Fundraising Dinner

Celebrate Diwali with Rotary
Join us for an Evening with a Difference
To Ensure that no Child Dies for Want of Money!

Please join us for the Rotary Club of Chandigarh’s Fund Raising Dinner 2013, as we partner to provide Heartline, Gift of Sight & Hearing surgeries, as also  for  Gift of Knowledge and safe water and sanitation for communities in need.

 Open to Club Members and the public, the signature event will feature live Dance Performances, outstanding local cuisine, a sit down dinner, cocktails, and live auctions.

DATE: Saturday, October 19, 2013, 
Time:  7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
VENUE: A 5 star Hotel in Chandigarh.

Donate  generously and reserve your seats as a Diwali gift for your spouse

Individual Plate: Rs 11,000,  VIP tables for: Rs 21,000 per plate

LIMITED SEATS. Register before 10 September 2013.

Unique & Exciting options on offer for Corporate Diwali Gifting
Contact President or Club Secretary.

Club News - August 26

Generous Donation
We are grateful to Mr Sandeep Dhawan, son-in-law of Late PP Janak raj Grover, for donating Rs 2.60 lakh for four Heartline surgeries.

Vocational Training Programme Update
As on August 26, 2013, we have 28 students in Tailoring class, five students in Beautician class and 36 students learning computers.

Emergency Preparedness Polio Workshop
PP Praveen Chander Goyal, DPPC 3080, attended the Emergency Preparedness and Response for Polio Workshop at Jaipur on 6-7 August, 2013. He was among the team that attended on behalf of Rotary International. The workshop was jointly hosted by World Health Organization and UNICEF. Topic of discussion was: Action to be taken by Rapid Response teams in case a polio case is detected.

D-3080 Polio Orientation Workshop
The District 3080 Polio Orientation and Planning Workshop for the States of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh was held at Competent Palace, Seilaqui, near Dehradun on 11 August. It  was hosted by Rotary Club of Doon Vikas.

Health Minister of Uttarakhand, Mr Surinder Singh Negi, was the Chief Guest. DG Rakesh Aggarwal, in his address, appreciated the role of Rotarians in the Polio program and wanted them to keep working on it till Polio is eradicated from the face of the earth.

District 3080 Polio Chairman, PP Praveen Chander Goyal told the gathering that although three countries are still having Polio cases, this year there had been an onslaught of Polio cases from Somalia (100 cases) and Kenya (10 cases). These countries were Polio free and the virus was imported to these countries. He also spoke on the Children for Children project, in which school children are motivated to collect funds for  Polio.

Presentation on Hypno-therapy
On August 26, as part of the programme of our weekly meeting, Mr Sandeep Kumar gave a presentation on hypno-therapy and explained how this technique is being successfully used to treat alcohol and drug addiction. He claimed a very high success rate—93 per cent people recover in six sessions, he claimed. Hypno-therapy works on thought, emotion, energy and state of mind, he said, and helps in inculcating  positive thinking for healthy living.

Railings Installed
Railings have been installed on the stairs outside, as well as those leading to the stage in the meeting hall, for the benefit of our senior members. This meets a long pending demand.


The Lucky Draw on 26 August (a crystal vase) was won by Rtn Jaspal Sidhu. [In the pic] R’Ann Harjeet Kaur, wife of PE Prof Paramjit Singh, giving away the gift to Rtn Jaspal.

Celebrating Friendship

On August 26, we celebrated friendship day. PP Arvind Mehan, Rtn Reema Dewan and Rtn S.D. Sharda gave a very beautiful and thought provoking enunciation on friendship.

On the occasion we had among us some special guests: Dr B.N.S. Walia, Hon. Rotarian, friends of Rtn S.D. Sharda—Mr S.S. Bhatia, former CIT, and Mr B.D. Gupta, Settlement Officer—Col G.S. Suri and his wife Kuljit Suri, Arun & Archana Jain from USA, Gen Majithia and his wife Meenu and Pooja Guliani.

