This year at the zone institute Mahabs 21, the TRF dinner titled Arch Kumph Society Celebration was confined to recognising and honouring AKS members, both from the Chair’s Circle and the Trustees Circle.
The AKS members entered the hall in a procession. They included PDG Suresh Jain (RC Delhi South East, RI District 3011) and his late wife Usha; PDGs Vinay and Rashmi Kulkarni (RC Pune Parvati, RID 3131), along with Suresh Kumar and Kiran Poddar (RC Jaipur Mid Town, RID 3052). All the three couples belong to the Chair’s circle, with their TRF contributions crossing $500,000.
The other new AKS inductees, all belonging to the Trustees circle, are V R Muthu and Malarvizhi from RC Virudhunagar, RID 3212 ; V Bhaskar Ram and Suchitra, RC Rajahmundry River City, RID 3020; M Ambalavanan and Geetharani, RC Madras Mid-town, RID 3232; Natanasabapathy Sundaravadivelu and Murugambal, RC Coimbatore, RID 3201; S V Veeramani and Radha, RC Adyar, RID 3232; Nitin Ratilal Mehta and Harsha, RC Bombay Airport, RID 3141; Nikunj Jhaveri and Kanan, RC Queen’s Necklace, RID 3141; Santiago Martin, RC Coimbatore Central, and Leema Rose, RC Coimbatore Aakruthi, RID 3201.
Thanking the generous donors, and raising a toast to the new entrants to the AKS club, RI President Shekhar Mehta said their money to the TRF helped in giving eyesight to people, mending hearts, saving lives, and improving the living conditions of the less fortunate around the world. “Both TRF and mankind is richer because of people like you. Thank you for your generosity, your compassion and love for humanity.”
In 2020–21, once again, our zones have emerged No 2 in TRF giving with a total of $23.6 million, with India alone contributing $22.4 million. RI District 3141, led by Sunnil Mehra, emerged the topmost district in the world with a contribution of $3.5 million. Mehra and his team were recognised at the TRF dinner ceremony.
EMGA J B Kamdar, also an AKS member along with wife Marlene (Chair’s circle), welcomed the gathering, Convener and RI Director A S Venkatesh, RI Director Mahesh Kotbagi, TRF Trustee Chair representative Trustee Aziz Memon and TRF Trustee Gulam Vahanvaty greeted and thanked the AKS members.
Current year’s Major Donors and EMGAs Deepak Gupta, J B Kamdar, Suresh Hari and Dr Pramod were all recognised.