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June 2014

Rotary Fellowships Month


THE 2013–14 ROTARY INTERNAT


TIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Front row (from left): Treasurer Andy Smallwood, Vice President Anne L. Matthews, President Ron D. Burton, President-elect Gary C.K. Huang, Ann-Britt Ă…sebol. Second row (from left): Bryn Styles, Sangkoo Yun, Gideon Peiper, Mary Beth Growney Selene, Takeshi Matsumiya, Celia Elena Cruz de Giay, Seiji Kita, John B. Boag. Third row (from left): Michael F. Webb, Jacques di Costanzo, Holger Knaack, P.T. Prabhakar, Steven A. Snyder, Larry A. Lunsford, General Secretary John Hewko.


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In My Thoughts

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First Thought

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Rotary India Literacy Mission

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Polio Free Conclave 2014 Reflections

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1000 Plus and More

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Make-over for Villages

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The Silver Lining

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Young & Fresh

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Enhancing Rotary Experience

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Mumbai celebrates India’s Polio-free Certification

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7 things to know about your Membership Dues

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Sensing Trouble

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Very Briefly

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ADVISORY BOARD

TRUSTEES Chairman DG Rabi Narayan Nanda, RI Dist.3262

RID

P.T. Prabhakar

RI Dist. 3230

Secretary DG Radhe Shyam Rathi, RI Dist. 3053

PRIP Rajendra K. Saboo

RI Dist. 3080

Treasurer DG Hari Krishna Chitipothu, RI Dist. 3150

PRIP Kalyan Banerjee

RI Dist. 3060

RI Dist. 2980

DG

R. Visweswaran

PRID Sushil Gupta

RI Dist. 3010

RI Dist. 3000

DG

Sundararajan Gopal

PRID Ashok Mahajan

RI Dist. 3140

RI Dist. 3010

DG

Vinod Bansal

PRID Yash Pal Das

RI Dist. 3080

RI Dist. 3020

DG

Dr. Poosha Darbha

PRID Shekhar Mehta

RI Dist. 3291

RI Dist. 3030

DG

Kishore Kedia

RIDN Dr. Manoj D. Desai

RI Dist. 3060

RI Dist. 3040

DG

Nitin Dafria

DG

Rabi Narayan Nanda

RI Dist. 3262

RI Dist. 3051

DG

Dr. Gyaneshwar Rao

DG

Radhe Shyam Rathi

RI Dist. 3053

RI Dist. 3052

DG

Anil Agarwal

DG

Hari Krishna Chitipothu

RI Dist. 3150

RI Dist. 3060

DG

Dineshsinh P. Thakor

RI Dist. 3070

DG

Dr. Pawan Gupta

RI Dist. 3080

DG

Rakesh Aggarwal

RI Dist. 3090

DG

Dr. Arun Gupta

RI Dist. 3100

DG

Rakesh Singhal

RI Dist. 3110

DG

Devendra Kumar Agrawal

RI Dist. 3120

DG

Suresh Kumar Agarwal

RI Dist. 3131

DG

Dr. Deepak Shikarpur

RI Dist. 3132

DG

Dr. Prafulla Mirajgaonkar

RI Dist. 3140

DG

Lata Subraidu

RI Dist. 3160

DG

R. Gopinath

RI Dist. 3170

DG

Mohan M. Mulherkar

RI Dist. 3180

DG

S. Gururaj

RI Dist. 3190

DG

K. S. Nagendra

RI Dist. 3201

DG

Dr. K. Ajay Kumar

RI Dist. 3202

DG

Dr. Senthilnathan Siva

RI Dist. 3211

DG

John C. Neroth

RI Dist. 3212

DG

J. Jesiah Villavarayar

RI Dist. 3230

DG

A.P. Kanna

RI Dist. 3240

DG

Arijit Kumar Endow

RI Dist. 3250

DG

Rajiv Modi

RI Dist. 3261

DG

Rakesh Chaturvedi

RI Dist. 3291

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Rajani Mukerji

PDG R. Badri Prasad

RI Dist. 3190

PDG Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh

RI Dist. 3261

PDG Ramesh Aggarwal

RI Dist. 3010

DGE I.S.A.K. Nazar

RI Dist. 3230

COMMITTEES DG Vinod Bansal - Chair, Finance Committee DG Deepak Shikarpur - Chair, Editorial Committee DG Anil Agarwal - Chair, Marketing Committee DG Mohan Mulherkar - Vice-chair, Marketing Committee

ROTARY NEWS ROTARY SAMACHAR Acting Editor Jaishree Assistant Editor S. Selvi

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Your Comments Photo Connect In the ‘Photo Finish’ page of March 2014 issue, the image of a boy with eagleeyed focus and undeterred commitment, enjoying freewheeling an old cartyre in traffic with noise all around, exactly symbolises Rotary’s success in its focused vision of critical social concerns amidst chaotic global scenarios, whether it is complete eradication of polio from India or bringing total literacy in India. Rtn. R. Murali Krishna RC Berhampur RI District 3262 Well Written The article, ‘Cattle Ground’ in February 2014 issue, was very interesting. When I served as the club President, we did a same kind of project successfully. A female calf was gifted to a dairy farmer with a condition to return the first female calf to the club which was also gifted to another dairy farmer with the same condition. Thus it becomes a recurring event year after year, with one time investment. Rtn. K. Ramakrishna RC Sullia RI District 3180 In Rotary News, ‘Culture’ column is my favourite one which always transforms one to that particular place through the narration and beautiful photos. In March 2014 issue, ‘Transcendence at Lepakshi’ is associated to the bird Jatayu who battled with Ravan to free Sita. It inspires human

beings to fight against social evils. Rtn. S.P. Tiwari RC Rohitashwa Rohtas RI District 3250 As a senior Rotarian (75 yrs old) I am proud to say that I always learn something new each month through Rotary News, be it Rotary matters, health or our culture. I always urge all my fellow Rotarians to go through the magazine. Rtn. Suresh Gokuldas RC Coimbatore Mid Town RI District 3201 Article ‘Why Polio?’ in Rotary News magazine was excellent. Very few people know about the contributions of eminent scientists like Dr. Sever, J. Salk and others in polio eradication programme. It is worth knowing about Dr. Sever’s contribution and efforts in creating partnership of Rotary International with WHO and other health organisations. India is polio-free because of these people and volunteers who have tirelessly worked in giving children a dignity of life. Congratulations to Rotarians and volunteers worldwide. Rtn. T. Susant RC Berhampur RI District 3262 Radio Remembered Thanks for publishing ‘Remembering Akashwani’ in the April 2014 issue on the eve of World Radio Day. We the senior citizens were brought up on Radio, as those days it was the easiest accessible

entertainment for all and sundry. Sadly, at least I did not read anywhere about the day. Thanks for enlightening me. I will suggest my club to pay obeisance on this day next year to the All India Radio. Rtn. Dr. Ravi Wankhede RC Nagpur RI District 3030 Inspiring speeches In April 2014 issue of Rotary News, the speeches by leaders in the International Assembly article were very good. I was touched by ‘Light up Rotary’ by RIPE Gary C.K. Huang. Though his message was not long, it was full of values. ‘Rotary Values’ by PRIP Kalyan Banerjee is again a master piece. ‘Make the impossible … possible’ is again an expression of the quality of a leader. Congrats for publishing these articles. Rtn. K. Shivaram Alva RC Pondicherry RI District 2980 ‘Economics of knowledge’ by Dr. R.A. Mashelkar serves as a beacon of light for all enlightened citizen of the country who would inevitably perceive knowledge as crucial link between environment, ecology, economics, equity and ethics. It is imperative to have a strong political will to support R & D through an appropriate infrastructure to serve as the knowledge bank to all industries for development and growth. Rtn. Dr. Hemendra Joshi RC Palanpur City RI District 3051

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Dear Fellow Rotarians, 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. Thi year, I asked each one of you to bring in one new member. The This he Board rd has laid a foundation for strengthening membership aaround the globe: Sixteen ixteen regional membership plans are now in place. T They are built around making sure that we give people a reason to be in Rotar ary. Rotary. I believe that if we can get et prospective members to help us u with wi a project — it could be reading to kids, or working in a soup kitchen, or picking up trash along ng the highway — the rest will take care of itself. They will realise that they madee a difference in someone’s life. And they’ll also realise that whe hen you give through Rotary when service, you get so much more in n rreturn. I also asked each one of you to o make a gift of some amount to our Rotary Foundation. All of our Governors did that and became the first class in the history h of Rotary to make that commitment. Sometimes we get comfortabl le in going to our club and not comfortable having any responsibility. Ma aybe it’s because we haven’t Maybe been asked to be more engaged. engaged ed. And, of course, it’s great to go to your meeting and see yourr friends. f But if you want to get fired up, you need to be doing projec jects. Hands-on projects are great projects. equalisers. When n you’re unloading boxes bo off a truck, you’re just like the next person, and that person rson is just like yyou. When everyone’s serving together, there’s a camaraderie, amaraderie, and that’s how yyou keep people engaged. Rotarianss sometimes don’t realise all that Rotary is doing aand iss capable capab of doing. If they could witness the impact of the projec projects I hhave ave seen this year, it would change their lives. They would understand unde nd that they belong long to an organisation whose members have a common com desire to do accomplish incredible things. something mething good and who, working together, accompl I continue inue to be in awe of the good I see Rotarians Rotari doing. I am firmly convinced d that the woodpile is just a little higher highe because of your efforts. It is my hope pe that each one of you will co continue to Engage Rotary, Change Lives.

Ron D. Burton President, Rotary International 12 ROTARY NEWS JUNE 2014


My dear partners in service, It was the best of times, it was the busiest of times, It was the age of vision, it was the age of action, It was epoch of building, it was the epoch of belief, It was the season of friendship, It was the season of fellowship, It was the spring of hope, it was the spring of joy. We had everything before us, we had everyone with us. Yes, that’s how it was - the year that was! We had set goals at the beginning of the year. By the grace of God and goodwill of all of you, we have managed to achieve most of them. It is with a mixture of emotions, that I look back at the Rotary year 2013–14.

I feel ... GRATEFUL to God that Rotary is vibrant all over India. DELIGHTED that the first ever Rotary Institute aboard a sailing ship, Super Star Virgo, on August 25–28, 2013, was a super hit. OVERJOYED with the enormous success of the first RI Presidential New Generation Conference at Chennai on October 5 and 6, 2013. ELATED at the fact that the Rotaractors of RI District 3230 established a Guinness World Record with 7,600 Rotaractors forming the figure of Hand — a symbol of change. CONTENT that RI President Ron Burton (twice), TRF Trustee Chair D.K. Lee (twice) and RIPE Gary Huang visited various districts in India in 2013–14. HAPPY that RI District 3131 achieved the unique double distinction of inducting 1,000 new members and contributing more than US $1 million to TRF in 2013–14. AMAZED at the fact that India continued to be No:1 in the Rotary world in membership development in 2012–13. SATISFIED that the new training initiatives for membership development, which for the first time included district membership chairs, have started showing positive results. HOPEFUL that by the end of Rotary year 2014–15, India will meet its regional membership targets. GLAD that in 2012–13 India stood at No:4 in the world, in total contributions to TRF. THRILLED that on January 13, 2014 India was declared polio-free. PLEASED that on February 11, 2014 Government of India, organised a Polio Summit to celebrate our victory over polio where Rotary’s contribution to the success of the programme was highly appreciated. FORTUNATE that I along with RI President Ron Burton and other senior leaders could present Rotary’s highest award of honour to the President of India Sri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapathi Bhavan, New Delhi.

