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2016 -17 31st YEAR “ROTARY SERVING HUMANITY”

2016 -17 31st YEAR “ROTARY SERVING HUMANITY”

2016 – 2017 31 st YEAR ROTARY SERVING HUMANITY
President – SUBIR DUTTA Hony. Secretary – DR. MANOJ AGARWAL
CLUB SERVICES

1. The Inner Wheel Club of Calcutta Metropolitan held its 38th Installation Ceremony on Thursday, 7th July, 2016, at the Saturday Club. RCCM was represented by President Rtn. Subir Dutta, PE Rtn. Lalit Beriwala, DRFC PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji, DGSC PP Rtn. Dr. Naresh Goyal, PP Rtn. Rajkumar Poddar, PP Rtn. Roshni Beriwala and Rtn. Dr. V. K. Nevatia at the event.

2. On Thursday, 7th July, 2016, a six member delegation from RCCM, led by President Rtn. Subir Dutta visited Rotary Club of New Ballygunge Kolkata. PDG Rtn. Angsuman Bandyopadhyay on behalf of his Club introduced the history of Rotary Club of New Ballygunge Kolkata and outlined its major projects and achievements over the years. The RCCM President presented various projects of RCCM and invited Rotary Club of New Ballygunge Kolkata to join them for small projects and even Grant Projects during the Rotary Year. He also exchanged Club Flags with the President Rtn. Mini Bose and presented gifts to the President and Hony. Secretary of Rotary Club of New Ballygunge Kolkata which were also reciprocated by them.

3. On Saturday, 16th July, 2016, a Joint RWM was held with Rotary Club of Calcutta Renaissance at the RCCM meeting venue.

4. On Monday, 18th July, 2016, a five member Goodwill Delegation from Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan visited Rotary Club of Cossipore during their RWM at the Outram Club. President Rtn. Abhijit Roy and the members of Rotary Club of Cossipore accorded a warm welcome to the visiting Rotarians. Both Clubs presented their respective projects and expressed their intentions to work together. The RCCM delegation was led by President Rtn. Subir Dutta and consisted of IPP Rtn. Sashi Dhacholia, PE Rtn. Lalit Beriwala, CRFC Rtn. Indrajit Sen and PP Rtn. Roshni Beriwala. The RCCM Club flag was presented along with a memento to the host, President Rtn. Abhijit Roy.

5. On Wednesday, 20th July, 2016 RCCM ventured on its 3rd Goodwill Visit for RY 2016-17. A delegation of four Metropolitans lead by President Rtn. Subir Dutta visited Rotary Club of Calcutta Dalhousie during their RWM at Làha Bari. The RCCM President presented the Club Flag to Rotary Club of Calcutta Dalhousie President Rtn. Manab Chakraborti and handed over mementos to the President and Acting Hony. Secretary Rtn. Joydeep Kolay. IPP Rtn. Sashi Dhacholia, PE Rtn. Lalit Beriwala and Hony. Treasurer Rtn. Harsh V. Rungta were the other members of the delegation.

6. On 23rd July, 2016, RCCM held a joint RWM with Inner Wheel Club of Calcutta Metropolitan at its regular meeting venue at the District Grand Lodge of Bengal. The meeting was well attended by a strong IWC contingent led by President Mrs. Kalpana Agarwal and Hony. Secretary Mrs. Leela Poddar. IWC presented a video on projects executed by them in RY 2015-16 and presented briefly their proposed projects for RY 2016-17. During the meeting, matters related to the joint fund-raising project Kolkata Haat were also discussed.

7. On Saturday, 30th July, 2016, along with the RWM, Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan also held a Cultural Night cum Fellowship at the Rotary Sadan. The Cultural Event was presented by the members, spouses and children of members for the members and invited guests. The theme of the cultural event was Monsoon and began with a performance titled ‘Jokhon Brishti Namlo’, based on narrations and songs from Tagore’s works. This was followed by more songs, dance and instrumental recitals. DGN Rtn. Mukul Sinha and Anne Rakhi graced the occasion with their presence. The event was followed by cocktails and dinner.

8. On Thursday, 4th August, 2016, RCCM ventured on its 4th Goodwill Visit for RY 2016-17. A delegation of five Metropolitans lead by President Rtn. Subir Dutta visited Rotary Club of North Calcutta during their RWM at Nehru Children’s Museum. The RCCM President presented the Club Flag to Rotary Club of North Calcutta President Rtn. Soumendra Nath Gupta and handed over mementos to the President and Hony. Secretary Rtn. Amitava Ghosh. DRFC PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji, IPP Rtn. Sashi Dhacholia, PP Rtn. Rajkumar Poddar and Hony. Treasurer Rtn. Harsh V. Rungta were the other members of the delegation. Both Clubs presented their respective projects and expressed their intentions to work together.

9. On Friday, 5 August, 2016, a six member delegation from RCCM led by President Rtn. Subir Dutta visited Rotary Club of Calcutta South City Towers on its 5th Goodwill Visit. The members and President of Rotary Club of Calcutta South City Towers Rtn. Biren K. Mallick extended a warm welcome to the visiting delegation. President Rtn. Biren K. Mallick on behalf of his Club introduced the history of Rotary Club of Calcutta South City Towers and outlined the major projects undertaken and achievements over the years. The RCCM President presented various projects of RCCM and invited Rotary Club of Calcutta South City Towers to join them for small projects and even Grant Projects during the Rotary Year. He also exchanged Club Flags with the President Rtn. Biren K. Mallick and presented a memento to the President and RCCM Hony. Secretary Rtn. Dr. Manoj Agarwal handed over a memento to host Club Hony. Secretary Rtn. Alok Bery. IPP Rtn. Sashi Dhacholia, PE Rtn. Lalit Beriwala, PP Rtn. Roshni Beriwala and PP Rtn. Indrajit Sen were the other members of the delegation.

10. On Wednesday, 10 August, 2016, a five member delegation from RCCM lead by President Rtn. Subir Dutta visited Rotary Club of Calcutta Mid West on its 6th Goodwill Visit. The members and President of Rotary Club of Calcutta Mid West Rtn. Ashok Kumar Basu extended a warm welcome to the visiting delegation. On behalf of Rotary Club of Calcutta Mid West, District Secretary Coordination PP Rtn. Soma Kazi welcomed the RCCM President with a flower bouquet. The RCCM President presented various projects of RCCM and invited Rotary Club of Calcutta Mid West to join them for small projects and even Grant Projects during the Rotary Year. The RCCM President presented the Club Flag to Rotary Club of Calcutta Mid West President Rtn. Ashok Kumar Basu and handed over a memento to the President. DRFC PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji, PE Rtn. Lalit Beriwala, PP Rtn. Roshni Beriwala and PP Rtn. Prasanta Kumar Roy were the other members of the delegation.

11. On Monday, 15th August, 2016, RCCM celebrated the 70th Independence Day with Flag Hoisting and a joint RWM with Mahavir Seva Sadan as per established Club practice. DPCC PDG Rtn. Uttam Ganguli and Sri. C. V. Desai were the Chief Guests on the occasion. To mark the special day, scholarships were provided to 15 students with physical disabilities. In addition, the IWC of Calcutta Metropolitan pledged to sponsor 10 artificial limbs and Rotary Club of Rabindra Sarobar Calcutta pledged to sponsor 10 callipers. As per practice RCCM will sponsor all the limbs distributed by MSS during the month of August 2016.

12. On Saturday, 20th August, 2016, RCCM inducted talented, up-coming musician Mr. Biplav Singh as an Associate Member to commemorate celebrating Membership Month. During the RWM, PP Rtn. Haladhar Dey from Rotary Club of Calcutta who was visiting as part of a Goodwill Delegation inducted Mr. Biplav Singh as a Rotarian.

13. On Saturday, 20th August, 2016, RCCM received a five member Goodwill Delegation from Rotary Club of Calcutta led by Chairman of the Interclub Relationship Committee, Rtn. Pritpal S. Chauhan. Rtn. Chauhan spoke about the long legacy of Rotary Club of Calcutta and invited members of Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan to actively participate in the Centennial Celebrations of Rotary in Asia in January 2020.

14. On Sunday, 21st August, 2016, a seven member delegation from RCCM led by President Rtn. Subir Dutta visited Rotary Club of Rabindra Sarobar Calcutta on its 7th Goodwill Visit. The members and President of Rotary Club of Rabindra Sarobar Calcutta Rtn. Subir Nag Chowdhury extended a warm welcome to the visiting delegation. On behalf of Rotary Club of Rabindra Sarobar Calcutta, the Metropolitans were welcomed flower bouquets. The RCCM President presented various projects of RCCM and invited Rotary Club of Rabindra Sarobar Calcutta to join them for small projects and even Grant Projects during the Rotary Year. The RCCM President presented the Club Flag and a memento to Rotary Club of Rabindra Sarobar Calcutta President Rtn. Subir Nag Chowdhury and RCCM Hony. Secretary Rtn. Dr. Manoj Agarwal handed over a memento to host Club Hony. Secretary Rtn. Gurudas De. IPP Rtn. Sashi Dhacholia, Hony. Secretary Rtn. Manoj Agarwal, DRFC PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji, DGSC Rtn. Dr. Naresh Goyal, PP Rtn. Dr. Neeraja Rateria and PP Rtn. Rajkumar Poddar were the other members of the delegation.

15. On Thursday, 22nd Septembe,r 2016, Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan ventured on its 8th Goodwill Visit to Rotary Club of Calcutta Metro City with a four member delegation led by President Rtn. Subir Dutta. Rotary Club of Calcutta Metro City members led by President Rtn. Jharna Mitra, Hony. Secratery Rtn. Bandana Das and including DG Rtn. Shyamashree Sen and DS Admin PP Rtn. Subhojit Roy extended a very warm welcome to the visiting delegation. The RCCM President presented various projects of RCCM and invited Rotary Club of Calcutta Metro City to join them for small projects and even Global Grant Projects during the Rotary Year. The RCCM President exchanged Club Flags with Rotary Club of Calcutta Metro City President Rtn. Jharna Mitra and handed over a memento to the host Club President. RCCM Hony. Secretary Rtn. Dr. Manoj Agarwal handed over a memento to host Club Hony. Secretary Rtn. Bandana Das. The Host Club reciprocated by presenting flower bouquets to the RCCM President and Hony. Secretary.

16. On Friday, 30th September, 2016, Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan held a Joint RWM with Rotary Club of Calcutta Mahanagar at the HHI. This was part of an ongoing effort of both the Clubs to work more closely in serving humanity. In a well attended meeting, the two Club Presidents, Rtn. Subir Dutta and Rtn. Deepak Chowdhury respectively, briefed the members present about the activities and projects of their respective Clubs and expressed the hope that both Clubs would soon be working jointly on some service projects. Both Presidents exchanged Club flags and mementos, while the respective Club Hony. Secretaries Rtn. Dr. Manoj Agarwal and Rtn. Vinay Kr. Agarwal also exchanges mementos. Dr. Vijay K. Rai, noted Gastroenterologist was the Guest Speaker.

17. Along with 12 other Rotary Clubs of RI District 3291 and the Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan in the lead, the Polio Free India Rally and the District Polio Orientation and Planning Meet was hosted on Saturday, 26th November 2016.

18. The Annual District Conference of RI District 3291 for RY 2016-17 SAMAROH was held at the Nicco Park Lawns between 6th and 8th January, 2017. The elaborate and well organized event was attended by approximately 1000 people including Rotarians, Spouses, Rotaractors, Interactors and guests. RCCM was a Gold Sponsor for the event.

19. The Annual Club Picnic was hosted by PP Rtn. Dr. Binod Binaykia on 15th January, 2017, at his beautiful and well spread out farm house located near Joka. The picnic was special since PDG Rtn. Deepa Willingham attended the same along with the members of PACE delegation who were in town.

20. On Thursday, 26th January, 2017, on the occasion of Republic Day, RCCM celebrated the day jointly with Mahavir Seva Sadan at the Sadan’s premises on Ekbalpore Road, as has been the norm for the last 32 years. After the customary breakfast, the National Flag was hoisted and the National Anthem sung in unison. Mr. P. C. Parakh, former Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Coal, was the Chief Guest and DGN Rtn. Mukul Sinha was the Guest of Honour. Scholarships were given to 15 deserving students and mementos to the Chief Guest, Mr. P. C. Parakh, the Guest of Honour, DGN Rtn. Mukul Sinha and other dignitaries on the dais on behalf of the Club.

21. On 27th February, 2017, Rotary International District 3291 in association with Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan and supported by The Bhawanipur Education Society College organized a Panel Discussion – Give Peace A Chance to commemorate World Peace and Understanding Month at the auditorium of the college. Prof. Dr. Suman K. Mukerjee moderated the panel discussion and the panelists were Mr. Craig L. Hall, US Consulate General in Kolkata, Mr. Dinesh Trivedi, former Union Minister for Railways and Member of Parliament, Dr. Krishna Bose, former Member of Parliament, Ms. Sadia Dehlvi, noted author, columnist and journalist, Dr. Sandip Chatterjee, eminent Neurosurgeon and Dr. Margaret Waterworth, Educationist from the UK. It was an engaging discussion which was witnessed by an attentive audience consisting of Rotarians from the District, Club members, their families and students of the college. At the end of the deliberations, DG Rtn. Shyamashree Sen felicitated the panelists.

22. Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan participated in the District Holi Meet on 19th March, 2017, at Hotel Charnock City, Salt Lake.

23. On Saturday, 25th March, 2017, the Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan formally handed over the Charter to their newly sponsored Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Uttarpara which was formed with 20 Rotarians. The Charter was presented in the presence of DG Rtn. Shyamashree Sen and PRID and Past Rotary Foundation Trustee Rtn. Michael McGovern at a ceremony at The Lalit Great Eastern Hotel, Kolkata. Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan President Rtn. Subir Dutta handed over the Charter, President’s Collar, Hammer, Gavel, Pins for the Board of Directors and Pins for members to the Charter President of Rotary Club of Uttarpara Rtn. Rajendra Kumar Banerjee. PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji is the GSR of the newly formed Club.

24. On 1st April 2017 our beloved District Governor Rtn. Shyamashree Sen visited Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan accompanied by District Secretary Administration PP Rtn. Subhojit Roy, Chief Aid PP Rtn. Aniruddha Guha and Assistant Governor PP Rtn. Sushil Sethia for what was ironically her 100th Club Visit for RY 2016-17. A presentation of the activities of the Club during the Rotary Year 2016-2017 was made. After the DG Rtn. Shyamashree Sen’s inspirational speech, PP Rtn. Rajkumar Poddar, PP Rtn. Sohanraj Singhvi and PN Rtn. Swapna Bhattacharjee handed over mementoes to the Chief Aide to the DG PP Rtn. Aniruddha Guha, District Secretary Administration PP Rtn. Subhojit Roy and AG PP Rtn. Sushil Sethia, respectively on behalf of the club. President Elect Rtn. Dr. Neeraja Rateria handed over a memento to DG Rtn. Shyamashree Sen and proposed the Vote of Thanks.

COMMUNITY SERVICE – NON MEDICAL

1. During the Changeover Ceremony on 17th June, 2016, to commemorate the 31st year of RCCM, 31 needy school children from Dakshin Kolkata Arya Vidyalaya, 20 from Class X and 11 from Class IX were provided with school kits consisting of a school bag, text books, dictionary, geometry box and writing equipment. The kits were handed over to the students by all the present Past Presidents of the Club and PDGs, DGE and DGNs present.

2. Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan started the new Rotary Year by distributing goodie bags and balloons to cancer afflicted children at Dr. Saroj Gupta Cancer Centre and Research Institute under a project Make a Child Smile. A clown and angry bird too accompanied the team to entertain the kids. In total, 80 children in the in-patient, day-care and out- patient departments were present. Dr. Arnab Gupta, Director of the Institute was also present.

3. On Sunday, 24th July, 2016, Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan organized a meeting with potential members of 2 new RCCs at Ghutia Sheriff, 24 Parganas South. In the meeting the potential members were briefed about the activities of Rotary and Rotary Community Corps and the objectives of serving the people in the target communities of Begumpur and Kolaria in the neighborhood of Piyali in 24 Parganas South. The potential members including the two potential RCC Presidents were present at the interactive meeting.

4. On Sunday, 28th August, 2016, Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan as Lead Host Club along with other Rotary Clubs hosted the District RCC Assembly, SANLAAP at the Moulali Yuba Kendra. Over 200 RCC members and Rotarians attended the Assembly. District Governor Rtn. Shyamashree Sen was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The Assembly deliberated on topics related to Health and Hygiene, Literacy, Water and Sanitation and Organic Farming.

5. On Saturday, 3rd September, 2016, along with Rotary Club of Calcutta Mahanagar, the Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan co-hosted a seminar titled What’s Next with RI Director Dr. Manoj Desai, at Bhasha Bhawan, National Library. Almost 400 delegates including Rotarians and Rotaractors attended the session where Dr. Desai made a highly dynamic and interesting presentation on the Future of Rotary and the evolving role of Rotarians.

6. Between Tuesday, 13th and Thursday, 15th September, 2016, Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan jointly with the Inner Wheel Club of Calcutta Metropolitan, organized the Kolkata Haat, an exhibition to raise funds for their various community service projects. The exhibition was inaugurated by noted actor Mr. Arjun Chakraborty and his wife Ms. Nilanjana Chakraborty, a celebrated Tarot Card Reader herself. Exhibits from all over India were displayed at the exhibition.

7. On Sunday, 18th September, 2016, Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan distributed 10 cycle rickshaw vans to 10 physically challenged persons who have been provided free artificial limbs by Mahavir Seva Sadan, at the premises of Mahavir Seva Sadan. The beneficiaries were from various parts of Kolkata, Howrah, South 24 Parganas and Nadia. The cycle rickshaw vans were distributed by MSS officials and members of RCCM who were present.

8. On 25th September, 2016, Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan participated in Pulse Polio SNID Drive in the designated KMC Wards of 116 and 117. IPP Rtn. Sashi Dhacholia, PP Rtn. Rajkumar Poddar and President Rtn. Subir Dutta visited various booths and administered polio drops to children.

9. On Tuesday, 27th September, 2016, DG Rtn. Shyamashree Sen and District RCC Chair PP Rtn. Jyotish Chandra Roy handed over the Charter Certificates to the 2 new RCCs formed by Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan, namely RCC Begumpur and RCC Kalaria at Piyali Learning Centre in the presence of RCCM President Rtn. Subir Dutta, RCCM Club Rotaract and Interact Chair PP Rtn. Bimal Kumar Pal, Hony. Secretary Rtn. Dr. Manoj Agarwal, DRFC PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji, PP Rtn. Rajkumar Poddar, PP Rtn. Roshni Beriwala and Ms. Susmita Mukherjee, the Principal of Kreetika.

10. On Mahasaptami, 8th October, 2016, Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan organized Sharod Parikrama. 29 children from Amrao Pari, Ultadanga and 3 senior citizens from Kalyan Ashram, Chetla were taken on a visit to the different pandals in the city by Rotarians and Rotaractors of Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan led by Rtr. Pradip Dutta and Hony. Secretary Rtr. Sohini Bhattacharya. 20 Metropolitans and 5 spouses attended the event along with Dist. Secy. Admin. PP Rtn. Subhojit Roy, Dist. Secy. Coordination PP Rtn. Soma Kazi and Dist. Secy. Projects PP Rtn. Shayak Gupta. This was followed by fellowship and lunch which was hosted by PP Rtn. Dr. Binod Binaykia and Anne Anjula.

11. On Saturday, 17th December, 2016, jointly with the Centre for Ecological Movement (CEMO) and the Rotary Clubs of Calcutta South East, Calcutta Metro City, Calcutta Downtown, Calcutta East Central, the Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan arranged for an interactive discussion on Man Elephant Conflict in South Bengal at the Rotary Sadan. Dr. Pradip Vyas, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Government of West Bengal gave an illustrative talk on the topic which highlighted the various issues which are involved in giving rise to this conflict and what actions are being taken to tackle and contain the conflict.

12. On 29th January, 2017, Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan participated in the Pulse Polio NID Drive in the designated KMC Wards of 116 and 117, and 15 out of the 17 booths were active.

13. Rotary International District 3291 with the American Library and under the leadership of Rotary Club of Calcutta Sutanuti and supported by Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan, Rotary Club of Calcutta, Rotary Club of Calcutta Park Point, Rotary Club of Rabindra Sarobar Kolkata, Rotary Club of Belur, Rotary Club of Calcutta Metro City, Rotary Club of Contai and Rotary Club of Calcutta Old City together hosted SACHETONATA – AWARENESS – Making a Difference : An AIDS awareness programme on Monday, 27th February 2017 at the Lincoln Hall of American Centre.

14. On 19th March, 2017, Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan in association with Navina Cinema, Macneill Movies Pvt. Ltd., Pronam and Navanir held a special free screening of the movie Beche Thakar Gaan” Song of Life) for over 320 senior citizens registered under Pronam South Kolkata and 50 housemates of Navanir Old Age Home, Chetla and Tollygunge branches. The occasion was made possible due to the generous gestures of Mr. Naveen Choukhani owner of Navina Cinema, Mr. Pradeep Churiwal, producer of the movie and Ms. Sudeshna Roy and Mr. Abhijit Guha, the directors of the movie. District Governor Rtn. Shyamashree Sen, who was the Chief Guest, along with Chief Aide to DG PP Rtn. Aniruddha Guha and District Secretary Administration PP Rtn. Subhojit Roy graced the occasion. The DG Rtn. Shyamashree Sen felicitated Mr. Naveen Choukhani, Mr. Pradeep Churiwal, Ms. Sudeshna Roy and Mr. Abhijit Guha on behalf of the Club. Lead protagonist of the movie Ms. Gargi Roy Chowdhury was also present for a short while and interacted with the audience.

15. On 2nd April, 2017, Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan participated in the Pulse Polio NID Drive in the designated KMC Wards of 116 and 117, and 15 out of the 17 booths were active.

16. On 30th April 2017, RCCM Lead Hosted the District Meet Baisakhi Adda at the Laha Bari. Inspired and conceived by the dynamic District Governor Rtn. Shyamashree Sen and supported by 22 Rotary Clubs of the District, the evening marked an assembly of celebrated faces of Bengal as Retd. Chief Justice Mr. Chittatosh Mukherjee, Singers Mr. Pratul Mukherjee, Rtn. Saikat Mitra, Ms. Sayoni Palit and Rtn. Paroma Dasgupta, Film Directors Ms. Sudeshna Roy and Mr. Arnab Banerjee (Riingo), Actors Mr. Rana Mitra and Mr. Aryyan Bhowmick, Theatre actors Mr. Phalguni Chatterjee and Ms. Rumki Chatterjee, Physician Dr. Arnab Gupta, Rtn. Gopinath Ghosh alongwith DG Rtn. Shyamashree Sen. The program was anchored by Mr. Prabal Mullick and Rtn. Debasish Banerjee.

17. On Saturday, 20th May 2017 Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan participated in District Quiz – Hiji Biji Quiji at the Calcutta School of Music which was organized by Rotary International District 3291 and presented by Rotary Club of E Club of Kolkata Konnect, led by PP Rtn. Aanton Mukherjee, President Rtn. Ritwik Bhattacharya and Rtn. Samrat Sengupta, supported by the Rotary Clubs of Zone 17 – Rotary Club of Calcutta Mahanagar, Rotary Club of Calcutta Renaissance and Rotary Club of Calcutta South City Towers. In a nail biting finish which went down to the last question, after a grueling and entertaining 5 rounds of quizzing, the team representing the District Secretariat eventually emerged winners by 10 points (1question), with the team from Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan coming in as a close second and the team from Rotary Club of Calcutta Renaissance finishing as third.

COMMUNITY SERVICE –MEDICAL

1. On 25th October, 2016, an advanced hearing aid costing Rs. 125,000/-, was handed over to Mr. Suryanarayan P. who has been deaf in his left ear since birth. It was possible to help him hear by providing him with a system wherein sound from the deaf ear can be transferred to the other ear wirelessly, therefore making it possible for him to comprehend sounds and conversations happening on the deaf side. The entire expenditure for this system of hearing aids was Rs. 1,25,000/-. The hearing aid was handed over to him by Hony. Secretary Rtn. Dr. Manoj Agarwal.

2. RCCM members, Mr. Surendra Kumar Dugar of PS Group and nine Rotarians, namely, DG Rtn. Shyamashree Sen, Rtn. Capt. Sunand Sen, District Secretary Admin PP Rtn. Subhojit Roy, District Secretary Co-ordination PP Rtn. Soma Kazi, Special Aide to DG PP Rtn. Aniruddha Guha, AG PP Rtn. Jayati Ghosh, PP Rtn. Gautam Shaw, PP Rtn. Chandrani Chatterjee and Rtn. Mohammed Firoz contributed a sum of Rs. 1 lakh to support the kidney transplant of Ms. Rukshar Parveen at Woodlands Multispecialty Hospital Limited. The approximate expenditure towards treatment was estimated to be Rs.7,21,905. The said amount was handed over by the Hony. Secretary to the family members of the patient, in the presence of District Secretary Admin PP Rtn. Subhojit Roy, at his office on 27th January 2017.

3. On Saturday, 25th March, 2017, the Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan on behalf of Rotary International Districts 3291 and 5240 hosted an International Polio Summit – Life After Polio at The Lalit Great Eastern Hotel, Kolkata. Chairman Rotary International Polio Plus Committee, PRID and Past Rotary Foundation Trustee Rtn. Michael McGovern was present along with Chairman Rotary International’s India National Polio Committee, Rtn. Deepak Kapur, DG Rtn. Shyamashree Sen, District Trainer and NPCM PDG Rtn. Siddhartha S. Bose, DPPC PDG Rtn. Uttam Ganguli, PDG Rtn. Utpal Majumdar, PDG Rtn. Raj Kumar Rajgaria, R. I. Dist. 3240 PDG Rtn. Ashok Agarwal, DGN Rtn. Mukul Sinha and DGND Rtn. Ajay Agarwal who all addressed the Polio Sumit along with PP Rtn. James Lewis of Rotary Club of Moorpark, USA, RI. Dist. 5240. The Summit which was attended by over 100 participants deliberated on the role of Rotary International in the Fight against Polio, the changes being faced in India after being declared to be Polio Free and a Global Grant Project being executed by Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan in association with Lions Club and Mahavir Seva Sadan to support polio survivors.

VOCATIONAL SERVICE

1. During the Changeover Ceremony on 17th June 2016, 4 Personal Computers were donated to Arogya Sandhan Charitable Trust, Santoshpur, for their Vocational Training Centre for mentally challenged individuals located at Sonarpur. The machines were handed over by DG RY 2016-17 Rtn. Shyamashree Sen.

2. On 3rd and 4th December, 2016, Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan along with eight other Rotary Clubs from RI District 3291 including Rotary Club of Calcutta Renaissance as Lead Host Club, participated in the project “Swayamnsidha” – to train 40 under-privileged women from South 24 Parganas in Home Nursing so as to help them to be financially capable of supporting their families. The training was held at Dhyanashram under the supervision of PP Rtn. Dr. Ramendu Hom Chowdhury. At the end of the training, the women were given certificates of completion of training.

3. On Saturday, 17th December, 2016, during the RWM, RCCM handed over a printer as part of its commitment to provide educational and vocational kits to “Parvarish”, an NGO which runs a Resource and Support Room for mentally challenged children in Kasba. Swami Sarvalokanadaji, Head of Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Narendrapur, Kolkata, handed over the printer to Mrs. Sukanya Chakraborty, Founder of Parvarish. The remaining of the educational and vocational kits were handed over to Parvarish by RCCM members on site.

4. On 31st January, 2017, Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan had the honour of bestowing one of the Vocational Excellence Awards for RY 2016-17 to a “Living Legend of World Cinema”, Mr. Mrinal Sen at his residence. On the occasion, a team of Metropolitans lead by President Rtn. Subir Dutta and consisting of Hony. Secretary Rtn. Dr. Manoj Agarwal, PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji, PP Rtn. Maitrayee Ray and PP Rtn. Subha Pal visited the octogenarian in order to handover the plaque to him for his Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema. Mr. Sen, who is 94 years young, and has not been in the purple of health, accepted the recognition bestowed on him and thanked RCCM and its members for the same.

5. On 24th February, 2017, Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan hosted the Vocational Excellence Awards for RY 2016-17 at the Mukti World Banquets with DG Rtn. Shyamashree Sen presiding as the Chief Guest. During the programme which was anchored by Ms. Madhumanti Maitra, noted footballer Mr. Gautam Sarkar, Chairman of iLead, Mr. Pradip Chopra, former President of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Mr. Amal Chandra Chakrabortti, noted Bengali Theatre personality Mr. Debshankar Haldar and noted singer, actor and director Mr. Anjan Dutt were felicitated with Vocational Excellence Awards for their respective professions. On the occasion, Mr. Cliff Williams, who has been interning at the Piyali Learning Centre was also conferred the Paul Harris Fellow. The Awardees were presented with the traditional Uttorio, a plaque, a box of chocolates and Club memento. The event was well attended by club members and their families and was followed by fellowship and dinner.

6. On 24th March, 2017, Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan members handed over educational tools, drawing boards, an easel, a digital tanpura and many other teaching aids to the NGO Parvarish, in the presence of PDG Rtn. Michael McGovern, Past RI Director and Foundation Trustee and presently the RI Polio Plus Chair and PP Rtn. James Lewis from Rotary Club of Moorpark.

LITERACY

1. On Saturday, 2nd July, 2016, Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan in association with Swakriti launched Vidya Arjan at Presidency Correctional Home, as part of the Authority’s efforts to ensure that all inmates are 100% literate by the end of 2016. In this unique project, literate inmates will teach the illiterate inmates. This project will be carried out in all the 30 wards of the Correctional Home and will benefit 750 inmates, 25 from each ward. Monthly assessment of the project will be carried out by a team comprising of Correctional Home authorities, NGOs and RCCM representatives. The Additional IG Prison, Mr. Kamal Kumar Mukherjee and the Superintendent and Welfare Officer were present to grace the occasion. President Rtn. Subir Dutta together with PP Rtn. Rajkumar Poddar, PP Rtn. Dr. Neeraja Rateria and Rtn. Harsh V. Rungta represented RCCM.

2. On 16th July, 2016, Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan handed over a cheque of Rs. 17,220/- to Ms. Gulfasham Rahaman, a deserving student of class XII from Saifee Hall Golden Jubilee English Public School as a part sponsorship for her school fees.

3. On Sunday, 31st July, 2016, in association with Divine Destination, Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan sponsored Merit Scholarships for children from BPL families including blind students at the Calcutta Blind School in Behala. A total of 93 scholarships were handed out, of which there were 13 blind students. The project was co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Calcutta South City Towers. PE Rtn. Lalit Beriwala distributed the scholarships on behalf of RCCM. PP Rtn. Roshni Beriwala also attended along with PP Rtn. Bimal Pal.

4. This year, was the first time that the Piyali Learning Centre celebrated International Literacy Day by taking the students to the playground in true Rabindrik style in small groups to talk about the importance of reading and what literacy truly means. With a story book in hand, the older girls took three to five younger girls into small groups to read to them. The campus was filled with the humming noise of so many stories being read. This allowed the younger girls to understand the importance of literacy by turning it into a fun activity and it provided great strength to the PLC older students to serve as role models.

5. On Saturday, 10th September 2016, RCCM along with the Rotaract Club of Calcutta Metropolitan expanded the existing library facilities at Dakshin Kolkata Arya Vidyalaya under a project titled Book Bound. The Rotarians of RCCM contributed the books which were collected by the Rotaractors who contacted the school authorities and arranged to expand the existing library. The project was dedicated to the children by the school Principal Mr. A. K. Singh in the presence of RCCM President Rtn. Subir Dutta and Rotaract Club of Calcutta Metropolitan President Rtr. Shraddha Patra and Hony. Secretary Rtr. Sohini Bhattacharya.

6. On Saturday, 17th December, 2016, during the RWM, RCCM handed over a cheque as part of its initiative to Swami Sarvalokanadaji Head of Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Narendrapur, Kolkata to adopt the Mission’s Gohalbera Maa Sarada Sishu Siksha Kendra, Gohalbera, Belpahari, Paschim Medinipur for a year. On the occasion, Swami Sarvalokanadaji spoke about the unique philosophy of Rotary International and Ramakrishna Mission to serve humanity through literacy, poverty elevation, health services, vocational training, economic development and women empowerment projects. A team from Ramakrishna Mission also made presentations on their Early Child Education Programmes in Purulia, Bankura and Paschim Medinipur districts of West Bengal.

7. On Friday, 17th March, 2017, the Piyali Learning Centre celebrated the 2016 Achievement Awards with honorary guests Carol and PP Rtn. Jim Lewis of Rotary Club of Moorpark. The morning started with a Rabindra Sangeet, followed by a slideshow that captured all of the major events that had taken place in the past year. This year there were several categories added to the Award Ceremony, like Best Melodious Voice, Best Yoga Master, Excellent Citizenship and Excellent Leadership. Each year we have more and more girls achieving Perfect Attendance. A very special moment was that Mamata was the only student awarded perfect attendance for four years in a row and she received her award from the Lewis’, who also happen to be her sponsor. Student of the Year went to Supriya of Class 9. Supriya is an outstanding student who goes beyond in her academics, and co-curricular classes and is a role model to the other students.

8. For over six months, the advanced Mukta Adult Literacy Class, sponsored by the Rotary India Literacy Mission (RILM), has been studying for the NIOS (National Institute of Open Schools) Literacy Examination. On Sunday, 19th March 2017, ten women from Piyali set out to Kolkata to take their first ever examination that would grant them a Certificate of Literacy, recognised by the Government of India. The women have to pass all three parts of the examination (Reading, Writing, Mathematics) to receive their Literacy Certificate. This was an important day for the Mukta programme, as it is the first time that PLC Mukta women have appeared for a government recognised examination.

YOUTH SERVICES

1. On Sunday, 14th August, 2016, the Rotaract Club of Calcutta Metropolitan held its 10th Installation Meeting at the Kanoria Hall on Southern Avenue. Amidst a capacity audience of over 160 guests including 16 Rotarians and 2 foreign visitors, RY 2016-17 Rotaract President Rtr. Shraddha Patra took over the mantle of the Club from PP Rtr. Pradip Dutta. DG Rtn. Shyamashree Sen, the Chief Guest, along with DRCC PP Rtn. Sanjeeb Gandhi, DRR Rtr. Srijita Neogi and RCCM President Rtn. Subir Dutta graced the dais and addressed the gathering. Visiting Rotarian Rtn. Dr. Irina Francken from Rotary Club of Singapore a Sister Club of RCCM and Ms. Kelsey Eaton, In-Country-Director of Piyali Learning Centre also attended the ceremony.

2. The 70th Independence Day was celebrated with aplomb by the students of Piyali Learning Centre. After the flag hoisting ceremony by Chief Guest Dr. Suman Mukherjee, the girls put up an excellent cultural show to commemorate the occasion to the amazement of the distinguished guests. Renowned economist and educationist Dr. Suman Mukherjee and Rtn.Dr. Irina Francken of RC Singapore and Director of PACE Universal graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively. Other distinguished guests included Dr. Nico Francken, Mrs. Sanghamitra Duttagupta of Inner Wheel Club of Behala , Mr. & Mrs. Aniruddha Chowdhury of ACA.

3. The Interact Club members of Piyali Learning Centre held an exhibition of paintings by the students to raise funds for their “Keep our Village Clean” project on 15th August, 2016. The gracious guests bought all the paintings under display to the utter surprise of the Interactors who couldn’t believe they now had the funds in hand to start the next phase of their project immediately.

4. On Tuesday, 27th September, 2016, the Interact Club of Piyali Learning Centre held its 2nd Installation Meeting at PLC in Piyali. The changeover took place in the presence of DG Rtn. Shyamashree Sen, who was the Chief Guest along with District RCC Chair PP Rtn. Jyotish Chandra Roy, RCCM President Rtn. Subir Dutta, RCCM Club Rotaract and Interact Chair PP Rtn. Bimal Kumar Pal, Hony. Secretary Rtn. Dr. Manoj Agarwal, DRFC PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji, PP Rtn. Rajkumar Poddar, PP Rtn. Roshni Beriwala and Ms. Susmita Mukherjee, the Principal of Keertika.

5. On Thursday, 6th October, 2016, Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan supported and participated in Shaarod Swikriti which was jointly organized by Rotaract District 3291 and Rotary International District 3291. Five teams of Judges visited short-listed Puja Pandals in South Kolkata, North Kolkata, Behala, Salt Lake and Howrah throughout the day to select the winners across categories including Dhakis. The Rotaractors then visited the winners across all the categories on Friday, 7th October and Saturday, 8th October, 2016 to hand over the awards. DG Rtn. Shyamashree Sen, District Secretary Admin PP Rtn. Subhojit Roy, AG PP Rtn. Jayati Ghosh, President of Rotary Club of Calcutta Rtn Nilima Joshi and President of Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan Rtn. Subir Dutta were the Rotary Judges for the event.

6. To celebrate Interact Week, the Interact Club of the Piyali Learning Centre set out to create the Garden of Service. The girls not only contributed to the overall beauty of the school, but most importantly they created a beautiful habitat for butterflies and animals which truly represents their deep love and care for the environment. This project is just the beginning of the Interact Club’s effort to create more butterfly and animal habitat at the Piyali Learning Centre.

7. To celebrate Children’s Day, 70 students were treated to a day of great food, games, drawing competitions, gift bags and dancing at the Bodega Cantina Bar, off Park Street, in central Kolkata. This was the first time that many of these girls had been to the city as the field trip was exclusively for the students of Classes 3, 4 and 5. Most field trips are for the older girls, so the younger children rarely get a chance. The kindness of the owner and staff at Bodega gave these girls a once in a life-time experience to try something that is quite beyond their imagination.

8. On 9th January, 2017, PLC held its Annual Cultural Programme. The students did a fantastic job at portraying the realities of trafficking to the guests and also showed their fellow students the importance of studying and how with hard work and dedication, anything is possible. All the members of the visiting delegation from PACE Universal, Metropolitans, Guests, and Rotarians from other Rotary Clubs in the District were mesmerized by a flawless performance of the students of PLC who never fail to surprise everyone with their capabilities with every passing year.

9. Piyali Learning Centre held its Annual Sports Day on 11th January, 2017. This was a great success for everyone involved as it made the guests cheer loudly on the side lines. The girls love sharing this part of their school life with their enthusiastic guests. After a morning of many competitions, West House was adjudged the Best House and the Best Athlete Award went to Kohinur Sekh of Class VI.

10. Rotary Clubs of Zone1, Rotary Club of Calcutta Chowringhee, Rotary Club of Calcutta, Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan and Rotary Club of Calcutta Maidan co-hosted a 2-day Digital RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award), in association with CHIP (Children In Pain) for the under-privileged children mostly from the Tangra-Dhapa area of the city on the 11th and 12th February, 2017, from 10.00 am to 5.30 pm at Purbanchal School, 12/C Gobind Khatik Road, Tangra. Five schools/NGOs sent teams of maximum 15 children who participated in various activities. Through this RYLA the children got an opportunity to think and act creatively, take initiative, work as a team and develop various skills needed to be an effective leader and to have a better understanding of the digital world.

11. On Saturday, 20th May 2017 Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan celebrated Youth Month by having a Joint Meeting with Rotaract District 3291 and Rotaract Club of Calcutta Metropolitan. In a truly different meeting of sorts, dear friend DRFC PP Rtn. Sanjeeb Gandhi, DRR Rtr. Srijita Neogi and Rotaract President Rtr. Shraddha Patra all addressed the meeting and shared their views on their respective journeys thus far in RY 2016-17. DRR Elect and Rotaract District Secretary Rtr. Pradip Dutta and Rotaract District Hony. Treasurer Rtr. Smriti Raha were also present. CRFC PP Rtn. Bimal Pal also addressed the gathering. It was a perfect culmination to a wonderful year where RCCM worked very closely with the prospective next generation of Rotarians!!!

INTERNATIONAL SERVICES

1. • Under GG # 1528717 – From Darkness Unto Light to cure blindness due to Cataract by using Phacoemulsification (Phaco) technique and impart knowledge of Health & Hygiene, the Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan jointly with Don Bosco Alumni, Liluah conducted a screening camp on 19th June, 2016, which was the first in a series of three camps to be held on 19th and 26th June and 3rd July, 2016 to identify beneficiaries for surgeries. The camp was held at Don Bosco School, Liluah, Howrah. A total of 42 patients were screened at the camp by Rtn. Dr. Somen Ghosh of whom 14 were identified for surgery at a designated date. On 26th June, 2016, the second camp in the series was heldA total of 23 patients were screened at the camp by Rtn. Dr. Somen Ghosh of whom 6 were identified for surgery at a designated date.

2. • Under GG # 1528717– From Darkness Unto Light, Rtn. Dr. Somen Ghosh conducted surgeries on 6 of the identified beneficiaries on Tuesday, 28th June, 2016. The operations were conducted at Microsurgical Eye Clinic and Nursing Home, Howrah, with the assistance of Dr. R. K. Ghosh.

3. • On 1st July 2016, under the GG # 1528717 for Phaco surgeries, Rtn. Dr. Somen Ghosh operated on 2 patients. They were from beneficiaries identified during the screening camps held on 19th and 26th June 2016.

4. • Under GG # 1528717, the third screening camp was organized on 3rd July, 2016 to identify beneficiaries for surgeries. A total of 10 patients were screened at the camp by Rtn. Dr. Somen Ghosh of which 8 were identified for surgery at a designated date.

5. • Under GG # 1528717, the Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan jointly with Vivekananda Mission Asram Netra Niramay Niketan conducted a screening camp at Sarengabad Majherpara Amar Sangha, P.O.-J.S Bad, P.S.-Jibantala,in 24 Parganas South on 5th July 2016. A total of 163 patients were screened at the camp of whom 17 were identified for surgery.

6. • Under 3H Grant # 09-66532 of RCCM and a District Grant from Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, RI District 5240, 216 students of Piyali Learning Centre were distributed Monsoon Kits consisting of a pair of shoes, umbrella, raincoat and a kit bag on Wednesday, 13th July 201,. The kits were distributed by PLC In-Country Director Ms. Kelsey Eaton, DRFC PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji, RCCM President Rtn. Subir Dutta and volunteers from USA.

7. • Under GG # 1528717, the Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan jointly with Vivekananda Mission Asram Netra Niramay Niketan conducted a screening camp at Dadpur Sabuj Sangha, P.O.-Ramchandranagar, P.S.-Bishnupur, in 24 Parganas South on 14th July, 2016. A total of 103 patients were screened at the camp of which 13 were identified for surgery.

8. • Under GG # 1528717, the Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan jointly with Vivekananda Mission Asram Netra Niramay Niketan conducted a screening camp at Hotor Asram, Vill-Mathurapur, P.S.-Mathurapur, in 24 Parganas South, on 16th July 2016. A total of 125 patients were screened at the camp of which 37 were identified for surgery.

9. • Under GG # 1528717, the Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan jointly with Vivekananda Mission Asram Netra Niramay Niketan conducted a screening camp at Koumarhat A.R Medical & Clinic, P.S.-Baruipur, in 24 Parganas South on 19th July 2016. A total of 84 patients were screened at the camp of which 10 were identified for surgery.

10. • On Sunday, 24th July, 2016, an Eye Screening Camp was held under 3H Grant # 09-66532 at Ghutiari Sheriff, 24 Parganas South in association with Sri Sri Ramkrishna Seva Samiti. 75 potential beneficiaries were screened at the camp for cataract by a team of doctors lead by Rtn. Dr. Somen Ghosh, PP Rtn. Dr. Neeraja Rateria and Dr. R. K. Ghosh. 12 beneficiaries were identified to have corrective surgeries on Tuesday, 26th July 2016 at Microsurgical Eye Clinic and Nursing Home, Howrah under GG # 1528717.

