Inauguration of the First Anganwadi.
RCB alleviates concerns of working mothers.
‘Happy Child, Nation’s Pride’ was a popular slogan in the 80’s. An indisputable fact indeed! In pursuit of it, the Indian Government took many measures, one such being the formation of Anganwadis. The objective was to provide children between 2 and 4 years of age a happy daycare centre, while at the same time allow the mother freedom to pursue her work. However, over the years, Anganwadis saw neglect and indifference resulting in more stress than succor for the mother!
Monday, July 9th, 2018 was the Installation of the President and Executive Committee of the Inner Wheel club of Bangalore at the Rotary House of Friendship. Rotary Club of Bangalore meeting formalities were completed crisply by President Vivek and secretary Musten.
President’s Message Month of July 2018
Dear fellow Rotarians,
One year ago, your Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new vision statement, reflecting our aspirations for our organization and its future. It reads, "Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves."
That simple sentence distills so much of what is essential about Rotary. We unite, because we know that we are far stronger together than we could ever be alone. We take action, because we are not dreamers, but doers. We work to create lasting change that will endure long after our involvement has ended – across the globe and in our communities. And perhaps most important of all, we work to create change in ourselves – not just building a better world around us, but becoming better people ourselves.
A quotation attributed to French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry goes: "If you want to build a boat, don’t begin by collecting wood, cutting boards, or assigning tasks. Begin by awakening in the souls of your workers a longing for the vast and boundless sea." Each of us came to Rotary because we had a longing – to have an impact, to make a difference, to be part of something larger than ourselves. That desire, that vision for a better world and our role in building it, is what drives us in Rotary. It’s what made us become members, it’s what motivates us to serve, and it’s what led me to choose our theme for this Rotary year: Be the Inspiration.
I want to see Rotary Be the Inspiration for our communities by doing work with a transformational impact. It’s time to start moving forward, by removing the barriers that are holding us back. Let’s make it easier to make adjustments in our clubs or start new clubs that suit different needs. Let’s work to strengthen Rotaract and smooth the transition from Rotaract clubs into Rotary. Let’s give all Rotarians the flexibility to serve in the ways that work best for them, so that every Rotarian finds enduring value in Rotary membership.
Truly sustainable service, the kind of service we strive for in Rotary, means looking at everything we do as part of a larger global ecology. This year, I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration for sustainable service by addressing the impact of environmental issues on our work. The environment plays a key role in all six of our areas of focus, and that role is only becoming greater as the impact of climate change unfolds. It’s time to move past seeing the environment as somehow separate from those six areas. Clean air, water, and land are essential for healthy communities – and essential for the better, healthier future we strive for.
Be the Inspiration – and together we can, and we will, inspire the world.
DR BARRY RASSIN
President, Rotary International
Service as a Therapy
“Inspiration is the human state where the Head / Mind and the Heart come together to synergistically harness their powers to propel us into a different trajectory of life” was the way Mr. Ajit Kaikini commenced his address to RCB floor at the weekly meeting on the 16th July 2018.
A big Salaam to everyone!
Friday, July the 13th, a day, that dawned just like any other day of the year. But, for many in Bangalore and in particular RCB, it was a date! A date with a difference! A date with ‘Salaam, Noni Appa’!! A date that was enveloped in mystery and expectation.
With an objective to bring about a culture of innovation and excellence in education, Rotary Club of Bangalore, in association with the Government of Israel organized a path-breaking Teacher Training Workshop on Nurturing Innovation. The workshop was conducted by Dr. Sharaf Gal from Israel, an authority on the subject; founder and leader of Nomad Horizon Ltd., a hub for technological and methodological R&D in innovation in education and work
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE – ARE WE VICTIMS OR BENEFICIARIES?
The guest speaker Mr Anand Srinivasan is the Founder CEO of DSquare Solutions – A boutique analytics startup based in Bangalore. He is a graduate from IIT Madras with a Masters in Operations Research & Statistics from Purdue University.
Invigorating Independence day with the children at RBV
It was a misty morning on this landmark day as my family joined me to be part of the 15th August, Independence day celebrations at Rotary Bangalore Vidyalaya (RBV).
RCB has consistently engaged itself in community service over the past 84 years by addressing education and health sectors. In the immediate year past the highly successful Happy School Initiative was a great success. It is a matter of great satisfaction that the club was able to refurbish 108 rural primary schools.
TEACHER TRAINING INITIATIVE
RCB is present in many facets of education like infra, soft skills, Vocational training, books, library, nutrition, Medical camps, Sports, competitions, Scholarships for children upto college level and so on.
Change is everywhere and the workplaces of the Future too will change dramatically. And 4G (Gender, Generation, Geography and General Orientation) will define the workplaces of the future, according to four human resource experts who took part in an interesting discussion on the Future of Work on Monday, 20th August 2018 during the weekly meeting at the Rotary House of Friendship.
