In Rotary, we mark August as ‘Membership and
Extension Month’. There is a good reason why we
remind ourselves of the importance of membership
early in every Rotary year: because the job of
growing our membership is one that we can never
begin too soon. It is also a job that we can never stop
working on. In order to keep serving, Rotary always
needs to be growing!
We have talked for many years about the importance of the family of
Rotary. In this Rotary year, I want to make not just the family of Rotary,
but our own Rotary families, a priority in our membership. A�er 37 years
of following me in Rotary, my wife, Corinna, finally became a Rotarian
last year. We a�ended the chartering of a new club in Taiwan together,
and she said, "It's �me for me to become a Rotarian too!" So she joined
that club. And soon, so did a lot of other people. Now that club has 102
members, and it's the second-largest club in Taiwan.
Invi�ng our spouses into Rotary isn't just about ge�ng our numbers up.
It addresses the reality that Rotary s�ll has far more men as members
than it does women, and that is something we need to work on. When
we bring more women into Rotary, our clubs become more appealing to
prospec�ve female members – and become more produc�ve as well.
This year we are going to have something new in Rotary: a membership
support team pin. This means that if you invite a new member into
Rotary, you get a special pin to wear with your Rotary gearwheel. But we
all know that the job of growing membership doesn't end when a new
member joins. It ends only when a new member is enjoying being a
Rotarian and never wants to leave! And making sure that our clubs are
enjoyable places to be is a key part of growing membership.
People come into Rotary for all kinds of reasons, but they stay because
Rotary is fun to be a part of. So I want to remind all of you to have fun in
your clubs and your districts. Rotary is based on the idea that our service
is more effec�ve when we serve together with our friends. So let's enjoy
our Rotary service, share it with others, and Light Up Rotary together!
Vol. 32 Issue 2 Aug. 2014/// ///
The Monthly Newsletter of ROTARY BANGALORE PEENYA
Dear Rotarian's of Peenya,
has been one of the most
cri�cal needs of Rotary in the
M o d e r n Wo r l d . Ro ta r y
Peenya is in the forefront of District 3190 as
regards to the projects, but we are just about
sa�sfactory when it comes to The Membership. If
you look into the membership growth over the
past few years, it has been steady but members
who have le� the club are also alarming. We have
to ponder and iden�fy the reasons for this and
transform ourselves from being SATISFACTORY to
And pray why new members? What do they bring
1) More hands to work, 2) Freshness in approach
3) New ideas & Projects 4) New Contacts
5) Generate more resource. The list goes on .
How do we recruit new members? We give
hardly a thought as to how we can a�ract people
to Rotary. It is upon us to show them the
tremendous value that Rotary holds for them. In
fact in Peenya we are blessed with the kind of
service our c lub is into, thanks to the
contribu�ons of all the past presidents and their
team members who have always had something
new to innovate and implement.
In fact for this year Rotary Interna�onal has fixed
a target of 85 members for Peenya. To add more
strength to our Membership base, we request
every Individual Peenyan to bring in at least one
new member from his end.
The friends, colleagues, neighbours, rela�ves and
acquaintances maybe invited to a�end our
weekly mee�ngs and also to our projects so that
they can assess our capabili�es before saying yes
to our request.
We will go stronger, bolder and be�er with a
diverse members base. The journey through this
will be a learning process and as we cherish these
moments, let us also "LIGHT UP ROTARY”
Thanks & Regards
Rtn B K Prasad
President, Rotary Bangalore Peenya.
Rtn GARY C.K. HUANG
RI PRESIDENT 2014-15
Growing Rotary through new membership
Installing new officers is a very important procedure in Club
operations and has a very special significance to both the
newly elected officers and to the members. It is a time when
Club Leadership is passed from the outgoing team to a new
incoming team, eager to place their plans into action. This
ceremony is the beginning of a new year of fun and fellowship
Rotary Bangalore Peenya’s 32nd new team led by Rtn B K
Prasad marked the yet another new beginning for a wonderful
Rotary New year. The new team took it’s oath to serve the
community they belonged to, on the 9th of July in The
Chancery Hall at Hotel Atria. The monsoon evening stood still
and bore the testimony to the ambitious new plans for the year
2014-15. The presence of the District 3190 officials along
with the District Governor Rtn Manjunath Shetty and the First
Lady Ann Shylaja added to the glitter of the evening.
