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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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