JUBILANT at the enormous success of our Polio Summit held at New Delhi on March 29 and 30, whose inaugural session was broadcast live by the national channel, Doordarshan! PROUD that Nalini and I could represent RI President Ron Burton and Jetta at the Conference of RI District 1260, England. BLESSED to be at the receiving end of the love and affection of Rotarians from all over the South East Asia region. At this juncture, I am reminded of the poem by the great poet Grantland Rice: For when the great score comes To write against your name He marks not that you won or lost But how you played the game! I salute each and every Rotarian of India for helping fashion Rotary’s glory out of our country’s success story. So much time has been contributed with joy, so much service has been done with a smile, so much money has been given with compassion, so much of the future has been built with action and vision and so many have engaged Rotary to change lives! It was T.S. Elliot who once wrote, “To make an end is to make a beginning.” The end is where we start from. So, as one Rotary year ends, a new year begins. I take this opportunity to wish all incoming district and club leaders, a glorious Rotary year, in 2014–15. The thought that comes to my mind now is of an incident during the Barcelona Olympic Games. For the women’s 100-metre relay race, the team from Trinidad was the runaway favourite with four well-known champion runners who immediately took the lead — their victory assured. But something unexpected happened. During the relay, the baton fell from one of the competitor’s hand and with it, the team’s hope for victory. Those who knew how to pass the baton were the winners. The moment to pass the baton of leadership to our successors has arrived. Let us do it with humility and grace. It’s now time for the book to close The story has charted its course But the saga of Rotary is far from over And so, it’s not goodbye; but Au Revoir! Yours in Rotary,

P.T. Prabhakar Director, Rotary International (2013–15) JUNE 2014

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HOLISTIC THOUGHTS

There are 365 days in a year. There are 52 Sundays, about 12 holidays per year, and you are entitled for a minimum of 12 days sick leave, 12 days casual leave and 12 days of privilege leave. That leaves you with 265 days.

Out of the 24 hours that constitutes a day, you spend at least 12 hours away from work, which accounts for 132 days (265 x 12 / 24). That

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leaves you with 133 days. At least 2 hours at the workplace goes into coffee, snacks, lunch, chatting with colleagues and surfing the net, which accounts for another 22 days (265 x 2 / 24). It leaves you with 111 days available for work.

111 days amounts to only 30 percent of a year that is invested in work. If we take into consideration the age at which we start our career and the age at which we retire from it, we may work fulltime for about 35 years, which on an average lifespan of 70 for an Indian, amounts to only 50 percent of our entire life being invested in workplace.

Please get your perception about the sanctity of work right. The organisation and others may benefit from the effects of your work, but the main beneficiary of your work is yourself. You discover yourself through your work. Work expands your personality. The food you eat, the clothes you wear, the roof above your head and luxuries you enjoy are all the rewards you get from the work you do. Let your heart be ever filled with gratitude for the work you do. Work not only gives you the rewards of life, but it also adds a sense of purpose to your life.

Work should be a celebration. Work should be worship. So go to work with the same reverence and devotion with which you will visit a place of worship.

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My dear brothers and sisters in Rotary, The final chapter on eradication of polio from India having been written, it is time for us to script a new epic. And, the name of that new epic is Total Literacy in South Asia. While making this announcement during the Literacy Conference in Kathmandu in 2012, we were aware that the task was daunting, yet we realised the real magnitude of the work only as we started working. It is a gigantic task indeed. But I believe it is such challenges that the Rotarians like to take up. I can see this in the enthusiasm that has been generated for the T-E-A-C-H programme. As I move all over India meeting Rotarians, I see them animatedly discussing how they can participate in the T-E-A-C-H programme working for Literacy. A lot of ground work has already been done. Training programmes have been conducted at different levels in most districts and a great deal of enthusiasm has been generated. Now is the real task — of getting down to implementation of the programme. I encourage every club to think over each project, like Teacher Support, E-learning, Adult Literacy, etc., and work through the various schemes that have been developed. What the T-E-A-C-H programme structure does is to give you the outlines. How each scheme is to be implemented will also be suggested to you, as ‘How To’ guidelines. But it is you, the members of the clubs that have to carry out the actual execution of the projects and the schemes — the job is all yours, brothers and sisters! Now is the time to put that plan in place, to muster the resources and get ready for the big launch in the month of July. As you keep doing the projects, be sure to report them through the website www.rotaryteach.org in the ‘upload project’ section. This is very important for our collating the total work done in India over a period of time and for understanding the impact that it is creating. I am sure each club and every Rotarian will participate in this noble mission of Total Literacy in India. I wish you the very best as you start writing the first chapter of this epic ‘Rotary India Literacy Mission.’

Rtn. Kalyan Banerjee Past RI President (2011–12) Chair, South Asia Literacy Committee JUNE 2014

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POLIO-FREE CONCLAVE 2014

REFLECTIONS PRIP Rajendra K. Saboo Chairman, Polio-free Conclave 2014

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he 1,200 capacity plenary hall in Vigyan Bhavan was filled to capacity, as Rotarians from all over the country and many Asian nations awaited with bated breath the arrival of the President of India. It was 29th March 2014, a historic day in the annals of world health scenario, and especially for Rotarians in India, for winning a major battle against the most dreaded disease of polio. It was a dream that the Rotarians nurtured in the 80s to free this world of polio. It was a dream that Indian Rotarians aspired for three long decades and succeeded ultimately to keep their promise to the children of our country to rid it of polio. Those who attended the two-days gala ‘Polio-Free Conclave 2014’ at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on 29–30 March 2014 were filled with a deep sense of pride for belonging to Rotary, as appreciations and accolades for Rotary flowed in from all quarters, including from the President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee and all other national leaders present on the occasion. The session that reflected the history of Rotary’s involvement in the polio eradication programme in India, was laudably conveyed by Dr. Harshvardhan and many others including the former Health Secretaries of the country. All other partners talked about the perseverance with which Rotary continued its journey undeterred by the obstacles it faced. It was truly the finest hour for Rotary when Indian Rotarians were praised for their dedication and 16 ROTARY NEWS JUNE 2014

PDG Deepak Kapur Chairman, INPPC addressing the gathering.

I would like to place on record my sincere appreciation for the tremendous contribution of INPPC Chairman, PDG Deepak Kapur not only for the success of Polio Summit on March 29 & 30, 2014, but also for his efficient leadership of INPPC over the last several years. P.T. Prabhakar RI Director, 2013–15


sincerity with which they took up the task, the extent of their involvement to tackle this disease, the length of their sustained pursuit, and their unflagging commitment to the goal the sight of which was never lost. The Conclave was a befitting occasion to celebrate the formal certification of Polio-free India as a part of the Polio-free South East Asia Region given by the WHO Certification Commission. It was a difficult time to organise such a massive event with a very short notice, unsuitable time with financial year ending, and above all, the election code being in force. Rotary being a totally apolitical organisation having nothing to do with elections, it still had to tread the path carefully since the President of India was the Chief Guest inaugurating the Conclave in the presence of other political leaders. Participation of top leadership from Rotary and the international partners indicated the massive organisation that had to be in place to manage the two-day event. RI President-elect Gary Huang, RI President-nominee K.R. Ravindran, TRF Trustee Chair Dr. D.K. Lee, International PolioPlus Committee Chair Dr. Bob Scott and Vice-Chair John Germ shared their

thoughts and contributed immensely to the Conclave’s deliberations. The presence of TRF General Manager John Osterlund and PolioPlus Director Carol Pandak brought their experience for the benefit of the participants. A high-powered delegation from Pakistan was there and so were the delegates from Nigeria, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, who attended the Conclave sharing their success stories. The remaining endemic countries like Pakistan and Nigeria were keen to understand the modalities of India’s

success. Rotarian delegates from other countries as also important partners were present including WHO represented by Dr. Hamid Jafari, CDC represented by Dr. Steve Cochi, UNICEF represented by Mr. LouisGeorge Arsenault, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation represented by Dr. Jay Wenger. I know that many of our Rotarians have been involved in planning and organising large and magnificent events and they would share with me when I say that to produce this kind

Feverously working for the Conclave.

Lokesh Gupta, Manager INPPC at the summit.

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of organisation and occasion was not an easy task. I saw it from close quarters what all had gone into making the Conclave a memorable experience, writing a significant chapter in the history of Rotary in India and certainly in polio eradication programme of the Rotary world. Congratulations and compliments were showered upon people who were in the organising committee and visible on the dais or the lectern. With utmost respect and conviction I can say that the success of the Conclave owes much to the work done by Deepak Kapur as Chairman of Indian National PolioPlus Committee and Secretary of the Conclave together with the staff of the Rotary’s PolioPlus office headed by Lokesh Gupta. In the last weeks and days they worked 24 x 7 and perhaps even more to catch up with the things that were not under their control, to pick the threads that were even not visible at times, and they

truly did it. No amount of superlatives for them would be enough for what they accomplished, while remaining in the background ‌ mostly unseen and unsung. They had done tremendous work just a few weeks earlier in February at the government-organised celebrations of ‘Rotary’s Victory Over Polio’ at which our RI President Ron Burton was among the top leadership of the country to share the dais and was one of the main speakers. The work of our Rotary PolioPlus office team received the acclamation of the Ministry of Health, Government of India in eloquent words. They have been working with Chair Deepak and INPPC members all these years to support the PolioPlus programme. They are equal partners with us as colleagues of the team that helped India achieve freedom from polio. Through these columns I would like to pay my tribute to the members of the whole organising committee.

Without them this Conclave would not have been possible. They have been the power behind the guidance given by our RI General Officers, contributions made by members of the National PolioPlus Committee and our district leaders including many other senior Rotarians. I particularly would like to refer to Past RI President Kalyan Banerjee and Director P.T. Prabhakar who brought their total wisdom, experience and resourcefulness in providing the momentum to the team. District Governor Vinod Bansal and Rotarians of RI District 3010 played significant role in taking up the logistic as well as other arrangements becoming a worthy host district. The Conclave started with the theme of ‘Polio-Free India’ and ended with the challenge of ‘keeping India Polio-Free’ until the world becomes Polio-Free. The Conclave was truly an epitome of Rotary’s spirit of solidarity, dignity and accountability.„

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HONOURING

LEADERS The battle against polio could not have been won without the support of inspiring leaders, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss and Dr. Harshvardhan.

Rotary India respectfully recognised their contribution by presenting them specially customised watches as part of the award. These watches were provided by a well-known Swiss manufacturer FREDERIQUE CONSTANT, as part of the brand’s commitment to exemplary pursuit of social causes.

Presentation of the customised ‘Polio-free’ watch to India’s former Health Minister Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, by RI Director P.T. Prabhakar at Chennai on May 14, 2014 (Top left). Presentation of the customised ‘Polio-free’ watches to India’s Health Minister Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, India’s former Health Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj and Dr. Harshvardhan, former Delhi Health Minister and introducer of National Immunisation Days in India were made in Delhi on Tuesday, 13 May, 2014 by PRIP Rajendra K.Saboo, PRIP Kalyan Banerjee, INPPC Chair Deepak Kapur and Shri Arun D’Silva, Country Manager of Frederique Constant, the Swiss watch manufacturer. JUNE 2014

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ROTARY FELLOWSHIPS ĹĹĹĴıĶģĴĻıĴĩĨħĮĮıĹĵĪīIJĵ


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THE ROTARY FOUNDATION

SECURING OUR FOUNDATION’S FUTURE Our Foundation has been Doing Good in the World for almost a century, thanks to the generosity and hard work of Rotarians. While contributions have primarily funded programs, strong investment returns over the years have been used to fund operating costs. This strategy of funding operating expenses from investment returns, year after year, was not sustainable throughout the recent financial crisis, mostly because we did not use all the returns from the good years to build up our reserves. Our Foundation weathered the storm better than many nonprofits, but those “tough times” caused Rotary to consider what actions might be needed to ensure another century of strong programs. Recognizing financial markets will continue to be volatile, the Trustees have developed an enhanced strategy to achieve long-term financial sustainability.

