RI President Shekhar Mehta and RI Director Mahesh Kotbagi were on a two-day visit to Kolhapur and Dharwad, much to the delight of the Rotarians there. “It is the first time a serving RI president has visited Kolhapur,” said Ajay Menon, district secretary (Annual Giving), RID 3170. The two Rotary leaders were given a rousing reception with great fanfare.
In Kolhapur, Mehta and Kotbagi visited the district’s significant Rotary projects — the dialysis centre at the Civil Hospital, the Rotary Samaj Seva Kendra, Shahu Blood Bank, a rehabilitation centre for the hearing and speech- impaired, a diabetic care centre, and a physio and a hydrotherapy centre — which were all established with the support of various
Mehta was presented with a scroll of honour and a citation from the Maharashtra government by the deputy state minister for home affairs Rtn Satej Patil in recognition of Rotary’s valuable service in the state during the Covid pandemic. DG Gaurish Dhond hosted the RI Presidential Dinner to felicitate the generous contribution of the district’s Rotarians to TRF. Mehta and Kotbagi felicitated PDG Vinaykumar Pai Raikar; Kishor Lulla, member of RC Sangli, and PDG Dilip Salgaokar for completing their AKS commitment. Kishor’s son Amit Lulla, member of Rotary E-club of Belgaum, pledged to become an AKS member. Twelve other Rotarians including DG Dhond and Assistant Governor Sachin Zanwar were recognised for their various levels of Major Donor contribution to TRF. Both the leaders addressed a gathering of 225 delegates at the event.
In Dharwad they participated in the 80th year celebrations of RC Dharwad. Three Major Donors — Taradevi Wali, Pallavi Deshpande and Binoy Momoya — were felicitated by Mehta and Kotbagi.
DGN Nasir Borsadwala was the RI President’s Aide.