It was more like a family get together. Rotarians shared ideas and basked in the general warmth and camaraderie for two days,” says DG Pramod Kumar, D 3120, referring to the District Conference held at Khajuraho.
With electronic voting in place to elect the DGN-designate (Sanjay Agarwal of RC Varanasi East was declared winner later), there was no pressure of election canvassing or backdoor funding and the Rotarians could concentrate on the fun side of the Conference. “For the first time, we had to close registrations at 600; 67 of the 74 clubs participated.”
PDG Pamela Akins from Connecticut, D 6960, was the RIPR. “Her connect with the audience had a Pied Piper effect,” says Kumar. She also helped in the speedy processing of a Global Grant to equip a hospital in Renukoot with equipment to treat patients with vector-borne diseases.
Giving an update on Literacy, PRID Shekhar Mehta said, “Let’s fight illiteracy as we did Polio.” RPIC Sam Patibandla spoke about improving Rotary’s visibility. Ramon Magsaysay awardee Sanjiv Chaturvedi, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Faggan Singh Kulhaste and Minister for Child Development Lalita Yadav participated.