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Vocational Excellence Awards

October 26, 2012 divider image

Regular Meeting: 25th October 2012

Service above self is the motto of Rotary. In a way service is considered as soul of Rotary. But go through the objects of Rotary and you will realize that maintaining high ethical standards in your vocation and leveraging members vocation as a means to serve the society is one of the most important aspect of Rotary. Service is not limited in community but also in workplace and around the globe. Incidentally first community project began in Chicago due to Rotary Club of Chicago’s endeavor to help members in their vocation. Director Rtn Shiv Rao provided this short and crisp information during the meeting held to recognize three outstanding personalities with vocational excellence award. This important event in club’s calendar acknowledges individuals who have excelled in their chosen vocation and are excellent role models for the new generation. The Thursday meeting was also the occasion to felicitate 4 Rotarians who completed their silver jubilee in the club.

Tanul Vikamshi

He is different. He has new dimensions to look at things. He creates masterpieces that are soothing to eyes and brings joy. Be it photograph, painting or sculpture. When you look at things from different angle you get a whole new perspective. That’s what Tanul Vikamshi does at ‘Alag Angle’. Graduate from renowned Sir J J School of Art, Mumbai and Masters in Fine Art from Nagpur University, Tanul is at ease when he is with kids in his studio. These are not your typical painting classes; it’s a studio, a workshop for creativity. The place where one is encouraged to think out of the box, break the tradition and follow your heart. And that’s what he spoke…. straight from the heart. He urged the ‘elders’ to do what they like. Take some time for yourself. Pursue your liking apart from your vocation. Recipient of numerous awards, Tanul has held exhibition and shows all over the world and continues to charm the world around him.

Mr Zahur Hasan

He is probably a synonym to reliability and quality assurance. A second hand Maruti car gets a premium because they have been maintained and serviced at his garage. Mr Zahur Hasan, the man behind Hasan Garage shared his thoughts after receiving vocational excellence award. He said, to be a successful entrepreneur one needs to have foresight and vision. When he started in 1987, there were only 160 Maruti cars in Nagpur with no dealer. His was the only workshop and people used to come because there was no other option. Now 25 years later there are 4 dealer and 6 additional authorized workshops. Still car owners prefer his Garage because of excellent, honest and time bound service. All this was possible because he had the vision that population of cars will grow. He risked employing additional people and invested in machinery even when there was no immediate scope. Lack of foresight, he said has resulted in fall of even the monopoly businesses like Doordarshan and Indian Postal Department. Another important aspect is attention to details. Out of 40 people employed at his workshop 30 join on time. Rests are 15 min late but that means loss of 150 working minutes. That’s substantial 21/2 Hrs of lost work. Plugging these small loopholes can go on increasing productivity manifolds. It’s no surprise then that he has been consistently winning the prestigious J D Power customer satisfaction award for his exemplary work.

Shilpa Agrawal

The third recipient of vocational excellence award was our very own Rtn Ann Shilpa Agrawal. Somebody who can dance well, can sing and party hard, is also at ease with handling intricacies of furniture business. CEO and COO of Akash Furniture, Shilpa has been a multifaceted personality. A perfect combination of beauty and brains, Shilpa has earned accolades at various platforms. She was the winner of Mrs Nagpur contest and also the finalist at Mrs India contest. She believes in giving her best no matter what the circumstances are. It is indeed commendable for someone who started just 8-10 years back to have achieved phenomenal success. She gives credit for her success to her son, love from family members and rock solid support from her husband Akash. Award, she says is an inspiration to achieve greater heights in her future endeavor.

The four Rotarian who completed 25 years in Rotary are all stalwarts of the club. PP Shabbir Shakir read the timeline of these ‘young’ Rotarians. PDG Vishwas, PP Sudhir Bhiwapurkar, Vilas Kale and Dr Harish Rathi were the chosen one. Each of them has contributed immensely to the club with their knowledge, insight, and leadership.

It was an interesting evening with packed house; many new faces were present after their enlightenment. Three new members Dr Sushil Mandhania, Mr Manish Agrawal and Mr Vikas Jain were inducted. The meeting was adjourned after the singing of national anthem.

Parag Paranjpe.

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