Message from Rotary International President
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Ask any Rotarian what led them to Rotary, and you’ll usually get different answers. Why? Because joining Rotary is a personal journey. For me, it all began as a way to expand my business. My accounting practice was new and I was looking to network, so I joined a local Rotary Club. Soon, I was making more than just business contacts, I was making friends and, most importantly. I was making a difference in my community and beyond.
No matter the path that took you to Rotary, we all have one thing in common: the belief in putting Service Above Self. It is because of this commitment to serving others that we are able to confront some of the world’s greatest humanitarian challenges. But we all know that our work isn’t finished yet. It can’t be, as long as polio still affects any children anywhere, as long as water is still scarce for some, and as long as education is still treated as a privilege rather than a right. After 110+ years, our work is just getting started.
I hope you will continue your journey with us, as we continue to serve our communities so that future generations can thrive through Rotary: Making A Difference.
Ian H.S. Riseley
President, Rotary International 2017-18
Message from District Governor
Dear Rotarian friends of RC of Bombay West
Rotary Greetings! I welcome you aboard the STAR year. Each year comes, bringing with it an eventful journey of each District led by its Governor. And each year passes by, leaving behind some unforgettable moments. We all strive each year to give our best to the society that cocooned and groomed us, and leave behind some exemplary work that we can be content with, and some unfinished work that needs to be continued for better results by our successive teams.
Our RI theme this year,Making A Difference, relates very much to this feeling of leaving memories. Our thrust areas are Water Harvesting & Conservation, Renewable Energy, Vocational Skill Development and Organ Donation, and our special emphasis areas Generic Medicines, adoption of Railway Stations and Literacy will need our focus, commitment and zeal throughout the year and beyond. For literacy,all the DGs of India for 2017-18 have decided to have a ‘Run for Literacy’ event on Sunday, the 25th of February 2018 in all the Rotary Clubs throughout India. The success of Rotary International’s polio eradication program shows us that we indeed can make a difference to the world. Apart from literacy, peace and environment are two of the other areas that our R.I. President Ian Riseley is committed to. Rotary Peace Ambassadors too will be a program that will see renewed success this year as Rotary, a peace-loving organization with its vast network throughout the world, can play a bigger role in world peace through its initiatives.
I urge you all to invite more women and more youth in Rotary because their unique skills and perspectives will enrich our Rotary movement. You all must be aware that GSE (Group Study Exchange) program is back as GCE (Group Cultural Exchange, in a new format) program now. Do will get more information from your district officers and make these awesome projects successful.I would also like to remind you that we have taken some new initiatives for the year 2017-18 including having no-frills programs, beginning and ending on time. We are, because Rotary is. Our Rotarianism comes from the organization and it is not the other way round.
I wish President Harmindar and the family of RC of Bombay West the very best for the year 2017-18.
Yours in Rotary
District Governor RI District 3141
Message from Club President
I consider it an honour& proud privilege to be invited to be the President for 2017-18 for our Club.Being a Rotarian since 1993 and having served in several Boards over the years and being trained by the District since last 6 – 8 months gives me immense confidence and strength to take forward the legacy of 64 years. A legacy which has a very strong foundation with the hard work put in by our dynamic Past Presidents.
I do have the full confidence of a Board, who all are, as I call them ‘Nuggets of Gold’……Experienced and Committed Rotarians, willing to devote their time, energy and money to further the cause of Rotary.
We have prepared detailed plans to take you all through this journey of 2017-18, fellowships, picnics, celebrations, eminent speakers and community projects like Skin, Eye andOrgan Donation Awareness Campaigns, collaboration with Mumbai Traffic Police in various projects to make Mumbai Roads safer and many more.
The Golden Board of RCBW 2017-18, is committed to make you Enjoy Rotary.We will be working closely with the Inner Wheel – our partners in service, Rotractors and Interactors and with Senior Citizen Groups in our area and will be leading and participating in District Programmes as laid out by our District Governor Rtn. Prafull Sharma and his team.
R/Ann Manpreet joins me in inviting you and your family to ‘Connect and Commit’ and lets together make this Rotary year a memorable one, full of Fellowship and Community Service and keep the flag flying high of our prestigious Club.
Harmindar Singh Patheja
Rotary Club of Bombay West