Monday, March 22, 2010

Sunday Engagements

Rotary District Team Training Seminar for the Team 2010-11 to work with our incoming District Governor Madhukar Malhotra, is being hosted by Rotary Club Chandigarh Midtown under the leadership of PDG Shaju Peter, Counselor, on Sunday 28th March from 9am to 2pm. We wish them all success.

On 28th March itself our District 3080 is felicitating the Rotary International President Nominee Rtn. Kalyan Banerjee and his gracious wife, Binota, at Ambala Cantt, Rukmni Devi Hall on Railway Road.

The registration fee is just Rs.200 per person which, I am sure, must have already been sent by you.

From 3pm to 4:15pm is the time for arrival, registration, and high tea. The programme would start at 4:30pm followed by photo session with RI President Nominee at 7pm.

Please register urgently and join in large number.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Rotary Medical Mission touches 50,000 lives in 7 days

The Rotary Medical Mission has returned home with a massive success, having seen nearly 50,000 patients in OPD and operated on nearly 2,200 patients in mere seven days in the tribal district Mandla of Madhya Pradesh.
Inspired by Past Rotary International President Rajendra K. Saboo and Usha Saboo who participated as volunteers, and led by District Governor Chetan Aggarwal and Neelam, the team of doctors and volunteers from District 3080 joined the team from District 3260 for this massive humanitarian endeavour.
"We never imagined that it would be such a massive affairs" said Rtn. Pres. G.S. Lakhmna of Rotary Club of Chandigarh who accompanied the team as volunteer.
Past Rotary International President Rajendra K. Saboo commended the government of Madhya Pradesh who placed the entire state machinery to support the project with their logistic support and making available the hospitals for operations.
And there were local Rotarians including the live-wire PDG Rtn Vivek Tankhia and DG of District 32360, who coordinated the mission there.
The success of this Rotary Medical Mission can be gauged from the fact that it has attracted the attention of the Guinness Book of World Records and Limca Book of World Records, whose representatives witnessed the response to this project, where 49,634 patients were examined and 2088 major surgeries were conducted.
In seven days, 70,000 people participated and around 40,000 food packets were distributed, and medicines worth over Rs.10 lakh were distributed there.
Reporting on the front page of its March 14th edition from Jabalpur, the English daily, The Hitavada, wrote, “The Camp has become an ideal event in the history of Indian medical sciences. In terms of quality of services provided to the patients, transportation arrangement for patients who were taken out from far-flung tribal villages.”
Bhaskar reporting on the camp, “Haan, hamne khuda dekh liya” (We’ve seen God), and another day it said on the front page, “Yeh Lau Yun Hee Roshan Rahe” (Let this light continue to brighten our paths), and on another day, it reported, “Narkiye jivan se mili mukti” (Freedom from the life of Hell)
Rtn. Rajendra K. Saboo, who is the force behind the concept of medical missions motivating Rotarian doctors to come forward and volunteer to serve outside their own club, community and country, briefed the Club about how this medical mission touched the lives of thousands of people, and each was a story that made us all proud of Rotary.
There were many astonishing medical successes including removal of a 7-kg tumour from the uterous of a female patient, he informed.
There were 37 doctors and volunteers led by Mission Director PDG Subhash Garg, who were accompanied by an equally large team from District 3260 under chairmanship of PDG Rtn Vivek Tankha, along with Rtn. Dr Rajesh Dhirawani, Rtn. Baldeep Singh Maini, Rtn. Puneet Handa, and PDG Rtn. Vivek Tankha played a stellar role.
This Mission has created a history of sort, with requests pouring in from Mandla for a repeat visit.

Proud of Being a Rotarian

As I look around and see the dedication with which Rotarians engage themselves in serving the communities, makes me feel proud of Rotary...and proud of being a Rotarian.
Here is the first of 'the proud of being a Rotarian' series of amateur videos. Click here.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Ray Klinginsmith's speech on RI Theme for 2010-11

Read the full text of the speech by incoming Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith. Click here.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Rotary Space Camp Turkey

Applications are invited for a six-day Rotary Space Summer Camp(Youth Exchange) in Izmir District 2440 Turkey. Children in the age group 14 - 15 years can join the camp.

Cost for the six-day program will be at a special discounted price of $300 per student.

All registration documents must be submitted along with payment, no later than April 1, 2010. More information on the camp can be downloaded here.

Those interested may please get in touch with Rtn PP Navjit Singh Aulakh, Youth Exchange Chair, District 3080. Email:

RI President 2011-12 to visit our District 3080

Our District 3080 is hosting a function to welcome and felicitate Rtn. Kalyan Banerjee and his gracious wife Binota, on Sunday, March 28, 2010 at Ambala Cantt. All are requested to join this function in large number.
The programme is in the afternoon with registration and high tea between 3-4pm. The registration fee is just Rs.200 per person, and the same can be deposited with me at the earliest.
Programme is expected to be over by 7pm.
Please register now.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Rotary Medical Mission goes to Madhya Pradesh

Rotary Medical Mission led by DG Chetan Aggarwal with PDG Subhash Garg as the Mission Director, left for tribal district of Mandla in Madhya Pradesh yesterday. The mission has a large team of doctors on board and volunteers including past Rotary International President Rajendra K. Saboo, Usha Saboo, PDG Dhian Chand, Rotary Club Chandigarh President Rtn G.S. Lakhmna, Rtn Hatinder Khattar, Mrs Neelam Aggarwal, Mrs Brij Parmar, Mrs Praveen Garg and Mrs. Neelam Khattar.
The team of doctors from District 3080 comprises of 23 doctors (plastic surgeons, anesthetists, orthopedics, ENT specialists, dental surgeons, gynaecologists, opthalmologists, and general surgeons, along with 3 medical assistants with load of medicines and equipment.
Another team of doctors from District 3260 would be joining the medical mission in Mandla.
PDG Vivek Tankha of District 3260 is the livewire of the project who selected the area in consultation with the government of Madhya Pradesh which also is supporting this mission.
The mission has also been sponsored by Districts 6200 and 7490 of USA.
Rotary Medical Mission to district 3260 from district 3080, is in continuation of the Intercontinental Medicare Mission initiated by Past Rotary International President Rajendra K. Saboo, to involve Rotarian doctors and volunteers to serve beyond borders. There had been several missions that have served in various countries abroad as well as in India.