Almon E. Roth, Rotary Club of Palo Alto, California, USA
20th President of Rotary International
Issue: 26, 26th Dec, 2013
"Our success or failure will not depend upon the machinery of Rotary or its
physical growth, but upon the extent to which Rotary's ideals or objectives are
translated into positive, tangible results in personal, business, community, and
international life. We shall be known by our works."
Election meeting and Announcement of New Officers of Rotary Mysore
2014-15, 6:30 pm, Thursday 26 Dec 2013, Rotary Center.
Airplane flying, atmospheric
science and higher mathematics –
each one is for most of us ordinary
mortals a huge mental block –
difficult even to comprehend. To
straddle so many horses, that too
at a premier university like the
E m b r y - R i d d l e A e ro n a u t i c a l
University is something beyond
the imagination – but not for last
week's speaker Ajay
Raghavendra. He was a speaker
with a difference. He had no
message but he shared his
experience with us all.
What in the world drew Ajay to
Embry-Riddle? The sheer joy of
flying (he has been fascinated by
flying since age 6), the love of
Maths and the power of Physics.
Ajay had a tough time selecting his
programs from the myriad choices
at the University, but he did make
his choices, and what a selection!
Embry-Riddle is the best aviation
and aerospace university in the
world – they teach the science,
practice and business of aviation.
Ajay is indebted to his 'guru' Capt.
Ajay solves Embry-Riddle in
Arvind Sharma who has handheld him over
the years right upto his transition to
meteorology – study of the atmosphere.
Ajay underwent internship at Plains, Texas
under Gary Walker. It was in meteorology
that Ajay realized his love for the Queen of
Science, Maths (though it is a form of Satan
for us!). Huge volumes of data and complex
algebra would be a deterrent for some but
not for Ajay. His experience in the Nonlinear
Waves Lab is unforgettable. Ajay's current
projects are in the areas of development of
wavemakers, stealth tech for ships, tsunami
simulation, liquid surface reconstruction
and controlled submersion. He has even
done a cloud seeding project.
Rotary Mysore pays its respects to the departed Smt. Vasundhara Krishnamurthy, mother of Rotarians S.K.Dinesh
and S.K.Sanjay. May the families have the strength to bear this irreparable loss. May her soul rest in peace.
Answering questions he said the
universities in the US laid more emphasis
on Application, Creativity and Inquiry
whereas in India it is more on Knowledge
and Memorizing. He fondly recalled his
parents' visit to his flying academy. His
beaming father admitted that his heart was
in his mouth during the joy ride in a rented
plane piloted by Ajay.
In his concluding remarks, Rtn. Raghavan
was for once, at a loss for words and gave
Ajay, who had grown up in front of him, a big
hug with a tear in the eye and a lump in the
throat. The audience, which included Ajay's
proud grandmother, no doubt echoed his
sentiments, and wished that Ajay scale
greater heights in his flying career!
In the eye of the storm
The birthdays of Rtn. Dinesh Kothari
and Rtn. B.M.Prakash were celebrated
at the Rotary Center last Thursday. Cakes
were cut and Rotarians joined Dr. Ghori
in singing the birthday carol. Some pics…
Annette Gita Gopinath on
US Fed tapering plans
Speaking to CNBC-TV18 on
Sunday last, Gita Gopinath,
professor of economics,
Harvard University said that there was every
reason to believe that tapering will start early
after US unemployment rate came down to 7
percent last week. Gopinath also said that
India is now better prepared to deal with
taper than it was in August on the back of
controlled current account deficit and
stronger value of rupee.
“I think India is in much stronger position
than it was late August and in September
when there was big volatility in the rupee
value”, she said.
District Chess sponsored by
Mysore Professional Chess Academy
cordially invites you to the inauguration of
Mysore District Open Chess Tournament
2013 sponsored by Rotary Mysore.
Saturday 28th Dec 2013, @ 1 pm, Ideal Jawa
Rotary Primary School Auditorium.
Rtn. M.C.S.Manohara President Rotary
Mysore, Ms. Veena S.A. Principal IJRPS,
Prof. S.K.Ananda Tirtha President MDCA and
Sri Biddappa Vice-President MDCA will be
the Guests of Honour.
