The Annual Sophia-Rotary scholarship awards function was on August 8, where I was invited as guest of honor. Others present at the function were Rtns Deepak Mehta, Kiran Shah, Naren Mohatta, PP Navin Shah, Anand Didwania and MK Jalan. Our club has an annual tradition of awarding scholarships to five students and a teacher’s grant of R10,000/- sponsored by Rtn Arun Jatia in memory of his mother Smt Sumitra Devi. For the year 2015-2016, the grant was awarded to Dr Hema Subramaniam for her research project, Characterization of Drosophila Alzheimer’s GMR – AB mutant.
The Rotary year 2015–16 started with my installation on July 1, 2015 as the President of the club for the second time taking over from Mohan Lalvani (who was also serving as president for the second time). I am happy that my club has entrusted me this task and I will do my utmost to keep the flag of RC Bombay Mid-Town flying high.
This year, our club has agreed to participate in Long term (one year) International Student Cultural Exchange Program at the district level.
Under this program, our club sends a student for a one year period to a Rotary Club in a foreign country. Their club reciprocates by sending a student to us for one year. The foreign student usually stays with three or four volunteer Rotarian families who host them in their houses.
The selected student going from our side is Rtn Vicky Punjabi’s son, Naren Punjabi and the country he will be going to is Taiwan.
Ever wonder why the Rotary year begins 1 July? The Rotary International Convention initially
played a key role in determining the start date of our fiscal and administrative year. Rotary’s
first fiscal year began the day after the first convention ended, on 18 August 1910. The
1911-12 fiscal year also related to the convention, beginning with the first day of the 1911
convention on 21 August. At its August 1912 meeting, the Board of Directors ordered an
audit of the International Association of Rotary Clubs’ finances.