11. • Under the Global Grant project, Leg for Legless – GG Project # 1528467 a total of 93 artificial legs were distributed to beneficiaries in July, 2016, through Mahavir Seva Sadan who are the co-operating organization.

12. • Under the Global Grant project for Corrective Surgeries for Polio Survivors – GG Project # 1411658 a total of 17 calipers and 4 tri-cycles were distributed to beneficiaries in July 2016, through Mahavir Seva Sadan.

13. • Under GG # 1528717, RCCM in association with Vivekananda Mission Hospital, Netra Niramay Niketan, Chaitanyapur, Haldia conducted 14 eye screening camps in Purba Medinipur and South 24 Parganas in July, 2016. A total of 2466 patients were screened in these camps and 530 were advised for surgery. From these 183 patients were operated upon in July 2016 at Vivekananda Mission Hospital.

14. • Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan and Susrut Eye Foundation and Research Centre, Salt Lake, Kolkata, had jointly organized a cataract identification camp in Sandeshkhali-1, North 24 Parganas, on 5th August, 2016, under Global Grant GG # 1528717. A total of 115 potential beneficiaries were screened of which 25 were identified for surgeries. The surgeries were held on 20th August 2016.

15. • Under the Global Grant project, Leg for Legless – GG Project # 1528467, a total of 76 artificial legs were distributed to beneficiaries through Mahavir Seva Sadan, in August, 2016.

16. • Under the Global Grant project for Corrective Surgeries for Polio Survivors – GG Project # 1411658 a total of 14 callipers and 1 tri-cycle were distributed to beneficiaries in August, 2016, through Mahavir Seva Sadan.

17. • Under GG # 1528717, RCCM in association with Vivekananda Mission Hospital, Netra Niramay Niketan, Chaitanyapur, Haldia conducted 14 eye screening camps in Purba Medinipur, Paschim Medinipur and South 24 Parganas in August, 2016. A total of 2369 patients were screened in these camps and 535 were advised for surgery. From these 193 patients were operated upon in August, 2016, at the Vivekananda Mission Hospital.

18. • Under Global Grant # 1528463, on 27th September, 2016, DG Rtn. Shyamashree Sen and District RCC Chair PP Rtn. Jyotish Chandra Roy formally inaugurated the new Vocational Training Centre at the Piyali Learning Centre in the presence of RCCM President Rtn. Subir Dutta, RCCM Club Rotaract & Interact Chair PP Rtn. Bimal Kumar Pal, Hony. Secretary Rtn. Dr. Manoj Agarwal, DRFC PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji, PP Rtn. Rajkumar Poddar, PP Rtn. Roshni Beriwala and Ms. Susmita Mukherjee the Principal of Kreetika.

19. • Under Global Grant # 1528463, on 27th September, 2016, DG Rtn. Shyamashree Sen handed over graduation certificates to the first batch of 19 trainees along with the duty advice upon successful completion of training as unarmed security guards. All 19 graduates shall be joining official duties from 28th September, 2016, at various venues. Also present on the occasion were Ms. Susmita Mukherjee the Principal of Kreetika, District RCC Chair PP Rtn. Jyotish Chandra Roy, RCCM President Rtn. Subir Dutta, RCCM Club Rotaract and Interact Chair PP Rtn. Bimal Kumar Pal, Hony. Secretary Rtn. Dr. Manoj Agarwal, DRFC PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji, PP Rtn. Rajkumar Poddar and PP Rtn. Roshni Beriwala.

20. • Under GG # 1528717 – From Darkness unto Light, Susrut Eye Foundation and Research Centre, Salt Lake, Kolkata conducted surgeries on 5 of the identified beneficiaries on Tuesday, 27th September, 2016. The operations were conducted at Susrut Eye Foundation and Research Centre, Salt Lake, Kolkata.

21. • Under the Global Grant project for Leg for Legless – GG Project # 1528467, a total of 84 artificial legs were distributed to beneficiaries through Mahavir Seva Sadan, in September, 2016.

22. • Under the Global Grant project for Corrective Surgeries for Polio Survivors – GG Project # 1411658 a total of 14 callipers were distributed to beneficiaries in September, 2016, through Mahavir Seva Sadan.

23. • Under GG # 1528717, RCCM in association with Vivekananda Mission Hospital, Netra Niramay Niketan, Chaitanyapur, Haldia conducted 5 eye screening camps in Paschim Medinipur in September, 2016. A total of 1339 patients were screened in these camps and 390 were advised for surgery. From these 60 patients were operated upon in September 2016 at Vivekananda Mission Hospital.

24. • Under Global Grant # 1528463, on Wednesday, 26th October 2016, DPCC PDG Rtn. Uttam Ganguli and DGN Rtn. Mukul Sinha handed over graduation certificates to the second batch of 29 trainees along with the duty advice upon successful completion of training as unarmed security guards.

25. • Under GG # 1528717 – From Darkness unto Light, Rtn. Dr. Somen Ghosh conducted surgeries on 5 of the identified beneficiaries on 5th, 25th and 26th October, 2016. The operations were conducted at Microsurgical Eye Clinic and Nursing Home, Howrah, with the assistance of Dr. R. K. Ghosh.

26. • Under the Global Grant project for Leg for Legless – GG Project # 1528467, a total of 60 artificial legs were distributed to beneficiaries in October, 2016, through Mahavir Seva Sadan.

27. • Under the Global Grant project for Corrective Surgeries for Polio Survivors – GG Project # 1411658 a total of 16 callipers were distributed to beneficiaries in October, 2016, through Mahavir Seva Sadan.

28. • Under the 3H Grant # 09-66532, Kakali Naskar, an 11 year old student of Piyali Learning Centre, who was bleeding from the left nostril and was diagnosed to have a tumoral/polypoidal mass in the left nasal cavity with severe infection of the other sinuses underwent a 3 hour endoscopic nasal surgery on 4th November, 2016. She was discharged under satisfactory conditions the next day, hoping that she would be completely cured of her ailment.

29. • Two patients of post polio residual palsy, Ms. Samina Ghorani, aged 28 years and Ms. Tapasi Mondal, aged 20 years, came to MSS for aid. On examination it was found that they need polio corrective surgery. They were admitted under GG Project # 1411658 for Rehabilitation of Post Polio Syndrome Survivors at SVSM Hospital on 8th November, 2016, under the supervision of Rtn. Dr. V. K. Nevatia and were operated on 10th November, 2016. After recovering from the surgery, both beneficiaries were fitted with callipers at MSS under the same grant project.

30. • Under GG # 1528717, Rtn. Dr. Somen Ghosh conducted surgeries on 46 of the identified beneficiaries on 12th, 14th, 15th, 18th & 22nd November, 2016. The operations were conducted at Microsurgical Eye Clinic and Nursing Home, Howrah with the assistance of Dr. R. K. Ghosh.

31. • Under the Global Grant project for Leg for Legless – GG Project # 1528467, a total of 78 artificial legs were distributed to beneficiaries through Mahavir Seva Sadan, in November, 2016.

32. • Under the Global Grant project for Corrective Surgeries for Polio Survivors – GG Project # 1411658 a total of 9 callipers, 1 wheelchair and 2 tricycles were distributed to beneficiaries in November, 2016, through Mahavir Seva Sadan.

33. • On Saturday, 3rd December, 2016, Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan held an unique RWM with Rotarians from Rotary Club of Singapore (Sister Club of RCCM), Rotary Club of Marina City, Rotary Club of Pandan Valley and Rotary Club of Sentosa from Singapore and Rotary Club of Kunching Central from Malaysia. The meeting was graced by PDG Rtn. Dr. Philbert Chin. All the Clubs present discussed about their significant service and international projects and expressed the desire to work together in the future. At the end of the meeting all the Clubs exchanged Club Flags and RCCM handed over mementos to all visiting Rotarians, Annes and spouses.

34. • Under the Global Grant project for Corrective Surgeries for Polio Survivors – GG Project # 1411658, Ms. Sandhya Mondal who was identified in a camp organized by MSS was admitted to SVSM Hospital on 4th December, 2016 for treatment. She was successfully operated upon on 6th December, 2016 and after post-operative recovery was provided with callipers at MSS.

35. • On Sunday, 11th December, 2016, RCCM in association with Sri Sri Ramkrishna Seva Samiti, inaugurated a Health Clinic at Piyali. The Clinic will act as a Poly Clinic and shall provide a Pharmacy, Pathology Laboratory, X-Ray facilities, Ultra-Sonography, Dental and Eye treatment facilities besides being equipped with a modern Mobile Ambulance. Under 3H Grant # 09-66532 a Dental Chair and ancillary equipment were donated to the Clinic.

36. • On Sunday, 11th December, 2016, under 3H Grant # 09-66532, RCCM in association with Sri Sri Ramkrishna Seva Samiti conducted a Mega Health Camp at the new premises of the Clinic at Piyali. Over 500 potential beneficiaries were screened by a general physician, a dentist and an ophthalmologist.

37. • Under the Global Grant project for Leg for Legless – GG Project # 1528467, a total of 104 artificial legs were distributed to beneficiaries through Mahavir Seva Sadan, in December, 2016. Mahavir Seva Sadan.

38. • Under the Global Grant project for Corrective Surgeries for Polio Survivors – GG Project # 1411658 a total of 20 callipers were distributed to beneficiaries in December, 2016, through Mahavir Seva Sadan.

39. • Under GG # 1528717 – From Darkness unto Light, Rtn. Dr. Somen Ghosh conducted surgery on one of the identified beneficiaries on 2nd December, 2016. The operation was conducted at Microsurgical Eye Clinic and Nursing Home, Howrah with the assistance of Dr. R. K. Ghosh.

40. • On 13th January, 2017, Srabani Mondal one of the students of PLC was operated upon by Dr. Achinta Das at the Mohan Clinic after being diagnosed with a gallbladder stone under 3H Grant # 09-66532 and was released on 15th January, 2017.

41. • This year, PDG Rtn. Deepa Willingham had over 17 guests with her during her annual visit to PLC between 5th and 18th January, 2017. The diverse group of people, included a doctor, an architect, high school students, and a pastor.

42. • Under GG # 1528717, Rtn. Dr. Somen Ghosh conducted surgeries on 146 of the identified beneficiaries on 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 16th, 20th, 24th & 28th January, 2017. The operations were conducted at Microsurgical Eye Clinic and Nursing Home, Howrah with the assistance of Dr. R. K. Ghosh.

43. • Under the Global Grant project for Corrective Surgeries for Polio Survivors – GG Project # 1411658 a total of 16 callipers and 1 tri-cycle were distributed to beneficiaries in January, 2017, through Mahavir Seva Sadan.

44. • Under the Global Grant project for Leg for Legless – GG Project # 1528467, a total of 102 artificial legs were distributed to beneficiaries through Mahavir Seva Sadan, in January, 2017.

45. • Under the Global Grant project for Corrective Surgeries for Polio Survivors – GG Project # 1411658, Ms. Saida Khatoon who was identified in a camp organized by MSS was admitted to SVSM Hospital on 5th February, 2017, for treatment. She was successfully operated upon on 6th February, 2017 and after post-operative recovery was provided with callipers at MSS.

46. • Under the Global Grant project for Corrective Surgeries for Polio Survivors – GG Project # 1411658 a total of 13 callipers were distributed to beneficiaries in February, 2017, through Mahavir Seva Sadan.

47. • Under the Global Grant project for Leg for Legless – GG Project # 1528467, a total of 65 artificial legs were distributed to beneficiaries through Mahavir Seva Sadan, in February, 2017.

48. • Under GG # 1528717 – From Darkness unto Light, Rtn. Dr. Somen Ghosh conducted surgeries on 129 of the identified beneficiaries on 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 26th, 27th & 28th February, 2017. The operations were conducted at Microsurgical Eye Clinic and Nursing Home, Howrah with the assistance of Dr. R. K. Ghosh.

2015 -16 30th YEAR “BE A GIFT TO THE WORLD”

2015 -16 30th YEAR “BE A GIFT TO THE WORLD”

2015 – 2016 30 th YEAR BE A GIFT TO THE WORLD
President – MAITRAYEE GHOSH   Hony. Secretary – RTN SWAPNA BHATTACHARJEE
CLUB SERVICES

1. Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan celebrated our country’s 69th Independence Day in association with Mahavir Seva Sadan at their premises, as per custom being followed for the past several years. The flag was hoisted by PDG Rtn. Prabhat Rohatgi, President Rtn Maitrayee Ghosh, Shri Pramod Shah and Shri Ramesh Modi in the presence of President of Inner Wheel Club, Smt. Lata Nevatia and members of IWC, President Emeritus MSS Shri J. S. Mehta, beneficiaries who had received callipers under the Leg for Legless project and other distinguished guests. Shri Ramesh Modi has donated INR 5,00,000/- for the project. The President handed over scholarships to 15 deserving students. A very inspiring live demonstration was also carried out with volunteer beneficiaries who have received callipers.

2. A colourful ceremony marked the Independence Day celebrations at Piyali Learning Centre (PLC). After hoisting of the national flag in the lawn of the main school building by the Chief Guest for the occasion PDG Rtn. Vijay Singh Bhandari and the singing of the national anthem, the programme moved to the auditorium. The highly talented and disciplined students of PLC had put up wonderful exhibitions depicting various incidents related to our Independence Movement, including the Jalianwala Bagh Massacre, Sahid Minar, Dandi March, Gandhi Chakra and paintings of freedom fighters. All attending guests were presented greeting cards which were beautifully painted by the girls. Students from Ohio State University who were interning at PLC also joined the celebrations. The students displayed their fluency in English and articulate thought process by participating in two interesting debates on “The Effects of Media on Society “and “Contribution of Gandhi in India’s Freedom Struggle”. PDG Rtn. Vijay Singh Bhandari spoke on the occasion and PE Rtn. Subir Dutta spoke about PLC in his concluding remarks.

3. Rtn. Sylvia Whitlock, the first woman Rotarian, the first woman Club President, the first woman RI Vice President and first woman TRF Trustee was felicitated at an event appropriately entitled “Women Also Serve” at the Rotary Sadan. An educational administrator for the major part of her life, the very spirited Sylvia, now an octogenarian, made her presence felt in more ways than one. Thanks to her, thousands of women the world over became a part of Rotary. Sylvia had a Jamaican upbringing which was evident in her disarming sense of humour.In her address, she recounted the days when male chauvinism ruled even in the Rotary environs and laws ensured that women could not become Rotarians. She became a member of the Rotary Club of Duarte in California and Rotary officials visited her club and decided to decharter it in 1976, because of her membership. She recounted that even as her club ceased to be a Rotary Club, it continued with all its Rotary activities. But, as a matter of principle, all the members stood by her. It was their collective wisdom that sought the help from the American Civil Liberties Union, who took the case through the California Court system. At every stage, the Judiciary was all in favour of gender equality. But the matter came to its natural conclusion only after the landmark decision by the Supreme Court in 1987. Sylvia not only went to become the President of her Rotary Club but also the District Governor. The RC of Calcutta Metropolitan, the RC Mayfair and RC Presidency all took turns to felicitate her.

4. On February 27, 2016, RCCM was privileged to induct PDG Rtn. Dr. Sylvia Whitlock as an Honorary Member of our club. To mark the momentous occasion, RCCM organized a luncheon fellowship for Metropolitans and teachers of Piyali Learning Centre at Chowringhee Banquets. During the Induction Ceremony, PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji introduced PDG Rtn. Dr. Sylvia Whitlock and spoke about her many achievements in Rotary. RCCM Hony. Secretary Rtn. Swapna Bhattacharjee welcomed PDG Rtn. Dr. Sylvia Whitlock with a flower bouquet and PP Rtn. Bhuban Basu presented her with the traditional stole. PP Rtn. Subha Pal formally pinned PDG Rtn. Dr. Whitlock as an Honorary Member while PDG Rtn. Vijay Bhandari handed over the certificate for Honorary Membership to her.

5. RCCM, in keeping with its convention, held its 1405th RWM by celebrating India’s 67th Republic Day along with Mahavir Seva Sadan for the 30th consecutive year. The association between these two humanitarian organisations, commenced since the inception of RCCM in 1986. Mr. J. S. Mehta, President Emeritus of Mahavir Seva Sadan and the Chief Guest for the occasion, hoisted the national flag in the presence of members and Trustees of the two organisations. Mr. Bhanwar Lal Baid, President of the Terapanth Trust and an eminent industrialist, graced the occasion as the Guest of Honour. In the absence of the President, President Elect Rtn. Subir Dutta chaired the RWM. The members in the audience greeted PE Rtn. Dutta with loud cheers when he announced that RCCM had donated over 35,000 limbs in the last three decades of association with MSS and thanked the latter for giving RCCM an opportunity to serve the less fortunate children of God. Rtn. Dr. Vinod Nevatia explained in detail about the two ongoing projects of the Club, Leg for Legless and Polio Survivors under TRF Global Grants #15-28467 and #14-11658 where polio corrective surgeries were done and artificial limbs, callipers etc were being distributed to the beneficiaries. The members of the audience were amazed to see the difference the artificial limbs and callipers have made in the quality of the lives of the recipients. Chief Guest Mr. J.S. Mehta enthralled the audience with his emotional discourse on the association of the two organisations from 1986 and his recent visit to Piyali Learning Centre.

COMMUNITY SERVICES

1. As a part of our Rotary Literacy Month, RCCM decided to hold its RWM at Piyali Learning Centre. Club members and were joined by 6 senior members from Mahavir Seva Sadan, Mr J. S. Mehta, Mr R. S. Singhi, Mr R. Charoria , Mr Vinod Goyal and Mr Manoj Mahnot. We also had two visitors from USA, Mr. Garreth Pond and Mr. Clifford Williams, who were helping the girls to improve their communication and social skills. Our IWC President Smt. Lata Nevatia also joined the RWM. In-Country Director of PLC, Kristine arranged interactive sessions, dividing the students into small groups. Many of our visitors were visiting PLC for the first time. They were amazed to see the incredible school building with modern facilities. Above all, the girls, mostly first generation students, impressed the guests with their smartness and fluent conversation in English. The guests looked around the building, classrooms, dining hall, modern kitchen facility and children’s play area. A sumptuous and healthy vegetarian lunch was cooked with care by the staff of PLC.

2. On August 29, 2015, RCCM provided a specially ordered and fitted sports wheelchair to a para-sports person Ms. Baishakhi Deb. Baishakhi has been a keen badminton player since the age of 6 and played at the Sub-Junior and Junior levels in the State Championship. In 2006, when she was working in the IT Sector, she met with a road accident on her way to office. She was bedridden for 7 years and had 18 surgeries, which resulted in 98 rods and 148 screws being fitted in her body. She eventually lost her left leg due to a major hip injury. She could not be fitted with artificial limbs that could make her walk. She participated in her first Para Marathon in December 2014 and ran on wheelchair for 31 Km, winning the Fast Finisher Award. Then she participated in her first Para Badminton Tournament in Bangalore, as the first lady participant from West Bengal and the entire North East region of the country. During these ten years of practice she played against 11 international players and got the Bronze Medal. Her name was enlisted in the International Team of India and in September’15 she went to the United Kingdom and in December’15 to Peru for the World Championships.

3. The 2015 edition of the Kolkata Haat titled ‘Kolkata Haat – The Essence of India’ was organised by the Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan and the Inner Wheel Club of Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan at the Ice Skating Rink from October 22 to 24, 2015. This flagship fund raising annual event has been growing in stature with each passing year. The aim of the event is to raise funds for the education of the girl child and women empowerment, and at the same time aid the image building efforts of Rotary. The event was very successful and there were 81 stalls of various life style products. True to its theme ‘Esssence of India’ there participants were from all over the country eg., Jaipur, Dehradun, Mumbai, Karnataka, Kerala, Varanasi, Odisha and Delhi. Free stalls were provided to NGO’s like Mahavir Seva Sadan and Chinmaya Mission to promote their philanthropic philosophies and products. About 4000 visitors visited the exhibition. The event was inaugurated by MP and former Railway Minister Sri Dinesh Trivedi in the presence of RCCM and Inner Wheel Club members, National and District officials etc. Sri Dinesh Trivedi was very impressed by the event and appreciated and enjoyed it thoroughly. The event was well covered in The Telegraph’s T2 edition.

4. On January 31, 2016, a delegation from RCCM along with a delegation from the Inner Wheel Club of RCCM, visited Pabra, Bankura, for the inauguration of the joint project to provide home shelters, a tube well and toilets with baths to the community, in cooperation with Vivekananda Seva Samity and Maliah Heritage Society. The RCCM delegation led by President Elect Rtn. Subir Dutta included IPP Rtn. Sashi Dhacholia and Rtn. Dr. V. K. Nevetia, while the Inner Wheel Club delegation was led by their President Mrs. Lata Nevetia. This project was a unique joint effort between RCCM and IWC, whereby for a collective value of Rs.2.80 lacs, which was equally shared by the two entities, the local community was provided with two classrooms which in the evening would be converted into shelters for destitute women, two bathrooms and toilets and a deep tube well which will provide both drinking water as well as water for daily general usage for the local community. The dedication ceremony was conducted through a token lighting of the lamp by the Presidents and members of the respective Clubs. In addition to the dedication of the facilities, blankets and food packages were distributed amongst 20 destitute women from the community by RCCM.

5. February, being so special in the Rotary Calendar as the “Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month”, was observed and celebrated by RCCM in grand style on February 20, 2016, through a Panel Discussion on “The World Has Never Needed Peace As It Does Now”, at The Calcutta School of Music auditorium. The month, celebrated as the Birth Anniversary of Rotary on February 23, is now designated as the “World Understanding and Peace Day”. In keeping with the theme, the topic was most appropriate. Many members stepped forward to do their bit to ensure the success of such an ambitious and landmark event. Taking the lead was PP Rtn. Subha Pal who ensured the confirmation of the participation of the high profile panelists that comprised Mr. Olaf Iversen, German Consul General, Mr. Jonathan T.Ward, Principal Commercial Officer, Foreign Affairs, U.S. Consulate, Mr. Stephane Amalir, Director, Alliance Francaise Du Bengale and Mr. Assadur Rehman, Head of UNICEF (Eastern Region).The Moderator for the evening was PP Rtn. Utpal Chatterjee. With the PE Rtn. Subir Dutta welcoming the guests, PP Rtn.Subha Pal introducing the topic and the Moderator and Rtn. Sanghamitra Mukherjee introducing the Panelists, the Discussion started off with the Moderator explaining, very briefly, how the deliberations would proceed during the course of the evening. But for the German Consul General, who was held back because of “urgent office matter”, the others, starting with Mr. Rehman of the UNICEF, spoke their allotted 10 minutes each. The interactive session with the audience went off very well. The Moderator summed up the Discussion and spoke on the urgent need for Peace in today’s world. Rtn. Dr. Manoj Agarwal proposed the Vote of Thanks. Everyone present enjoyed the cerebral event and some members felt that in future there ought to be at least two such Panel Discussions during a Rotary tenure.

6. RCCM was one of the Host Clubs for organizing the District Polio Orientation and Planning Meet on September 9, 2015 at Rotary Sadan. This seminar was the roadmap for the year 2015-2016. Dr Sashi Panja, Minister-in-Charge, Women and Child Welfare, Government of West Bengal, was the Keynote Speaker and promised to give all support from the State Government. Speakers from WHO and UNICF also spoke on the occasion. Our PDG and member of India National Polio Plus Committee, cautioned us about our vulnerability to polio, as this disease may return, despite its eradication, because of its continued presence in neighbouring countries. DG Jhulan Basu and DGE Shyamashree Sen were also present. RCCM was represented by President Rtn. Maitrayee Ghosh, IPP Rtn.Sashi Dhacholia, PE Rtn.Subir Dutta and PP Rtn.Jayanta Chatterji.

7. RCCM participated in all SNIDs organized in the 14 booths of Wards 116 and 117 throughout the Rotary Year. RI promotion material was distributed in all booths visited by children for their regular immunisation. Government Health Department workers put in tireless effort during each of the NID days and three days thereafter visiting homes of all the residents in these Wards and administering the ‘two drops’ to the needy children of ages below 5 yrs, besides maintaining a meticulous record of the total activity. RCCM provided them with mid-day meals and snacks, which was appreciated.

8. RCCM sponsored the ASD corrective surgery of Mr. Tapan Ghosh which was carried out at Medica Superspeciality Hospital on April 21, 2016. Mr. Ghosh has been discharged from the hospital and is undergoing post operative treatment and recovery under the supervision of the doctors of Medica Superspeciality Hospital and is expected to resume his official work soon.

9. On August 19, 2015, District Governor Rtn. Jhulan Basu visited PLC. He was accompanied by District officials, PP Rtn. Shayak Gupta — District Secretary Project, PP Rtn. Soumen Kumar Chatterjee – Additional District Secretary Projects, PP Rtn. Subhasish Bose – District Chair, Financial Literacy Committee, PP Rtn. Moloy Chatterjee – Rotary Club of Sonarpur, Rtn. Mainak Dutta – Rotary Club of Kabitirtha Calcutta. RCCM President Rtn. Maitrayee Ghosh, IPP Rtn. Sashi Dhacholia, PE Rtn. Subir Dutta, PLC President PP Rtn. Dr. Neeraja Rateria, CRFC PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji, PP Rajkumar Poddar, Rtn. Jayanta Neogi and Ms. Purnima Dutta – Pace India Trust Trustee were also present. The District team saw the diesel generator installation which was a MG project with the Rotary Club of Belur, before inspecting the playgrounds and sports facilities, which were a MG project along with the Rotary E-Club of District 3291. They also inspected a freshly prepared plot for organic farming which has been done in coordination with Maple Orgtech India Ltd (a non-profit corporate). They also inspected the school bus which was presented through a MG project with the Rotary Club of Calcutta South West and the Mobile Medical Unit-cum-Ambulance which was provided to the community under the 3H Project #09-66532.The team visited the Sewerage Treatment Plant which was a MG project with the Rotary Club of Calcutta South West, and inspected the site selected for the Global Grant Project to build a Vocational Training Centre. The delegation also visited all the classrooms and interacted briefly with the teachers and inspected the Science Laboratory and Library which were donated under another MG project with the Rotary E-Club of District 3291. They were impressed with the school furniture which was donated by Rotary Club of Calcutta Rabindra Sarobar under another MG project. They spent some time in the Computer Laboratory which was also donated under a MG project. The delegation then interacted with the team from Peacework, a US not-for-profit organization, and Ohio State University’s Global Health Initiative students. The Peacework team briefed the visitors about their work related to conducting water surveys throughout Piyali, conducting life skill seminars about puberty/adolescence for PLC students and conducting seminars with the ALP women and teachers about health and hygiene, women’s health issues and first aid. After the briefing, all the members of the Peacework team were presented with mementos on behalf of RCCM. As a parting gift, the Peacework team members donated Rs. 43,000/- towards meeting medical expenses of students at PLC. The delegation also visited the PLC Canteen where they inspected the kitchen facilities and utensils which have again been donated by the Rotary E-Club of District 3291 under another MG project. District Governor Rtn. Jhulan Basu expressed his happiness at finally getting the opportunity to visit PLC and congratulated all those involved in this wonderful project. He however mentioned that there was a need ensure that the project received more publicity in the media, amongst the common people, R.I. Dist. 3291 and other Rotary Clubs so that similar projects could be replicated in other places. After the formal speeches, District Governor Rtn. Jhulan Basu, RCCM President Rtn. Maitrayee Ghosh and PLC President PP Rtn. Dr. Neeraja Rateria distributed spectacles to beneficiaries who had been earlier identified through various medical camps under the 3H Project #09-66532. On behalf of RCCM, President Rtn. Maitrayee Ghosh presented mementos to all the members of the District delegation. A home-cooked lunch was served at the Piyali canteen which was enjoyed by all.

10. RCCM handed over a hearing aid to a young beneficiary, Shekhar Chowdhury, during the RWM on May 28, 2016 by PP Rtn. Bhuban Basu. His single mother had approached PP Rtn. Dr. Neeraja Rateria for assistance and was referred by her to Rtn. Dr. Manoj Agarwal for treatment.

11. On June 12, 2016, RCCM jointly conducted an Awareness Programme with Community Human Welfare Organization of IIM Calcutta about World Environment Day at L-2 Class Room, IIM Calcutta, Joka, from 4.00 pm to 7 pm. PP Rtn. Utpal Chatterjee was the Keynote Speaker at the event.

INTERNATIONAL SERVICES

1. President Rtn. Maitrayee Ghosh, PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji, PP Rtn. S.R. Singhvi, PP Rtn. Maitrayee Ray, Rtn. Dr. Somen Ghosh, Rtn. Dr. V. K. Nevatia, Rtn. Gopa Gupta and Anuradha Basu went to the Speech and Hearing Action Society (SAHAS) in Durgapur on the November 29, 2015, to attend the Outreach Camp organised by RCCM for distribution of callipers and artificial limbs under Global Grant # 14-11658 and 15-28467 respectively. This camp had started on November 22, 2015 at the premises SAHAS under the stewardship of RCCM and co-operating organisation Mahavir Seva Sadan. Altogether 121 callipers and limbs were distributed in this outreach camp. Rotary Club of Durgapur Steel City and Rotaract Club of Aerocity Durgapur did a wonderful job in organising the seven day camp so successfully. The programme included evaluation of the root cause of the condition, comprehensive check-up and proper diagnosis before finally providing the limbs to the patients, so as to ensure that it was compatible with them. It was very heartening to see little children who had never walked without the support of a guardian, take their first independent steps. The child who stole everyone’s heart was a 2 year old, born without a leg. As she was fitted into her new leg, she joyfully took her first steps. The Club has promised to provide her this service throughout her life. Full support has been promised from the respective clubs too.

2. On December 13, 2015 a team of Rotarians comprising President Rtn. Maitrayee Ghosh , IPP Rtn. Sashi Dhacholia, PP Rtn. Subha Pal and Project Primary Contact PP Rtn. Bimal Pal along with a team of Maple Orgtech India Ltd comprising of Mr. Prithviraj Karan, Mr Abhoy Thakur and their field staff Mr. Binod Pramanik and Mr. Mainak Basu visited sponsored organic farming villages for viewing, interacting and measuring harvesting results and also to assess sustainability of the second phase of Organic Farming Project currently being executed under Rotary Global Grant 1418186 and also assess the dynamism for the third phase initiative at five new villages. RCCM team first arrived at Chaltaberia Ganounnayan Sansthan (CGS) Training Centre where the members of the cooperating organization and some farmers’ representatives welcomed the visiting Rotarians. The Organic Farming Project outlook was narrated by PP Rtn. Bimal Pal and then field experience was given by Shri Anukul Mandal –secretary of CGS who thanked Rotary and Rotarians of Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan for taking up such an agricultural project for the benefit of agriculture and humanity. On behalf of Maple Orgtech India Ltd, their field representative Shri Mainak Basu made a PPP, showing the experiences of some farmers who used EM manure in their fields and substantiated with facts and figures the harvesting results and established cost benefits derived by the farmers. From Chaltaberia, the group moved on to Faldi and then Kumarpur. The farmers shared their experience of EM manure application and their understanding about the strategic importance of EM inputs in the soil health management and cost benefits. Rabi crops of all early maturing vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, various varieties of gourds, cabbage, tomato, chilly, cucumber etc are being cultivated at Kumarpur village and Rotarians enjoyed an amazing on-site experience of organic farming under Rotary Global Grant. All visiting members then reassembled at the CGS Centre at Chaltaberia where a sumptuous and tasty lunch was arranged by CGS, on behalf of by Maple Orgtech India Ltd. The farmers’ representatives also joined, so the interactions continued over lunch.

3. Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan in partnership with Mahavir Seva Sadan and in association with Naihati Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Society organized for an Outreach Screening cum Artificial Leg and Calliper Distribution Camp at Naihati under Global Grants #1411658 Rehabilitation for Post Polio Survivors and #1528467 Leg for Legless between December 21 and 27, 2015 as part of the Naihati Utsav 2015 celebrations. The Screening Camp was held at Naihati on December 12 and 13, 2015 where potential beneficiaries from the various districts of South Bengal were screened by a team of highly skilled technicians from Mahavir Seva Sadan to ensure that they could be provided with artificial legs, corrective shoes and callipers. 150 beneficiaries were identified in the screening process and their measurments taken for the equipment which was manufactured at the camp. Among the 150 beneficiaries, a total of 100 artificial legs and 50 callipers were distributed during the formal closing of the camp December 27, 2015. On this occasion Rtn. Dr. V. K. Nevatia – Director Medical Services of Mahavir Seva Sadan along with RCCM PE Rtn. Subir Dutta and PN Rtn. Lalit Beriwala and spouse Ann Roshni Beriwala were present. Hon’ble Member of Parliament and Patron-in-Chief of Naihati Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Society Mr. Sougata Roy was the Chief Guest, Naihati MLA and Chairman of Naihati Utsav 2015 Mr. Partha Bhowmik along with Chairman Naihati Municipality Mr. Ashoke Chattopadhyay and Deputy Chairman Mr. Bhajan Mukhopadhyay also graced the occasion. Mr. Gour Chandra Das – Honorary Secretary, Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Society started the programme by introducing the various charitable projects undertaken by the Society and the various grants made available by Mr. Sougata Roy and Mr. Partha Bhowmik. Mr. Sougata Roy spoke about the various humanitarian projects undertaken by the Society with the assistance of the local MLA Mr. Partha Bhowmik. He acknowledged the contributions of Mahavir Seva Sadan and RCCM who have been organizing the limb camp in association with Naihati Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Society almost on an annual basis under various grant projects for the last 12 years. On behalf of Mahavir Seva Sadan, Rtn. Dr. V. K. Nevatia – Director Medical Services presented mementos to Mr. Sougata Roy and Mr. Partha Bhowmik. Mr. Sougata Roy handed over tokens of appreciation to the technicians from Mahavir Seva Sadan.

4. Under Rotary Global Grant # 14/11658 – Polio Corrective Surgeries, the Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan associated with Lions Club of North Calcutta and the Lions Club of Calcutta (Greater) of Lions International Dist 322B1 to conduct a Screening cum Corrective Surgery Camp between February 7 and 11, 2016 at the Lions North Calcutta Hospital and Medical Centre in Tollygunge. The surgeries at the camp were conducted by Dr. Gudaru Jagadesh, M.S. (Ortho), Director – BIRRD, Tirupati and his team of doctors, medical technicians and nursing staff who travelled all the way from Tirupati to conduct the camp. Lions Club of North Calcutta and the Lions Club of Calcutta (Greater) have been conducting these camps on a regular basis from 1994 and this was the 14th such camp organized, where this year the Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan was an associate, as part of its humanitarian grant project. Before the inaugural session, Metropolitans inspected the various facilities available in the hospital including the operation theatre, and took a tour of the camp to visit pre and post operative patients and interacted with some of the patients and their families. The Inaugural Session was attended by Chief Guest Lion Pushpa Agarwal, DG Lions International Dist 322B1, Guest of Honour Shri. Bhagwandas Agarwal, renowned Industrialist, Guest of Honour Shri. Saroj Kumar Agarwal, renowned Industrialist, Lion Dilip Passary, President of Lions Club of Calcutta who presided over the meeting, Lion Raj Kumar Jain, Lions Club of Calcutta (Greater), PE Rtn. Subir Dutta and PP Rtn. Dr. Naresh Goyal of Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan and Dr. Gudaru Jagadesh along with members from various Lions Clubs and Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan. Till the time of the Inaugural Session about 160 cases had been identified and registered for corrective surgeries out of which 38 corrective surgeries were completed. Most of the beneficiaries came from distant villages of West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand. During the inaugural session all the dignitaries spoke about this noble venture to serve mankind and also the joint initiative between Lions and Rotary to participate in the same project which was recognized as a path-breaking initiative for the two organizations. On several counts, the joint effort between Lions and Rotary was lauded. The highlight of the session was when Dr. Gudaru Jagadesh shared his experiences over the years of conducting such corrective surgery camps. RCCM PE Rtn. Subir Dutta introduced the Club and its activities to the Lions present and expressed the hope that in the future too, RCCM would partner with Lions for similar humanitarian projects. Primary Project Contact PP Rtn. Dr. Naresh Goyal spoke about Rotary’s role in fighting the battle to eradicate Polio from the face of the Earth. PE Rtn. Subir Dutta announced that RCCM would be paying for all the corrective surgeries and callipers related to polio survivors. On the second day, of the camp, PE Rtn. Subir Dutta, Primary Project Contact PP Rtn. Dr. Naresh Goyal, Third Project Contact PN Rtn. Lalit Beriwala and Rtn. Dr. V. K. Nevatia visited the hospital. PP Rtn.Jayanta Chatterji also visited the camp. A total of 99 polio corrective surgeries were carries out during the camp.

5. TRF Cadre AG Rtn. Sunil Rajput came on an official visit to monitor and audit our Global Grant project # 14-11658 from March 24 to 26, .2016. Mr Sunil Rajput’s first meeting with the Project Committee members and club officials to review and audit the progress of the project under GG# 14-11658 on was on March 24, 2016. PE Rtn. Subir Dutta, PP Rtn. Dr Naresh Goyal, Primary Project contact, PP Rtn. Maitrayee Ray, Project Committee member and CRFC PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji participated in the project meeting .On March 25, 2016, Mr Rajput visited Mahavir Seva Sadan and met the beneficiaries. PE Rtn. Subir Dutta, PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji, PP Rtn. Dr Naresh Goyal and Rtn Dr V K Nevatia attended and accompanied Rtn Rajput to MSS. On March 26, 2016, Mr. Rajput visited Lions North Calcutta Hospital and Medical Centre, where major surgeries were conducted in February-2016 and met the beneficiaries and verified the records related to the patients. PE Rtn. Subir Dutta, PP Rtn. Dr Naresh Goyal, PP Rtn. Maitrayee Ray, IPP Rtn. Sashi Dhacholia, Rtn V K Nevatia and Rtn Dr Manoj Agarwal participated. The brief update on GG# 14-11658 on Polio Corrective Surgeries are as under:-
• 100 surgeries have been done so far.
• 344 calipers have been given to the patients so far.
• 36 tricycles and 4 wheel chairs have been given.

6. An Organic Farming Training Project which will include about 100 farmers from three villages namely Gourdaha, Piyali and Begumpur and also students and staff members of PLC has been launched. Community members of Piyali Junction will have access to vocation based training and requisite literacy on Organic Farming and Soil Health to ultimately benefit the community and augment their own earnings. This training will support the farmers and their families with safe nutritious produce and better income and add long term additives for conservation of soil health. Maple Orgtech India Ltd, who supported our Barasat Organic Farming, is the technology provider. They will be providing the Effective Microorganism Technology to the farmers and the associated PLC students and staff members and the Interact Club members. PLC organic farming area will be used not only as the main demonstrating organic agricultural plot but also as a continuous vegetable producing area throughout the year. The Vocational Training Project will continue to cover class room trainings as well as field trainings over three to four complete agricultural seasons in the respective villages and will be completed by December 31, 2017.

7. Under the 3H# 09-66532 Mr. Bhola Naskar and Mrs. Laxmi Mondal were treated for problems related to ear discharge, hole in the eardrum and loss of hearing. Corrective surgeries were performed to treat the disorders by Rtn. Dr. Manoj Agarwal at Health Point Nursing Home. Mr. Gaur Chandra Mondal had age related hearing loss and was given hearing aids for both the ears after diagnosis by Rtn. Dr. Manoj Agarwal.

VOCATIONAL SERVICES

1. On July 26, 2015 seventy five successful Secondary and Higher Secondary students of the Calcutta Blind School , Behala, were given scholarship in the form of books ,study materials etc to cover their complete future needs for next two years. Rotary Club Calcutta Metropolitan sponsored the project as the principal contributing organization while RC Calcutta South City Tower co-sponsored the project. On behalf of RC Calcutta Metropolitan PP Rtn. Bimal Pal was present. From RC Calcutta South City Tower a large group was present led by their president Rtn. Rajesh Gupta and IPP Rtn. Sultan. Eminent educationist Sri Sunanda Sanyal graced the occasion as chief guest and many other dignitaries were present to encourage the noble gesture.

2. The Annual Visit by the PACE Universal team began with the team attending the PLC Annual Cultural Programme on January 5, 2016. DGE Rtn. Shyamashree Sen was the Chief Guest and visited the school along with her spouse Rtn. Sunand Sen and daughter. Also present on the occasion were, District Secretary Admin. Elect PP Rtn. Subhojit Roy and PDG Rtn. Vijay Bhandari. After a colourful welcome by the junior school students of PLC through a recital based on recognition of Alphabets, the two able MCs took over to conduct the whole programme bilingually in English and Bengali. PLC President PP Rtn. Dr. Neeraja Rateria welcomed all present and introduced the visitors briefly to the audience present. The theme of the programme put up by the students was Love — love for our country, love for our families and love for ourselves. The students gave their own interpretation to “Mile sur mera tumhara” through a performance that depicted national integration and love for our country. This was followed a depiction on the day to day lives of the community which portrayed the love for our families. The next act traced the progression of a current PLC student and as they see themselves in the future, which reflected the true aspirations of the students and their love for themselves. The final act was a skit that students performed as a tribute to their teachers. Each of the acts was emotionally moving and drew standing ovation from the audience. After the completion of the cultural programme, Pace Universal Chair PDG Rtn. Sally Adelblue, in an emotional speech, reflected upon the journey of PLC and thanked RCCM for their support and guidance. The Chief Guest Rtn. Shyamashree Sen was so moved by the presentation that she decided to do away with her prepared speech and spoke from the heart as to how visits to PLC reinstate her faith in the Rotary Movement. RCCM President Rtn. Maitrayee Ghosh gave a befitting Vote of Thanks. A palm tree “Tree of Faith” was dedicated to RCCM by Pace Universal President Emeritus PDG Rtn. Deepa Willingham in the presence of several RCCM members. RCCM PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji and Ann Arundhati Chatterjee dedicated the Director’s Room and named it after Ms. Kristine Pedersen to recognize her tireless efforts for PLC over the years. In another surprise, Pace Universal in acknowledgement of the tireless efforts and unstinted support to PLC, dedicated the Computer Laboratory and Library Room to RCCM PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji and Ann Arundhati Chatterjee.

3. On January 30, 2016, to celebrate the Vocational Month, RCCM presented Dr. Vece Paes with the Vocational Excellence Award for his contribution to the world of Sports and Sports Medicine. PP Rtn. Utpal Chatterjee introduced Dr. Vece Paes and the award was handed over by PP Rtn. Sohanraj Singhvi. Dr. Vece Paes in his speech spoke about his experience as a consultant of Sports Medicine and various other related subjects. He spoke about his son Leander Paes’ journey from childhood to becoming one of the greatest tennis players globally.

YOUTH SERVICES

1. In August 2015, for a period of 10 days PLC forged a new partnership with Peacework and Ohio State University’s Global Health Initiative students. Sam Downing, Sierra Downing, Maria Guerrero, Stephanie Matura, Annie Philabaum, Julia Wiedermann, and Mai Nguyen kept the school and the community abuzz with activity. The tasks at hand: (1) conduct water surveys throughout Piyali (2) lead life skill seminars about puberty/adolescence for PLC students and (3) lead seminars with the ALP women and teachers about health and hygiene, women’s health issues and first aid. More than completing these objectives, the team immersed themselves in the PLC and Piyali communities and the impact has been tremendous. We hope that in the future many Peacework/OSU groups will come to work with us in Piyali to transform lives both within and beyond the walls of PLC.

