In Mumbai, RIPE Gordon McInally and his spouse Heather attended an event organised by RI Districts 3141, 3142, 3131, 3132, and 3170. Attended by DGs, DGEs, club presidents and district officers, the event was planned and executed by RIDE T N Subramanian.
RI director Mahesh Kotbagi and TRF trustee Bharat Pandya addressed the gathering, and briefed the incoming RI president about Rotary’s work in India, particularly these districts, and the governors showcased the work they had done during the year.
Addressing the meet RIPE McInally explained to the assembled Rotarians, the relevance of Rotary in today’s world, and the need to create hope in the world. He also gave them details of the good work Rotarians have done around the world to provide succour and hope to those facing severe hardships. His address received a standing ovation from the gathering.
A highlight of RIPE McInally’s Mumbai visit was his meeting with chairperson of the Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development Rajashree Birla at her office, during which he expressed his gratitude on behalf of Rotary International for her Foundation’s generous donation to Rotary for the cause of polio eradication. She assured him of her continued support to Rotary in its endeavour to create hope in the world and make it a better place.
Also present at the tea meeting, organised by PRID Ashok Mahajan, were Heather McInally, Pandya and RIDE Subramanian.
McInally and Heather were also hosted a private dinner in Mumbai by Mahajan, who was his batchmate on the RI Board. n