Sydney W. Pascall, Rotary Club of London, England, 21st RI President
Issue: 27, 2nd Jan, 2014
We are all Rotarians. There is only one family of us…We realize that Kipling
spoke the truth when he said:
For there is neither East nor West, Border, nor breed, nor birth,
When two strong men stand face to face,
Though they come from the ends of the earth.
In our first meeting of 2014, Dr. R. Balasubramaniam, founder of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement
(SVYM) will talk on “Making Democracy Work”. 2nd January 2014, 6:30 pm, Rotary Center.
Dr. R Balasubramaniam (Balu) is a
development activist who is a
p h y s i c i a n b y
qualification. After his
MBBS, he earned his
MPhil in Hospital
Administration & Health
from BITS, Pilani. He has
a Masters in Public
Administration from the
Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard
University. His living habits were
greatly influenced by the teachings
of Swami Vivekananda and at the
age of 19, he founded the Swami
Vivekananda Youth Movement
(www.svym.org) based on the
principles of Ahimsa (nonviolence), Satya (Truth), Seva
(Service) and Tyaga (Sacrifice). He
has spent the last 29 years of his life
in the service of the rural and tribal
poor in the forests of India. Swami
Vivekananda Youth Movement
(SVYM) runs the Vivekananda
Memorial Hospitals at Saragur and
Kenchanahalli; the Viveka Tribal
Center for Learning – a tribal
residential school at Hosahalli; the
Viveka School of Excellence – a
rural school at Saragur; the
Vivekananda Teacher Training &
Research Center at Hosahalli; the
Vivekananda Institute for
Leadership Development, the
Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies and
the Grassroots Research & Advocacy
Movement at Mysore. SVYM also
runs more than 50 projects
reaching out to nearly half a
million people across the state of
Karnataka and also has centers in
the USA and UK.
Dr R Balasubramaniam is the
recipient of numerous State and
National Awards. Apart from
lecturing & teaching regularly at Harvard
and IIM-B on Leadership, he is also the
distinguished Frank Rhodes Professor at
Cornell University, USA. He has served as
the Head and Visiting professor of the
Vivekananda Chair of the University of
Mysore. He is a Tata Scholar, a Mason Fellow
of the Harvard Kennedy School and a Fellow
at the Hauser Center for Nonprofits, Harvard University.
He writes extensively about Swami
Vivekananda and on Development
Issues in local Kannada and English
newspapers and in his blog at
rbalu.wordpress.com, and in The
Ve d a n t a K e s a r i a n d o t h e r
publications. He runs Leadership
workshops for Corporates, NGOs
and the Government both within
India and Abroad and he is
currently researching into the
leadership lessons that ancient
Indian books and philosophy
It is appropriate that we in Rotary
start our New Year with an inspiring
talk by Dr. R. Balasubramaniam.
Rotary Mysore Officers 2014-15
The new team of Rotary Mysore office- members for reposing faith in him and
bearers for the Rotary year 2014-15 said he would do everything to justify
has been unanimously elected. In a brief their confidence.
meeting last Thursday at the Rotary
Center, PDG R. Guru, in his role as the
Returning Officer, announced the team
and wished them well. He asked
Rotarians to address the inherent
challenges that each of us face in terms of
balancing time between our workbusiness and Rotary work. He suggested
that an Orientation from Rotary
stalwarts would be in order for some of
the newer office-bearers. He said he was
confident that the new team under the
hardworking leadership of Rtn. Sridhar
S.V. would take the club forward.
List of officers of
Rotary Mysore 2014-15
Rtn. Sridhar S.V.
Rtn. Manohara M.C.S.
Imm. Past President
Rtn. Venkatesh H.S.
President - Elect
Rtn. Arun B.R.
Rtn. Chethan Vishwanath Hon. Joint Secretary
Rtn. S.K. Sanjay
Rtn. Subramanya Rao K.S. Director - Club Service
Rtn. Sabareeshan C.K.
