BEACON-Vol-XI #02 - Aug 2013
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Welcome to RCSW

Rotary Club of Secunderabad West has been chartered on 4th February, 2004 -Club Number - 64454 one of the active clubs in Rotary International District:3150, Andhra Pradesh State, India. Please explore our Website for more information about Rotary, our Club and our activities/Projects

Visitors from across the Seven Seas -03 Aug 2013

On 3rd August, 2013, our President-elect, Rtn.S.Anil Kumar got a call from a visiting Rotarian – Rtn. Gunther of RC of Menlo Park, San Francisco, USA.

A meeting was setup and Rtn.Gunther and Ann Ellen met our President Rtn.Naina Desai, PP Rtn.D.J.Desai, President-Elect Rtn.S.Anil Kumar, Secretary Rtn.R.P.Baghavan, Ann Dr.Sarojini and Annet Ashwin Tejaswi, son of Rtn.Anil Kumar over evening tea at Hotel Inner Circle.

Flags were exchanged and discussions were held on various topics related to Rotary and to the vocations of the participants. They were very much impressed and when President Naina Desai handed over a couple of Annual Reports to give them a birds’ eye view of the activities of our Club, they were very happy.

The couple were extremely touched when President Naina Desai ordered a cake since they had celebrated their golden anniversary the previous day. They cut the cake and fed each other pieces of the cake. Ann Ellen was heard commenting that she had probably not done this during her wedding fifty years ago.

They have promised to stay in touch and examine the possibilities of co-operation among the clubs.

Membership Development Seminar - Khammam - 04 Aug 2013

On 4th August, 2013, RI District 3150 organised a seminar on “Membership Development” at Khammam. RC of Khammam was the host club.

Six members from the Rotary Club of Secunderabad West, including the President Rtn.Naina Desai, Secretary Rtn.R.P. Baghavan, President-elect Rtn.S.Anil Kumar, and Director (Membership Extension) Rtn.Suren Poruri, attended the seminar.

The seminar was very well organized. It was structured to make the best utilization of time. After the inaugural session, a panel discussion was held where PP Rtn.N.Sivakumar was one of the panelists.

Breakout sessions were held before lunch and some awards for the year 2012-13 were also given before the concluding session. The various methods of augmenting membership and the probable candidates for the same were very well outlined. The aspect of retention was also stressed.

On the whole, it was a very useful and fruitful seminar. Members returned promising themselves that they would strengthen their respective clubs by inducting more members.

Medical Camp @ Meridian School - 09 Aug 2013

Through the initiative of Jt.Secretary, Rtn.Dr.Arpita and Secretary Rtn.R.P. Baghavan, a medical camp was organised at La Meridian School, Banjara Hills on 09thAugust, 2013 by Rotary Club of Secunderabad West. 

Le Meridian School has adopted 13 schools in the rural slum areas of Mahboobnagar District of Andhra Pradesh. Children of these adopted schools are brought to Hyderabad around mid-August,housed on the school premises and they are taught by the senior students of La Meridian School under the supervision of the teachers. The children are also taken on a conducted tour of important places in Hyderabad. As a part of this programme, this medical camp was conducted.

Rtn.Dr.Sarojini did the general check-upwhile Rtn.Dr.Sheetal Choudari and Rtn.Dr.Arpita did the dental check-up.President Rtn.Naina Desai, Secretary Rtn.R.P.Baghavan, Ann Malini , Annet Ashrit, wife and son respectively of Rtn.Suren Poruri, assisted the doctors. 205 students were medically examined during the camp.

It was heartening to see the students of La Meridian bustling about and organizing the whole affair. The school authorities treated all the participants to a delicious lunch at the school dining room after the event.

Speaker Meeting - By GSE Team(US Visit) - 11 Aug 2013

At the weekly meeting on11.08.2013, the topic was the “Experiences of the GSE Team”. After the President’s remarks, the thought for the day was read by Dr.Sheetal Choudary. Secretary, Rtn.R.P. Baghavan made the Secretary’s announcements. Past President Rtn.D.J.Desai, the Event Chair, introduced the speakers.