Rtn B K Prasad and his team of Office Bearers for 2014-15
were installed by the Governor of the Rotary District 3190,
Rtn Manjunath Shetty which was witnessed by the District
Officials, Rotarians from Peenya, Friends and Family of the
President Rtn B K Prasad unveiled Peenya’s Project for the
year through the Directors of all the Avenues of Service, as
each one of them presented to the audience, their plans for the
year. Two members were inducted into the family of Rotary
Bangalore Peenya. Club Bulletin ARPANA was released by
First Lady Ann Shylaja. Club Roster was released by Dist Gov
Rtn Manjunath Shetty and ‘Roster on Wheels’ application was
launched by Assistant Gov Rtn Hariram Thakkar. On behalf of
the club, President gave a cheque of Rs 20,000/- to Dist
TEACH Prog Chair Past Dist Gov Rtn Rajendra Rai.
DG Rtn Manjunath Shetty in his address complimented the
Club for it’s outstanding services to the humanity all along. He
called on Peenyans to work tirelessly to “LIGHT UP
The flash dance performance by the Rotaract Club of Peenya
along with first lady Ann Shylaja joining them, added more
glitz and glamour to the evening.
Secretary Rtn Savitha Suresh proposed the Vote of Thanks.
Rtn Savitha Suresh
HAPPENINGS & EVENTS
INSTALLATION OF OFFICE BEARERS FOR THE ROTARY YEAR 2014-15
Formal Induction of Rtn B K Prasad & Rtn Savitha Suresh as President and Secretary repectively.
Rtn Prasad & Rtn Savitha take their turn in lighting the lamp
The First Lady, Ann Shylaja adding to the glitz & glamour
The Youth Brigade, comprising members of Rotaract Peenya
The first weekly meeting of Rotary Bangalore Peenya was held
on the 2nd of July at The Dialysis Center. The speaker for the
evening was Aralumallige Parthasarathy who is a scholar of
International repute. He has authored several books on
Dasasahitya, Vishnusahasranama, spirituality, culture,
literature and management which have been read and listened
by millions of people in different parts of the world with rapt
He has been awarded the Karnataka government Rajyothsava
Award in the year 1999. Many titles have been conferred on him
by various organizations throughout the world.
At the meeting, he talked about Rotary and it’s contributions to
the world and through his quotations on spirituality urged the
Rotarians to think spiritual by being magnanimous and humble
when we GIVE. He also said Rotary is a network of People
whose common goal is to build humanity and while doing so, if
we think small and cheap the entire sparkle is gone.
A truly spiritual and an amazing personality Dr Aralumallige
Parthasarathy quoted various religious scriptures and called on
Rotary Bangalore Peenya to continue to serve Humanity and
blessed the Peenyans to stand united and stay focussed and
wished for a very successful Rotary year.
The third weekly meeting was held on the 16th of July at the
Dialysis center, Rajainagar. The hectic preparation for the ICGF
began with this meeting, on the invitation of the Chairperson for
ICGF Rtn Nagendra Prasad to all the Rotarians.
Brochure design was finalised, budget planned, Check lists
made and kept in order for a smooth planning and
implementation plans for the event. Rotarian Gopi, a visitor
from Rotary Club of Chennai graced the meet and presented his
Club Flag to our Club President.
Cadaver Organ Donation, a fascinating but extremely sensitive
part of a humanitarian service to benefit end stage organ failure
patients was the topic for the weekly meet on 23rd July at the
Mr Raj Sethia, the speaker for the evening, has been in all fields
starting from commerce to Hotel Management to heading south
India for channel 4, to being the CEO of Gangotree, a popular
chain of food joint, he now works as the Director, Projects Head
at Gift an Organ Foundation.
Mr Sethia spoke on the emotional yet superstitious, legal yet
sensitive aspects on the intriguing facts about Organ Donation
especially in case of B