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  1. 1. Issue : 08Vol. : 33 28-08-2013Date : Pages : 04 Krishna Janmashtami, also known as Krishnashtami, Saatam Aatham, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, Srikrishna Jayanti, Sree Jayanti or sometimes merely as Janmashtami, is an annual commemoration of the birth of the Hindu deity Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. The festival is celebrated on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month of Bhadrapada (August–September; However, in both traditions it is the same day. So, we have works like Vishnudharmottara Purana saying Krishna Ashtami is in the Bhadrapada month and Skanda Purana stating that it falls in the month of Shravana) in the Hindu calendar. Rasa lila, dramatic enactments of the life of Krishna, are a special feature in regions of Mathura and Vrindavan, and regions following Vaishnavism in Manipur. The Dahi Handi celebrate God's playful and mischievous side, where teams of young men form human towers to reach a high- hanging pot of butterand breakit.This tradition,also knownas uriadi,is a major event in Tamil Nadu on Gokulashtami. Hindu celebrate Janmashtami by fasting and staying up until midnight, the time when Krishna is believed to have been born. Images of Krishna's infancy are placed in swings and cradles in temples and homes. At midnight devotees gather around for devotional songs, dance and exchange gifts. Some temples also conduct reading of the Hindu religious scripture BhagavadGita.(Source:Wikipedia.org) Today Midtown is celebrating 'Gokalashtami' in a distinctive way. Come,letusenjoythecelebrations. Congratulations!! to all Rotarians completing 10 years of meaningful association with Rotary. Thanks to the 'Navarathnas' for hosting today's dinner. BTW due congratulations to Rtn.Nandoo too, as all these members were inducted to the club during his presidentship!!! Midtown Celebrates Janmashtami
  2. 2. DearRotarians Time flies ! July and August has just sped past us. A great experience of team work in executing interesting service projects balanced with fellowship. You must be enjoying readingalltheactionneatlypresentedbyoureditor. This last day of the month we get together for fellowship meet with Krishna Theme. Preparations are underway to give you the best of times, memorable and enjoyable. RtnMohanalongwithDr.Prahladhassomethingspecialuptheirsleeves. September is hectic too. The Youth Services Month is packed with interesting projects for the youth. Amaravani Award instituted by our Bheemanna's family is on 4th Sept. This is followed by Inauguration of new Interact and Rotaract Clubsof Saradavilas High School and Degree College on 7th Sept.Induction of new membersisplannedon11thSept.Diksoochi2013ison14thSept.RtnRajuBaligaasChairmanofDiksoochiis in full swing preparing and Rotaract Mahajanas are participating in a noticeable way. Rtn Sanjay our Director YouthServicesishandlingprojectsascalmlyashealwaysdoes. Our Partners in Service IW Sisters, RCC Vinyas, Interact RMA & Depaul and Rotaract Mahajanas are marching ahead with impact creating projects to benefit the community at large. You have been supporting all through and our sincere thanks to you. The Dream of Each Rotarian a Project is coming true as Midtown Rotarians are volunteering to participate in large numbers to do such wonderful projects. It is indeed great timesatMidtown. Warm Regards Rtn. Bhanu PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Innerwheel News Innerwheel club of Mysore Midtown has won 5 awards at the District Assembly. The official information was shared by IPP Ann. Anupama Ravindranath. The club has bagged following awards- Personalised Service – I, Disabled/Spastic – I, Old Age – II, Continuous Project – II & Fellowship–II CongratulationstoallInnerwheelmembersfortherecognition. Awarded The recipient of the "Service above self" award from Dist.3180 this year is PDG.Rtn.Jnana VasanthShetty. Mr. Subba Rao C. R. Past member of Rotary Mysore Midtown passed away on 26th August 2013 He joined Midtown in the year 1991. An avid cricketer and an humble person he was in Midtown for more than 12 years May his soul rest in peace 20.04.1938 - 26.08.2013