OUR LONG-TERM STRATEGY The Trustees have agreed that our first priority must be to ensure that we have sufficient resources to operate our Foundation. Given the current environment of volatile investment markets, we need additional sources to provide sufficient and more reliable funding.

Our second priority is to build a reserve to keep our organization operating if annual funding sources are not sufficient. Therefore, effective 1 July 2015, we will draw on the following new sources of funds to help operate our Foundation and build a strong reserve: 5%0 OF ANNUAL FUND CONTRIBUTIONS* 5%0 OF CASH CONTRIBUTIONS TO FUND GLOBAL GRANTS** 10% OR LESS OF SELECT CORPORATE GIFTS

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OUR CURRENT FUNDING MODEL ANNUAL FUND INVESTMENT EARNINGS ENDOWMENT FUND SPENDABLE EARNINGS OPERATING EXPENSES = FUND DEVELOPMENT & GENERAL ADMINISTRATION

OUR NEW FUNDING MODEL EFFECTIVE 1 JULY 2015 ANNUAL FUND INVESTMENT EARNINGS ENDOWMENT FUND SPENDABLE EARNINGS 5% OF ANNUAL FUND CONTRIBUTIONS*

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5% CASH CONTRIBUTIONS FOR GLOBAL GRANTS**

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Once the operating reserve has been fully funded, any surplus will be moved to the Endowment Fund. The surplus will generate spendable earnings to fund the Foundation into the future and ensure that our Foundation can continue its good work in the world.

UP TO 10% ON SELECT CORPORATE GIFTS ENDOWMENT FUND

OPERATING EXPENSES = FUND DEVELOPMENT & GENERAL ADMINISTRATION

This new funding model will have no impact on District Designated Funds or the 3-year investment cycle.

SPENDABLE EARNINGS & PROGRAM FUNDING

* This 5% will not affect District Designated Funds (DDF). ** Formerly known as “flow-through cash”


FAQ What will happen if we don’t change the funding model? In today’s volatile investment environment, we can’t rely on investment earnings to cover all of our operating costs and instead run the risk of depleting our reserves. In years when earnings were negative, we have had to pay for fund development and administrative expenses from the World Fund, reducing the amount available for grants. Our projections show that continuing our current model will keep us on this downhill path and prevent us from building our reserves to the targeted goal of 2.5 times the annual operating expense budget.

operations — not fundraising and administrative costs — so that more contribution dollars can go directly to grants.

as “flow-through cash,” are a unique feature of our Foundation and thus can’t be compared with policies for other nonprofits. Such contributions are not invested, so processing costs are not offset by the benefit of returns. The new funding model will include a 5% fee to cover administrative costs for handling these funds.

I thought that every dollar contributed to the Foundation went directly to support our program awards. Isn’t that the case? That statement was true until 2002, when steep market drops How will the new model resulted in negative earnings for affect Rotary’s standing with the first time. The Foundation then began to follow the example charity rating agencies? Currently, The Rotary Foundation of almost every other nonprofit far exceeds the benchmarks that and also use contributions independent charity watchdogs to cover program operating view as a measure of high costs. Operating costs for efficiency: administration and fundraising, however, continue to be covered • A+ from the American Institute of Philanthropy by Annual Fund investment • Full accreditation from the BBB earnings and a portion of Wise Giving Alliance Endowment Fund spendable • 4 Stars from Charity Navigator earnings. In years when these What about expenses? Recently, the three major charity are not sufficient, we use money Keeping expenses down is rating groups have publicly always top priority for The Rotary from the operating reserves or agreed that many charities the World Fund. Foundation. But simply reducing should spend more on overhead costs won’t help us reach our and avoid what has been How does the new funding long-term goals for growth called “the nonprofit starvation model compare with that of and greater impact. If, like most cycle.” Instead of judging an other nonprofits? nonprofits, we subscribe to the organization’s worth primarily Most nonprofits allocate theory that you have to make on its frugality, they recommend a certain percent of their strategic investments to grow, assessing its impact and its contributions to support future we need to invest more in our success in achieving its mission fundraising activities. The number fundraising efforts. Our current and may change their criteria. funding model severely limits of Rotarians who support their Our new grant model’s emphasis fundraising resources and keeps Foundation has grown in recent on evaluation and measurability the Foundation from competing years because of concerted will help us to better document on equal ground for the action to encourage giving. We charitable dollar. Under our new the true level of our impact. We still have many other members to reach, in addition to corporate model, the Foundation will direct expect that independent rating agencies will continue to give us 5% of Annual Fund donations and private foundations and high marks. toward fund development other non-Rotarian prospective activities that will ultimately donors. To do that, we need to Will the new model enlarge the financial resources direct more, rather than fewer, discourage giving? available for district, global, and resources to these efforts. Currently, most contributions packaged grants. come from Rotarians. The Annual Nonprofits commonly apply Rotary’s new grant model, Fund broke new records in an overhead fee for fixed formerly known as Future 2012-13, with over $115 million or indirect costs from large Vision, was supposed to cut in contributions. Giving to the corporate gifts — a practice costs. What happened? Endowment Fund was also up, that corporate donors generally The new grant model has greatly and the number of bequests expect and accept. We plan to streamlined our processes and and Arch C. Klumph Society have a flexible policy that will reduced program operation allow Rotary to adjust the fee up members continues to rise at a costs. Once all of the legacy gratifying level. to 10% as appropriate on select grants have ended, we expect Spending more on fundraising corporate gifts. to enjoy an even greater savings. will allow us to expand our Cash contributions for However, those savings are being donor base and be more global grants, formerly known applied to support program

competitive in the market for corporate and foundation support. Our partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offers a successful model to follow moving forward. But we know that Rotarian support and participation is essential to our Foundation’s future success. We also know that our Foundation provides true value to Rotarians. Many appreciate the fact that they can personally participate in using Foundation funds to improve the quality of life both locally and abroad. Few other charities offer that opportunity. Similarly, it would be hard to find other charities that do not spend as much or more than The Rotary Foundation on overhead costs. We don’t take that loyalty for granted, however. Charitable giving is a highly personal decision, one that each Rotarian must make individually. We expect that some Rotarians will be upset by the new funding model, while others will understand the need for it and appreciate the farsightedness of the plan. What happens next? The new funding model takes effect on 1 July 2015, allowing time for the Foundation to communicate information about the new model, update the online grant application, and provide necessary training.

The Rotary Foundation strives to make its finances highly transparent. We invite you to explore the wealth of financial information available to you on www.rotary.org/myrotary.

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Compiled by Kiran Zehra

RC SALEM COSMOS RI District 2980 In order to create awareness on ending polio the club organised a school bus rally displaying 200 banners of “this close� to ending polio. The rally covered 25,000 km including rural and urban areas.

RC PUDUKKOTTAI PALACE CITY RI District 3000 The club organised environment protection and awareness competitions for students from Kamarajapuram Municipal Primary School. Prizes were distributed to winners.

RC SONEPAT UPTOWN RI District 3010 Sweaters were distributed to 150 underprivileged girls from the Government Higher Secondary School in Nangal Village.

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RC VIJAYAWADA CENTRAL RI District 3020 The club conducted a veterinary camp at Telaprolu village. Over 300 cattle were checked and medicines worth Rs. 1,25,000 was distributed to the farmers.

RC AKOLA CENTRAL RI District 3030 Health check up for children, men and women followed by distribution of dental kits and medicines was organised by the club at Sangwi Mohadi village, Akola.

RC SAGAR RI District 3040 The club distributed medicines and nutrition kits to more than 60 malnourished children. Feedback sessions for parents who received these kits earlier was also hosted by the club.

RC SRIMADHOPUR SUNRISE RI District 3052 The club organised a homeopathy camp for 14 days at Rotary Bhavan which benefitted close to 200 patients.

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RC BIKANER MARUDHARA RI District 3053 The club organised a luncheon for 100 inmates of Apna Ghar an NGO for the mentally challenged. Rotarians served these children with love and care.

RC JETPUR RI District 3060 The club distributed 1,000 notebooks and stationery items to poor and underprivileged students at Kumbhani Girls School, Jetpur in order to help them study better.

RC UDHAMPUR RI District 3070 An ENT camp was conducted for the poor patients. Medicines were distributed and details for further treatment was advised.

RC DEHRADUN WEST RI District 3080 The club in association with Luminous conducted a vocational training programme for electricians in order to enhance their technical knowledge and increase opportunity for better growth in their field.

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RC RAJPURA GREATER RI District 3090 The club conducted a mass marriage programme for boys and girls belonging to poor families. Financial and material support was also provided to the newly-wed couples.

RC MUZAFFARNAGAR MIDTOWN RI District 3100 The club along with Rotary clubs of Australia, RI District 9780, South Korea, RI District 6060, USA, RI District 3630 and TRF set up a new computer lab at Jain Kanya Pathshala Inter College, Prempuri.

RC HALDWANI RI District 3110 The Interact Club of Children’s Academy, Haldwani visited the National Association for the Blind and donated food, clothes and monetary assistance of Rs. 5,000.

RC GORAKHPUR RI District 3120 The club conducted a camp for children suffering from cerebral palsy. Treatment option and steps for further cure was advised to the parents of the children.

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RC YAVAT RI District 3131 The club installed water filters at six schools in Yavat in order to provide safe and hygienic drinking water to 2,200 school children.

RC JALNA RI District 3132 Rotarians flaunted their victory over polio in India by designing a plush car to be part of the clubs celebration rally.

RC BORIVLI RI District 3140 Up to 40 percent of school fee discount vouchers were handed over to students who passed the scholarship exams conducted by the club as part of the Rotary Scholarship Programme.

RC ARMOOR RI District 3150 Scholarship award of Rs.5,000 was given to students who topped in the SSC exams at ZPHS Argul School, Armoor.

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RC TADIPATRI RI District 3160 The club donated grocery items to physically challenged people in order to help them support their family with necessary nutrition.

RC KARVEER KOLHAPUR RI District 3170 The club in association with Shivaji University, Kolhapur conducted a Model United Nations Assembly which witnessed the participation of students and teachers from across the region.

RC KATPADY RI District 3180 The club in association with Prasad Nethralaya Udupi conducted an eye camp at Mattu village. Close to 350 patients were examined and over 25 cataract surgeries were performed.

RC BANGALORE YELAHANKA RI District 3190 Students from eight different Government schools participated in the Annual Rotary InterGovernment School Science Exhibition and competition hosted by the club.

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MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

It is the clarion call of Rotary International President Ron Burton at the beginning of this Rotary year to ‘commit to a goal of 1.3 million Rotarians in our clubs by the year 2015.’ This goal is not just bringing in new members; it is about extending the spirit of Rotary throughout the society. This would mean more helping hands and better improvements for our communities. Here is how Rotary District 3131 did it — Eleven new clubs and an induction of over 1,000 Rotarians, District Governor Deepak Shikarpur tells us how!

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attended the Rotary International Convention in Bangkok in May 2012 where I first met the then RI President Elect Ron Burton. I introduced myself as DG for the year 2013–14 and we got talking. I learnt

from the conversation that ‘Membership Development’ would be his main focus area when he takes on the mantle as RI President in 2013–14. I donned my thinking cap and came up with some innovative ideas.

