Make 2012 and Beyond Special for Yourself!

As we ring in the New Year, it is time once again to pause our lives for a while, and look within...or better still, "Reach Within", as Kalyan Banerjee says it.  
We are living through an exciting time when the entire world is looking towards India... for the knowledge it possesses, for its IT prowess, for its growing economic impact,  for its multi-skilled young human resources, and of course, for the treasure trove of spirituality. Coupled with that is a growing strength of  Rotarians trascending human barriers of diverse cultures, religions, or castes, that augurs well for a better future for humanity.
"Reach Within..." to discover the love, care and compassion that resides within each one of us, and see the world around us with a new perspective.
"Reach Within to Embrace Humanity" by showering and sharing love, care and compassion for the humanity at large. 
The most quoted author C.N. Bovee writes beautifully, "There is no better exercise for your heart, than reaching down and helping to lift someone up!!!" 
Yes, there is no greater pleasure than helping someone rise. 
Let this be our promise to ourself for 2012 and beyond, to exercise our hearts and reach the people in need. 
This alone is the biggest reason of our being a Rotarian. This alone is our religion. Or as Dalai Lama says, "My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness." 
Rise. And let the new religion of love, compassion and care permeate through our beings and "embrace humanity".

Why you should be in Bangkok in May 2012?

Rotary International Director Yash Das shares his views and lists out the 4 most pressing reasons for all Rotarians in India especially, to be there in Bangkok for the RI Convention, 6-9 May 2012.

I'm going to be there. Will you be?

Friends it is time that you get yourself registered for the Rotary International Convention to be held at Bangkok in May 2012.
There are many reasons to be Bangkok in 2012 for the RI Convention. The first, and perhaps the only reason is to express our solidarity with our Rotary leader Kalyan Banerjee with massive presence at Bangkok.
Please get in touch with Club President for more details.
Here's a message from RI President.

Mother and Child Care

A health camp "Mother and Child Care" was organized in association with Fortis Hospital as part of their CSR activities at Colony no. 5 on 21st Dec 2011. The camp was attended by more than 100 beneficiaries of our Rotary Roshni Centre (a centre for adult literacy classes for women).

Before the check up, Dietician Nivedita Singh, educated mothers about the common health problems such as anemia, constipation and protein and calcium deficiency prevalent in economically backward classes. Oral examination, eye check up, BP and ENT examination were conducted. After the check up, calcium and folic acid tablets were also distributed to the mothers and refreshments to the children.  The Fortis members who participated were: Dr. Monica, Dr. Sunil Kochar, Sister Deepika and Sister Pavittar. President Neena Singh motivated the women to give priority to their own health as well as the health of their children. The camp was very well organised by Surinder Kaur the teacher of our Roshni Adult Female Literacy Center. 

Youth should help create a better, safer and happier world: Kalyan Banerjee

Rotary is spending nearly US$ 5 Billion every year on humanitarian projects.

Rotary spends nearly US$ 5 billion annually around the world on humanitarian service projects alone, informed Kalyan Banerjee, the world President of Rotary International.
Talking to the media in JW Marriott, Kalyan Banerjee felt that Rotary's strengths include its ability to attract leaders from different vocations around the world, as well as its role in promoting peace.
My goal is for Rotary to become the preferred organization for today's generation to join and participate in, to make the world better, safer and happier," he said.
He informed that it was for the first time that Rotary was invited to World Economic Forum at Jordan and Mumbai which he addressed and would be participated in the last week of January at Davos, Switzerland, to engage the businesses in the humanitarian services.
As president of Rotary International, Banerjee oversees Rotary’s top priority of eradicating polio, a crippling and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in Africa and Asia.
Since 1985, Rotary club members worldwide have contributed more than US$1 billion and countless volunteer hours to the effort. Rotary is also working to raise an additional $200 million to fulfill its commitment for a $355 million challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Great progress has been made, and the incidence of paralytic polio infection has plunged worldwide from 350,000 cases in 1988 to fewer than 1,300 in 2010, he said, and already even earlier endemic states like UP and Bihar had no polio case reported for the last over 18 months.
The third Indian to be the world president of world's largest humanitarian service organizations, Rotary International, Kalyan Banerjee, arrived in Chandigarh today for a two-days visit, and addressed a meeting of over 1000 Rotarians in the morning at Shivalik Public School, Mohali.
Banerjee is a director of United Phosphorus Limited, the largest Indian agrochemical manufacturer, and the chair of United Phosphorus (Bangladesh) Limited, who took over the reigns of Rotary International on 1st of July 2011, and gave to the Rotary world the theme, “Reach Within to Embrace Humanity”.