2. “PRELUDE” the 9th Installation Ceremony of Rotaract Club of Calcutta Metropolitan was held on August 16, 2015 at Lions Children Park, Deshapriya Park, Kolkata. Outgoing President Rtr. Pradip Dutta handed over the baton to the incoming President Rtr. Snigdha Das and her team for the year 2015-2016. DGE Rtn. Shyamashree Sen was the Chief Guest on the occasion. She emphasized on the need to develop flexible leadership skills. RCCM President Rtn. Maitrayee Ghosh thanked the Rotaractors for the wonderful work done and expressed the hope that President Rtr. Snigdha Das and her team will take the movement forward. She also extended her full support on behalf of the parent Rotary Club. The presentations by the Rotaractors on the work done in the last year and planned activities for the current year were excellent. President Pradip Dutta for 2014-2015 has done an excellent job in reviving the Rotaract Club, and was suitably rewarded by the Rotary International. PP Rtn. Ashif Shah, District Rotaract Committee Chair (DRCC) and Rtr. Sarajit Mohajan, District Rotaract Representative (DRR) were also present and spoke about the Rotaract Movement and its goals for the current year particularly with an emphasis on the Cancer Project. RCCM was represented by President Rtn. Maitrayee Ghosh, IPP Rtn. Sashi Dhacholia, PE Rtn. Subir Dutta, PP Rtn. Bimal Pal and Rtn. Gopa Gupta.

3. The members of Rotaract Club of Calcutta Metropolitan celebrated Teachers’ Day with some teachers, who were never conventional teachers but have nurtured and helped in the blossoming of many youngsters, thereby contributing much to society. This day began by paying homage to two great teachers of our times, Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan and Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. The event was presided over by Mr. Gazi , Mr Pranatosh Bandhopadhay and Mrs. Rekha Banerjee. RCCM President Rtn Maitrayee Ghosh, Spouse Debabrata and PP Rtn Bimal Pal attended the event.

4. On November 20, 2015 the Interact Club of Piyali Learning Centre was chartered. Presided over by Interact Coordinator Jayeeta Chatterjee, the ceremony began with Chief Guest PDG Rtn. Siddartha Sadhan Bose, RCCM President Rtn. Maitrayee Ghosh, PLC President Rtn. Dr. Neeraja Rateria, PLC Director Kristine Pedersen and PLC’s longest-standing employee Shanti Tigga lighting the ceremonial lamp. The members of PLC’s Interact Club filled the hall with a sonorous rendering of the ever popular Rabindra Sangeet Aguner Parasmani. The ceremony featured a presentation by PLC student Mili Sil and speeches by US volunteers Cliff Williams and Garrett Pond. The Chief Guest handed over of the charter, gavel and collar to Interact Club of PLC President Srabanti Pramanick. The programme re-affirmed that PLC has come a long way and the students look forward to achieving much more. The girls pledged to learn to be good leaders in their homes, in Piyali and in the country. They launched their Interact Club with a bang by collecting money for the victims of the Nepal Earthquake, as their first project.

5. Rotaract Birth Anniversary, which is on March 13, is celebrated for a week. On March 7, 2016, Rotaract Club of Calcutta Metropolitan in association with District 3291 and sponsored by Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan organised RADIONICS , a talk on ‘Radio and its Power’ by RJ Trainer Arnabi. Many Rotaractors attended the event. On March 8, 2016, Rotaractors visited Child Care Home, Chingrighata and spent meaningful time with the children. On International Women’s Day ie March 10, 2016, they gifted each of the grandmothers of Apon Ghar, Behala with water bottles for daily use. On March 11, 2016, a Professional Development event, a talk by PE Rtn. Subir Dutta on Self Audit was a huge success. The week was spent well with excitement and plans for the next World Rotaract Week 2017.

 

2014-15 29th YEAR “LIGHT UP ROTARY”

2014-15 29th YEAR “LIGHT UP ROTARY”

2014 – 2015 29 th YEAR LIGHT UP ROTARY
President – SASHI DHACHOLIA   Hony. Secretary – LALIT BERIWALA
CLUB SERVICES

1. Distributed medical utilities and other items of daily need at Prabartak Sangha Home, Salt Lake, Kolkata, a shelter for abandoned mentally challenged boys and girls jointly with the Rotary E-Club of RI District 3291.

2. Continuing project for “Leg for Legless” under MG # 77339 since inception of the club with Mahavir Seva Sadan under the program “Goodbye Crutches” for distributing free artificial limbs, callipers, scholarships to physically challenged persons, Molded/Surgical shoes etc under various matching grants and well supported by the club, International partners and Rotary Foundation. We have so far distributed more than 24,000 these artificial needs.

3. Initiated the execution of Global Grant project for Rehabilitation of Post Polio Survivors.

4. Kolkata Haat Exhibition, a regular fund raising project, to support various charity projects of our club in association with the Inner Wheel Club of Calcutta Metropolitan.

5. Actively participating in Polio Eradication program both under NID and SNID.

6. “Sarad Parikarma”, the annual trip for senior citizens to various Puja Pandals followed by a sumptuous lunch for them, which brings smile and happiness on their faces.

7. Hosted World Heart Day, a RI District-3291 program on 29th September 2014.

8. Provided two toilets at a school for Help Us Help Them at Mallickpur, 24 Parganas jointly with the Inner Wheel Club of Calcutta Metropolitan.

9. Provided 2 advanced Hearing Aids to a child.

10. Conduct regular IOL surgeries under grants received from various Charitable Trusts at Health Point Nursing Home.

11. Providing two toilets at a remote village at Sundarban jointly with the Inner Wheel Club of Calcutta Metropolitan.

12. Conducted 2 Mega Health Camps at Piyali under 3-H grant for approx 360 patients.

13. Provided two toilets with water tank at B G Palace (Chhota taraf), P O:SEarsole, Raniganj.

COMMUNITY SERVICES

1. Inducted 2 new members.

2. Held joint meetings with Rotary E-Club of RI District 3291, RC of Calcutta, RC of Calcutta Mayfair and Rotaractors.

3. Participated in various District programs.

4. Organized fellowships with E-Club, organized Pre-Diwali meet, organized fellowship with PDG Rtn. Deepa Willingham and team from Pace Universal, USA, organized Movie Mania and club picnic.

5. Eminent Guest Speakers in RWM like PDG Rtn. Debasish Mitra, Mr. Sumit Mukherjee (Sports Editor – Times of India), CA Mr. Nirupam Haldar, CA Rtn. Dr. Debasish Mitra, Mr. Utpal Sinha (Ex Traffic Manager – Kolkata Port Trust), Dr. Helgo Meyer Hamme (NGO) from Germany, PDG Rtn. A. K. M. Shamsul Huda from Bangladesh, Ms. Malabika Bhattacharya (Education), PDG Rtn. Ravi Sehgal (Rotary Foundation), Ms. Mukti Gupta (NGO), Dr. Ranjan Ray Chowdhury, PP Rtn. Nadine Homann – RI Dist 7230, Mr. Biplab Ganguli (HR and Corporate Communications), Mr. Subhas Mohanti (Journalist-ET), PP Rtn. James Lewis – RI Dist 5240, Ms. Sudeshna Roy, Mr. Suhrid Sankar Chattopadhyay and others.

6. Brought out a Souvenir to collect funds worth more than Rs.4.78 lakhs to fund various club projects.

7. Celebrated both Independence Day and Republic Day at Mahavir Seva Sadan under Leg for Legless project.

8. Held Annual Picnic at farmhouse with RWM.

9. Annual Movie Mania held with Rotary Club of Calcutta Mayfair.

10. Celebrated 30th Charter Night along with fellowship.

VOCATIONAL SERVICES

1. Hosted District Level Literacy Seminar Level-II.

2. Provided Vocational Excellence Awards to 6 outstanding personalities for their contributions in the fields of sports, arts, social serviced and academics. They were Mr. Joydeep Karmakar (Shooter), Ms. Soma Das (Painter), Mr. Tuhin Ganguly (Social worker), Mr. Vinayak Lohani (Social worker), Prof. Dr. Sibaji Raha (Academics) and Prof. Dr. Anuradha Lohia (Academics). DG Rtn. Pinaki Prasad Ghosh graced the occasion.

3. Provided merit scholarships to deserving children from BPL families in association with Devine Destination at Behala Blind School.

4. Provided School Fees to a student.

YOUTH SERVICES

1. Distributed merit scholarship to students from BPL families at Calcutta Blind School, Behala in association with Divine Destination.

2. Organised installation of Rotaract Club of Calcutta Metropolitan.

3. Celebrated Independence Day at Piyali Learning Centre by hoisting of the flag followed by cultural program by the school girls.

4. Provided uniforms to the girls of Piyali Learning Centre.

5. Organised jointly an awareness program on Global warming with Rotaract Club at IIM-Joka on Children Day.

6. Participated in Scienceomania organised by the Rotaractors on Children Day with various games and science related discoveries.

7. Colourful cultural program and 2nd Annual Athletic meet at Piyali Learning Centre in presence of PDG Rtn. Deepa Willingham and Pace Universal team from USA.

INTERNATIONAL SERVICES

1. Provided a specially designed School bus with Hydraulic Lift to Akshar School for physically challenged students under MG# 79629 in partnership with Rotary E-Club of District 3291, RC Moorpark, RC Simi Sunrise and Districts 7890 and 9810.

2. Provided an Elevator manufactured by OTIS to Akshar School under MG#79350 for physically challenged students.

3. Launched Library & Science Laboratory and After School Enrichment (ASE) projects under MG# 78922 and 74996 at Piyali Learning Centre by DGN Rtn. Shyamashree Sen with partners club Rotary E-Club-3291 and RC of Victoria.

4. Launched Organic Farming project under GG#1418186, with Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks, District-5240 (USA) in association with the Rotary Club of Calcutta Magnum and Rotary Club of Calcutta South East at Duttapukar area of North 24 Parganas.

5. Visit by Rtn. Dr. Irina Francken of Rotary Club of Singapore.

6. Visit to various rotary clubs in USA by PPs Rtn. Sohanraj Singhvi and Rtn. Subha Pal.

7. Donation of Van for the Boys and Girls Club in Moorpark in partnership with RC Moorpark and Inner Wheel of Calcutta Metropolitan.

8. Visit of Rotarians from Rotary Club of Singapore, our Sister Club.

9. Visit by Rtn. Dr. Data Magfur from Rotary Club of Metropolitan Dhaka, our Sister Club.

10. Under “Gift of Life” and MG#74867, two child heart surgeries were conducted on a boy and a girl from Nigeria.

11. Handed over Mobile Medical unit cum Ambulance under 3H Grant # 66532 worth Rs.23 lakhs to Shree Shree Ramkrishna Seva Samiti, a local NGO operating at Piyali.

12. Visit by PP Rtn. Nadine Homman from Rotary Club of Metro New York City – RI D7230.

13. Visit by PDG Rtn. Deepa Willingham and Pace Universal team both from USA.

14. Visit by PP Rtn. Vicki Arndt from Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks, USA, RI D-5240.

15. Visit by Rtn. Krishna Dasgupta from Rotary Club of Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, RI D-7910.

16. Visiting Rotarians from Districts 6890, 7030, 7730 and 7790 led by PDG Nancy Barbee, USA.

17. Visit by PP Rtn. James Lewis of Rotary Club of Moorpark, RI D-5240, USA to Akshar School, Piyali Learning Centre and Mahavir Seva Sadan.

18. Official launch of GG # 1419632 project named Give Deafness a Voice at Rotary Sahas Ear Institute at Durgapur.

19. Official launch of GG # 1411658 project at MSS for Polio Corrective Surgeries to be conducted at Shri Vishnuddhanand Saraswati Marwari Hospital.

20. Under GG # 1411658 an outreach camp was organized at Dalkhola.

21. Under 3H Grant 09-55632, two Mega Health Camp were held on 27.2.2015 and 21.6.2015 at Piyali in collaboration with Sri Ramkrishna Seva Samity. The team of doctors consisting of Rotarians PP Rtn. Dr. Neeraja Rateria (Eye specialist), Rtn. Dr. V. K. Nevetia (Orthodepic) and Rtn. Dr. Manoj Agarwal (ENT specialist) and other doctors as Child specialist, General Physician, Child specialist and Gynocoligst.

22. Visit by Ms. Jennifer Berg, TRF Grant Officer who visited Piyali Learning Centre and Mahavir Seva Sadan.

23. Hosted the District Seminar on Rotary Foundation.

 

2013-14 28th YEAR ” ENGAGE ROTARY CHANGE LIVES “

2013-14 28th YEAR ” ENGAGE ROTARY CHANGE LIVES “

2012-2013 27th Year ” PEACE THROUGH SERVICE “

2012-2013 27th Year ” PEACE THROUGH SERVICE “

2013 – 2014 28 th YEAR ENGAGE ROTARY CHANGE LIVES
President – BIMAL PAL   Hony. Secretary – SUBIR DUTTA
CLUB SERVICES
  • We celebrated Independence Day at Mahavir Seva Sadan on 15.8.2013. After having South Indian breakfast, the ceremony started with the Flag hoisting by DG Rtn. Rajani Mukherji and First Lady Billari-boudi along with District officials, members of RCCM, Mahavir Seva Sadan and other guests. In his speech DG Rtn. Rajani Mukherji spoke about the importance the two institutions i.e. RCCM and MSS, who together carried out the Leg for Legless project for more than 27 years. This was a unique example to others. He was looking forward to this occasion as it was his first visit to Mahavir Seva Sadan and he was highly impressed with the free services provided to the physically challenged and needy etc. As usual Scholarships were provided to physically challenged students and MSS demonstrated few examples how beneficiaries were benefited after artificial limbs and calipers were provided and how they led a normal life.
  • The 6th edition of the Kolkata Haat was inaugurated on Tuesday, 17th September 2013 at the Ice Skating Rink at 10.45 a.m. by noted singer Mrs. Usha Utthup and the District Chairperson for the Inner Wheel – Mrs. Chandrika Banerjee. The exhibition ran till 19th September 2013. 70 plus stalls from all over India participated in the exhibition and displayed their commodities. Beating the recent trend in city exhibitions, the 3-day event attracted a heavy footfall of people. Besides selling stall for commercial interest, the exhibition all provided free stalls to various NGOs and other social organizations.
  • Our club celebrated the Nation’s 65th Republic Day along with Mahavir Seva Sadan at their premises. The programme started with the unfurling of the National flag followed by the National Anthem. All the dignitaries after their brief introduction were welcomed on head table. MSS Chairman Shri. J.S.Mehta conducted the programme. IPDG Rtn. Uttam Ganguli was the Chief Guest and Mr. Pradip Chopra, Head of iLead was the Guest of Honour for the occasion.In his speech, IPDG Rtn. Uttam Ganguli appreciated the joint efforts of RCCM and MSS in serving those people with physical handicaps. He hoped That both the organizations would continue to serve humanity in the years to come and greater numbers of beneficiaries would benefit from their combined initiative. He emphasized on the need for the two organizations to work together as a team. Some beneficiaries under this project were showcased and scholarship grants to deserving candidates were distributed.
COMMUNITY SERVICES – MEDICAL
  • RCCM embarked upon its 28th Rotary Year on 1.7.2013 by holding a Free Health Check-up Camp at Rabindra Sarobar in front of Calcutta Rowing Club jointly with Rotary Club of Calcutta Victoria and in association with South Kolkata Medical Association from 7.00 a.m. The camp was organized for the morning walkers of Rabindra Sarobar. The check-up included General Check up, Blood Sugar Test (Fasting/Random), ECG and consultant with eminent physicians and cardiologists. As part of the inauguration, the Presidents of RCCM and RCCV, Rtn. Bimal Pal and Rtn. B. K. Agarwal respectively, addressed the gathering. A large number of people participated in the above camp and the response was overwhelming. District Governor Rtn. Rajani Mukerji along with Ann Ballari-boudi, District Secretary Administration Rtn. Prabir Chatterjee and a host of other District Officials visited the camp despite their busy schedule being the first day of a new Rotary Year. PDG Rtn. Nayantara Palchoudhuri also visited the camp.
  • On the occasion of World Heart Day, RCCM participated as the Lead Club in the District Health Camp organized at the Rotary Sadan. Each participating Club received 10 free cards to attend the program. The cost of sponsorship was Rs. 10,000/-. A large number of Rotarians registered to take benefit of the health camp.
  • A Knee and Spine Check-up Camp in Kolkata in association with the Krishna Shalby Hospital Ahmedabad was held on Sunday, 10th November 2013 with RC Calcutta Metropolitan, RC Victoria, RC Mid-Town, IWC Calcutta Metropolitan and IWC Mid-Town as co-sponsors and in association with Shree Calcutta Gujarati Samaj at the Valia Hall of the Bhowanipore Gujrati Education Society between 9.30 am and 1.30 pm. RCCM would have to contribute Rs. 4,000/- towards the program. More than 100 patients had enrolled for the camp.
COMMUNITY SERVICES – NON MEDICAL
  • PE Rtn. Sashi Dhacholia represented RCCM at the District Polio Orientation & Planning meet held on 11.8.2013 at Rotary Sadan.
  • RCCM repeated its regular promotion activities on the N.I.D. in the 14 booths of Ward 116 and 117 throughout the rotary year. R.I. promotion materials were distributed in all booths to the children who visited for regular immunisation. Health Dept workers put in their tireless effort during each of the NID days and three days thereafter visiting homes of all the residents in these wards and administering the ‘two drops’ to the needy children of ages below 5 yrs,  besides maintaining a meticulous record of the total activity. We on our part provide them with mid-day meal snacks for which they are highly dependent on us and grateful.
  • On Sunday, 15th September 2013, seven members of our Club (RCCM) visited Borjora, Durgapur to participate in the conclusion of a seven-day long (9th to 15th September 2013) Artificial Limbs camp held there in association with RC Durgapur Steel City (RCDSC) and Speech And Hearing Action Society, Durgapur (SAHAS), with Mahavir Seva Sadan (MSS) as the project implementation partner.  The visiting members were: PP Rtn. Sohan Raj Singhvi, PP Rtn. Maitrayee Ray, PP Rtn. Dr. Anjan Kr. Das, PP Rtn. Dr. Neeraja Rateria, PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji, PE Rtn. Sashi Dhacholia and Hony. Secretary Rtn. Subir Dutta.The operations at Borjora were carried out as a part of Rotary International’s Matching Grants project # 77399 (Grant Budget for the project is Rs.29,88,750 – equivalent to US$ 59,775) being implemented by our Club (RCCM) as the lead Club, with RC Calcutta Maidan as co-host Club.  RC Lake Elsinore, USA and RC Pasir Gudang, Malaysia are our international partner Clubs.  DDF funds for the project had been received from RI Districts 3291, 5330 and 7890.
  • On Friday 11th October 2013, the Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan organized “Sharad Parikrama” the annual trip for the residents of Shanti Nivas – Barisha. This year, in addition, the residents of Nabanir – Tollygunge were also added to the program. As usual the residents were taken on a tour of various Puja Pandals in South Kolkata and were accompanied by members of Divine Destination. Members of RCCM were present to receive them at various Pandals in South Kolkata. It was a memorable experience to watch the happiness and smile on the faces of the residents of  Shanti Nivas and Nabanir for whom such occasions are few and far in between, away from their loved ones. Members of RCCM met the residents of Shanti Niwas and Nabanir at the Samaj Sebi Puja Pandal. After a tour of the Pandals, everyone met at Mohan’s Clinic for lunch hosted by PP Rtn. Dr. Binod Binaykia and Ann Dr. Anjula Binaykia. Other members of RCCM also joined the lunch which had a unique blend of social service and fellowship.
  • On 19th January ‘2014 (Sunday) the annual Excursion and Picnic of AHEAD was celebrated at PP Rtn. Dr. Binod Binaykia’s garden house at Thakurpukur. The atmosphere of entire farm house area was converted in to a human floral show in presence of seventy mentally challenged and autistic children of Ahead, their parents (ninety five heads), and thirty five teachers and some eminent guests. The whole day was full of fun and joy in real terms and was truly made enjoyable in grand way by the students and teachers by performing music, dance, chorus, games and other form of entertainment by expressing their talents.
  • On 19th January 2014 an outreach limbs camp to identify potential beneficiaries was arranged by RCCM along with MSS at Hansabad. It was discussed that a separate camp would be arranged there to provide artificial limbs and callipers to potential beneficiaries.
  • The President briefed the members about the Sundarban trip along with Devine Destination to donate free blankets on 19th January 2014. The President thanked PP Rtn. Dr. Neeraja Rateria for arranging blankets and PP Rtn. Rajkumar Poddar for going there. PP Rtn. Rajkumar Poddar gave a detailed report.
  • On Nov 1, 2007 the United Nations called for one day each year to be designated as “World Autism Awareness Day ” and the first such day was observed on April 2, 2008.  “We have to do more”- believing this, and that “Our life is not the Label”, AHEAD organized a walk to observe the Seventh Annual World Autism Awareness Day and Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan sponsored and supported the event with the aim of rising awareness about a disorder affecting millions of individuals around the world at their developmental age and about seriousness of Autism and the need for early intervention to help more children.Eminent film personality and Brand Ambassador of AHEAD, Sri. Soumitra Chatterjee was the Chief Guest of the inaugural function who made hearty remarks about importance of awareness of the Autism. President Rtn. Bimal Pal spoke on Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan’s associative relation with AHEAD in their various developmental projects for the cause of humanity. Ms. Ranu Ganguly-Manager Allahabad Bank assured all possible support from the bank and Dr. A. Banerjee Chowdhury- President of AHEAD presided over the program and spoke on AHEAD’s role in educating Autistic children  and thanked to all teachers, parents for their continuing support and thanked all donors and all concerned helping AHEAD. Sri. Soumitra Chatterrjee then flagged off to commence the Walk for Autism Awareness. All the students, their parents, many local residents participated in the walk.  After the walk the students of AHEAD participated in a program arranged by the State Government at “Sisir Mancha” and the Autistic children of AHEAD performed a cultural show on the theme of “Autism” at their BEST.
  • The RCCM sponsored movie Flows Uneven based on the life of Dr. Ashesh Banerjee Chowdhury of AHEAD was formally launched on Friday, 18th April 2014 at 5.30 pm at AHEAD with AHEAD Brand Ambassador Mr. Soumitra Chatterjee as the Chief Guest.
INTERNATIONAL SERVICES
  • A delegation of U.S.  Rotarians led by IPDG Rtn. Dr. Sylvia Whitlock visited Mahavir Seva Sadan (MSS) on 8th  September, 2013 at 11.00 am to attend a limb workshop organised by RCCM in association with MSS to dedicate artificial limbs worth Rs 62, 000 donated by our international partner PP Rtn. Nadine Homman. The workshop was dedicated in the name of “Maria and Jochem Homman”, Nadine’s parents.
  • On Friday, 20th September 2013 a delegation of Metropolitans let by President Rtn. Bimal Pal met a delegation from our Sister Club the Rotary Club of Singapore on short notice at the Hotel Hindustan International. During the meeting RCCM provided feedback on the projects where RC Singapore was a project partner.  Besides both the Clubs expressed their willingness to participate in each other’s forthcoming Global Grant Projects. During the meeting the existing Sister Club agreement between the two Clubs was renewed for another 2 years.  On behalf of RCCM, besides the President, Hony. Secretary Rtn. Subir Dutta, CRFC PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji, PP Rtn. Sohanraj Singhvi involved in the MG # 77339 for limbs project with MSS, PP Rtn. Dr. Naresh Goyal involved with the District Heart Surgery Project and PP Rtn. Neeraja Rateria – Primary Contact for the MG # 74867 for heart surgeries for Nigerian kids attended the meeting since RC Singapore is a partner Club in all these projects.
  • The President welcomed the Goodwill Delegation from the Rotary Club of Calcutta led by Rtn. Sujata Pyne, Rtn. Purnendu Roy Chowdhury, Rtn. Subrata Dey and Rtn. Santanu Deb Mookerjea to the meeting. Rtn. Sujata Pyne leader of the Goodwill Delegation from the Rotary Club of Calcutta addresses the members and conveyed the greetings from the President and members of Rotary Club of Calcutta. She expressed her happiness that such a visit could be arranged on short notice. She also invited Metropolitans to visit Rotary Club of Calcutta. She exchanged Club Flags and Club Bulletins with the RCCM President Rtn. Bimal Pal.
  • In a unique initiative, RCCM hosted a delegation from Rotary Club of Metropolitan Dhaka, RID 3281 lead by their President, Rtn. Ferdous Ahmed. The delegation consisted of 13 members and 5 Anns and included the Club Secretary & President Elect, Vice President, their Centennial District Governor, Club Treasurer, Joint Secretary, Chairman – Service Projects, Chairman – Rotary Foundation, Chairman – Strategic Planning, Chairman – Rotary SEED Award and most of their Board of Directors.Both sides retraced their history back to the long association that existed between the two Clubs and how they had participated together in a joint project Anandodhara in India and Bangladesh. In order to re-strengthen the ties, both Clubs renewed the Sister Club Agreement between the two Clubs for the RYs 2013-14 and 2014-15. The agreement was duly signed by the Presidents of both the Clubs and witnessed by the Hony. Secretaries of the respective Clubs.
  • The morning of 23rd February, 2014 brought in new visitors, nay admirers, to the Club’s flagship LEG FOR LEGLESS project in partnership of Mahavir Seva Sadan.  Only a year ago PP Nadine Homman of RC New York Metropolitan had visited this project site with her spouse Tarun Mehta and parents Maria and Jochem Homman. They were so impressed with what they saw, that they sent a donation of $1200 for providing artificial limbs to the beneficiaries no sooner as they returned home from India. A dedicated workshop was held on 6th September, 2013 to distribute artificial limbs to the needy. Nadine and Tarun visited Mahavir Seva Sadan again in January this year and donated a further sum of $3,000 for holding a workshop dedicated to her parents and her 85 year old relative Ms. Eleanor Ambos who had sent a donation of $ 500 with Nadine in appreciation of the humanitarian work being done here.This dedicated workshop, held at Mahavir Seva Sadan, was attended by Nadine’s husband Tarun Mehta along with his parents, sister Jyoti and brother-in-law Sudipt. PDG Rtn. Diana White of District 7020 (USA) also attended the workshop with her spouse PP Rtn. Roger White and friend Ms. Linda Beringer. All the visitors were spellbound seeing the wonderful facilities available at the Clinic, not to speak of the professional yet humanitarian manner the less fortunate children of God was being served.
  • On 25th of February 2014, PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji visited Akshar School with PDG Diana White and her companions from California, PP Roger White and Ms. Linda Beringer. An immensely appreciative group, the Rotarians expressed keen interest in the concept of Integration and how in Akshar, mainstream children study and work together with differently-abled children. The group was taken around the school, where they interacted warmly with the students and staff members of the institution. The guests spoke at length with the school principal Mrs. K Khullar and she explained how integration is an integral part of the school. Ms. Neena Singh, the Executive Director of the school explained how the school believes in providing equal opportunities to all the students who study at Akshar.
  • “What was an idealistic comment during my election campaign has finally materialized”, reminisced Honourable State Finance & Industries Minister Dr. Amit Mitra. A dream that will serve a 10,00,000 strong community of inhabitants of Khardah, Rahara and Panihati. He further added, “This would be one of the first Public – Private initiatives without government support, towards providing modern healthcare facilities to the underprivileged communities in Bengal at government rates.”Comments as these were galore during the inauguration ceremony of the Khardah Rotary Diagnostic Centre at Khardah established by the Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan along with Kharda Jana Kalyan Rog Nirmoy Kendra under Rotary Foundation MG # 76514. This Rs. 39,09,969 project finally came to a close after a delayed start and one that encountered several obstacles. The fitting finale was witnessed by more than 300 local residents and eminent personalities.Besides a host of Rotarians from Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan, Rotary Club of Calcutta Maidan and Rotary E-Club of District 3291, Honourable Member of Parliament Professor Saugata Ray, Ms. Chandrima Bhattacharya – Honourable Minister of State for Health and Law (Independent Charge) of Govt. of West Bengal, Mr. Jyotipriyo Mullick – Honourable Minister for Food and Civil Supplies of Govt. of West Bengal and Mr. Nirmal Ghosh – MLA from Panihati attended the ceremony that was compared by the Honourable State Finance & Industries Minister Dr. Amit Mitra. In addition, Mr. Tapash Pal – Chairman, Khardah Municipality, Mr. Swapan Ghosh – Chairman, Panihati Municipality, Mr. Kajal Sinha – eminent Social Worker, Mr. Subhash Chakraborty – Councillor Panihati Municipality and Mr. Sukur Ali – Co-Chairman, Panchayat Samity, Barrackpore Block -2 were present.Such was the euphoria and initial impression that Zenith Hospital declared that patients referred by the Khardah Rotary Diagnostic Centre would be provided CT Scan and MRI services at government rates at their hospital. Shankar Eye Hospital offered free OPD treatment and other tests at government rates. Balaram Hospital offered that patients referred by Khardah Rotary Diagnostic Centre could avail of all facilities not provided by the Centre at their hospital at government rates.The Khardah Rotary Diagnostic Centre currently provides state of the art USG, ECG, Digital X-ray, Blood collection, Pathological services and a poly clinic as on date.
  • On Sunday, the 9th March 2014, we visited Naihati for Leg for Legless camp in collaboration with Mahavir Seva Sadan organized by Naihati Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Society which is under MG project # 77339.  The beneficiaries consisting of 100 persons, were provided with artificial legs, callipers and others appliances. This is a regular feature at Naihati and more important that awareness for these kinds of camps is far reaching as people are coming from far flung remote area. One young girl came all the way from the Murshidabad as she heard from others about such camp.
  • A Sister Club Agreement  between Rotary Club of Pasir Gudang, R. I. District 3310 and RCCM was signed. President Elect Rtn. Chew Kian Wee and PP Rtn. Dr. Jagendra Singh Sandhu, signed on behalf of Rotary Club of Pasir Gudang and President Rtn. Bimal Pal and President Elect Rtn. Sashi Dhacholia signed on behalf of RCCM.

 

VOCATIONAL SERVICES
  • October being the Vocational Service Month of Rotary, as in the past RCCM recognized the services of three outstanding personalities towards their vocations and awarded them with the Vocational Service Awards for RY 2013-14. PP Rtn. Sohanraj Singhvi handed over the Vocational Service Award to Ms. Sharbari Dutta. PP Rtn. Bhuban Basu handed over the Vocational Service Award to Mr. Sukumar Samajpati. PP Rtn. Rajkumar Poddar handed over the Vocational Service Award to Dr. Indrajit Roy.

 

NEW GENERATION SERVICES
  • On Friday, July 12th, the PLC students of Classes VII-X took a trip unlike any other they’ve taken thus far. Each student was given 30/- for the day and the first purchase was a train ticket from Piyali Station to New Garia. New Garia is where the real adventure began. The girls bought their tokens and transferred to the metro. For most, not only was riding the metro a first, the prerequisite of inserting the token and then hoping onto and off of the escalator was new, as well. As the metro glided along, the girls unanimously declared it far superior to the train. Finally, arriving at Rabindra Sarobar the girls and the teachers walked along the lake, enjoyed the sights and eventually ended up at Safari Park where a photographer and reporter from The Telegraph greeted them. As the students swung high and climbed up the jungle gym, the reporter spoke with the girls who were having a day ordinary in the eyes of most, but extraordinary in their own.The students were sent home by Tata Sumos, but the day was not quite finished. Mr. Mukherjee, CEO of the Bengal Rowing Club, caught wind of the excursion and invited all of the teachers to his club for dinner. He personally gave us a tour, then escorted us to our table were waiters waited with roses. Thoroughly stuffed, without room for even a spoonful of ice cream, the day was finally done.
  • Like previous years Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan pledged and sponsored Scholarship and Awards to students from below poverty level, who passed Secondary and Higher Secondary in 2013 and who fulfilled the Eligibility Criteria of Minimum 70% marks. The program was coordinated and organized by Divine Destination –a social organization working in alliance with RCCM for last several years in this vision to promote higher education. More than 70 students were given awards, books and their academic needs. Inner Wheel Club of Calcutta Metropolitan also supported the program. The deserving candidates were identified through Media, TV and press and also through recommendation of other organizations.
  • Singing, dancing and performing a drama…it’s not an uncommon scene when the occasion for celebration arises at PLC. But August 15th, 2013 was a little different. It was Independence Day, and just as the teachers and students have done for the past decade, PLC celebrated…but again, this August 15th was a little different. Celebrating Independence Day at PLC’s new campus for the first time, guests included Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike. The program started as expected: the flag-hoisting. However, unlike any other year, at the request of Dr. Neeraja Rateria, PLC’s junior-most nursery students led the hoisting. Then, through a musical drama, PLC’s students brought to life those heroes who fought for education and the rights of women…the things that enable these very students to realize their own independence. What was celebrated was not the victory of one country over another, but the fortitude, togetherness, and commitment that is required to stand up for what is right.  PLC found a way to celebrate the legacy and ethos of independence, and what became crystal clear by the performance’s end is that PLC’s 219 students and 26 staff are themselves today’s heroes, carry the messages from yesterday into tomorrow.
  • PLC won the Telegraph School Award for Excellence in the category of “A School that Cares.” The students weren’t quite sure if they had heard correctly but as their photos were projected onto the screen on the stage there was no longer any question.  They rushed to the stage with the teachers while President Bimal Pal and Rotarians Jayanta Chatterji, Jayanta Neogi, and Matraiyee Ghosh cheered them on from the audience. In those five minutes, 10 years of hard work – 10 years of caring – manifested in a trophy and smiles of delight and pride that were plastered on the faces of students and teachers alike.
  • RCCM sponsored an Inter-School Talent Competition organized by Bharat Vikas Parisad at Jadavpur University on 14th September 2014.
  • On 1st December’2013 PRIP Kalyan Banerjee and spouse Binata visited PLC to celebrate its 10th Anniversary. PDG Deepa Willhingham welcomed PRIP Kalyan Banerjee and his spouse Binata in presence of Rtn Richard Willingham, PDG Ravi Sehgal, PDG Angsuman Bandyopadhyay, PDG Ashok Agarwal from RID 3240, DGN Shyamashree Sen and many other Rotarians, Rotaractors and friends from USA & UK viz.Mike W, Brian, Mike P, Dick, Peter, Andrea, Reena, Diana, Stasi, Elly, Kay, Reuben, Belly, Dana, Bip and well wishers, teachers, parents and guests. Children of PLC greeted PRIP Rtn Kalyan and Ann Binata with TILAK and also all other guests. Rtn. Jayanta Chatterjee took charge of the schedule and invited PRIP Kalyan Banerjee to unveil the Inaugural stone of the PLAY GROUND, which PRIP lend honour gracefully. The play ground looked elegant with thick  green grass carpeted compact layer with number of pine trees  in multiple rows and well planned side path way and lovely season flowers all around.PLC’s students then presented the cultural program titled “CHADOI BETI”-the words derived from ‘Katho Upanishad’- meaning ‘March ahead in time with determination’. The students performed shadow graphically by Animating Life over Screen and demonstrated their transformation and life progression through learning.  They showed on the screen how they learnt “A-B-C-D ” and “1-2-3-4″ and then  at present  ” Algebraic Letters and Symbols” and formed through shadow graph crisscrossed chain of figures in Diamond and other shapes on the screen and so on.The children of PLC also played dramatics. At the end of the cultural program the names of the kids (now adolescent girls) was announced to come on the stage along with their parents. The girls appeared carefully holding hands of their parents which truly depicted a great revelatory version of social changes and family bond beyond their academic learning. Parents expressed their extreme satisfaction for their children’s advancement in education.
  • It is one of those days that we look forward to each and every year. It is Saraswati Puja. More specifically, it is Saraswati Puja at Piyali Learning Centre. Rotarians Jayanta Chatterji and Maitrayee Ghosh were joined by friend, Jaya Basu, to celebrate with the students and staff this year. As expected, it was a day filled with colour, beaming smiles, prayer and kachuri.  Perhaps because it was the first Saraswati Puja celebrated after PLC’s ten-year milestone, things felt a little different than celebrations passed. Different, because when we looked beyond the beautiful grounds and buildings we were able to really see what is being achieved in Piyali. First generation girl child learners and once illiterate women were praying for their success or their children’s success in school. Saraswati Puja now has a very real, tangible meaning to them, and it is beautiful.. In a community, where just 10 years back, education (especially of girls and women) was given no thought, these students and women now possess an unshakeable belief that education will change their lives.
  • RCCM sponsored the Annual Sports Meet of the Calcutta Blind School by contributing Rs. 5,000/- towards sponsoring some of the prizes.
  • It was the time of year again at PLC, but it wasn’t the same “that time of the year ” which you may have experienced in the past.  This year’s Annual Prize Distribution (now called the PLC Achievement Awards) was more than medals, certificates and a few token performances. This year PLC’s House System was relaunched in grand fashion. In between awards like Shining Star, 110% Effort, Exceptional Citizenship and, of course, Student of the Year each House – North, East, West and South – took to the stage to perform their interpretation of what their House name means. Through song, dance, drama and even a bit of time travel performances depicted the guiding light of the North Star, the awakening(or beginnings) represented by East, the fire and compassion marked by  South, and the essence of water symbolized by West. As if the performances were not enough, special guests Mrs. Purnima Dutta, Mrs. Geeta Lall, Mrs. Jayanti Neogi and Mrs. Arundhati Chatterjee served on the judging panel and named the winners. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions went to East, West and North Houses respectively.
  • The first Sunday of March was a day out for Mayfairians and Metropolitans in the rural atmosphere of Piyali. It was a day of fun, frolic and games for not only the Rotarians but also for the students and teachers of the Piyali Learning Centre as they all assembled to participate in the First Annual Sports of PLC at its new school complex at Gourdaha. The Rotary Club of Calcutta Mayfair chose to make the day memorable with, as their President Rtn. Sanjay Dugar pointed out, a hattrick of honours.Opening their account of the day with their RWM in open air, the Mayfairians distributed cycle vans to 10 needy families of the students free of cost under the District Grant programme as part of their “SUPPORT A GIRL CHILD” scheme.  They followed up by planting 100 golden bamboo plants on the right side of the entrance to the school as part of their “GO-GREEN” project . President Bimal Pal reciprocated by undertaking to plant another 100 golden bamboo trees on the other side of the entrance. The icing on the cake came in the form of addition of 3 new sports avenues – Badminton, Table Tennis and Carom- for the girls by the Rotarians and Anns of RC Calcutta Mayfair which were greatly appreciated by the students and teachers of the school. Prior to handing over the vans to the beneficiaries, President Rtn. Sanjay Dugar and his vibrant team participated in a cycle van race which was won by Rtn. Sharad Jhunjhunwala hands down. PP Rtn. Sohanraj-ji displayed rare enthusiasm by cycling on the van.
  • March 2nd was PLC’s Inaugural Athletic Meet. The students took to the field glowing in their new athletic uniforms. House-wise they donned bright green, yellow, pink and blue jerseys, topped off, of course, with giant smiles. After reciting the Sportsmanship Oath, each house sent their competitors to their respective events. The junior students got things started with 50M, 4x50M Relay and Alphabet races, as well as a game of Red Light Green Light. The senior students then upped the intensity with 100M, 200M, 4x100M Relay, 100M Hurdles, Get-Ready-for-School, and Ball Balance races. From start to finish spectators – students, staff and Rotarians, alike – jumped, cheered and celebrated. After the events finished, all enjoyed filling their appetites with papri chat, bhel puri, puchka, popcorn and cotton candy.With medals and trophies so generously sponsored by Mr. Sohanraj Singhvi, PLC’s Inaugural Athletic Meet was a great success. The East House claimed the overall Champions Cup, but everyone left PLC a winner because more than the colour of their medals and ribbons, the PLC community celebrated that which is defines sports and athletics: teamwork, camaraderie, perseverance, and personal and collective success and effort.
  • Each year World Rotaract week is celebrated throughout the Rotary World during the week of 13th March. In RI District 3291 also with the initiative of Rotary Club of Calcutta Renaissance and Rotaract clubs of RID 3291 the week was celebrated in most befitting manner on 15th of March at Rotary Sadan. A new Rotaract was born viz. Rotaract Club of Calcutta Renaissance and Chartered was presented in most appropriate manner in presence of DG Rajani Mukherjee, DGNE Shyamasree Sen and many Rotarians  and Rotaractors of RID 3291 including members of Rotaract club of Calcutta Metropolitan. A series of interesting programs and events ignited minds of new generation groups. Five groups comprising Rotaract members of different Rotaract clubs participated in a program titled as “MELANGE* – a creative entertainment show .A panel discussion was held in presence of large number of Rotaractors on the subject “Women in Rotary ” and eminent panellist participated in the program. Name of PDG Sylvia Whitlock of RID 5300 was pronounced  number of times as the first woman in the Rotary world to head a club as President in terms of the decree of  the Supreme court of United States of America during  the course of discussion . As Rotaract Advisor of RID 3291 (2014-15) President Rtn Bimal Pal pinned the New Rotaract President and Secretary of the newly born Rotaract club and also addressed the gathering.
  • RCCM co-sponsoredRYLA “Lets Grow Together” organized by RC Calcutta Charnock city at Dhyan Ashram on 22nd and 23rd March 2014. About forty Rylarians  participated in the said RYLA camp.
  • On 5th April 2014, at the Rotary Sadan the District Talent Search Competition was held which was jointly lead hosted by RCCM and RC of Calcutta Mayfair.
  • RYLA –”Agradoot” organized by Rotary Club of Joka at IITD,Thakurpukur on 12th and 13th of April’2014 was co sponsored by Rotary Calcutta of Calcutta Metropolitan.Rotary Youth Leadership Award ” ARUNODOY” (2013-14) organized by RC Calcutta Dhakuria was co-hosted by Rotary Calcutta Metropolitan on and from 2nd May to 4th May at MCHV-Indian Institute of Management Calcutta at their Joka Campus. Historically Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan started RYLA at IIMC  in collaboration with MCHV-IIMC in the RY 2000-2001 and the event was an annual epoch-making event of RCCM until RY 2006-07.

