Issue : 06Vol. : 33 14-08-2013Date : Pages : 04
Friendship day celebration with Innerwheel
International Friendship Day is...
A deserving student was sponsored with 2
years tuition fees for his ITI course in
Vishweshwaraiah Industrial Training Cent...
New team of Rotaract installed at Mahajana's College
Rtr.Nikhil Maruthi & his team were In his address Rtn.Raghu stressed ...
Rotary Quiz
Room 711 of the Unity Building in Chicago was the
site of Rotary's first meeting. At that...
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  1. 1. Issue : 06Vol. : 33 14-08-2013Date : Pages : 04 Friendship day celebration with Innerwheel International Friendship Day is a day for celebrating friendship. The day has beencelebratedinseveralsouthern South American countriesformany years, particularly in Paraguay, where the first World Friendship Day was proposedin1958. Initially created by the greeting card industry, evidence from social networking sites shows a revival of interest in the holiday that may have grown with the spread of the Internet, particularly in India, Bangladesh, and Malaysia. Digital communication modes such as the Internet and mobile phones may be helping to popularize the custom, since greeting friends en masse is now easier than before. Those who promote the holiday in South Asia attribute the tradition of dedicating a day in honour of friends to have originated in the U.S. in 1935, but it actually dates from 1919. The exchange of Friendship Day gifts like flowers, cards and wrist bands is a popular tradition of this occasion.(Source:Wikipedia) Whoever created the day for whatever reason, it surely is a great thought to remember and share the great moments with friends. As Aristotle once said “Friendship is one soul dwelling in two bodies”. It is time to celebrateFriendshipdaywithInnerwheelmembers.Letusjointhefriendshipfrenzyandcelebrate. ROTARY IN INDIA – BEFORE INDEPENDENCE Ÿ First Rotary Club in India was started in the year 1920 by R.J.Coombes, a manager inasteelcompany Ÿ FirstIndianmemberwasS.C.RudrajoinedRotaryintheyear1921 Ÿ The first Indian to become the club secretary was Nitish C. Laharry (1926) who climbedallstepstoreachRotary'stopslotviz.R.I.Presidentshipin1962-'63 Ÿ A.FM.AbdulAliwasthefirstIndiantoadornthecollarofaclubpresident Ÿ Of the 38 charter members of the club in Bombay, 37 were non-Indians. The only IndianwasSirPhirozSethna,alegislativemember Ÿ Mahatma Gandhi addressed Rotary Club of Calcutta which had only non-Indians ontherollseventhen Ÿ FirstRotaryclubinsouthIndiawasstartedin1929atMadras.Allthechartermemberswerenon-Indians Ÿ Asmanyastenclubswerecharteredin1947 Ÿ Bythe timeIndia becameindependent,therewere71Rotary clubs(14 in Gujarat,10in Maharashtra,10in UP,7 in Tamil Nadu,7inKarnatakaand23inanother10states)withatotalmembershipof3121members (todayIndiahasmorethan 3191clubsand1,23,941Rotarians) “About Us” wishes all readers a very happy “Independence Day”. Jai hind. August is Membership and Extension month - emphasizing Membership development and the creation of new Rotary clubs. Introduce your friends and acquaintances to Rotary Midtown.
