It was a tremendous momentous experience for the Rotarians of District 3080 to meet with their world leader in person, face-to-face. Down-to-earth, focussed, and very sharp...Ray Klinginsmith flew in to Chandigarh after a long 20-hours journey from USA accompanied by RI Director K.R. Ravindran.. He was received at the airport by Past Rotary International President Rajendra K. Saboo, RI Director Elect Yash Das, District Governor Madhukar Malhotra, and their respective aides, PDG Parmod Vij and PDG Yoginder Dewan.
After catching a few winks at Hotel Taj, he spent an hour with the participants of District 3080 Leadership Academy, whose 10th batch was on. In the evening, he mingled with the RI officers, and then over 300 Rotarians from all over the District in the auditorium of Chandigarh Judicial Academy.
After recognising the contributors to The Rotary Foundation and the volunteer doctors and Rotarians of Rotary Medical Missions, 'Rahat', he left the podium, and gracefully walked into the centre of the stage that established a great contact with the audience immediately.
He commended the Rotarians for their humanitarian work. "Thank you for being a Rotarian and doing what you do," he said.
"You're succeeding on the polio eradication remarkably," he added, "and it is the Rotarians in India who would win most of the credit for eradicating polio from the world."
Referring to the difficult time that the world economies went through in last couple of years with dwindling resources, he reiterated, "Rotary would not have been what it is today, without India."
He reminded every Rotarian to be proud of being a Rotarian, for "your efforts in contributing US$ 1 billion to polio eradication efforts worldwide, for the fellowship, for helping people in other countries."
"Keep in mind, Rotary is making the world a better place...and no one does it better," Ray concluded.
Chandigarh Judicial Academy is a newly built complex in Sector 43B, Chandigarh. People arriving from Mohali will find it very close as they enter Chandigarh from Dara Studio side, and reach Beant Singh Memorial. Further up, this huge complex is the perfect place to meet with the world leader of Rotary, Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith.
The best time to reach there is by 3:30pm. Register yourself and enjoy a warm cup of tea beside the swimming pool where President Ray would arrive and meet with you all.
The Intercity shall start sharp at 5pm, and because of the logistics, the tea shall not be available after 5 or after that. It is best to reach in time, and have the opportunity to meet the world leader.
All Rotarians are requested to get ready for the next round of SNID which will be held in Chandigarh, Punjab, parts of Haryana, UP and Uttrakhand. Please get in touch with the your SMO for details about the areas being covered especially for Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith shall be in Chandigarh on 25th March 2011. A unique, momentous opportunity for the Rotarians and their families in our District to meet the world leader of Rotary International...face-to-face.
He is accompanied by the Rotary International Director K.R. Ravindran on the morning of 25th March and would be addressing the congregation of Rotarians in the evening at an intercity in the newly-built Chandigarh Judicial Academy's auditorium in Sector 43 (near ISBT) of Chandigarh.
You can drive down to the city to reach by 4pm and seize the opportunity to shake hand with Ray, and get yourself photographed with him over hi-tea.
The Registration Fee for the Intercity is Rs.175 (single) and Rs.300 (couple). Kindly have your cheque, drawn in favour of "Rotary Club of Chandigarh" sent to Rotary House, 107A, Sector 18A, Chandigarh, immediately.
Rotary Medical Mission, Rahat-2, from District 3080 to District 3040 left yesterday for the tribal District of Chindwara in Madhya Pradesh.
Led by DG Madhukar Malhotra with IPDG Chetan Aggarwal as Mission Director, and the originator of the programme, Past Rotary International President Raja Saboo as the mentor, are leading a team of nearly 20 doctors from different specialities, namely, general surgery, orthopedics, eye, ENT, urology, dental, plastic surgery, gynae, anesthesia, etc.
Another team of 15 doctors from District 3040 led by DG Mrs. Nalini Langer would be joining them at Nagpur.
There are 12 Rotary volunteers from District 3080 and nine from District 3040, who would be assisting the medical team.
PDG Rtn. Vivek Tankha, who played a stellar role in earlier similar medical mission to Mandala, is again at the helm of affairs in taking care of all logistics and coordinating with the local authorities.
The state government of Madhya Pradesh under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan is providing all support for the success of this mission. The medical mission is also supported by Minister of Health Shri Narottam Mishra, Secretary Health Mr S.R. Mohanti, Divisional Commissioner Mr Prabhat Pareshar, District Collector Dr. Pawan Kumar Sharma, Joint Director Health Dr. J.L. Mishra, CMO Dr. G.C. Choursia, and civil surgeon Dr. Praveen Kumar Shrivastav.
The camp also has the blessings of Union Minister for Urban Development, Government of India, Shri Kamal Nath.
Funded by The Rotary Foundation, the partner District 3520, Taipei Southwest has collaborated in this mission.
The medical team which reached Nagpur today morning and is on its way to tribal district of Chidwara, is all gung-ho and is looking forward to a very large turnout at the camp.