Kerala Floods - A Week After
The Cochin airport is reopening today. That the seventh busiest airport in India had to be shut down for 14 days, gives an idea of the extent of damage that the floods have wrecked in Kerala.
Musical Majja - RCB’s Rag Rang FunTakshari 2018
The eagerly awaited Funtakshari was held at RHF on the 27th of Aug 2018. All “Sakkat Suri Male” rounds conducted with twist by our glamorous nightingale Ann. Usha and the ever enthusiastic Rtn. Manoj Nair. Four teams were aptly named as Rimjhim, Barkha, Megha and Baadal signifying the mons
World Hepatitis Day –Social Media Awareness Campaign
The Rotaract Club of Bangalore (RID 3190) in association with the Rotaract Club of Bombay West (RID 3141) conducted a week-long online social media awareness campaign culminating on July 28th - World Hepatitis Day - in an effort to spread awareness and combat viral hepatitis around the world.
Weaves for a Cause
The Weaves for a cause event held along with Angadi Galleria was a great success considering that with absolutely no expenses for the RCB we have received a sum of Rupees Four lakhs towards the sanitary napkin dispenser and incinerator installation at underprivileged girls schools and hostels
Nitheesh N R and Mydhili G are campaigning for proper disposal of sanitary napkins
“They called Arunachalam Muruganantham the sanitary napkin maker and I, the napkin destroyer,” says Nitheesh N R with a chuckle. The 29-year-old was called so by a group of women in Mumbai when he introduced the sanitary napkin incinerator to them. Elsewhere, at a women’s college in Coimbatore, it was amidst catcalls that he started his session on menstrual hygiene and proper disposal of napkins. “I wasn’t perturbed though. At the end of the presentation the same girls came up to me to clear doubts.
Beautiful B.R. Hills
As a fellowship event, to understand activities promoted by our RCB at B.R.hills school, a picnic was arranged on the 7th and 8th of September. A group of 17 rotarians visited this lovely place, which is a hill station, surrounded by evergreen forests.The total population itself is about 2000 in this temple town.
Blood Donation Camp
Dear fellow Rotarians,
Extremely happy to inform you that our Blood Donation Camp at PEGA Systems on 3rd September 2018 went of well. 42 units of Blood were collected.
Rotary Club of Bangalore wishes to thank Mrs. Surabhi of PEGA SYSTEMS and the entire team at TTK Blood Bank for their contribution in conducting this camp successfully.
The 8th of September 2018, marked the third edition of Roto Quiz Mangalore. With the two previous event being roaring successes, there was never a doubt that we were in for yet another memorable weekend.
After an exciting regional final at Mangalore the previous weekend, RotoQuiz - a flagship project of Rotary Club of Bangalore, famous for being the longest running quiz in the world, made its way back to Bangalore for its 59th edition.
An Evening of Brain-Teasers at the Longest Running Quiz Show in the World!
It was a battle of wits at the Ramnarayan Chellaram Intercollegiate Quiz Competition (Rotoquiz 2018) at Rotary House of Friendship, Lavelle Road, on Monday 17th September 2018.
An International perspective with Mr. Moraje
The profile of the speaker on 10th Sept at RCB, promised to be absolutely interesting. Cann’t expect anything less from an alumnus of National Institute of Technology, Surat and IIMA, right?
#Pledge2Protect Version 2.0
We successfully completed the second edition of our Project #Pledge2Protect for the Rotaract year 2018-19. As our RCB theme for the year 2018-19 is ‘Education Outside the Classroom’, we had a Heritage Walk for children from Rotary Bangalore Vidyalaya. Rotary Bangalore Vidyalaya has a strength of around 450 students studying from LKG to 10th grade with 25 teachers.
The Rotaract club of Bangalore Seshadripuram organised a fundraiser event at the ICGF held in the White Orchids, Manyatha tech park, on 16th September 2018. The event was named Golden Bowl. The contestants test their luck by purchasing a ticket for Rs.100 and the winner will receive Rs.1000.
An insight into managing the CONFLICT in Re-Wilding India
Wildlife are also living beings and play a very important role in maintaining the overall ecological balance in this planet. It is indeed a pity that the most advanced species (we the homo sapiens) on Mother Earth are just not doing enough to conserve Wildlife.
“We are all in the Change Business,” says Rtn. Vijay Padaki.
With four decades of experience in Behavioural Science and Organizational Development Rtn. Vijay was a part of the founding faculty at IIM Bangalore; and was an accomplished author with 4 books published and a 5th on the way.
Rtn. Vijay started his talk by stating that creating a Public Image is all about bringing about change in the Thinking and Behaviour. He used simple English to explain the science behind bringing about Attitude and Behaviour Change. A Human being is an animal constantly trying to influence and change the behaviour of other animals. As he succinctly put it, “We are all in the Change Business. Most of the time, we do it intuitively. Most Human communication, Advertising, Sales, Politics, Social Organization, Religion, deal with influencing change in behaviour.“
It has become norm that November 1st, Kannada Rajyotsava Day, is blocked in the Rotary Club of Bangalore's calendar, for Utpulta - it's annual swim meet. This year saw the club host its fourth edition of the flagship event with 480 student swimmers from various swim clubs in and around Bangalore participating. In addition, 8 physically challenged swimmers and 12 economically underprivileged kids from Deccan International’s Ashram School also participated, free of cost.