  2. 2. A deserving student was sponsored with 2 years tuition fees for his ITI course in Vishweshwaraiah Industrial Training Centre, Mysore. A cheque of Rs.15000/- was presented by Rtn.PP.Alagappan and th Sec.Rtn.Dr.Prahlad on 8 July 2013. K.R. (Ravi) Ravindran, of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for P r e s i d e n t o f Ro ta r y International in 2015-16. Ravindran will become the president-nominee on 1 October if there are nochallengingcandidates. Rtn.Ravi had addressed Midtown during the presidentshipofRtn.PrakashS(1999-2000). –By Rtn.Harish Community Service project RI President Nominee 2015-16 Community Service project Inadvertently the months were wrongly mentioned in article "RMA News" (page 2) in the previous issue of "About Us". The first two projects were in July and not in August. The error is regretted. - Editor Quirky facts on Indian Independence Day Q: Do you know why Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy and the first Governor General of IndiadecideonAug15astheIndianIndependenceDay? Ans: Mountbatten chose the day since Aug 15 also commemorated the second anniversary ofJapan'ssurrendertotheAlliedForces Q:DoesIndiashareitsIndependenceDaywithanyothercountry? Ans:SouthKoreawonitsindependencefromJapanon15thAugust1945,BahrainfromUKin 1971andRepublicoftheCongofromFrancein1960. Q: What was the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi doing on the day of Indian Independence? Ans: Gandhiji was away from all the celebrations and was fasting and negotiating with communalleadersafteraHindu-Muslimflare-upinBengal. Q:WhydidLordMountbattendecideonAug14asPakistan'sIndependenceDayasthelastViceroyofundividedBritishIndia? Ans: In the capacity of the Last Viceroy of British India, Mountbatten was forced to attend both the independence day functions in both countries.Toavoidinconvenience,MountbattenshiftedPakIndependenceDaytoAug14,makingitonedayaheadtoIndia's. Q:WasPanditJawaharlLalNehruthePrimeMinisterwhenhedeliveredthefamed“TrystwithDestiny"speech? Ans: No he was not technically the Prime Minister when he delivered the speech because he was elevated to the role only onAug 15 while hedeliveredthespeechonthemidnightofAug14. Q:HowlonghasIndiabeenindependentcomparedtothesuperpowerUS? Ans:USAhasbeenenjoyingitsindependencesincethelast225yearswhileIndiahasbeenafreebirdonlysincethelast64years Q:WhatinspiredGandhitogoonaCivilDisobediencemovement? Ans: Gandhi got his inspiration from famousAmerican philosopher DavidThoreau who wrote a book that declared that no one ought to pay taxes. Gandhiji so inspired by the book that he used the same tactic in the struggle for Independence. He employed the method in the boycottofforeigngoodsandabolishtax onsaltandledhisfollowerstomakesaltthemselves Q:WhowasthefirstpersontohaveraisedtheIndianflaginforeignsoil? Ans:BhikhajiRustomCamaisthefirstpersontoraisethetri-colourinGermanyon22ndofAugust1907.Butthisflagwasadifferentversion than the original one.This flag consisted of three colors- the topmost being green followed by golden saffron in the middle and the red color atthebottom.Ithad'VandeMataram'inscribedonit. Source: District Polio plus & Membership Development Seminar Polio Plus and Membership Development Seminar was held at Manipal, Udupi on 10th & 11th August 2013. Rtn.Nandakumar,Rtn.Bheemesh,Rtn.BhanuchandranandRtn.Dr.PrahladrepresentedMidtown.
  3. 3. New team of Rotaract installed at Mahajana's College Rtr.Nikhil Maruthi & his team were In his address Rtn.Raghu stressed on the installed at Mahajana's First Grade College importance of focusing on “Resources”, his th interesting & inspiring talk included jokes,on 7 August 2013. The regular meeting of quotes and even cricket incidents drawingMidtown was called to order by President inspiration among the young ones.Rtn.Bhanu chandran. Heart touching Rtr.Nikhil in his acceptance speech assurednational anthem was played moisting most to try his best. Rotaractors donated sportsof the eyes. Rtn.Bhanu chandran welcomed equipment to few government schoolthe gathering before Rtn.Prahlad spoke on representatives among other projects.Rotary and Rotaract movement. It was then Dr.Naga Srinivas shared his thoughts beforetime for the installation of the new team, Chief guest R.Vasudeva Murthy addressedChief guest Rtn.R.Vasudeva Murthy, the gathering, he said that the Midtown isPresident, Mahjana Education Society, doing commendable job in supportingInstalling officer Rtn.M.S.Raghu, Rotaract and wished that the 16 year oldRtn.S.Bhanu chandran & Dr.P.R.Naga association lasts for a long time to come.Srinivasa- Hon. Secretary, Mahajana Closing remarks were given by Rtn.BhanuEducation Society – guests of Honour, and a formal vote of thanks was given byProf.K.V.Prahakara-Principal of Mahajana's R t n . P r i y a P r a s a d . M e a n w h i l eCollege, Rtn.Raju Baliga-Chairman of Rtn.Bhanuchandran announced Rs.5000/-Rotaract