Around 2,000 Rotarians from RIDs 2981, 2982, 3000, 3203 and 3212 had an opportunity to interact with RIPE Gordon McInally at the Rotary Leadership Conclave held in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, during his visit to India. He urged the delegates to draw inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi, whom he considered his “most favourite leader,” and demonstrate empathy, stewardship and a commitment to the personal growth of others.
McInally announced that service projects worth $400 million will be implemented in the upcoming Rotary year through The Rotary Foundation, with specific global focus on service projects related to mental health and empowerment of girls and women.
Conclave convener RID A S Venkatesh highlighted the immense potential for Rotary’s growth in India, and encouraged members to actively participate in club activities. By enhancing the Rotary experience for members, attrition can be prevented and “Rotary can continue to spread its positive impact on communities.”
McInally’s visit to India signified the scope for Rotary’s transformative work in the country, said PRID C Basker. The country’s huge population and the strength of its youth power can play a pivotal role for Rotary’s growth in India.
Conclave chairman PDG M Muruganandam briefed the incoming leader about Rotary’s work, particularly by the participating districts in the region. As RPIC for Rotary year 2023–26, he reassured his commitment to promoting Rotary’s public image on a larger scale.
Earlier, McInally and Heather were given a traditional welcome, as they were driven on a horse-drawn chariot, and treated to cultural dances and music of the region.
DG V Selvanathan, DGE G Senguttuvan, DGND J Leone of RID 2981; DG P Saravanan, DGE S Raghavan, DGN V Sivakumar, DGND Sivasundaram of RID 2982; DG I Jerald, DGE R Anandtha Jothi, DGN R Raja Govindasamy, DGND J Karthik of 3000; DGE Dr S Sundararajan of RID 3203 and DGE R Muthiah Pillai of RID 3212, along with their respective district college of governors, honoured the international leader.