Ekta - Issue 2


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2nd Issue of Ekta- District Newsletter of District Rotaract Council 2011-12, Rotary International District 3230

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  1. 1. DISTRICT ROTARACT COUNCIL 11 - 12 ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 3230For Internal Circulation Only eKTA Celebrating Differences Volume I | Issue 2 A Great Start to a Great Year 2011-2012 Date:14th Aug 2011 District Secretariat No. 32, Sabari Street, Sri Balaji Nagar, Alwar Thiru Nagar Chennai, Tamil Nadu INDIA 600 087 Send Reports ‘Awards are a simple means of recognizing one’s efforts and talent. A movement like & Feedbacks to Rotaract runs on the voluntary dedication and commitment of its members and thusrotaract3230eb@gmail.com awarding and rewarding real talents becomes a much greater necessity. This year the Annual District Rotaract Awards was conducted on 10th July 2010 at D.G. Vaishnav College Auditorium. The day was very special because after the Awards Ceremony was over the Installation of Rtr. PP. Manikandan K. as the District Rotaract Representative for the year 2011-12 and the whole team of District Officials for the year 2011-12. The awards ceremony saw the presence of Rtn. Suresh Krishna, Managing Direcotr, Isha Rtr. PP. Manikandan K. Homes as the Chief Guest. Rtn. PP. Ganesan K. , Rotaract Chair for 2010-11 graced the DRR occasion. Rtn. PP. Praveen K. Mehra was the Special Guest of Honour for both the Awards Rtr. PP. Sasi Kumar R. and Installation Ceremony. PDRR Sujith Kumar was also present. Rtn. DG. Sampath Kumar DRS inspired the Rotaractors with their presence.Rtr. Pres. Aditya MohanChairman - Newsletters Rtr. PP. Afser Ali B. and Rtr. PP. Yuvabala C. were the recipients of the prestigious Rtr. J.K. Samyuktha Award. Rtr. IPP. Yasin Bijapuri M.A.M. recieved the Best Overall Performer of the Year. Rtr. PP. Ramkumar Raju A. was awarded the Best District Official for the year. Various other awards were also given with respect to the Club Project and Outstanding Performers of the year. The Installation Ceremony was conducted in a grand manner and saw the launch of many District Projects for the year including the launch of eKTA by Rtn. Praveen K. Mehra. The District Council hopes that the year is productive and the District Theme for the Year 2011- 12 ‘Celebrating Differences’ is realised.
  2. 2. Editorial Feature - Rise of the Morning Sun‘There is always a better way of doing things’ says a learned man. In life we always are bound by the paradox of whetherwhat we have done is the best or not. Man has grown and developed based on this very principle. The spirit and effort ofalways improving upon his own creations, achievements etc has helped him improve and develop himself. This constantthirst for raising the bar is the main reason behind the evolution of mankind from a small dark cave to high-rises touchingthe skies.The spirit of improving oneself is the key to the success of human existence. Complacency is a concept which is againstthe basic human nature. If we are content with what we are or with we do, we are falling into this trap. Being complacentunfortunately is becoming more of a trend today. We can count in numbers, path-breaking innovations in the fields ofscience, administration and all other aspects that surround us, which have taken place in this decade. Mediocrityunfortunately is creeping in across all facets of our lives. The urge to go beyond and walk the extra mile is reducing. Wehave indeed stopping to think out of the box. Today the world is at the verge of an economic meltdown because we areoffering the same solutions to different problems. This is just one instance of how unimaginative we as human beingshave become.But, this is where organisations like United Nations, Rotary International etc play a leadership role. We Rotaractors as apart of the wider Rotary Movement can be proud to say that we are at the verge of eradicating polio from the face of theearth. Innovation and kindling of new thought is the cornerstone of Rotary. Such is the foresight of Rotarians that theyhave a separate avenue of service called ‘New Generations’ which includes within its ambits Rotary Programs like Interact,Rotaract, Rotary Youth Exchange etc. Rotarians realise that we are the future and we shall form the next generation ofchange agents in society.Rotaract today is in need of this very nature of forward thinking and a drive to outperform oneself. Our District 3230Rotaractors have proved time and again that impossible is nothing and always