The project, which has cost about Rs. 16 lakhs has been funded by the Laxmi Mittal Foundation, whose trustees are Rtns. Sunita Gupta and Vaibhav Gupta. The upgraded school was inaugurated on 10th November by members of Sunita Gupta family and RCB President Rtn. Vivek Prabhu in the presence of the Zilla Parishad President, DDPI of Chikkaballapur, other officials of the education department, Panchayat and the school staff. PP Rtn. Zarir Batha, who had initiated discussions with LMF last year on this project, and Ann Dorothy Batha were also present for the inauguration.
The school has been named ‘Laxmidevi Mittal Rotary Government Higher School, Dibbur’, in memory of Rtn. Sunita Gupta’s mother. Mrs Gupta was all praise for the way the project was executed by RCB and is already planning to take up another school project in Chikkaballapur. Another Rotary Happy school soon!
Education is a pet cause for RCB, with glorious examples of schools that we have been nurturing for several years. And Monday’s speaker, Ms. Jyoti Thyagrajan, found a very receptive audience when she spoke about the need to commit to improving education, especially in government schools.
With the inauguration of three Anganwadis in Nelamangala the process of transforming of Government run Anganwadis into ‘Happy Anganwadis’ by the Rotary Club has well and truly taken off. With this, five Anganwadis are done this year. Four more are almost ready, and will be inaugurated in the next two weeks.
IWTT was formed in December 2016 to build a competitive environment of the sport in our country and to allow differently-abled people to transform their lives using the power of sport. Their aim is to put Indian Wheelchair Tennis on the world map in the next 4 years. IWTT is supported by Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna, Kapil Dev, Rahul Dravid, Anand Amritraj and other sports stars
Prof. Dr. Arvind Kasthuri Addressed our club on " Ageing Successfully" on the 17th of December. A respected academician and much loved teacher Dr. Arvind Kasthuri is a Professor of Community medicine at St. Johns Medical College and has won the prestigious pioneers award for "Teacher of the year" 4 times. Having developed an interest in the well being of the elderly he also earned a Diploma in Geriatric Medicine in 2005, a nascent speciality in our country. Aside from academia he is a part of CAUSE foundation which, promoting musical theatre and has been a part of more than 16 musical shows and played leading roles in "Fiddler on the roof", "My fair lady", "Sound of Music" amongst others. The Son of our PDG P.T. Kasthuri and Lakshmi Kasthuri, he has many memories of times spent at RCB.
Air Pollution: Impact on Health
Rtn. Prof. Dr H Paramesh is co-opted as a member for the committee for preparing a compendium of National air pollution on health representing IISc by the ministry of health and family welfare.
Dr. Sita Bhateja always brings a smile on everyone’s face.
The world is a little less happy today, without the redoubtable and "larger than life" personality, Dr. Sita Bhateja. Having known her from when I was a child, with the older generation, my parents and their contemporaries, all in awe of this brilliant doctor, with myriad interests and many passions, it was natural that we were all magnetically drawn to her, in our later years, through Rotary, and in our social gatherings.
Two more Happy Anganwadis inaugurated.
21st December, 2018 saw the inauguration of two more Happy Anganwadis.
It is the owing to the benevolence of two active Rotarians that the little children of Akkethimannahalli and Austin Town Anganwadis will now enjoy a much better and upgraded facility, with new flooring, neat and clean kitchen, child friendly bright walls, clean drinking water, toilet and play equipment.
Adolescence Awareness at RBV
A much needed adolescence awareness programme was conducted in Rotary Bangalore Vidyalaya on 20th December, 2018. Girl students from 6th to 10th standard were given a short talk on menstrual hygiene by Rtn Dr Sangamithra. Most problems connected with Adolescent age group like nutrition, morphological changes of the body, exercise and psychological awareness were touched upon.
Bangalore Children’s Choir and Oogelaktik light up Christmas evening
The Christmas Celebrations in the Rotary Club of Bangalore kicked off in rather spectacular fashion as Maya Mascarenhas and Bangalore-based rock band Oogelaktik and regaled us with their awesome.music and inimitable style. The evening also saw a packed-house with several guests to partake in the festivities.
RBV’s Amazing Annual Day
Members of the Rotary Club of Bangalore had a vision for education way back in the 1960’s. RCB purchased a piece of land in the then remote area of Nagadevanahalli about 20 kms from Bangalore. It is now a bustling residential and commercial area behind the Bangalore University campus. There are a little over 450 students now.
We’ve been making history and bringing our world closer together for over 100 years. Since forming in 1905, we’ve taken on some of the world’s toughest challenges and helped a wide range of international and service organizations—from the UN to Easter Seals