Our District 3131 is based in Pune and Raigad Districts and has many urban pockets. With Pune emerging as a prominent hub in various fields such as automobile, IT and education, there is scope for lot of opportunities and

New Rotarians being initialised to Rotary’s principles and programmes at the New Members Orientation Meet. 30 ROTARY NEWS JUNE 2014


potential. I set a goal of a minimum addition of 1,000 members across our District. My first task was to communicate this ambition to the club Presidents. Fortunately we had a practice of interaction with the incoming club Presidents (2013–14) since May 2011 and we used to meet every two months. I decided to focus on Membership Development as the first agenda and began forming a team of dedicated Rotarians who would share my vision. I found the duo of Shrikant Gogate and Raja Kharadkar — both senior Rotarians passionate about Membership Development. This topic was dealt at length in all the training events such as Pre-PETS, PETS and District Assembly. We identified large urban societies, small cities around Pune where Rotary clubs can be formed and motivated nearby clubs to invest in club extension. We also felt that we must offer lot of value-addition from the District Team in addition to the clubs’ efforts. I decided to go all out and started communicating with the corporate and academic leaders in Pune whom I knew well for supporting Rotary. Many responded and I started conducting Rotary appreciation workshops in corporate companies in December 2012. This gave me a profile of around 100 potential people who would be interested to join Rotary. We also realised the power of the media in reaching out to the society. We understood that we need to take the help of print media, social media and billboards to propagate Rotary’s good work with this community and initiate interaction. We erected Rotary billboards at Crossword Book Stores and on the Pune-Mumbai Expressway. Exhaustive write-ups in Times of India and Maharashtra Times also took Rotary’s fame to every household and corporate office. This visibility got us a lot of positive image as well as prompt

Billboard promoting Rotary’s good work.

(L to R) Rtn. Vinay Kanetkar, the 1000th new member and Charter President of RC Chinchwad Moraya, DG Deepak Shikarpur, sponsoring President Sushil Arora, RC Pimpri Town and Rtn. Anil Sharma. JUNE 2014

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response in the form of prospective Rotarians. To attract former Rotarians back to Rotary, we also initiated the idea of ‘Reconnect.’ For this I first requested RI to furnish data of Past Rotarians, TRF Alumni who left RI District 3131 since 2008. I got this data in March 2013 and then we formed a team comprising of senior Rotarians who studied the data and formed a modified database (eliminating very old, deceased or relocated people). By June 2013 we had zeroed down on 25 percent of what RI had given us. I wrote an email to each one of them, inviting them to participate in Rotary’s programmes and also shared this data with Rotary clubs to invite the past Rotarians to rejoin Rotary. During my club visits I had requested club Presidents to invite all former Rotarians for an interaction with me. All this helped and we were pleased

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to have over 140 past Rotarians rejoin Rotary since August 1, 2013. In November 2013, under the leadership of RI Director P. T. Prabhakar, Rotary Coordinators Basker and Dr. Ulhas Kolhatkar, a special workshop was held at Chennai to enlighten all District Governors and District Membership Chairs on strategic thinking on membership development. This interaction was highly appreciated. Perhaps for the first time District Membership Chairs (like DRFCs) were also involved. Each District reported their status and various new ideas were tried for membership. We all learnt from each other and re-oriented our thoughts on how to add and retain members. We learnt a lot about global perspective and status on this important topic. In all my endeavours, I received encouraging support from Assistant Rotary Coordinator Dr. Balkrishna

Inamdar, Rotary Coordinator Dr. Ulhas Kolhatkar and Rotary Coordinator Designate Vijay Jalan. We were fortunate to have visits of RI leaders such as Past RI President Raja Saboo, Past RI President Kalyan Banerjee, RI President Nominee K.R. Ravindran, Past RI Director Shekhar Mehta, RI Director P.T. Prabhakar and RI Director Elect Manoj Desai in the last 11 months and every one of them appreciated our Membership Development plans. We also felicitated Membership Development performers in all major Rotary functions. I am writing this column on May 9, 2014. By this time we have chartered 11 new clubs and added 1,032 new members. In the remaining 51 days, we plan to add a minimum 100 more. DG Dr. Deepak Shikarpur RI District 3131


MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

Membership in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives

A year in review Some of you might know the words of actor Christopher Reeve: “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they become inevitable.” I began my year as Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair with four goals: to eradicate polio, build ownership and pride in our Foundation, launch our new grant model and engage in innovative partnerships and projects. It has been an exciting year of change, growth and new achievements, and as I end my term, I am inexpressibly proud of the work I have seen Rotarians do. Perhaps one of the most important milestones we have seen this year was the World Health Organisation’s certification of Southeast Asia as polio-free. This was a long-awaited declaration. Just five years ago, India represented nearly half of all polio cases worldwide. The 11 countries in the region — Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Sri Lanka and Thailand — are home to 1.8 billion people and represent the fourth of six regions worldwide to be officially certified polio-free. This landmark didn’t happen on its own; it embodies a lot of hard work by many dedicated volunteers. In my final month of service as Trustee Chair of our Rotary Foundation, I leave feeling grateful. I’m grateful for the opportunity to know so many of you hard-working and devoted Rotarians, and I’m grateful for all your help in making the four goals I set out with become a reality.

Dong Kurn (D.K.) Lee Foundation Trustee Chair

Rotary No. of Women Rotaract Interact RI RI Zone District Clubs Rotarians Rotarians

5 5 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 6 6 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6

2980 3000 3010 3020 3030 3040 3051 3052 3053 3060 3070 3080 3090 3100 3110 3120 3131 3132 3140 3150 3160 3170 3180 3190 3201 3202 3211 3212 3220 3230 3240 3250 3261 3262 3271 3272 3281 3282 3291 3292 Total

156 88 130 66 85 98 66 64 50 81 114 82 75 88 110 66 108 71 134 93 58 126 134 89 126 98 127 86 59 127 72 91 72 69 84 87 128 82 147 86 3,773

6,431 4,117 5,390 3,163 4,602 2,241 2,579 3,248 1,795 3,552 3,247 3,293 2,027 2,034 3,447 2,489 4,696 3,063 7,120 3,455 2,108 4,848 5,505 3,655 4,823 3,846 3,889 3,649 1,677 5,878 2,600 3,165 2,270 2,582 1,532 2,195 3,882 2,313 4,109 2,772 1,39,287

114 292 554 176 474 212 170 426 144 300 228 163 85 96 159 175 638 216 927 280 78 226 202 259 274 168 154 163 198 362 241 348 228 213 175 376 378 155 595 304 10,926

63 125 50 27 41 21 33 21 12 33 41 39 19 9 41 21 42 26 93 53 5 24 37 47 56 41 5 12 56 92 35 34 12 20 30 12 164 110 41 89 1,732

261 246 173 172 175 84 119 122 30 96 115 142 27 81 37 30 165 82 333 150 37 251 353 101 81 342 57 127 180 343 109 109 94 57 15 36 54 17 93 86 5,182

RCC

183 68 80 258 121 131 328 118 89 100 55 96 122 146 60 48 65 52 137 107 80 153 141 41 43 37 113 115 93 269 108 160 40 65 13 31 123 36 515 84 4,624

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ROTARY ACTS

Make-over for

VILLAGES The Rotarians of RC Pune South, RI District 3131 ushered in better living conditions and comforts for the villagers of four villages on the outskirts of Pune, by gifting them with water facilities, sanitation and school furniture.

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illage — the word brings to mind lush green fields, trees swaying in the breeze and little children playing gleefully under the canopy of its branches, mooing cows, open wells filled with water, clean air filled with a potent aroma of the earth, the fresh crops and the cattle. More importantly, villages are supposed to be self-sufficient haven of healthy life. But alas! Indian villages are not what dreams are made of. Unfortunately, India’s villages are riddled with the savagery of under-development. It is a known fact that villages are our country’s backbone. Our nation’s GDP hugely depends on agriculture which is the mainstay of our villages that helps in feeding the stomach of the populace

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of the world’s second most populated country. Over 70 percent of our countrymen still live in villages, but despite this huge population living in rural India, our villages suffer greatly from a variety of ailments. Lack of electricity, water facilities and healthcare, absence of proper roads, malnutrition, illiteracy, unemployment, poverty and orthodox thinking are some of the conditions that plague majority of our villages. For our nation to get into the development trajectory, our villages should improve. This realisation has brought Rotary into focusing their services for the improvement of infrastructure in the rural side of our country. Rotarians across the country are striving to make model villages by undertaking welfare

projects aimed to cater to the civic needs of villagers. A variety of community projects are performed by our Rotary clubs to enhance water facilities and sanitation and improve upon school infrastructure and promote literacy among the otherwise ignorant masses. Rotary clubs adopt villages and focus their service projects to the overall development of the adopted village. The idea is to focus their entire concentration on the adopted village and thus enhance the comforts of the villagers there, rather than perform a one-time activity and move over to another project elsewhere. RI Director P.T. Prabhakar, during one of his visits to Pune stressed on this idea and the need for Rotary clubs to concentrate their project activities in a


particular village not for one year but for at least four years by which time they can bring a positive transformation in the lives of the villagers there. Thus was born the ‘Happy Village’ concept in RI District 3131. Rotary clubs of the District have been sincerely adopting villages and bringing about significant developments in them. During this Rotary year, Rotary Club of Nigdi had commissioned the construction of toilet blocks, water tanks and anganwadi schools to take care of the education of the rural children in a village called Pimploli. Around 400 residents and 500 children benefit from this development project. Similar projects have been undertaken in Garade, Pedgaon and such villages surrounding Pune by various other Rotary clubs of the District. Rotary Club of Pune South narrowed down on four villages in Velhe taluka off Pune-Satara Road. The Rotarians visited the villages Sangvi, Ambavane, Ghore Padal and Sonde Mathana and conducted periodic meetings with the villagers to understand what was lacking in their villages and what their needs were. The Gram-sevaks, Sarpanch, school headmasters were also consulted. The club raised funds from its members to meet the expenses for carrying out the various welfare activities in the different villages. The villagers of Sangvi had been forced to consume contaminated water from the well as the Gram Panchayat did not have the requisite funds to install a filteration system or even lay pipes for the households. The Rotarians of RC Pune South facilitated water supply line and installed seven outlets to supply drinking water to the villages. They also installed a water tank and a water filtration system to provide clean and safe water for the villagers. This project which cost Rs.5,00,000 to the club benefitted about 800 residents at the village. The Rotarians also found that four houses in Sangvi did not have toilets and this prevented the Gram Panchayat from applying for the ‘Nirmal Gram’ status.

Toilet block being inaugurated at Ambavane village. Facing page: DG Deepak Shikarpur inaugurates drinking water facility at the school at Ambavane village.

Having this status for a village would mean that the village becomes eligible for various State government schemes that would hugely benefit the villagers. The Rotarians immediately facilitated the construction of toilets for these houses. The village had then applied for the ‘Nirmal Gram’ status too. To bring about awareness about cleanliness and hygiene for the simple villagers, the Rotarians conducted workshops to teach them basic hygiene and sanitation habits. They spoke to the villagers at length about the need to keep their house and surroundings clean and the importance of toilets for their houses. In a novel manner and to sustain the interest of the villagers, the Rotarians conducted competitions for them wherein they visited the homes of the villagers and ranked them on the basis of their clean houses. The Rotarians of RC Pune South extended similar facilities to the village Ambavane too. Water tank and filtration facility was installed at the village by the Rotarians at a cost of Rs.2,50,000. Toilets were constructed by the club at Saraswati Vidyalaya, a school that caters to girl children in the village. Around 500 girls would benefit from this project, and would attend school regularly. Absence of toilets in schools is a big drawback especially for girls and is one major reason for school dropout conditions.

