25 Glorious Years and Counting.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. “– Audrey Hepburn

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.

With a full house to cheer the members when the programme started, ‘Aaj Ke Shaam Chand Sitaron Ke Naam’ was the theme for this event. Being part of the rotary is a great accomplishment in itself but being part of the rotary for more than 25 years is an even bigger accomplishment, the number of lives that they have managed to change collectively and individually is a big deal.

'They are exceptional, energetic and inspiring', the programme started with a lot of buzz and excitement for their fellow Rotarians, 53 rotary members had completed their silver jubilee with the rotary and are still going strong and wanting to make a change.

The Rotary Club of Bangalore is not only a club to make changes but a place to build friendships that soon become as important as family. From passionate writers like G Krishnamurthy who published a coffee table book on the 80 years of the rotary called rotary nuggets, to inspiring engineers like Rotarian Pandu, who is on the board of the RI and done a lot for the V college of Engineering, to Rotarian Elizabeth Zachariah who is a doctor by profession but she was also the first lady president of the rotary club. Rotarian Dr. Sita Bhateja, she was the first woman Rotarian to join the rotary club. The club has a range of people from different areas and that is what makes the club special.

As Audrey Hepburn said “The most important thing is to enjoy life- to be happy- it’s all that matters”, this is what the Rotarians did, being able to dress up as their passion they showed everybody, that it is never too late to follow your passion. Rotarians managed to add some of their passions in life along with their dressing style, like Indra Arya who dressed as crazy as he is in a shinning outfit that made him stand out in the crowd and Rotarian Dr. Pradeep Rao, who is truly wearing his passion- an avid wildlife photographer.

The programme came to an end with 35 out of the 53 Rotarians completing 25 years coming up to the stage and walking the ramp. The enthusiasm never seemed to end as the programme was followed by a glorious dinner. Every Rotarian is important and has shown that being part of the Rotary is not just a way to give back to society but has become a big part of their lives.

- Nitanti Alur

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