Director - Vocational Service
Rtn. Shivanand M.
Director - Community Service
Director - International Service
Director - Youth Service
Rtn. Ravishankar D.
Sergeant at Arms
Rtn. Prashanth M.P
In his thanksgiving speech, President
2014-15 Rtn. Sridhar S.V. thanked the
Rtn. Shivaprasad K.P
Rtn. Mukund Komarla
Editor & Web Master
DISTRICT CHESS sponsored by ROTARY MYSORE
Saturday and Sunday, the 28th and 29th of December saw some of the brightest minds of
Mysore district congregate at our IJRPS auditorium for the Mysore District Open Chess
Tournament 2013. Sponsored by Rotary Mysore, the tournament was organized by
Mysore Professional Chess Academy.
Rtn. M.C.S.Manohara President Rotary Mysore inaugurated the tournament on the 28th
Dec. Ms. Veena S.A. Principal IJRPS, Prof. S.K.Ananda Tirtha President MDCA and Sri
Biddappa Vice-President MDCA were the
Guests of Honour. IJRPS Education Society
Hon. Secretary Rtn. Chittaranjan
presided over the Valedictory function on
the 29th Dec and gave away the prizes to the
winners. Here are some pics of the
Rtn. Raghavan, who served for seven years as Secretary-General of
Sri Ramakrishna Vidyashala Alumni Association, was felicitated for
his meritorious service by Swami Muktidanandaji, Adhyaksha of
Ramakrishna Mission. Congrats for your untiring efforts, Rtn.
Chamundi #25 had carried an article on
the next big focus of Rotary – TEACH –
which was highlighted at the recently
concluded Rotary South Asia Literacy
Summit. Round Table India President &
our own Rtn. Harish Shenoy was one of
the keynote speakers who spoke on Happy
Schools. While we will get Rtn. Harish
Shenoy to enlighten us about the same at
the earliest, here are a few snaps of his talk.
Harish Shenoy at Rotary South Asia Literacy Summit
We, the Rotarians of our District are ringing in
the New Year with our 44th RI Dist 3180
Conference on 10th, 11th, 12th January 2014.
We are eagerly awaiting the landmark event
of the year.
Parivarthan, Change, Transformation – in
line with Rotary's theme of “Engage Rotary
Change Lives” – is what you will get at this
year's conference. The royal splendor, so
much a part of Mysore, will be very evident
throughout the conference, at the venue
Silent Shores Resort & Spa in the Garden City
10th Jan: Registration @ 4pm followed by
Cultural Evening@6pm, Fellowship &
11th Jan: Breakfast starts @ 7:30am
Inauguration @ 9am; Plenary Sessions
@10:30am to 4 pm, Entertainment @
6pm, Fellowship & Dinner @ 7:30pm
12th Jan: Breakfast @ 8 am; Plenary
Session @ 9:30am; Event culminates with
Lunch @ 1pm.
Have you registered? With anns and
annettes? If not, Register
immediately! Come have a taste of royal
Mysore and its hospitality…
Swami Brahmanandaji of
Chinmaya Mission has kindly
consented to inaugurate the
Conference and deliver the
Rtn. PDG Arun Sharma RID
3080 will represent RI
President Rtn. Ron D. Burton.
Rtn. S. Gururaj District Governor
RI Dist 3180 will preside.
The 44th RI District 3180 Conference is upon us!!!
