KREEDA HABBA 2019
The fifth edition of Kreeda Habba, an annual sports meet for I to VII standard primary school students from Malur Taluk, was conducted by Rotary Club of Bangalore with the enthusiastic support of Rotaract Clubs of Bangalore and Bangalore-Seshadripuram, on 5th January 2019 at Malur Honda stadium.
Rotary Club of Bangalore invited members of its Sister Club viz. Rotary Club of Petaling Jaya, Malaysia for a Rotary Friendship Exchange in this month. A nine-member delegation led by President Rtn. Olivia Lim Chwee Tin and comprising of PDG Rtn. David Ho Kwong Choog, Ann Elsie Ho, Past Asst. Governor Rtn. Dato’ Seri Dr. N. Krishna Moorthy, Asst. Governor Rtn. Capt. Sasidharan Harichandran, PP Rtn. Rianne Chin Wai Lee (TRF Director), Mr. Martin Wong, Rtn. Usha Gopalan (President Elect) and Annette Jayneal Dharan Menon visited Bengaluru between 6th and 12th January 2019.
KALA FOR VIDYA:A canvas of visual delight
Kala for Vidya ! A concept as beautiful as it sounds. Started in 2005-2006 by PP Rtn. G.V. Radhakrishnan and Rtn. Sridhar Chari, it has grown over the years like a banyan tree, gradually spreading its roots and standing stronger with the passage of time. The first Kala for Vidya(K4V) was held at RHF, mainly to benefit two issues concerning underprivileged sections of society: education for rural children; and artists with an abundance of talent, but yet, not making enough to eke out a decent livelihood. RHF was transformed into a red carpeted art gallery bedecked with beautiful paintings.
The Heritage Primary School at Budikote is a ‘Happy School’, thanks to Rtn. B N Rajasekhar
Budikote is a village near Bangarpet in Kolar district, with a population of about 3000 comprising 600 families. Some ninety kilometres from Bengaluru, it is the birthplace of Hyder Ali and has a fort. The village boasts of a higher primary school, which being over a hundred years old is a heritage school. It attracts close to 500 children from about eight or nine villages in and around Budikote.
Team Anganwadi and Community Services Committee are happy to report that four more Anganwadis have been transformed into ‘Happy Anganwadis’. All of these located in the Peenya area were inaugurated on the same day, 18th January. They all now enjoy the facilities which RCB has prescribed for them to be called as such, namely Clean Toilets, Proper Play Equipment, A clean Kitchen, Clean drinking water with RO plant, chairs, sleeping mats and vitrified tile flooring and painting.
Exceptional Republic Day at RBV
Republic Day 26th January 2019 was a lovely day,cool with a mist . Children of our school the Rotary Bangalore Vidyalaya were up and about,getting ready for performances at their school. The children had rehearsed for this day and put in a lot of effort to show they were the future of our country.
RCB Honors Top Donors for its great projects
It was yet another evening to remember at the Rotary House of Friendship on Monday, 28th January 2019 as the Rotary Club of Bangalore rolled out a Red Carpet to the hundreds of donors, who have over the years opened their purse strings to the large number of projects that have benefited thousands of people in the community.
On 2nd of January, my friend Rajesh Hosali and his family - his wife Tamara, daughter Manisha and son Louis - from Switzerland visited the school sponsored by his son Louis Siddharth Hosali. Louis had walked 200+ kms in Europe which took about a month to raise money for this Happy School. In his note below, he narrates his experience. His school was nick-named “Sid for Kid” by PP Rtn.Ranga Rao.
Treasured kits for moms to be.
A Rotary LSN project for expectant mothers.
PP Rtn. Zarir Batha and Rtn. Nalini Nanjundayya visited Magadi Road Maternity Hospital to distribute 10 sets of baby & maternity clothes to the expectant mothers. These women would have their babies within the fortnight.
The recipients were wives of construction workers, masons, autorickshaw drivers,etc. It was with much gratitude and happiness that they collected these sets from Rtns. Zarir and Nalini.
Rtn.Nalini spoke to them about the cleanliness and hygiene they should maintain while looking after the newborn. PP Rtn.Zarir spoke warmly on how they should welcome this baby with a lot of love irrespective of the baby being a boy or a girl. He pointed out that the lady helping them in their pregnancy was once a baby girl; likewise the lady distributing the kits. And who knows one day we might have a prime minister amongst them! Zarir and Nalini also talked of the benefits of breastfeeding.
The idea of this project emerged when PP Rtn. Zarir Bhata visited the hospital during the Pulse Polio Programme. Doctors requested that these poor women may be given some clothes for their just delivered babies. The hospital was unable to provide them anything, and the
pregnant mothers would deliver their babies and wrap them in their sarees or dupattas and take them home.
PP Rtn. Zarir was able to get some money from a Rotary Club in the UK. With LSN Trust of Rtn. Nalini also being a part of the project, we hope to make it ongoing and Rtn Nalini will
co-ordinate this project with RCB and PP Rtn. Zarir.