 

2012 – 2013 27 th YEAR PEACE THROUGH SERVICE
President – BIMAL PAL Hony. Secretary – SUBIR DUTTA
CLUB SERVICES
  • RCCM members celebrated the nation’s 66th Independence Day jointly with Mahavir Seva Sadan at their premises in Ekbalpur. The dignitaries present were RI District 3291 DG Rtn. Uttam Ganguli as Chief Guest, District Secretary Rtn. Mukul Sinha, Mr. J. S. Mehta – President of MSS, Dr. V. K. Nevatia – Medical Director MSS, PP Rtn. Sohanraj Singhvi – Patron MSS, Mr. Pawan Jain – Chairman JITO, Mr. Girdharilal Sultana – Industrialist and Philanthropist and Mrs. Nirmala Agarwal – President of the Inner Wheel Club of RCCM. Chief Guest DG Rtn. Uttam Ganguli hoisted the National Flag while the members of RCCM, MSS and Inner Wheel Club of RCCM present sang the National Anthem. On the occasion, Mr. Girdharilal Sultana handed over the keys of an Ambulance donated by his trust to MSS. 29 physically challenged children were provided with scholarships of Rs. 300/- each. These were handed over to the beneficiaries by Chief Guest DG Rtn. Uttam Ganguli on behalf of RCCM. Inner Wheel Club of RCCM President Mrs. Nirmala Agarwal and other members of Inner Wheel Club presented MSS with a cheque of Rs. 22,500/- towards sponsoring of 15 artificial limbs.
  • On Monday 27th August 2012, RCCM and the Inner Wheel Club of Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan jointly organized a Press Conference to create greater awareness about the Kolkata Haat exhibition to be held between 28th to 30th August at the Ice Skating Rink. The Press Conference at The Conclave was well attending by scribes from both the print and electronic media. Bites were collected regarding the details of the exhibition and the beneficiaries and projects that benefitted from the project. The highlight of the Press Conference was the presence of international fashion model and blogger Bip Ling who also would be one of the Chief Guests to inaugurate the 5th edition of Kolkata Haat the other being the District Chairperson of the Inner Wheel – Mrs. Rupa Mukherjee.
  • The 5th edition of the Kolkata Haat was inaugurated on Tuesday, 28th August 2012 at the Ice Skating Rink at 10.45 a.m. by International Fashion Personality Bip Ling and the District Chairperson for the Inner Wheel – Mrs. Rupa Mukherjee. A total of 72 stall from all over India participated in the exhibition and displayed their commodities. Beating the recent trend in city exhibitions, the 3-day event attracted a footfall of more than 5000 people. Besides selling stall for commercial interest, the exhibition all provided free stalls to the Mahavir Seva Sadan, other social organizations and an artist to display their products.
  • As winter slowly sets in, RCCM members gathered for a wonderful fellowship at The Saturday Club on Friday, 7th December 2012. The event was a culmination of tireless efforts of the team of Club Rotarians led by Rtn. Kamal Dhawan. A total of 22 Metropolitans and 10 spouses attended the evening that was comparatively a low key, quiet affair where those present mostly relaxed and indulged in catching up with each other. PP Rtn. Binod Agarwal as usual added colour to the evening through his renditions of enchanting musical tunes. He was joined by several members and spouses present. As the evening wore on, the gathering increased and the fellowship blossomed.
  • We celebrated Republic Day on 26.1.2013 at Mahavir Seva Sadan. This long association with them has been continued for more than 27 years. Also for the months of January and August every year, the entire months’ cost/expenses for supplying free artificial limbs, callipers etc are borne by our Club. It was a pleasant day and after having breakfast of delicious south Indian dishes, the colourful flag hosting was done by PDG Rtn. Prabir Chakravarti of District-3291 in the presence of members of our Club and Mahavir Seva Sadan.
  • When there is a will, there is a way and this is what PP Rtn. Dr. Binod Binaykia did on 27.1.2013 by hosting the Club picnic on said day at his beautiful and well spread out farm house located near Joka. The weather was perfect for having such a picnic. Both PP Rtn. Dr. Binod Binaykia and Ann Dr. Anjula Binaykia made elaborate arrangements for a comfortable and enjoyable fellowship. They were gracious hosts and personally took care of each member or guest.
  • As part of a Pre-Poila Baisakh bash, on 13th April 2013 Metropolitans along with spouses as has become a practice assembled at the roof-top of Sunny Towers to engage in fellowship and entertainment. The fellowship was organized by PP Rtn. Maitrayee Ray, PP Rtn. Subha Pal, PP Rtn. Dr. Neeraja Rateria, Rtn. Swapna Bhattacharjee, Rtn. Maitrayee Ghosh and Rtn. Nisha Singhania. Rtn. Lalit Beriwala sponsored the drinks, while as usual PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji and Ann Arundhati were gracious to offer their terrace for the fellowship. Rtn. Swapna Bhattacharjee’s meticulous planning ensured that there was sufficient music to celebrate the occasion along with an excellent dinner spread. While the entertainment for the evening started with the rendition of popular Tagore numbers by the hired musicians, Metropolitans true to their style soon warmed up to the occasion and joined in the crooning.
COMMUNITY SERVICES – MEDICAL
  • On 3rd July 2012, a 3 year old girl by the name of Alifa Khatoon underwent an ASD closure surgery at The Mission Hospital, Durgapur under the domestic Gift of Life Project of RCCM and its Inner Wheel Club. She was admitted on 1st July under the care of Dr. Satyajit Bose and after successful recuperation was discharged on 10th July 2012.
  • The 11th case under the GOL MG Project # 74867, was a 5 year old Nigerian boy – David Oduah. He arrived in India along with his father on 1st July 2012. He was admitted at the Mission Hospital in Durgapur on 2nd July 2012 and underwent a surgery for Intra Cardiac Repair. After successful recuperation he was discharged from the hospital on 26th July 2012 and has since returned to Nigeria.
  • On 11th July 2012, a 6 year old boy by the name of Abhi Pramanik underwent a BD Glenn surgery at The Mission Hospital, Durgapur under the domestic Gift of Life Project of RCCM and its Inner Wheel Club. He was admitted on 9th July under the care of Dr. Satyajit Bose and after successful recuperation was discharged on 17h July 2012.
  • Under Matching Grant Project # 75849, during the year several eye camps were conducted to identify patients who required IOL surgeries. Under the project a total of 1343 beneficiaries were identified and operated upon. The project was completed during the year.
  • A successful pacemaker implant on a forth patient under HG Project # 0082 on 25th July 2012 was conducted at Mohan Clinic by PP Rtn. Dr. Binod Binaykia.
  • A successful pacemaker implant on the fifth patient under HG Project # 0082 was carried out by PP Rtn. Dr. Binod Binaykia on 21st February 2013 at Mohan Clinic. After the operation, the 83 year old patient Mr. Paresh Chandra Sarkar of Days Estate (P) Ltd, Vill – Gajpur, P.O. – Kangonobia, Bishnupur went back home fully cured.
COMMUNITY SERVICES – NON MEDICAL
  • The new Rotary Year was heralded by organising a free hearing aid distribution camp at Mohan Clinic. The recipients of the hearing aids were pre-screened earlier by Rtn. Dr. Manoj Agarwal. The recipients included four elderly inmates of Shanti Nivas Oxford Mission, Behala and two elderly inmates from All Bengal Women’s Union Old Age Home, Elliot Road. The last recipient of the aid was a 10 year old boy with a hearing problem in both the ears. A total of 8 hearing aids were handed over to seven recipients with the boy receiving hearing aids for both the ears. All the hearing aids were handed over by DG Uttam Ganguli. The programme was jointly organized with the InnerWheel Club of Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan who agreed to donate 4 hearing aids.
  • 40 students were given scholarship at Calcutta Blind school auditorium on Sunday the 29th July’2012. Divine Destination, an NGO working with RCCM in several community projects, organized the program for awarding scholarship to the students from poorest of the poor families, who secured 60% plus marks in secondary and higher secondary examination in the year 2012. This project was co-sponsored with Inner wheel club of Calcutta Metropolitan.
  • On Sunday, 5th August 2012, President Rtn. Seema Daga and PE Rtn. Bimal Pal visited Shanti Niwas an old age home in Behala to visit the inmates and assess what were the requirements of the home which could be provided by RCCM in the future. President Rtn. Seema Daga sponsored the food for all the inmates of Shanti Niwas for the day.
  • RCCM repeated its regular promotion activities on the N.I.D. in the 14 booths of Ward 116 and 117 throughout the rotary year. R.I. promotion materials were distributed in all booths to the children who visited for regular immunisation. Health Dept workers put in their tireless effort during each of the NID days and three days thereafter visiting homes of all the residents in these wards and administering the ‘two drops’ to the needy children of ages below 5 yrs, besides maintaining a meticulous record of the total activity. We on our part provide them with mid-day meal snacks for which they are highly dependent on us and grateful.
  • On Sunday 21st October 2012, the Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan organized “Sharad Parikrama” the annual trip for the residents of Shanti Nivas – Barisha. As usual the residents were taken on a tour of various Puja Pandals in South Kolkata and were accompanied by members of Devine Destination. Members of RCCM were present to receive them at various Pandals in South Kolkata. It was a memorable experience to watch the happiness and smile on the faces of the residents of Shanti Nivas for whom such occasions are few and far in between, away from their loved ones. At the Pandal of Ballygunge Cultural Association some of the housemates were interviewed by ETV Bangla about their experience. After a tour of the Pandals, everyone met at Mohan’s Clinic for lunch hosted by PP Rtn. Dr. Binod Binaykia and Ann Dr. Anjula Binaykia. Other members of RCCM also joined the lunch which had a unique blend of social service and fellowship.
  • On Saturday 8th December 2012, the much awaited mobile ambulance unit was handed over to Mahavir Seva Sadan under MG Project # 77339 during a function held at their premises. PDG Rtn. Deepa Willingham was the Chief Guest and PDG Rtn. Sally Adelblue was the Guest of Honour for the occasion. In the absence of RCCM President Rtn. Bimal Pal, IPP Rtn. Dr. Naresh Goyal represented RCCM. The ambulance was formally handed over to MSS by PDG Rtn. Deepa Willingham in the presence of PDG Rtn. Sally Adelblue and Mr. Rawalsaria who represented the Trust that also donated money towards the project. Rtn. Hari Ram Garg – Hony. Secretary of RC Maidan and PP Rtn. Pareikh from RC Pasir Gudang, Malaysia both of which are also partnering Clubs in the project attended the ceremony.
  • PP Rtn. R. K. Bubna who is the Advisor to the District’s Disaster Management Committee proposed that more than 1000 refugees from Jammu and Kashmir had fled their homes due to severe climate and terrorist activities and had set up camps near Dakhineshwar and were in dire need for food supplies. He proposed that the Club participates in a Project as the Lead Club with the District to provide assistance to these refugees. After deliberations the members approved to donate Rs. 20,000/- towards the project from the RCCM Trust and appointed PP Rtn. R. K. Bubna as the Project Contact. On 19th February 2013 the Club along with 9 other Clubs of R.I. Dist. 3291 visited the camp near Dakhineshwar to provide relief materials to more than 1000 refugees from Jammu and Kashmir. The total value of the project was Rs. 1,40,000/- of which the EIRWT had contributed Rs. 40,000/- from funds available for disaster management, RCCM contributed Rs. 20,000/- and the other Clubs contributed Rs. 10,000/- each. District Governor Rtn. Uttam Ganguli, wife of DGE – Ann Ballari Mukherji, PP Rtn. R. K. Bubna and several other Rotarians and District Officials were present on the occasion to hand over the food and relief materials.
  • Ahead- Rehabilitation& Research Institute for Autistic and Mentally Challenged children, a partner in service of Rotary organized a walk for awareness about AUTISM in the most befitting manner on 2nd April’2013 to celebrate the World Autism Day. Sri Soumitra Chatterjee-an eminent actor and Dada Saheb Phalkey Awardee inaugurated the event which started with a small musical and dance performance of the autistic children then the way fare started from Ahead school. The walk for Autism Awareness went up to Prince Anwar Shah Road and then came back to the school. Many neighbourhood people, Rotarians of different Rotary clubs, parents and children of the school participated in the program. It was marked the Muhurat of a documentary film for a cause –titled “FLOWS UNEVEN” to feature AHEAD and its founder Dr. Asesh Banerjee Chowdhury in the celebrated presence of Sri Soumitra Chatterjee.
INTERNATIONAL SERVICES
  • PDG Vishwas Sahasrabhojanee, a TRF Humanitarian Cadre and Technical Advisor, was in Kolkata from 17th to 20th July 2012 on an assignment of The Rotary Foundation to visit our 3H Project # 09-66532 site for Integrated Community Development of the four villages surrounding Piyali Junction and audit the project in all its aspects. Primary Contact Rtn. Subir Dutta and Project Contact Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji participated in the audit session. TRF Auditor was satisfied with the checks and balances followed by the club in its accounting system and carried the file containing Xerox copies of the relevant project documents with him. President Seema Daga joined the concluding session of the discussions and exchanged club flags with PDG Sahasrabhojanee.
  • As a step towards preparing for RI’s new initiative – Future Vision from RY 13-14, RCCM held a Workshop that was dedicated to discussing the details of Future Vision on Saturday, 15th September 2012 at the Multi-Specialty Conference Room at AHEAD. The Speaker at the Workshop was PDG Rtn. Ashok Agarwal for RI Dist 5240 who is considered to be of Future Vision experts from India. DGE Rtn. Rajani Mukerji and District Trainer for RY 2013-14 PDG Anirudha Roy Chowdhury also attended the Workshop. Besides, there were two participants from RC Calcutta South East. RCCM was represented by President Rtn. Seema Daga, President Elect Rtn. Bimal Pal, and Hony. Secretary Rtn. Subir Dutta, Hony. Treasurer PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji, Rtn. Rupa Khan, PP Rtn. Bhuban Basu and PP Rtn. Rajkumar Poddar.
  • RI District 3291 organized the maiden seminar on “Future Vision”- the Foundation’s new grant structure on 25th September’2012 at Rotary Sadan, which was jointly sponsored by Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan and Rotary club of Calcutta. The main attraction of the seminar was the keynote speaker PDG Gulam Vahanvaty, an eminent personality (IIMC & TAS Alumnus) and a specially trained mentor on the subject by Rotary International.
  • The Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan added yet another feather on its hat by sponsoring the first ever Rotary e-Club in District 3291which received its Charter from DG Rtn. Uttam Ganguli at Palladian Lounge of Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 17th October, 2012. DG Rtn. Uttam Ganguli, IPDG Rtn. Angsuman Bandopadhyay, PDG Rtn. Vijay Bhandari, AG Rtn. Dr. Mahesh Maheshwari, District Secretary PP Rtn. Mukul Sinha and a host of distinguished District and Club Officials graced the programme with their august presence. IPP Rtn. Dr. Naresh Goyal, the prime mover of this project shared the dais with DG Rtn. Uttam Ganguli, AG Rtn. Dr. Mahesh Maheshwari, GSR PP Rtn. Dr. Neeraja Rateria, e-Club President Roshni Beriwalla and e-Club Secretary Indrajit Sen. PE Rtn. Bimal Pal, PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji, Rtns. Jayanta Neogi and Lalit Beriwala were present at the ceremony along with the members of the newly formed Rotary e-Club of District 3291.
  • DG Rtn. Uttam Ganguli arrived with his home club members of Rotary Club of Rabindra Sarobar at 10.30 am sharp. PP Rtn. Shayak Gupta for the Lead Host Partner Rotary Club of South East and PP Rtn. Bruce Howard and PP Rtn. Jane Howard for Lead International the Sewage Treatment /Solid Waste Management Plant/Water Filtration Plant under MG #74818 witnessed the Dedication Ceremony of the plants to PLC by DG Rtn. Uttam Ganguli in the presence of PDG Rtn. Deepa Willingham of District 5240.It was followed by the dedication of class-room furniture to PLC by the District Governor in the presence of President Rtn. Sushanta Chakravarti, PP Rtn. Abhijit Sengupta and others from RC Rabindra Sarobar, the Lead Host Partner of the said project under MG # 76620.The state of the art Diesel Generator under MG # 75134 was then inaugurated by the District Governor by cutting the blue ribbon. The Lead Host Partner RC Belur could not participate in this programme presumably because it was the first working day of the week.
  • As part of the last year of Rotary Group Study Exchange Program a Team from R.I. District 5300 arrived in Kolkata on Sunday, 6th January at 8.40 am by Emirates Airlines. The Team comprised of PE Rtn. Marilyn Diaz (Leader, RC Sierra Madre); Mr. Marco Pulido (Sponsored by RC Chino Hills); Mr. Jason Ramos (Sponsored by RC San Marino); Ms. Stephanie Yuen (Sponsored by RC San Marino) and Ms. Sarah Schiffman (Sponsored by RC Las Vegas). The Team was received at the airport by DGN Rtn. Pinaki Prasad Ghosh, PP Rtn. Somnath Banerjee – District Secretary Events, PP Rtn. Dr. Neeraja Rateria, Rtn. Subir Dutta, PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji and other Rotarians from District 3291 and other Clubs.After taking a well deserved rest after a long flight, the Team joined the RWM of RCCM in the evening at Rotary Sadan to attend a reception where DG Rtn. Uttam Ganguli, DRFC PDG Rtn. Debashish Mitra, GSE Chair PP Rtn. Pralay Kumar Bhattacharjee, DGE Rtn. Rajani Mukerji, District Secretary Administration PP Rtn. Mukul Sinha, Leader of outgoing GSE Team to RI Dist. 5300 PP Rtn. Shashi Seth of RC Belur and the Presidents of RC Rabindra Sarobar Calcutta, RC Calcutta Mahanagar, RC Calcutta Victoria, RC Calcutta Inner City, RC Calcutta Mega City, RC Belur and RC Calcutta Renaissance were present.
  • A camp under MG # 77399, under Leg for Legless Project was held on 3rd February, 2013 at Naihati with Mahavir Seva Sadan, where beneficiaries were provided with free artificial limbs and calipers etc. The important factor of this camp was that the beneficiaries were from far reaching areas like Burdwan district. Few of them after being provided with artificial limbs and calipers are now able to walk and their smile on face was testimony of their happiness. Rotary Club of Calcutta Maiden also participated in said camp being the co-partner of this matching grant project. Vice President Rtn. Sashi Dhacholia represented RCCM at the camp.
  • On the morning of 8th March, 2013, the new 3H Team comprising of President Bimal Pal, IPP Dr. Naresh Goyal and VP Sashi Dhacholia visited the project site at Joypul, Nabapalli and Saradapalli villages. Elaborate discussions covering all the activities were held with the representatives of the RCC s of these three villages whereupon it was decided to take immediate action on the two components that needed to be addressed—Micro-credit and Health Clinic.
  • It was a wonderful occasion for all Rotarians of RI District 3291 as RI President Rtn. Sakuji Tanaka visited Kolkata between 19th and 20th March 2013 and addressed the ICM on “Peace Through Service” on 19th March evening at the Royal Bengal Hall at the City Centre, Salt Lake. The ICM hosted by the Rotary Club of Calcutta was well attended by Rotarian, PDGs and senior District Officials. The evening was ably compared by PP Rtn. Shyamasree Sen.
  • Rotary Club of Bolton Lever in the United Kingdom, whose President Rtn. Sashwati Mukherjee along with its enthusiastic members organized a fund raising event on 7th March 2013 for the Piyali Learning Centre with special emphasis on skills development for women/girls of the local community. Because of her pressing commitments as the President of RC Bolton Lever, Rtn. Mukherjee shall not be able to visit India in this Rotary Year but that did not prevent her from sending the generation donation of 1000 GBP to us through her brother-in-law Mr. Manik Ghoshal, a non-Rotarian, who played an active role for raising funds for PLC. On 30th April 2013 Mr. Ghoshal visited PLC braving the scorching sun and the 40 degrees plus temperature and was most impressed to see the programme carried out by our Club and the state-of-the-art school building that is coming up. He said he was simply amazed to see such an institution in a remote and unknown village of West Bengal and promised to share his wonderful experience with President Sashwati Mukherjee on his return to the UK next month.
  • The South Asia Summit 2013 held on and from May 3 till 5th in Hyderabad was prolongation of the effort for the same cause. The delegates from around the South Asia and beyond at a world class venue like Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hitex known and recognized to be the best in India and one of the best in the world. Day 1 started with the opening ceremony when RID Shekhar Mehta called the Summit to order and mentioned that 5500 and other delegates assembled at the Summit , then introductory remarks were made by Kamal Sanghvi and declared that the Summit is for the Rotarians to consecrate for network to enrich lives and serve!The Summit was enriched by PRIPs Raja Saboo, Kalyan Banerjee, Trustee Chair Wilfred Wilkinson, RIPN Gary Huang, PRIDs Sudarshan Agarwalla, O. P. Vaish, Pandu Shetty, Ashok Mahajan, KR Ravindran along with Shekhar Mehta and Yash Pal Das and exponents like Dr Ishrat Hussain Dean & Director Institute of Business Administration from Pakistan, Dr Babar Kabir Senior Director WASH,UNDP & Sustainable Environment Management programs of Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, Dr Vandana Shiva- Director Research Foundation Science & Technology , Govt. of India-A prolific writer & speaker , Renuka Choudhary, and many more.
VOCATIONAL SERVICES & NEW GENERATION SERVICES
  • The students of the Piyali Learning Centre observed the occasion rightly by launching a comprehensive GO GREEN Campaign to make Piyali a greener and cleaner place to live in. The day’s program started with Rtn. Jayanta Neogi, Secretary, PLC, hoisting the national flag. PP Jayanta Chatterji, PP Shom Bagchi, Rtn. Maitrayee Ghosh and spouse Debopriyo Ghosh, PP Maitrayee Ray and Rtn. Rupa Khan were present to celebrate the occasion with the students and the staff of PLC. The day’s special guests were Purnima Dutta, Gomathy Venkatesh and Sibani Dutta, members of Centre for Ecological Movement or Cemo, which has a close association with RCCM.
  • On 29th September ‘2012, the auspicious Birthday of Vidyasagar, New Generation month was observed by RCCM jointly with our Interact Club of National High School (Boys) by way of holding joint meeting, at the Club venue. Team Interact Club of NHS Boys’ was headed by their president Karuna Sankalpa Upadhyay and two Teacher coordinators namely Mrs. Arpita Rudra and Mrs. Gitali Bhattacharjee. Ten (10) regular members of NHS Boys Interact Club visited our venue for participating the joint meeting.
  • Bharat Vikash Parishad organized an Inter School National Group Song Competition on 29th September’12 at the Jadavpur University, Indumati Hall, in which NHS Girls (Interact Club) participated and Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan sponsored the program. Rtn Bimal Pal was present in the pre lunch session in which the inaugural part was devoted and a cheque of Rs. 5,000/- was handed over to the secretary of Bharat Vikash Parishad.
  • On 11th December 2012 PDG Rtn. Deepa Willingham and her team consisting of Rtn. Lewis Karpf with his son Thomas Karpf, Rtn. Holly Spon-Gross with her daughter Hannah Marie Spon-Gross, Sally Adelblue and Deepadi’s old classmate Donna Cassillo arrived to unveil the new premises of PLC. Also RCCM members, President Rtn. Bimal Pal, PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji and his spouse Ann Arundhati Chatterji and his sister Mrs. Jaya Banerjee, PP Rtn. Subha Pal, PP Rtn. Maitrayee Ray, PP Rtn. Dr. Neeraja Rateria, Rtn. Jayanta Neogi, Hony. Secretary Rtn. Subir Dutta, Rtn. Dibyendu Banerjee and Rtn. Maitrayee Ghosh were all eager to celebrate the day along with all the teachers, staff and children of the school.
  • A picnic was organized for the PLC school children celebrating Children’s Day, which they enjoyed immensely as they were entertained with drama and dance on 16.12.2012. PDG Rtn. Deepa Willingham with her team from Pace Universal, USA were there since morning and actively participated with the children in having fun and bringing smiles on their faces. They distributed gifts to all the school children, the staff and teachers of PLC and girls were excited with the gifts and were so happy as they mingled with the Pace Universal team. All the girls showed remarkable discipline, which can only be seen to be believed. Kudos to the school administration and management for educating them about their life and the future role they have to play.
  • On Thursday the 17th January 2013, visiting Rotarian and our project partner IPP Rtn. James Lewis and Anne Carol from RC Moorpark RID 5240, California, USA, inaugurated the vocational training centre at Dogacchia, Niranjanpally, at Naihati, where our Club is engaged in a Matching Grant project involving the empowerment of under-privileged women in the area, through vocational training and micro-credit. Rtn. Maitrayee Ghosh, who has been spear-heading the project on behalf of our Club, her husband and mentor Prof. Dr. Debapriya Ghosh, PP Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji and PP Rtn. Dr. Anjan Kr. Das, were present on the occasion. The ladies of DISHARI, a 55-member strong NGO and our local implementation partners for the project, 35 of whom attended the function, will look after the vocational training facilities and also continue to keep a close watch on the Micro-credit activities.Marking the commencement of the vocational training program, six state-of-the-art sewing machines of which two are fully automatic electric machines, costing about Rs.59, 000 (including carriage and delivery) were handed over. The training would be conducted thrice a week for two batches of trainees with 15 women in each batch. 22 women have already enrolled for training, and many more are expected to join soon. IPP rtn. James also handed over three cheques worth Rs.80,000, Rs.72,000 and Rs.64,000 to three self-help groups Jamuna, Ganga and Mahananda respectively, towards the second round of Micro-credit loans to 27 under-privileged ladies (@Rs.8000 each) who have been successfully conducting their business activities, while fully adhering to the conditions attached to the Micro-credit loans.
  • Saraswati Puja was celebrated at PLC. On February 15th, joined by parents, siblings and teachers, the girls proudly donned their sarees, books and pencils. A day for them to rejoice and honour education and culture, it is only appropriate that the students themselves tell you about this year’s festivities…
  • It is not uncommon for us to have visitors at PLC, and being able to share who we are and what we are do is an honour. More than that, it is always the first step in ensuring that those coming as visitors leave as nothing less than friends. Such was the case when we were visited by Australian Rotarian Lynne Gibson, escorted by Past Presidents Vijay Shroff and Jayanta Chatterji. Arriving at PLC just before lunch Lynne popped into to each of the classrooms for a quick hello. Mr. Shroff even brought treats for all of the students, who found them far more palatable than the day’s normal menu!What set this trip apart, however, was the presentation Lynne prepared and gave to the students of Classes VII, VIII and IX. Equipped with maps and props Lynne took over PLC’s staff room and transported the girls to Australia. She taught them about animals and her country’ size and population relative to India’s. It wasn’t just an education for the girls, but the teachers also sat enthralled and had questions of their own.
  • Like every year, Piyali Learning Centre celebrated its Annual Prize Distribution on Friday, 12th April 2013 at the new PLC premises. As the RCCM President, Hony. Secretary and Hony. Treasurer arrived at the venue they found that all arrangements had been made and the children, teachers and parents were eagerly awaiting the arrival of the guests for the program to begin. The guests were warmly welcomed by the students with garlands and a customary “tike”. The program started with a perfectly rendered Rabindra Sangeet by a group of senior PLC students. This was followed by a group dance recital again to the tune of a Rabindra Sangeet. Finally, PLC students performed a skit based on one of the popular stories from Sukumar Ray’s Abol-Tabol. This was followed by the prize distribution ceremony. Students from all grades were recognized for the academic achievements and also for their special skills. The Hony. Secretary handed over welcome kits to the 30 new students of PLC who would be starting from this academic year.
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is one of the major RI programs to respect the concern for the youth. This year the most interesting RYLA was organized and hosted by Rotary Club of Calcutta Dhakuria and also co hosted by Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan as an important youth program at IIMC on and from 26th April till 28th April’2013. It was a 3 days residential camp held in the campus at their most holistic venue “Management Centre for Human Values”. More than 50 young college level boys and girls participated in this RYLA. Four teams were created comprising boys and girls in each team. The participants in the camp gained invaluable precious knowledge on qualities of life and leadership, through competence, initiative, vision, commitment and passion.On 28th April’2013, Sunday the valedictory session was conducted in the most appropriate manner by Rotarians of RYLA team of RC Calcutta Dhakuria led by PDG Debasish Mitra, President Ashis Ghosh, PP Chitralekha and other members of RCCD. Amongst other important guests were DGE Rajani Mukherjee, DGN Pinaki Ghosh, AG Sushil Biswas who distributed the Awards to the Rylarians and toppers in different groups. President of RCCM Rtn Bimal Pal offered Vote of Thanks.

 

2011-2012 26th Year ” REACH WITHIN TO EMBRACE HUMANITY “

2011-2012 26th Year ” REACH WITHIN TO EMBRACE HUMANITY “

2011 – 2012 26 th YEAR REACH WITHIN TO EMBRACE HUMANITY
President – DR. NARESH GOYAL   Hony. Secretary – SASHI DHACHOLIA
CLUB SERVICES
  • BULLETIN / SOUVENIR
  • Published Yearly Souvenir on the day of the Installation.
  • Weekly Metro Voice was published regularly with special editions. Colorful bulletins were brought on the important projects like “Piyali Learning Centre”, “Gift of Life”, Leg for Legless, Installation meeting, Foundation seminar , Zonal meeting, Multi-club meeting, Samman, send off of Medical Mission meetings etc. Bulletin has regularly covered all activities of the club including Rotary and Foundation information. Bulletin was sent to the absentee members.
  • Quarterly activity report was printed in the Metro Voice on regular basis and was also sent to all the members via email.
  • E-bulletins of Metro Voice were sent regularly to members and Rotarians connected with our club across the world.
  • WEBMASTER
  • Website of the Club was regularly updated.
  • Metro Voice was uploaded every week.
  • ATTENDANCE PROMOTION
  • Attendance was on average 46 in RWM. All events/programs were informed to members through email, SMS and personal calls.
  • A dedicated chairperson along with a committee kept in touch with those who couldn’t attend the meetings for some reason.
  • Members having 100% attendance were suitably recognized every month.
  • PROGRAMS AND RWM
  • RWMs were held with attractive programs and in innovative ways.
  • Guest speakers from different professions were invited.
  • Prominent Rotarians were invited to our meetings when they were present in town, namely Rtn. Samuel A. Okudzeto, TRF Trustee Vice Chair & RIPR to the District Conference 2012.
  • A seminar on Foundation was organized in the presence of senior staff from the Foundation along with senior district officials like DG, DRFC, ARRFC, PDGs.
  • Eminent Rotarians from District were invited to speak on important issues like membership, foundation, Polio etc.
  • AG was invited to give guidelines to the club on several occasions.
  • The members were well informed in advance about the forthcoming events.
  • Regular meet on all key projects of the club like, PLC, GOL, GOS, and Leg for Less, Medical Mission abroad.
  • Zonal meetings and joint meetings, multi-club meetings with dignitaries from international partner clubs were held.
  • A meeting was held with EIRWT.
  • A meeting was held with Rotaract and Interact along with their teachers.
  • A meeting was held with our Inner Wheel Club members.
  • ROTARY & BRAND IMAGE
  • All our major activities like “Installation Ceremony, Leg for Legless, Gift of Sight, Vocational Excellence Award Night, and Rotary Art Vision were widely covered in major dailies like TOI, The Telegraph, Calcutta Times and electronic media.
  • Awareness was created about Rotary through renowned and excellent speakers during every Weekly meeting and also through District officials. The speakers were Hon’ble Finance Minister of West Bengal – Dr Amit Mitra, Shri Deep Dasgupta – Cricketer, Rtn Shyamashree Sen, Ms Jhimli Mukherjee Pandey – Journalist, PDG Siddhartha S Bose, PDG Prasad Menon, Ms Santa Leel from RI Foundation, Rtn Binod Khaitan, Shri Subhasish Majumdar, PP Nadine Homann from USA, TRF Trustee Vice Chair, Rtn Samuel A Okudzeto, DGE, Sylvia Whitlock of District-5300, IPDG Deepa Willingham of District-5240 of USA, Dr Satyajit Bose – Cardiolist, Shri Mudar Patherya – Environmentalist, Shri Satyajit Deb – Banker, Dr Somen Ghosh – Ophthalmologist.
  • Distributed Sarees, etc through Sanlaap in the red light district of the city, conducted Sharad Parikrama with senior citizens, provided Scholarship to needy students.
  • Kolkata Haat was organized twice in the year creating huge awareness about the Rotary and our club in particular.
  • Facilitation ceremony of Dada Saheb Phalke awardee Sri Soumitra Chattopdhayay at G D Birla Subha Ghar was hosted.
  • ROTARY REPORTING
  • The club regularly updated District, RI, GML, Partners in Service, Sister clubs, international partners in MG projects and others.
  • The club activities are well covered in, GML, Rotarian and Rotary news on regular basis.
  • ROTARY REPORTING
  • The club regularly updated District, RI, GML, Partners in Service, Sister clubs, international partners in MG projects and others.
  • The club activities are well covered in, GML, Rotarian and Rotary news on regular basis.
  • INTER-CLUB & DISTRICT RELATIONSHIP
  • Organized Joint meeting with RC of Belur and conducted “Movie Mania” quiz which was huge success. Also held Joint meeting with RC Calcutta Victoria.
  • Goodwill delegation visited Rotary Club of Sri Jagannath Dham.
  • Participated enthusiastically in other Club/District projects like Zonal quiz, Zonal program on mentally challenged children held at Hazra Park.
  • We were one of the host clubs for district conference.
  • We were co- host in district programs of Holi meet; Send off of medical mission to Nigeria.
  • The club was host club in the program of the district on World Heart Day.
  • The club was a co-host in RYLA.
  • The President and Secretary attended all President and secretary meets and ICMs organized by the district.
  • Held joint meetings with Rotary Club of Belur, Calcutta Dream City, Calcutta Lansdowne, Calcutta Sun City, Rabindar Sarovar Calcutta and Calcutta South East, Rotary Club of Durgapur Steel City and Rotary Club of Calcutta Victoria.
  • World Fellowship of Rotary Gourmet was jointly organized with Rotary Club of Victoria as co-host.
  • We were the lead club in two district projects-
     Mobile Library to Dhaka
     Indo- Bangladesh medical mission to Nigeria.
  • MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
  • Six new members were inducted so far. Members who have proposed were suitably recognized by the club and DG. A member was inducted on the day of installation. One member was inducted by Vice Chair & TRF trustee.
  • During weekly meetings and important projects, several non-Rotarians were invited so that they know about the Rotary and may become prospective members.
  • Updated classification list was published in order to achieve balanced and diversified membership.
  • FELLOWSHIP & FAMILY VALUES

Fellowships were held on the day of Installation, welcome to medial mission from Auchi, Diwali, Movie Mania, Holi, Christmas, family day celebration on last Saturday of every month.

  • Inner Wheel was invited to join club programs and important meetings.
  • Important projects were clubbed with fellowship.
  • A Trip to Puri with spouses was organized.
  • Nabo Barsher Baithak was held.
  • Organizing Cultural Program.
  • Maintained close relations with Inner Wheel members.
  • Participated in the cultural program of Inner Wheel club.
  • Participation of children in fellowship was encouraged. The club members visited the family of fellow members during tragedies.
  • Invited ex-Metropolitans and their families to club activities from time to time.
  • Charter Night was also held.
  • FUND RAISING
  • Raised Rs.3.40 lakhs through advertisements and donations through Souvenir.
  • Kolkata Haat- jointly organized with our Inner Wheel has contributed surplus of more than 4.00 lakhs and the entire amount was dedicated to Gift of Life project.
  • Raised more than Rs 1 lac for different projects from members.
  • Club created Corpus Fund of Rs.46 lakhs and the interest received will be utilized only for Service projects.
  • ROTARY VISION
  • Seminars were organized for prospective members.
  • Members are updated during the weekly meetings and through Bulletin.
  • PROJECTS WITH INNER WHEEL
  • Jointly organizing the Kolkata Haat twice during the current year.
  • Doing the Gift of Life project with them from the surplus generated from Kolkat Haat exhibition.
  • Inner wheel is our partner in many MG projects like, AHEAD bus, IOL project, and Limb project.
  • They are partners in Shelter kits to earthquake affected Gangtok and Helping grant projects, namely, Medical equipments to Matri Bhavan.
  • Distributed blankets, Sarees, Biscuits, Exercise books etc at Sundarban on 18.12.2011.
  • Participated in our Hearing Aid project.
  • Held the joint meeting with them.
  • LEGAL AND TAXATION
  • Club Constitution and Bye-Laws were updated in keeping with changes suggested by Rotary International.
  • Club is regularly complying with all necessary provisions under Indian Laws.
  • All Tax returns are filed on time.
  • Revalidation of 80G taxes exemption for the club Trust.
  • Ensured all compliance under FCRA.
  • Matching Grant and 3H reports duly sent on time.
  • CLUB ARCHIVE
  • It is being updated since inception.
COMMUNITY SERVICES
  • PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED
  • Club’s Leg for Legless projects continued by providing Jaipur foot for legless persons, hands and calipers for polio victims. Determined efforts to make Kolkata free from crutches.
  • Scholarship is being arranged for physically challenged children.
  • Artificial Limb camp at Barjora, Durgapur held on 23.10.2011.
  • Arranged outreach camps at Naihati.
  • Completed MG project for artificial limbs and calipers.
  • Applied for another MG project for artificial limbs, hands and calipers along with providing a mobile workshop cum ambulance to facilitate outreach camps.
  • Sponsored toolkits to physically challenged persons at VRC for handicapped at Salt Lake, Kolkata.
  • MENTALLY CHALLENGED
  • Community Physiotherapy Centre at Cheshire Home is running smoothly.
  • A MG project to provide a special bus with a lift to carry wheelchair, is underway. This bus shall be given to AHEAD, Kolkata, a NGO for differently abled children.
  • The club members participated in AHEAD’s school programs, foundation day and annual sports, to encourage the children.
  • Members visited ‘Akshar’, an inclusive school for special children. A project was discussed to provide a special bus to this school too.
  • POLIO PLUS
  • We have been regularly participating in all NID and SNID. So far 13,000 children were immunized as per details given below:-

Date

Nos immunized

28.08.2011

2,200

25.09.2011

2,000

13.10.2011

2,000

13.11.2011

2,000

15.01.2012

2,200

19.02.2012

2,000

18.03.2012

2,500

22.04.2012

2,200

17.06.2012

2,000

  • AVOIDABLE BLINDNESS
  • Opening of Erhlo Rotary Eye Clinic at Auchi, Nigeria.
  • The MG project to do IOL surgeries was completed, reported to the foundation and the report accepted by foundation.
  • 1343 IOL surgeries Under MG no: 75849 is under progress at the following hospitals:-

    Vivekananda Mission Ashram, Haldia

    1153

    Netra Sevaashram, Kolkata

    90

    Vivekananda Eye Clinic Care Centre

    100

  • A new MG project has been applied to do 3000 surgeries. This will be a multi district multi nation project with project implementation in two different districts.

  • SENIOR CITIZEN
  • Old lady inmates of Shanti Niwas- Barisha being supported by Divine Destination of Behala were taken around the city’s Puja pandals on a luxury bus as Sharad Parikarma. Snacks and lunch were provided to them.
  • Regularly providing cooking oil to an old age home at Behala.
  • ADULT LITERACY
  • A MG project is underway to provide adult literacy to empower women in Piyali.
  • ROTARY COMMUNITY CORPS
  • Handing over of three Schools at Joypul, Sardapally and Nabapally under 3-H to Tega Industries Ltd for running and maintenance of said three schools under CSR.
  • Tube well was inaugurated at Sardapally on 2.1.2012 by PP Nadine Homman of Rotary Club of New York City under Gift of Water program.
  • SMALL PROJECTS
  • “Dishari” Naihati under MG no: 70981 for Adult literacy for women and Micro-credit are doing well.
  • HEALTH PROMOTION
  • A diagnostic clinic shall be opened at Khardah at the cost of Rs. 35 lacs to help the citizens of that locality. An ambulance also shall be provided.
  • PACE MAKER PROJECT
  • We have conducted three Pacemaker implant under HG no: 0082 at Mohan Clinic under supervision of PP Dr Binod Binaykia.
  • ROTA SURGERY
  • An agreement was done with ICH, Kolkata to do the surgeries of poor children from PLC free.
  • Conducted 8 surgeries for Nigerian children under MG Gift of Life project.
  • Conducted 3 surgeries for Indian children under Club’s Gift of Life project.
  • DISASTER MANAGEMENT
  • The Club contributed Rs.1.25 lakhs for Sikkim Earthquake Relief Fund.
  • The Club contributed Rs.45,500/- to Sri Sankar Maity, who played a great role by saving the lives of various patients during the fire at AMRI Hospital, Dhakuria in December 2011.
  • HEARING AID PROJECT
  • 10 Hearing Aid were provided for the Hearing impaired Camp held on 1.7.2011.
  • Hearing Aids equipments handed over to two children from Sundarbans.
INTERNATIONAL SERVICES
  • INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
  • The club hosted numerous international visitors from USA, Africa, UK, Malaysia etc during the year including eminent Rotarians such as TRF Trustee Vice Chair Samuel A Okudzeto, DG Steve Wallace of D 5330, DGE Sylvia Whitlock of D 5300, IPDG Deepa Willingham of D 5240, PP Rtn. Vicky Wallace, & PP Rtn. Nadine Homann of USA, PP Rtn. Dr Dipak Banerjee of UK, PP Rtn. S. R. Sengupta of Malaysia.
  • PP Sampath Kumar and Subha Pal visited Rotary Club of London in District 1130 and Rotary Club of Firenze Brunelles in Italy.
  • PP Subha Pal visited several Rotary Clubs in overseas countries.
  • PP Vishnu visited neighboring country Bangladesh on Rotary business and forged strong bonds of friendship with District leaders.
  • INTERNATIONAL SERVICE PROJECTS
  • The club had a unique distinction of being involved with several matching grant projects as international partner:

    a. Dhaka Mobile library was symbolically inaugurated at Dhaka on 6.3.2012 in presence of RI President Kalyan Banerjee. Project was hosted by DG’s club RC of Dhaka Premier, while our club was supported internationally by RC Dum Dum and District-3291.

    b. Reach out to Africa – Under this theme, our club successfully carried out following international projects:

    i. Gift of Life for Nigerian kids by providing free cardiac surgeries at Kolkata. 34 children would benefit, 8 surgeries have been completed.

    ii. An eye clinic was set up at Auchi, Nigeria in partnership with RC Auchi Metropolitan and RC Guildford of UK. Clinic was inaugurated on 6th September 2011. A 4-doctors delegation led by PP Dr Neeraja Rateria visited Auchi to conduct inaugural surgeries, while two Nigerian doctors have received intensive training at L V Prasad Institute in India.

    iii. An 11-doctor Indo-Bangla Rotary Medical mission visited Nigerian district 9125 for hands-on service to surgically treat over 1000 beneficiaries.

    iv. A dedicated meeting was held on 6.1.2012 with TRF Trustee vice Chair & RIPR Rtn Samuel A Okudzeto at Taj Conference Room.

    v. A dedicated meeting was held with RID Rtn. Yaspal Das at the Taj Bengal Hotel.

    c. Projects have been planned and initiated in Australia to help tribal students and USA to help set up a community food pantry.

  • Projects worth more than 2 Million dollars have been handled by our club.
  • Our involvement during the current year in various projects is more than $ 4 million which includes:
  • a. $ 1.4 million new hospital building for ICH
  • b. $ 1.2 million school at Piyali
  • c. $ 1.4 million Matching Grant projects
  • ANNUAL PROGRAM FUND
  • Aggregate Club contribution to TRF has exceeded Half a million Dollars.
  • 25% of club members have become Major Donors to TRF this year.
  • The club, which is already 400% PHF club, is poised to become a 500% PHF Club.
  • Contributed over $ 104,745 to TRF in 2011-12 as promised to R I President Kalyan Banerjee.
  • PP Dr Neeraja Rateria is poised to reach the level 4 of Major Donor with her cumulative contribution of $1,00,000. She would be the only Rotarian of D 3291 at this level.
  • PP Sohanraj Singhvi with his cumulative contribution of $50,000 would become a Major Donor Level 3. He and his son Virendra (RC Cal Mayfair) together are the highest contributing duo of District 3291.
  • Rotarians reaching major Donor Level 2 with cumulative contribution of $ 25,000 are:a. PP Vishnu Dhandhania,
    b. IPP Jayanta Chatterji and
    c. Rtn Sanjay Agarwal (Hony member)
  • New Major Donors this year –a. President Dr Naresh Goyal,
    b. Rtn Sanjay Chowdhary
    c. Rtn Dindayal Bhiwaniwala
    d. Rtn Jayanta Neogi
  • Existing Major donors
    Level 2:
    a. PP Pradip Bothra,
    b. PP Sampath KumarLevel 1:
    a. Rtn Pawan Lohia
    b. Rtn I K Gupta
    c. Rtn Suraj Ratan Mundhra
    d. Rtn K K Dhandhania
    e. Late Devendra Kumar Bubna
  • INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER SERVICE
  • Rtn Dr Naresh Goyal became Humanitarian Cadre Member of TRF in the field of Child and Maternal Health and Disease Prevention and Treatment sectors. He will serve as Technical Reviewer or Site visitor. Rtn Vishnu Dhandhania is the only other member of the club serving as cadre.
  • GRANTS DETAILS
  • The details of both Matching Grants and Helping Grants for ongoing and incoming projects are published separately in the Souvenir.

 

VOCATIONAL AND YOUTH SERVICES
  • ENTREPRENERSHIP DEVEOPLMENT
  • Several persons were given Vocational Training under 3H project.
  • VOCATIONAL AWARD
  • Club recognized 5 eminent personalities in diverse fields which are as under:-

    1. Shri J S Mehta
    2. Shri Madan Mohanka
    3. Shri Gurbux Singh
    4. Ms Kristine Rizalinda Pederson
    5. Shri Srikanto Acharya

  • NEW GENERATION- ROTARACT & INTERACT
  • Joint Meeting was held with Rotaractors and Interactors on 14.1.2012.
  • FOUR WAY TEST
  • Four Way Test was printed in every Metro Voice and is displayed prominently during RWMs thus creating a brand image for Rotary.
  • ENVIORNMENT MANAGEMENT
  • IPP Jayanta Chatterji took great pain for the cleaning of Santragachi Jheel with others so that migratory birds from Kazakhstan, Russia and China can keep their date during the winter at the said Jheel.

