It was shayari after shayari interspersed with Rotary topics such as TRF giving, Rotary values and membership growth/retention, at Harsoullash, the two-day conference of RI District 3100 organised in Meerut. The excitement was palpable as the district has come to life this year after a hibernation of four years. So the Conference Chair Vikas Gurmukh had pulled out all the strings to present a grand event “where there was something for every delegate”, to quote Anujj Agarwal, President of RC Moradabad Central.
A sudden hush set in as the screen came alive with a personalised welcome address from RI President Barry Rassin, congratulating DG Deepak Jain for the District’s varied activities in WinS and measles prevention. President Rassin called for the Rotarians to encourage Rotaractors to actively participate in their humanitarian programmes and updated the delegates on RI’s new tools such as the tie-up with Toastmaster’s International to develop leadership qualities in Rotarians and Rotaractors. This was followed by a message from RI General Secretary John Hewko.
PDG Sanjay Khemka, RID 3250, as the RI President’s Representative to the Conference, conveyed President Rassin’s message to grow a “healthy Rotary and help it stay vibrant.” He stressed on inducting quality members and observing utmost diligence with Foundation funds.
DG Jain gave an account of the district’s activities and achievements over the months. “Thanks to you, the district has done well in projects related to sanitation and menstrual health management. With your collective effort, several schools have got sanitary napkin dispensers and handwash stations,” he said, appreciating the Rotarians of the district. Poets such as Saurab Suman, Anamika Amber and Mansoor Usmani recited poems in Urdu which were thoroughly enjoyed by the audience.
DGs Stuti Agarwal, RID 3120, Rajiv Sharma, RID 3030, and Arun Jain, RID 3110, were special guests at the conference. S C Agarwal, past president of RC Moradabad East, was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
RC Bangalore Orchards President D Ravishankar motivated the Rotarians to give generously to the Foundation and spoke about how he got the inspiration to donate ₹100 crore to TRF. He emphasised on the “individual social responsibility” that should “come from within each of us. Each citizen has his responsibility towards society and he must perform that, not by any compulsion or pressure, but it should come naturally, from within,” he said, amidst huge applause.
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