Parivarthan is approaching fast. Only 14 DAYS to go.
Our invite to the conference last year gave rise to great
expectations. (See pic)
Our DG Rtn. Gururaj S. in last week's meeting said that in
almost all of his Official Visits to about 82 clubs so far,
Rotarians were enthusiastic about the Conference.
Will we live up to those expectations? Will Parivarthan, the District Conference on Jan
10,11,12 2014 be the best ever? It is entirely in our hands. Let us put our best foot
Some key speakers at the conference are:
Swami Brahmanandaji of Chinmaya Mission
Master Hirannaiah, well-known dramatist
Dr. Gururaj Karajagi, Creative teaching expert
Vasanthi Hariprakash, journalist and TV show host,
Basavalingiah Hiremath, Janapada singer.
A few other celebrity speakers are awaited for confirmation.
Have you registered yet? With Anns and Annettes? As members of the Governor's home
club, we have to have 100% registrations. We have no choice. Rush your registration to the
District Secretariat at the Rotary Center immediately. Last Date for Registrations is
extended to 31st Dec.
Visit to Madikeri
Our Vocational Service director Rtn. Gopinath has organized a 2-day visit to
Madikeri jointly with Rotary Madikeri, on the 15th and 16th of Feb 2014. Dinner will
be hosted by Rotary Madikeri on the 15th at their clubhouse and accommodation
provided. On the 16th morning, a Vocational Visit to coffee plantations and gardens
with a study of the processes involved is planned. Rotarians interested, please get in
touch with Rtn. Gopinath.
What are the basic
strategies for Polio
1. Routine Immunization. 2.
Pulse Polio Immunization on
NIDs. 3. AFP Surveillance. 4. Mop up
Immunization. All are equally important.
What is routine immunization?
Administration of routine vaccines against
8 vaccine preventable diseases to all
children at specified ages as per universal
• At birth or within one month: BCG + '0'
Polio drops + Hepatitis B-Birth Dose
FACTS ON POLIO ERADICATION PROGRAMME
• At 1½ months : Penta-1 [DPT + Hepatitis +
Hib] injection and OPV-1,
• At 2½ months : Penta -2 injection and
• At 3½ months : Penta -3 injection and
• At 9 months: Measles injection + Vitamin A
• At 1½ to 2 years: Booster Dose of DPT +
Measles II Dose and OPV + Vitamin A
• 5 to 6 years: DPT Booster Dose
• 10 & 16 years: TT
Whooping Cough, Hepatitis, Pneumonia
and Measles along with Polio is 'Plus' in
Polio Plus. This is the basis of routine
What do you mean by NID?
National Immunization Day [Now named
as Polio Sunday]. All children below 5
years of age all over the country are
administered additional dose of Polio
drops on NIDs simultaneously irrespective
of their Immunization status. This is only
Supplementary Immunization Activity.
What is 'Plus' in polio plus?
Prevention of 7 other fatal child hood [SIA]
(to be contd…)
diseases: Tuberculosis, Diphtheria, Tetanus,
Rotary International honours Her Majesty the Queen
Rotary International recognised Her Majesty The Queen on Monday December 16 with the Rotary International
Award of Honour to celebrate the 60th anniversary of her Coronation. Her Majesty The Queen, who graciously
accepted the prestigious honour, has been a supporter of Rotary's polio eradication and humanitarian
The award was taken to Buckingham Palace by Rotary International Director, Mike Webb and Rotary
Representative to the Commonwealth, Judith Diment on behalf of Rotary International President, Ron Burton.
Rotary Family or Family of Rotary?
The month of December is designated as "Family Month" by Rotary. An
emphasis on family is one area where Rotary has evolved over the years.
The Rotary Clubs need to recognize that club activities that include a focus
on Rotary families are attractive to not only their current members but also to
those younger business and professional people who need to be welcomed
into our clubs for our membership to grow.
Some clubs have referred to it more commonly as Family of Rotary Month.
Both descriptions are relevant and appropriate.