School furniture were donated to Raje Shiv Chhatrapati Vidyalaya at Sonde Mathana to improve the classroom atmosphere and to deliver better seating facilities for the young students at the school. All these rural welfare projects enjoyed enthusiastic support from DG Deepak Shikarpur who personally visited these villages and launched these projects at the relevant villages. The District Governor reiterated the need for holistic concentration of the Rotarians on the development of villages to improve the standard of living of its people. Sustainabililty is the watchword for continuous and unhindered development of our rural regions. With Rotarians facilitating the basic requirements in the villages, the residents would be ensured of enhanced economy and growth which would provide a positive energy amongst the villagers for sustained development of their village and which in turn would pave way for a developed India. The dream of an ideal village is of course feasible when Rotarians across the nation work towards enhancing the infrastructural facilities there and make each village self-sufficient in terms of food, clothing and other basic necessities. Jaishree JUNE 2014

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ROTARY ACTS

RC Central Calcutta, RI District 3291 celebrates twenty five years of the Rotary Siksha Kendra (RSK), a school for underprivileged students. Rotarians of this club are on cloud nine, and sparkling through the sky like its silver lining is RSK.

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asic education and literacy comes under the six Areas of Focus of Rotary International. Rotary clubs support literacy through local and international service projects thereby placing a focus on increasing literacy. Rotary International has designated the month of March as ‘Literacy Month’ and Rotary clubs also aim to conduct many literacy events during the week of September 8, which is International Literacy Day. Total literacy in South Asia is the mission of the Rotarians in India. Government of India has also passed the RTE Act (Right to Education Act) and under this Act, free elementary education is made compulsory for all the children in the age groups of 6 to 14 years. All these factors indicate that only education will be the passport to the future and our country’s future is in the hands of the youngsters who are well educated and prepared to build it. Chinese philosopher Confucius quoted, “Education breeds confidence; Confidence breeds hope; Hope breeds peace.” To instill confidence and hope, thereby bringing peace amongst the children belonging to the weaker sections of the society, the considerate Rotarians of RC Central Calcutta, RI District 3291 started the Rotary Siksha Kendra School on 30th May, 1989 during the Presidentship of Rtn. Raj Kumar Rajgaria. It started functioning out of three rooms at a rented premises. The foundation stone for a new school building was laid on 11th of January, 1994 by the then Rotary International President, Robert R. Barth. RSK shifted into its own new premises 38 ROTARY NEWS JUNE 2014

From top: Cultural programme by the students of RSK at the Silver Jubilee celebration; Rotarians at the school.


on Teachers Day, granting scholarships for meritorious students, donating cycle vans to transport children to school and back home. They also renovate and paint the building at regular intervals for restoration purposes. The Rotarians make sure that they attend all the school functions along with their family and even international guests who visit their district are taken to the school. Special mention needs to be made of Subhas Chand Kankaria and Prakash Bhadani, who along with the present school Principal Krishna Samanta and the teachers, have nurtured the school as their own child and put their heart and soul into making the school what it is today. To commemorate and celebrate the Silver Jubilee of RSK, a grand function was organised by the club on 9th March 2014, at Shyama Theatre Hall, near the school with a contribution of Rs.2,00,000 from the members. Teachers and students of the school presented an excellent cultural show. Felicitation was done for all who were involved in the making of this school 25 years ago, apart from the Principal and teachers. District Governor Rajani Mukerji, RI District 3291, was the Chief Guest and Guests of Honour were Shri K.K. Todi, an eminent entrepreneur and social worker and Shri Gangadhar Pal, a 55 year old teacher who worked in the school without taking any salary, and also without taking any leave. This significant milestone of completing 25 years was hugely appreciated by all the parents and by the people in the locality. A huge gathering of about 1,000 people comprising of Past District Governors, Rotarians, guests, students, teachers and parents enjoyed the evening’s function. This permanent project of RC Central Calcutta will definitely light up many lives through quality education. The club has plans to extend the classes and bring about more infrastructure for their pet project. S. Selvi

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on 29th June, 1994 built with a sum of Rs.20,00,000 contributed by the club members with all the basic necessities like drinking water and separate toilets for boys and girls. Completing 25 years in existence, the RSK is a coeducation, Bengali medium school situated on Diamond Harbour Road at Bishnupur (Amtala) in the southern outskirts of Kolkata, providing education to children from the economically weaker sections of the society. Since inception, this school has been a boon for the local residents who could not pay the high fee structure of either government or private schools in their locality. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” is an aphorism by Nelson Mandela, the former South African President, which robustly affirms the significance of schooling. Shaping the young minds to be acquainted with the importance of education and to blossom into professionals, the Rotarians of RC Central Calcutta have looked into installing all the necessary infrastructure in the school which currently caters to around 460 students up to class IV, in morning and evening shifts to accommodate this strength. In order to keep the students updated with time, computer education is now being imparted and the students get a handson-approach to the subject besides theory. To give an all-round growth for their students, the school celebrates all major events like Saraswati Puja, Independence Day, Annual Day, Annual sports day, Annual picnic etc., every year, thus providing a holistic development for their students in spite of the very low fee structure. The school is self sufficient and runs on the fees of Rs.100 collected from the students each month. But throughout these years the club has taken all the measures to make their dream project the best by providing school bags, stationery items, mid-day meals on special occasions, organising eye checkup and other health camps, felicitating the teaching staff

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NEW GENERATIONS

Young blood flowing with fresh energy and exuberance is like a waft of fresh air that can work wonders in Rotary. Meet the Gen Y team of RC Madras Magnum, RI District 3230, all set to dedicate themselves to Service above Self, with a potent mixture of confidence, camaraderie and gusto.

Rotarians of RCMM with RI Directors P.T. Prabhakar and Bryn Styles during their visit to the club.

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f you believe all you read about Generation Y (young adults born between early 1980s and late 90s), you could be forgiven for assuming that the very last thing this dynamic group wants to be a part of, is Rotary. After all, they are better known for their impulsiveness, materialistic, unabashed ways and all such sensationalist descriptions. Contrary to such negative belief that most of us

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have about Generation Y, they actually represent a huge opportunity for Rotary. It was PRIP Luis Vicente Giay who coined the term ‘New Generations’ and he had a strong opinion that the future of Rotary relied on involving young people in the organisation’s programmes and activities. At the 1996 RI Convention in Calgary, Canada, he had said, “Our vision for the future, now more than ever, is the difference

between success and failure. The New Generations are our investment in the future. Let us begin to build that future today.” From another angle, Rotarians would definitely get rejuvenated by the energy and new perspectives that the young people have to offer. Studies have indicated that over 70 percent of youngsters actively volunteer on a weekly basis and are thirsty for opportunities to network


and connect with mentors to do good for their community. It can indeed be challenging to capture the attention of Gen Y and attract them as prospective Rotarians. With currently only 2 percent of Rotary’s membership worldwide being under the age of 30, there is enormous room for growth in attracting the next generation of Rotarians. That said, we have a team of ‘under-30’ Rotarians in Rotary Club of Madras Magnum (RCMM), RI District 3230 — the USP of this club is that the average age of its members is just 29! RCMM is indeed a ‘New Generations Rotary Club,’ sponsored by RC Madras Southwest. Service and fellowship weaves seamlessly through this group of young, likeminded individuals, well settled in their respective avenues. The club, initiated in July 2013 with just three members — Gaurav Jain, Dr. Papa and Tanmay Shah — showed remarkable membership expansion within a period of six months with an induction of 27 dynamic Rotarians. Weekly meetings and family fellowships were meticulously conducted even before

the club received its official charter in January 2014. Packed with dynamism and forward-thinking and true to the spirit of the age, the members use technological advancements such as the mobile applications and the social media effectively to communicate and propagate Rotary’s good work. The Rotarians led by their President Rtn. Gaurav Jain have taken two unique projects to start with: Magnum Animal Welfare project would take care of the animals; in this connection the Rotarians are extending their support to People for Animals - Chennai Chapter, for building better infrastructure that would provide better comfort for the animals sheltered there. The club is also actively working for Tuberculosis eradication in alliance with its sponsor club, RC Madras Southwest. RI Director Bryn Styles, during his visit to the club observed that a club with such young people as its members is one of the very few across the world and also appreciated the enthusiasm and dedication of the youngsters.

RI Director P.T. Prabhakar recalled nostalgic memories about his presence at the time of the charter presentation of RC Madras Southwest, the parent club of RC Madras Magnum. He urged the young members to make RCMM a model club, worthy of emulation by all newly chartered clubs. The motivating words of the RI Director were lapped up eagerly by the young Rotarians. Thinking out of the box, coming up with ground-breaking ideas and quick and prompt action are some of the magnificent characteristics of the Gen Y clan. The most important feature is that they too genuinely care for the world; all they need is the right support and the push in the right direction. Once started, there is no stopping them. Rotary needs such passionate, talented and inspired young people to join its ranks and continue the amazing work of Rotary. It is up to the local clubs and its members to identify this exuberant crowd and extend an invitation to them. Reaching out to the New Generations is a commitment to the future of every Rotary club. Jaishree

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Glimpses from ARC & ARPIC Training Programme

Rotary Coordinators PDGs Basker and Dr. Ulhas Kolhatkar in action.

RC Elect Vijay Jalan making a point.

RCs and ARCs from Zones 4, 5 and 6A.

RPIC Elect Sam Patibandla and RPIC Kamal Sanghvi promoting PR.

Jatinder Singh, Manager CDS, RISAO, explaining a point; RPICs and ARPICs from Zones 4,5 and 6A.


Enhancing Rotary Experience Assistant Rotary Coordinator (ARC)/Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator (ARPIC) Training Seminar An exhaustive training seminar to boost up various aspects of Rotary was convened for the Assistant Rotary Coordinators (ARCs) and Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinators (ARPICs) by RI Director P.T. Prabhakar at Chennai on April 29 and 30, 2014. The faculty consisted of Rotary Coordinators Basker (Zone 5), Dr. Ulhas Kolhatkar (Zone 4 and 6A) and incoming RC Vijay Jalan, Rotary Public Image Coordinator Kamal Sanghvi and incoming RPIC Sambasiva Rao Patibandla, who had all been trained by RI at Chicago in March 2014 for their respective assignments. The seminar was attended by all ARCs and ARPICs from Zones 4, 5 and 6A. Read on to find out the interesting features of the seminar as told by RC Dr. Ulhas Kolhatkar. After self introduction by the group, RC Basker explained the purpose of the meeting which was to train ARCs and ARPICs in goal settings for the districts for the Rotary year 2014–15, establishing communication channels and strategies for implementation. RI Director P.T. Prabhakar explained what is expected of the Rotary Regional Coordinators namely RCs, RRFCs and RPICs. The RI Director stressed on working together as a team and discussed elaborate plans on goal setting for the year 2014–15 with regard to membership, signature projects, public image and TRF support and programme participation. He also explained the necessity of proper reporting and establishing communication channels with districts and clubs. Jatinder Singh, Manager, Club and District Support, RI South Asia Office, Delhi explained in detail, the structure, function and importance of ‘Rotary Club Central’ and also explained the new accounting changes with respect to Rotary clubs particularly, the new invoicing system, which comes into effect from January 1, 2015. ARCs and ARPICs were trained in separate breakout sessions. ARCs Breakout Session:

Rotary Coordinator programme was explained in detail by RC Basker. The role of ARCs in their assigned districts and clubs was explained by RC Vijay

Jalan. I elaborated on the importance of strategic planning at district level and club level. The current membership scenario was discussed and analysed by RC Basker. Membership goals, set as regional membership plan, were informed to the ARCs. The plans to achieve these goals were discussed in detail by the ARCs. It was decided to focus more on membership retention, recruitment of women members including the couple members and young members. It was also decided to conduct green seminars to give Rotary information to new Rotarians. It was decided to develop a standard format of membership seminar at district level. ARPICs Breakout Session:

