospital will support needy children, MIDC labours and underprivileged people from Maval and Haveli district. The Rotary Hospital will provide healthcare services to 30000+ beneficiaries every year. President Rtn Ravikiran Kesarkar explained that the hospital is not named after any club. This Hospital represents all clubs in District 3131. Rotary clubs can execute their Global

grants, CSR, Medical and environmental projects in this area. Dedicated space can be allocated to clubs for their special projects. Selected Club Presidents will be on the advisory board. DG Dr. Anil Parmar has assured that all required support and guidance will be provided to make this as flagship project for RID 3131. He has also suggested regular governance meetings and project review meeting for effective execution of the same. The function was attended by the First Lady Dr. Hema Parmar, DGE Manjoo Phadke, PP Rtn Nitin Dhamale – Foundation Director RI 3131, RC Udyognagri BOD & Club members. The representatives from RC Pimpri, RC Nigdi, RC Talegaon Dabade city, RC Talegaon Dabade MIDC, Talegaon Dabade, RC Lonavala, RC Maval, RC Pimpri town, RC Pradhikaran, RC Akurdi, RC Pimpri Elite attended the foundation stone laying initiative.


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Rotary Youth Exchange - Dist 3131 Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) program is a part of Rotary International’s mission for International Peace & Understanding. The program has been implemented since 1929 and has sent young people around the globe to experience new cultures. Typically, students in the age group of 15 to 18 are sent to another country for a year-long stay (LTEP), generally living with multiple host families during the year. Short term exchange programs (STEP) on similar lines are also conducted for 6 to 8 weeks. Short term programs typically involve direct student exchanges between two families arranged through Rotary. Explore the World is key motto as students learn a lot through such exchanges and one can witness sea change in their personality, leadership styles and team building. Our district is a pioneer district in India for the youth Exchange program. In the

pandemic of covid-19 we started Virtual Youth Exchange. This was a big achievement for RID3131, we are a pioneer for V-RYE in the world. Last year we did 170 exchanges for the same. In person RYE resumed by RI in February 2022 and we started working for physical exchanges. RYE Team has done marvelous and outstanding efforts to achieve more goals and set the records to new horizons. Under the Leadership of Director Rtn. Shobha Nahar her team has already achieved the highest ranking amongst 18 Certified DIST in India by total exchange of

62 students. LTEP (long term) total 20 students are going to different countries - Japan 1, Spain 1, Germany 1, France 5, Belgium 1, Poland 1, Brazil 8 and USA 2. STEP (short term) 10 students are going : 9 to Germany and 1 to Spain. In Camp - one student went on 1st July 2022 to Switzerland for Swiss camp and 3 are going in August for Germany Camp. RID3131 did Partnership with international 25 Rotary District. The RYE Team had recently organized BLAZER CEREMONY for 34 Outbound students with Bon voyage party was conducted at Vishwasgadh Resort,Pune . It was a Fun Filled Information sharing through Entertainment, and Adventurous Activities. Team building games taken by Rtn Rohan Manore, Zumba Bollywood dance taken by Rtn. Smita Shitole and Orientation session taken by Deepak Bodhani, Sharad Salunke, C.D. Mahajan and Shobha Nahar for all the students. RYE Team also handed over the cheque of 100$ donation to APF to the DG and First lady as a token of love from RYE team. DG Dr. Anil conveyed best wishes to all the students and appreciated the efforts taken by RYE Team of DIST 3131. He also added that our students are Ambassadors of our district and country. Special Thanks to DG Dr.Anil Parmar , First lady Dr.Hema and PDG Rashmi Kulkarni for their presence & personally handing over blazers & kit to all the students . It was a special & proud moment for all our RYE students.

We are proud to inform you here that we have started receiving applications for the next year batch of RYE for the year of Rotary Year 2023-24 under dynamic DGE Manjoo Phadke. LET’S EXPLORE THE WORLD! With Warmest regards Director Rtn. Shobha Nahar RYE Team 2022/23