there is a scope to excel in whatever we do.If the few projects conducted in the span of a month, both at the District and Club Level are to go by, we can expect bigthings from our Rotaractors in months to come. The true spirit of ‘Celebrating Differences’ is being upheld by Rotaractorsin our district in the form of collaboration and co-existence and these can go a long way in taking our movement togreater heights.Let’s remember the story of the evolution of the Cave Man. Let’s outperform ourselves. Let’s build a platform for ourfuture generations so that they can enjoy a better quality of life than ours.Yours in RotaractRtr. Pres. Aditya MohanChairperson - Newsletters Who was Terry Fox? Terrance Stanley "Terry" Fox, (July 28, 1958 – June 28, 1981) was a Canadian humanitarian, athlete, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on a cross- Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres, and ultimately cost him his life but the annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the worlds largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research; over C$500 million has been raised in his name. Fox was a distance runner and basketball player for his University. His right leg was amputated in 1977 after he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma a form of cancer, though he continued to run using an artificial leg. In 1980, he began the Marathon of Hope, a cross-country run to raise money for cancer research. Fox hoped to raise one dollar for each of Canadas 24 million people. He began with little fanfare from St. Johns City in April and ran the equivalent of a full marathon every day. Fox had become a national star by the time he reached Ontario; he made numerous public appearances in his efforts to raise money. He was forced to end his run outside of Thunder Bay when the cancer spread to his lungs. He was posthumously awarded the Order of Canada by the Canadian Government.
  3. 3. 1st District Council Meeting On 17th July 2011, the District Rotaract Council 11-12 held its first Council Meeting. The response to the meeting was tremendous. The venue Rotary Centre, Chennai was full. More than a hundred Rotaractors came for the meeting. Various important aspects such as official launch of various events like Assembly, Stree Suraksha etc took place. Rtr. PDRR. Krishnakumar N. graced the occassion. The DRC Focus discussion was handled by Rtr. ZRR. Praveen T. V. regarding the Four-way Test. The DRC was hosted by DRR Home Club Rotaract Club of Akash2nd District Council Meeting The 2nd Meeting of the District Rotaract Council was held on 24th July 2011 at 10.00 A.M. This meeting was a special DRC hosted by the Community Service - Blood Donation Team. The meeting was held at Dr. Sanjeevi Auditorium, VHS Hospital, Adyar, Chennai. Rtn.PP. Ganesan K., Assistant District Governor and Past Rotaract Chairman attended the same. Mr. Rajkumar from the Madras Voluntary Blood Bureau handled the Main Session. Rotaractors were provided snacks in the morning and lunch in the afternoon courtesy Voluntary Health Services Hospital3rd District Council Meeting On 31st July the 3rd DRC Meeting was held at YWCA Auditorium, Egmore, Chennai at 11.00 A.M. The meeting was graced by Rtn. Praveen K. Mehra. This DRC Meeting was hosted by Rotaract Club of Chennai Phoenix. Various Club events were launched at the meeting. Updates on Annual District Rotaract Assembly ‘Siragugal’ and District Directory were given.Visit of Rotary International President Rtn. Kalyan Banerjee On 14th July, Rotary International President Rtn. PDG. Kalyan Banerjee visited our District 3230. At 10.00 A.M., 50 Rotaractors volunteered to donate blood at the VHS-Rotary Central Blood Bank, Adyar, Chennai. RI President Rtn. PDGKalyan Banerjee, District Governor Rtn. PP. Sampath Kumar accompanied by the respective first ladies Ann. Binota and Ann. Dr. Sai Prassanna inspired the Rotaractors with their words. In the evening at 06.00 P.M. Rotaractors participated in the felicitation organised by the Rotary District Administrationin honour of Rtn. Kalyan Banerjee. A copy of Ekta was given to the R.I. PresidentLet’s Walk - Prevention of Hepatitis A Walk was conducted on 28th July 2011 at 07.00 A.M. at Marina Beach, Chennai by Global Hospitals. District Rotaract Council supported the project with massive participation of more than 2000 Rotaractors from various Clubs of our District. The Walk concentrated on creating awareness regarding Hepatitis B. Rtr.IPP. Swathi Sujir was the Project Chairperson. The participants were given T-Shirts and Certificates.