The baby sets comprise - 6 nappies, 4 vests, 1 baby blanket, 1 plastic sheet, 1 blanket for the mother, 1 nightie with front opening for the mother, 1 packet sanitary napkins.
Program from Rotaract Club of Bangalore Seshadripuram
The Rotaractors of RCBS under the leadership of President Rtr. Apoorva conducted a Personal and Women Hygiene Session on January 1. The session was conducted at the Government Higher Primary School, Satanur which was attended by around 60 students.
The personal hygiene session was handled by Rtr.Srinidhi S U, President Elect, RCBS while the Women Hygiene session was taken by Rtr.Apoorva.
Rtr Bindu, Sergeant-at-Arms, Rtr.Gowri Sinha, Director, Public Relations and Rtr. Prajwal Balaji participated in conducting the session and handed out WinS Book Mark to the students. The Headmistress greatly appreciated the session. Posters printed by Zone Iris was handed out to the school by the President.
Rtr.Srinidhi S U
A report on District Governor Rtn. Suresh Hari’s official visit to RCB
In the Rotary calendar, the Governor’s official visit (GoV) to a club holds pride of place for many a reason. One being that it can showcase all the good work done over the months and also interact closely with the District Governor and other District officials for future and larger projects such as District Grants / matching grants, etc. It is also the day you have the District Governor’s undivided attention! Conversely, it is also the day of scrutiny and inspection of records. Hence it is a visit that is eagerly awaited but with fingers crossed! However, this year, the visit turned out to be quite different.
READY STEADY GO – Creating a Smarter Future
Hosting a HACKATHON? The team said - Great! For a group of young minds in a competitive format where-in several teams compete to create an environment that innovates on a theme. The ever active Committee of RCB – Vocational Service driven by Rtns. R. Raghunathan, Dileep Pillai and Nitin Wagh with their Committee Members mooted an idea to create a startup Ecosystem involving Final Year Graduate students coming from various streams to pursue Entrepreneurship. In the process the team approached NSRCEL– a Startup hub at the IIM Bangalore, who instantly partnered in making this ambitious project to bring it to reality.
Specialist Health Camp at RMMAH
A Health Camp was conducted at Rotary Muthappa Memorial Hospital, Channasandra on 29.01.2019 together with the Dept. of Community Medicine, Rajarajeswari Medical College & Hospital.
On Friday 8th Feb, 2019, Rtn Vijay Rajan sponsored two Anganwadis and touched the lives of over 40 Children this year and every year for years to come. In Nagasandra, at the extreme end of a narrow street where tiny bylanes were also converted into so called “housing units”; within a locality where the breadth of the road was narrower than that of the width of a car, was where we handful of Rotarians ventured to find just a single housing unit that sparkled.
The Gold in our Hands
Our Monday speaker, Kunal Sachdev is a multifaceted social entrepreneur committed to skilling and upskilling of India’s artisans, who through Caravan Evolved Craft- his company, focus on revitalisation of their traditional, sometimes dying craft and enable these to reach international levels of quality, and tap into global premium markets
RCB’s Tribute to the Martyrs at Pulwama
The mood at RCB was sombre. The silence during the evening was reflective of the sadness in every RCBian's heart. The Pulwama tragedy that caused the death of forty brave hearts of our country brought out a sense of deep gratitude among members for the supreme sacrifice of our CRPF soldiers in the service of the nation. The evening was dedicated rightly to the memory of the fallen soldiers in their line of duty.The photographs of the slain sons of the Nation on the screen kept the gaze of every Rotarian fixed as if reading a message from each one of them for us and the Nation.
RCB lends a hand in rehabilitation of flood affected people in Kerala
Any calamity and RCB is the first to initiate efforts to support the affected persons. The Kerala floods and the devastation inspired many an RCBian to contribute towards the revival of livelihoods and providing assistance to get back to their routine. Upon discussion with PDG Rtn. Sunil Zachariah, it was felt that once the calamity has passed, supporting rehabilitation would be a great challenge and hence we were advised to await the report from the local Rotary Clubs who had set up shelter and rehabilitation camps for the affected persons.
MYAT LEI (MAGIC) IN MYANMAR
Myanmar / Burma / Myanma – different names to one country with beautiful Pagodas, landscape and Buddhist temples.
Six Rotarians left on 8th Feb and landed in Mandalay. They took the nine hour cruise on Yerawaddy river to reach Bagan. Bagan is the beautiful old heritage city with 3500 Pagodas, built between 11th and 13th century to spread Buddhism.
War of Words at RCB
The vibrant energy and thrilling anticipation at RHF on Monday evening, 25th February 2019 was palpable. The hall reverberated with the sound of sharp verbal assaults and counter attacks. The finals of the 30th year of the Annual Rotary Yadalam Nanjaiah Setty Inter Collegiate Debate was on.