 

PIYALI LEARNING CENTRE

We have been waiting long for this day for the arrival of Deepadi, IPDG (5240) Deepa Willingham with her team from PACE to celebrate the Dedication Ceremony of opening of the new school building of Piyali Learning Center on 10th February 2012 at Gaurdaha, Piyali. Beautiful breeze and bright sunshine on the spring day greeted this occasion. We all started early from Kolkata to be on time for this great ceremony. It was a procession of cars and all of us were eager to enjoy the day, the great day for Piyali Learning Center.

The building for the Canteen and the Community hall was almost ready and they were decorated with balloons, ribbons and some carpets on the floor. Children were mingling happily amongst themselves and the whole place was buzzing with life, the wind and the sunshine made the atmosphere pleasant. We have been waiting long for this day to see Deepadi cut the red ribbon and open the new building. A big crowd of Rotarians from other clubs, Rotary Club of Calcutta South-east and Rotary Club of Rabindra Sarobar as well graced the occasion and we were proud to share this day with every one.

The Community Hall upstairs is spacious and was soon filled with children and visitors. Piyali Learning Center organized a function to remember the day. It was no exception this time; children were ready to present a great show for all like they do wonderfully all the time. The principal Alokeparna Ghosh opened the ceremony and welcomed all. Deepadi delivered an interesting lecture. She emphasized the parts played by all groups of volunteers like spokes in a wheel to make the project successful. PDG Vijay Bhandari reminded us how the school started from the negotiations with Deepadi and Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan. Lot of hard work and dedication from the members of RCCM made it possible to arrive at the present day. The team thanked IPP Jayanta Chatterji and Rotarian Jayanta Neogi for their constant vigil, presence and dedication to oversee the construction of the building brick by brick. There is still a lot of work to be done and without doubt it will be done by the RCCM and the Pace Universal. The Principal, Alokeparna Ghosh welcomed Rotarian Maitrayee Ghosh and Deepa Willingham to light up the candle as a sign to bring in good fortune and well being for Piyali Learning Center. The long awaited programme started; there was huge applause from the audience when the screen opened. The entire audience was amazed to see the colourful appliquéd back-screen. It was magnificent.

Piyali senior girls were wearing white and red bordered sarees and flowers on their hair-bun; they danced in rhythm with the Sanskrit slokas and offered flowers to Goddess Saraswati, the Goddess of Learning and Wisdom. The juniors started their musical play. The story goes, Ayesha, the little girl does not want to go to school and how the little school children in the village with their dance and songs and various play acting persuaded Ayesha and in the end she joined in and merrily started her new school with her new friends. The very innovative stage play, the costumes being made by the vocational training ladies, was superb. Then they started a play which is primarily based on the difficult local issue of child-marriage. It was done in english. An under-aged girl child wants to marry her boyfriend, a young man in the village. Mother tries her best to stop her giving her all the good reasons against marriage and warns her about the dangers of child-marriage. The girl pays no attention and marries the young man who is a crook and was in the process to sell her to a gang of rogues. With the help of friends and some locals and the police the boy is caught red-handed and put in a jail along with the other miscreants. The story depicts the typical problem unfortunately even this day Piyali Learning Center continually suffers from losing its children now and then. This is a poignant way to teach the children some awareness of the problems of early marriages. This was a joint effort of the very talented school teachers of Piyali Learning Center to have staged a magnificent and meaningful play to the audience. DG Angshuman Bandyopadhyay joined in later and requested the entire audience to sing with him the popular song, “Dhitang Dhitang Boley”. DG Angshuman Bandyopadhyay and Rotarian Ahsoke Agarwal spoke very highly of the school program and Piyali Learning Center as a wonderful project nurtured by Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan and their sponsors Pace Universal.

After the Dedication Ceremony was over the entire audience went down for the lunch at the large canteen. Tables were set for six people in each group and food was served at the tables one by one. Hot lunch was very tasty. The buzz all round was one of amazement and excitement. The visitors from PACE were full of praise for the hard work every one put in over the years and they wished that the project carries on with great speed and overcome the problems. The dignitaries and guests departed one by one with the feeling, what sheer hardship, love, determination and dedication could achieve. Indeed we are all very proud of Piyali Learning Center, its teachers, students and every one who is attached with this wonderful organization which was a dream child of Deepadi.

By Rtn Maitrayee Ghosh

GIFT OF LIFE

The announcement letter for the above mentioned matching grant was issued on 10th May 2011. Initially, the project was approved with only one hospital, RTIICS participating as a project partner where the operations would have been carried out. This project was aimed to provide free heart surgeries to 34 needy kids from Nigeria.

However, subsequently after receiving the approval, when the modalities of the project were being finalized there was considerable delay in finalizing the project protocol which was mandated to be signed by each beneficiary’s family accepting the terms and conditions of the project.

The major clauses that were debated upon revolved upon issues relating to medical insurance coverage for the people accompanying the patients to India for the operation. The host partners faced considerable challenge in identifying the appropriate service providers who would be providing the requisite medical insurance coverage in India.

The second challenge was faced in the area of identifying the beneficiaries who would be treated under the project. Several beneficiaries initially identified were turned down by RTIICS since their medical condition was so critical that ether they would not have been able to undertake the journey to India or the chances of success of the operation was very low.

In the meantime, the project partners mutually discussed and agreed to revise the scope of the project to include two more hospitals – BM Birla Heart Research Centre, Kolkata and the Mission Hospital in Durgapur to be partners in service. With this the project was amended to provide free surgeries to 41 beneficiaries.

Till date 9 patients have already been treated under this program.

In a separate program jointly conducted with our Inner Wheel Club, till date 3 Indian children have been treated under the Indian Gift of Life.

2010-2011 25th Year “BUILDING COMMUNITIES

2010-2011 25th Year “BUILDING COMMUNITIES

BRIDGING CONTINENTS”

2010 – 2011 25th YEAR BUILDING COMMUNITIES BRIDGING CONTINENTS
President – JAYANT CHATTERJI   Hony. Secretary – MAITRAYEE GHOSH
CLUB SERVICES
MEETINGS & MEMBERSHIP

  • A record number of 48 RWMs including 4 Club Assemblies were held during the year featuring eminent speakers of national and international repute like Gen. S.K. Sinha (former governor of Assam & Jammu & Kashmir), PRIP Raja Saboo, DG Deepa Willingham (D-5240), Dr. S.K. Mukherjee (Educationalist), Raju Mukherji (former cricketer & ICC Match Referee), DGN Sylvia Whitlock (D-5300), Pranab Ranjan Ray (Art Critic), Sir Samar Das, MBE (Ophthalmologist), PDG Saliu Ahmed (D-9125), Dr. Gautam Bhattacharjee (Oncologist), Devang Gandhi (Cricketer) to name only a few.
  • 48 editions of the Club’s weekly bulletin published during the year covering all the five avenues of service received wide acclaim from Rotarians the world over.
  • The Editor took special care to ensure that copies of e-bulletins reached all Rotarians connected with our Club across the globe.
  • The Club website provided useful information about its activities all over the world.
  • The overall attendance of the Club rose to 51% during the year.
  • The membership strength rose from 59 to 63 during the year. 4 Hony. Members, viz., Deepa Willingham, Manik Shahani, Ramesh Agarwalla and Saliu Ahmed, were also added during the year.

CLUB EVENTS

  • The Club’s Silver Jubilee Debate was organized in commemoration of the Club’s 25th years of existence on 26th November 2010. The subject was “Democracy was the privilege of the Powerful”. The debate was moderated by Dr. Suman Mukherjee, noted educationist and a celebrity himself in the debating world. Eminent speakers like S.M. Devadasan, Ashok Vishwanathan, Mudar Patherya, Dr. Sashi Panja, Dr. Kunar Sarkar, Dr. Sandip Chatterjee and others participated in the lively debate.
  • RCCM members staged their first Club Drama – “River Renaissance – Rabindranath” on 12th March 2011 as part of its Silver Jubilee Celebrations at The Flotel to raise funds for its project AHEAD, a school for the differently abled. It was also a tribute to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore on his 150th birth anniversary celebrations. The programme, conceived and scripted by PP Subha Pal and co-ordinated by PP Maitrayee Ray involved active participation of RCCM and Inner Wheel Club members and their spouses. The programme provided members a unique opportunity to show case Rotary in action through fellowship and service. The programme was followed by cocktails hosted by PP Subha Pal and spouse Manab Pal on the banks of River Hooghly. A sum of Rs.25,000/- was donated to AHEAD.

FELLOWSHIP & FAMILY VALUES

  • Lively fellowships were held during the year enabling members to display their talent in various fields. The Club Drama rehearsals, the pre-Independence meet, the Moviemania programme, The Christmas Eve gathering and the Naboborsho programme were indeed a huge hit.
  • The last RWM of every month were reserved as Family Day where birthdays & anniversaries of memebrs were celebrated with the cutting of cakes and presentation of gifts.
  • otarians were encouraged with recognition for attendance and performance every month.

INTER CLUB & DISTRICT RELATION

  • Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan organised joint meetings with RC Renaissance, RC South East, RC Calcutta and Inner Wheel Club of Calcutta Metropolitan during the year.
  • The President attended the Conference of District 5240 in California as a speaker in the plenary session.
  • President visited partner clubs RC Santa Barbara, RC Santa Ynez Valley, RC Ventura and RC Thousand Oaks as Guest Speaker.
  • RCCM held a joint meeting with Zonal Clubs RCC South Central, RC Greater Calcutta & RCC South East.
  • RCCM paid goodwill visits to RC South Central, RC Belvedere Gardens, RC Calcutta Chowringhee, RC belur, RC Park Point and RC Mahanagar during the year.
  • 15 Metropolitans participated in the District Conference.
  • 10 Metropolitans participated in the District Assembly.

FUND-RAISING

  • “KOLKATA HAAT” – a fund-raising project of RC Calcutta Metropolitan and Inner Wheel Club of Calcutta Metropolitan through exhibition and sale was held at the Ice Skating Rink on 21st, 22nd and 23rd September 2010 and again from 29th to 31st March 2011.  Over 9000 people visited the 69 odd stalls showcasing artwork, textiles, showpieces, jewellery and more.  The vocational trainees of the Club’s flagship project at Piyali put up stall to showcase their products which received wide appreciation.  The proceeds from the fair would be utilized in helping various Club Projects.

ROTARY’S BRAND IMAGE

  • The activities of the Club in all the avenues of service were extensively covered by the media both at the national and international level thereby adding to the Brand Image of Rotary.
COMMUNITY SERVICES
PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED

  • 1035 artificial limbs, 543 calipers and 49 prosthetic hands were provided to the physically challenged in association with Mahavir Seva Sadan under MG # 70741 with RC Thousand Oaks.
  • A limb camp was organized at Simurali, Nadia for free distribution of artificial limbs, calipers and prosthetic hands in association with Mahavir Seva Sadan under the auspices of Naihati Rajiv Gandhi Handicapped Society. Over a hundred limbs were provided.
  • A similar camp was also held jointly with Inner Wheel Club of Calcutta Metropolitan, Mahavir Seva Sadan and Naihati Rajiv Gandhi Handicapped Society for free distribution of artificial limbs, hands & calipers at Naihati.

MENTALLY CHALLENGED

The physio-therapy unit at Cheshire Home was flagged off officially by PRIP Raja Saboo who also opened the Garden of Blessed Petals for its mentally challenged inmates. The programme was followed by a touching performance by the inmates of Divine Smile.

AHEAD

  • Foundation Day & Independence Day of AHEAD, the school for the differently abled were celebrated on 13th & 15th August 2011 respectively. The students impressed all present with an impressive cultural show.
  • The Club organized a fund-rising event at Floatel later in the year and donated a sum of Rs.25,000/- for the development of the school.
  • The Singapore International Foundation visited AHEAD to celebrate the Project Completion and Valedictory Session. The SIF representatives lauded the efforts of RCCM in this project.

AVOIDABLE BLINDNESS

The Rotary Year started with a mega Eye Screening Camp at the campus of Society for Community Intervention & Research where over 300 persons from the weaker sections of the society were examined by experts under the leadership of Dr. Neeraja Rateria.

SENIOR CITIZEN

“Maha Saptami” this year provided a change in the daily routine of the residents of ‘Shanti Niwas’ of Behala. 15 residents were escorted by Metropolitans and Rotaractors to the pandals of Samaj Sebi Lake Youth Corner and Shibmandir Durga Puja and Ballygunge Cultural Association on “Sharad Parikrama”. After “darshan” of “Ma Durga” the senior citizens were treated to a sumptuous lunch hosted by IPP Dr. Binod Binaykia & anne Anjula at Mohan Clinic. Metropolitans and Rotaractors also joined the lunch.

ADULT LITERACY
Basic Literacy

  • Free education is being imparted to nearly 200 poor girls at Piyali Village in the Club ‘s flagship joint venture project with PACE Universal, USA, a non-profit organization. Free breakfast, lunch, uniforms, toiletteries, etc., are provided to the students. The students have been immensely benefitted by this project which has changed the lives of the entire community.
  • Vocational Training is provided to villagers of Piyali & Naihati under Matching Grant project # 67125 and # 70981.
  • Micro Credit is provided to Villagers after successful completion of Vocational Training under 3H Grant Project # 09-66532.
  • Micro Credit to the tune of Rs.8,87,000/- has been provided to 148 villagers from Joypul, Saradapalli and Nabapalli this year.

ROTARY COMMUNITY CORPS:

Regular Meetings were held with the RCCs of Piyali and Gourdaha before providing 5 Tubewells and 25 toilets to the villagers under 3H Grant Project # 09-66532.

COMMUNITY SERVICES – HEALTHCARE
  • The Club held awareness and health-camps throughout the year in the villages of Piyali & Barasat and slum areas of Kolkata for the welfare of the underprivileged children of God.
  • Heart & Diabetes check up camps were held by RCCM during the year.
  • 14 VSD surgeries were done on the poor children of Nigeria and Kolkata free of cost.
  • RC Calcutta Metropolitan has been an active supporter of RI’s Polio eradication project through its inception and has participated in all the NIDs held this year immunizing over 30000 children below 5 years with polio drops.
  • Rs.2,50,000/- was donated to Cancer Centre Welfare Home and Research Institute towards their Palliative Care Unit.
  • A bubble c-pap machine was donated to the Institute of Child Health under a joint Helping Grant project with RC South East.
  • Pompa Mondal, a student of PLC, suffered a major fracture in her arm. IPP Dr. Binod Binaykia took all steps to have Pompa treated in his own nursing home till her complete recover.
  • Mousumi Ghosh, a student of the Club supported school in Naihati, underwent a corrective surgery to repair a deformed leg she was born with. The surgery was monitored in association with Mahavir Seva Sadan. Mousumi is much better after the operation.

 

VOCATIONAL SERVICES
  • Vocational Training is being provided under MG # 67125 and # 70981 at Piyali and Naihati wher over 100 women have been benefitted.
  • The vocational trainees at Piyali have received special training in jewelry making and their wares have been given exposure in various exhibition and fairs not only in Kolkata, but also in USA and Australia. The women have started earning a livelihood through this vocation.
  • The Club celebrated Rotary’s Vocational Service month by recognizing eminent personalities like Dr. Sukumar Mukherjee, Dr. Suman Mukherjee, Shri Raju Mukherji, Sri Partho Sarothy and Dr. Ashesh Banerjee Chowdhury with the Club’s Vocational Excellence Awards.
  • The Club has built up an infrastructure for a Computer Lab to promote computer literacy among the youth at Piyali under MG Project # 72775 with RC University Area, Houston. 20 computers with all other accessories including furniture have been provided in this laboratory.
  • Rtn. Bimal Pal, Director of Vocational Services, provided educational support and training to Aklaque Khan, an under-trial inmate of Presidency Correctional Home for 6 months to help him qualify in the MBA exams in first class. The matter received wide media coverage.
NEW GENERATION SERVICES
  • 2 Interact Clubs were sponsored by the Club during the year viz: National High School for Boys and National High School for Girls.
  • President Jayanta Chatterji, at the invitation of RC Morro Bay and RC Los Osos of RID-5240 (USA), addressed the Charter Night of the Interact Club of Morro Bay School as Guest Speaker on 2nd November 2010.
  • RCCM, in association with Satyam Seva Kendra, has organized a Carrom Tournament and a football tournament.
  • Rtn. Bimal Pal, at the invitation of ISKCON, participated at its Seminar, “PRERANA” with a talk on the “Science and Art of Living” as the Guest of Honour. His speech was appreciated by the youth who were the targeted audience of this seminar.
  • A children’s “inclusive” Film Festival was held for the students of AHEAD which was attended by the Interact Club of members of La Martiniere School for Boys and Girls and St. James School for boys. The programme was a grand success.

 

INTERNATIONAL SERVICES
EXCHANGE PROGRAMME

  • The Club hosted over 75 visitors from USA, UK, Africa and Australia during the year including eminent Rotarians like DG Deepa Willingham, DGN Sylvia Whitlock, Sir Samar Das MBE, PDG Saliu Ahmed to name a few.
  • PP Subha Pal visited several Rotary Clubs in UK during the year.
  • President Jayanta Chatterji addressed two sessions at the Conference of District 5240 in California, USA at the invitation of Governor Deepa Willigham.  He addressed the weekly meetings of RCs Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez Valley, Ventura and Thousand Oaks and the Interact Club of Morro  Bay School as guest speaker. He also exchanged views with Governor Sunny Sharma of RID-5890 and the IPP Art Bautista, IPP of RC University Area, Houston at a breakfast meeting at the invitation of the former at his residence.
  • DG Deepa Willingham (USA), DGN Sylvia Whitlock (USA), Sir Samar Das MBE (UK) and PDG Saliu ahmed (Nigeria) addressed weekly meetings of our Club as guest speaker.

INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS

A.  ONGOING PROJECTS

  • MG # 67125      ALP at Piyali.
  • MG # 70741      Artificial Limbs Project – Closure in May.
  • MG # 70820      Integrated Village Development Project in Joggonagar, Islampur & Papuri.
  • MG # 70981      Women’s empowerment at Naihati.
  • MG # 74014      IOL Cataract Surgeries.
  • MG # 74529      Providing Pediatric Ventilators to Institute of Child Health (ICH).

B. 3H GRANT PROJECTS

  • 3H 02-1343       Integrated Village Development at Barasat. Project closed on 31st December 2009. Final Report under preparation.
  • 3H 09-66532     Integrated Community Development at Piyali. Work on in full swing.

C. HELPING GRANT PROJECTS

  • HG # 0078         Providing One Bubble C-Pap machine to Institute of Child Health jointly with RC Calcutta South East.
  • HG # 0082         Providing 7 Pacemakers to the poor at Mohan Clinic.

D. NEW PROJECTS UNDER MATCHING GRANT

  • MG # 74818      Soil Biotechnology Treatment Plant (SBT) at Piyali jointly with RC Calcutta South East.
  • MG # 75134      Diesel Generator & Auxiliary equipment at Piyali jointly with RC Belur.

E. PROJECTS AS INTERNATIONAL PARTNER

(Building Communities Bridging Continents)

  • MG # 73411      Eye Care Clinic at Auchi, Nigeria.
  • MG # 74867      Providing free Heart Surgeries to 24 Nigerian Kids in Kolkata.
  • MG # 75117      An agricultural training for bushfood production programme among indigenous school students at Renmark High School in South Australia to bring a generational change in their well-being.

WORLD PEACE & UNDERSTANDING

  • RCCM produced documentary films on its various projects to commemorate its silver jubilee. The film “Your Dollars at Work” won wide acceptance especially in USA and Australia and helped the Club in getting more international partners for their various Matching Grant Projects.
  • The achievements of the Club’s 3H project in the four villages have earned it universal acceptance. The achievements of the project have been recognized and highlighted in RI’s website through a 11-minute video documentary “Make No Small Plans”.
  • President Jayanta Chatterji was appointed the Co-ordinator of India – USA Inter Country committee.

TRF CONTRIBUTION

  • The all-time giving of RCCM to TRF is $3,80,253.69 including a sum of $ 21000 during the year.
  • Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan achieved the unique distinction of becoming the first 400% PHF Club in the District during the year.
2009-2010 24th Year “THE FUTURE OF ROTARY IS IN YOUR HANDS”

2009-2010 24th Year “THE FUTURE OF ROTARY IS IN YOUR HANDS”

2009 – 2010 24 th YEAR THE FUTURE OF ROTARY IS IN YOUR HANDS President Dr Binod Binaykia Hony. Secretary Jayanta Neogi
CLUB SERVICES
Membership Development

  • The membership strength of the club increased from 55 to 59 in the last year with the joining of new members.
  • Rtn. Nisha Singhania, Rtn. Subir Dutta and Dr. Sarbani Ghosh. Rtn. Anil Sahgal and Rtn. Dipankar Sarkar returned to the Club’s fold after a short interval.

Inter Club & District Relation

  • Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan organized joint meetings with RC South East, RC Chowringhee, RC Victoria and RC Mid Town during the year.
  • Seven Rotarians from our club participated at the District Conference, ‘Bartika’.
  • Rotarians also joined the Holi Meet organized by Dist 3291, co-sponsored by RC Metropolitan.
  • RC Calcutta Metropolitan participated in District Bengali New Year Meet, Rota Quiz and District Antakshari Programme.
  • RC Calcutta Metropolitan had joint regular weekly meeting on 10th December 2010 with RC Victoria and RC Mid Town to felicitate DGE Deepa Willingham, Dist 5240 and her team members from Pace Universal, USA.

President & Secretary’s Meet at Shantiniketan

  • On an invitation from DG Utpal Mazumdar, Rtn Dr. Binaykia and Rtn Jayanta Neogi joined the President and Secretary’s Meet at Shantiniketan along with a group of approximately 80 Rotarians on 21st Nov 2009. PDG Ashok Agarwal of Dist 3240 was the Chief Guest and PDG Ravindra Sehgal was the Guest of Honour. District Governor Utpal Mazumdar, District Secretary Uttam Ganguly and other District officials were present at the meeting.

District Golf Tournament

  • Under the Global Networking Group Rotary International District 3291 along with RC Calcutta Metropolitan, RC Victoria, RC Garden Reach, RC Calcutta and RC Chowringee organized a Golf Tournament under Rotary Golfing Fellowship for the second year at RCGC, Tollygunge on 27th February, 2010. 34 Rotarian golfers from different Rotary Clubs participated in the tournament. PE Naresh Goyal, PP Raju Poddar, Rtn Dipankar Sarkar participated in the game that continued for four hours followed by lunch. District Governor Utpal Mazumdar distributed the prizes.

RI Dist-3291 Conference: BARTIKA

  • RI Dist-3291 Conference BARTIKA which commenced on 15th January 2010 with the former Indian cricket captain Saurav Ganguly’s presence, concluded a little prematurely on 17th January due to our former Chief Minister Sri Jyoti Basu’s sad demise that morning. The Conference was professionally managed and elections were held for DG-RY2012-13. Rtn Uttam Ganguly of RC Ravindra Sarobar was elected as DG for RY2012-13.

    As many as 17 members from our Club attended the Conference. Dr. Neeraja Rateria spoke about Services Beyond Borders, encapsulating her experiences in Nigeria. Secretary Jayanta Neogi summed up the community service session highlighting the community service activities of our club and proposed the vote of thanks. Our new member Nisha Singhania accompanied by Dr. Neeraja Rateria attended the special session for new members and they participated in the symposium. In the evenings there was fun and fellowship. Our Club Secretary Rtn Jayanta Neogi was very regular and attended almost all the sessions. PP Rtn I K Gupta and PP Rtn Vishnu Dhandhania also were quite regular.

RCC Workshop

  • Our Club’s executive Sri Dipak Das & Sri Anukul Mondal, President of our Club’s RCC of Saradapally attended a RCC Work Shop on 3rd January 2010 at Ardabak, Moyna, Nowapara, Barasat, North 24 Parganas organized by RC of Barasat. The Workshop related to “Health Hygiene and Micro Finance” started at 9:30 AM and terminated at 3:00 PM. PP Rtn. Nirmal Kumar Roy Choudhury, RVC Chair, RID-3291, inaugurated the workshop. Rtn. PB Mitra described the importance of Micro Finance & Self Help Group. Rtn Dr Sunil Nag discussed Health Hygiene.

    Our Club’s RCC Saradapally President Anukul Mondal participated in the discussions and described our Club’s running of Micro Credit Projects at Saradapally, Joypul & Nabapally. Representatives from six other RCCs also participated in the discussion.

Bulletin & Souvenir

  • RC Metropolitan published weekly bulletin ‘Metro Voice’ covering club activities in all four avenues of services, forthcoming events, information on Rotary International, district events, minutes of the meeting, birthday & anniversary of club members, and guest speaker with photographs.The Club has introduced E-Bulletin from the Rotary Year 2009-10 and circulated to all members and other clubs under Dist 3291.RC Calcutta Metropolitan’s website has been updated from time to time and Rotarians from all over the world can have access to our projects, club programmes, date and venue of the weekly meetings.

Fund Raising

  • Club Projects are supported by the members’ contribution and fund raising through souvenir, advertisement and fund raising programmes. Like every year club members have contributed a substantial amount to TRF and club projects.

    Sarod Recital by Pandit Partho Sarothy was organized for fund raising on 3rd March 2010 at Rotary Sadan for various club projects.

    Our Club achieved the unique distinction of being recognized as a 300% Paul Harris Fellow Club and have contributed a cumulative sum of $ 350,000 towards TRF.

Computer Literacy Project

  • Piyali Learning Center at Piyali, 24-Parganas South is a free english medium school for the under-privileged girls of the four villages of Piyali. The school is managed by the Rotarians of our club and sponsored jointly with international partner Pace Universal, USA. Students of the school of class VII & VIII have been given opportunity to learn basic computer operation. There are 6 computers in the school and each batch of 6 heads is given training at a time, during school hours.

    Adult learners under Adult Literacy Project were also given special classes on computer services. RC Calcutta Metropolitan with the assistance of international partner RC University Area, Houston, USA plans to introduce Computer Literacy Project with 20 computers and accessories for the financially weak young girls of the four villages around Piyali.

Fellowship & Family Values

  • Rotarians of RC Calcutta Metropolitan believe in community service projects and fellowship among the members. A fellowship programme was held every month during the year sponsored by the members themselves.

    This year, the club also organized a Diwali Meet, Christmas Eve programme, Annual Picnic, and River Cruise on Bengali New Year.

Service Beyond Borders

  • Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan organized a joint meeting with eleven other clubs of Dist 3291. Eleven premier clubs of our RI District 3291 came together and held a fabulous joint meeting titled “SERVICE BEYOND BORDERS”, on the evening of 11 February 2010 at HHI, to felicitate a Nigerian delegation comprising PDG (D-9125) Saliu O. Ahmed, Rtn. Abdulazeez Yakubu Elamah (D-9140), Rtn. Yakubu O. Musa and Anne Aretha Nafisa Saiu Ahmed, and also to commemorate RI District 3291’s recent medical mission to Nigeria.

    The participating Rotary Clubs were: Belur, Howrah, Mahanagar, Chowringhee, Garden Reach, South City, Inner City, North Calcutta, Salt Lake Metropolitan and Salt Lake Uptown, who co-hosted the event with RC Calcutta Metropolitan, the lead host club. RI Director-Nominee PDG Sekhar Mehta, DG Utpal Majumdar, ARRFC Ravi Sehgal and DRFC PDG Debasish Mitra participated on the occasion and shared their visions, experiences and thoughts, in their respective inimitable styles. DGE Raju Khandelwal, DG-Nominee Angshuman and PDG Vijay Bhandari also graced the occasion, which turned out to be an unprecedented demonstration of world understanding and inter-club relations.

    Described by RI Director-Nominee Sekhar as a MIRACLE MAN, the Director of Medical Missions – our Club’s very own PP Vishnu Dhandhania very efficiently and effectively conceptualized the project and handled and organized the unique event with aplomb.

    Our Club President Dr. Binod Binaykia inaugurated the evening’s proceedings, while AG PP Vishnu Dhandhania made the keynote speech with a power-point presentation of the medical mission to Nigeria. The ever-smiling guest from Nigeria PDG Saliu Ahmed showed a video on the subject, prepared from a Nigerian perspective. Our member AG PP Dr. Neeraja Rateria who was a key member of the mission, also presented her impressions on the historic visit.

  • Rotary Community Corps (RCC) of Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan
  • The Club has sponsored two RCCs at Gourdaha and Naihati this year bringing the total number of RCCs sponsored by the Club to six.
COMMUNITY SERVICES
Inauguration of Dental Clinic at Joypul

  • The RC of Calcutta Metropolitan, under the 3H Project set up a Dental Clinic at Joypul, as a further extension of the Medical Day Care Centre at a cost of Rs. 400000/- . This clinic will provide dental care to more than 25000 villagers of Barasat. The Clinic was formally inaugurated on 6th December, 2009 in the presence of Rotarians of RCCM and RCC members and villagers from Joypul, Nabapally, Saradapally and Chaltaberia.

Women Empowerment

  • Adult Literacy Project at Piyali ( South 24 Parganas) & Naihati (North 24 Parganas) has started yielding good results already. The beneficiaries have started showing more interest and the popularity of the programme is increasing. Our project partners for Piyali and Naihati are RC Thousand Oaks and RC Moorpark, both of USA, respectively.

Pace Maker Project

  • President Dr. Binod Binaykia in his installation meeting announced that Pace Maker Implantation Project would remain as an ongoing project, free of cost. As a Primary Contact he has invited applications from other clubs and from the District Governor. DG Rtn. Utpal Mazumder present in the meeting announced that 50% of the cost would be paid from District Fund.
  • Dr. Binod Binaykia has, in the last 8 months, implanted 8 Pace Makers to needy people. Pace Maker implantation otherwise costs Rs. 50,000 each.

Avoidable Blindness and Eye Care

  • IOL Project is an ongoing project of our club. PP Dr Neeraja Rateria has completed 80 free cataract surgery funded from our club budget allotted for the project. Rotarians were present at the time of screening and bringing patients from rural areas like 24 Parganas (North), Hooghly and 24 Parganas (South). RCCM is also doing free cataract surgery with IOL implantation under matching Grant No. 70441, partnered by Rotary Club of Guildford, Dist 1250 and England. This project is for the benefit of the economically weaker sections of the people who cannot afford surgery due to prohibitive cost as well as ignorance.

Concern for Physically & Mentally Challenged Distribution of Artificial Limbs & Calipers

  • RC of Calcutta Metropolitan with their partner of the flagship project, Mahabir Seva Sadan, celebrated Republic Day at 11 A.M. on 26th January, 2010. President Dr. Binod Binaykia, DGN Angsuman Bandyopadhyay in the presence of Mr JS Mehta, President of MSS and Rtn. Utpal Chatterjee, Sheriff of Kolkata hoisted the national flag and spoke on the community service. Rtn. Utpal Chatterjee, Sheriff of Kolkata, DGN Angsuman Bandyopadhyay and Dr. Binod Binaykia presented scholarships to the physically challenged. MSS have registered new applications for artificial limbs and calipers.

NID PULSE POLIO & Awareness on Polio

  • RC of Calcutta Metropolitian participated in the National Immunisation Day Pulse Polio Programme on 10th January, 2010 and 14th March, 2010.

    PP Somsankar Bagchi, Project Contact organized an awareness campaign on polio eradication with the help of Rotarian and Rotaract members of our club. 15 Booths under ward no. 116 & 17 were visited and polio campaign volunteers were given refreshments and campaign materials given by Rotary District 3291. RCCM has participated in all NID programs during RY 2009-10.

Awareness on Diabetes

  • On the 21st January, 2010, at our regular weekly meeting, Rtn. Dr. Mary D Cruz spoke on Diabetes & its treatment. She explained with an audio visual presentation how to have control on food habits and to maintain health by physical exercise.

Ear Awareness Talk

  • An awareness talk on the functioning and care of the ear was given by Rtn Dr. Manoj Agarwal of our club during a regular meeting. A lucid presentation with audiovisual examples helped members get a better understanding of the delicate structure of the ear and the ailments plaguing it.

Rotary Kolkata Walkathon

  • In 2007, 14th November was officially declared as ‘World Diabetes Day’ by the United Nations. A mega-event ‘KOLKATA WALKATHON’ had been organized on 15th Nov 2009 (one day after World Diabetes Day) flagged off by the Commissioner of Police, Sri Goutam Mohan Chakravarti at 7 am from Victoria Memorial North Gate.

    The goal of the campaign is to encourage Public-Private Partnership in Kolkata & raise awareness primarily among senior citizens of the warning signs of diabetes and promote action to encourage early diagnosis & in case of diabetic people healthy lifestyle.

    Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan hosted this mega district event as the lead club. Rtn Dr Mary D’Cruz of our club spoke on Diabetes in presence of the District Governor and other eminent dignitaries participated in the programme.

Prevention of Aids Awareness Camp, Blood Donation Camp & Awareness For Thalassaemia

  • RC Calcutta Metropolitan organised Blood Donation Camp for Thalassaemia Patients jointly with People’s Blood Bank and Mondalpara Children’s Samity on 11th April 2010 at Jadavpur and Dhakuria. Around 82 persons were selected and blood was donated to the Blood Bank.

    A lecture on Thalassaemia and how to prevent it was organised. Haematologist Dr. Debasis Banerjee gave the lecture on 8th April 2010. A project to launch Thalassaemia Screening camp at National High School was discussed and planned.

Blood Donation Camp At IIMC, Joka

  • Blood donation camp was organized by RC of Calcutta Metropolitan at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta campus on 3rd August 2009 in association with the institute’s Students Council. This is for the first time that with RC of Calcutta Metropolitan’s initiative, the students of IIMC were able to organize such a camp in the campus. 70 students of IIMC donated blood on that day. President Dr Binod Binaykia, Rtn Dibyendu Banerjee, and Rtn Bimal Pal were present in the camp. Dr Binaykia along with other doctors of our club supervised the camp.

Rota Surgery Project : Ear Surgery

  • Rtn Dr. Manoj Agarwal of our club had done ear surgery on four students of the students of Piyali Learning Centre. Rina Mondal, Anima Mondal, Dipa Mridha & Rumpa Naskar had been suffering from chronic ear discharge and reduced hearing for many years. They were earmarked for surgery at the multi medical camp conducted at PLC last year. All four students are doing well.

Virtual Blood Bank

  • Our club is working on this project from October 2009. Dr Manoj Agarwal is the Project Contact, and Dr. Naresh Goyal and Dr Binod Binaykia is assiting him. They have been working to create a database with the names, contact numbers, and blood groups of the Roatarians, their family members and anyone who wishes to be a part of the virtual blood bank. The blood bank shall provide people access to blood of various groups and would be only a phone call away.
  • RC Calcutta Metropolitan Supports “Heart to Heart” Project
  • RC Calcutta Metropolitan sponsored one corrective heart surgery in support of the” Heart to Heart” Project of RC Imphal under Dist. 3240 to provide surgical support to children up to 15 years with a hole in the heart from the low income.

Distribution of Free Hearing Aids for the Hearing Impaired

  • The Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan conducted a camp on Sunday, 11th April 2010 to screen underprivileged people with hearing impairment at Mohan Clinic in South Calcutta. The camp was conducted by Rtn. Dr. Manoj Agarwal who screened 24 potential candidates to assess their degrees of hearing impairment. At the end of the camp Rtn. Dr. Agarwal assessed that out of the 24 people screened, 17 people would be benefited by a hearing aid. The Club had initially decided to donate 10 free hearing aids to the deserving underprivileged. However, based on the assessment, it was decided that free hearing aids will be provided to all 17 people.

Mother And Child Care And Family Welfare Matri Mangal Pratisthan Health Care project

  • RC of Calcutta Metropolitan provided health care to poor children by handing over medical equipment to Matrimangal Pratisthan under the Helping Grant Project # 09-0005 with financial support from Eastern India Rotary Welfare Trust, RI District-3291. Project Contact Dr. Naresh Goyal and President Dr. Binod Binaykia, Hony Secretary Jayanta Neogi and Rotarians of R C Calcutta Metrpolitan participated at the handing over ceremony at the hospital complex. The school was started in 2007 with a vision to educate the local girls of Piyali 24-Parganas South and support them thus enabling them to be confident, self sufficient and have a dignified future. Piyali Learning Centre is a primary free school of 178 students and 15 teachers giving free education in english medium, and proiding free breakfast, mid-day meal, school dress and study material. Periodical medical check up for the students is done by Rotarian doctors of our club. The club has extended free medial treatment to all the students and teahers of the school.

Service to Senior Citizen

  • A Neurological Mega Check-up for Senior Citizens was organized by our club in association with Shree Swetamber Terapanth Sabha at Terapanth Bhavan. President Dr. Binod Binaykia inaugurated the event, while Dr. Pratap Sancheti, a leading neurologist of AFMC, Pune, and PDG Chandra Mohan graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

  • A Saradiya tour was organized during the Durga Puja Festival. The club had selected 35 elderly men and women from the village of Moukhali for distribution of new sarees & clothing for men. The group was brought to Kolkata by train and taken around the city by bus by the Rotarians andRotaract members of Calcutta Metropolitan. Lunch was rnoon by the members at Mohan Clinic. DG Utpal Majumdar, Dist. Secretary Uttam Ganguly & PDG Debasis Mitra were present.

Mentally Challenged

  • RC of Calcutta Metropolitan was committed to assist Chesire Home, Tollygunge for the welfare of the mentally challenged residing at the center. Our club has renovated the Day care Center of Chesire Home, Tollygunge. Fund raising programme was held on 3rd March 2010 inviting Pandit Parthasarathy to perform. Fund was raised for donating medical equipment for the Physiotherapy Unit of Chesire Home. Our club had undertaken the responsibility to renovate the building and open a Physiotheraphy Unit by May 2010. DG Utpal Mazumdar inaugurated the Physiotheraphy Centre on 29th May 2010 along with President of our club Dr Binod Binaykia in presence of Mr Laha, President of Chesire Home, Tollygunge.

Literacy & School Adoption

  • RC of Calcutta Metropolitan with the assistance of 3-H Grant started 3 primary schools at Joypul, Nabapally & Saradapally at Barasat 24-Parganas (North) in 2007 and continued with the project with club fund. All the three schools have concrete structures and the club has spent more than Rs. 20,00,000/- by raising funds from local and international sources. At present 18 teachers are giving basic education to 390 students in these three schools where club is providing midday meal, uniforms, books and stationery.

    RCC Joypul & Nabapally of Barasat 24-Parganas North take active part in the development of these schools. RC of Calcutta Metropolitan with their experience in running primary school at Barasat joined hands with an international partner, Pace Universal, USA and started an English medium School at Piyali for the under privileged girls. The school was started in 2007 with a vision to educate the local girls of Piyali 24-Parganas South and support them thus enabling them to be confident, self sufficient and have a dignified future. Piyali Learning Centre is a pimary free school of 178 students and 15 teachers giving free education in english medium, and providing free breakfast, mid-day meal, school dress and study material. Periodical medical check up for the students is done by Rotarian doctors of our club. The club has extended free medical treatment to all the students and teachers of the school.

  • Eye Care and Avoidable Blindness
  • RC of Calcutta Metropolitan under the Matching Grant no 70441 inaugurated IOL Project in association with RC of Belur involving 130 beneficiaries for free treatment and IOL Surgeries at Vivekananda Mission Ashram, Netra Niramoy Niketan Chaitanyapur, Haldia and West Bengal. This project was done with international partner RC of Guildford for a total of 1040 IOL operations. RCC Uluberia under the supervision of Rotary Club of Belur was present at the screening. Volunteers visited the hospital on different dates to observe the process maintained by the ashram doctors.
  • Mother & Child Care and Family Welfare

Adult Literacy Project

  • This is a project with international partner RC Thousand Oaks, USA under the Matching Grant no 67125. The project was launched at Piyali in March 2009 and continued till 2010. RC of Calcutta Metropolitan under the guidance of PACE Universal USA is educating underprivileged girls of four villages of Piyali. Parents of these students and other adult members of the village around Piyali joined in the Adult Literacy Project for basic education, general knowledge, information on health and environment and vocational training on sewing, knitting, embroidering as well as state of art artificial cosmetic jewellery under the tutelage of Ms Elie Sherban, an internationally acclaimed jewellery designer.
  • Vocational Training Unit
  • Training in stitching and sewing helped 30 trainees to gain experience and will be able to work in a garment making organization or able to take order on stitching garments on contractual basis. After the training period, these groups are supported with Micro Credit Finance, for purchasing sewing machines under the self-employment scheme.
  • Matching Grant Projects during the Rotary Year

RC of Calcutta Metropolitan jointly with international partners is operating 5 Matching grant projects as follows:

  • IOL Project MG no 70441 for 1070 cataract surgeries.
    Adult Literacy Project at Piyali MG no 67125 launched in March 2009 and continued till date with great success.
  • ‘Leg For Legless, Project MG no. 70741 for providing Jaipur foot, calipers and artificial hands covering 17000 polio affected patient. The project was formally launched in April 2010.
  • Adult Literacy Project ‘Dishari’, Dogachia, Naihati under MG no 70981 in partnership with RC Moorpark, USA under Dist – 5240 was launched in April 2010 to help promote literacy to 90 adults and empower them with adequate life skills and vocational training within one year.
  • Computer literacy project at Piyali for the under privileged girls.
  • 3-H Integrated Village Development Project at Piyali
  • Our 2nd 3H Project no 09-66532 at Piyali for Integrated Village Development was been officially launched by none other than PRIP Bill Boyd on 12th September 2009 at Taj Bengal in presence of DG Utpal Mazumdar, and other PDGs of Dist 3291. The Club President and Treasurer handed over a cheque of $14000 to PRIP Bill Boyd as TRF contribution from our club.

    The Foundation Stone of the Vocational Training Centre under 3H Project at Piyali was laid by President Binod Binaykia and President Deepa Willingham of PACE Universal ,USA in the presence of DG Utpal Majumdar, District Secretary Uttam Ganguly, PDG Vijay Bhandari, PDG Bruce Goldsen, DGE David Alexander (D-9810) from Australia, AG designate John Elchier of D-5240 and Directors of PACE Universal.

  • Gift of Heart Project
  • RC of Calcutta Metropolitan supported the ‘Gift of Heart’ project and made it an international project gifting Pakistani Girl Ayesha Mumtaz a new life. Parents of Ayesha Mumtaz Ahmed approached our club through RTIICS and was immediately considered for medical assistance. Ayesha suffers from cyanotic congenital heart disorder and was operated on the eve of Rotary`s 105th Anniversary on 22nd February 2010 at RTIICS with the support of RC of Calcutta Metropolitan.

  • RC of Calcutta Metropolitan sponsored the a heart surgery of an 11 year old boy Augniv Mondal at BM Birla Heart Center suffering of Pulmonary Stenosis with district support.

  • Artificial Limb Project for Physically Challenged
  • RC of Calcutta Metropolitan and Mahavir Seva Sadan continued their flagship project ‘Leg for Legless’ of providing calipers to polio victims and undertook polio corrective surgeries.

  • RCCM, with the technical assistance from Mahavir Seva Sadan, launched another Artificial Limb Project under Matching Grant in partnership with RC Thousand Oaks, USA and RC of Bandar Sanway, Malaysia.

  • Rotary International Award
  • RC of Calcutta Metropolitan’s PACEMAKER Project has won the RI Significant Achievement Award (2009-10). This is the fourth time RCCM has won this coveted trophy since the introduction of the award 8 years ago.

