A warm welcome to Pratham Rotary Year 2016-17
I wish to thank, Immediate Past President Kalpesh Shah for his
Master Blaster stewardship over the last 12 months, and the one
thing I have learnt from him – is to keep cool. I also wish
to thank all the Past Presidents for their outstanding work &
leaving an amazing legacy for me to take forward.
I am inspired by Rocky Balbao, however, I do not think that I should
emulate his running & punching capabilities.
Good Better Best
Never let it rest
Until our good is better
And your better, best
For a club, which leads the District regularly, whose Fellowships
and Projects are the topics of discussion all around. Do we really
need to think better?
Hence, ladies and gentlemen, the theme for the year is
Flying higher…… getting stronger.
Let me now share with you more details of the 4 segments:
With the current strength of 149 we seemed comfortable, but kya
kare, Yeh Dil Mange More & fresh blood is always welcome. We
have targeted 12 new members for the year & have reached the
half way mark. We shall be installing 6 new members today.
I welcome the incoming new members to the Queens Necklace family
and request you all to integrate within us, by attending and participating
in all club activities.
For long, many including myself, were of the opinion that TRF or
the The Rotary Foundation actually, stands for
Tera Rupaiya Fuurrrrrrrrr.
It is probably for this reason that even mature donors tend to
shy away when we ask them to support by giving to TRF.
Friends, the facts speak differently as our club has received not
only every dollar that we have given to TRF over the last 32 years
but more than that.
This year we intend to make 3 term gifts of US$ 50000 each. In
fact, every dollar that we are giving would come back to us within
this year itself as an equal amount to what we give or more.
In that direction, I am happy to announce a total giving of US$150000
or more to TRF which will be the highest giving of this club ever.
This equates to a per capita of US$1500 per member of the club,
which is probably the highest in the district.
This has been made possible by the existing 15 Paul Harris Society
members, to which we will add two more this year namely Rtn. Rashesh
Bhansali & Rtn. Parool Merchant and in addition we are adding
six major donors namely Rtn. Ketan Parikh, Rtn. Sanjiv Mehta, Rtn.
Hiten Shah, Rtn. Vijay Shah, Rtn. Nikunj Jhaveri & myself.
Here I must make special mention of Rtn. Devina Shah, who will
once again donate a sum of US$10000 this year.
Fellowship is the strongest virtue of this club and over the years
has been ably matched by our service initiatives.
This year our fellowship tour is to the beautiful country of Srilanka.
Places we intend visiting are
Kandalama, Mineriya- an Elephant safari, The Sigriya Rock or the
Ancient city of Anuradhapura & Colombo including the casino.
Keeping the ladies in mind - ample opportunity for shopping at Noritake,
odel, etc etc.
I’m sure the sheer natural & pristine beauty of these
places will entice you to join us for this fellowship tour.
However, I believe that, it is not important where you are, but
with who you are, and hence, spending 3 or more days with 40 or
50 like minded people will be an experience to cherish.
We will obviously have regular celebrations at spouse nights, details
of which we shall share through the year as and when finalized.
However, our 1st Fellowship brunch is at the newly opened Bar Stock
Exchange at Kamla Mills Compound.
I have compartmentalized projects in 3 parts
We will inaugurate the ISKON Annamrita Midday Meal Kitchen very
soon. As an additional support to its sustainability we are creating
a khakra center under the guidance and training of the legendry
Aatmavallabh Trust. Operation of which will be under ISKCON and
while providing employment to women. The surplus from sale of khakraswill
fund the rent of the kitchen.
Build on Existing Partnerships: -
- Masoom:- We continue to support Agarkar Night
School at Worli through Masoom at a cost of about Rs. 3.5 lakhs
- SVRR: We shall also be supporting SVRR- a vocational
training center for mentally challenged individuals
- Antarang: A project for Vocational training
for Career Ready Employment Skills at a cost of about Rs.3 Lakhs.
- Sanskardham & St. Mathews
we continue to support.
And a breath of fresh air: -
- Tree Plantation: - We started the year by contributing 5111
trees of the 10000 trees planted at Wada. More than 50 members
contributed to this project.
- Pediatric Heart Surgeries: - A district project along with Kokilaben
Hospital. We have committed to 50 surgeries at Rs. 25,000/- with
a matching contribution from the District and Rs.1 lac per surgery
from Kokilaben Hospital. Our commitment is Rs.12.5 Lakhs.
- Village adoption: This involves financial support to build toilets,
library, laboratory, community hall, vocational training, solar
lights, water resources, sanitation and so on. In three years,
the village will also be self sustaining on most fronts.
- Revamping a rural school for 1200 children near Nashik. It will
involve ten classrooms, hall, laboratory, library, furniture,
toilets, lights, fans, power backup and much more.
- Supporting the education and skilling of girls and women exposed
and abused by human trafficking.
- Sponsoring the education of the adivasi girl child at Dharampur.
- Partnering with Somaiya Hospital – with whom talks are
- Sponsoring equipment worth Rs. 31 Lakhs to Tata Memorial Hospital’s
Peadiatric Unit. We will be donating 6 monitors for checking the
vitals of children and also a Microscope for testing Leukaemia
– which presently takes 4 days as samples are sent to Kharghar,
thus delaying the treatment.
- Managing Diabetes – A Rotary District thrust area. We
are partnering with Wellthy – a digital therapeutics company
focused on improving patient outcomes.
Free access to their App plus a digital diabetes health coach.
This will help in managing Diabetes better through behavioural and
lifestyle changes. It’s the brainchild of our Rotarian Nikhil
& Bhowli Shah’s son – Abhishek.
EkKa Do … The Pratham plan for the Pratham year.
Give us a lakh or 10 or a crore
We will give the project the same amount.
Yes I repeat whether from other donors or Rotary International,
we will match all the donations received.
In addition, we have reversed the format on projects.
You tell us what project or service is dear to you. We will take
it up and match your rupee with rupee.
So, now what stops you from donating through this club?
I am happy to inform that many members of our club, to name a few:
-Nikunj Jhaveri, Premal Udani, Bhowli Nikhil Shah, Nimish Shah,
Rajesh MEHTA, Sanjiv Mehta, Pranabh Mody, Vijay Shah, Ketan Parikh,
Sanjiv Parikh, Deepak Harlalka and many more are all in advance
discussions with our team to crystallizeprojects in line with the
above. – Ekka do, ekka do, ekkado……
To ensure that we do not fail on our commitment I humbly declare
my own commitment of minimum Rs. 50 Lakhs to a crore towards the
club’s various projects.
I assume that I would get continued support from past donors with
equal amount or more while more members join the donor brigade.
Sanjiv and his team has set a daunting task of 3.5 crore &
more for projects. This can only be achieved with the support of
time, talent and treasure from my Queens Necklace Family.
Friends lets join hands and aim to Fly Higher& get Stronger,
to serve Humanity.
I conclude with the words of Mother Teresa :
Give, but Give until it hurts