Friday, 21 July 2017

Honours for Veteran Bollywood Star Prem Chopra

Rotary Club of Bombay West honoured veteran bollywood actor Prem Chopra with Vocational Appreciation Award on Wednesday, 19th July, 2017.


Saturday, 10 June 2017

RI Honours Rtn.Arvind Shah

Our Past President Rtn.Arvind Shah received a pleasant surprise on his 80th birthday!  President Aslam Merchant, in presence of Chief Guest - District Governor Nominee Designate Harjit Singh Talwar, presented him with a AVENUES OF SERVICE Citation received from Rotary International President John Germ.

It was an evening to remember...  Wed 7th June 2017.  Rtn.Arvind Shah celebrated his birthday in a grand style - sponsoring a well spread out sumptuous dinner for the members and his family and friends.  And to top up the happy occasion, Rtn.Arvindbhai handed over a cheque of US $ 1000/- favouring The Rotary Foundation (India) as his contribution towards the Annual Fund.

The celebrations continued with an avalanche of inexplicably beautiful and humorous shayaris by Chief Guest Harjit. His inspiring and soothing shayaris on friendship, time, timeless love, happiness etc.. were well enjoyed by the members. 

Later, two inbound RYE students, Tomas Juarez from Argentina and Finn Petermann from Germany exchanged flags and gifts with President Aslam. They also made presentations on their stay in India. Tomas, from Argentina mentioned it was a memorable stay in India and that he is taking back many memories which he will cherish always. Finn, from Germany also spoke about his adjustments as well as pleasant experiences while in India. They both thanked their host families, RCBW and all the members for their continual support.President Aslam wished them good luck in their future endeavours. 

A special recognition for Rtn.Poorna Doshi, daughter of Rtn. Rajul Doshi was to appreciate Poorna’s goodwill and relationship she has still maintained with her Host Club and Host parents as an RYE student, which helped RCBW in getting first international partner for Global Grant. 

Report by Rtn.Shefali Shah

Thursday, 1 June 2017

RCBW Honours Brand Guru Shri Jagdeep Kapoor

Rotary Club of Bombay West awarded Brand Guru Shri Jagdeep Kapoor with Kalyan Banerjee Leadership Change-maker Award 2016-17  by President Rtn.Aslam Merchant in presence of Past Rotary International President & Trustee Chair (2016-17), The Rotary Foundation, Rtn.Kalyan Banerjee and RI District Goveror Rtn.Gopal Mandhania.

The Award function was held at Rotary Service Centre yesterday as a part of Kalyan Banerjee Leadership Lecture delivered by Brand Guru Shri Jagdeep Kapoor titled : LEADERSHIP BRAND. BRAND LEADERSHIP.  A packed audience, consisting of members of RCBW, Rotarians from other Rotary Clubs in Rotary International’s Dist.3141 and invited guests from business and industry, applauded and also gave a standing ovation to Shri Kapoor for his lucid oration delivered with a flair and finesse he is known for.

Shri Jagdeep Kapoor shared some of the Leadership Mantras and co-related beautifully with the Brand Mantras which we usually associate with products and services.  A Leader can create his own Brand by following these Mantras like Forward Thinking, Integrity, Leading by Example, Staying Ahead and Acknowledging the team members.

Earlier, Rtn.Kalyan Banerjee shared his pleasure at being invited as a Chief Guest to the event which was named after him and hoped that RCBW will keep inviting him year after year, even after he relinquishes the highest office in The Rotary Foundation.  He was formally introduced by Rtn.Mandhania in his own unique style.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Brand Value for an NGO

Since we decided on this year’s oration under Kalyan Banerjee Leadership Lecture by Brand Guru Shri Jagdeep Kapoor titled Leadership Brand. Brand Leadership, it set me thinking about the value of having a good Brand for an NGO in achieving its vision and mission.  A little search on ‘Google’ and I came across some very interesting stuff!

A key factor in people deciding which charity they want to support includes the emotional stimulation that NGO can provide. Supporters expect an NGO to have certain core values; that they are compassionate, caring and ethical. If you think of a charity that has a strong brand, at the heart of it you’ll find they are exceptionally good at expressing what their core values are.