The assessment of the current status was done by SWOT analysis. It was decided to develop a standard format of public image seminar at district level. It was decided to hold joint seminars — membership and public image, and to encourage Rotary Days in all districts. It was decided that ARPICs will help each district to identify two new corporate social responsibility donors. It was also decided to develop zonal and district public image awards. To disseminate information effectively, it was decided to have a Google group of ARCs and ARPICs. It was also decided to have a brand centre, do media

planning for each district and develop facebook, twitter and Linkedin pages. RPIC Kamal Sanghvi discussed about the role of ARCs and ARPICs in service projects. He also explained the role of ARCs and ARPICs in supporting the Foundation and implementing TRF focus area projects. RC Vijay Jalan explained the quarterly reporting and communication system to the assistant co-ordinators. RC Basker explained how to develop vibrant clubs. Five case studies, concerning membership, youth service, service projects, public image of Rotary and strategic planning were discussed in the breakout session for ARCs. In the valedictory session, RI Director P.T. Prabhakar set the goals for each district in India, for Membership recruitment and retention; Developing two new CSRs per district; Enrolling clubs for Rotary Club Central; Finding out the status of vibrancy of all clubs in individual districts and; Holding Joint Seminars for membership and public image. I explained the zonal and district membership awards criteria in detail. To sum up, the training seminar proved to be a rigorous exercise and it was totally interactive. Every participant went home with clearly defined goals and plan of action for 2014–15. PDG Dr. Ulhas Kolhatkar Rotary Coordinator (2011–2014) JUNE 2014

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW CLUB INVOICE (Replacing Semi Annual Reports) In the Rotary world, a small change often can yield amazing results. The RI Board has made decisions that will impact the dues collection process and updating of membership data, which will go into effect 1 January 2015. The salient features of the new club invoice process are: Improved club membership invoices. Beginning 1 January 2015, every club will receive a one-page document that clearly states the amount due. This easy-to-understand invoice will replace the complicated eight-part semiannual report. The club will no longer need to recalculate its bill or make adjustments to the invoice. Dues amounts on semiannual invoices will be calculated based on the membership numbers filed by the club secretary — through Rotary.org, email, or mail — by 1 January and 1 July of each year. Because membership updates are required to be made as they occur, all membership information in RI’s system by 1 January and 1 July each year will be considered official, and the invoice is based on that information. As a result, the invoice is not adjustable- clubs must pay the amount indicated on the invoice. Faster service for new Rotarians. Club officers are asked to make membership updates (add or terminate a member, etc.) within 30 days of the change. Club officers will no longer be able to retroactively adjust membership to adjust their balance, so it is critical that they report membership changes as they occur or within 30 days.

The sooner a club secretary reports a new member, the sooner this Rotarian will receive a welcome kit from Rotary and be eligible for all the privileges of membership. Incoming club officers must be submitted to RI by 1 February each year. The club officers should also report their e-mail addresses to be included in RI database. Clubs will now be terminated if their balance (if over US $250) is unpaid 4 months after receiving their invoice, instead of 6 months. Role-specific messages: •

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Regular member: Pay your dues on-time. Let your club know well in advance if you will not continue your membership. Club Secretaries/Officers: Report to RI your new and terminated members within 30 days of their joining or leaving the club. You must ensure that the club’s correct membership data is received by RI (via e-mail, online updates, or in the mail) by no later than 1 January and 1 July of each year. Assistant Governors: Ensure that clubs are aware of these changes and are ready to implement them. District Governors: Work with your assistant governors and club secretaries to ensure they have all of their questions answered about this new process and they are ready to go well before 1 January 2015.

Frequently Asked Questions What is the reason for the change? The Rotary International Board of Directors approved this change in order to improve your club invoice experience. With timely new member updates, your club’s new members will start to feel engagement with Rotary much sooner. In addition, your club will no longer spend time filling out worksheets, recalculating dues owed, or writing in new 58 ROTARY NEWS JUNE 2014

members. With the change, your club will read the one page invoice and pay the amount owed. How does this affect me as a club or district officer? Club secretaries are the primary officers with new duties. They are asked to make membership updates, including adding new members and removing terminated members, as


they occur or within 30 days. Your club secretary also needs to report incoming club officers by 1 February each year. The rest of the team plays an important supporting role, too. Club and district officers should be aware of these changes and assist club secretaries with making these timely membership updates as requested. You say that this makes the dues process easier; explain how it does that? Beginning 1 January 2015, each club will receive a onepage invoice that clearly states the amount of membership dues, subscriptions, and any outstanding balances owed to Rotary. This will replace the current mailing that includes the semiannual report, 1–2 worksheets depending on your region, new member forms, the club roster, and a set of detailed instructions. You will no longer need to recalculate the amount your club owes. The invoice will use membership numbers received by Rotary by 1 January and 1 July of each year. Where do I report members online? Club officers can update membership on ‘My Rotary’ by signing in and navigating to Manage Club Administration Add/edit/remove member. If you need assistance with this process please contact your Club and District Support representative. When will I see these updates reflected in my club’s membership list? Updates made in My Rotary are reflected in Rotary International’s database immediately. When is the last date I can report membership changes to ensure my invoice reflects the current membership list? Membership updates made in My Rotary should be entered no later than 1 January or 1 July. Given the complexities associated with sending your changes via fax, mail, or data integration, you are strongly encouraged to provide these changes well before the Rotary International deadline of 1 July and 1 January. What if my club doesn’t have a secretary? All club officers (President, Secretary, Treasurer, Foundation Chair, Membership Chair and Executive Secretary) have access to edit membership data. If your club does not have a secretary, or your club’s secretary is unable to make membership updates, the club can choose another officer who is qualified to help with this responsibility. I would like to report changes to my club’s membership list using Rotary’s website, but I don’t have an account. How do I set this up?

To create an account on My Rotary, use your internet browser to navigate to www.rotary.org/myrotary. From there, click on the ‘Sign In/Register’ button. In the window that opens up, click on the ‘Create Account’ button, at which point you will enter your first name, last name, email address, and certify that you are 18 years or older. The system will then send an email to your requested email address with a link to complete the registration process and to create a password and security question. Feel free to contact your Club and District Support representative with questions or problems. When will I receive the invoice? Invoices will be emailed to clubs by the end of January and July. How much time will I have to review and pay the invoice? Beginning 1 January 2015, clubs are required to pay all outstanding dues within 120 days of the due date. For example, for the 1 January 2015 club invoice, the payment must be made to Rotary by no later than 30 April 2015; and 28 October for the 1 July 2015 club invoice. Will I be able to make adjustments on the invoice? No. All membership updates should be made so that they are reflected in Rotary’s records by 1 January and 1 July to ensure that the invoice includes the club’s most current membership. Clubs are required to pay the amount as listed on the invoice. Will I get a list of members with my invoice? After the January 2015 dues period, the club invoice will no longer include a list of members. The invoice will show the number of members used to calculate the dues balance, but the roster will not be included with the invoice beginning July 2015. As a club officer, if you need to see a list of your club’s official membership list used to calculate your invoice, navigate to ‘Manage Club Administration Semiannual dues invoice Print The Membership List.’ When must my club’s subscription preferences be updated in order to be reflected on the invoice? Changes in subscription preferences should be made before each billing cycle. Clubs should indicate changes in subscriptions no later than 1 January or 1 July in order for those changes to be reflected on the upcoming invoice. The club will be subscribed to the chosen publication for the whole billing cycle and may change to a different publication for the next billing cycle by indicating this change before the next cycle. Rtn. P.T. Prabhakar RI Director 2013–15 JUNE 2014 ROTARY NEWS 59


POLIOPLUS

Mumbai celebrates

INDIA’S POLIO-FREE Certification “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop,” said the popular Chinese philosopher Confucius. And at long last, India’s long fought battle against polio despite the delay has come to an end. Slow we must have been — with a populace of 1.2 billion, it has been difficult — but we have never stopped and we have marched on to achieve the Polio-free certification. The polio-free victory of India has been a great morale booster for Rotarians across the world striving to make the world polio-free. Rotary International, after the success of Polio Free Conclave 2014 in New Delhi, co-hosted a similar commemorative event in Mumbai with Smt. Rajashree Birla. The event was held at the prestigious Raj Bhavan with the Governor Shri K. Sankaranaryanan as the Chief Guest. More than 200 delegates attended the event with representatives from the State Government, NPSPWHO, Gates Foundation, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, corporate houses and consular chiefs along with diplomats from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and other South East Asia Region (SEAR) countries. Rotary taking the opportunity to thank Smt. Rajashree Birla for her unflinching support and contribution recognised her with a citation, ‘Super Achiever Excellence Award.’ On behalf of Rotary India, Governor Shri. K. Sankaranarayanan presented the award to Smt. Birla. Deepak Kapur, Chairman INPPC read the citation that acknowledged Smt. Birla’s role in the fight against polio. Our gracious host at Raj Bhavan and an inspiring figure, Honourable Governor of Maharashtra Shri 60 ROTARY NEWS JUNE 2014

Smt. Rajashree Birla being conferred with ‘Super Achiever Excellence Award’ by Maharashtra Governor Shri. K. Sankaranarayanan (third from left).

K. Sankarnarayanan in his address lauded India’s Polio-free certification and said that it was a huge achievement for the nation. After presenting the award to Smt. Birla on Rotary’s behalf, he went on to applaud the role played by civil society like Rotary International and the Birla Group saying, “their contribution in the polio-free campaign has been immense.” He urged Rotarians to take this winning momentum forward in other health initiatives to address concerns of diseases like TB and malaria in the country. Smt. Rajashree Birla accepting the award thanked the polio partners for their support in enabling the country to become polio-free. She said, “... the Government of India, the Government of Maharashtra, the Mumbai Municipal Corporation, WHO, Rotary International, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others have played a singular role. We owe this remarkable triumph over polio to them.”

India’s victory over polio is indeed a significant leap in our efforts in healthcare. People are inspired with this success in India and more people are joining the fight. If we can eradicate polio in India, we can do it anywhere in the world. Almost all the speakers, in addition to hailing the victory in the country, also cautioned to maintain vigilance and preparedness at all times to ensure India does not see the resurgence of the virus. “And we must ensure that under no circumstances polio enters our country ever again. Our slogan must now be ‘Keep India Polio-free,’ ” said Smt. Birla in her address. The event concluded with recognition of the representatives from the SEAR countries and they were presented with polio-free souvenirs. The event received widespread media coverage including the press from neighbouring SEAR countries. PRID Ashok Mahajan


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THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR MEMBERSHIP

DUES

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ow much does it cost to be a member of your club? You can probably answer that question. What do your membership dues cover? That may not be as clear. Many Rotarians know that a portion of their dues funds club and district expenses, as well as Rotary International operations worldwide. Few know exactly how that all breaks down. Dues are extremely important, as they are the single biggest source of revenue providing the services you enjoy as a Rotarian. This month, as a companion to the RI annual report, and on the heels of a US $1 dues increase approved by the 2013 Council on Legislation, we answer some frequently asked questions about where your money goes. How much of my total membership dues goes to RI? Right now, RI dues are $53. Depending on where you are in the world, that equates to about 4 to 14 percent of your total membership dues (see chart on next page). The rest of your membership dues total primarily covers club and district expenses, meals, and a subscription to The Rotarian or your regional magazine. Why are RI dues increasing? The RI Board of Directors proposed the increase based on a five-year financial forecast projecting that Rotaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spending would exceed its revenue by $9 million in 2018 if there were no increase. With the dues increase of $1 a year for three years, spending is still projected to exceed revenue, but by a smaller margin. The increase keeps the general surplus fund, which is Rotary Internationalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s savings, above the mandated level but does not prevent cutbacks in service. Why increase dues? Why not cut spending? This issue is a hot topic not only for Rotary but for the larger philanthropic community. In fact, the three major U.S. charity-rating groups have publicly agreed that nonprofits JUNE 2014

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Your membership dues at work Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how spending broke down in 2012-13

Governance and executive Finance

International operations

IT, operations and administration

Programmes and member services

*RIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operational expenses are funded principally by dues and supplemented by net investment returns.