Children from Malawi return with Gift of Life

Three of the four children, who had successfully underwent heart surgery for congenital heart disorder under the Rotary Club Chandigarh's Heartline Project, flew back to their home yesterday. 
Rtn. Hassan Mejie and PP Kewal Seth gave them a warm send off with a quick sight-seeing of the city and lunch at Rtn. Baldev Aggarwal's restaurant Sip'n'Dine yesterday. 
Earlier on 8th September, having known about the visit of Malawi children for heart surgery, the First Secretary from Malawi High Commission in India reached Fortis Hospital to meet with the three children and their parents. She expressed deep gratitude to Rotary for saving the lives of these children. 
Patience Nkomo (6), Hastings Maloya (6) and Prisca Patrick (14) were very happy having had the precious Gift of Life, but were sad at the time of leaving our  beautiful country. 
Our special thanks to Dr. T.S. Mahant, Director Cardiology, Fortis Hospital Mohali, who conducted the surgeries. And of course, our very own Ann Babbi Harbhajan Singh, who took care of the entire family right from their arrival till they returned back to their homes. . 

Children from Malawi for Heart Surgery

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And how this project came about? Learn from IDPG Madhukar Malhotra in another tv channel story

Four children from Malawi arrive for heart surgery

Four children out of 20 from Malawi, Africa, to be operated free of cost for congenital heart disease under the Rotary Club of Chandigarh’s Heartline project, arrived here in the city.

The offer to provide free heart surgeries for  twenty children from Malawi was made in April this year, when a team of voluntary doctors from the region led by former world president of Rotary International Rajendra K. Saboo and the then district governor Madhukar Malhotra had gone to Malawi and Zambia on a medical mission and treated patients there.

The four children who arrived from Malawi along with their  guardians included a two years old boy Brain Milanzi, suffering from atral septal defect (ASD), two six years old boys Hasting Maloya, and Patience Nkhoma, both suffering from ventral septal defect (VSD), and a 14 years old girl Prisca Patrick with Patent Ductus Arterisum diagnosis.
Rajendra K Saboo informed that all these children would be operated at one of the partner hospitals of Rotary Heartline project, Fortis Hospital Mohali, and are being admitted in the evening there.
He further stated that 10 doctors from Malawi would be sent by the Government of Malawi’s health department, for advanced short term training  in India which will be facilitated by Rotary.
Rajendra K. Saboo  who had been instrumental in starting the project of Rotary Heartline, earlier known as Gift of Life, under which Rotary Club of Chandigarh had been providing free heart surgeries to children suffering from congenital cardiac diseases since 1999.
So far 365 lives of children have been saved, he informed briefing the media here today,  and whenever there is a deserving case in and around Chandigarh, Rotary has always taken up such cases. The idea of taking up cases from other countries is to also serve beyond borders and live the eternal saying "Vasudevya Kutumbhkam" i.e. World is one family. Thus in the total surgeries done so far,there have been  2 children from Afghanistan, 6 from Nepal, 24 from Pakistan and 12 from Uganda over the years. 


Media reports Hepatitis Awareness Rally

Print and electronic media widely covered the Rotary Club of Chandigarh and Rotaract Club's hepatitis awareness rally.

Hepatitis Awareness Rally

Rotary Club of Chandigarh organized today the hepatitis awareness rally at Sukhna Lake, as a precursor to the WHO’s officially supported World Hepatitis Day which falls on 28th July 2011.

Dr. Yogesh Chawla, Head, Hepatology Department, PGI flagged off the march with Rotarians, Rotaractors and their family members, distributing literature amongst the large number of people who gather at the lake on Sundays.
Hepatitis kills more than one million people every year and as per WHO report, approximately 500 million people worldwide are infected by hepatitis B or C1 necessitating awareness of the people, said Rotary Club Chandigarh’s President Neena Singh.

It is believed that one in 12 people worldwide are infected with these virus and majority of those infected by it do not know about it.

Rotary Club is also organizing a one day free screening camp at Rotary House, 107A, Sector 18A, from 10am to 5pm on Monday, Neena Singh informed. 

Are you ready to End Polio?

