Peace Rally at Elante Mall

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29 September 2018, which was marked by the visit of the RI President Barry Rassin and the First Lady Esther Rassin, was a proud moment for our Club. The theme of the meeting was: “Peace in the world” and the venue was the sprawling courtyard of Elante Mall that provided a perfect ambience for the Rally. The Chief Guest and his gracious wife were pleasantly surprised to see a large assembly of nearly 2500 Rotaractors and Interactors – all chic, enthusiastic, peaceful, and sitting on the floor or standing, not the least discomforted or unnerved by the hot sun.

President A.P. Singh welcomed RI President Barry and the First Lady Esther. Thereafter, Rtn. Reema Diwan, Vice-President of our Club, introduced the Chief Guest. Then followed a melodious medley by Interactors of Bhawan Vidyalaya, a dance by MCM DAV Rotaract Club, and a radio show by DPS Interact Club – all performances had world peace as their theme.

After the audience was regaled by students, Barry and Esther released the Peace balloons, coloured white and blue, and administered the pledge of Peace to the audience.

The address of RI President Barry can be summed up in one sentence: “If you touch a stone, you are touching the past; if you touch a flower, you are touching the present; but if you touch a life, you are touching the future”. He also gave a simple formula for ever-lasting peace and that is to have good relationships and positive thoughts.

​The function ended with a vote of thanks by Rtn. Sartaj Lamba, District Chair Interact.

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RI President’s Visit

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RI President Barry Rassin and his wife Esther visited Saketri project of RC Chandigarh. He took a round of the Slum where our project is being undertaken. Under this pilot project we are providing education to children under the “After School” classes, as also providing supplements to the malnourished children. Regular health camps are held to provide free medical care to the inhabitants. Capacity building endeavours are also being undertaken for the adults.

President Barry was welcomed by children with a dance performance. Two children, speaking in front of an audience for the first time,  welcomed the President in English. Impressed by their effort, President emphasised on the role Rotary is playing in preparing the youth for the future challenges by educating them and congratulated all  who were involved in the project.

Visit to the Rotary and Blood Bank Society Resource Centre and Rotary Peace Monument

RI President Barry and Esther also visited the Blood Bank Resource Centre, Sector 37, and the Rotary Peace Monument at Sukhna Lake. He was received at the Blood Resource Centre by President AP Singh, PE S.P. Kaur, Rtn. Vinod Kapoor, PDG Madhukar Malhotra, and Rtn. Dr. Manish Rai, Director of the Blood Bank. Barry and Esther interacted with the donors and appreciated the good work being done by the Centre.

 

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