1 August 2017
We have a great sense of togetherness. It is our team spirit that has driven us through this marvellous first month. It is the union of independence and dependence of Rotarians, that constitutes the fantastic beginning of this service year 17-18. AGTS, PETS-SETS, DTTS and District Assembly within twelve days, and I could attend 18 club installations and other functions within a short span because of your extraordinary support, love and affection.
Most of you have not only completed your installation functions but also organised numerous service projects during the first month. I place on record my sincere appreciation for my fellow Rotarians and leaders of the clubs for organising Blood donation camps, अन्नपूर्णादिवस (Food for poor), Tree plantation, Medical Camps, स्वच्छभारत projects, and many more humanitarian projects.
I compliment you for inducting a large number of members during this month but retention is more important. We celebrate August as Membership Month. I encourage all of you to introduce new members, remind every Rotarian about his obligation to invite good people to Rotary and induct them as Rotarians. Membership Seminar will be held on 3rd September at Kurukshetra under the dynamic leadership of PDG Dr. Gulshan Thakral, affectionate hosting of DGN Jitendra and District Secretary Ajay Madan. Please register before 20th August.
Now it is the time to plan further and take action.
President IAN has asked us to Support and Strengthen the clubs, Focus and increase humanitarian service, and Enhance Rotary’s Public Image and awareness. Presidential citation is also based upon the same. I urge all clubs to develop projects keeping this in mind. Please register and report on Club Central for citations and recognitions.
I have decided to focus in the following three areas:
• Let us identify need based projects for local communities around our work or home place.
• Let us adopt projects to make a permanent impact.
• Let us work together to “Restore the Dignity”.
I shared with you during District Assembly that old age home is not our culture, our elders deserve much more dignified life and we have to work to restore their dignity. I have deiced to create RDTF – “Restore the Dignity Task Force” that will work with old age homes and orphanages in the vicinity of RID 3080 and intend to organise one district seminar to take this mission ahead.
After eradicating polio, our next target disease is Tuberculosis (TB). PRID Y.P. Das and PDG Chetan has taken up this mission with the help of USAID to achieve TB Free India. Rtn. Yash has urged us to appoint one TB Coordinator in each club and conduct TB awareness and screening camps for which he announced a grant of Rs. 25000/- for each organising clubs.
I have received an amount of Rs. 8,97,897/- from Rotary International, that RI pays every governor to meet his working expenses of travelling, boarding, lodging etc. I have decided to donate that entire amount for the projects of our clubs because the board of my company Raymed has decided to take care of all my expenses.
I am pleased to share that an amount of Rupees Eighty Nine Lac (The US $ 1,39,115.56) is available in District Designated Fund and some more funds are expected from unused district grant of previous years. This is the amount which we receive back from Rotary out of our previous year donations.
I invite your projects under district grants and global grants to make the best use of these amounts in the service of humanity.
I am satisfied that we could do all this in short time and I am in gratitude towards fellow Rotarians – my friends who made this possible.