As we come closer to the eradication of polio from our country, with only 1 case reported so far in last six months, it is time to sit up and be extra vigilant, extra cautious, and more active in ensuring that the polio virus does not return.
The Emergency Preparedness Plan is what Rotary is working out with the government to be ready to combat in the eventuality of a polio outbreak. Our areas are more at risk with more migrations, and the need is to identify the migrants, sensitise them, and immunise the children travelling with them.
Yesterday, the Punjab PolioPlus Task Force, comprising of 24 senior Rotarians with Rotary International Director Yash Pal Das as Advisor, and PDG Shubh Karn Gupta as Chairman-Convenor along with Dr. Dinesh Singh from WHO and Dr. Balwinder Singh, State Immunisation Officer, Punjab, met at Chandigarh Judicial Academy to thrash out the immediate plans.
Past Rotary International President Rajendra K. Saboo who had all along been a great votary and driver of polio movement in the world, said that Rotarians, perhaps, feel that we are done with polio and "we're almost there".  "Almost", he emphasised, "is the most dangerous terminology that is leading us to complacency, and almost does not mean the completion of the task at hand".  He urged the Rotary leaders to engage Rotarians more and more in the task of keeping the pressure on, on the society, on the state agencies, on various other stock holders, so that any child carrying the virus gets detected at the early stages and reported.
Rtn. Yash Das said that for the intensified eradication activities planned until 2012, there is a global deficit of Rs.2992 crores, and hence continued financial support by Rotarians is a must.
He also pointed out that there is poor response to NIDs and approximately 60 percent of the children get covered despite massive efforts and in the next two days 40 percent uncovered children are reached out through door-to-door campaigns, which should be tackled by Rotarians.
The Task Force identified certain key areas in which Rotarians must intensify their efforts and involve themselves throughout the year, including :

  • Developing and managing communication plan and ensuring better visibility through multi-pronged campaign
  • Help in the Emergency Preparedness Plan and conducting mock drills to manage an eventuality
  • Recognise doctors/revenue districts reporting maximum cases of AFP
  • Organising media sensitization workshop
  • Identifyication and reaching out to migratory population

Every Club, every Rotarian must come forward to make a difference and ensure that no child is left out.

'Hamari Beti' to go on air

After having successfully launched its Facebook community page, which has attracted community participation to join the debate against female foeticide, the Rotary Club of Chandigarh (District 3080) has been able to tie up with Panjab University’s School of Communication Studies, for initiating a radio series titled “Hamari Beti”.

The community radio, Jyotigramye 91.2 MHz, would be producing series of interview based programmes on various facets of the issue including female foeticide, crime against women, literacy, women empowerment, rights of women, the health issues, and the medical fraternity’s role in preventing the menace of female foeticide, etc.
The programme was kicked off with the interview of Rotary Club Chandigarh’s President Rtn. Neena Singh who spoke about the Rotary’s initiatives in reaching out to the women in the region and sensitise them to the isseue.
From Drop Box

We shall be enaging the local community and have interviewed people living in the villages and the residences around the campus, who would be part of the radio programme “Hamari Beti”, informed Rtn. Charanjit Singh, an alumnus of the School of Communication Studies.
The programme is aimed at reaching out to the community at large targeting the youth in the campus plus people living in Chandigarh in a periphery of 15-20kms radius, where this community radio is heard.
The recording bank is being created at the moment, and is being packaged with lots of other inputs from students and research scholars in this programme and would be launched within a fortnight for which some celebrities are being approached, informed Dr Archana Singh, Head of the School of Communication Studies, Panjab University.

How to 'Reach Within'

Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee has charged the Rotary world with his spiritual message which is out and out call for action.  Each one of us can do it
As I started looking at various meanings or interpretations of the word, 'Reach', one definition impressed me. (n)  "the power of stretching out or extending action, influence, or the like; power of attainment or management; extent of force or capacity."
As a verb, it has been defined as "to extend an action, effort, or influence to; to penetrate as far as".
In short, there could not have been a better word than 'Reach' that inspires us to act, to make an effort and extend ourselves to look within and search the real meaning of life...our life.  One can delve as deep as one desires to be. And as Buddha says the answer to our existence, life's purpose, lies within our own consciousness. 
Each one of us are born with a accomplish make a difference. All we need to do is to look within to find the right answer.  Rotary provides us this opportunity every meet destitute, deprived, diseased, or challenged - physically, socially, emotionally.  Everytime we reach out to help them, extend a helping hand, without knowing them, or without expecting anything in return from them...the godliness in our being emerges.  
Just do at least one good a day...minimum, though each one of us is capable of doing much more than that...and as Rotarians, we have been ordained and blessed to get this opportunity to think about others, care about them, and act to help them tide over their challenges in life. 
Once it becomes a part of our life... as a genuine desire emerging from within ourselves to feel for others, or as Past Rotary International President Raja Saboo often says "to step into the shoes of another", it takes us to another level of achievement of godliness...of being a better human being. 
The first part of the theme, "Reach Within" is what you need to practice, and the rest - "to Embrace Humanity" - becomes an automatic outcome which will ensure a better, beautiful and peaceful world for each one of us.
How to Reach Within? Here's a 10-Steps Forumula:
1. Just as you get up in the morning, while you are still sitting on your bed, raise your arms, close your eyes, and thank God for blessing you for another great day to do good.  Thank God for all the bounties that He has bestowed on us all. 
2. Go out in the open, and facing East, bow to the sun, close your eyes, and repeat to yourself, "This is a great day.  I have the power within me to do good and I shall make a difference in the life of someone today."
3. Sit silently and feel the flow of energy from your surroundings getting into you...the sunlight, the plants, the earth, and the air you are breathing. 
4. Focus at the point between the eyebrows, and feel the energy of life flowing into your body. 
5. Open your eyes, sit silently, breath normally, and remember that all human beings are created equal and each one is a creation of God. 
6. Remember, our purpose on this planet earth is to forget all the goodness we do to others, and forgive those who are not kind to us. 
7. Water the plants in your home with extreme love and care. Put out a water bath on the window sill or outside in the open for the birds to drink or dance joyfully in it. 
8. Learn to LISTEN to your family, your business associates, your colleagues, the people around you. Don't jump to conclusions. Have focussed listening. 
9. Be focussed to keenly look around, as a person out on a mission to do good. Ask yourself, "Can I do something to improve the situation or someone's life?"
10. Be proactive. List out tasks that you want to do for the general good of the society...for the people in need.  And how you are going to accomplish them. 

Repeat the process for 21 Days...without fail. And share it with others, what difference it has made in your life! I look forward to hearing from you.

Reach Within and make a difference!

Change with Continuity...thy name is Rotary!

Kalyan Banerjee, Rotary's 101st president, and the third from India, is our new leader this year, and William B. Boyd, of the Rotary Club of Pakuranga, Auckland, New Zealand, will take over as Rotary Foundation trustee chair. 

John Hewko has become Rotary International’s 12th general secretary on 1 July. He has said his priorities include improving Rotarians’ connections with the Secretariat and increasing awareness about what the Secretariat can offer. 
Other Changes include:
  • Four pilot programs will begin 1 July, designed to improve recruitment and retention, allow for flexibility in club operations and structure, and give clubs an opportunity to explore new and innovative ways to promote member diversity -- all goals of the RI Strategic Plan. For each of three pilot programs – corporate member, associate member, and innovative and flexible Rotary club -- 200 clubs have been selected to participate, and about 125 will take part in a satellite club pilot program.  
  • The Changemaker Award will accompany the Presidential Citation during the 2011-12 Rotary year. The award will encourage Rotarians to focus on change and will recognize clubs that make an extraordinary impact through their work in the Avenues of Service.  
  • The World Community Service and Rotary Volunteers programs will be phased out as of 30 June, replaced by a new model designed to expand the resources available to clubs for connecting and partnering with one another. The RI Board approved a shift to a resource and support model for RI programs to reinforce the priorities and goals of the RI Strategic Plan.
  • Efforts to enhance Rotary’s public image will be undertaken by 49 Rotary public image coordinators (RPICs) working in partnership with their zone’s RI directorregional Rotary Foundation coordinatorRotary coordinator, and district governors. RPICs, who are selected by the RI president or Rotary Foundation trustee chair, have professional expertise in public relations, journalism, or communications and will help support the RI Strategic Plan by conveying effective public relations practices to district leaders.
  • The Rotarian magazine launches its digital edition with the July issue. Subscribers can now choose to receive either the print or digital edition, or both. This would be a good time to buy a subscription for your Interact or Rotaract club, to inspire them with Rotary’s breadth.  
  • Rotary clubs’ annual per capita dues to Rotary International will increase to US$51 in 2011-12. The 2010 Council on Legislation also set dues at $52 for 2012-13 and $53 for 2013-14.