Shri Bibaswan Das, the nominee forthe GSE Team from the Rotary Club of Secunderabad West and Past President Rtn.K.Prabhakar Rao, RC Hyderabad Central, the GSE Team Leader made the presentation. Shri Bibaswan Das made a power point presentation about the various places visited by them. Rtn.Prabhakar Rao spoke after that and explained the similarities and differences in the Rotary World between USA andIndia. Their meetings are crisp and businesslike and mostly over lunch on a working day. Also, they do not conduct many projects – since the need is not felt. However, they do participate in projects abroad. They prefer to do the projects in South America since they can physically go over and see the project and monitor it.

The social side of the life there was also elaborated upon. Shri Bibaswan Das had attended two weddings there and he related his experiences, most of which came as a cultural shock to him.

 The vote of thanks was proposed by Rtn.Neti Sharma.  On the whole, it was a very informative and educative presentation.

Twin Cities Forum Independence Day Eve Meeting - 13 Aug 2013

In what has become a tradition, Rotary Club of Hyderabad hosts the Twin Cities Presidents’ Forum’s celebration of the Independence Day. Year after year, the forum has managed to get top dignitaries as the Chief Guest on this occasion. This year was no exception. Chief Justice of AP High Court, Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta, was the Chief Guest.


The function was held at Hotel Mercure,Chirag Ali Lane, off Abid Road, Hyderabad on the evening of 13thAugust, 2013. After half an hour of fellowship over tea/coffee and snacks, the meeting started with the President of the Host Club calling the meeting to order. The President of Rotary Club of Secunderabad West, Rtn.Naina Desai was asked to present the bouquet to the Chief Guest. Rtn.Annapurna Shastri and Rtn.Uday Shetty did a wonderful job as the comperes. After a prayer song andreading of the Four-Way Test,  Rtn.Sharma recited the “Tryst With Destiny” speech of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to the Constituent Assembly on the eve of Independence. The rendering was very powerful and brought out the goose bumps for many among the audience.


Rtn.Madhu Suresh introduced the ChiefGuest. Then, Justice Sengupta took the podium and for the next 50 minutes orso, he had the audience totally in his grip. He started by narrating an incident in his home village in Murshidabad District of West Bengal at the time of partition. He  went on to analyse why,though India has achieved political freedom in 1947, we are still a long wayoff in achieving other types of freedom like financial, cultural etc. Though Gandhiji had opposed the partition of India, Lord Mountbatten convinced Nehru,Patel and Jinnah to accept a truncated freedom. He then went on to enumerate the ills of our electoral system – with unlimited expenses during elections.This leads to inflation immediately following an election. He felt that the common belief that The Constitution should be read and understood only by lawyers is absolutely wrong. He felt it is the duty of every Indian to understand the Constitution, since only when one knows ones rights can one take steps to protect them.


Vote of thanks was proposed by the Chairperson of the Twin Cities Presidents’ Forum, Rtn.Hyma. The meeting concluded with the national anthem.

Independence Day @ Madhav Vidhyalaya

In keeping with tradition, Independence Day was celebrated by Rotary Club of Secunderabad West at Madhav Vidyalaya –the school adopted by the Club. This school is situated in Balaji Nagar and caters to the children of daily labourers and autorickshaw drivers etc.

The national flag was unfurled by President Naina Desai and the students lustily sang the national anthem. The students put up a variety entertainment programme appropriate to the auspicious day. Three students – one each in Telugu, Hindi and English – spoke about the significance of this day in the life of an Indian. President Naina Desai addressed the students.

She spoke in an interactive manner and asked the students to spell out their ambitions. She appreciated the hard work of the teachers and students in putting up this show. She exhorted the students to study hard with interest and become good citizens of the country. Otherdignitaries also addressed the students.


Members of the Rotary Club of Secunderabad West distributed sweets and condiments among the students. The newmember Rtn.Indira Rao was quite impressed by the programme.

President Rtn.Naina Desai and Secretary Rtn. R.P. Baghavan have invited the schoolchildren to give a performance,exclusively for our Club members, sometimes during this year.

Independence Day Celebrations by Rtn Diwakar @ Tandur

Every year our club Rotarian Diwakar Reddy (Director-Service projects 2013-14) takes great initiative to celebrate Independence day at few rural schools in and around Tandur and distribute prizes to motivate the school children.