Club & Prof.Mary Eapen – as seed money for Rotaract projects andRotaract co-ordinator were seen onstage. assured toassist astheprojectneedsarise.After the invocation, welcome speech by Rtr.Shivendra Urs the dignitaries lit the End note: Rtn.Raghu in his address b e a u t i f u l l y d e c o r a t e d l a m p . mentioned that he had 30 plus years of Rtn.Balakrishna Kini introduced experience in Rotary. Taking a cue on this Rtn.Raghu. Rtn.Megha read out the when Rtn.Vasudevamurthy spoke, he impressive report of 2011-12, Rotaract mentioned to the gathering that he is Mahajanas were recognized at District level currently the oldest Rotarian with maximum for their outstanding projects. Rtn.Raju gave years in Rotary in entire RI District.3180 the oath to new Rotaract members. The new with 60 plus years of experience in Rotary. team was installed by Rtn.Raghu before We are proud of you Rtn.Vasudevamurthy addressingthegathering. sir. · Fourteen Rotaractors attended the Webinar on E-hacking, organized by Midtown on 27th July 2013 at Bahadur Institute Of Management Sciences · AnamountofRs12700/-waspresentedtoMr.NaveenaBtowardshisadmissionfees th · SportsmaterialsweredistributedtovariousGovernmentschoolsofthecityon7 August2013 · As a part of ongoing “Go green project”, guests at the Installation ceremony were presented th withindoorplantson7 August2013 Rotaract Mahajana's Projects:
  4. 4. Rotary Quiz Answer:GustavusLoehr Room 711 of the Unity Building in Chicago was the site of Rotary's first meeting. At that time, it was the office of which founding member? a.Paul Harris b.Paul Hewson c. Gustavus Loehr d.Arch Klumph Rtn.R.Venkatesh 17th August Birthday Wishes Rtn.P.S.Chengappa 20thAugust 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 ? Rotary Information Free Eye Screening for all and free cataract surgeryfor thepoor. The Rotary Eye Centre is the only one of its kind in District 3310. The Eye Centre is owned and funded by the Rotary Club of Pasir Gudang Eye Foundation. The Foundation is a tax exempted body. The Eye Centre is opened 5 days a week providing free eye screening for all. For the poor, the Eye Centre provides free cataract surgery, cornea transplant and reading glasses. To date more than a 1000 patients have been screened and about 400 cataract surgeries and 10 cornea transplants carried out free and 100 reading glasses given free. Through this about 500 people had their eyesights restored.Projectlocation:Malaysia Anniversary Wishes Rtn.Kumaraswamy 21st August Rtn.N.Narendra 19th August Visit to Community Centre – 'Ajitha Nele' Time: 6.30 pm Venue: 'Ajitha Nele' , Bogadi Please Attend Next Week Practical Innovation Most of us consume way too much sodium, either sprinkling it on fries or gobbling it unawares via prepared and processed foods. We'd all like to cut down to avoid high blood pressure and heart disease, but apart from reading nutritional information labels, it's hard to determine how much sodium a dish contains. Well, the mighty gadget-spawning samurai at Japan's Thanko have unsheathed the Handy Salt Meter for hot liquid foods. This portable salt content thermometer, as it were, works with soup broth and is geared to people who love dishes like ramen or udon noodles. It also works with curry and pasta sauce. The device can be inserted into liquid or semi-liquid food with a temperature of about 140 to 176 degrees Fahrenheit. Stick it in and the sensors measure salt content in less than a second, displaying results on an LED scale from 0.3 to 2 percent. If you're having salty foods like soup or pasta, expect a high reading. More details at: 17938_105-57596582-1/want-salt-with-that-sodium- meter-checks-soups-sauces/ Today's Tea Host Mrs.Uma Vivek Humour What would have happened if Rajnikanth wasborn150yearsago? The British would have fought for independence! Why did Superman and Batman visit Rajnikanth? Because it wasTeacher'sDay. Rajinikanth is the only person in the world who can make his girlfriendadmithermistake. Rajinikanth once ordered idli in McDonald's and got it. Rajinikanthcaneatdosawithchopsticks. Rajnikanth got his driver's licence at the age of 16 seconds. WheneverRajnikanthmakesanerror,itisaninvention. If Rajnikanth was born 100 years earlier, British would have foughttogetindependencefromIndia. An email was sent from Pune to Mumbai but Rajinikanth stoppeditinLonavala. RajnikanthkilledaterroristinanothercountryviaBluetooth The apple which fell on Newton was actually thrown by Rajinikanth. RajinikanthknowsVictoria'ssecret. Rajinikanthcanansweramissedcall. Rajninikanthcansneezewithhiseyesopen. People update Facebook status via BlackBerry and iPhone. Rajinikanthupdateshisstatusviacalculator. WhenAlexander Bell first used his telephone, he realised he alreadyhadtwomissedcallsfromRajinikanth. RajnikanthhasastatueofMadameTussaudsinhishouse! Rajnikanth's next movie is called Twitter. He plays 140 characters.