District Governor - Rtn. Manjoo Phadke
Editor - Rtn. Madhur Dolare

DG Desk Back

The month of October started on a big note with Musical Night titled as “Aashique” to observe world polio day and raise funds for Polio. 28 clubs participated in the event showing our determination to wipe out polio from the world. 40 years back we promised to the world for total eradication and we are almost close to honoring that promise.

In a most inimitable style Rotary Club of Poona and IWC club organized a Melodious Musical program styled as “Healing Harmony” to support national campaign to raise awareness about Breast Cancer. Every October marks the Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “Keeping Her in The Picture”, a call to everyone to look out for the well-being of the women (wife, Daughter, Mother) in their lives. Survivors did share their stories and showed a bright way ahead in life. “Project Durga” a special screening camp for cancer was organized by RCP Sahawas in collaboration with One Network, Metropolis, Sakal foundation.

The work of Rotary happens in the community, and every community has its own unique needs and concerns. While we serve in countless ways, we’ve focused our efforts in seven key areas to maximize our impact. Economic and Community Development is one such area of focus. Rotary in all districts expects all clubs to focus on this special area of focus in October

In consonance with designated month of October, clubs in our district took several initiatives. The clubs celebrated and respected the power of women entrepreneurs and awarded them with Jaldurga Puraskar.

The Dist also gave a big recognition to Durgas in Rotary. Rotary Durgas, a term resonating with strength and empowerment, represents the incredible women within Rotary who play pivotal roles in planning and executing various activities to make the district a vibrant one. These women exemplify Rotary’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity, bringing their unique perspectives, leadership, and passion to the organization. Rotary Durgas are not just members; they are driving forces behind community initiatives, fundraisers, and awareness campaigns, contributing significantly to Rotary’s humanitarian efforts.

Simultaneously, clubs also recognized the invaluable contributions of women safai karmacharis, for their work in maintaining cleanliness and hygiene within communities. Swachh Abhiyan activities were amplified, with clubs organizing cleanliness drives, awareness campaigns, encouraging active participation from local residents.

A well-equipped science lab provides students with a dynamic learning environment, allowing them to conduct experiments, observe scientific phenomena, and engage in interactive activities that transcend traditional classroom learning. Through this initiative, Rotary has enhanced the educational experience for students and nurtured their curiosity, critical thinking skills, and scientific knowledge.

By embracing inclusiveness in its projects Rotarians reached out to the Adivasi families and provided them with essential items through the “Happy family kits”. Rotary demonstrated a deep understanding of the diverse needs of communities and a genuine desire to create a more equitable society.

Rotarians celebrated the rich cultural heritage of Navratri and Vijayadashmi with Bhondla and dandiaya nights. During the festive season Rotary clubs organized exhibitions and provided a platform for the community members to showcase their products and help market their products. By doing so, Rotary clubs upheld the essence of community collaboration and encouragement.

Amidst the various community service activities Rotary clubs took many healthcare initiatives, indicating their commitment to welfare of community. Health camps became instrumental in providing essential medical services.

Dental check-ups camps, eye check-ups camps reached those who needed it the most. Blood donation camps played a pivotal role in addressing critical shortages, saving countless lives in emergencies. Dist 3131 has been in forefront of in providing artificial limbs to physically challenged men & women across various Rotary districts in our country.

We continue to do so and enhance the quality of life for individuals with physical disabilities, enabling them to lead more fulfilling lives. Rotarians of our dist undertook a noble project as they provided Diwali faral (traditional Indian sweets and snacks) to soldiers stationed in the challenging terrains of Siachen, Ladakh, and Kargil. This truly speaks about the organization’s deep respect and gratitude towards the brave men and women serving in the armed forces. This thoughtful gesture not only brings a touch of home to the soldiers, boosting their morale during the festival of lights but also serves as a powerful symbol of solidarity and appreciation for their sacrifices.

Believe me friends, Rotary has been everywhere in the dist. giving service to society amplifying all 7 areas of focus. The increased presence of Rotary clubs in our District on social media platforms is indeed amazing. It showcases their dedication to creating a positive impact, fostering connections, and promoting Rotary’s noble mission. Through their online efforts, our clubs are strengthening their connect with local communities. Kudos to the clubs for their inspiring work in the digital space!

Friends, Certainly! It’s wonderful to find that October GML will be available to you post Diwali. Diwali, the festival of lights and it’s a time for reflection, gratitude, and togetherness. During the festival we exchange heartfelt greetings, not just in words but also in the warmth of our actions, reaching out to our loved ones, neighbors, and even strangers, spreading kindness and love.

May the light of the diyas guide you towards success and fulfillment in all your endeavors.

Yours in service

Rtn. Manjoo Phadke

Dist. Governor 2023-24