Hamari Beti

Celebrating womanhood.  Sensitising people against the scourge of female foeticide. Taking action to correct the skewed male:female ratio in our country.
With this mission in mind our Club has renewed its efforts in this direction and proposes to take up projects that can bring about a positive change in our society. Under the leadership of Rtn Neena Singh, "Hamari Beti" would be one of the focus area.
Members would recall that as a part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of our Club, we had started this project. A school painting competition and slogan writing contest marked the beginning of this project which received tremendous response.  There had also been a tieup with Fortis Hospital, and the new Committee under the Community Service avenue would be renewing its ties with Fortis as well as forging new ones with the Hospitals around the tricity.
Already our Club has created a CAUSE on Facebook, and a new Group, HAMARI BETI,  has been created there to associate more and more people with this cause. And surprisingly there is great response from some of the youngsters. One girl has penned a poem and put it up on our page. Surely, if young people understand the issues, they perhaps would be ready to meet this challenge as they step into their married lives. Or even otherwise in their homes too.
So get going. Be a part of this mission. Save girls from extinction. 

Ring in the New!

Congratulations to every Rotarian as the new Rotary year dawns today.
It is a matter of great pride for Indians to have an Indian leading the Rotary world, Rtn. Kalyan Banerjee.
As we move ahead with ambitious plans and visions to make a difference in the lives of the people around us, the mantra that Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee has given to the world is, "Reach Within to Embrace Humanity".
Thanks to the excellent leadership of Rtn. Neena Singh, who has launched an ambitious "Swachh Jiwan Abhiyaan" in Colony No.5.  Rotarians, Rotaractors and Inner Wheel members of our Club got together in large number and participated in the rally which was flagged off by young Municipal Commissioner of Chandigarh, Ms Prerna Puri, IAS.

The next batch of 25 girls from the colony for female adult literacy programme joined the "Roshni" school being run by our Club at RCC.  A set of books, notebooks and stationery was distributed to these young and not-so-young women from the colony who wanted to be a part of the adult literacy.

Read more about today's project's report at our Facebook page.  Are you a member on our Facebook presence? Not yet? Click here and Join the Action !

Applications invited for GSE Team to UK

For 2011-12, the Group Study Exchange team shall travel to United Kingdom in September 2011.  The last date for submitting the application is 18th June 2011 to Rotary Club of Chandigarh at Rotary House, 107A, Sector 18A, Chandigarh. 
Young Professionals working or residing in Chandigarh, (Rotarians and their blood relations are ineligible), can apply for this programme immediately before 18th June 2011.
Detailed criteria can be seen on Rotary International's website. (Click Here)
You can download the application form for GSE here

50 Glorious Years of Service to Humanity

Our Club is fortunate to have an iconic figure in Past Rotary International President Rajendra K. Saboo and his gracious wife Usha Saboo, and doubly privileged to have his constant guidance and support.  Fifty years ago they entered the portals of Rotary through our Club, in May 1961, and today, shine on the Rotary firmament like a bright star...of which we are proud of. 
Next meeting, the 16th of May 2011 is dedicated to this amazing couple who have touched the lives of people around the world in numerous ways.  To celebrate their 50 years of service to the humanity, the Club is having a special meeting followed by fellowship over hi-tea. 
You are requested to join with your families and have an open house with them in a face-to-face interactive session, wish them many more years of togetherness in Rotary service. 

Rotary Cares!

On 13th April, a 10-year old Karan, son of a rickshawpuller Raj Kumar from Ambala Cantt was brought to the PGI, after he suddenly fell down while playing with his friends.  His legs could not bear his weight and he was unable to walk.  Carrying him in his arms, his father reached PGI paediatrics department where he was diagnosed with landry guillain barre syndrome (LGBS) - a nervous  disorder affecting the peripheral nervous system. Ascending paralysis, weakness beginning in the feet and hands and migrating towards the trunk, is the most typical symptom. It can cause life-threatening complications, particularly if the breathing muscles are affected or if there is dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. The disease is usually triggered by an acute infection.
There world was literally shattered as the doctors requested for special injections worth about Rs.60,000 to be injected to Karan to stop the spread of the disease. 
The housewife, Anu, who is a math tutor, and had brought the child from Ambala where Karan's mother worked as a maid, approached various sources, including our Club. While she herself shelled out Rs.30,000 immediately from her own savings to buy the first lot of injections, we sent out the appeal and within a few hours the remaining Rs.30,000 were arranged. 
Our special thanks to the Rotarians and others who responded immediately, especially  the Saboo family, Rtn AP Singh’s sister Supreet Dhiman and her Can and Will Foundation, Rtn. D.P. Singh, Rtn. D.V. Bhatia, Rtn. Lalita Jagmohan Singh, Rtn. Dr. Prashant Jain, and Rtn. C.J. Singh. 

