Home turf bids adieu to President Shekhar

At a glittering, gala event organised in Kolkata by the chairman of global membership Kamal Sanghvi, senior Rotary leaders from India felicitated RI President Shekhar Mehta and Rashi on the first day of his assuming charge as RI president.

The participants included RI Director Mahesh Kotbagi and his wife Amita, TRF Trustee Gulam Vahanvaty, several district governors, past district governors and members of Rotary Club of Calcutta Mahanagar, Mehta’s home club.

Responding to the warm wishes and encomiums showered on him in an event filled with nostalgia, walk down memory lane, music and dance, Mehta was, for a moment, at a loss for words. But he soon regained his composure, reiterated his dreams for Rotary — a much higher membership achieved through the “Each one bring one” initiative, bigger and bolder projects, working passionately and relentlessly to take Rotary’s public image to a pinnacle, so that it becomes the NGO of choice for those who want to help the less fortunate.

Mehta said that though he would be leaving for Evanston in a week or two, he would continue to live up to his reputation to wake up many of them late at night to discuss ideas and projects he had in mind for Rotary.

He thanked everyone present at the meet for their support to him, without which, he said, he would not have made it to RI’s topmost post.

RI President Shekhar Mehta launches RC Calcutta Mahanagar, his home club’s MHM programme by distributing menstrual hygiene kits to adolescent schoolgirls. Rashi, Amita and RI Director Mahesh Kotbagi are also present
RI President Shekhar Mehta launches RC Calcutta Mahanagar, his home club’s MHM programme by distributing menstrual hygiene kits to adolescent schoolgirls. Rashi, Amita and RI Director Mahesh Kotbagi are also present
Rashi gives a piece of cake to PRID Kamal Sanghvi. TRF Trustee Gulam Vahanvaty, Amita, Sonal, RID Kotbagi and RI President Mehta are also seen
Rashi gives a piece of cake to PRID Kamal Sanghvi. TRF Trustee Gulam Vahanvaty, Amita, Sonal, RID Kotbagi and RI President Mehta are also seen
RI President Mehta and Rashi greet the delegates.
RI President Mehta and Rashi greet the delegates.
PDG John Daniel with Shobha Kishore, Amita, Rashi and Sonal in an entertainment programme
PDG John Daniel with Shobha Kishore, Amita, Rashi and Sonal in an entertainment programme
An invocation dance.
An invocation dance.
RID Kotbagi and Amita being felicitated by PDG Kishore Kumar and Shobha.
RID Kotbagi and Amita being felicitated by PDG Kishore Kumar and Shobha.
RID Kotbagi and Amita with PRID Kamal Sanghvi and Sonal.
RID Kotbagi and Amita with PRID Kamal Sanghvi and Sonal.
(From L) PRID Kamal Sanghvi, RID Kotbagi, RI President Mehta, Rashi, Amita, Sonal and Shobha.
(From L) PRID Kamal Sanghvi, RID Kotbagi, RI President Mehta, Rashi, Amita, Sonal and Shobha.
RI President Mehta and Rashi.
RI President Mehta and Rashi.
(From L) PRID Kamal Sanghvi, Amita, Rashi, RI President Mehta, RID Kotbagi and Sonal.
(From L) PRID Kamal Sanghvi, Amita, Rashi, RI President Mehta, RID Kotbagi and Sonal.
RI President Mehta and Rashi pose for photographs with district leaders.
RI President Mehta and Rashi pose for photographs with district leaders.

 

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