Rotary in Synergy With Partners in Service

Our District has identified certain thrust areas and intends to usher in a plethora of impactful projects to serve communities across the district, whether rural or urban. To achieve this end, certain projects are developed by us within Rotary while for others we have are in alliance with PartnersIn-Service. We are in a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with these partners so as to enable clubs to benefit from them. The information mentioned herein will help Service Project Directors to plan, participate and execute these impactful projects, with ease. Clubs are encouraged to undertake projects, in various Areas of Focus of Rotary as mentioned in the table below, in collaboration with these agencies / NGOs. The project details in brief, point of contact for each project are mentioned so as to enable clubs move quickly and plan for execution of such projects. Undoubtedly, the efforts of such participating clubs who have actively executed such projects would be monitored at the District level and thereafter would be recognized at the appropriate level. Surely, all would agree that the vision and so the efforts taken by DG Dr. Anil Parmar and associate Directors would go a long way in fulfilling the motto of Rotary “Service Above Self”. Rtn. Sanjay Karwa District Secretary (Innovation)

......... pls see details overleaf Rotary District 3131


Our Services in Synergy with our Partners Service Project & Contact Person

Project Brief

Disease Prevention and Treatment Project Positive Health (PPH) Rtn. Dr. Dattatray Bhusare District Director Rtn. Sanjay Karwa District Secretary (Innovation)

RAHAT Rotary Advanced Heath Access Tool Pr. Rtn. Abhay Sawant

Non Communicable Diseases such as Diabetes, Hypertension, heart diseases, strokes etc. are some of the major reasons for high mortalities, globally. Bringing about awareness to reduce and stop NCD’s, is vital for our communities. The PPH Mobile App, is a self-monitoring tool that helps the user to engage and manage his/ her own health (with family and friends) by Knowing your numbers, with subjective useful notifications. For more details, click on To improves access for affordable and quality healthcare services by empowering indigent community, to get access to available public health system & leveraging such technology across India. DK Health Access Foundation is promoting an App popularly known as Sulabh Ilaj, wherein, the last mile person get access to cashless or affordable hospitalization services offered by Government schemes. For more details, click on

Maternal & Child Health Cervical Cancer Screening Pilot Project Rtn. Dr. Shobha Rao District Director

Many of us are aware that Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women, however, curable through timely diagnosis and HPV vaccination. World Health organization (WHO) has taken the initiative to eliminate this as a public health problem by 2030. Estimates indicate that three lakh women die every year, of which 26% are from India alone. Periwinkle Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Pune will support clubs to perform cervical cancer screening camps throughout the year to support the urban/rural low-income group women. They will provide: a. Portable nurse friendly device Smart Scope® and Disposable kits. b. 300 tests to Rotary District 3131 c. Special price of Rs. 550/- per test. d. 10 single-day camps in first 3 months of this year. Moreover, upon completion of the pilot project, Periwinkle Technologies Pvt. Ltd., will continue to collaborate with Rotary.

Economic & Community Development Singer Sakhi Rtn. Vaishali Bhagwat District Director

Arth Sakhi Rtn. Vaishali Bhagwat District Director

An Inter-District collaborative project with RID 3030 and Singer (Mfg. of Sewing Machines) aims to provide sewing machines at 50% cost of the MRP and also set up skill centres for training. Rotary Clubs have to identify beneficiaries, setup locations for such training centers and manage the running expenses. SINGER will support by offering these machines at reduced prices and cost for trainers. In association with of the premier institutes of Pune, Jnana Prabodhini, Rotary Clubs can identify Self Help Groups (SHGs) and engage in conducting awareness sessions for these women for managing finances, opening accounts, availing loans and benefits of government schemes. This activity will be supported by well-trained personnel ‘Tai’ from Jnana Prabodhini, on a one-to-one follow up basis.

Swayamsiddha Rtn. Vaishali Bhagwat District Director

Wechimni Rtn. Vaishali Bhagwat District Director

An Inter-District project spread across Maharashtra, with RID 3131 as the lead district, and Family Court of Pune will provide skill based education/ training for destitute women. Clubs can associate by mentoring the beneficiary and provide motivation through counselling and also sponsor to host an event with the Family Court. Other RI Districts in MoU include 3132, 3170, 3141, 3142 and 3030. Global Talent Track Foundation is engaged in offering varied food products, apparels and handicrafts through their own portal. Rotary clubs can identify communities of underserved women and train them on required skills, so as to enable them to showcase and sell their products on an online marketplace, Additionally, clubs can support WeChimni by placing orders for products and allow them to setup up stalls during club / district events. PPH The PPH Mobile App For more details click on


Rotary District 3131

Our Services in Synergy with our Partners Service Project & Contact Person Rotary Athelete Developemnt Program Rtn. Vaishali Bhagwat District Director