OVERVIEW OF THE PROGRAM
10th Jan 2014
Cultural Evening & Entertainment
11th Jan 2014
PDG Arun Sharma
(Role of Youth in Nation
Dr. Niranjana Vanalli,
HOD Journalism, UoM
Joy of Giving
Dr. Gururaja Karjagi,
Creative Teaching Expert
bring out the W-power
Smt. Vasanthi Hariprakash
Journalist & TV Show host
Women in Epics – Lessons
Smt. Roopa Venkatesh,
Evening Cultural Entertainment
on 10 & 11 Jan 6pm onwards
Relevance of PR for NGOs
Sri N. Ravishankar,
NGOs and Government –
a productive partnership
President, SVYM, Mysore
Sri Basavalingayya Hiremath
Persons with disability – a
Smt. Shanthi Raghavan,
Founder EnAble India
Indu Nagaraj sing
(Note: Registrations will commence on Friday
Jan 10th at 4 pm.
Please be seated for the inauguration on Saturday Jan
11th at 8:30 am.)
12 Jan 2014
Service as enunciated by
a Mysore flavor
(new words that came up in 2013)
Bitcoin - anonymous, decentralized, digital,
encrypted currency and payment system.
Air Gap - space surrounding a computing device
that is disconnected from all networks.
Drone - a flying machine, autonomously or
remotely piloted, used for surveillance, military
sorties and deliveries.
ITAP- I Took A Picture
Obamacare - The US Affordable Care Act signed
into law in 2010.
Selfie - a photo self portrait.
Twerk - A mode of dance that involves vigorous
shaking and thrusting of the rear end, usually with
the feet planted.
Young Invincibles - People between ages 18 and
34 who are typically in good health and may not see
the need to sign up for health insurance.
Sharknado - a movie featuring sharks being hurled
about by a tornado.
No Filter - A label for a photo that has not been
adjusted by software.
Rotary Mysore wins K.K.Mookerji Award
Stop Press!!!! Rotary Mysore led by
our Rotarian M. Shivanand won the
annual K.K.Mookerji award instituted
by SPI and a cash prize of Rs. 100000
for the best NGO projects.
Rotary Mysore congratulates Rtn. M.
Shivanand and team and wishes them
many more laurels in future!!!
Facts on Polio Eradication Program
What do you mean by Pulse Polio Immunization
Administration Polio drops to all children below 5
years on a single day all over the country
simultaneously is Pulse Polio immunization. The
purpose is to replace wild poliovirus with vaccine
virus in the country
What do you mean by AFP Surveillance?
Detection of all cases of Acute Flaccid
Paralysis[sudden loss of power in any part of the
body] in children below 15 years and subjecting them
for detailed investigation to find out whether each
case is Polio or not. This is the established method of
tracking every case of Polio in a community.
When was the Global Polio Eradication Initiative
1988. The world health assembly resolved to
eradicate polio by 2000 AD. 167 countries
participated in the assembly. Rotary International
participated in the assembly.
What is NPSP?
National Polio Surveillance Project. This is the joint
collaboration programme of the Government of India
and WHO charged with Sur veillance and
implementation of polio eradication progremme in
What was the Global incidence of polio in 1988?
3,50,000 children per year in 120 countries. India
accounted for nearly 50000 cases per year.
When and where was the last case of Polio detected
January 13, 2011. Howrah district in West Bengal
[Name of the child: Ruksar Khatun]
Who are the partners in Global polio eradication
Federal and state governments, World Health
Organization, UNICEF, CDC and Rotary International.
What is the financial commitment of Rotary
International for the global polio eradication
1.2 Billion US $ spent by now. 550 M US $ committed
further to complete the programme. Over 8 Billion US
$ mobilized for the programme from other donors.
This figure may go upto 11 Billion by the time Polio is
An Ideal Zoo
JANUARY - ROTARY AWARENESS MONTH
Share information about the relevance of
community service to Rotary's mission.
None are so fond of secrets as those who do
not mean to keep them.
If you would wish another to keep your
secret, first keep it to yourself.
When a secret is revealed, it is the fault of
the man who confided it.
– La Bruyere
Amazing Paper Sculptures
From Jeff Nishinaka
The Four-Way Test
“Of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL
and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”
CHEERS TO A NEW YEAR AND ANOTHER CHANCE FOR US TO GET IT RIGHT!
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014!