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!
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.
“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.“
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.
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.
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.
#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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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
It was an amazing experience, how different Rotary Clubs are in the region. Rotary Club of Alur showcased their simple yet effective school and Rotary Club of Sakleshpur with their landmark project ‘Rotary English School’
which looked no less than our Bishop Cottons or Baldwin’s schools which ended up with lists of words and concepts that are very different, which also reflect their unique thoughts of service. Believe me it was a treat enroute to tie up for e-siksha project with these clubs. The small towns are
Sometimes treating people as human beings is enough”, a pithy statement to end his address summed up Anurag Behar’s illuminating talk about the education scene in India, particularly on the dedication of teachers. Vice Chancellor of Azim Premji University and CEO of Azim Premji Foundation, Mr. Behar brought all
his personal experience into the fore, holding in thrall
the audience in the well-filled hall.
Take a bunch of Rotarians old and new; pile them into a bus. Throw in some bonhomie, shake it up with some chatter and laughter and sprinkle this with some custom made gorgeous weather! That was in short what transpired on the picnic to Discovery Valley on Sunday the 10th of September.
Monday the 29th of August saw a changed Rotary House, a room full of excitement and enthusiasm as it was the felicitation ceremony for all the Rotarians who have completed 25 years or more. They were to get felicitated for all their contribution to the Rotary Club by the Vice President and the Secretary of the Rotary club of Bangalore.
On the occasion of 70th Independance Day celebration, RCB & its members led by Prez. hoisted the National Flag, saluting it & sang the National Anthem. Seen in the pic are the Prez Ranga, Vincent, IW Prez. Usha, Kanchana, Panduranga Setty, Prabhashankar, Vivek Prabhu & Gowri Oza.
Rotary Dist. 3190 woke up to a well earned distinction in the Guinness Book of World records
on the 4th August 2016 “Most people to signup to donate blood in 8 hrs. - multiple venues”
by registering 3562 blood donors.
The Rotary International Scholar Vinita Bali came into the rotary house on Monday the 8th of August to give an inspiring and eye opening talk on Leadership and responsibility. She started by talking about her life and what it means to be a Rotarian.
Rotary Club of Bangalore is happy to announce that our Rotary Bangalore Vidyalaya has been chosen as one of the two schools, in the Bangalore area by Oracle the Software giant and State Bank of India Foundation to launch their computer communication Module.
In an effort to pursue the MEMBERSHIP & NEW CLUB DEVELOPMENT MONTH, RCB has started in the right earnest by creating a template of Frequently Asked Questions from prospective members or new clubs or Rotractors.
Informed the office bearers to come up with a plan of action for the next 3 months, while handling over the charter certificate after a month the office bearers will present the plan of action to Rotary.
The main talk for Indians in August is about the much awaited Olympic Games, where everyone asks same question “Why should we care about how well our country does at the Olympic Games, or how well they do at sports?” With the Olympics only a few days away, Go Sports member Nandan Kamath tried to answer this question on Monday, 1st August at the rotary house.
RCB's Medical Services team conducted their 1st Blood Donation Camp at Chowdiah Memorial on the 25th of July 2016. Board of Directors and Staff of Swathi Group of Hotels donated blood on the occasion of their annual day Bhandavya. It was a successful camp with over 200 units collected in a short time span of 4 hours ! Rtn. Manohar Menda presence right through the camp was inspiring.
Spoken English training program commenced on 11th July at RBV School. First project for the year. Director Vocational Service, Nalini Nanjundayya, Mohan Gurjar, Chairman, RBV School Committee, Sridhar Chari and Ravi Prasad were present to see the start of this. As spoken English is so much a need for today’s communication, confidence building and job recruitment, to start this program on spoken English in our own school was one of the plans. First classroom session took place at RBV for the 7th & 8th std. The students were very enthusiastic. Rajesh Itekar is the teacher that is conducting these classes on a monthly remuneration. The feed back so far has been that the students are excited and the teachers happy. The proposal to carry on these classes alternatively with the 9th and 10th std students has also happened.
Rotary Club donates Rs. 1,00,000/- to the Inner Wheel Club of Bangalore at their Installation and the funds are to be used for their Community Service Projects. President also assured Inner Wheel that they could jointly do some projects in the near future.
Chief guest Snehal Mantri of Mantri Developers in her address said how she strived for equal rights of women employees and ensured that they get represented fairly. She said that her organisation had adopted a village taking care of their complete needs being it toilets, schools and hospitals. She also assured the Inner Wheel to partner with some of their projects.