Thanks to the prompt support by poor patient coordinator in PGI Dr. Anuradha Jatana for interacting with the doctors and the chemist M/s Kumar Brothers, Karan is now well on his way to recovery. He was relieved on 20th May since the disease stopped spreading.  The boy would require physiotherapy to restore the working of his limbs.
Karan went back home smiling, and when what he wants to be, he shot back, “I want to be a doctor”. 

Make a Change, Save the Life!

Many of you might recognise these Rotarians who had been a part of the NID team from US led by Noelle. The ABC News, one of the leading news channels in US, reported the visit of this team. A must watch...look at the passion which drives these Rotarians from abroad in India to ensure that polio gets kicked out of here...and our world. Dr Basser who was part of the NID team last year shares his experience of his visit to India.
Click here to watch the ABC News story.

Where will you be meeting the world's Rotary Leader?

Chandigarh Judicial Academy in Sector 43B is the venue for the District Intercity to Welcome our Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith on 25th March.
Have you registered yourself or not? Our Club is the host of this event and it is essential that each one of us register as couples for this meet.
Registration Fee is just Rs.175 for single and Rs.300 for couple.
Rotaractors can register themselves by paying just Rs.100 only.
Each member must reach out to Rotarians in other clubs in the tricity area to promote this event and invite them over to be a part of this grand opportunity to interact with their world leader...opportunity to learn...opportunity to get inspired.  More importantly, one learns tremendously from such leaders of repute, as to what it takes to reach the higher echelons of a service organisation.
Let's be there is large number.
You can confirm your participation by clicking here and filling in your particulars so that your name tag can be prepared. 

The fight is not yet over!

Just get set for another round of attack on polio virus.  SNID has been scheduled for Sunday, 27th March. So be ready for action.

Major task before every Rotarians is : 
a. Whenever and wherever you see a 5 years old, check out the mark on the little finger to see whether the child has received the polio drops or not.
b. Especially check your neighbourhood. Check out the child of your servant, the gardner, the dhobi around the corner, the labour in a house being constructed nearby or the settlements of labourers around the buildings under construction, the brick kilns.
c. Check out the children with nomad parents. You can find them in plenty on the Sector 21, Sector 22, Sector 34, Sector 15, and Sector 17. Have they been immunised?
d. Mark out such places where you think such families are there, and ensure on the 27th March that you take the team of paramedics with the polio dose, to all these settlements to ensure that they receive the drops.
e. Ensure coverage of people in transit. Man all the entries and exits to the city, request people to stop, check if there is a 5 years old or smaller child inside, and give the polio drop.
This is the only way we can ensure that polio gets wiped out from our country.

Rotary International President to visit Chandigarh

Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith shall be in Chandigarh on 25th March 2011.  A unique, momentous opportunity for the Rotarians and their families in our District to meet the world leader of Rotary International...face-to-face. 
He is accompanied by the Rotary International Director K.R. Ravindran on the morning of 25th March and would be addressing the congregation of Rotarians in the evening at an intercity in the newly-built Chandigarh Judicial Academy's auditorium in Sector 43 (near ISBT) of Chandigarh.

Our Club has been given the opportunity to host this Intercity. All members are requested to register and make this event a grand success.

The Registration Fee for the Intercity is Rs.175 (single) and Rs.300 (couple).  Kindly have your cheque,  drawn in favour of "Rotary Club of Chandigarh" sent to Rotary House, 107A, Sector 18A, Chandigarh, immediately.  

Put Ice in Your Mobile!

 Indeed. The concept of ICE is being promoted in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali and we do hope that other cities would also follow suit. 
Parents should feed the ICE number in the mobile numbers carried by their children. 
They can feed the ICE number in the mobile phones carried by elderly, who may faint outside their homes in a park or on road, or may just forget their address. If they are carrying the mobile number at least someone can contact the right person. 
Just a few days back I found a 50-year old, fully drunk, lying on the road. There were people around and one of them trying to locate the number on which to call. And it was a big struggle since most people have 100s and 1000s of contact numbers in their mobile phones and to identify the right person quickly is often a challenge. Had there been ICE number added in the mobile, it would have been much easier. 
So just put it in your Mobile. Today. Now!

Polio Warriors reach Kolkata

Check out how the two polio warriors are doing in their mission to traverse India and spread the polio-awareness.
Having started from Chandigarh on 28th December, they have reached Kolkata. Read their travellogue and check out some interesting photos they have posted on our blog. Click here for a quick tour.