“Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.” — Khalil Gibran
These few words summarise Rotary and Rotarians and we are fortunate to be the ones on the giving side.
We had the privilege of having Milind Deora as our speaker on 1st November which turned out to be a very interesting session. Having personally known so many of our members, he mentioned more than once, that he felt he was speaking to acquaintances in the living room of a friend’s house. On 11th November, we celebrated the Charter Night at Sunville. This was a special night as our Club entered its 50th year. On 15th November, Dr. Lucky Kasat took us on an interesting virtual climb of Mt. Everest, prodding us to identify our peak in life. We all learnt about Bitcoins on 22nd November when Sachin Dedhia gave us a rundown on this crypto-currency which all of us had heard of but few knew anything about. On 29th November, Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala, noted Bariatric and GI-oncology surgeon spoke to us about the growing menace of obesity.
On 4th November, the Rotary District had organised Partners’ Sports Day at Priyadarshini Park for members and spouses. There was a huge turnout with enthusiastic participants from across the District. Members and spouses participated in many traditional and unusual races and events and there was fun and gaiety all over. On 19th November, the Rotary District had organised the Rotary World Fest at the Race Course. The annual event, started a couple of years ago, has horse races (used as a chariot) to raise funds for the many service projects that Rotary conducts apart from a great way for bonding with fellow Rotarians from across the city. There were many stalls serving a variety of food as well as scintillating musical and dance performances by the likes of Louis Banks, George Brooks and Salim-Suleiman in the evening. On 24th November, our Club was the co-host for an event organised by the District to felicitate PDG Gulam Vahanvaty on being appointed as the Trustee of The Rotary Foundation (TRF). PDG Gulam is known to many of us and this appointment is a singular honour to our District and our country. Many PDGs spoke of their great regard for PDG Gulam at this event and several embarked on a journey into history speaking about their experiences of having interacted or worked with PDG Gulam who was visibly overwhelmed by this adulation. On 26th November, I attended a Medical Camp organised by the Inner Wheel Club at SL&SS High School. Dedicated doctors who are members of our Club devoted their Sunday morning to this worthy cause and enthusiastic Inner Wheelers were present in great numbers to support them. This event eventually turned into a brunch. The Inner Wheel members brought homemade dishes which were presented for all to partake.
We all look forward to the socially active month of December and there is a line-up of interesting Speakers coming to the Club in the next few weeks.
Pres Rtn Manoj Jalan
Mid Town Musings: July-August 2021