PDG Madhukar Malhotra initiated the programme “We are all Rotarians and friends of Rotary,” he said. He impressed upon the members to “enjoy their friendships through service. “Through service we strengthen our friendships,” he added.

PP Arvind Mehan said that friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. But, if you have not learned the meaning of friendship, you have not learned anything at all. While preparing his speech for the occasion, he said, he asked his wife Sadhana what friendship meant to her within their own marriage and how it stood apart from love and companionship? “A friend is the one who not only touches your heart, he touches your soul, was her answer”.

PP Arvind also felt that the only way to have a friend is to be one. “You can wait for years for people to start liking you enough to be friends or you can extend a hand of friendship and become one in an instant.”

“Basically, your friend is a person who knows all about you and still likes you. He neither leads nor follows you, but walks besides you,” he added.

Rtn Reema Dewan was of the view that friends bring an aura of positivity, and the best part is that “they are chosen, not inherited”. She added that “we need to be friends with our self first and only then we can be good friends to others.

Rtn S.D. Sharda compared friendship to that between stars and moon. “Chand aur sitaron kee dosti ek misal hai. Jab chand roashan hota hai, sitaron kee roshni dugni ho jaati hai”. He recited a couplet to elucidate his point: “Jalwe nahin hote, woh nazare nahin hote, jab chand ke pehloo main sitare nahin hote.”

The vote of thanks was proposed by PDG Kawal Bedi.

The evening ended with a fellowship dinner and members enjoying karaoke singing.

RI Board meeting Highlights

The 2012–13 RI Board of Directors held its fourth and final meeting on 17–21 June 2013 in Cascais, Portugal. The Board also held a brief meeting in April just before the Council on Legislation. The 2013–14 RI Board held its first meeting on 28 June 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal. At these meetings the Board reviewed reports from 13 committees and recorded 93 decisions.

June 2013 Board Meeting Highlights

The 2012–13 RI Board of Directors held its fourth and final meeting on 17–21 June 2013 in Cascais, Portugal. The Board also held a brief meeting in April just before the Council on Legislation.
Club and District Matters

The Board increased RI extension into China by placing Guangdong Province into District 3450. The Board reorganized clubs in District 2980 (India) into new Districts 2981 and 2982, effective 1 July 2015.

Noting that the 2013 Council did not adopt legislation to allow flexibility in meeting frequency, which effectively ended the Meeting Frequency pilot project, the Board approved the establishment of a transition plan for those clubs in the pilot to return to the standard club model.

RI Administration and Finances

The Board adopted the 2013–14 RI budget, reflecting revenues of US$98,797,000, the use of $9,585,000 in general surplus funds, $301,000 in convention reserves, and $108,647,000 in expenses, resulting in an excess of revenues, general surplus funds, and convention reserve over expenditures of $36,000. As approved by the RI Bylaws and by a three-quarters vote of all directors, the Board also approved an additional $2 million in unallocated general surplus funds for operational and other strategic initiatives in 2013–14.

The Board approved a 2012–13 budget variance of US$3 million for program award expenditures from unrestricted contributions in the Annual Fund (WF) for 2012–13 matching grants, contingent upon approval by the Trustees. The Trustees approved this variance at their June meeting.

The Board designated conveners and meeting places for RI director nominating committees that will meet in September 2013 to select directors-nominee for election at the 2014 RI (Sydney) Convention. Directors will be selected from Zones 4, 6B, 10B, 13, 22, 26, 29, and 30.

RI Programs, Communications, and Meetings

The Board amended New Generations Service Exchange policy by increasing the eligible age of participants from 21 to 30, and by setting the minimum age to the age of majority in the host country, but not younger than 18.

The Board agreed to enter into a service partnership, as a two-year pilot initiative, with the Thunderbird School of Global Management, located in Glendale, Arizona, USA.

The Board recognized the Alzheimer's/Dementia Rotarian Action Group.