  • RC of Calcutta Metropolitan has been recommended by District Governor, Utpal Mazumdar for nomination for the Best Cooperative Project Award for its projects on ALP, Vocational Training and Education of the Girl Child in Piyali.

  • TRF Contribution to Rotary Foundation
  • RC of Calcutta Metropolitan contributed $ 30,000 to TRF during the Rotary Year 2009-2010.

  • PP Vishnu Dhandhania contributed $10,000 to Rotary Foundation towards Permanent Fund.

VOCATIONAL & YOUTH SERVICES
Micro Credit Banking

  • Our ongoing Micro Credit project under 3-H Intregrated Village Development matching grant is successfully generating work and income for the villagers of Nabapally, Joypul, Saradapally and Chaltaberia. More than 1000 beneficiaries have been covered under the scheme till date through RCC team of trained members. Micro Credit Finance has been extended to villagers for procuring materials under vocational work, pottery making and setting small shops for grocery and stationery items. Total Disbursement as on date is more than Rs.36,00,000/-. Similar efforts are being made in the projects at Piyali and Naihati.

    Another ongoing project which is registered with Rotary International as “Rotary Centennial Project” is the vocational training at Mahavir Seva Sadan. For over last 2 decades, RC Calcutta Metropolitan in association with Mahavir Seva Sadan, has been providing free limbs and calipers to the physically challenged people and this project has helped people to get hands on training in different activities. Most of the trainees have got employment after successful completion of the training programme.

Entrepreneurship Development

  • Our club organized a seminar and workshop titled “Integrated Perfection and Human Exchange” in collaboration with Colloquia Cell, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta at their campus on Saturday the 19th September 2009. September is designated in the Rotary calendar as the ‘New Generation Month’. To commemorate and mark this month, our club organized this unique programme. 25 students of Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, students from other academic institutions and 9 Rotaractors of our club participated in this programme.

    The participants were completely engrossed and absorbed in the subjects during the discourse. President Elect Rtn Jayanta Chatterji inaugurated the seminar and spoke about Rotary International and its thrust on structural importance of youth activities. Sri Joy Bhakat, President, Colloquia Cell, IIMC offered vote of thanks to speaker, participants, and to officials of RC of Calcutta Metropolitan. Certificates were distributed to successful participants by District Secretary.

Workshop at IIM-C on 8th January 2010, INTAGLIO

  • RC of Calcutta Metropolitan sponsored and conducted a session with IIM-C, Joka at INTAGLIO on 8th January, 2010, the biggest business school meet held at Joka Campus from 7th to 10th Jan.’10. The certificate for the workshop slot conducted by our club was distributed by Rtn. Bimal Pal who was our club’s contact person for the event.

Vocational Awards

  • Vocational Service is one of the four avenues of service dealing with pride in one’s profession and performing it with pride, dignity and honesty.

    RC of Calcutta Metropolitan observed Vocational Service Month by honouring four such personalities viz. Shri B. D. Sharma – IPS, Addl. DG Police & IG Prison and Correctional Homes, WB, Shri Dibyendu Barua – Grand Master of Chess and Arjuna Awardee, Smt.Madhabi Mukherjee – renowned film actress and Dr. Partha Pratim Chakrabarti, Professor & Dean, SRIC & Head Advance on 27th Oct ’09 at Hotel Kenilworth for their achievement and exemplary performance in their vocation.

Vocational Service with a Difference

  • RC of Calcutta Metropolitan in association with Bengal Hyundai donated a Hyundai i10 car fitted with automatic transmission to MCKV Institute of Engineering for the purpose of imparting practical training to the students of the engineering college in various aspects of Automobile Engineering in presence of Mr. J.I. Lee, Senior General Manager of Hyundai Motors India Ltd and D.G. Utpal Mazumdar, PDG Vijay Bhandari, PDG Ajay Dutta, PDG Subimol Bhattacharjee and Mr. Kishan Kejriwal. Chairman & Trustee of MCKV Institute handed over the key and documents to Mr. S.S. Kejriwal and Principal of the Institute. Dignitaries present in the meeting spoke on the vocational services involvement of our club and commitment towards self employment.

Children’s Day Celebrations at PLC

  • A no studies-all play day was gifted to the PLC girls as the teachers organized a Children’s Day Party at the school with great enthusiasm on the 13th of November (14th being a Saturday, the school was closed). Throughout the world, Children’s Day is celebrated on the 20th of November, in India it is celebrated on the 14th of November which is the birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, independent India’s first Prime Minister, as a tribute to his love for children and commitment to the welfare of children. The school’s courtyard was lit up with smiles and cheers as the Nursery and Kindergarten kids took part in fun and games like passing the parcel and basket – ball and won chocolates and candies as prizes. A special lunch was followed by a movie show which kept the students enthralled for one and half hours. It was a day of great fun and was enjoyed thoroughly by the students and the teachers alike.

Inter Ward Friendship Football Tournament to Promote Peace and Understanding

  • A month long Inter Ward Friendship Football Tournament ended on 29th November 2009 at Presidency Correctional Home in the august presence of our Chief Guest, Ace Footballer Padmashree P. K. Banerjee. The final was held between Warder’s Football team and Presidency Supremo (Inmates Team). Warder’s won the Final by tiebreaker (6-4) and lifted the trophy. The trophies were provided by RC of Calcutta Metropolitan, Dist 3291. The club was represented by Rtn. Jayanta Neogi (Secretary) and Rtn. Dr. Neeraja Rateria (PP).
INTERNATIONAL SERVICES
  • Exchange Programme
  • Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan hosted a 4-member GSE Team from Arkansas led by PDG Rtn. Linda Shuck of RI District 6170, USA. Metropolitans hosted dinner and escorted the team to the project sites at Piyali and Mahavir Seva Sadan and other places of interest in Kolkata.
  • PP Subha Pal visited Rotary Club of Westminster East (UK) Dist -1130 in August 2009.
  • PP Vishnu Dhandhania and PP Dr Neeraja Rateria visited Nigeria in November 2009 as team members of the Medical Mission to Nigeria.
  • PP Vishnu Dhandhania visited RC Thousand Oaks, USA and presented our project on integrated village project, adult literacy and computer literacy. PACE Universal, USA and RC of Calcutta Metropolitan are the partners to a number of ongoing projects including Piyali Learning Centre and an started Integrated Village Project covering four villages Goudaha, Kolaria, Kholaghata and Solgoalia.
  • PP Vishnu Dhandhania visited RI Headquarters at Evanston for a meeting with the RI Office bearers.
  • Sam Cawthorne, the current 2009 YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR was invited to our club to speak on ‘Bouncing Back After Crises’. Less then 3 years ago Sam was involved in a major accident and almost ‘DIED’. Thankfully he was resuscitated leaving him with an amputated right arm and a permanently disabled right leg. Sam is now a highly sought after International Communicator and Opportunist. He has a background as a Youth Futurist and is also a highly skilled musician.
  • PP Manik Shahani of RC of Singapore was invited as Guest of Honour at the Joint Regular Weekly Meeting with RC Calcutta Victoria, R C Calcutta Mid Town.
  • RCCM Sponsors a Candidate for Medical Mission
  • PP Dr Neeraja Rateria and PP Vishnu Dhandhania of Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan participated in the Medical Mission to Nigeria. There were some really heart warming moments for the team, like the 10 month old baby with blindness due to congenital cataract. Surgery done on the baby by Dr Neerja Rateria gave the baby a chance to see the world, which he had never seen before. Experiences like these are what make Rotary an organization that it is.
  • Visiting Members from Pace Universal, USA along with Rotarians from Nigeria led by PDG Sailu Ahmed and a group of Rotaractors from Germany visited Piyali village where our club is running free English medium school for the underprivileged girls, Adult Literacy Programme for village women and now has started Integrated Village Project covering four villages. DG Utpal Mazumdar, the Chief Guest visited the school project site and formally announced commencement of the 3-H project at Piyali, South 24-Parganas and the construction of Vocational Training Unit of Piyali Learning Centre. PACE Universal is the co-operating organization for the 3-H Project at 24-Parganas (South)
  • Our Existing 3-H Project No. (02 -1343) At Barasat 24-Parganas (North)

The Journey So Far And Ahead

  • The opportunities for manifesting Rotary’s greatness through humanitarian services are endless. 3-H Grants are one such opportunity to address the issue of Health, Hunger and Humanity. Our club is privileged to have been awarded with one of the jewels of the crown of the Rotary Foundation. Through various services rendered under this project in the last six years, we have been able to touch the lives of over 10,000 families in the four villages of Joypul, Chaltaberia, Nabapally, Shardapally in 24 Parganas North, about 22 kms from Kolkata airport.
  • The integrated Village Development project covering literacy, health care, safe drinking water, sanitation, environment, vocational training, infrastructure and Micro Credit has transformed the entire area which is now a much better and healthier place to live, a much better place to learn and earn.
  • Children who otherwise would have been deprived of basic education now have schools to go to. Elderly who were close to losing their eye sight have their eye sight restored.
  • Basic healthcare facilities and free medicines have helped improve health conditions and awareness. Incidence of Hepatitis is a thing of the past. Malaria stands eradicated. Safe drinking water facilities have helped do away with many water-borne diseases. Low cost toilets and tree plantation have improved hygiene and environment.
  • Vocational Training has helped the populace get new jobs and be gainfully self-employed.
  • Loans under Micro Credit has helped over a thousand people to either set up new businesses or enhance existing one. Three roads that were built have done wonders to the villagers. The list goes on…. Once these projects are completed by December 2009, the club through its newly formed Trust, Gram Vikas Foundation, will ensure that the programmes of literacy, health care and Micro Credit continue to serve the villagers’ needs in the time to come. They will be ably assisted by a team of dedicated Rotarians who would continue to use their Head, Heart and (able) Hands to make the symbol of Rotary as the symbol of Hope, Happiness and Help because ‘Rotary Shares’ and ‘Mankind is Our Business’ ‘For Now and Ever’.

Facts and Figures

  • Literacy
    Three schools are being run with 350 students. Mid day meals, Uniforms, Books and Teaching aids are being provided.
  • Vocational Training
    Training has been provided to over 100 persons in various fields, leading to job placement & job upgradation.
  • Health Care
    Regular Health Clinic is being run 5 days a week, providing free medicines, free eye check ups, IOL operations, ENT treatment, gynaecological check ups, Hepatitis B vaccinations, anaemia and diabetes treatment. New dental care and diagnostic centre are being built to provide enhanced services.
  • Safe Drinking Water
    Around 350 tube wells were installed to provide safe, arsenic free drinking water.
  • Sanitation & Environment
    450 low cost toilets were built to meet the basic hygiene needs.

Infrastructure Built

  • lver one-kilometre long all weather concrete road at Nabapally.
  • 1500 ft long black top road along with drainage system at Shardapally.
  • Concrete road with drainage system leading to primary school at Joypul.

Environment

  • Over 12,000 trees including fruit-bearing trees were planted in four villages.

Micro Credit

  • Micro-credit finance of over Rs. 34 lakhs was disbursed to about 1000 persons enabling them to set up or expand existing business, thus benefiting as many families.

Joint Project Integrated Village Project with RC Tagore Land, Shantiniketan

  • RC of Calcutta Metropolitan joined hands with RC of Tagore Land, Shantiniketan, of Dist -3240 for Integrated Village Development Matching Grant no 70820 sponsored by RC of University Area, Houston, USA for community development and environment protection.
2008-2009 23rd Year “MAKE DREAMS REAL”

2008-2009 23rd Year “MAKE DREAMS REAL”

2008 – 2009 23 rd YEARM MAKE DREAMS REAL
President- Alka Patodia Hony. Secretary- Dr Naresh Goel
CLUB SERVICES
  • JOINT RWM WITH RC BELUR
    • A joint Regular Weekly Meeting was organized with RC Belur on 6th June, 2009
  • Rtn. Dinanth Jhunjhunwala, Guest Speaker was invited from Varanasi. A “young man” of 75, spoke on how to remain young, healthy and fit, even after 60, and lead a productive and useful life. According to him, a person enters old age when he retires from work and enjoys dependency on others rather than doing his work by himself. Time spent for 2 hours everyday for morning walk and yoga would fetch a healthy lifestyle for remaining 22 hours – an investment of 2:22. He warned senior citizens to create enough funds for old age during their heyday to avoid dependency on children and avoid too much of counselling and interference in the lives of young family members. These precautions would avoid family conflicts and ensure peaceful old age. Witty nature and remaining occupied also add to a healthy old age. His talk was found very useful and enjoyable by all the members.
  • CLUB ASSEMBLY
    • Club Assembly was held on 31st May, 2009 to discuss the plans & objectives of our Club for the next Rotary Year.
    • PE Binod Binaykia placed before the members his plans for the coming year.
    • He wanted to expand the membership of the Club by inducting new members and also try and bring back those members who had left the Club.
    • Being a Doctor himself, he was keen on starting several programmes connected with health such as, a Pacemaker Bank, Rota Surgery, Seminars on Cardiac Care and AIDS.
    • Under Vocational Service, he suggested that our Club undertake programmes to enable setting up small enterprises of different kinds under the guidance of IIT, Kharagpur. This would be very beneficial specially to the people in our RCCs.
    • Our Club would also try and organize an International Night as was done several years ago. Plans were also made to have as many fellowship programmes as could be organized.
    • The ongoing Projects would continue and, where possible, expand.
    • At the suggestion of several members present, it was decided that efforts would be made to improve the attendance The Incoming Directors present also presented their views and plans.
    • PE Binod Binaykia concluded by expressing his confidence, that with the help of all members, our Club would continue to achieve greater goals in the coming year.
  • DISTRICT GOVERNOR VISITS OUR CLUB
  • District Governor, Rtn. Nayantara Palchaudhuri, made her official visit to our Club on March 19, 2009. She was accompanied by District Officials A.G. Rtn. Animesh Ghosal, Z. R. Rtn. Anjan Das, Zonal Co-ordinator Rtn. Prosanta Kumar Roy and Spl. Aide to Governor Rtn. G. M. Kapur.
    After a detailed meeting with our President Rtn. Alka Patodia, Hony. Secretary Rtn. Naresh Goyal, Acting Treasurer Rtn. Dibyendu Banerjee and President-Elect Rtn. Binod Binaykia, the Regular Weekly Meeting started at about 7.00 pm.
    D.G. Nayantara in her inspiring speech spoke about our Club’s achievements, which are well known not only in the District but also internationally in the Rotary World. She was effusive in her praise of the valuable contributions made by all the Past Presidents, which had enabled our Club to attain such heights in the service of the community.
    According to her, our Club is one of the leading Clubs in the District and an example for other Clubs to follow. She asked our Club not only to continue the good work but also contribute in a greater way during the remaining part of the Rotary Year to live up to the theme to “MAKE DREAMS REAL”.
  • HOLI CELEBRATED IN METROPOLITAN STYLE
  • Holi fellowship was held on Saturday, 7th March, 2009 at the residence of Rotarian Kailash Keyal. In keeping with the festival spirit, ‘Pitchkari’ Awards were given out. The evening also saw Rotarians singing with Binod Agarwal taking the lead. The delicious Rajasthani food was served to enhance the festive ambiance. We warmly thank Rotarian Kailash Keyal and Ann Prem for their hospitality.
  • FELLOWSHIP ON 22 FEBRUARY, 2009
  • On the advent of spring, a fellowship was organised by a few members of the club at Rotarian Sourajit’s residence. It was an evening of fun and the members present enjoyed the atmosphere thoroughly. The event was graced by our President Alka, her spouse Sushil, District Governor Nayantara and other dignitaries. It was a very fun filled event with excellent food and every one present acknowledged the efforts made by Rtn Sourajit, Rtn. Sudip, Rtn. Dibyendu and Rtn. Jayanta, all of whom jointly sponsored the fellowship.
  • THE DISTRICT CONFERENCE – “KRITAM” ON 9 JANUARY, 2009
  • Under the leadership of DG Nayantara Palchoudhuri, the District Conference was inaugurated at 6.00 pm on 9th January, 2009. We were privileged to have erudite and eminent speakers like Dr. Mushirul Hasan, Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia University, Prof. Barun De, Chairman of West Bengal Heritage Commission, at the conference. Our President took the initiative to select, design and displays the Club exhibit in the District Conference. It was truly a memorable conference with wonderful entertainment and our Club had sponsored the evening programme on the first day. We all thank DG Nayantara for a wonderful and memorable District Conference.
  • FAMILY VALUES – CLUB PICNIC ON 18 JANUARY, 2009
  • Our Club organized a Picnic at “Panchvati Gardens” at Banganagar, the property owned by Shri Bimal Gupta, on the way to Raichak. It was a perfect setting for a great get together. Apart from guests, there were 19 Rotarian members, who came accompanied by their spouses and children. 4 members of the GSE Team from USA were also being hosted by our Club members. While the children enjoyed playing badminton, on the swings and the paddle-boat, most members preferred to just sit around in different groups engaged in their own addas and enjoying the wonderful surroundings. The food was delicious. President Alka and Sushil had made a great effort to ensure that the guests enjoyed themselves. All in all, everyone present had a great time.
  • JOINT MEETING OF ZONE XIV CLUBS ON 18 OCTOBER, 2008
  • The Zone-XIV five Clubs of RI District 3291,Rotary Club(s) of Calcutta Metropolitan, Mid-East, South-East, Mid-West and Central Calcutta, came together at the Calcutta Club and held their Regular Weekly Meetings jointly, a truly noble gesture of inter-club co-operation, fellowship and harmony. The meeting started at 7.00 pm and continued till 8.15 pm. 66 members from the five Clubs attended the meeting – this included 17 members from our Club. Former Chief Justice and current Advisor to the WB Governor, Honourable Sri Chittatosh Mukherjee was Guest Speaker on the occasion. Sri Mukherjee shared his considered opinion and valuable thoughts on how non-governmental organisations can work for the benefit of the society, in various contexts. At the end, Zonal Representative Rtn. Anjan Kr. Das reiterated why Rotary was so special. Thereafter, he proposed vote of thanks to all concerned.
  • FELLOWSHIP ON 13 SEPTEMBER, 2008
  • Our Club had its first fellowship programme of 08-09 at Saturday Club. After a brief Regular Weekly Meeting, the programme started in full earnest as attendance of the members began to pick up. The theme of the get together was to be in flowery attire and few members came in flowery attire. There was live music and gradually the mood of the members present turned towards stepping out on the dance floor. Swapna Bhattacharjee sang some great songs. The evening came to an end with a delicious dinner enjoyed by all.
  • GOODWILL VISIT
  • On 26th July, 2008 a team of four Rotarians led by PP Kunal Jayaswal, visited Rotary Club of Calcutta Victoria at one of their Regular Weekly Meetings. On behalf of the President & members of RCCM, good wishes were conveyed to the President and members of Rotary Club of Calcutta Victoria. Visiting Metropolitans were overwhelmed with the warm hospitality, individual attention & gifts received from President Sunita Agarwal. PP Kunal requested the President and members of Rotary Club of Calcutta Victoria, to visit our Club on a goodwill mission. He also proposed them to have a joint meeting with RCCM.
  • GOODWILL MISSION TO ROTARY CLUB OF TAGORELAND
  • On 26th July, 2008, IPP Dr. Neeraja Rateria led a goodwill team of Metropolitans consisting of AG Vishnu Dhandhania and Rtn. Jayanta Chatterji to one of the RMWs of Rotary Club of Tagoreland (Dist. 3240) in Santiniketan. They conveyed warm greetings to the host club on behalf of the President and members of RCCM. Fruitful thoughts were also exchanged between the members of the two Clubs on the proposed Integrated Village Development & Environment Protection project to be carried out by them along with Rotary Club of Calcutta South East.
  • FIRST CLUB ASSEMBELY ON 27 JULY, 2008
  • After taking a hearty breakfast the Club first held its 1053rd Regular Weekly Meeting. Thereafter, President Alka started the Assembly Meeting in the august presence of AG Rtn. Animesh Ghosal. As most of the Directors were absent, various reports and programmes were presented by the respective Chairmen and the President.
  • INSTALLATION MEETING
  • Rtn. Alka Patodia was installed as the President of our Club 2008-09 on 4th July, 2008 at a well attended meeting followed by fellowship cocktails and dinner. The Chief Guest was Dr. Bikash Sinha, Director of Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata, and the meeting was graced by DG Rtn. Nayantara Palchaudhuri as well as several past District Governors and District officials. A large number of our members accompanied by their spouses were also present. The customary business of the installation was carried out in the usual efficient manner typical of our Club. Members and Guests later congratulated her.
COMMUNITY SERVICES
  • PULSE POLIO
Over 2000 free IOL surgeries were conducted by the Club during the year as follows:

  • National Immunization Day (Pulse Polio) was observed on 25th May, 2009 by the Rotarians of R C Calcutta Metropolitan of Dist- 3291. Banners were displayed at 14 booths of Ward no. 116 & 117 allotted by the District. Two days of awareness programme started before the event giving due publicity to the cause. Rtn. Jayanta Neogi arranged transport and motivated the volunteers from the local clubs for door to door campaign around the New Alipore, some part of Behala covering Selhati colony & Agrashi colony of Behala for publicity. Booths were set up in the KMC School and the trained volunteers of the Health Department of KMC administered Polio Vaccine to the children of the locality.Club representatives visited all the 14 booths allotted to Ward no. 116 & 117 distributed gifts for the children and snacks for the volunteers sponsored by RCCM and recorded no. of children visited the booths and befitted in the activity.
  • RABINDRA JAYANTI CELEBRATION AT PIYALI LEARNING CENTER
  • Piyali Learning Center celebrated Rabindra Jayanti, (Rabindranath Tagore’s birthday) at the school premises on Friday, 8th May, 2009. Under the guidance of the School Principal and Teachers, the students had put up a short yet wonderful cultural programme. They had got only a week’s time for preparation, but our little girls have become so responsible that their performances were perfect from the beginning to the end, be it reading out a text on Rabindranath, reciting a funny children’s poem or matching steps with melodious Rabindrasangeet.A couple of years back they did not even know who Robi Thakur was. Today, they have confidently organized a programme to pay their tribute to the greatest poet of all times.The school has made a huge difference in these girls’ lives. The School Committee and the members of Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan and the Sponsors are proud to have a dedicated team of Teachers and staff members who have succeeded in bringing such a huge difference in these girls’ lives.
  • OPEN CARE WARMERS
For Paediatric Intensive Care Unit to save the lives of new born babies

  • Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan has successfully participated in major Medical Projects along side other Humanitarian Projects in the last few years. This year a special thrust on the welfare of young children in regard to their health care, empowerment of the female child and education of under privileged girls was given.Institute of Child Health (ICH), at Park Circus, Kolkata, where critical skin infections of some of the students of Piyali were being treated. This Child Hospital is serving the society since 1956. It provides specialized medical treatment in the areas of Neonatology, Endocrinology, Cardiology, Respiratory diseases, Neurology, and it has a state of art Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. The Institute is recognized as a postgraduate teaching centre in paediatrics of the Calcutta University and is also an accredited MD, DCH & DNIB training centre. The Child Hospital has 150 general beds of which 50% are provided gratis to very poor children of the society.Renowned Child Specialists like Dr. Apurva Ghosh, Dr. Debasis Mukherjee and doctors specialized in Child Care are attending patients free of cost. They are also Honorary Members of the Institute. All the beds and treatments are subsidized.ICH approached us to be their partner in development of specialised critical medical care unit for the children.

    Under the Simplified Grant Assistance Fund (2008-09) of RI District 3291, it extends assistance to clubs undertaking projects on the theme “Reduce Child Mortality”. Under this scheme, they have been funding 50% of the cost of Open Care Warmer (OCW) for Thermoregulation for Premature Babies. Our Club took the opportunity to have a project jointly with our RI District 3291 to provide two sets of Open Care Warmer to Institute of Child Health Trust for their newly developed state of art PAEDIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (PICU) at a price Rs. 34320/- per unit. On 11th April, 2009, Dr. Debasis Mukherjee along with his team and administrative heads welcomed our Club President Alka Patodia, Hony. Secretary Dr. Naresh Goel and Director Community Service-II, Jayanta Neogi, for the formal inauguration of two incubators commissioned at ICH’s Park Circus unit.

    Club President Alka Patodia has invited Dr. Debasis Mukherjee to make a presentation to our Club members on the special facilities provided by the hospital to the poor children of the society either free of cost or at subsidized rates.

  • PRIZE DISTRIBUTION CEREMONY AT PLC
  • Friday, the 24th April, 2009 was PLC’s Prize Distribution Ceremony. It was a bittersweet day, it was also a day to celebrate the accomplishments of the girls. Such accomplishments are also a reflection of the work being put into this project from all levels of the organization.There was a short cultural performance. Some of the students performed a beautiful dance and following that was the drama ‘Lokkhoner Shoktishel’. Although it was in Bengali, everyone enjoyed it as much as the parents, management, teachers present on the occasion.To see the girls perform with such confidence and expression was really something grand.The play was followed by the distribution of gift bags to all the new students and then the distribution of certificates and prizes to the rank holders of each class. Students were also acknowledged for achievement in Art & Craft, Good Behaviour, Good Effort, Most Articulate and of course Student of the Year.

    Rtn. Jayanta thanked Kristine Pedersen for her service and announced that she was being awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship Rtn. Maitrayee put the medallion around her neck and Neeraja pinned her. Both shared words with the students and the community about her, and while they did so in Bengali.

  • Another 3-H bagged by Metropolitans
  • Our Club already in the last lap of its 3-H project for Integrated Village Development of a cluster of four villages in North 24-Parganas have bagged yet another 3-H project – this time an integrated community development programme with health and dental care, sanitation, solar utilities, safe drinking water, adult education and vocational opportunities with micro credit in Piyali Junction, South 24-Parganas.It is a milestone for Calcutta Metropolitan because no other club in District 3291 has bagged a 3-H project in last 10 years.The $ 330,000 project, chaired by Rtn. Jayanta Chatterjee, is targeted to be spanned over a period of four years from receipt of first installment of grant funds and would put a great challenge to Metropolitans, who would need to dedicate themselves with hard work to enhance the quality of life of thousands of residents in Piyali and nearby villages.
  • AMBULANCE HANDING OVER TO RNTIICS
  • The super speciality ambulance was handed over to the representatives of RNTIICS at a glittering function at The Kenilworth on the evening of 19th March, 2009 by the District Governor Ms. Nayantara Palchoudhury in the presence of other District officials as well as club members. She was all decked up and parked on the portico of The Kenilworth and the members of the Club had an opportunity to have a look at the ambulance and RNTIICS representatives were there to explain the technical aspects of the ”Hospital on Wheels”. On the occasion, COO of RNTIICS, Mr. Rahul Memon told the members that they are looking forward to have a fleet of specialty ambulances and expect many more such ambulances to be donated by RCCM. He also praised how the members of the Club took it upon themselves to raise funds for the ambulance, ensured that the speciality ambulance is properly equipped with right equipments and timely delivery of the same. President Alka while welcoming the guests mentioned that free medical help should be given to the poor and RNTIICS have done this on several occasions in the past when patients were recommended by RCCM.Following Cost incurred for the Super Speciality Ambulance.

    Ambulance (Supplied by USG Automobiles Pvt Ltd) Rs. 774000
    Equipments (Supplied by Medicare Engineers & Services) Rs. 392080
    Equipments (Supplied by USG Automobiles Pvt. Ltd) Rs. 39520
    Total Cost inclusive of equipments Rs. 1205600
    Money received from The Rotary Foundation Rs. 1301320
    Money saved Rs. 95720

    Total price of the ambulance as well as the equipments were originally quoted at Rs. 1301320/-. Rtn. Dr. Binod Binaykia and Rtn. Dr. Naresh Goyal took the leading role in renegotiating the prices as well as selecting the equipments thereby ensuring substantial reduction in the price. Adding a Super Speciality Ambulance to the city of Kolkata will go a long way in enhancing the image of RCCM & The Rotary International.

  • PULSE POLIO
  • National Immunization Day (Pulse Polio) was observed on 25th May, 2009 by the Rotarians of R C Calcutta Metropolitan of Dist- 3291. Banners were displayed at 14 booths of Ward no. 116 & 117 allotted by the District. Two days of awareness programme started before the event giving due publicity to the cause. Rtn. Jayanta Neogi arranged transport and motivated the volunteers from the local clubs for door to door campaign around the New Alipore, some part of Behala covering Selhati colony & Agrashi colony of Behala for publicity. Booths were set up in the KMC School and the trained volunteers of the Health Department of KMC administered Polio Vaccine to the children of the locality.Club representatives visited all the 14 booths allotted to Ward no. 116 & 117 distributed gifts for the children and snacks for the volunteers sponsored by RCCM and recorded no. of children visited the booths and befitted in the activity.
  • PIYALI LEARNING CENTER
  • US STUDENTS VISIT PIYALI LEARNING CENTER ON 22 FEBRUARY, 2009
    Four US students, Mackenzie Russell, Paola Lule, Stanford Nash and Julia Jones, with their inspired writing on Kolkata, earned participation in the International Culture & Service Awareness Programme organized by PACE Universal. The California team also consists of two chaperones, Rotaractor Christian Wallace and Rotarian Randy Jones. Susan Boggio, a prominent member of PACE Advisory Board, too had travelled to Kolkata from CA to join them.The team visited Piyali Learning Center and stayed there for five days. It was an extraordinary event not only for the visitors and the PLC girls, but also for all of us who had the opportunity to experience it. Several fun activities were held to help the visiting team interact with the PLC students. PLC looks forward to welcoming many more students from across the world to give the Piyali girls global friends.
  • SARASWATI PUJA CELEBRATED ON 31 JANUARY, 2009
  • Saraswati Puja was celebrated at PLC for the first time. All the122 students from Nursery to Grade 7 wearing lovely bright yellow sarees greeted their teachers. Rtn. Jayanta Neogi took some time off from his busy schedule to drop in and give his best wishes.
  • INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION ON 15 AUGUST, 2008
  • Saffron, white and green – the courtyard of Piyali Learning Center proudly displayed the Indian tri-colour to usher in our 61st Independence Day. The celebration began amidst cheer as the President of the school’s governing body, Rotarian Jayanta Chatterji, unfurled the National Flag. The deep pride and respect for the country were renewed in everybody’s heart as we stood up for the National Anthem. Principal’s address to the students was followed by a short cultural programme. The Guest of Honour, PP Vishnu Dhandhania addressed the students and emphasized on the role of education in building character and becoming a truly independent soul.
  • PDG S.R. YOGANANDA VISIT ON 13 FEBRUARY, 2009
  • Our dreams for another 3-H Grant Project moved a step closer to reality after the successful visit of TRF Monitor PDG S.R.Yogananda who had come to Kolkata to evaluate our 3-H Grant Application for an integrated village development project at Piyali.
  • FINANCIAL AUDIT OF 3-H PROJECT 6 FEBRUARY, 2009
  • Our 3-H project on Integrated Village Development is close to completion. This has been a very satisfying experience yet a lot is to be done in order to let other village communities in India see how beautifully the cluster of villages in Northern 24-Parganas has benefited from Rotary grant. As a routine exercise, TRF appointed external auditor Rtn. Vikram Sanghani to visit our Club from 6th to 9th February, 2009 for a Financial Audit of the project. Vikram was visibly satisfied with the implementation of the project, although his official report will only be submitted to the Foundation.During the lifetime of this project, we have had visits of several Rotary dignitaries and official site visitors – including PRIP Raja Saboo, Trustee Ravindran, RRFC Gulam Vahanvaty, RRFC Yash Pal Das and many of our Governors and international Rotarians. We are now looking forward to a closing ceremony, appropriate to Metropolitan style.
  • REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATED ON 26 JANUARY, 2009
  • RCCM celebrated Republic Day with members of MSS at MSS. Flag hoisting was done by PP I. K. Gupta followed by National Anthem. Everyone appreciated the good work done by MSS by providing artificial legs and arms to needy people.
  • WORKSHOP HELD AT NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ON 19 JANUARY, 2009
  • Success of the educational process depends on the quality, commitment and expertise of the teachers. On 29th Nov., 2008 few teachers from National High School for boys along with headmistress Mrs. Vijaya Bhardawaj went to 3-H project to visit all three schools at Joypol, Nabapally & Shardapally. After visiting the school & assessing the condition of the villages from where these children come, Mrs. Vijaya Bhardawaj invited all teachers from villages to her school for attending one day workshop & training programme covering basic concepts of the primary school curriculum. On 19th Jan., 2009 teachers from all three schools came to Kolkata to attend the workshop which was held from 9.30 am till 4:00 pm. They showed great enthusiasm and the experience was of great help to them.
  • SHARAD PARIKRAMA AND CELEBRATION OF PUJA FESTIVAL
  • This year Rotarians of RCCM celebrated Durga puja with festivities on “Mahastami” the 6th October, 2008, by sponsoring a day long Sharad Parikrama in association with Philanthropia – a social organization working for the benefit of old age destitute, those who face starvation on the streets and abandoned by their family members.
  • BIHAR FLOOD RELIEF
  • The Kosi river known as “kosi maiya”, became a curse this year when it spread havoc destruction in the land it nurtured. The Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan rose to the occasion to help in its own way. We sent a truck loaded with medicines, food and old clothes, donated by our members and the children of National High School. It was a small drop in this huge ocean of misery, but each drop will make a difference to someone’s life.
  • AAROHAN – A CLASSICAL MUSIC PROGRAMME
  • On 18th September, 2008, Metropolitans had invited Pundit Ulhas Kashalkar to render his recital at the Club’s Fund Raising effort in aid of Mahavir Seva Sadan. The Club’s Regular Weekly Meeting at G. D. Birla Sabhagar preceded Punditji’s recital. Pundit Kashalkar, at the request of President Alka Patodia, opened the proceedings by leading the National Anthem. It was a perfect evening of divine and sublime music. Pt. Ulhasji received a standing ovation from the entire audience.
  • RCCM PROJECT FOR EMPOWERMENT OF GIRL CHILD
  • For sometime now, our Club has been involved with a project located at Pranab Konya Sangha, Howrah. Debdutta Mataji, who administers the female wing of Bharat Sevashram Sangha, was donated a dilapidated house by its owner since deceased. She has converted this house into a somewhat comfortable home where more than 40 orphan girls from the age of 6 to 15 years have found shelter. They are being looked after and brought up with discipline, education, self-help and humility through prayer. Our Club, in response to the request from Mataji, has provided a deep tube-well duly fitted with a submersible pump. Time spent with these innocent girls gave our Rotarian members a lot of satisfaction. Our Club could try and improve these as a next step in our association with such a worthy cause.
  • VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMME AT MAHAVIR SEVA SADAN
  • The Club as usual, adds programmes which are largely beneficial to the society in general with a purpose to touch those segments of class who are in need of. Like every year on 20th July, 2008, the Club launched a Vocational Training programme in association with Mahavir Seva Sadan to help physically challenged people to be self-sufficient.
  • NID-NATIONAL IMMUNISATION DAY (PULSE POLIO)
  • Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan in association with the Rotaract Club of Calcutta Metropolitan has observed NID-National Immunization Day on every occasions i.e, 1st February, 2009 (at the 14 booths allotted to us in wards no. 116 and 117); 21st December, 2008 (around 500 children had visited the 16 pulse polio booths allotted to us in wards no. 116 and 117); 28th September, 2008 and 6th July, 2008. Our club also performed door-to-door vaccination and created awareness among the residents of this locality.
VOCATIONAL SERVICES & YOUTH SERVICES
  • Inauguration of Ahead Multi-use Training Centre
  • On 29th March, 2009 (Sunday), Rtn. Nayantara Palchoudhuri, District Governor, RI District 3291, inaugurated the “Multi-use Training Centre” in AHEAD Research and Rehabilitation Centre for the Mentally Challenged and dedicated the centre for the benefit of the Mentally Challenged Children. It was a pleasant, simple and warm ceremony arranged by Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan at the AHEAD premises.The state-of-the-art Multi-use Training Centre implemented under RI Matching Grant (67601) by RCCM –RID 3291 as host Club with the support of their International partner Rotary Club of Windsor & Eton (UK)-RID 1090.The rudimentary mind and incomplete intelligence of the mentally challenged children occasionally require an ambience to express their ruminative characteristics and for training and orientation of teachers and parents need a good pervading environment.The Multi-use Training Centre is a true solution for visiting faculties, trainers and counselees of Ahead who use modern electronic gadgets and audio-visual systems for conducting training programmes for all round benefit of the challenged children and society.

    The inauguration ceremony was well attended by Rotarians & others led by President Alka Patodia, IPP Neeraja Rateria, Sampath Kumar & Anne Radha Kumar, Dr. Naresh Goyal, Sourajit Palchoudhuri, Raj Kumar Poddar, Vijay Shroff, Vishnu Dhandhania, Pradip Bothra, Subha Pal, Bhuban Basu, Dibyendu Banerjee, Jayanta Chatterjee, Seema Daga, Swapna Bhattacharya, Shashi Dhacholia, Maitrayee Ghosh, Jayanta Niyogi and Bimal Pal from RCCM, Rtn. Purnendu Roy Choudhury from RC.Cal and more from other clubs also attended the Ceremony. Besides, the President of Mahavir Seva Sadan, Shri J. S. Mehta and his wife, Programme Director of Max Muller Bhawan, Mr. Raman, Dr. A. Banerjee Chowdhury, President, Ahead, Mrs. Bani Roychowdhury, officials and teachers of Ahead, and many other guests were present and expressed their feelings for mentally challenged. Flower bouquet was offered to dignitaries including one to PDG Rtn. Philip Reynolds in absentia by Rtn. Sampath. Press representative from Times of India was present. Rtn. Bimal Pal moderated the programme. .

  • WORKSHOP HELD AT NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ON 19 JANUARY, 2009
  • Success of the educational process depends on the quality, commitment and expertise of the teachers. On 29th Nov., 2008 few teachers from National High School for boys along with headmistress Mrs. Vijaya Bhardawaj went to 3-H project to visit all three schools at Joypol, Nabapally & Shardapally. After visiting the school & assessing the condition of the villages from where these children come, Mrs. Vijaya Bhardawaj invited all teachers from villages to her school for attending one day workshop & training programme covering basic concepts of the primary school curriculum. On 19th Jan, 2009 teachers from all three schools came to Kolkata to attend the workshop which started at 9.30 am and continued till 4.00 pm. They showed great enthusiasm and was of great help to them.
  • NID-NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION DAY, 28 SEPTEMBER, 2008
  • Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan in association with the Rotaract Club of Calcutta Metropolitan observed NID-National Immunization Day by visiting the 16 booths in ward nos. 116 and 117 providing polio vaccines.The booths were visited by various Rotaracts offering valuable help and supports in making this project a success. The enthusiasm of the common people as well as the volunteers was overwhelming which will provide us with an impetus to organize such events over and over again.
  • JOINT PROGRAMME WITH GANDHI ASHRAM SCHOOL
  • Strains of Mozart, Vivaldi, and Zipoli streamed through Rotary Sadan’s auditorium on September 12, 2008 as eight students from Gandhi Ashram School, Kalimpong presented their amazing repertoire of music on the violin, viola and cello. In the hills of Kalimpong, Gandhi Ashram School is known for its music and also for its efforts to provide free education, shelter and meals to children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Through their Nepali folk melodies, the students brought the soul of the Himalayas to Kolkata.
  • ROTARACT CLUB OF CALCUTTA METROPOLITAN
  • On 25th July, 2008 at 7.00 pm at Gandhi Memorial Hall, Rotaract Clubs of Calcutta Metropolitan and Rotaract Clubs of Calcutta Lansdowne held their joint Installation Meeting. The meeting was very well organized. Rotaract Club of Calcutta Metropolitan made an inspired video presentation explaining their goals and objectives for the current year. On the occasion Rotaract Club bulletin MORPHENIS was inaugurated by President Rtn. Alka.
  • PARTNERS IN SERVICE
  • The Inner Wheel Club of Calcutta Metropolitan held its Installation Meeting at Saturday Club on 11th July, 2008. Vinita Agarwal was installed as the President and Madhu Goel as the Hony. Secretary. In the absence of President Rtn. Alka, Hony. Secretary Rtn. Naresh Goyal represented and spoke on behalf of our Club. He also presented a gift to President Vinita and assured the Inner Wheelers, of our Club’s complete support and co-operation.
INTERNATIONAL SERVICES
  • MISSION MADAGASCAR
  • 31st March, 2009 was the D Day for the 3rd Medical Mission. All the 12 MAD Medical practitioner from District 3291 & 3240 were off to MADAGASCAR via Mumbai & Mauritius. In Mumbai, they were welcomed by the Rotarians of RC Parleshwara & DG Bansidhar Dhurandhar.
  • On 1st April, 2009 the team reached Antananarivo (Tana) and they were welcomed by host Rotarians. That same evening host Shelly organized a get together to meet the Indian Ambassador to Madagascar, Presidents of 7 Rotary Clubs, Assistant Governor Rotaractors and members of Indian community.
  • Next day they were taken to HJRA Hospital where the team worked for the first seven days. On Sunday, we gave consultation to the Indian Community. After this, we were taken to Lemur Park for the afternoon and saw the different species of this variety of monkeys.
  • On 8th April, the team left for Majunga to work in a local hospital where patients response was better. Poverty and need of the community was far noticeable there.
  • Dr. Arabinda Ray was the team leader & he did anaesthetize all our problems during the Mission, this was in addition to putting to sleep the patients of Antananarivo & Majunga. Yes, he was the anaesthetist & we have another dynamic anaesthetist Dr. Iquabal as well.
  • General surgery were very ably looked after by veteran Bhaba Shankar & newcomer to the Mission Dr. Om Tantia. Initial resistance barring, they were ably assisted by local surgeons. Complicated surgeries like colonic carcinoma, breast cancer & gastric outlet obstruction were carried out.
  • Gynae was lead by Dr. Aruna Tantia, a lady who was not only working as a surgeon, but was also actively involved local Rotarians in Rotary projects from our Districts. Dr. Asim Adhikary from Bolpur was the other Gynaecologist. The two of them performed some amazing surgeries in the general surgery operation theatres as the theatres in their department only catered to Pregnancies. This showed how neglected the problems of ladies suffering from gynaec problems is in that hospital.
  • Our ENT surge on Dr. Rintu Guha Neogi from Dist. 3240, was the Deputy team leader. Besides giving hearing aids & his valuable advice to patients, he performed a difficult surgery of congenital bifed tongue and tonsillectomies, which were a childs play to him.
  • Endoscopy surgeon, Dr. Nakshatra, was very popular with his endoscope and he not only did the investigation, but also taught the local doctors.
  • Dental surgeon, Dr. Danny Dutta, was the youngest of the group but very dynamic. He was taking out teeth from most of the patients, as it seems extraction of tooth is a very expensive proposition over there. He did root canal procedures as well. He also did a complicate surgery on the palate of a patient together with Dr. Rintu, ENT surgeon.
  • The three ophthalmologists, Dr. Neeraja Rateria, Dr. Subhasish Nag & Dr. Mitali Barua Shandilya had to trudge to the third floor every day as the outpatients as well as operation theatre were situated over there.
  • The patient population in Antananarivo was not much may be due to the uncertain political situation in the country. Still the team could carry out few complicated surgeries like congenital glaucoma, tumours on the brow and medial angle of the lid.
  • The child who underwent surgery for glaucoma was blind before, but three days later he could see. This was evident by his reactions to objects held before his eyes. IOL surgeries were carried out both at Antananarivo and Majunga. A few glaucoma surgeries were also done.
  • The redeeming factor was a group of active Rotaractors. They helped them with the patients and also acted as interpreters.
  • The team successfully completed 493 procedures and 761 consultations, a record of bringing smiles to 1254 people of Madagascar. DG J.C. Hoareau flew from Mauritius to meet the Team on 15th April, 2009, they were given a warm farewell by the Rotarians of District 9220, the Indian ambassador, Rotaractors and the Indian Community.
  • Rtn. Binod Binaykia visit USA
  • President Elect, Rtn. Binod attended the meeting of Rotary Club of Champaign West, Illinois, USA on the 23rd of March, 2009 and exchanged Flag with President Eric Robeson.