Happy Family Kit Distribution

Project Brief A uniquely designed project to identify sports talent among marginalized communities from rural / semi urban communities. Promoted in association with Simply Sports Foundation, clubs have to simply identify such selected talent from age group of 9 to 16 years or above and provide serving volunteers. Simply Sports Foundation will support the project through their team. Truly talented athletes could be groomed in a manner to participate in the State, National and International levels, thereafter. This is a project in continuation. After its marked success in RY 2020-21, during which more than 1000 kits, reaching out to 4000 beneficiaries were distributed, the project was continued in RY 21-22, achieving almost similar targets. Almost 72 Rotary Club participated in this initiative, which created an impact across all corners of District 3131. CSR partner, Foseco India Ltd., faith in Rotary remains committed for this project, and for RY 22-23 there is an ambitious plan to donate 1200 kits worth Rs. 42 lakhs, with Rotary Club of Pune East, leading the activity. Clubs can continue to engage in this project as follows: 1:1 Offer – “Donate one kit and get one Kit free” for Urban Clubs 1:2 Offer – “Donate one kit and get two Kits free” for Rural Clubs The contents of the kit will go a long way in promoting health, hygiene, and support to environment, thus enhancing the quality of living by changing the habits.

Pr. Rtn. Yogita Vaishampayan DGN Rtn. Shital Shah Rotary Club of Pune East

Sustainable Development Goals Rtn. Vaishali Bhagwat District Director

Lighthouse Communities Foundation, is committed to large scale socio-economic transformation for communities through a Public-Private partnership model. The Foundation is chaired by Dr. Ganesh Natarajan. This project is envisaged to be one of the ambitious projects of Rotary Year 22-23, wherein it is proposed to create employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for 5000 underserved women and youth under Sustainable Development Goals, as defined by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs. We are poised to work towards the following : • SDG 4: Provide agency and build skills – physically and thru platforms. • SDG 8: Decent living thru employment and entrepreneurship • SDG 11: Community, City and District transformation. • SDG 17: Partnerships : Governments, Corporates, Philanthropists, Agencies

Basic Education & Literacy Literacy Development Project

Literacy Development Project, is intended to establish Two Rotary E-learning Centre’s in Jammu & Kashmir. These centers will be equipped with e-learning software’s so as to cater for 50 Indian Army run schools. Clubs could associate in this endeavor so as to scale up this project to reach maximum beneficiaries.

Pr. Rtn. Dr. Vishwanath Lele PDG Rtn. Pramod Jejurikar – Rotary Club of Pune Kothrud

Professional Development of Faculty in colleges across Maharashtra Rtn. Mamata Kolhatkar District Director, Literacy Rtn. Kalyani Gokhale, Director Literacy Committee Chair (DLCC)

This is a joint effort of RID 3131 and Maharashtra State Faculty Development Academy (MSFDA). This collaborative effort will work towards enhancing the professional skills of faculty in colleges across Maharashtra. In particular, it will cover key areas of pedagogical and personal skill development and would be an offline activity conducted on-site at MSFDA campus in Pune.

RAHAT Rotary Advanced Heath Access Tool The app popularly known as Sulabh Ilaj

Cervical Cancer Screening Tablet based screening camps made possible with a portable nurse friendly device Smart Scope®

Literacy Development Rotary E-learning Centres in Jammu & Kashmir.

Upcoming District Events n

23rd July - Dist. Awards 21-22


31st July - Dist Monsoon Fellowship - Jalsa


6th August - Club Administration Seminar - Aayojan


20th August - Membership Awards Rotary District 3131




Dr. Bharat Pandya’s Message

It has been a great beginning and it’s really amazing to see such great enthusiasm all over.

Greetings from the Publication team ! It’s truly a proud moment for all of us that our second GML is being released at the hands of RI President Jennifer Jones, an epitome of elegance, grace and perfection! The RY 22-23 has started with a bang!

