As RC Madras South (RCMS), RID 3232, celebrated its diamond jubilee, women members stole the show wearing grand pattu sarees, with the malli poo (jasmine flower) in their hair filling the rooms with a delicate fragrance. The 60th anniversary event was packed with fun and entertainment shows performed by Rotarians, Interactors, Anns, and Annets. Chartered on June 30, 1960, this is the second oldest club in Chennai and has sponsored four Rotaract clubs and five Interact clubs.
“You have achieved this milestone through hard work and dedication of your members. It is wonderful to see this club having a strong sense of family togetherness celebrate its 60th anniversary,” said TRF Trustee Chair-
elect K R Ravindran and reminded the club that “while you celebrate, make sure you focus on your efforts to make the next 60 years even more impactful and successful.”
Ravindran released the Special Diamond Jubilee book edited by club member S R Madhu. DG G Chandramohan read out a citation for a special award ‘Doyen of the District’, that was conferred on PDG Ramakrishna Raja. The DG congratulated the club and said, “You are a strong club. Whenever we have asked your club for an opinion on any Rotary matter, no different opinions are given. You have one voice and this is very rare nowadays. Keep up the good work.”
Ten foreign delegates from Austria, the Netherlands, and Rotarians from RC Pasadena, the US, were honoured for partnering with the club in its Caring for Little Hearts project. Under this global grant project, free heart surgeries were performed on 225 children from underprivileged families with congenital heart disease for two years till 2019.
Praising the project, Ravindran said, “This shows what we can do in Rotary when we approach the business of service with our full attention, our full expertise, and with a full heart” and added that a lot more can be done through partnerships.
Club President M C Srikanth thanked TRF and the partner clubs for their “progressive support. We are confident that with our dedicated members and your support we will be able to touch more lives.”
Past members of the club were invited on stage in three batches after an audio-visual highlighted their personal, professional and Rotary careers. It was nostalgia tinged with sadness when Anns of Rotarians who have passed away were recognised. Some of the milestone projects — the expansion of Kumaran Special School, tailoring classes for underprivileged women at Kattur, the club’s adopted village, and its rainwater harvesting initiative —
were highlighted to mark the special occasion.
PRID P T Prabhakar, PDGs Krishnan V Chari, P T Ramkumar, G Olivannan, I S A K Nazar, Natarajan Nagoji, C R Raju, and DGE S Muthupalaniappan participated.