As we approach the year-end, we are more conscious of a focus on family
and family reunions. People celebrate on some level, commerce slows down
and many families take their annual holidays. So December is indeed a time
to reflect on family values and how Rotary shapes those values. In Rotary we
see our life priorities as family, work and then Rotary. But ideally we should
not isolate Rotary from our family life. In some clubs, children are not only
welcome but an integral part of Rotary meetings. Some clubs have activities
for the children (or perhaps in many cases,
grandchildren) and some clubs (like ours) makes one of
their regular meetings a family get-together.
Beyond the immediate family is the family of Rotary.
This is a large family indeed. The members include the alumni of all the
programs that Rotary supports directly and indirectly. There are the major
programs such as Youth Exchange, RYLA, RYPEN, GSE, NYSF,
Ambassadorial, Peace and Global Grant Scholars and many others. Sadly we
all too often lose contact with these family members after they complete their
program. It is the responsibility of Rotarians to do our best to keep them
within the family of Rotary.
A core value of Rotary is diversity and just like a regular family, the family of
Rotary shines when all of our programs and their participants are in the
picture. Yes most families these days are nuclear families but the memorable
family photographs are those with Mum, Dad, the kids, the grandkids and the
grandparents, captured in those special moments when we are all together.
TRUSTEE CHAIR'S MESSAGE
December is Family Month, a
time when we pay special
attention to Rotary's large and
expanding family. Rotary is not
just 1.2 million Rotarians in 34,558 clubs. We're
365,125 Interactors, 133,860 Rotaractors, and
174,547 Rotary Community Corps members.
Our family includes the spouses and children of
Rotarians. It also encompasses the dozens of
community nonprofits and nongovernmental
organizations that Rotary has forged
partnerships with. The family of Rotary is
millions strong – and it continues to grow as we
keep developing new ties.
One thing we all know in Rotary is that we can
do more together than we can alone. Together,
we have a tremendous reach. We need to ensure
that Rotary keeps growing, in all the branches of
our family. When we work with local NGOs and
other organizations, we gain more knowledge
and more insight. We add to our resources and
our abilities. And we build more bridges of
(Compiled from multiple Rotary sources)
understanding, friendship, and cooperation. By
partnering with others throughout the world,
we not only can achieve more than we set out to
do but also can grow the Rotary family.
We have learned through our long history in the
fight against polio how effective such
partnerships can be. Our many global partners
have made polio eradication possible, and have
helped us achieve a great deal of good along the
way. This is an important lesson, and it is one we
must build on in the years ahead.
DONG KURN (D.K.) LEE, TRUSTEE CHAIR
2013-14, DECEMBER 2013
How to be
• Be your own best friend.
• Have a little chat with yourself and listen to
your inner dialogue.
• Decide that you want to be the best you can
• Challenge your boundaries and step out of
Dead scandals form good subjects for
Love and scandal are the best sweeteners
– Henry Fielding
Those whose conduct gives room for talk
are always the first to attack their
How awful to reflect that what people say of
us is true.
– Logan Pearsall Smith
Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.
– Oscar Wilde
your comfort zone from time to time.
• Be open and positive about change.
• Be receptive to feedback, and learn to trust
• Learn from your mistakes and grow.
• Challenge your own limiting beliefs and
• Avoid comparing yourself to others.
• Develop your self-confidence and believe
Make the most of yourself, for that is all there
is of you. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
in a lighter
As you get older three things happen. The
first is your memory goes, and I can't
remember the other two.
- Norman Wisdom
A true friend is one who overlooks your
failures and tolerates your success!
- Doug Larson
Everything is funny as long as it is
happening to somebody else.
"ALWAYS AND NEVER" are two words
you should always remember never to use.
Don't take life too seriously, you'll never get
out of it alive.
Start every day with a smile and get it over
Laughter is the closest distance between
Mahesh Shenoy M.
Subramanya Rao K.
Vidya Rao K.R.
Dec 21, 1995
Dec 21, 1995
Dec 21, 1995
Dec 25, 1997
Dec 25, 1997
first of what
may be several
editions of THE
very appropriately named REVISTA ROTARIA,
was published in Spanish. Since then it has
gained steadily in reader interest and has
been a major factor in the growth of Rotary in
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?”
Rotary Mysore wishes all Rotarians
Anns and Annettes
a Merry CHRISTMAS and
a PROSPEROUS New Year!!!
Astonishing Paper Sculptures
from Jeff Nishinaka