This year,he visited the following schools on 15 Aug 2013 to celebrate the Independence day with the school children:-

  • Zilla Parishad High School, Gottiga Khurd, Basheerabad Mandal, Ranga Reddy Dist
  • Zilla Parishad High School, Navalga, Basheerabad Mandal, Ranga Reddy Dist
  • Zilla Parishad High School, Jeevangi, Basheerabad Mandal, Ranga Reddy Dist

Prizes were distributed to  school children in these 3 schools from 1st to 9th Standard. He has also given the Certificates (provided by our club) and distributed the prizes (Ist Prize - Titan Watches & 2nd Prize - English - Telugu Dictionary) to Tenth Standard students who ranked First and Second in their respective Schools.

The Sarpanches of villages who got recently elected at above villages were felicitated during the event.

Club Meeting on 25 Aug 2013

In a unique departure from the usual, aweekly meeting was held on the sidelines of the Wedding Celebrations of PastPresident Rtn.N.Sivakumar’s & Rtn.Mani Kumari’s son. 


Considering the special circumstances,the meeting was held in a very informal style. Basically, the discussioncentred around the upcoming Career Guidance Seminar. The progress was reviewedand the urgency for taking up the remaining tasks was emphasized. It wasplanned to visit MLR Institutions during the coming week to finalise certainaspects of the seminar with the college authorities. Speakers need toidentified and confirmed within the coming two weeks. The budgetary detailswere also discussed.

Rotary Snippets

RI President Nominee 2015-16

K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran, a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka, has been selected by the Nominating Committee for President of RI in 2015-16. Ravindran will become the president-nominee on 1 October if there are no challenging candidates.

Ravindran said his top priority for Rotary will be to increase membership, which he called the bedrock of any organization.

“The emphasis on membership has to continue with focus on the youngergeneration,” Ravindran said. “Additionally, we must seek to attract thejust retired and experienced people into Rotary.”

Creating regional membership plans and realizing that “one size does not fit all” has been a move in the right direction, he said.

“Albert Einstein defined insanity as ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’ In many ways this has been the story of Rotary’s poor membership advance,” he said. “Thankfully, our approach this time has been studied and altered. We have created 22 different membership regions so that each region would develop and execute a plan that would suit that particular region.”

Ravindran said it’s important for Rotarians to share their stories, especially through social media, so others can see the impact Rotary hashad in their lives. He said it’s also important for the organization tospeak with a consistent voice. “Our identity must remain simple and be based on our core values. It must be clear and straightforward to both our internal and external audience.”

Ravindran holds a degree in commerce and is founder and CEO of Printcare PLC, a publicly listed company and global leader in the tea packaging industry. He also serves on the board of several other companies and charitable trusts. He is the founding president of the SriLanka Anti Narcotics Association, the largest anti narcotics organization in Sri Lanka.

As his country’s PolioPlus chair, Ravindran headed a task force with members from the government, UNICEF, and Rotary and worked closely with UNICEF to negotiate a cease-fire with northern militants during NationalImmunization Days.

A Rotarian since 1974, Ravindran has served Rotary as a director and treasurer of RI and as a trustee of The Rotary Foundation. He has also served as an International Assembly group discussion leader, district governor, Council on Legislation representative, and zone institute chair. He chaired the Schools Reawakening project, sponsored by Rotary clubs and districts in Sri Lanka, which rebuilt 25 tsunami-devastated schools, benefiting 15,000 children.

Ravindran has been awarded The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award and the Service Award for a Polio-Free World.

He and his wife, Vanathy, have two children, and are level 4 Major Donors to the Foundation.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, September 8 -9:30am -Teacher's day Celebrations  (Hotel Inner Circle)
Sunday, September 15 -9:30am - Know your Rotarian (Hotel Inner Circle)
Sunday, September 22 -Full Day -Twin City Rotary Club Picnic (near Gandipet)
Sunday, September 29 -Career Guidance Seminar (MLR Institue of Technology, Dundigul)
Sunday, October 2-06:30pm -Kuchipudi Dancer Smt.Shoba Naidu Event (Bhaskara auditorium, Birla planetarium)
Sunday, October 5 & 6 - Seva Mela (HITEX, Madhapur)
Sunday, October 13 - No Meeting - Dussera

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