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HR, legal and audit

Messaging and communications


Average bill breakdown by region Rotary polled clubs to determine how the cost of membership breaks down around the world. do North Ameri America Club du dues District du dues RI du dues subscription Magazine subscript Me Meals America Central & South Ameri Club du dues District du dues RI du dues Magazine subscript subscription Me Meals Sub-Saharan Afri Africa Club du dues District du dues RI du dues subscription Magazine subscript Me Meals Asia As Club du dues dues District du dues RI du subscription Magazine subscript Meals Me Europe Western Euro dues Club du dues District du RI du dues Magazine subscript subscription Me Meals

19% 5% 6% 2% 68%

32% 9% 10% 5% 44%

should not be judged solely on frugality; impact is also a critical factor. Significant spending cuts will translate into diminished service for Rotarians, clubs and districts, reducing our impact on the communities we serve. So, Rotary is committed to monitoring and controlling expenses closely, making prudent cuts, and investing where needed. For example, more meetings than ever take place virtually, and Rotary’s data centre, software development, and some transaction processing services were moved to Pune, India, to lower costs. However, it is important that Rotary continue to invest in staff and technology to grow and improve the organisation. What other sources of revenue, besides dues, does Rotary have? Dues account for about 65 percent of Rotary’s revenue. The next largest source of income comes from return on investments. Rotary also earns money through publication sales, international convention registration revenues, royalties, license fee income, and rental income at the world headquarters in Evanston, Ill., USA

34% 9% 14% 5% 38%

36% 7% 6% 3% 48%

28% 2% 4% 6% 60%

*Data are from a 2009 membership survey. Figures exclude contributions to foundations, Service projects, and youth programmes, as well as miscellaneous club expenses.

Is Rotary financially healthy? Yes. Rotary International’s general surplus fund exceeds the target established in the bylaws, and the budget is balanced. In 2011 and 2012, the RI Board of Directors designated $15 million of the general surplus fund to support strategic initiatives to grow the organisation. It allocated $10 million to be spent over three years on additional public relations grants, a new communications plan, the creation of Rotary’s new visual identity, and the expansion of the organisation’s social networking presence. The Board also approved $3 million to be spent on creating and implementing regional membership development plans, and $2 million for other initiatives. In 2013, the Board approved $2 million to be used for strategic and operational costs if needed. This strategic spending JUNE 2014

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is important to promoting Rotary and helps support membership growth, which is critical to the future of the organisation. Does RI ever make special efforts to support The Rotary Foundation? On occasion, the Board will take extraordinary measures to support the Foundation financially. For example, over the last two years, RI contributed $10 million from the general surplus fund to PolioPlus. As a result of that commitment, the Foundation received a $50 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. How do our costs compare to those of other service organisations of similar size? It’s difficult to compare Rotary to other international service organisations. However, The Rotary Foundation’s financial performance is included in assessments by various charity-rating agencies. For example, in the United States, the Foundation receives high marks from several ratings groups. Charity Navigator gives the Foundation four stars, its highest score. The Foundation meets the 20 standards for charity accountability set by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance and is a silver-level GuideStar Exchange Participant, demonstrating its commitment to transparency. Rotary’s partnership with the Gates Foundation is another strong affirmation of our metrics and reputation.

Supporting the President

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very year, Rotary informs members of the cost to operate its highest office. Over the past five years, RI has paid an average of $652,800 per year on behalf of the RI President. This amount includes all the President’s travel expenses, costs associated with the theme the President chooses, public relations, housing and moving costs. It’s a lot of money. So what is the benefit to Rotary? Current RI President

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Ron Burton is emphatic that the office of President is bigger than the person who fills it. He can attest that when an RI President makes an appearance, donations to The Rotary Foundation pour in (donors gave about $600,000 after Burton appeared at a recent event in Singapore), awareness of Rotary builds, and members find someone to look to for inspiration and leadership. “I know it’s not about me, but rather the special love and respect

that Rotarians have for the position of President,” Burton says. “I get many, many invitations. We look at the cost and time to get there and pick places where we can get a large number of people together to deliver a message to get them excited and engaged in Rotary. We also try to go places that haven’t yet had a visit from a Rotary International President.” Whether it’s at a popcorn festival in a small town in Illinois or


PRESIDENTIAL TRAVEL, BY THE NUMBERS Miles flown = 2,50,000

Countries visited = 51

Speeches delivered = 190

Numbers represent an average yearlong presidential term.

the World Economic Forum, the President serves as the face of the organisation. The President represents Rotary on the world stage and often generates media attention and publicity for our work. Rotarians fund the office, and given that, they demand a lot from the person in that office. In Burton’s case, he left home on 20 June 2012 to serve as President-elect, and he’s been home only 49 nights since then.

He’s spent 24 nights sleeping on an airplane. “I went 2,16,000 miles as Presidentelect and will go much more than that this year,” he says. “That’s just airplanes.” Travel can be tiring, but Burton firmly believes that leading and inspiring a global organisation can’t be done sitting in Evanston. “It’s pressing the flesh, giving people abrazos, and talking to them,” he says.

Of course, the President gets something you can’t put a price on, either: the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead the organisation and meet Rotarians around the world. “You get to be the human embodiment of the intangible ideal of Rotary,” Burton says. “It’s a great honour.”

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District Wise Contribution Totals to The Rotary Foundation as on April 30, 2014 (in US Dollars)

District Number 2980 3000 3010 3020 3030 3040 3051 3052 3053 3060 3070 3080 3090 3100 3110 3120 3131 3132 3140 3150 3160 3170 3180 3190 3201 3202 3211 3212 3230 3240 3250 3261 3262 3291 India India Total

APF

72,788 18,160 3,75,102 34,729 1,921 41,663 7,924 1,95,576 13,622 81,684 22,686 43,434 2,555 67,513 71,175 24,838 2,30,680 41,277 4,03,567 64,909 27,044 57,647 91,581 1,58,812 80,629 91,611 43,339 29,954 1,07,944 1,39,802 21,780 39,184 45,776 1,47,369 28,98,277

3220

76,056

3271 3272

59,064 26,363

3281 3282

84,660 62,650

3292 South Asia Total World Total

97,939 33,05,010 8,55,06,602

PolioPlus*

Other Restricted

India 18,465 1,120 507 0 485 4,528 484 102 121 47,929 166 14,955 0 4,824 0 34,977 1,650 0 391 16,191 3,273 6,005 33,149 18,507 6,867 0 0 18,371 2,005 0 0 0 2,71,365 5,89,143 1,639 1,770 3,695 51,995 4,089 34,011 33 0 535 2,223 619 14,030 484 1,12,883 32,538 7,860 16,907 0 52,129 1,485 1,992 0 7,128 18,846 2,294 0 6,176 100 0 0 0 500 498 47,105 10,00,000 14,69,684 10,49,463 Sri Lanka 3,273 18,121 Pakistan 225 3,165 1,521 2,379 Bangladesh 13,238 (2,869) 0 7,500 Nepal 50 36,930 14,87,991 11,14,688 2,52,86,344 1,07,07,568

* Excludes Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Endowment Fund 7,277 0 51,316 2,000 7,979 30,774 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3,841 2,033 41,229 97,720 0 49,698 730 24,764 0 0 2,000 408 65,249 180 211 0 8,500 3,000

Total Contributions

3,98,907

99,650 18,667 4,31,431 37,316 57,950 87,557 12,748 2,30,552 15,272 98,267 31,964 95,091 9,422 85,884 73,181 24,838 10,95,029 46,719 5,00,487 2,00,729 27,077 1,10,104 1,06,960 2,96,942 1,21,027 1,08,517 98,953 32,353 1,99,166 1,42,276 28,267 39,184 54,776 1,97,973 10,00,000 58,16,331

1,000

98,449

3,187 0

65,642 30,263

2,200 0

97,229 70,150

0 4,05,294 2,24,44,887

1,34,918 63,12,983 14,39,45,400

Source: RI South Asia Office

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Love for Rotary P

eople who have been invited and who have become Rotarians would certainly vouch for the joy of being one, enjoying every moment of doing their bit of service to humanity, the numerous opportunities of fellowship and the sheer joy of uniting for the common good. Here is one family where ‘Rotary blood’ runs through its three generations and more.... The passion for Rotary runs in the family of Rtn. (Major) Dr. Bishan Singh. A surgeon of repute, qualified from Edinburgh, Dr. Bishan Singh joined the army and performed active practice in the North West Frontier province. After resigning from the military service, he moved to Mandalay in Burma and commenced practice there. He joined Rotary Club of Mandalay in 1937. In 1939, when World War II erupted, he was recalled to the army and he served in Burma Front. In 1947, Rtn. Dr. Bishan Singh Dr. Singh settled down in his home-town, Rawalpindi, but again, due to the partition, he migrated to Kanpur. He joined Rotary Club of Kanpur in 1948, and he was a member till his death in 1972. The love for Rotary trickled over to the second generation; Rtn. Bishan Singh’s elder son, Vasdev Singh, a Rtn. Jagjeet Singh mechanical engineer, who worked in the Rourkela Steel Plant, joined the Rotary Club of Rourkela, RI District 3261, in 1994. He served as the Club President in 2002–2003 and in the later years, he also served as Director and Chairman of various committees. Rtn. Vasdev Singh served as editor of the weekly club bulletin, Rotator, for four years. Rtn. Bishan Singh’s younger son, Dr. Jagjeet Singh, a professor of Sociology, Kanpur University, enrolled as

a Rotarian of RC Kanpur, RI District 3110, in 1968. He served as a Charter Director of RC Pankee in 1982. He gave up his membership in 1984 when he met with an accident and suffered serious health issues. Mr. Tejinder Singh, son of Rtn. Vasdev Singh is the third generation Rotarian from the Singh family. He joined Rotary Club of Rourkela Central, RI District 3261, in 1997 and then switched over to Rotary Club of Rourkela in 2005. He won the district’s ‘Best Secretary’ award when he served as honorary secretary of the club in 2010–11. He was president of the club in 2011–12. He is also serving the club in various capacities. Rtn. Tejinder Singh is bestowed with PHF status in recognition of his generous contribution to The Rotary Foundation. S u k h a m K a u r, daughter of Rtn. Tejinder Singh is an active Rotarylet. She is a Rtn. Dr. Vasdev Singh PHSM (Paul Harris Sustaining Member), and has a strong inclination towards Rotary. In all probabilities, Sukham could be the fourth generation Rotarian in the making. A core part of being human is the passion to serve mankind and Rotary provides the perfect platform to help with the basic needs for Rtn. Tejinder Singh the sick and the downtrodden. It is indeed an awesome feat for the Singh family to have three generations and still more to come, to have the unity of purpose to serve society and create a constructive impact through Rotary. Jaishree with inputs from Rtn. Vasdev Singh RC Rourkela, RI District 3261 JUNE 2014

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RC KUNNAMKULAM RI District 3201 In order to enhance the music skills of a band from a blind school the club donated a complete set of musical instruments to them. This would help them practice and perform better.

RC METTUPALAYAM RI District 3202 The club installed generators in the premises of Metro School. This school is run by the club and the generator would provide the classroom with electricity during power cuts.

RC ADOOR RI District 3211 The club restored smiles on the faces of poor and needy people by providing them with dentures. These dentures will also help them chew their food with ease.

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RC VIRUDHUNAGAR RI District 3212 A fancy dress competition was conducted for the pre-primary students of the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school. This was part of the 21st anniversary celebration of the school.

RC TAMBARAM RI District 3230 To promote the public image of Rotary, Rotarians organised a family trip to the Andaman Islands and discussed various aspects of services for humanity.

RC ASANSOL GREATER RI District 3240 The club conducted a health camp at Prantik Old Age Home in order to show love and care to the inmates of the home. Medicines were also provided to them.