• US STUDENTS VISIT PIYALI LEARNING CENTER ON 22ND FEBRUARY, 2009

  • Four US students, Mackenzie Russell, Paola Lule, Stanford Nash and Julia Jones, with their inspired writing on Kolkata, earned participation in the International Culture & Service Awareness Programme organized by PACE Universal. The California team also consists of two chaperones, Rotaractor Christian Wallace and Rotarian Randy Jones. Susan Boggio, a prominent member of PACE Advisory Board, too had travelled to Kolkata from CA to join them.The team visited Piyali Learning Center and stayed there for five days. It was an extraordinary event not only for the visitors and the PLC girls, but also for all of us who had the opportunity to experience it. Several fun activities were held to help the visiting team interact with the PLC students. PLC looks forward to welcoming many more students from across the world to give the Piyali girls global friends

• VISIT OF PDG COLIN JAMES ON 4 FEBRUARY, 2009

  • PDG Colin James of UK Dist. 1180 who has taken up Jaipur Foot project as his passion and his associate DGN Bernhard Tupman had visited our project partners Mahavir Seva Sadan on Wednesday, 4th February, 2009. Our Club has handled an outreach camp MG project with his involvement very successfully a few years ago.

• GROUP STUDY EXCHANGE VISIT IN CALCUTTA FROM 15-19 JANUARY, 2009

  • Group Study Exchange from Rotary International District 6800 visited our District 3291 from 5th January to 31st January, 2009. The Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan had the pleasure to participate in this exchange programme. It was an experience of a life time and we all had something to take home to share with our fellow members at home and at the club.

• PACE UNIVERSAL TOUR BETWEEN 05-14 NOVEMBER, 2008

  • Deepa Willingham and her team Jan, Pam, Jackie, Carol, Carolyn and Daniel arrived in Calcutta on 5th November, 2008. We had a busy schedule for their entire stay here.Our DG Nayantara Palchowdury had a brief meeting with Deepadi and she thanked her for the help and care that Piyali Learning Centre is receiving from the members of the Pace Universal.Pace Team took time to visit the school to get to know the children and their teachers closely to make sure that they understand the situation all round and how difficult it is to run such organization. We were all very proud to see how Piyali had welcomed their valued guests, the Pace Universal. It was a unique experience for all.

• PP SUBHA VISIT ROTARY CLUB IN BERLIN

  • PP Rtn. Subha Pal during her trip to Germany in August 2008 visited the Rotary Club of Alexandra Platz, Berlin. She made a brief presentation of our Club activities and exchanged our Rotary Club flag with their president

• PP VISHNU DHANDHANIA WAS INVITED BY RI TO REPRESENT RCCM & RI DIST. 3291 TO ATTEND CADRE TECHNICAL COORDINATORS MEET AT EVANSTON

  • The Humanitarian Grants Cadre of Technical Advisers is a registry of Rotarians willing to provide technical expertise to The Rotary Foundation and to Rotarians developing and implementing projects worldwide through Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) and Matching Grants. The visit has strengthened bonds between their Club and PACE team as well as many Rotarians of Dist 5240, and the results would be visible for a long time to come.
2007-2008 22nd Year “ROTARY SHARES”

2007-2008 22nd Year “ROTARY SHARES”

2007 – 2008 22 nd YEAR ROTARY SHARES
President- Dr. Neerja Rateria Hony. Secretary- Jayanta Chatterjee
CLUB SERVICES
  • BULLETIN
  • Club’s Weekly Bulletin “METROVOICE” published 45 issues to coincide with equal number of weekly meetings, and provided excellent platform for Rotary information pertaining to club news in particular, and district and other Rotary news in general.
  • PROGRAMS
  • Weekly meetings featured prominent speakers like Gen. Shankar Roy Chowdhury, Kisor Chaudhuri, International Rotarians Dr. Sarnar Das, Dr. Dipak Banerjee (of UK). PDG Sandy Mackay (D-5360), PDG Sally Adelblue (D-5240). DON Deepa Willingham (D-5240) to name a few, and district dignitaries such as DG Anirudhha, DRFC Ravi Sehgal, PDG Shekhar Mehta, PDG Vijay Bhandari and PDG Chandramohan.
  • FELLOWSHIP
  • Joint Fellowships with members of Rotary Club of Medicine Hat (Canada) and Rotary Club of Santa Ynez Valley (USA) at The Conclave and The Floatel respectively.
  • Club Fellowships at the residence of PE Alka Patodia, The Kenilworth (Antakshari) and at Sana Beach Resort at Mandarmani.
  • 23rd Chartered Night was celebrated on 17/06/08 at The Kenilworth. A large number of members with their spouses were present on the occasion. Fellowship and dinner was hosted by President, Rtn. Dr. Neeraja Rateria. She also gave away mementos and gifts to various members who meticulously worked during the year 2007-08.
  • Club celebrated completion of $1,000,000 (MILLION DOLLARS} in International Service Projects by holding a grand programme at Bengal Club attended by DG Aniruddha and many PDGs and district officials.
  • INTER-CLUB RELATIONS
  • Goodwill missions to Rotary Clubs of Ballygunge and Calcutta South West were undertaken during the year.
  • Joint Meetings were held with International partners Rotary Club of Medicine Hat, Canada (Dist. 5360) and Rotary Club of Santa Ynez Valley, Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks and Rotary Club of Sirni Sunset (all Dist. 5240) and with partner clubs in the Multi-Club Multi-District Safe Drinking Water Project viz.. Rotary Clubs of Ballygunge, Belur, Calcutta Mega City, Calcutta Inner City, South Suburban & Midnapore.
  • Two joint meetings were held with the Rotaract Club of Calcutta Metropolitan.
  • FUND-RAISING
  • Hosted 2 musical programmes featuring Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj and popular singer Kavita Murthy Deshpande to raise funds for the Matching Grant Projects for Cancer (# 65403) and AHEAD (#67601) respectively.
  • PUBLIC IMAGE OF ROTARY
  • Major activities of the Club including Installation Ceremony, Cancer Treatment, Prisoners Reform Programme, Project for AHEAD – a school for differently-abled, Vocational Excellence Award Function etc. were extensively covered in major dailies like Times of India, Hindusthan Times, The Statesman, Dainik Jagaran, Rajasthan Patrika, etc., thus highlighting the Public Image of Rotary.
  • Special films on 3-H and Piyali Projects were screened at Rotary and non-Rotary functions,
  • 3 permanent hoardings have been displayed on National Highway 35 near the Club’s 3-H site to showcase the Public Image of Rotary.A Press Conference to highlight the achievements of 3-H Project through Rotary was held at the Calcutta Press Club and was addressed by President Neeraja. PDG Sandy Mackay (D-5360), DQ Aniruddha and PRIP Raja K Saboo.
  • The success of the 3-H Project received wide coverage on Rl magazine “Rotarian”, South Asia Rotary World magazine “Rotary News” and District Bulletin “GML” on a number of occasions.
COMMUNITY SERVICES
  • AVOIDABLE BLINDNESS
Over 2000 free IOL surgeries were conducted by the Club during the year as follows:

  • 620 IOL surgeries out of 1465 IOL surgeries to be conducted under MG Project # 62455 have been completed. This is an ongoing project,
  • 1271 IOL Surgeries under MG # 63240 – Project started this year and successfully completed within the same year,
  • More surgeries conducted under 3H project and also from earmarked donations for this purpose.
  • SAFE DRINKING WATER & LOW-COST TOILETS
  • The Multi-Club Multi-District Safe Drinking Water Project with RC of Folkestone (UK) and smaller participating Clubs under MG # 60601 was successfully implemented during the year and closed.
  • 12 Deep Tube Wells were installed at Piyali and its neighbouring villages for the benefit of the suffering community under MG#61492 with Rotary Club of Santa Ynez Valley in record time.
  • Over 150 tubewells and 80 toilets have been installed under Club’s 3H project to cater to the villagers.
  • PRISONER REFORM
  • The Prisoner Reform Program under MG # 60636 was successfully completed and closed during the year.
  • Under the program, regular workshops were held to teach yoga, music and meditation to the male and female inmates.
  • Carom, Cricket and Football Tournaments were held for prisoners;
  • Artificial Limbs were provided to prisoners in need of same;
  • Text books were given to the children of prisoners.
  • Visits by Rotary dignitaries like PRIP Raja Saboo, Int’l Rotarians from Canada & USA like PDQ Sandy Mackay & DQN Deepa Willingharn respectively with their team members and non-Rotarians like Amal Datta( footballer) were regularly organized to provide encouragement to the inmates.
  • A dedicated weekly meeting is scheduled during June to give a comprehensive resume and presentation of this unique Club project to Rotarians.
  • LEGS FOR LEGLESS
  • Legs for Legless Project under MQ # 23521 was successfully completed and closed,
  • Over 500 artificial limbs were provided to legless persons and calipers for polio victims.
  • Over 50 prosthetic hands were also provided to needy beneficiaries,
  • Camps were held at Patna, Naihati and Malaysia, besides regular provision of lirnbs and callipers at base centre of Mahavir Seva Sadan.
  • INTEGRATED VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT
  • At the Club’s 3-H Project, a new school building has been constructed at Nabapalli. The inaugural function on 10th February 2008 was a simple but well attended function graced by PRIP Raja Saboo along with DG Anirudhha, DRFC Ravi Sehgal and a six-member team of project partners from Canada led by PDG Sandy Mackay.
  • On the same day, a building for modern multi-utility Health Clinic was inaugurated at Joypul at a separate function,
  • Regular Health Clinics, Mother & Child Care campaigns, Anaemia & Diabetes camps have been held during the year benefitting the villagers of the 4 villages,
  • Over 2700 trees have been planted under the Preserve Planet Earth Scheme,
  • Over 150 tubewells and 80 toilets have been installed during the year to cater to the villagers.
  • A Kilometer-long metalled road has been constructed to connect the low lying Nabapally village from National Highway 35 to Bira Railway Station, for convenience of the villagers particularly during the rainy season.
  • Visit to 3H project by senior Rotary dignitaries PRIP Raja Saboo, TRF Trustee K.R. Ravindran, RRFC Yash Pal Das and DG Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury , international visitors from Canada and USA and other dignitaries from the District have earned the project national and international attention.
  • R I has bestowed upon the Club its prestigious “Significant Achievement Award” for the Integrated Village Development project.
  • LITERACY
  • Another drearn project of the Club, Piyali Learning Centre, witnessed all-round improvement in the activities, facilities and performance during the year.Adult Literacy Programmes have been started and an MG Project # 67125, already applied for in partnership with RC of Thousand Oaks, is awaiting formal approval by TRF.
  • A plot of land measuring about 8 bighas has been purchased for construction of school building and is now being developed and enclosed. Preliminary planning for the school, which is expected to come up by 2010, is in progress.
  • Club’s proposal for 3-H project for Integrated Development of Piyali has been accepted and a project file number (# 3-H 66532) has already been allotted. Final application for this project, with RC of Santa Ynez Valley as International Sponsor, is due on 1st August 2008.
  • 550 school bags were distributed to school children of PLC, 3-H schools and a school for street children under DG’s Dream Projects Scheme.
  • HEALTH CARE
  • A Health Camp was conducted at PLC on 2nd September 2007 and regular health-check ups of students are made on a weekly basis. Eye & ENT surgeries have been carried out by Dr. Neeraja Rateria & Dr. Manoj Agarwal respectively as and when required.
  • On RCCM’s appeal, RNTICS carried out an expensive open heart surgery on Mamata Prarnanik, a student of PLC, free of cost, thus saving her life.
  • Regular Health Check-up camps at RCCs and PLC
  • CANCER TREATMENT
  • A state-of-the-art “Cavitron Ultrasonic Surgical Aspirator” (CUSA) for advanced liver cancer surgeries has been donated to Cancer Centre Welfare Home & Research Institute under MQ # 65403 with Rotary Club of Singapore, was formally handed over on 18th June 2008. by DG Aniruddha Roychowdhury.
  • SENIOR CITIZENS
  • Distributed blankets to old destitutes through Philanthrophia, a NGO, in Tollygunge, Behala, Bansdroni and Falta.
  • Distributed saris & dhotis to basti dwellers through Abhyuday, a local club at Behala.
  • Escorted inmates of Nabaneer and Shantiniwas to Puja Pandals on a luxury bus as a part of Club’s annual Sharad Parikrama Programme. Snacks and lunch were provided.
VOCATIONAL SERVICES & YOUTH SERVICES
  • VOCATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS
  • Vocational Excellence Award was bestowed upon Pandit Jasraj at a glamorous function organized at Kala Mandir. He was also recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow and inducted as Honorary Member of RCCM. His Excellency Gopal Krishna Gandhi. DG Aniruddha, PDG Ravi Sahgal and a host of other District officials were present at the function.
  • These Awards were also given to Srnt. Neeru Baijal, PG teacher in Chemistry, Srnt. Basanti Sengupta, Principal of Alokendu Bodh Niketan, a school for Mentally Challenged & Central Palsy Children, Shri Gopal Haldar, an Engineer who volunteers for Vivekanda Adarsh Milan Mandir, a school for basti children at Tollygunge & Srnt. Ajanta Chakrabarty, a teacher of Rotary Nandanik Shikshayatan at Joypul, at a special function held at The Kenilworth.
  • VOCATIONAL TRAINING
  • Several persons were given Vocational Training under the 3-H Project with the support from Professors of Jadavpur University on Clay Modelling.
  • Vocational Service amenities at Piyali have been upgraded.
  • MICRO-CREDIT
  • 370 persons received Micro-credit of Rs.12,89,500/-during the year.
INTERNATIONAL SERVICES
  • GRANT PROGRAM
  • 3-H projects:
    • 3H Project # 02-1343 for Integrated Development of four villages near Kolkata, the flagship project of RCCM, will enter its final year in the coming Rotary Year. This $ 325,000 project, when completed, would have touched the lives of entire population of 54,000 persons in the four villages forming the project area.
    • The Club’s proposal for yet another 3-H Project for Integrated Development of Piyali and neighbouring villages has been accepted for further consideration vide TRFs File No: 3-H # 66532.
    • Matching grants:
  • # 23521 for Leg for Legless was completed;
  • The Prisoner Reform Program under MQ # 60636 was successfully completed and closed during the year.
  • The Prisoner Reform Program under MQ # 60636 was successfully completed and closed during the year.
  • IOL project # 63940 started this year and successfully completed the within same year.
  • MG Project # 67601 for assistance to AHEAD, a multi-use training centre for the differerently-abled children has been approved by the TRF.
  • MQ Application for Adult Literacy & Micro-credit at Piyali (MQ # 67125) has been submitted for consideration by TRF;
  • MG Application for Ambulance Van to RTIICS (# 65628) has been submitted for consideration by TRF
  • PP Vishnu Dhandhania was lauded by Rtn. Mark Maloney, Vice Chairman of the Board of TRFTrustees for his Stewardship in International projects at Rl’s International Assembly at San Diego.
  • INTERNATIONAL UNDERSTANDING
  • RCCM hosted District Programmes on World Peace & Understanding Undertaking Day and on the send-off ceremony to the Indian Rotary Medical Mission to Nigeria. RCCM co-hosted other District Programmes on Bihar Rood Relief, District Sports, RYLA. SAARC RYLA, ABIR-E-RANGA, Inter City Meet on Literacy, etc.
  • The Club created a record of sorts by having over 60 international visitors this year.
  • RCCM has Sister Club Agreements with RC of Singapore & RC of Bandar Sunway with whom it has done projects to provide CUSA instrument to Cancer Centre Welfare Home & Research Institute and artificial lirnbs to the amputees in Malaysia respectively during the current year.
  • The foundation has been laid for a “National Prosthesis Centre” in Malaysia in association with HTAR, one of the largest hospitals in Malaysia, Mahavir Seva Sadan & RC of Bandar Sunway to provide artificial limbs to the amputees in Malaysia who cannot afford to buy the same from Private Hospitals.
  • International Services have been the forte of RCCM which has received comprehensive coverage in Rotary International’s magazine “ROTARIAN”, South Asia Rotary World’s magazine “ROTARY NEWS” and District’s GML on a number of occasions this year.

• TRF CONTRIBUTION

  • RCCM has contributed nearly USD50.000 to TRF in the year 2007-2008.
  • President Neeraja became the first donor in Dist. 3290, to Rl’s Named Endowment Fund by making a historic double endowment aggregating to $ 50,000. She physically donated $ 35,000 this Rotary year, and balance amount has been planned to be contributed within next Rotary year,
  • PP Sampath Kurnar & PP Sohanraj Singhvi were recognized as Major Donors (Level 2).
  • Five members of Paul Harris Society continued their TRF contribution for the second year.

• INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERS SERVICE

  • President Neeraja Rateria led the 11 -member Indian Rotary Medical Mission to Nigeria during May/June 2008.
  • Kristine Pedersen carne to PLC as a youth volunteer for 3 months in 2007 to teach English, Maths, Computer, etc., to students. She also helped the teachers to learn modern techniques in teaching.
  • Kristine shall be back in Piyali on 13th June 2008 for a year long stint of Volunteer Activity.

• POLIO PLUS PROGRAM

  • Participated in all NID and SNID programmes where over 6500 children were immunized.
2006-2007 21st Year “LEAD THE WAY”

2006-2007 21st Year “LEAD THE WAY”

2006 – 2007 21st YEAR LEAD THE WAY
President- Dr. Anjan Kr Das Hony. Secretary- Dr Binod Binaykia
CLUB SERVICES
    • Communication & publicity
      1. The Rotarian” Magazine – A major boost to our Club and Districts image due to 11-page cover story for Micro Credit component of our 3H project appeard in “The Rotarian” of May 2007 issue.
      2. Under PR Grants, the club erected two permanent Bill Boards / Hoardings at Jessore Road Highway near 3H project site in the last week of June 2007.
      3. Weekly Metro Voice was published regularly with special editions. Colorful bulletins were published on the important occassions like “Gift of Sight”, “Vocational Excellence Award Night” “Piyali School” and on “Leg for Legless”.
      4. Published Yearly souvenir on the day of the installation.
      5. An updated Club Roster Tele-index was published.
      6. Awareness was created about Rotary through renowned and excellent speaker in Weekly meeting and also through District officials.
      7. Rotary’s theme and logo was carried all over the city by Rtn Sourajit Pal Choudhuri in his vintage car at the Statesman’s vintage Car Rally
      8. The Website, continued to provide some excellent, and user-friendly information like day to day activities, club projects, important announcements etc.
      9. With time to time coverage in major daily news papers and electronic media, the image of Rotary was promoted.
      10. Press briefings were done during the launch of major projects like “Installation ceremony, Leg for Legless, Gift of Sight, Vocational Excellence Award Night, Prisoner Reform Programme, Launch of Music School at Presidency Correctional Home at Alipore Jail and Piyali School Project & Mission to Sierra Leone”.
      11. Quiz on Rotary related subject was organized at regular weekly meetings.
      12. Seminars were organized for prospective members.
      13. Through Bulletin & Website, absentee members were updated with proceedings of weekly meetings and club activities.
    • Fund Raising
      1. A large amount was raised through advertisement sales for the souvenir published in the beginning of the year, on the occasion of the installation of the President.
      2. During the year a large sum were also raised for the various community service projects on a case to case basis.
    • Inter Club Relationship
      1. Medical Mission to Sierra Leone – lead support by our Club
      2. Rotary’s Public Image – Lead support by our club
      3. Multi-club water project witnessed 8 (eight) deep Tube-wells by four clubs of Dist 3290 under our Club’s coordination at a cost of Rs.3.80 lacs
      4. District Award function was co-hosted by our Club
      5. 1st Inter-city meet on ‘Public Image of Rotary’ was co hosted by us.
      6. Fellowship with RC Calcutta Victoria and RC Calcutta Inner City was organized at Floatel.
      7. Goodwill missions to other Rotary Clubs were sent at regular intervals.
      8. RCCM welcomes such missions from other clubs.
      9. RCCM cricket team participated in Inter-club cricket match.
      10. Editor K K Dhandhania participated in Editors’ Meet and Rotary’s Magazine month was celebrated.
      11. Co- hosted RI District 3290 Holi Meet.
      12. Intra-zone Quiz Contest by all Zone IX clubs was won by RCCM team.
    • Membership & Membership Development
      1. 8 new members were inducted during the year a growth by 10%
      2. During weekly meeting and in important projects, several non-Rotarians were also invited.
      3. Updated, filled and unfilled, classification list was published.
    • Fellowship and Family Values
      1. Important meetings / projects were clubbed with fellowship.
      2. Invited, time to time, ex-Metropolitans and members families at club activities.
    • Programmes
      1. Excellent and good speakers were invited at weekly meetings, from diverse fields like the Sheriff of Kolkata, Past State Governor, Chief of CBI, Knight of British Empire, Philatelist, Doctors, Journalists, Social activists, etc.
      2. For every designated month of Rotary, PDGs and Senior District officials were invited at weekly meetings, to share their knowledge and experience.
      3. Eminent personalities were invited to speak on special occasion like Teachers Day, International Youth Day etc in schools closely related to our Club.
    • Legal And Taxation
    1. Club Constitution and Bye-Laws were updated in keeping with changes suggested by Rotary International.
    2. Club is regularly complying with all necessary provisions under Indian Laws. Filed every tax return within prescribed time. Revalidated 80G taxes exemption for the club’s Trust .Ensured all compliance under FCRA
    3. Matching Grant and 3H reports under stewardship observations were submitted on time.
COMMUNITY SERVICES
    • Matching Grants
    • The club continued to maintain its premier position under Matching Grants by keeping up its full quota of 5 (five) open projects at all times, with several projects waiting in the pipeline.
    • All reporting including 3H were made always on time.
    • Spending On Community Service Projects

Between July ’06 & June ’07 approximately Rs 75 Lacs. (US $ 18500)

    • 3-H Project on Integrated Village Development Of Four Villages

Joypul, Nabapally, Chaltaberia and Saradapally – Project Components are:

  • Literacy: 3 RCC schools functioning – one on Rotary building– Construction work of second school building is in progress.
  • Vocational Training : For Youth & Women on a regular basis.
  • Health Care : Regular Health Clinic 4 days a weeks round the year specialized clinics for Mother & Child Health Care.
  • Fresh Drinking Water : -31 Tube wells providing safe drinking water.
  • Sanitation :155 Toilets are in operation.
  • Environment: Tree plantation is an on going process.
  • Infrastructure : – Road Construction was competed.
  • Micro Credit Finance : Disbursed: Rs.670,000 during the year.
  • Literacy

    · Rotary International’s Pilot Project recommended by RI President Bill Boyd (2006-2007). Major Literacy initiative with Integrated approach for Piyali upliftment – a long-term project was initiated in May 2007 with target for 1200 girl students (existing strength 82 girls up to Class VI) .

    A low-income backward village of Piyali – identified as one of RI Pilot Projects This is Rotary International’s Pilot Project to be replicated in 50 other centers worldwide. Presented on RI President 2006-2007 Bill Boyd’s recommendation at the United Nations, by our Project partner PACE UNIVERSAL, USA – Club has already received funding of Rs 13.50 lakhs from project partners in USA and the development work has started from 1st June 2007.

    The LITERACY and HEALTH component of this project aims at imparting basic education as well as taking holistic care for safe drinking water, food & nutrition, health & hygiene, clothes & cleanliness of poor girl children at Piyali village.

    The VOCATIONAL component involves vocational training of poor women and helps them lead lives with dignity and of financial independence.

    The OUTLAY of 1st phase funding for Piyali Learning Centre Project is planned at Rs.34 Lacs US $ 83000/- approximately.

    · RCCM is maintaining and funding Primary education for 361 children in 4 RCCs at Joypul, Nabapally, Chaltaberia, Sharadapally village schools on an on-going basis. Exercise books to children, teachers’ salaries, mid-day meals, school infrastructure improvement, school sports, awareness programmes were carried out in the three schools adopted by our club.

    We have provided 1000 Exercise books to the children under the District Dream Project.Rs.103020/- was incurred during July 2006 & April 2007.

  • Adult Literacy Campaign

RCCM have started “Adult Literacy Campaign” with 17 adults at Sardapally RCC school premises; this number will increase gradually. Enrolled adults are enjoying classroom ambience for two days a week .

    • Physically Handicapped
      1. Under MG Project MG # 23521 – 452 Artificial Limbs and 146 Calipers: were provided during the year at a cost of Rs.600,000.
      2. Club’s Leg for Legless projects continued by providing Jaipur foot for Legless persons and calipers for polio victims.
      3. Leg for Legless, an ongoing project is well known in Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore and other districts in India. Plans are afoot to arrange camp at Pakistan for the victim of Kashmir earthquake in collaboration with RC Singapore.
      4. Plans were firmed up for providing employment to 100 physically challenged persons through our partner Mahavir Seva Sadan.
      5. Scholarships to 31 handicapped youth were given.
      6. Independence Day (August 15, 2006) was celebrated in the traditional way by giving freedom to many handicapped persons by providing artificial limbs, callipers and prosthetic arms.
      7. Dr. Nevatia explained the changes in construction of artificial limbs and callipers, especially for enhanced user comfort for below-the-knee amputees, that have been made to make them lighter and more durable by in-house research and development. A few beneficiaries demonstrated the enhancements.
      8. 21 scholarships were given to economically challenged handicapped children.
    • Mentally Challenged & Underprivileged Children
      1. Underprivileged children of Rainbow (night school at Loreto, Sealdah) were taken on a trip to Alipore Zoo.
      2. DGE Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury presented cheque of Rs.70,000/- to Sri Supriyo Thakur of Sishutirtha, Shantiniketan being a contribution by RCCM for welfare of orphaned children.
      3. New initiative was taken by providing Aid to orphan girls at Pranab Kanya Sangha, Howrah.
    • Prisoner Reforms
      1. A new project “Prisoner Reform Programme” at Presidency Correctional Home, was started on 15 August 2006, in association with Satyam Seva Kendra, with Matching Grants # 60636. Exceptional media coverage was received. Part of the project was completed within current Rotary Year at a cost of Rs 1.35 lacs.
      2. In collaboration with RC Calcutta Metropolitan, on 26th January 07, Pt. Jasraj inaugurated a music school inside the Presidency Correctional Home. Governor of West Bengal Shri Gopal K Gandhi, IG-Prisons, RI Dist 3290 Governor Debasish Mitra, First Lady Papia, Dist. Secretary Saibal Banerjee were present along with our club members.
        President and other senior members of our sister club RC Bandar Sunway, Malaysia were also present on the occasion.
    • Polio Eradication

      RCCM has been regularly participating in all NID and SNID. During the year 5,000 children were immunized.

    • Avoidable Blindness
      1. Completed two Matching Grants projects with 6000 IOL surgeries. 1356 surgeries were carried out during July 2006 & April 2007 at a cost of Rs.12.33 lacs.
      2. Under Matching Grant Project (MG # 55224) 881 patients were treated incurring a cost of Rs.855,176/-
      3. Under Matching Grant project (MG # 53341) for 475 patients were treated incurring at a cost of Rs.377,881/-
      4. Under Matching Grant project (MG# 53341) with our Partner club R.C. Danville / Sycamore Valley District- 5160 and Matching Grant project (MG # 55224) with our partner club R C Woodbridge-Perth Amboy District-7510, RCCM was commitment for 5555 cataract surgeries with IOL transplant in collaboration with six eye-care hospitals,was completed successfully during the year
      5. In addition, our own member Rtn (Dr) Neeraja Rateria conducts weekly surgical clinic at Health Point Nursing Home every Saturday.
    • General Health Care
      1. Regular Health check-up were carried out at the 4 RCCs. Rs.191,120 were spent towards health care during July 2006 & April 2007
      2. Our club sponsored Blood Donation Camp 2357 donors donated blood.
    • Senior Citizen
      1. 35 old lady inmates of Shantiniwas (Behala) and Nabanir (Chetla and Tollygunge) were taken around the city’s puja pandals on a luxury bus as Sharad Parikarma. Snacks and lunch were provided during the tour.
      2. Regularly providing cooking oil to an old age home at Behala.
    • Planting of Trees

5500 tree saplings are planted at our RCC village sites during July 2006 & April 2007.

    • Infrastructure

Construction of New Road (3H Component) A concrete road has been built from the main road to the railway station for Nabapally residents at a cost of Rs.43,510/-

    • Environment & Sanitation

155 low-cost toilets were constructed at at Joypul, Nabapally, Chaltaberia, Sharadapally at a cost of Rs.8.68 Lacs during July 2006 & April 2007.

    • Water Management

Safe Drinking Water Project :

      1. Unique multi-club project witnessed 8 (eight) deep Tube-wells were sunk by four clubs of Dist 3290 under our Club’s coordination at a cost of Rs.3.80 lacs.
      2. New Safe Drinking Water project at Arsenic-affected Piyali Village was sanctioned by TRF in June 2007.
      3. Safe Drinking Water Project under Matching Grant project (MG # 60601) A new project taken during the Year based on RI theme “LEAD THE WAY”.
      4. For construction of 10 Tube-wells ( Our Club acted as Lead Manager for five other Clubs of RI Dist. 3290).
      5. 31tube-wells were constructed at a total cost of Rs.211,000/- during July 2006 & April 2007.Under Matching Grants project (MG# 60601) with RC Folkstone, USA. During March 2007, total amount of Rs.167,633/- were disbursed, out of which, Rs.53,470/- were disbursed to RC Ballygunge, Rs.60,000/- to RC Kolkata South Suburban, and Rs.54163/- to RC Belur, for 3 tube-wells.
      6. RCCM lent its leadership and expertise to five other Rotary Clubs in RI Dist 3290, to satisfy safe drinking water requirements and to provide five tube wells for villages in West Bengal under Matching Grants project (MG# 60601) with RC Folkstone, USA.
    • Vocational Tranning
      1. Under Micro Credit Finance for Vocational Services a sum of Rs. 670,000/- was disbursed during the year.
      2. A new & unique VOCATIONAL TRAINING program was initiated on 09 June 2007 whereby rural artisans involved in pottery and clay-modelling in Sharadapalli, one of our four RCCs, were trained and re-skilled by Govt. College of Engineering & Technology, with scheme worked out to improve their facilities with WORLD BANK aid. The Club spent Rs.19,000 on this training program.
      3. RCCM supported additional vocational training facilities involving sewing, stitching, Montessori training for women and motor driving etc for youths.
      4. Rs.1800/- was paid at RCC vocational training centre for women.
      5. Rs.12,500 were paid through Inner Wheel Club of Calcutta Metropolitan towards vocational training centre for underprivileged women at ASHA, Jodhpur Park and also for the inmates of Presidency Jail.
      6. Yoga teachers of Satyam Seva Kendra and technicians for artificial limbs at Mahavir Seva Sadan were trained. Total costs incurred during March 2007 was Rs.16,750/-.
      7. More than Rs 400,000/- under Micro-Credit programme was provided for Vocational Training of women especially for Sewing, knitting, etc.
      8. For self-sufficiency of about 55,000 villagers in 4 RCCs at Joypul, Nabapally, Chaltaberia, Sharadapally, on an on-going basis, appropriate fees was also paid to trainers for providing vocational training to women.
    • Sewing – Knitting Machine & Counselling Camp

RCCM has short listed large numbers of beneficiaries to impart training. Applicants shall be funded to complete their professional courses. For this purpose a sewing & knitting machine training centre has been set up at Rotary Guidance Centre at Joypul village.

    • Sewing & Knitting Machine Training Centre

RCCM has purchased for Rotary Guidance Centre, adequate numbers of sewing and knitting machines for “Vocational Training”.

    • Women Empowerment

The first lot of micro-credit has been provided disbursing A total sumof Rs. 3,73,300 during January & April 2007.

VOCATIONAL SERVICES & YOUTH SERVICES
    • Micro Credit Finance for Vocational Services Disbursed: Rs. 670,000-
    • Vocational Award

      Vocational Excellence Awards were given to well-known writer and chartered accountant Buddhadeb Guha and legendary football player and coach; Pradip K. Banerjee

    • Entrepreneurship Development
      1. Conducted program on “More than Mind-A Self Discovery Adventure” at IIMC, Joka. More than 103 participants from Rotaract Club of District 3290 as well as from eminent Institutions were benefited.
      2. Several persons were given Vocational Training under 3H project.
      3. Inner Wheel Club of Calcutta Metropolitan for their Literacy & Vocational Training projects,we paid Rs.5,000 for underprivileged women in April 2007.
      4. Rs.1800/- was paid at RCC vocational training centre for women.
      5. Rs.12,500 were paid through Inner Wheel Club of Calcutta Metropolitan towards vocational training centre for underprivileged women at ASHA, and at Presidency Jail in March 2007.
      6. Yoga teachers of Satyam Seva Kendra and technicians for artificial limbs at Mahavir Seva Sadan were trained. Total costs incurred during March 2007 was Rs.16,750/-
      7. Vocational Training of women especially in Sewing, knitting, etc. and extending Micro-Credit, for self- sufficiency, out of about 55,000 villagers in four RCCs at Joypul, Nabapally, Chaltaberia, Sharadapally, on on-going basis. Appropriate sums towards trainers’ fees for women’s vocational training at the RCC village vocational training centre were spent.
      8. Vocational Training, Sewing – Knitting Machine & Counselling Camp
      9. We have short listed various beneficiaries to help provide training, machines and applicants shall be funded to complete their professional courses. We have set up a sewing & knitting machine training centre at Rotary Guidance Centre, Joypul.
      10. Sewing & Knitting Machine Training Centre
      11. We have purchased sewing and knitting machines for “Vocational Training Centre” at Rotary Guidance Centre and training is being given.
      12. Women Empowerment
      13. The first lot of micro-credit has provided for a total of Rs. 3,73,300 during the period January – April 2007.
      14. Four Way Test was printed and framed and were distributed to several leading personalities thus creating a brand image for Rotary.
    • New Generation, Rotaract & Interact
      1. Club sponsored Rotaractors’ Directory for District 3290.
      2. Club co-hosted the RYLA event of the Rotaractors.
      3. Club hosted the yearly program for the Interactors at IIM.
      4. Club co-hosted Rotractors District Conference.
INTERNATIONAL SERVICES
    • TRF Contributions

Highest per capita contribution in Dist 3290 – As many as 30 members contributed to TRF taking total cash contribution over $35,000, @ US$ 670 per capita based on initial 52 members

    • Seminar

RCCM was one of the co-hosts for The Rotary Foundation Seminar organised by RI District 3290 on 25/11/2006. Rtn Suraj Mundhra was declared Major Donor, Rtn Anup Chatterjee was declared PHF member and three other members were awarded certificates for becoming MPHFs.

    • GSE Team
      1. RCCM hosted GSE team from Volker, Ralf, Andrea and Kristen, of RI District 1870, Germany. RCCM arranged for the following activities:
      2. Tour of Local Handicrafts organised & conducted by Rtn Swapna Bhattacharjee
      3. Introduction to Indian culture and lunch with Rtn Renu Todi
      4. Interior decoration exhibition at Netaji Indoor Stadium with Rtn Jayanta Neogi and Rtn Raj Kumar Poddar
      5. High tea and sighting at Floatel hosted by PP Rtn Subha Pal
      6. Indian cooking demonstration followed by dinner hosted by Rtn Alka Patodia
      7. Visit to our club’s Leg for Legless (Artificial Limbs Project) site at Mahavir Seva Sadan
      8. Lunch hosted by President Rtn Anjan Das
      9. Introduction to Indian wedding customs at Hyatt Regency with Rtn Renu Todi
      10. Cocktail Dinner at Punjab Club hosted by PP Rtn R.K. Bubna.
    • International Friendship Exchange & Matching Grants project
      1. International Service with its International Matching Grants & implementation partners (also sister club) Rotary Club of Bandar Sunway, Malaysia, was celebrated. Their President and 3 senior members and technicians visited our project sites. The technicians were trained in fixing artificial limbs for proper follow-up of our Leg for Legless project in Malaysia.
      2. A video presentation on club’s International Service projects with funds received from RC Bandar Sunway, was shown, which was highly appreciated. Total cost incurred by the club during March 2007 on International Services was Rs.60,050/-.
    • World Understanding & Peace
      1. International Service was celebrated on the eve of World Understanding & Peace Day, in presence of its International as well as local implementation partners in its Matching Grants & 3-H projects.
      2. A video presentation on club’s International Service projects was shown
      3. The International Evening organised by RI District 3290 was co- hosted by us at RCGC lawns on 24 February 2007
      4. International Exchange (visit to RI HQ)
      5. Hony. Secretary Dr. Binod Binaykia and his wife Anne Dr. Anjula visited Rotary International Headquarters at Evanston, Chicago, USA on 25 March 2007 and met RI President – Nominee and other key senior officials there.
      6. An initiative was is taken, in collaboration with Pace Universal, USA, for the education of underprivileged girls, vocational training of poor women and safe drinking water for villagers at Piyali village. This is Rotary International’s Pilot Project to be replicated in 50 other centers worldwide. The project was recommended by RI President Bill Boyd and presented at United Nations, where it was applauded
2005-2006 20th Year “SERVICE ABOVE SELF”

2005-2006 20th Year “SERVICE ABOVE SELF”

2005-2006 20th Year SERVICE ABOVE SELF
President : S Sampath Kumar Hony. Secy. Seema Daga
CLUB SERVICE – I
BULLETIN/SOUVENIR
Published Yearly souvenir on the day of the installation.
Weekly Metro Voice is being published regularly with special editions. Colorful bulletins were brought on the important projects like “Gift of Sight”, “Vocational Excellence Award Night” “Cancer project at CCWHRI” and on “DG visit”.
PUBLICATION & PUBLICITY
An updated Club Roster Tele-index was published.
All our major activities like “Installation ceremony, Leg for Legless, Gift of Sight, Vocational Excellence Award Night, Cancer project at CCWHRI and Rotary Art Vision were widely covered in major dailies like TOI, The Telegraph, Calcutta Times and electronic media.
Awareness was created about Rotary through renowned and excellent speaker on every Weekly meeting and also thru District officials.
Special Films on IOL, Leg for Legless, 3H projects were produced and played before the special Rotary and non-Rotary audience including PRIP Frank Devlyn.
The two special Cardiac Care Ambulance donated to Rabindranath Institute of Cardiac Research Department are important mobile publicity medium for the club.
WEBSITE
The Website, which was activated last year continued with some excellent, and user-friendly information like Photos of club projects, important announcements etc.
MAGAZINE & REPORTING
Regularly reported all club activities to GML, District 3290 website and Rotary News which covered our activities.
Our Major activities were regularly reported in news dailies like TOI, The Telegraph, The Statesman etc and electronic media.
BRAND IMAGE
With coverage in major news dailies like TOI and Electronic media, the image of Rotary was promoted.
Press briefings were done during the launch of major projects like “Installation ceremony, Gift of Sight, Vocational Excellence Award Night and Cancer project at CCWHRI”.
Permanent hoarding put up on club projects at the SSKM Hospital/Harish Mukherjee Road etc.
Permanent hoarding at all our projects partners hospitals like Rabindranath Institute of Cardiac Sciences, Susrut Netra Sevasahram, CCWHRI, Vivekananda Mission Ashram creating good brand image for Rotary.
FUND RAISING
1. We have raised Rs.3.15 lacs from donors/advertisers during the Installation ceremony.
2. Hosted three night musical extravagances of eminent women artistes Rashmi Agarwal, Seema Anil Sehgal and Kavita Murti Deshpande to raise funds for club projects.
3. Hosted Rotary Art Vision to promote the new and upcoming artistes and generate funds through their work for club’s community service projects.
INTER CLUB RELATIONSHIP
1. Exchange of Goodwill delegations were done with clubs in the district.
2. Participated enthusiastically in other Club/District projects like Zonal quiz, Zonal program on mentally challenged children held at Hazra Park.
3. Joint Club meeting with Rotary Club of Calcutta, Rotary Club of Mid Town and Rotary Club of Cosmopolitan.

 

CLUB SERVICE – II
MEMBERSHIP & MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
1 new member was inducted during the year.
During weekly meeting and important projects, several non-Rotarians were invited.
Updated classification list was published.
ROTARY INFORMATIONS
Club quiz is being regularly held during regular weekly meetings.
Seminars were organized for prospective members.
Members are updated during the weekly meetings and through Bulletin.
FELLOWSHIP AND FAMILY VALUES
1. Important projects were clubbed with fellowship.
2. Maintained close relations with Inner Wheel Partner members. Actively supported Kolkata Haat, which led to creation of a permanent free bed at Cancer Hospital Thakurpukur.
3. Invited ex-Metropolitans and their families in club activities from time to time.
PROGRAMMES
Invited Excellent and good speakers from diverse fields like Past State Governor, Chief of CBI, Knight of British Empire, Philatelist, Doctors, Social activists etc.
For every designated month of Rotary, speakers from the Rotary were called to share their knowledge and experience.
PDGs and Senior District officials were invited to speak on special occasion like Teachers Day, International Youth Day etc in schools closely related to our Club.
LEGAL AND TAXATION
Club Constitution and Bye-Laws were updated in keeping with changes suggested by Rotary International.
Club is regularly complying with all necessary provisions under Indian Laws.
Timely filing of all Tax returns.
Revalidation of 80G taxes exemption for the club Trust.
Ensured all compliance under FCRA.
Matching Grant and 3H reports under stewardship observations duly sent in time.

 

VOCATIONAL AND YOUTH SERVICES
VOCATIONAL AWARD
Club recognized 9 eminent personalities in diverse fields as under :-
Arts – Jogen Chowdhury
Education – Suranjan Das
Environment – Subhas Datta
Industry – Amiya Gooptu
Law – Joymalya Bagchi
Medicine – Ranjit Basu
Service – Banibrata Basu
Sports – Soma Biswas
Theatre – Goutam Halder
The best part of the above program was that all recipients including the Chief Guest Mr. Chuni Goswami, Sheriff of Kolkata were present.
ENTREPRENERSHIP DEVEOPLMENT
1. Conducted program on “More than Mind-A Self Discovery Adventure” at IIMC, Joka. More than 103 participants consisting of Rotaract Club of District 3290 as well as from eminent Institutions attended the same.
2. Several persons were given Vocational Training under 3H project.
NEW GENERATION, ROTARACT & INTERACT
1. Club sponsored Rotaractors’ Directory 2005-2006.for District 3290.
2. Club co-hosted the RYLA event of the Rotaractors.
3. Club hosted the yearly program for the Interactors at IIM
4. Club co-hosted Rotractors District Conference.
FOUR WAY TEST
Four Way Test was printed and framed and were distributed to several leading personalities thus creating a brand image for Rotary.

