Club News - September 23, 2013

Thank you
We received a request from Govt Home Science College to sponsor  study cost of two girls from very poor families. We are grateful to Rtn Dr I.D. Shukla and Rtn Vinod Arora for agreeing to bear the cost of Rs 20,000 each. Their noble gesture will go a long way in helping these two academically brilliant girls finish their studies. Due to lack of resources both the girls were planning to drop-out.

We will also like to thank Rtn Atma Ram Singh (Rs 10,000), Rtn Anil Chadda (Rs 10,000), Rtn P.J. Singh (Rs 10,000) Rtn Mahesh Gupta (Rs 3,270), Rtn Hatinder Khattar (Rs 3270) and PP Abhilash Kapoor (Rs 3,270) for together sponsoring RYLA participation fee of 12 children from EWS families. Thank you PDG Kawal Bedi for motivating the donors.

Home Science College Rotaract Club Installation

The Installation ceremony of the Home Science College Rotaract Club was held on 23 September. Rtr Roopi Rupinder Kaur took over as the new President. The new team was pinned by President Hassan Mejie. Among the Rotarians present were: Rtn Mona Khattar, PP Praveen Goyal, Rtn R.K. Taneja, Rtn Jatinder Kapur and Rtn Desh Deepak Khanna.

Principal of Home Science College, Rtn Madhu Nanda and the counsellor, Dr. Jagjiwan Kaur also braced the occasion.

President Mejie congratulated the outgoing President, Saloni Jain and her team for the excellent work done, as also the incoming President and her team. He also appreciated the huge jump in membership, from just 37 a year back to over 70 now.

He invited the Rotaractors to join him this year in various out of box activities he has planned to hold and also encouraged the Rotaractors to come up with a grand plan for showcasing Rotary as the champion of Polio eradication, as also organize a mega Blood Donation camp.

Help for a Nepali  labourer
We received a request from Ms Anuradha of PGI to help Mr Man Bahadur, a poor labourer from Nepal, get heart operation done from PGI, costing Rs 75,000. A sum of Rs 40,000 had already been collected. We decided to contribute Rs 20,000 from the Sunshine collection.

Lucky  Draw
The Lucky Draw (a gold coin) this Monday was won by Rtn Shuchita Luthra.

Condolences

Our heartfelt condolences to Rtn Pawan Katia on demise of his Brother-in-law.

We also extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of PRID O.P. Vaishnav who died on 18 September 2013. A Rotarian since 1959, he was a member of the Rotary Club of Delhi Midtown and had served RI as Director in 1999-2001 and as a Trustee of the Rotary Foundation in 1996-2000. As per his wish, his body was donated to AIIMS.

Our heartfelt condolences are also extended to PDG Manpreet Singh Gandhoke and his family, on demise of his father, S. Gurbachan Singh Gandhoke on 25 September.

Country needs decisive, bold and a true leader as PM

Chandigarh, September 23:  "Decisive", "bold policy maker", "visionary", "communicative" were some of the adjectives that the Rotarians used to describe the expectations they have from the prime minister of the country at a panel discussion organised here at Rotary Club of Chandigarh. 
Looking at the dismal socio-economic situation and freebies being doled out by the government as populist measure to garner votes is ruining the country, said Atma Ram Singh, Director, Drish Shoes.  The unstable policy and poor execution of existing policies is bane for the businesses, he said 
Providing a professional's perspective, Dr Raman Abrol, an ENT specialist remarked that despite the country having immense knowledge base of technocrats and professionals we remain an under-developed country. Absence of rational policies deployment of doctors and paramedics in the country are not available in rural areas despite the fact that these medical professionals are admitted in medical colleges under rural or reserved quota, he lamented. 
Nagina Bains, a young professional, said that the PM should take the responsibility for the ministers and other departments, besides being transparent in its governance initiatives with open communication which is absent currently. 
Chief Guest at the meeting, Mr. Dinesh Kumar, Associate Editor, The Tribune who has also been a Rotary Peace Scholar, remarked that governing a country like India has become difficult especially with the advent of coalition governments that are more of 'collision' government, leading to indecisions and ineffective policies. 
Unfortunately every ill in the society can be attributed to the weak leadership and non-accountability that is breeding corruption and other social evils in the country. 
The time has come that the politicians are given a fixed tenure who should expressly demonstrate good leadership qualities, he said. 
It is time also, he added, that the PM after elections should become apolitical and rise above even beyond his own political party to provide a wholesome visionary leadership. 
There had been an interesting exchange of ideas and audience participation. 
PP Rtn. C.J. Singh conducted the panel discussion with PP Rtn Arvind Mehan proposed a vote of thanks.  PDG Rtn. Kawal Bedi presented a memento to the chief guest Mr Dinesh Kumar, while Rtn. S.S. Kakkar, presented personalised Rotary club mugs to each of the panelists.