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Bharat Goenka

January 2, 2015 divider image

Notorious November has given way to Dancing December.

Wish you all a very Happy Christmas & a Happy New Year!!

Though ‘Sun N Sand’ was ‘Cold N Wet’ but we thankfully bypassed the predicted rains & the Charter Nite celebration went off well. Our dynamic & innovative chairpersons put up a surprise item – they presented the felicitation of the Past Presidents in the form of an award function nite. It was a fabulous show, I noticed that the PP’s were also enjoying the rib-tickling humour for a change- though directed at them- all in good spirits.

We were delighted by the presence of Mrs. Sharayu Deshmukh, wife of DG Dada Deshmukh, a very dignified, poised, self- assured lady, and who graciously acceded to our request to grace the occasion, despite being busy with the conference preparations & came to add ‘chaar chand’ to our Charter Nite. The other 3 ‘chands’ were of course Dada himself, Assistant governor Dr Vinay Tule & his charming wife- Dr. Anjali.

For Rotarians attending the District Conference is like an annual holiday, looked forward to due to the myriad events & fellowship. ‘Parvani’ at Nasik was a well organised affair, ambient weather, and for us the highlight was the performance put up by the IYE students, which was mesmerising, truly amazing. A thought passed my mind while watching these children go through the intricate Indian dance steps, that if the world was not divided by political or racial lines, there would be no word like ‘ foreigners ‘ in the dictionary- a world without boundaries which only Rotary can achieve.

The DG’s objective in organising the conference, is that all Rotarians gain an insight in the world of Rotary- it’s ideas, ideology & importance in as much as its role in striving to the betterment of lives all over the world. The other objective is bonding with this huge Rotary family that you belong to. Jyoti & I were pleasantly surprised that the small group we were moving around with became, not friends, but family.

We ring in the new year with all the major projects so party till the 2nd but come back renewed & recharged to reach greater heights in the year 2015. January will see the ophthalmic camp at Lok Biradari Prakalp, Hemalkasa.

So, as I sign off, all that I wish is that Rotary tops your list of to-do resolutions for the New Year!

Bharat Goenka

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