As an NGO we need to define our vision, mission and values and what it is about our Club that is different from other Rotary Clubs and other NGOs.  This will help every one of us to deliver a clear message which will inspire and motivate people to join us as members or partners in our community service projects.

A strong visual identity also plays a vital role in brand building. Our visual identity is made up of many components; our logo, the colour palette, images, fonts, typography, illustration and much more. All of these components when put together help to convey the personality of our club and most importantly allow the community to instantly recognize us.

It’s time we at Rotary Club of Bombay West formulate a strategic plan to build our Brand by developing our own vision, misson and values which are realistic and achievable and design a robust visual identity in sync with Rotary International but at the same time differentiating us from other Rotary Clubs and NGOs in our neighborhood.

- Aslam Merchant, President 2016-17

Friday, 26 May 2017

Etiquette Workshop for Spouses

Essential Personal, Social and Professional Etiquette Workshop, one of its kind was held on May 25th at the Rotary Service Centre for spouses and lady Rotarians by Rtn.Girijaa Deshpande (Director DG Consulting) - a professional transformational coach and trainer.

The Workshop hosted by Rotary Club of Bombay West and arranged by District First Lady, Seema Mandhania and R/Ann Shahin Merchant. The workshop was well attended by twenty-four ladies from District 3141, including First Lady Shahin Merchant, Rtn.Shefaali Shah, R/Ann Nita Sanghvi and R/Ann Vandana Joshi. The positive feedback received from the participants was overwhelming.

Certificates of Participation were given to the participants at the end of the day at the Closing Ceremony which was graced by DG Gopal Mandhania, AG R.R.Singh, District Secretary Virendra Widge and President Aslam Merchant.  

- Report by R/Ann Shefali Shah

Lifetime Achievement Award to Prof KCR Raja

Rotary Club of Bombay West conferred Lifetime Achievement Award on its Past President Prof.KCR Raja at a function held on 24th May 2017 at Rotary Service Centre, Juhu, Mumbai.  Rtn.Kalyan Banerjee, Past Rotary International President and Trustee Chair 2016-17 as the Chief Guest.

Prof KCR Raja, an excellent management educator and counselor has, during his career, displayed exceptional commitment towards is profession. His remarkable contributions to the management education are the pioneering efforts at establishing University of Mumbai’s Garware Institute of Education & Development, The GIDC Rajju Shroff ROFEL Institute of Management Studies and GR Business School with funding support from The Rotary Foundation, the United Phosphorous Group and the GIDC.  Shri Raja was also associated with Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Somaiya Institute, S.P.Jain Institute of Management Studies & Research, Tata Insitute of Management, Tata Training Centre, Bombay Management Association and Ahmedabad Management Association. 

Also present at the event were his close friends and family members including Rtn.Gulam Vahanvaty, Rtn.Madhav Mohan and Shri B.Banerjee.
A citation and plaque was handed over to Prof KCR Raja on behalf of the Club amidst a standing ovation by the audience present to witness the event.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

63rd Anniversary Celebrations – A Grand Success

On April 26th Rotary Club of Bombay West celebrated its 63rd Anniversary at Vile Parle  Medical Association Hall, Juhu, Mumbai. Our Club was chartered on 22nd April, 1954 by Rotary International and was sponsored by Rotary Club of Bombay when they were celebrating their silver jubilee.
The gala celebrations began with an entertaining music program by Sargam Musicals – a troupe of talented physically challenged artists founded by Lakshya Art Foundation, an NGO established by a group of people who strongly believe in the need to support communities and families of physically challenged people including children , women , student and old people who are suffering from some kind of physical disability. Sargam Musical recognizes the musical talent of the physically challenged people and helps them master their talent. They have many artists who are talented singers as well as dancers. The Foundation has been organizing shows at various places like at Corporate firms and offices, NGOs like Rotary District 3141 at Mumbai also at Old Age Homes, Blind home and Mother Teresa Missionaries. They also arrange Art shows at various places in Mumbai, Thane and Nagpur.
The evening also saw conferring Vocational Appreciation Awards on Ms.Divya Nair, Principal, Rotary’s KDN Shruti School for Hearing Impaired, Rtn.Dr.Vinod Shah and Rtn.Shrikant Sathe for their exceptional lifelong contribution to their respective vocations.  Ms.Vasavi Dave, the incoming Principal of Rotary KDN Shruti School was also felicitated.
Introducing Ms.Divya Nair, PP Rtn.Anil Ganu said that Ms.Nair joined the School in 1981 as a Teacher and in 2013 was promoted as a Principal of the School.  During her 36 years of illustrious career with Shruti, she implemented several creative and innovative measures to improve the learning environment and enhance the overall experience of the students and parents. Her Professional recognition includes an award-winning Paper on Innovative Teaching Practices at the All India Competition of NCERT, New Delhi in 2007. A Citation Plaque was presented to her by President Aslam Merchant in presence of her husband and family members, PP Rtn.Ramesh Oza and Rtn.Naresh Merchant.