RYLA AT R B V - ROTARACT CLUB OF BANGALORE
Rotaractors Experience @ RYLA – On Saturday, March 2nd, the Rotaract Club of Bangalore conducted a RYLA for the students of the Rotary Bangalore Vidyalaya School. The day began with the students taking part in the morning exercises and drills. Watching them, memories came flooding back of how we polished our white shoes for every sports drill in school. With a bit of nostalgia and eagerness to interact with the children we started our RYLA Program.
National Immunization Day was held on March 10th, across India. As part of the national goal of keeping India polio-free, the objective for the day was to give two drops of Oral Polio Vaccine to every child in our country under the age of five. In total, twenty seven members of RCB, Inner Wheel and Rotaract participated, led by President Rtn. Vivek Prabhu and the first lady, and included three Past Presidents, current Inner Wheel president and Inner Wheel Past President. Nine Rotaractors, led by Secretary Rtr. Joseph Wilson, joined the team
Harvesting the future by Bamboo Barathi
An energetic and passionate talk by Dr. N. Barathi motivated the audience to invest in building a greener future. A master of his profession, Dr. N Barathi is an agricultural scientist who has specialized in Biotechnology. He has domesticated the faster growing bamboo to be used commercially to produce electricity and bio-ethanol. This bamboo called Beema Bamboo grows at a staggering pace and absorbs more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than regular plants.
Orphanage visit - Rotaract Seshadripuram
The Rotaract Club of Bangalore Seshadripuram and the Rotaract Club of CMR jointly visited an orphanage managed by the Aradhane Charitable Trust , Hegdenagar on March 17.
No holds barred presentation. An exhilarating experience.
I had seen our Monday speaker quite often on TV, usually during election time. He was firm in his views and very erudite. I was particularly fascinated by the use of his hands to emphasize his point.
I wasn’t disappointed when I saw him in the flesh at RHF. Dr. Sandeep Shastri lived up to the advance billing. And more. A Political Scientist, he is also the Pro Vice Chancellor of Jain University; National Coordinator of Lokniti Network; and he has to his credit 10 books and oodles of published articles.
FAREWELL TO 10TH STANDARD STUDENTS AT RBV
Principal Ms Sudha of Rotary Bangalore Vidyalaya was very persistent in her invitation to Anne Shalini & me to attend the farewell ceremony of the students passing out of the school this year. Naturally it was hard to refuse and both of us landed up there at around 11 am on Friday the 8th March.
RCB’s Smackalicious AAHAROTSAV–
La’ Internationale Cuisine themed Cook-Out Night
RCB’s annual Cook-Out Night this year was really an “Utsav” celebrating international cuisine with huge participation displaying the in-house culinary expertise. The D (delicious) day arrived on March 25th. The members were treated to an exceptional array of food categorised into Soup, Salads, Appetizers, Main Course and Desserts and every category had multiple stalls with the best of international cuisine.
4 MORE ANGANAWADIS INAUGURATED
On 30th March, Saturday morning, President Rtn. Vivek Prabhu set out with First Lady Ann. Shalini Prabhu and Rtn. M C Dinesh, Chairman Education and Literacy Committee, to inaugurate the next four Happy Anganwadis – numbers 21 to 24 of this year. Assistant Governor for our Club Rtn. K. H. Ashok joined in for the occasion.
TWO DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS ENTHRALL RCB
This week RCB had two wonderful and accomplished speakers enlighten us on the great work they are doing for society. They were Dr. Latha Jagannathan, of Rotary TTK Blood Bank and famous theatre personality Mr. Prakash Belawadi.
Bill Forge Sponsored ‘Happy Anganwadis’ Inaugurated
Bill Forge, through its CSR team, has been working towards bringing improvements in the areas of Education, Health, & Community Development right from 2014. As a part of the CSR initiative, Bill Forge had adopted two Anganwadis in its neighbourhood a few years ago. A new state-of-the-art 610 sft. Anganwadi built in Vaderamanchanahalli village was inaugurated on the 23rd of November 2018
WONDERFUL “WHEELS” OF RCB
The face of the NGO sector is constantly changing, the needs of this sector have grown over the years as well. How to deal with these changes in terms of communication and fundraising was brought forward in the rib tickling play “Wheels”, written and directed by Rtn. Vijay Padaki, and was brought to the stage by members of our very own Rotary Theatre Club.
ELECTION AWARENESS WALKATHON.
The Rotaract Club of Bangalore took part in the Election Awareness Walkathon on April 14th. The goal was to spread awareness about the upcoming Elections and to raise certain common topics which directly affect the voters of Bangalore.
Commendable Consul’s Nite
This year the International Services Committee decided to conduct its annual gala Consul’s Nite a little differently. Instead of hosting multiple Consuls General together, the focus was on one nation – Germany. Introduced to RCB through the good offices of Rtn. Deepak Nakra, the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bangalore, Her Excellency Margit Hellwig-Bötte, graciously consented to be our chief guest for the evening. She was welcomed with a uniquely cross-cultural entertainment; the presentation of a traditional Bavarian dance performance by a few Indian employees of Bangalore-based Trivium eSolutions, an IT company with a strong Germany connect.
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