 

COMMUNITY SERVICES
PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED
1. Club’s Leg for Legless projects continued by providing Jaipur foot for legless persons and calipers for polio victims. For the first time arms were also provided.
2. Determined efforts to make Kolkata free from crutches. Displays at 4 prominent Hospitals.
3. Scholarship is being arranged for Physically challenged children.
4. Arranged outreach camps at Malaysia.
5. Plans are afoot to arrange camp at Pakistan for the victim of Kashmir earthquake in collaboration with RC Singapore.
6. Providing employment for 100 physically challenged women through our partner Mahavir Seva Sadan.
MENTALLY CHALLENGED &
UNDERPRIVILEDGED CHILDREN
1. Raised thru Anandhara and earmarked Rs.2 lakhs (out of which Rs 1 lakh has already been disbursed) to Sishutirth, a home for destitute girls.
2. Raised thru Anandhara Rs.3 lakhs for a physiotherapy unit for mentally challenged children of Cheshire Home out of which Rs.1 lakh has already been disbursed in presence of Mayor of Kolkata and DG.
POLIO PLUS
1.We have been regularly participating in all NID and SNID. So far 13,000 children were immunized as per details given below:-

Date Nos immunized
25.09.2005 3,500
27.11.2005 3,000
26.02.2006 3,500
09.04.2006 3,000

 

COMMUNITY SERVICES-II
AVOIDABLE BLINDNESS
1. Under Matching Grant no.# 53341 with our Partner club R.C. Danville /Sycamore Valley District- 5160 and Matching Grant no.# 55224 with our partner club R C Woodbridge-Perth Amboy District-7510, we are committed to 5555 cataract surgeries with IOL transplant. The details of surgeries done till March 2006 are as follows :-

Name of hospital No of Surgeries alloted No fo Surgeries completed
Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre 1800 NIL
GRSM Rotary Eye Hospital 600 330
Rotary Narayan Shankar Netralaya 2000 51
Vivekanand Mission Ashram 2000 1944
ditya Jyot Rotary Eye Hospital 500 60
Netra Sevasram 500 281
Dr Neerja Rateria 250 131
R C Bandra, Mumbai 500

2. In addition, our own member Rtn (Dr) Neeraja Rateria conducts weekly surgical clinic at Health Point Nursing Home every Saturday.

GENERAL HEALTH CARE
1. Distributed 700 blankets under the DGs Dream projects particularly to the Cancer affected children at Thakurpukar hospital. Blankets were also distributed at Benaras Ghat at Varanasi and Bubna Dharamsala at Hazipur.2. Regular Health check up at the RCCs.
3. A Cardiac Ambulance costing Rs.9 lakhs was handed over to Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences in august presence of Chairman-Rotary Foundation- Frank Devlyn.
SENIOR CITIZEN
1. Old lady inmates of Shantiniwas (Behala) and Nabanir (Chetla and Tollygunge) were taken around the city’s puja pandals on a luxury bus as Sharad Parikarma. Snacks and lunch were provided during the tour
2. Regularly providing cooking oil to an old age home at Behala.



ROTARY COMMUNITY CORPS
PRESERVE PLANET EARTH
Planting of Trees
We have planted 4,500 trees under Preserve Planet Earth as per details given below :-

Variety of plant July’05 Aug’05 Sept’05
Mango 300 375 150
Guava 300 375 150
Mahogany 150 100 150
Coconut 150 100 100
Batavia Lemon 100 150 75
Sirish 150 200 75
Lemon 150 100 50
Plum 100 150 50
Supari 200 150 40
Total 1600 1600 840

The cost of plantation of trees is Rs.58,105/-

INFRASTRUCTURE
Construction of New Road (3H Component)
2,600 RFT new road constructed at Nabapally. Now villagers can walk and use the road to reach their home especially during the monsoon when kucha road could not be used because of soft soil.
The cost of construction of road is approx Rs.12,61,000/-
Joypul School Building (Club Project)
We have just completed the construction of first floor of Joypul school building and it was inaugurated on 6.5.2006.
The cost of the Building is Rs.7,00,000/-
New School Building at Nabapally (Club Project)
We are coordinating with various bodies to help promote a “School building” in a vacant land at Nabapally RCCs. The said land chosen for school building has been bought, soil level has been measured and earth filling is going on at the moment.
The Cost is approx. Rs. 2,00,000/-
School Furniture:
We have recently purchased 10 wooden benches for a class room at Rotary Guidance Center, Joypul and measures have already been taken to make benches available for all other class rooms.
Cost incurred Rs.3500/-
WATER MANAGEMENT
Tube wells
We have put 100 tube wells in various places of RCC villages.

Month No of Tube wells Place
Sept’05 20 RCC
Oct 10 RCC
Nov 10 RCC
Dec 10 RCC
March’06 30 RCC
April 30 RCC
May 14 RCC
Total 114 RCC

Toilets
Month No of Toilets Total Amount
Aug.’05 to Apr.’06———– 20———– 1,12,000/-
May’06———– 30———– 1,68,000/-

 

Month No of Toilets Total Amount
Aug.’05 to Apr.’06 20 1,12,000/-
May’06 30 1,68,000/-
LITERACY
Schools at RCC
We are maintaining and funding three (3) RCC village schools on monthly basis where we take care of the daily needs of students as well as teaching staffs; we offer Mid-day meals to all our students, pay teachers salary among other fixed monthly expenditures.
Distribution of Exercise Books
We have provided 1000 Exercise books to the children under the District Dream Project.
Adult Literacy Campaign
We have started “Adult Literacy Campaign” with 17 adults at Sardapally RCC school premises; this number will increase gradually. Enrolled adults are enjoying classroom ambience for two days a week.

VOCATIONAL
Vocational Training, Sewing – Knitting Machine & Counseling Camp
We have shortlisted various beneficiaries to help provide training, machines and applicants shall be funded to complete their professional courses. We have set up a sewing & knitting machine training centre at Rotary Guidance Center, Joypul.

Sewing & Knitting Machine Training Centre
We have purchased sewing and knitting machines for “Vocational Training Centre” at Rotary Guidance Centre and training is being given.

Month No of Women
Aug’05 21
Nov 8
Dec 9
May’06 7

Sponsoring Vocational Training:
We have sponsored 13 persons for Vocational Training to Nimpith for Learning Best Animal Husbandry Practices
Cost incurred Rs.7800/-
We have sponsored 30 persons for the following Training:-
Electrician- 4, Drivers- 20, Montessori- 6
Cost incurred Rs.63,000/-

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
Micro-Credit
We have provided in 1st lot Micro-credit as per details given below :-

Amount Male Female Total
Rs.2,500/ 4 21 62,500/-
Rs.3,000/ 23- 10 99,000/-

We have provided in 2nd lot Micro-credit as per details given below:-

Amount Male Female Total
Rs.3,000/ 4 25 87,000/-
Rs.2,500/- 7 17,500/-

We have provided in 3rd lot Micro-credit as per details given below:-

Amount Male Female Total
Rs.3,000/ 27 81,000/-

2004-2005 19th Year “CELEBRATE ROTARY”

2004-2005 19th Year “CELEBRATE ROTARY”

2004-2005 19th Year CELEBRATE ROTARY
President : Kunal B Jayaswal Hony. Secretary : Dr Anjan Kumar Das
MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT & RETENTION
The club has 68 distinguished members with the addition of two members and two Hony. Members during the year.
ROTARY INFORMATION/RLI
Rotary awareness was maintained by regularly publishing our club weekly bulletin which was widely distributed. Special bulk editions were made to coincide with special events. Our club bulletin was adjudged one of the best in the Dist.3290.
INTER CLUB- JOINT MEETINGS
Joint meetings were held during the year, with Rotary Club of Central Calcutta, Rotary Club of Victoria , Rotary Club of Calcutta and Rotary Club of Belur
CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN CLUB/FAMILY VALUES
As usual our club had good fellowship meetings several times during the year. Steamer parties, cricket with members and spouses, holi get together are of speial mention celebrated with gaiety.Jhankar, a musical program by maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma was held on 6.10.2004. This was a very remarkable Cultural and Fund raising programme.
PUBLIC RELATIONS & IMAGE (PRINT & ELECTRONIC MEDIA)
All major projects of the Club were widely covered in both Print & Electronic media Thus creating awareness about the Rotary.
CENTENNIAL PROJECTS
LEG FOR LEGLESS
Leg for Legless has been one of the main focus areas of our community service which we have been doing in collaboration with Mahavir Seva Sadan.Artificial limbs and braces were provided under partnership of RC Plainsboro, USA, Jaipur foot, calipers were provided in addition to corrective surgeries in India and Nepal under a MG project RC St. John’s East, Canada.Leg for Legless camp was held in Johor Baru, Singapore with RC Bundar Sunway, Singapore.

Colourful tableaux was taken out as a part of RI Dt. 3290 centenary celebrations.

ANANDADHARA
In a mega-project involving top stars of the music world of India and in a tribute to the Great Poet Rabindranath, the club organised a grand musical evening called ANANDADHARA at Rabindra Sadan on 11.9.2004, in aid of underprivileged children at Cheshire Homes and Sishutirtha, in collaboration with Rotary Club of Metropolitan Dhaka and with Hutch as local sponsors.Due the project had a substantial amount of funds were collected and besides this also enhanced Roatry’s Image and spread its name far and wide because besides the media the sponsors HUTCH sent the cassette to all their subscribers with both the Rotary Club names on it. In Bangladesh Grameen Phone did it and so in both countries Image building of Rotary was done. It was a true lnternational Project where the boundaries of two countries disappeared and Gurudev Tagore bond was very strong.
Anandaloke was Anandhara’s counterpart in Dacca where our Artistes performed and a both Rotary Clubs -Club of Metropolitan Dhaka & our club shared common projects like they participated with funds for our Cheshire home and similarly we did for their Hi-Care project and this was followed by a family exhange too.
VOCATIONAL SERVICES
VOCATIONAL SERVICES
Sponsoring Vocational Training: We have already sponsored 3 applicants of our RCCs, for training in different vocations and many more such in the offing.
CAREER GUIDANCEOrganised “IN QUEST OF EDUCATION” a special Rotaract and Interact meet where various experts spoke on career options in Education in India and abroad.
ENTREPRENEUR DEVELOPMENT
Organised Leadership Development Programme at the Indian Institute of Management, Joka on “Leadership and Human Excellence”.
Four Avenues of Service Award
PP Vishnu Dhandhania was recognised by our District Governor during the year.
MICRO-CREDIT:
One of the largest and most Unique Micro-Credit programs were launched this year by our club in our four villages under our 3 H grant.
This Micro-Credit program titled “SELF HELP” is for US $ 50,000 spread over three years targeted at women and youth of the villages.
COMMUNITY SERVICES
AVOIDABLE BLINDNESS PROGRAMME
During the current Rotary Year 2004-2005, the club undertook following activities under its AVOIDABLE BINDNESS programme:a. Our club launched its “GIFT OF SIGHT” programme with a target of performing 5555 cataract operation at a cost of nearly Rs.50 lacs which was a MG project partnered by RC Bombay Bandra, Lucent Technologies, USA, and Rotary Club of Woodbridge Perth-Amboy, USA and Rotary Clubs of Danville / Sycamore Valley Martinez, San Ramon, Hawks Prairie-Lacey.
The club’s partners in service for the operational and infrastructure support necessary to take the project to fruition are – Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre, Vivekananda Mission Ashram, GRSM Rotary Eye Hospital, and Netra Sevashram.b. 413 IOL implants were performed at Health Point Nursing Home during the year. Organised cataract check up at Rotary Guidance Centre, Joypul in association SHUSRUT where 117 patients were screened and cataract operation performed at SHUSRUT for 43 patients.
HEALTHCARE/MEDICAL PROJECTS
Cancer Cure Project: The club has applied for RI Matching Grant on 24 March 2005 for a cancer cure project costing $59,841/-, in partnership with RC Singapore.
3-H PROJECT
Having adopted, nurtured and developed RVC at villages Malancha and Kodalia in the initial years, the club moved on. It is presently involved in a path-breaking 3-H project. It has committed itself to an Integrated Village Development Programme through RCCs: Joypul, Nabapally-Narayanpur, Chaltaberia and Shardapalli. The activities comprise building permanent Rotary guide center, good roads, school-building, library and Vocational Training and Primary Health Care Centers and to take care of, inter alia, the villagers’ water and sanitation needs, and mid-day meals for children.
Micro Credit program to help the rural poor is also being introduced in these RCCs, and more elaborately described elsewhere in this report.
SENIOR CITIZENS
Sixty (60) old lady inmates of Shantiniwas (Behala) and Nabanir (Chetla and Tollygunge) were taken around the city’s puja pandals on a luxury bus on 19-10-2004; snacks and lunch were provided
POLIO PLUS
The club continued to participate vigorously in RI’s POLIO PLUS programme, involving the club-sponsored Rotaract and Interact Clubs, in 15 booths of ward no. 116 and 117: 26350 children were administered polio vaccine on different National Immunisation Days.
CARE FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN
Under the club’s Nabadisha programme in partnership with Kolkata police, the club regularly conducted medical check-ups and distributed prescribed medicines and food packets to street children at the Park Street Police Station.
Also, on 29.7.2004, the club gave study materials, stationery and books to two deserving underprivileged children from Archana School at a cost of Rs.2000/- at its club meeting.
The club donated Rs.15000/- for Hi Care School for the Deaf and blind and Computer classes for the blind at Dhaka, Bangladesh.
BLOOD DONATION CAMPS
The club organized and participated in two Blood Donation camps at the Nehru Childrens’ museum during the year when 490 persons donated blood
WATER MANAGEMENT & SANITATION
Water and Sanitation is one of the Thrust areas of service of our club.We have set up 57 Tube wells and 57 Toilets which are effectively used by the villagers of all four villages, Jaypul, Nabapally-Narayanpur, Chlataberia and Shardapalli which we hope to make adequate with Water and Sanitation facilities
RCC
Project Report of four RCCs from July 2004 to April 30th 2005: -1. Tree Plantation: We have distributed 3525 saplings for fruit bearing and timber varieties under environment and ecology project.2. Infrastructure: Road Development Project A total 2900 Rft roads have been constructed intheRCCs of which 200 Rft has been cemented. The villagers are grateful to Rotary for giving them safe access to main roads which otherwise were impossible to tread particularly in the monsoon season.

3. New School Building (September’04): – We are coordinating with various bodies to help promote a “School building” in a vacant land at Nabapally RCCs. The said land chosen for school building has been bought, soil level has been measured and earth filling is going on at the moment.

4. Mother and Child Health Care Camp: Mother and Child Health Care Camp was organized at Rotary Sponsored School at Joypul, it was the second camp of this nature we have organised so far. This camp was a grand success as it were raised tremendous enthuse from the local residents of adjoining areas.

5. Adult Literacy Campaign (October’04): We have started “Adult Literacy Campaign” with 17 adults at Sardapally RCC school premises; this number will increase gradually. Enrolled adults are enjoying classroom ambience for three days a week.

6. Weekly Rotary Health Clinic: We maintain weekly “Health Care Center” at Joypul school premises; Dr. Analendu Dey of Dattapukar, Barasat is in charge of the clinic, he checks up patients every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and have so far treated 731 cases.

7. Literacy Project (Primary Education): Except aforesaid programs we are maintaining and funding three (3) RCC village schools on monthly basis where we take care of the daily needs of students as well as teaching stuffs; we offer Mid-day meals to all our students, pay teachers salary among other fixed monthly expenditures.

8. Vocational Training, Sewing – Knitting Machine & Counseling Camp, 6/3/05: We have short listed 35 beneficiaries of the first batch to help provide training, machines and four (4) vocational training applicants shall be funded to complete their professional course.

9. Joypul School Building: We have just completed the construction of first floor along with boundary wall of Joypul school building. We are now on the process of buying school equipments along with other important inventories.

10. Sewing & Knitting Machine Training Centre: We have purchased 6 sewing and 3 knitting machines for “Vocational Training Centre” at Rotary Guidance Centre; said training will be starting from 1st week of May’05.

11. Sponsoring Vocational Training: We have already sponsored 3 applicants of our RCCs, their training fees are already been paid and they are enjoying the classroom ambience 3 hours and 3 days a week.

12. HB Vaccine Camp, 17th April’05: We have organised a new HB Vaccine Camp at Rotary Guidance Centre, Joypul where total number of persons vaccinated was: 139. Adult: 79, Child: 60. Second dose was given on 22/5/05.

13. IOL Screening Camp, 24/4/05: We have organised cataract check up at Rotary Guidance Centre, Joypul in association SUSRUT where 117 patients have been screened and among them 43 patients were short listed for IOL operation on 28th April’05 at SUSRUT.

14. IOL Operation at SUSRUT, 28/4/05: 40 patients were operated at SUSRUT and they are in good health. Check up dates has been fixed on 4th & 5th May’05 at the same place.

15. School Furniture: We have recently purchased 10 wooden benches for a class room at Rotary Guidance Center, Joypul and measures have already been taken to make benches available for all other class rooms.

SENIOR CITIZEN
Sixty (60) old lady inmates of Shantiniwas (Behala) and Nabanir (Chetla and Tollygunge) were taken around the city’s puja pandals on a luxury bus on 19-10-2004; snacks and lunch were provided at a cost of Rs.5400/-
INTERNATIONAL SERVICES
TRF CONTRIBUTION BY QUANTUM
The club became the first 100% Paul Harris Fellow club in the District in RY 1998-1999 to enter Rotary’s Hall of Fame, and then re-wrote Rotary history by becoming the world’s first 100% Triple Paul Harris Club (or, Sapphire Club) during RY 2002-2003.During the current Rotary Year 2004-2005, the 68-member club has made a total TRF contribution of $30547 which is perhaps the second highest in the last 19 years of our club’s history.
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE PROJECTS
UNDER TRF’S HUMANITARIAN GRANT PROGRAM:
Out of the top ten Projects of our District this year our club has three of them and a total Cal Metropolitan – 5 projects aggregate to $ 225,828/-1) 3-H Project 02-1343 for Integrated Village Development is being successfully Implemented in its 2nd Year of execution. It is a USD 3,25,000 project against which $ 1,03,000 has been received so far, out of which USD 41,000 was received this year.2) The club is a recipient of 2 new Matching Grants funds in the current Rotary year, one of them amounting to US $ 19,596 for an ambulance project for cardiac care and trauma victims.The other project funds club’s ongoing flagship project Leg for Legless for USD 34,000.

3) Two New Mega Avoidable Blindness projects were applied for in Jan 2005 and approvals received from TRF by March 2005.The aggregate sum for these two projects is USD 1,12,755

4) Another Mega Project for Cancer Cure for USD 59,841 has been applied and approval is expected within June 2005. This project will enhance and upgrade facilities at The Thakurpukur Cancer Hospital, Kolkata.

5) The club has successfully completed and “closed” the following projects within the current Rotary Year:

(a) MG 20753 : Water and Sanitation
(b) MG 21660: Leg for Legless for USD 48,000
(c) In addition, the club has also completed the District assigned project No 16934 for providing limbs to beneficiaries In Nepal by holding camps at various locations in Nepal.

To sum up the club has participated in New Matching grants in this Centennial Year aggregating to USD 226000 besides the funding of USD 41,000 for 3-H which further adds up to US D 267000

HOSPILTALITY TO GSE TEAM
We invited GSE Team leader and the team members speak about their experience in our club.
TWIN CLUB DEVELOPMENT
Our very special program was a twin Club development and activities with RC Metropolitan Dhaka .We have a registered Twin Club arrangement with RC Metropolitan Dhaka and have received congratulatory letters from R.I for it.We participated the Eye-care project of RC Metropolitan Dacca and they reciprocated by participating in our Cheshire Homes program.
FAMILY EXCHANGE :
We developed strong ties as our families visited RC Metropolitan Dacca and their families reciprocated by staying with our President. There were round the year family exchange programmes between members off our club fostering greater understanding and growth.
ROTARY VOLUNTER
We have registered Two Rotary Volunteers with Rotary International .Dr Neerja Rateria and Rtn Vishnu Dhandhania.Our Rotarian was sponsored by our Rotary Club to serve as a Volunteer in NAMBIA in co-operation with another NGO, where she stayed for a period of ONE WEEK preformed several operations.132 Eye Surgeries were done.Rtn PP Vishnu Dhandhania has been registered as an active member of “Technical Cadres for Humanitarian Grant Program”.
YOUTH SERVICES
Special features this year:
Formation of Rotoract Club of Calcutta Metropolitan
Organised “IN QUEST OF EDUCATION” a special Rotoract and Interact meet.
Organised Leadership Development Programme at IIM-C, Joka
INTERACT CLUB
We have two Interact Club i.e. Abhinav Bharati and St Augustine. Both interact clubs have been active and were involved in various activities.
ROTARACT CLUB
Formation of own Rotaract Club and Charter received. This club was formed this year with getting our club members’ children involved.
RYLA YOUTH PROGRAM
We have co sponsored the International RYLA. Our member Rtn Bimal Pal was the architect of this program.
SPECIAL PROJECTS
CENTENNIAL TWIN CLUB PROJECT:
We submitted our form and also initiated RC Metropolitan Dhaka to do so which they did and thereby we received the Centennial Twin Club Relationship acknowledgement from Rotary International .
Our very special program in this Centennial year was a twin Club development and activities with RC Metropolitan Dhaka . Project ANANDADHARA was successfully organisedin Kolkata and a counterpart program called ANANDALOK was held in Dacca to raise funds for service projects.
FamilyExchange:
We developed strong ties as our families visited them and their families reciprocated by staying with us and attending our family wedding and programmes in February. Five of Rotarians including the President and his spouse visited Dhaka and some stayed with families .
AMBULANCE PROJECT
In the current Rotary Year, the Club purchased an AMBULANCE on 20th March 2005 and currently it is being fitted with modern equipments to make it operational for handing over to RN Tagore Cardiac Hospital, for the benefit of patients needing emergency care. The cost of project is $19, 596/- and is covered by RI Matching Grant no. 22379.
2003-2004 18th Year “LEND A HAND”

2003-2004 18th Year “LEND A HAND”

2003-2004 18th Year LEND A HAND
President :Raj Kumar Poddar Hony. Secretary : Alka Patodia
“LEG FOR LEGLESS” camps continued in various places including aboard at Nepal. Rotasports held for Physically challenged children. Corrective surgeries were done for Polio affected persons
176 IOL Surgeries were performed.
Cardiac Care Ambulance gifted under the management and care of Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences.
Fund raising program of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi
Functioning of Weekly Rotary Clinic at RCC Joypul under 3H project.
Contribution of $ 9,000 to Rotary Foundation.
Holding of Rotary Art Vision
Contribution to Disaster Relief to Orissa and West Bengal.
Vigorous campaign for eradication of Polio in the country.
Nabadisha continued for street children.
ADJUDGED JOINT BEST CLUB IN THE DISTRICT
Awarded 5 first prizes, 2 second prizes and 8 special recognition
Special citation from RI President for overall services.
Special recognitions for International Service TRF quantum.
DG citation for overall service.
2002-2003 17th Year “SHOW THE SEEDS OF LOVE”

2002-2003 17th Year “SHOW THE SEEDS OF LOVE”

2002-2003 17th Year SHOW THE SEEDS OF LOVE
President :Rtn.Maitrayee Roy Hony. Secretary : Rtn. Sampath S Kumar
Overall Attendance of 70%
“Nabadisha” continued for street children in association with Rotary Club of Calcutta Metro City under Calcutta Police Authorities.
Jointly sponsored a meditation course for the women jail inmates of Presidency Jail.
Hosted and Co-hosted over 15 District events including Secretaries Elect Training Seminar.
To support Pulse Polio, a musical evening by Pandit Jasraj was orgnized and 2.63 lacs was raised for Rotary Foundation.
Club achieved net growth of 10% in membership.
Club arranged a unique program on performing arts at Kalakunj by the mentally handicapped children.
Under Avoidable Blindness a slit lamp Microscope and Tonometer (Eye equipment) was donated to Netra Sevasadan costing US$ 5,000 and Rs.80,000/- was donated to District Eye Hospital.
Held Regular NIDs and SNIDs for Pulse Polio.
Our Rtn. Dr. Neerja Rateria conducted IOL surgeries at Cambodia.
Our Special pledge of having Kolkata free from Crutches by the year 2005. Leg for Legless programme continued at various places which includes Rotary Club of Bunder Sunway, Kaula Lampur, Malaysia.
Continuation of Integrated Village Development Programme through 4 RCCs namely Joypul, Narayanpur, Chaltaberia and Shardapalli with various activities executed such as, Sinking of Tube wells, Sanitation units, Building of primary School, mid-day meal, Homeo Clinic, providing sewing machines and Knitting Machines, Providing Micro-Credit etc.
Pledged to Contribute US$ 7,000 to Pulse Polio programme.
Became 100% ARCH KLUMPH FELLOWS.
Under Rotary Youth Exchange Programme, Aditi Khemka daughter of our member, left for Germany.
To enhance Rotary’s Public image – 6 permanent Bill Board/Hoardings were put up round the year for the project “Goodbye Crutches”.
Organised an Internation RYLA in collaboration with IIM, Joka.
Under “Sow the seeds of Love”, the club completed all 7 different projects in various aspects of community service like : Books for all ages, Toy Bank, Water Aid Project, Homoeopathic, Computer Aid, MicroCredit and m edical endowment.
Vocational Excellence Award to 2 senior citizens Smt Asoka Gupta and Smt Seeta Chowdhury.
RI recognized as No.1 club in the District in Annual Programs and Fund giving.
RI recognized the Club as one of the top three per capita contributiors to the Annual Programs Fund.
DG recognized the Club as one of the four best clubs in the District.
2001-2002 16th Year “MANKIND IS OUR BUSINESS”

2001-2002 16th Year “MANKIND IS OUR BUSINESS”

2001-2002 16th Year MANKIND IS OUR BUSINESS
President : Rtn. Pradip Bothra Hony. Secretary : Rtn. Kunal B. Jayaswal
Overall Attendance of 75%.
Twelve joint programmes held with clubs including Rotary Club of Singapore and Rotary Club of Jessore in Bangladesh apart from Inter Club visits in neighbouring clubs within & beyond the city as well.
Raised more than 7.00 lacs from Souvenir and Rotary Art Vision camp. Launching of Club website http://www.rccmetropolitan.org.com
Providing Tubewells and Sanitation in Rural Villages.
Free Vaccination of “HEPATITIS-B Vaccination” for the first time.
Camp for ” leg for legless” at Nepal and extended to Jhargram, Purulia, Jasidih, Sonarpur and rural areas in Bengal. Blue print for ” good bye” crutches was prepared.
Organized sports programme for Physically Challenged.
Under Avoidable Blindness a slit lamp Microscope and Tonometer (Eye equipment) was donated to Netra Sevasadan costing US$ 5,000 and Rs.80,000/- was donated to District Eye Hospital.
Provided Free Eye care camps and IOL Surgeries and for the first time in District Free Cornea Transplantation – Real Gift of Eyes.
Held regular NID & SNID camps for Pulse Polio.
Started corrective Surgery programme for correcting facial deformities like Cleft Palates, Split lips etc.
Rtn. Neerja Rateria was recognized by Rotary International for her services in all four avenues of Rotary services.
Micro Credit program was introduced for the first time to help the Rural poor.
Integrated Village Development Programme : (3H Project) through 4 RCCs namely, Joypul, Nabapally, Narayanpur, Chaltaberia and Shardapalli in 24 Parganas – South, comprising activities like building a permanent Rotary guide center, to built school, a library and a Vocational Training and Primary Health Care Centre etc. The grant for this project is valued at US$ 3,25,000.
Achieved the unique distinction of being a 100% Triple Paul Harris Fellow Club, perhaps first in world (with over 10% of Club Members being Major Donors Contributed over US$31,000 to the Rotary Foundation.
Visit of GSE Team from Canada and Youth Exchange students.
Adjudged Best Outstanding Club in the District.
Awarded First Prizes – 7 and Citation for 3.
The President & Secretary both were adjudged as the Best in the District.
2000-2001 15th Year “CREATE AWARENESS – TAKE ACTION”

2000-2001 15th Year “CREATE AWARENESS – TAKE ACTION”

2000-2001 15th Year CREATE AWARENESS-TAKE ACTION
President : Rtn. Vishnu Dhandhania Hony. Secretary : Rtn. Raj Kr. Poddar
A grand musical evening by Sitar maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan.
By collaborating with Rotary Club of Singapore and Community Service by utilizing the funds raised towards providing equipments to Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences for augmenting the facilities for Heart surgery to weaker section of the society.
An Art Camp under “Rotary Art Vision” was held to raise funds for community service efforts.
Providing artificial legs to needy persons in Calcutta, Jasidih and Jhargram.
Providing artificial legs and calipers to Polio Victims in Nepal.
Asha-II a joint project with our Inner Wheel partners were launched to take care of literacy and vocational training for needy girls in their teens at Bosepukur area of South Calcutta apart from already functioning Asha-I.
A 3 year programme of Integrated Village Development was launched for overall upliftment of quality of life of the Villagers of Nabapally, Narayanpur and Joypul, in which our RCCs are also functional.
Awards given to noted cardiac surgeon Dr. Devi Shetty, Sitar maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan and world class Tabla player Pt. Swapan Chowdhury.
Contributed US$ 36,000 to Rotary Foundation.
TRF Contribution enabled the club to achieve a unique distinction of becoming the only 100% sapphire club in the world, i.e. all members are at least double PHF, a PHF family or a Major Donor.
Rtn. Sohanraj Singhvi became first double major donor of Calcutta city. Other major donors from the club are PP Rtn. K. K. Dhandhania, Rtn. Pradip Bothra and Rtn. Vishnu Dhandhania.
Five Matching Grant Projects for worth US $ 1,00,750/- were initiated for diverse activities
For the first time, Club became a donor club in an lnternational matching grant of Rotary Club of Jessore in Bangladesh by sponsoring their healthcare program to the extent of $ 4000.
Club sponsored two students in the Youth Exchange program to Bavaria, Germany.
Rtn.Sohan Raj Singhvi was awarded RI citation for outstanding work in four avenues of service.
Adjudged Best Outstanding Club in the district.
Awarded First Prizes-4, Second -3, Third Prizes-3, RI-Significant Achievement Award and for Outstanding Project Recognition, Special recognition to 2 Metroplolitans Outstanding President and Secretary and Outstanding District Leaders to 3 Metropolitans.
1999-2000 14th Year “ACT WITH CONSISTENCY,

1999-2000 14th Year “ACT WITH CONSISTENCY,

CREDIBILITY, CONTINUITY”

1999-2000 14th Year ACT WITH CONSISTENCY, CREDIBILITY,ONTINUITY
President : Rtn. Som Bagchi Hony. Secretary : Rtn. Maitrayee Ray
Highest Donor in the district for Kargil Fund – 1.63 lacs.
Donated Rs.75,000/- to Dist. Hospital project at Salt Lake.
Donation of artificial limbs to under priviledged beneficiaries.
IOL operations free of cost.
Sinking of Shallow tubewells and Sanitation facilities.
Held regular Pulse Polio camps at various NID’s.
Held Blood Donation camps.
Under International Youth Exchange programme student from Canada was sponsored. Youth Exchange team was hosted for a fellowship / meet from Bavaria, Germany.
Hosted the visit of RIPE Frank Devlin.
Adjudged Best Outstanding Club in the District.
Awarded First prizes-3, Second prizes-3 and recognisation for outstanding work in Polio Plus.
1998-1999 13th Year “FOLLOW YOUR ROTARY DREAM”

1998-1999 13th Year “FOLLOW YOUR ROTARY DREAM”

1998-1999 13th Year FOLLOW YOUR ROTARY DREAM
President : Rtn. Binod Agarwal Hony. Secretary : Rtn. Pradip Bothra
14 Health Check-up camps were held which included Heart and Dental check up. Operated Cataract opertions. A Vitrectomy equipment was installed in the Eye Care & Research Centre.
Contributed Rs.1.00 lac for the benefit of Malda Flood victims.
Matching Grant contribution for 4.20 lacs was used for construction of Latrines, Tubewells, plantation of coconut trees, Annual sports, l iteracy, h ealth c heck-up at our new RVC Narayanpally and Rajarampur.
Nabadisha with the support of Calcutta Police Authorities to help street children in Calcutta.
Contributed US$ 18,000 to Rotary Foundation.
1st 100% Paul Harris fellow Club in the District and 58th in World.
Singular honour for hosting Rotary India Award.
Adjudged Best Outstanding Club in the Distrct.
Awarded 1st prizes – 4 (with membership above 38), First prizes – 9 (All combined), Second prizes-3 (with membership above 38), Second prizes (All combined)-4, Additional Citation/Certificate/Scroll/Award-7 and Dist. RCC Unit Awards-2.
1997-1998 12th Year “SHOW ROTARY CARES FOR YOUR

1997-1998 12th Year “SHOW ROTARY CARES FOR YOUR

COMMUNITY”

1997-1998 12th Year SHOW ROTARY CARES FOR YOUR COMMUNITY
President : Rtn. Subha Pal Hony. Secretary : Som Bagchi
Leg for Legless project was taken to Malaysia jointly with RC Bander Suneway, Kuala Lampur.
Mid day meals and Health Check up camps were held.
Installation of ceiling Fans, 2 Sewing machines and tubewells were provided at new RVC at Rajarampur.
RCCM contributed 20 Garbage Vats installed on Park Street area.
An Art Exhibition of young artist was sponsored and Inauguration of Rotary Art Vision to help needy artists.
Contributed US$ 5800 to Rotary Foundation. Awarded 1st prizes -1, 2nd prizes -3 and 3rd prizes -5.
1996-1997 11th Year “BUILD THE FUTURE WITH ACTION

1996-1997 11th Year “BUILD THE FUTURE WITH ACTION

AND VISION”

1996-1997 11th Year BUILD THE FUTURE WITH ACTION AND VISION
President : Rtn. S.R. Singhvi Hony. Secretary : Rtn. Vishnu Dhandhania
Sponsoring new Interact Club – “Abhinav Bharati High School.
Free Eye Operation, ENT Check up, Cataract and IOL operations.
Organised a State level sports meet for orthopaedically handicapped persons.
Assisted Rotary Club of Khulna in establishing limb center at Bangladesh.
Organised Health camp at Malancha for all school children.
Club decided to opt out the race for distrct Awards.
1995-1996 10th Year “ACT WITH INTEGRITY, SERVE

1995-1996 10th Year “ACT WITH INTEGRITY, SERVE

WITH LOVE,WORK FOR PEACE”

1995-1996 10th Year ACT WITH INTEGRITY, SERVE WITH LOVE, WORK FOR PEACE
President : Rtn.K. K. Dhandhania Hony. Secretary : Rtn. Binod Agarwal
Creating awareness for Safe Drinking Water.
IOL Operations.
Continuous programme for “LEG FOR LEGLESS” includes supply of Callipers for Polio affected Children.
Hosted GSE Team from Germany.
Contributed US$ 8000 to Rotary Foundation.
Programme on “ART and International Understanding”.
Awarded 1st prizes -2 and 2nd prizes -3 and Certificate of Appreciation – 5.
1994-1995 9th Year “BE A FRIEND”

1994-1995 9th Year “BE A FRIEND”

1994-1995 9th Year BE A FRIEND
President : Rtn. Avinash Chandhoke Hony. Secretary : Rtn. Subha Paul
Raised more than Rs. 8 lacs for some specific projects like Hospital project (5.4 lacs). Leg for Legless (1.25 lacs)
Contributed US$ 13,000 to the Rotary Foundation.
All members contributed to the Rotary Foundation.
Joint project at R C Khulna, Bangladesh for “LEG FOR LEGLESS”.
Hosted GSE Teams for USA and Brazil.
Awarded special Trophy for Outstanding services to the cause of Rotary Foundation.
Awarded 1st Prizes-3, 2nd Prizes-5 and recognition by District for all round outstanding work by the club and to our 10 members for their contribtution in form of Citation and special appreciations.
1993-1994 8th Year “IN WHAT YOU DO – DO WHAT YOU

1993-1994 8th Year “IN WHAT YOU DO – DO WHAT YOU

BELIEVE IN”

1993-1994 8th Year IN WHAT YOU DO- DO WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN
President : Rtn. Bhuban Basu Hony. Secretary : Rtn. Sourajit Palchoudhari
Plastic Surgery of the Hand-Along with another club. We organized a Workshop on handsurgery jointly with the Plastic Surgery Wing of the Surgery department of Calcutta medical College.
Orphan Care – Our Club started project at Ramkrishna Mission Boys Home at Rahara for building a classrom for drop out students from Class VII onwards for their rehabilitation.
Occupational Therapy programme in collaboration with Sevac Day Hospital.
Sit and Draw Art contest’s organized by Nehru Children’s Museum.
Formation of Rotaract Club of Calcutta Metropolitan City.
Organised Oral Rehydration Solution at RVC at Malancha.
Our Trust established tie-up with Vivekananda Hospital, Behala.
Award given by us to Best Sergeant of Calcutta Headquarters Guards.
Awarded for the third time in succession the Significant Achievement Award from the Rotary International.
1992-1993 7th Year “REAL HAPPINESS IS HELPING OTHERS”

1992-1993 7th Year “REAL HAPPINESS IS HELPING OTHERS”

1992-1993 7th Year REAL HAPPINESS IS HELPING OTHERS
President : Rtn. I. K. Gupta Hony. Secretary : Rtn. Anil Jhunjhunwala
Major project “LEG FOR LEGLESS”.
Operation of Homeopathic Clinic at Malancha RVC.
Started a Text Book Library at Shikshatri and donation to a Tuberculosis Hospital at Howrah.
Completion of road at our RVC.
School building at Dulalpur was renovated and painted.
At Kodalia RVC, cement platform was constructed at school to avoid mud. New bathrooms and classrooms were constructed.
Eye Operation camps held in Daspur (Midnapore District), Shaktigarh (Burdwan District) and Ramjibanpur (24 Parganas South).
Blood Donations Camps were held. Unique project of Book binding for the benefit of Mentally Handicapped in collaboration with SEVAC.
Workshop on 2-wheeler Repairing and maintenance. Contributions of US$ 7,712 to the Rotary Foundation.
Awarded significant achievement from award Rotary International.
1991-1992 6th Year “LOOK BEYOND YOURSELF”

1991-1992 6th Year “LOOK BEYOND YOURSELF”

1991-1992 6th Year LOOK BEYOND YOURSELF
President : Rtn. Vijay Shroff Hony. Secretary Rtn. Pawan Lohia
International Contributions in various projects.
Construction of road linking Dulalpur-Dariachak village to the main road.
Plantation of Trees.
Extensive repairs of School in Kolkata and new Varandas with roof built and Toilets.
Construction of latrines and One Deep Water Tube well for Gandhi Mission Trust at Ghatal.
Held successful Blood donations camps.
Conducted a massive project on “Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery” under the Rotary Volunteers in Action programme. This project was awarded with RI President’s Significant Achievement Award.
Organised training on 2-wheeler and 4-wheeler maintenance.
Awarded for highest attendance at District Conference and best Photographic Display of Club Activities.
1990-1991 5th Year “HONOUR ROTARY WITH ENTHUSIASM

1990-1991 5th Year “HONOUR ROTARY WITH ENTHUSIASM

AND FAITH”

1990-1991 5th Year HONOUR ROTARY WITH ENTHUSIASM AND FAITH
President : Rtn. Pradip Sen Hony. Secretary : Rtn. Bhuban Basu
Under major project Preserve Plant Earth – awareness campaign on Noise Pollution and Auto emission, Tree samplings.
At RVC Dulalpur-Dariachak – construction of tube well, improved road conditions, sanitary latrines and providing furniture at a Free Primary school.
At Daspur, held an Eye operation Camp, construction of tube wells, sanitary latrines and Health check camps.
Held Blood Donation Camps.
Regular Camps to be held in January and August for LEG FOR LEGLESS.
Contributions of US$ 7,600 to the Rotary Foundation.
International Participation in various projects.
Started Annual Contribution to TRF from all members with scheme for matching PHSM instalments.
Awarded 1st prizes-3, 2nd prizes-1 and 3rd prize-1.
1989-1990 4th Year “ENJOY ROTARY”

1989-1990 4th Year “ENJOY ROTARY”

1989-1990 4th Year ENJOY ROTARY
President : R. K. Bubna Hony. Secretary : I. K. Gupta
Sponsored Rotary Club of Calcutta Cosmopolitan, 2 Rotaract Clubs-Calcutta Metropolitan and Calcutta Metro City, 1 Interact Club of Hindi High School and 1 additional RVC, Dulalpur District.
Under Community service – Cataract operations were performed, Leg for Legless and Workshop for State Level Polio Immunization were held to create awareness, 5 permanent hoardings were put up.
Training young men in 2 – Wheeler Repairing and Maintenance as recommended by Missonaries CYSEC, Ramkrishna Mission, Seva Sangh Samity and ITSELF.
Contributed US$ 11,000 to the Rotary Foundation.
Many firsts : (i) Rtn. R. K. Bubna PHF as 1st Rotary Foundation Endownment Benefactor (ii) Rtn. Subha Pal 1st Lady Rotarian PHF and (iii) R’Anne Purnima & Rtn. Ronen Mukherjee 1st Rotary Couple Paul Harris Fellow in the club.
Adjudged Best Rotary Club bagged 1st Prizes – 5, 2nd Prizes – 7 and 3rd Prizes -1.
President R. K. Bubna was honoured by RI Presidential Citation outstanding work as Club President.
1988-1989 3rd Year “PUT LIFE INTO ROTARY – YOUR LIFE”

1988-1989 3rd Year “PUT LIFE INTO ROTARY – YOUR LIFE”

1988-1989 3rd Year PUT LIFE INTO ROTARY- YOUR LIFE
President : Rtn. Shrish Agarwal Hony. Secretary : R. K. Bubna
Laid Greater emphasis on Fellowship to bring cohesiveness amongst members and family.
RVC work – Homoeopathic dispensary expanded with toilet facility and oxygen cylinders – facelift of school building and various constructions.
Hosted Ladies GSE Team from district 561 (USA) and Youth Team from West Germany.
Sponsored Inner Wheel Club.
Awarded 4 First prizes, 3 Citations from DG and RI International and 1 Second prize at the District Assembly.
1987-1988 2nd Year “ROTARIANS – UNITED IN SERVICE,

1987-1988 2nd Year “ROTARIANS – UNITED IN SERVICE,

DEDICATED TO PEACE”

1987-1988 2nd Year ROTARIANS-UNITED IN SERVICE, DEDICATED TO PEACE
President : Rtn. Shambhu Chakravarty Hony. Secretary : Sunil Kr. Saha
Helped Calcutta Blind School and the Spastics Society of Eastern India.
A Homeopathic Clinic was started at RVC
Hosted GSE Team from the District 978 (Australia)
2 Paul Harris Fellows and 3 Paul Harris Sustaining Members were added thus taking the total to 3 Paul Harris Fellows and 17 Paul Harris Sustaining Members.
The Club was awarded Five Certificates of Appreciation and RI Presidential Citation.
1986-1987 1st Year “ROTARY BRINGS HOPE”

1986-1987 1st Year “ROTARY BRINGS HOPE”

1986-1987 1st Year ROTARY BRINGS HOPE
President : Rtn. Virendra Sood Hony. Secretary : Rahul Banerjee
Charter was presented in the Installation meeting on 5th Septermber 1986 with preceeding year’s team continued.
Our charter night a record number of 12 Paul Harris Members were made.
Our VP Rtn. Raj Kumar Jaiswal was the first to become Paul Harris Fellow. During the year the number went up of Paul Harris Fellow to 14.
The Club started a unique project of providing LEG FOR LEGLESS to legless people.
The Club organised RVC for villages of Malancha & Kodalia and provided assistance to their Text book library, the school and a public conveyance.
District award for First prize for Bulletin Group and Three Certificates of Appreciation and RI Citation.
1986-1987 The Beginning “YOU ARE THE KEY”

1986-1987 The Beginning “YOU ARE THE KEY”

1986 – 1987 The Beginning YOU ARE THE KEY
Rotary Club of Calcutta Mid Town at the recommendation of DG Rtn Ajoy Kumar Dutta is to sponsor a new club.
Mid-Towners, Rtn. P.P Kamal Seth as the Governor’s Special Representative and Rtn. Virendra Sood started scouting for committed leaders of society who were prepared to give time for improving the quality of life of less fortunate people.
27 enthusiastic business and professional people had the final organization meeting on 10th May, 1986 and an application for membership in Rotary International was made.
This provisional Club held its first meeting on 22nd May, 1986 and the Charter soon followed on 17th June 1986. Rtn. Virender Sood was Charter President and Rtn. Rahul Banerjee the Charter Secretary.