Trustee Chair of The Rotary Foundation, Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar was on a whirl-wind tour of India, and spent two days in the city. After addressing a 300-strong gathering of Rotarians of District 3080 at The Rotary Foundation Intercity at Chandigarh at 5pm, he rushed to the airport to catch the 5:45pm flight.
He was pretty excited meeting with the Rotarians and visiting some of the notable projects in the city, and reiterated the need for the Rotarians not only to support the Foundation, but also keeping the focus on the eradication of polio from India.
Amongst all the past RI officers of the District in attendance along with Past Rotary International President Rajendra K. Saboo, Rotary International Director Elect Y.P. Das, PDG Shubhkaran from adjoining District 3090, DG Madhukar Malhotra took the opportunity to recognise the efforts made by IPDG Chetan Aggarwal in achieving the record contribution of the District 3080 to The Rotary Foundation, USD 3,33,291 during his year 2009-10.
There had been several clubs which became 100 percent contributor of USD30 to the Bill Milinda Gates Polio Challenge, which also got the opportunity to receive a special hand shake and gratitude from Trustee Chair Carl-Wilhelm.
He also appreciated the fact that India ranks third for its financial contribution to the Rotary Foundation after USA and Japan, and hoped that it would definitely continue to improve its ranking with its enthusiastic participation and growing number of Rotarians.
Yesterday, he visited the 3-H Grants Project of Rotary Club of Chandigarh, the Rotary and Blood Bank Society Resource Centre, and their 'Roshni' project run in association with the Rotary Community Corps in a slum, where he saw the women who felt empowered after attending functional-literacy classes.
He later visited the Rotary Club of Chandigarh Midtown's matching grant project for setting up rain-water harvesting facilities in the eight government schools of the city.
Earlier in the day he met the College of Governor over lunch and shared The Rotary Foundation's future plans.