The program BRIDGING THE GAP was conducted on Thursday 25th July at the Rotary Club of Bangalore – an initiative of the International Services Committee of Rotary Club of Bangalore.
purpose of this program was to start the year with suggestions from the senior
Rotarians on how Rotary activities can be improved and how we could get the
senior members involved in committee activities.(Seniors being persons who
joined Rotary Club of Bangalore in the year 2000 or before.) We found that a
large number, totally 70 Rotarians of
our club, had joined in 2000 or before.
addition, we invited a few members of
the leadership of the Overseas Women Club. OWC has many social projects and
fundraisers. OWC members were eager to get to know us in Rotary and collaborate
with us in our projects.
Nalini Nanjundayya started the program by raising a toast to the Seniors of the
club and ended with a quote,”If your actions have inspired others to dream
more, do more and become more, you are truly leaders- to the Senior Rotarians,
may you keep inspiring us”.
hall was filled with a record number of 75 persons who were put together in
groups of 6. After the usual formalities, the evening started with wishing Rtn.
Dr. H. Paramesh a very happy birthday while he cut a delicious chocolate cake
and Rotarians sang for him.
Rtn SVL Narayan conducted an ice breaker session titled “Know your Rotarian”.
This was a fun session where Narayan asked the Rotarians many questions about themselves. Many anecdotes were mentioned and not only did we get to know our Rotarians better, but we also got to know more about the projects of that time, and some incidences they could recollect about the projects.
facts we learnt:
Srichand Rajpal was the youngest member who joined our club. He mentioned how
difficult it was to be a young Rotarian in those days. He would memorize the
names of 5 members of the club each Monday and specially go speak with them.
Arjun Menda told us how his education was always on scholarships and that is
why he wishes to give back to society through his education scholarships
Prabhashankar spoke about his journey in Rotary which was like an opening
batsman. President in 7 years, then DG in 10 years. He also spoke about many
projects initiated by him.
said how in her first year in Rotary she became a mother and how her family
grew and learnt in Rotary and now she is addicted to Rotary.
this was a group activity conducted by Rtn Anu Varma, where each table of 6
Rotarians were given a set of questions to answer on improvement of Rotary
activities. Anu requested each group to put down their thoughts and ideas on:
How can we
How can we
involve seniors in our programs and committee meetings?
How can we
utilize the experience of these seniors?
group leader was chosen, who summarized
the thoughts of the group.
Womens Club President and Treasurer addressed us about their activities.
To wrap up the session, PRID Rtn Panduranga Setty addressed the group and gave us his thoughts and suggestions on improvement.
suggestions will be collated and will be circulated in the club to be
implemented by the different avenues of service.
Lal Bhatia ended the evening with a beautiful “shayar” in Hindi.
was served at the tables and a delicious Chinese dinner followed.
of our club applauded the efforts of the International Service Committee and
mentioned how necessary it was to bring our seniors to the table to advise us.
thanks to Rtn. Chetan Kamani who got us wine at a low rate; To Ann Pragya Jain
for bringing the OWC members to our meeting; To SVL Narayan, Anuradha Varma,
Gertrude D’Souza, Rosa Pramel, Dilip Kumar Pillai, Gautham and other members
of the International Services team who
helped at every stage and made the program a success.