Rotary Club Delhi South East celebrates 35th anniversary

Rotarians have always held ‘Service above Self’ as their primary motto. In fact, deeds have preceded the written word. Service has been rendered in manifold forms, and the word ‘Service’ with all its varied meanings and implications is written in the Rotary plan, according to a press statement.
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And as Subra Parameswaran, President of Delhi South East, put it succinctly: ‘I believe your nation should be your first priority, your family comes second, and personal welfare should come last’.
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In fact, Rotary Delhi South East had a range of activities from regular speaker meetings with speakers from diverse vocations – social projects like construction of toilet blocks at the Society for the Promotion of Women and Child Welfare; Dirt Free Delhi Campaign; celebration of Independence with underprivileged children; and Blood Donation Camps besides the National Immunization Day programmes.
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Parameswaran was speaking at an event to mark this movement of service through the celebration of its 36th Charter Day over the weekend. Mr Parameswaran and the First Lady Padmini Parameswaran felicitated and honoured all the Past Presidents who have served Rotary with commitment and dedication. District Governor Vinod Bansal & Dr Sangeeta Bansal, DGE, DGN, DGN, IPDG, several Past District Governors and Past Presidents were present.
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Speaking at the event, he said: ‘We are today at the half way mark and I can proudly say that the past six months have been action packed.’ A small exhibition was also put up as part of the evening, ‘Down Memory Lane’.
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He also announced the strengthening of internal communications through making the website dynamic, using social media pages like Facebook and Twitter, and Club email ID, apart from SMS reminders. All such actions ensured better participation and attendance at all Club activities. Monthly reports have been designed with a new look and delivered month after month.
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The official noted that the Rotary Club of Delhi South East had been in existence for more than 35 years. ‘Today as we stand on the brink of yet another Charter Day we are reminded of the hard work, the determination to achieve the impossible and the incredible achievements of its members. I salute the Past Presidents for all their efforts over the years and hope that I am able to make a small but significant difference this year so that I can also go down in the archives of South East and make my mark as President.’
‘We promised to induct ten new members including at least on lady member this year and we have been successful in inducting four new ladies and two male members so far. We will be inducting four to five more new members in the coming months’, he noted. ‘Down Memory Lane’ commenced with the lighting of the auspicious lamp by Past Presidents Sudhir and Ashish Ghosh apart from Parameswaran and Padmini Parameswaran. Suresh said: “Our country is known for parampara – culture. The tradition of the Club is unique. Mrs Padmini also spoke on the occasion.
The Secretary, Sudhir Kohli listed some of the programmes listed for the coming months which included a New Year’s Eve programme and an Annual Sports meet early next month, he also announced to provide a diabetes van for the fortis hospital by the club.  A cultural programme was presented in which there were dances by the young Ada, retro dances of the 1960s and 1980s by various artistes including Kiran, Sunita, Rameek, Archana, Neeti and Geeta. It was a very proud and historic moment when members of this Club led by Past President Late Rtn. Kailash Sachdeva received the Club Charter from the then Rotary International President Rtn. Clem Renouf.
It was probably a very rare, if not the only, instance when a club charter was personally handed over by the highest-ranking officer of the Rotary International, RI President, in person.  Thus, a club was born on December 22, 1978, named “Rotary Club of Delhi South East”, which was destined to become one of the premier clubs of the then District – 301 (Now 3010) winning laurels from the District time and again.
The club started with a small group of 12 Charter Members and has grown to a formidable group of 65 members and this has been possible because of the dedicated efforts of all the Past Presidents.  Time and again, under the stewardship of different Presidents, South East has shown its mettle, zeal, commitment and determination in achieving Rotary ideals. It has grown from strength to strength and had an impact on almost all walks of Rotary activity. It therefore comes as no surprise that successive District Governors repeatedly commended and awarded the club efforts in different avenues of services. South East also had the distinction of providing the District with a Governor in the RY 2001-02, when the District Governor Suresh Jain was unanimously elected to lead the District.
History repeats itself after a gap of over 10 years when another Governor, DGE Sanjay Khanna who is an active and charismatic member of South East is elected to lead Our District in RY 2014-15. The Governors have brought laurels to South East and enriched our history by adding many feathers in our Rotary hat.
South Easters are proud of the fact that, club has successfully executed over a couple of Millions of Dollars worth social projects that benefit the community at large and society in particular. Club has been ‘the Best Club’ in the district a number of times, thanks to dedication and camaraderie of the members. The South Easters are proud of their impeccable history and strong traditions and they will continue to work relentlessly in the various avenues of service.

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