RC RANCHI RI District 3250 A rally was organised by the club in association with Rotaract clubs of ISM Pundag and Ranchi ICWAI to curb the use of polythene bags and spread awareness on pollution control. The rally witnessed over 100 participants. JUNE 2014

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RC BERHAMPUR RI District 3262 The club in association with Oriental Bank of Commerce conducted a blood donation camp at the bank premises. The camp collected 33 units of blood.

RC SONARPUR RI District 3291 Distribution of sewing machines were undertaken by the club in an endeavour to strengthen the economic status of poor women.

RC BUTWAL RI District 3292 The club in association with RC Miyazaki Chuo, Japan, RI District 2730 and TRF renovated and upgraded the standard of Shree Phoolbari Primary School in order to provide better learning environment for the students.

RC NAGORE RI District 2980 In order to enhance Rotary’s public image the club set up clocks with the Rotary logo and club’s banner at the railway station and various public places.

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RC ARANTHANGI RI District 3000 The club in association with Rotaract Club of Nainamohamed Arts and Science College conducted a dental camp at Rajendirapuram village. Over 250 patients were examined followed by distribution of dental kits.

RC AKOLA RI District 3030 In order to enhance the public image of Rotary the club in association with Rotary clubs Akola Main, Akola East, Akola Midtown, Akola North and Akola Central hosted a stall named Rotary Utsav at Central Maharashtra Builders Exhibition.

RC INDORE MEGHDOOT RI District 3040 The club organised an eye camp at Maa Kankeswari Sanskar Kendra, Pardeshipura. Close to 200 patients were checked. Spectacles were given out to the patients and a few of them were advised cataract surgeries.

RC JAIPUR BAPUNAGAR RI District 3052 To protect poor and needy children from cold during winter the club distributed sweaters to over 100 boys and girls.

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RC GWALIOR VEERANGANA RI District 3053 Drawing competition on the topics ‘Environmental issues’ and ‘Save the girl child’ was organised by the club at Sanskar Public School. Children came out with vivid and creative ideas.

RC GONDAL RI District 3060 The club distributed grocery and nutritious food items to poor and underprivileged families who survive on a very low income.

RC AMRITSAR EAST RI District 3070 The club distributed sweaters to all students of the Government Primary School, Hathi Gate. This will help them keep warm during the winter.

RC JIND MIDTOWN RI District 3080 The club organised an eye camp in which 300 patients were examined and close to 100 cataract surgeries were performed using the MICS technology at Swami Shaligram Hospital, Jind.

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RC PATIALA GREATER RI District 3090 The club conducted a dental check up camp at Mata Sahib Kaur Girls College of Education, Dhamo Majra village, Patiala. Villagers were also briefed on healthy oral habits.

RC MORADABAD CIVIL LINES RI District 3100 The club along with Rotary Club of Republic of Korea, RI District 3630 and TRF donated office furniture along with a computer and projector to Prayas, a school for special children.

RC BAREILLY METRO RI District 3110 School students participated in the Rotary Metro Debate competition. Certificates and prizes were handed over to the students who performed best.

RC VARANASI SUNRISE RI District 3120 The club along with RC Simi Valley, USA, RI District 5240 and TRF distributed 100 sewing machines to poor women in order to empower them.

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MISCELLANY

Sensing trouble New devices can alert you to problems you may not know you have.

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ook for redness and swelling: That’s the advice to post-surgical patients — including my dad after a knee replacement. Back at home, my parents took to studying his incision, wondering if it was normal. It’s tough to identify abnormal when your loved one’s knee resembles a close encounter with Dr. Frankenstein and a staple gun. The incision became a Rorschach test for our anxiety level. The normal-or-not debate ended on Thanksgiving, when severe swelling and excruciating pain brought my dad to the ER late at night. Diagnosis: raging infection. To tame it, my dad had to show up at the hospital every day for a month so antibiotics could drip through a thin tube inserted in his upper arm and extending to a large vein in his chest. If the infection spread to his brand-new knee joint, the doctors would have to remove it. That would be followed by another surgery, with all the accompanying misery and risk, and decreasing chances of success with each joint-replacement attempt. My dad’s story ended well. The infection cleared, and he kept his new knee. For that, I’m grateful. But I’d prefer a low-drama narrative in which the bacteria are found before they turn into an antibiotic-resistant mess. Researchers are working on that — and other health problems — with the help of sensors. These tiny, behind-the-scenes workhorses can detect light, heat, motion — just about any physical property worth measuring. As a result, sensors can catch some medical issues early, or in some cases, prevent them entirely. In the coming years, smart bandages will serve as vigilant watchdogs,

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sniffing out infections when only a few bacterial cells are present. I heard this promising news from Ed Goluch, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston. He’s designed a smart bandage with thin wires attached to an electrochemical sensor, just a few micrometers wide (slightly larger than a single bacterial cell). Here’s how it works: Bacteria produce molecules, and when a molecule touches the wire, it produces a current. By measuring current flow, the smart bandage reveals the concentration of molecules — and bacteria. If my dad had been wearing such a sensor, doctors might have started treating him long before he landed in the ER.

Goluch’s work already has attracted interest from doctors with diabetic patients — especially those with feet prone to infection. “You want to monitor that closely and treat right away, so you don’t reach the point where infection is so extensive you have to amputate,” he says. Other researchers are developing different types of smart bandages, using pH sensors, for example, and temperature sensors. Goluch’s prediction: “In a few years, you’ll see an entire suite of sensors for early infection detection.” While my dad was recovering from his knee replacement, he had to take a fistful of pills each day at different times. Tracking those medications


“I think we will look back in 20 years, and our grandkids will be amazed that we swallowed drugs without any indication of what they were or where they came from. ” added to the post-surgery stress. When I saw my mom’s hand-drawn, checkmarked matrix for my dad’s meds, I thought, “There must be a better way.” Months later, I learned about one: an ingestible sensor that detects when patients have taken their medicine. The sensor, manufactured by Proteus Digital Health, is encapsulated on the surface of the medication. It follows the basic principle of a potato battery: The sensor has copper and magnesium on either side, and when it gets wet, it sends an electrical signal. Each pill has a unique signal, detected by a sensor patch that adheres to the patient’s skin. “You could take 30 tablets all at once, and the system would separate out and identify all 30 of them,” says Don Cowling, the company’s senior vice president of commercial programmes. The patch transmits the pill’s identifying signal (along with the exact time of detection) to a smartphone or other Bluetooth-enabled device, allowing for online tracking. The patch also contains an accelerometer that can precisely determine a person’s body angle. “We do that to see how patients are sleeping at night,” Cowling tells me. “If you have congestive heart failure, you need to sleep at an angle or your lungs fill up with fluid. We also can see if patients are turning at night and when they get up.” Cowling knows of one man in California whose father has Alzheimer’s and lives in a UK nursing facility. From thousands of miles away, he can see whether his father is taking his medication and how he is sleeping. The ingestible sensor also helps doctors confirm what they already suspect: Many people don’t take their pills as directed. In one study, patients diagnosed with resistant hypertension

received medication with the ingestible sensor. The result: About 80 percent of them didn’t have resistant hypertension after all — just a resistance to taking their pills. “Once they started taking their medication, their blood pressure was fine,” Cowling says. The ingestible-sensor system became available to the public in 2013, but only in limited areas (mainly the United Kingdom and California). That availability likely will increase in the next few years. Cowling says some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies have plans to produce pills with the sensors embedded inside (instead of encapsulated on their surface), and he expects to see those pills on the market in early 2015. The sensors also could solve a life-threatening pharmaceutical problem: counterfeit pills. According to estimates from the World Health Organisation, as much as 30 percent of prescription drugs sold in developing countries are counterfeit. Such drugs thwart efforts to control deadly diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. In 2011, a World Health Organisation survey found that 64 percent of antimalarial drugs in Nigeria were fake. The ingestible sensor may help prevent this. Because it gives each pill a coded signal, it could easily identify pills from specific pharmaceutical companies. Says Cowling: “I think we will look back in 20 years, and our grandkids will be amazed that we swallowed drugs without any indication of what they were or where they came from.” In 20 years, those kids also will marvel at how we guessed at so many things — when to apply sunscreen or check an athlete for head trauma. MC10, a health technology company based in Cambridge, Mass., aims to

remove the guesswork with thin electronic devices that conform to the body. MC10’s stretchable electronics were developed by one of its cofounders, John Rogers, director of the materials research lab at the University of Illinois. (The stretchable- electronics work helped him earn a Mac-Arthur Foundation “genius” grant in 2009.) In 2013, Reebok began selling a product called Checklight that uses MC10’s electronics. Designed to be worn under a helmet, Checklight is a skullcap with a small light at the base of the neck. The light indicates impact levels — yellow for moderate, red for severe. That’s made possible by the skullcap’s microprocessor, which uses an algorithm to make sense of gyroscope and accelerometer measurements. Checklight is not a concussion diagnostic tool, notes Elyse Winer, MC10’s manager of marketing and communications. But it does measure force and can signal whether an athlete should be assessed for head trauma. Players sometimes underestimate an impact’s severity or feel pressured to keep playing even if something feels wrong. With Checklight, athletes don’t need to ask for help — the visual cue does it for them. Checklight went through three years of testing, which included youth and professional athletes who wore the caps while playing football and other sports. Winer tells me that something unexpected happened when those athletes wore Checklight: It became a persuasive teaching tool, reinforcing the safety talk that players had heard from coaches. “Athletes don’t want to be taken out of the game,” she says. “To avoid triggering the light, they started tackling in a safer, smarter way.” By S.A. Swanson Reproduced from The Rotarian JUNE 2014

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of enlightenment. Quotes from the ‘God Man’ creates a peace within the mind and soul. This book carries in it harmonious unity that could bind the entire world as one through simple and noble deeds. Humbleness is the soul of this book that moves one virtue at a time, like small steps towards the big leap. The stories narrated in this compendium are a wholesome collection of goodness. With Ma Saraswati featured on the cover page, this book is sure to ride its readers into the celestial land. The opening page has a story featured on Prophet Mohammed’s love for the human race and the book closes with a story of devotion of one of Sai Baba’s worshiper. Stories from the lives of Jesus, Gautama Buddha, Lord Rama and Lord Ganesha leave the reader with a sense of fulfillment. It is not about the house you own or the car you drive, it’s about you as a human being. K.H. Bhuraney has mentioned about various Rotary clubs working for the better of the human

race. He has mentioned about Rotary’s work in the field of healthcare and education and how Rotary is serving love and care to all the people in the world and enhancing human values without expecting anything in return. Importance of praying, respecting food and time have also been enumerated in a very simple yet astonishing manner through Sai Baba’s teachings. His disciples have had the privilege to learn many such valuable things through Baba himself. The chain of goodness has been extended through the love and grace of his teachings in the form of this book. K.H. Bhuraney through his book has highlighted human values that have been replaced with greed and selfishness. This book is an eye opener to all those who are blinded by the glitz of the world. True happiness is only when the soul is satisfied through kindness, love, affection … through Human Values for You, Me and Everybody. Kiran Zehra

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PDG Dr. Y.S. Kothari (extreme right), RI District 3052, was honoured at â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Polio Free Conclave 2014â&#x20AC;&#x2122; for his remarkable contribution towards uprooting polio. PDG Y.S. Kothari had also served as National Committee Member of INPPC.

Rtn. Sabu Joseph, RC Alleppey East, RI District 3211, was conferred with a prestigious award from Prime Minister Shri Manmohan Singh for his outstanding achievements in the coir industry.

Mr. Atul Chordia (extreme left), co-founder of Panchshil Realty, Pune was inducted as Arch Klumph Society member for his contribution of US $250,000 to TRF. He was felicitated by Padmavibhushan Dr. R. A. Mashelkar and DG Dr. Deepak Shikarpur at the District Conference.


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