So many Service projects on the first day, Installation ceremonies of the Presidents of different clubs, MOUs being signed with the NGOs, Pledges for the donation to the foundation being made … what more can one ask for! The First day had been quite overwhelming for the DG & the First Lady. Comes in the Installation Day, 3rd July 2022, the Ceremonial grandeur was class apart ! Installation Ceremony held in the Presence of TRF Trustee Dr. Bharat Pandya, attended by the dignitaries and guests from the District 3131 & other districts too. Activities and goals have started unfolding. There is so much to look forward to. GML team is equally enthused to see to it that everything great happening in the District finds its coveted space in Governor’s Monthly Letter & wishes that all the beautiful things that we IMAGINE & Manifest ultimately TURNS out to be the REALITY. Requesting all the Presidents, to be really proactive & prompt enough to get all your wonderful, impactful projects uploaded on the District website so that we don’t miss to acknowledge and highlight your contributions. You never know, you can become an Inspiration for others. TO BE INSPIRED IS GREAT, BUT TO INSPIRE IS AN HONOUR - Stacey T. Hunt Let’s Imagine Peace & Well Being ! HAPPY READING Do share your valuable feedback about this edition on Signing off With Gratitude Rtn. Dr. Arti Sunil Bhatia GML EDITOR


Rotary District 3131

Dear Friends, It gives me immense pleasure to communicate with you all through this Special Edition of GML being released on the occasion of the visit of our RI President Jennifer Jones to RID 3131.

Dear Readers,

1st July 2022, before starting his Journey as the District Governor, DG Dr. Anil Parmar along with the First Lady Rtn. Dr. Hema Parmar & other District officers visited Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati to invoke the blessings of Lord Ganesha. Rightly said “The family which prays together stays together.” Rotary and Rotarians have become one extended family celebrating happy moments together & standing tall with each other against all the odds.


Dear DG Anil, What an Installation it was, when you were installed as Governor of RID 3131. It had everything : good planning, well attended, well executed, 500 plus members, 3 new clubs, Service projects in large numbers, partnering with so many organizations, Great Public Image activities Good film on CSR and the icing on the cake was the outstanding contributions to TRF - 1.3 million, over 70 donors with contributions of $3000 and more, many Major Donors and 5 NEW AKS MEMBERS. You could not have asked for a better start. Well Done Hema and Anil. Super start. In PDG Girish Gune as DIstrict Trainer you have a humble, fully committed leader who is a mentor and asset to you and your team. Thanks to both of you for inviting me as the Chief Guest. Do convey congratulations to the whole team and especially to TRF Team - DRFC Shailesh Palekar, Nitin and all others for a great job. Having interacted with you on numerous occasions, I can say that RID 3131 is fortunate to have you as their Leader in 2022-23. You are dedicated, disciplined, down to earth and lead by example. In Hema you have a partner who is fully supportive. Compliments to both of you. Madhavi joins me in wishing Hema and you, all the very best for 22-23. Regards Dr. Bharat Pandya TRF Trustee Published by DG Dr Anil Parmar RI District 3131 Edited by Rtn Arti Bhatia and the GML Team Designed and Printed at Hitech Graphics, Panvel


The 1st day of the Year started with MAHAAARTI of Bappa at Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Trust-It was such a great moment to be with the Rotarians of RID 3131 and starting the new Rotary Year with Bappa’s Blessings. The 1st Day was truly awesome, full of activities -We attended the Inauguration of Environmental Project which was conducted in Association with the Indian Army and Various Clubs of RID 3131 participating on Day 1 and creating impact through meaningful activities which were appreciated by all who were present there. After this we did Bhoomi Pujan of Rotary Hospital at Talegaon-this is a Project of RC Udyognagari along with , Caring Hands organization and it was one of the great moments of our life as we felt really blessed to be doing this on the 1st day of starting the year as the Governor & First lady of the District. The enthusiasm of the Members of RC Udyognagari was great and this occasion is something which I will always cherish. Friends, DG Dr. Anil and I have been attending Installations since 15th June 2022. The enthusiasm is palpable and I feel really blessed to receive so much love and affection at the Installations from the Presidents and Rotarians all around the district. It’s great to see the Festive mood at Installations and this energizes us both and we have enjoyed being part of all the Installations. Our Installation Ceremony at Panvel was an extremely memorable occasion for all of us and it was great to see you all in such large numbers and the love & affection that you all carried. The Event went off well and I was mesmerized by the generosity of the Rotarians of RID 3131. I thank each one of you for your presence and support in making it the most memorable event of our life. We have many Events lined up in July and August and I would request you all to be present in large numbers and let’s all “Deliver Happiness, Spread Smiles & Enjoy Rotary.” Rtn. Dr. Hema Parmar Dist. First Lady