  3. 3. Midtown visits ‘Ajitha Nele’ Ajitha Nele brain child of Late. Sri. Ajith Kumar- a gold medallist engineer- houses 20boys. To quote one of the caretakers these boys are not orphans as long as theyhaveAjitthKumarsandsimilarthinkingindividuals intheworld.Theyareboyswithoutshelterandthelove andcareofbiologicalparents. Evening started as usual with Narayana Bhatru's Poori,chole,chutneyandachampakali.Whenthefood was ready, golden brown pooris yummy looking, Rtn. Narendra asked the children to start having their evening meal. To my utter surprise children replied "You are our guest along with all your Rotarian friends. We will after all of you eat", a value which is rarely instilled in most of our middle class, educated families. It nearly brought tears to Rtn.Narendra's eyes. After much persuasion and us joining them with dinner plates in our hands children sang prayer songs and started their meal. President Rtn.Bhanu Chandran and Secretary Rtn.Dr.Prahalad conducted a brief meeting after singing the National Anthem in chorus. Mrs.Leelavathi spoke about the humble beginnings of Ajitha Nele and the noble gesture of many individuals. She specially mentioned the involvement of Midtown Rotarians. All the Birthday and Anniversary greetings announced by Dr. Prahalad was greeted with 'Jai SreeRam' by the children which added a special touch to the wishes. Rotarians generously contributed Rs. 10,000 that was the sunshine box collection along with a R.O water purifier as part of the community project. Rtn Balaji brought all the children cups of delicious Ice cream as a pleasant surprise. As this community project was a joint project with IWC Mysore Midtown Ann.Sudha and Ann.Anupama represented IWC and from the club donated a Kailash wet grinder which was the requirement of Ajitha Nele. Rtn. Venkatesh proposed Vote of Thanks and the meeting was adjourned. I cant think of a better way to spend a pleasantWednesdayevening. -Ann. Anupama Rotary Hoarding with 4-way test The redesigned hoarding can be now seen on top of Murugan Medicals building in Saraswathipuram. The busy road offers tremendous 'Eye' traffic for the banner and is a great way of spreading the spirit of “Rotary”. Thanks to Rtn.Narendra Babu for the vantage space and to Rtn.D.Srinivasan for the awesomedesign.
  4. 4. Rotary Quiz Answer:b.1985 Rotary membership reached one million in which year? a. 1979 b. 1985 c. 1992 d. 2001 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 Anniversary Wishes Rtn. A.R.Alagappan 2nd September ‘Amaravani Award' Date : 04-09-2013 Time: 6.30 pm Venue: Rotary Hall, J.L.B. Road Please Attend Next Week Rotary has approved a US$500,000 Rapid Response grant to address a recent polio outbreak in Somalia. As of 14 August 2013, there have been 110 cases of wild poliovirus reported in the Horn of Africa- 100 cases in Somalia, and 10 cases in Kenya. The outbreak in Somalia occurred in the Banadir Region of thecountry,wherealargenumberofchildren had not been vaccinated against polio due to inaccessibility. This is the first outbreak in Somaliasince2007andinKenyasince2011. The Rotary grant to the World Health Organization will cover operational costs, including human resources, training, and transportation of health workers during August immunization activities aimed at reaching children under 10 in all accessible areasofSomalia. Practical Innovation Traffic apps and email clients are all well and good, but there are few things that really highlight the world-changing potential of the smartphone as well as medical applications. People delivering access to affordable care in developing nations always serve as friendly reminder that our devices can be so much more than distracting casual gaming platforms. Eye examinations are one of the clearest applications on that front -- around three years ago, MIT's Media Lab introduced us to a $2 box that could transform handsetsintoamobileeyeclinic. Peek offers much of the same, albeit without the need for a (relatively) bulky add-on. Developed by members of the International Center for Eye Health, the app can conduct visual acuity, color vision tests, among several others. It also keeps a record of patientsexaminedalongwithgeotaggedinfo. Moredetailsat:http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/15/peek/ Courtesy:Internet More details at: http://www.endpolio.org/news/2013/08/08/rotary- approves-$500-000-emergency-grant-for-somalia