Harokethanahalli, 10.30 am, 2nd July. We have heard of pillars of society and their philanthropic nature and wonder what stuff they are made of. RCB has one such pillar, soft spoken and even softer hearted - Rtn. Faizal Jaliwala, who is transforming the lives of 120 underprivileged children and their families. Thanks to his generousity, RCB will receive the entire funding of Rs. 25 lakhs for rebuilding the dilapidated Govt. Primary School for these children. Our sincere gratitude to Faizal, one of RCB’s largest donors.
In spite of the humongous service being rendered at the Diabetic Centre at Muthappa Attavar Hospital, Dr. Asha and her team felt that a lot of work needed to be done still: “We realized that there was no help for people who go into end stage renal failure. The rural folk struggled to commute to the city for dialysis.”
A pilot study was done in and around Raja Rajeshwari medical college covering 30 kilometres and we found that 14% of the population were diabetics and 2% had gone into renal failure which translated into 2000 subjects who needed dialysis. We wanted to address this issue and decided to set up a Dialysis Centre at the Raja Rajeshwari College and Hospital, where we have additional facilities of ICU, Services of RO Plant and 24/7 monitoring of Renal failure subjects.
“Giving a fish, will feed one for the day, teach him fishing, he can feed himself for life” So goes the common wisdom.
Heeding that, Community Services Committee, organized a skill development programme for the inmates of Girls Observation Home, on Hosur Road, Bangalore on 17th July 2014, along with Innerwheel Club of Bangalore.
On Tuesday, the 7th october 2014 at 8 AM, Rotary Club of Bangalore’s (RCB)Team RYLA set off in a Bus for yet another ambitious RYLA programme at Government PU College for Girls at Malur. Rtn Mrs Sitalakshmi Chinnappa, Rtn Mr Subramaniuam Chittur, Treasurer RCB, with his friends had joined the Team as facilitators. Facilitator Mrs Manjula Ghodake had brought her friend/facilitator Mrs Aruna. En route there was useful interaction among the Team members as Mrs Dipti Ram Kumar took the lead to do so for the benefit of new facilitators.
Rotary – TTK Blood Bank, the flagship project of Rotary Club of Bangalore owes its existence to the relentless endeavors of several of our Rotarians, under the able leadership of Rtn. PDG P.T. Kasturi.
Manoj, just sixteen years of age, is our youngest patient. He lost his mother when his younger sibling was born. Poverty and ignorance caused his mother’s death. His father, a D group employee at Infosys lives with his two children in Raja Rajeshwari Nagar. Manoj had a spinal surgery 5 years ago and went into renal failure due to complications. He was referred to us by a doctor at the Victoria Hospital and has been undergoing dialysis for the past one year at the Raja Rajeshwari Hospital. The saddest part is that there is no cure for renal failure other than dialysis or kidney transplant. Manoj obviously cannot afford the transplant. He is strapped for dialysis throughout his life. Manoj says with a smile that all the staff is very friendly here. His father is very grateful as many of the tests and consultations are done free of cost and dialysis is conducted in a clean environment!
Have you ever visited a govt. primary school in the interiors of Karnataka or even a school just around 50km from the city?
Most of these schools are worse than cowsheds. Children are huddled together in a hole in the wall kind of room with leaking roofs! The walls are damp and have not seen a coat of paint for over 20 years. Often in one room, four different teachers are teaching four different subjects!
“A boy fell in love with a girl and married her.” So what’s new!!
What was remarkable was that the girl is one amongst the many patients with Thalassemia, who has been taking blood transfusions every month for several years at the Arun Kumar day care transfusion Centre at Rotary-TTK Blood Bank. He knew she had Thalassemia, her requirement for regular blood transfusions, laboratory tests, Iron chelation treatment and so on. But nevertheless he married her and invited all at BMST for the wedding!
“I am going to become a Chartered Accountant” declares Veena S, determination written large on her fresh young face. “My father runs a small ‘idli’ hotel and I know he has difficulty with money, but I will achieve my dream of becoming a CA. I want to help children in their education & bring a good name to me & my family.”
37 million! That is the number of blind people in the world today, and India is home to 15 million of those people, making it the country with the largest number of blind people in the world. 75% of the cases are avoidable which means there needs to be more focus on blindness awareness and prevention.
The Rotary Club of Bangalore is addressing this issue by joining hands with the Sankara Eye Foundation and The Timken Foundation, USA to provide eye care facilities to the rural areas of the country.
President Ram, PP Mohan Gurjar and I were walking around the school when we heard some children discussing very excitedly the brand new equipments in their classrooms.
Radha, a 5th Standard student, was telling her friend “Lakshmi, do you know that the new projector has English science and maths material in that chip? We can also remember better by seeing all those images!”, exclaimed Radha.