Rtn. Prakash Trivedi introduced our very own member Rtn. Dr. Vinod Shah, Chairman Emeritus, Chembond Chemicals Limited. Dr. Vinod Shah is a Chemical Engineering from UDCT, Mumbai, MSE in Chemical Engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor USA and Ph.D Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University, Detroit, USA. He gave up his cushy well-paying job and turned an entrepreneur at a very early age. He set up Chembond Chemicals - first amongst the pioneers in establishing metal pre-treatment and water treatment chemicals in India.  A member of our Club since 1975, he has chaired various committees including Prevention of Drug Addiction, Vocational Awards, Youth Service and Environment.  The family is running a Children’s centre at Tarapur for the benefit of tribal children.  President Aslam invited PDG Rtn.Ajay Gupta to handover the Citation Plaque to him in presence of his family members and PP Arvind Shah.

Rtn. Rajul Doshi introduced our own member Rtn. Shrikant Sathe– Architect. Rtn.Shrikant Sathe began architectural training as an apprentice at Master, Sathe and Bhuta and later joined the firm and worked under Architect G.M.Bhuta and later formed his individual firm Sathe& Associates. Some of the iconic buildings designed by Shrikant Sathe include New India Assurance Building at Santacruz, Vulcan Insurance Building at Churchgate, Indian Dyestuff Industries at Kalyan, Education & Media Research Centre, Pune, Reserve Bank of India, Patna, New Sharrock Textile Mills, Nadiad, and Reserve Bank Staff Quarters at Patna.Shrikant Sathe life, philosophy and works has been beautifully recorded in a coffee table book published in 2016 titled Through The Decades – The Architecture of Shrikant Sathe which will serve as a guide to the young professionals from the field.Shrikant Sathe has been a member of our Club since July 1962.  The Citation Plaque to Rtn.Sathe was handed over by our Assistant Governor Rtn.R.R.Singh in presence of his family members.
PP Rtn. Rajendra Ruia with support of PP Rtn, Ashok Deorah, PP Rtn. Mohan Joshi, PP. Rtn. Shirish Rege, Rtn. Hima Dalal, Rtn. Rajul Doshi and President Aslam Merchant successfully carried out the fund raising for Sanitation At Schools global grants project.

The final act of the day was cake cutting ceremony by all the Past Presidents of the Club to mark the occasion which was followed by a happy hours and sumptuous dinner.

The grand event was superbly compeered by Secretary Dr.Usha Jayachandran and Dr. Kamal D’Mello.  Dr.Manoj Patel and Dr.Bhavna Patel were instrumental in arranging the venue, catering and sponsors for the event.  Rtn.Arjun Hardasani sponsored the Happy Hours.  Vice President Dr.Anand Gupta proposed a hearty vote of thanks.

Charter Nite Celebrations were enjoyed by one and all. Some of the feedback about the event  -  Assistant Governor R.R.Singh says  "Excellent Charter Night Programme.  Am impressed with the generosity of the members who made large commitments for funding Global Grant Project."  PP Rtn. Saroj Rao says "Very well structured programme, well planned and well executed". PP Anil Ganu said "Both Usha and Kamal did a fantastic well-coordinated job as MCs."!! PP Rtn. Ramesh Oza- “ Wonderful Charter Nite Celebrations”!! Rtn.Rajul Doshi summed up beautifully – “Great & Unique Celebrations”.  Similar responses from many of our members! A huge applause for RCBW!! Cheers!