DGE Anantha Jothi, who will become the first woman governor in RID 3000, introduced her core team at the two-day district conference titled Caarnival.
Inaugurating the discon at the PSG Convention Centre in Coimbatore, India’s former vice-president, Venkaiah Naidu complimented Rotary for its multifaceted projects for the communities. Orator Sukhi Sivam thanked Rotary and Rotarians for doing ‘service above self’. DG I Jerald presented the Distinguished Service Awards to PDGs M Muruganandam and Dr Zameer Pasha, and Avenues of Service Awards were given to 10 members.
Vijay TV anchor Gopinath, industrialist M Ponnuswamy and transgender Kalki gave stimulating talks inspiring the audience. Kalki later joined PDG Dr Zameer Pasha and Mala Balsubramaniam in a panel discussion on Rotary’s new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policy.
On the second day too, eminent people including Lok Sabha MP S Venkatesan, environment activist G Sundarraj and film director S A Chandrasekhar delivered speeches on diverse subjects.
Madras High Court former justice K Chandru, recalling his personal experiences said, “our judiciary is such that every common man in India will get justice, but it may be delayed.” Tamil film actor Parthipan spoke on the new emerging path for the next generation filmmakers. Special programmes were conducted for the Anns and Annets.
Earlier, RI president’s representative PDG Ashes Ganguly, RID 3142, and his wife Nandita were given a rousing welcome at the inaugural ceremony with oyilattam, a traditional folk dance, and chenda melam, percussion drum beat of Kerala.
The discon team led by Ramachandra Babu took care of logistics for the successful conduct of the fellowship meet.