Dear Friends,

The September bulletin of Mid-town has two events from the month of August, both extremely important for the club. The first was a talk by Mrs. Jaya Row. As many are aware, she speaks on the Bhagwat Gita and its importance in our lives. During the talk, she spoke on “Awaken the leader within” and discussed with us the difference between a “boss” and a leader, the qualities of a leader and how we all have a leader within us. The meeting had a huge attendance and, as always, she was extremely graceful.

That same morning we also had the installation of the President of the Interact Club at Walsingham School which was attended by Dr. Kasbekar, Jamshed, Gargi and me. Personally, I find it very exciting to address young students because there is a chance to plant within them some ideas, thoughts or ways of thinking. If none of those, then at least give them a different point of view from what their parents or teachers have been saying to them. The appointed heads of the Interact Club are: Incoming President – Anam Shaikh, Vice President – Devarshi Jadia, Secretary – Hina Jain, Treasurer – Diya Jain, and the Directors are Diya Vohera, Ananya Rajput, Rutvi Morakhia, Tanisha Kansara.

The month of September saw two very well known personalities speak to us. First was the beautiful Mrs. Tara Sharma. She is an actress and producer, but I personally know her as a hands-on mother and a fitness freak. I know her as a regular person and when she came to our club she spoke on ‘Passion, Practicality and Reinvention’. It was about how she continues to be a hands-on mom and still is able to create content that is relevant and influences audiences, how she reinvented herself, and how it had worked. What members loved most about her is the fact that she spoke from her heart very fluidly, and it was a complete pleasure listening to her.

We also had Mr. Kapil Gupta for a talk. He is very well known in the architecture circles and has designed iconic structures in South Mumbai like the Blue Frog and Tote. He is also currently heading the Shrimad Rajchandraji Ashram construction at Dharampur. Even though his topic for the day may not affect our daily lives we were all amazed at how he spoke and the pictures he showed. Most interesting was why he did what he did and how he drew inspiration for the spaces he created. We have requested Mr. Gupta to speak to the Bohra community of Siddhpur about the conservation of old architecture.

Of course, the month began with a fun-filled fellowship in our good, old Woodhouse Gymkhana. We celebrated the birthdays and anniversaries for the month and, of course, received contributions from a few of our members.

The District Governor, Mr. Shahshi Kumar Sharma came to our club for the official club visit. We had a closed-door meeting with him along with some district officials and it was a great learning experience for our board and me. What was important was that he spoke to the Rotractors just like a mentor would, discussing with them the future and philanthropy

We have come out with our club’s brochure regarding our projects. We seek the support of all our members in raising funds for these large-scale, high-impact projects which we want to finish in this year. A special mention is due to our donors, Mr. Asim Agarwal, Santosh Jaipuria, and Jyotivardhan Jaipuria for their contributions to our projects, and also to Rtn. Shernaz for motivating her friends to donate to the ISKON Midday Meal Program. I believe if we all follow in Shernaz’s footsteps, there lies a tremendous amount of hope for the not-so-fortunate sections of our society.

Here is to wishing our club a wonderful October. Personally, I look forward to meeting the visiting German students and showing them our country and its culture.

Yours in Rotary,
Pres. Rtn. Dr. Deepak Garg

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