Monday, 7 January 2019

District Legal Seminar : Family Disputes on Succession of Properties & Will

A Legal Seminar Family Disputes on Succession of Properties & Will was organized by the District Team led by Chief Group Avenue Head Rtn.Virendra Widge and Avenue Chair Rtn.Ashok Shetty (Convener) at Rotary  Service Centre, Juhu on Saturday, 5th January, 2019.  Rotary Club of Bombay West were the Lead Host Club of this district event.

Keynote Guest Speakers CA Akshay Shah and Adv Vipul Shah – both considered to the expert on the subject with warehouse of practical knowledge – made brilliant presentations to the 100+ participants, mainly from the neighborhood community and members of various Rotary Clubs from District 3141.  The  lucid and well-structured talk on a very complicated though important subject which impacts every individual in the society was suitably appreciated by the audience. This was followed by a very active Q&A Session where several queries were posed by the participants to the experts on the dais.  

The Q&A Session was moderated by Adv Rtn.Hiralal Suthar, member of Rotary Club of Bombay West, who also summarized the learnings and gave his closing remarks.  Handouts on key provisions related to a Will, Useful tips on preparation of a Will and highlights of Hindu Succession Act, 1956 were distributed to the participants as takeaways.

Rtn.Ashok Shetty thanked both the Guest Speakers for sharing their knowledge with the audience and hoped that the free advice rendered by them would be followed and derive benefits from it.  He also thanked the 8 (eight) co-host Clubs viz. Rotary Club of Bombay, Bombay Airport, Bandra, Bandra BKC, Mumbai Juhu, Greencity, Parleshwar & Iconic for supporting the event.  Certificates of Appreciation were handed over to the representatives from these co-host Clubs by Rtn.Virendra Widge.

Earlier, Rtn.Anand Gupta, President – Rotary Club of Bombay West welcomed the gathering.  PP Rtn.Aslam Merchant for Bombay West proposed a formal vote of thanks.

The awesome feedback received from the participants post the Seminar was indeed encouraging.

-          Report by Rtn.Aslam Merchant, RC of Bombay West

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Achieving Success in Stock Market Is Simple – Shri Ramesh Damani

Rotary Club of Bombay West was delighted to have Shri Ramesh Damani, the Ace Investor and Member of BSE, as a Guest Speaker at its Meeting held on Wednesday, 2nd January, 2019.

In his presentation 20/20 Looking Back, Looking Forward made to a jam-packed hall at Rotary Service Centre, Juhu, Shri Damani stressed on starting early the journey of investment in Stock Markets.  The compounding effect for those who start early is huge as compared to those who decide to splurge their income when they are young and start investments much later in their career.  During the decades since he started investing in Indian Stock Markets in 1984, so many unsolicited events, scandals, disasters have occurred leading to markets crashing - like the assassination of Prime Ministers, Communal Riots, Bomb Blasts, War, Tech Meltdown, Tsunami, Demonetisation, GST to name a few.  To quote Shri Damani, “India Grows at Night”.  Despite all this, the index has seen steady rise over this period giving a decent Y-o-Y returns to the Investors like no other investment product.  India growth story is intact and he was bullish on the long term prospects.  According to him, Indian markets offer greater opportunities to the investors in the next 20-25 years as compared to the last 20-25 years.

Becoming rich through Stock Market Investments is Simple.  All one needs to do is, as mentioned earlier, start early,  identify businesses which will do well over the next decade and beyond and spot for specific stocks within that space.  Ofcourse, he added that it requires a lot of hard work to do your own research and pick the winners.

Some of the potential winners in coming years would come from stocks in Liquor, Tobacco, Gaming, Real Estate, Clean Energy, Quick Service Restaurants, Airlines, Tech NBFCs, Logistics, Entertainment & Content and Algorithms, AI, Robots, Data, Curators.  While the potential losers would belong to Auto, Auto Ancillary, Auto Insurance, Refining, Textiles, Conventional Banking, Pharma and Heavy Labour Industries.

His final advise was stay invested for longer term. The Presentation ended with a quote - “Financial winners don’t run sprints, they run marathons. They don’t rush.  They do step by step over time.”

-          Report by Rtn.Aslam Merchant

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Project GreenEARTH

Trees play a vital role in the equilibrium of the ecosystem. Deforestation is a process of cutting trees to make space for pastures or for industries and households of the ever-increasing human population. Excessive cutting of trees for urban use and other purposes is detrimental to the environmental balance.  Trees are responsible for drawing up water from the soil and releasing moisture into the atmosphere. Climate change is a severe outcome of the excessive cutting down of trees.

It is imperative that we humans are responsible for the state of our Planet today.  And we alone can reverse the climate change by changing our attitude towards the environment.  One of the simplest things, according to our President Anand Gupta, is to take a pledge to plant at least one tree on one’s birthday and anniversary and other celebrations at home or office.  If this thought is put into action, we can reverse the situation in the next few decades, if not years. 

With this thought in place, Anand embarked upon his first project of the Miracle Year – Project GreenEarth.  It’s been a tradition at our Club to give small mementoes to members and spouses on their birthdays and anniversaries.  Instead, he translated his thoughts into action by decided to plant a tree on every such occasion and handover a Project GreenEarth Certificate to the members and spouses while wishing them Happy Birthday or Happy Wedding Anniversary.  What a wonderful gesture!  I am sure, this Certificate brings more joy and pride to the recipients than the material gifts which they have been receiving over the years.

In association with Gokhale Education Society’s Agriculture Institute and Krishi Vigyaan Kendra, we have planted 120 Chikoo trees.  Work is in progress for planting another 90 Drumstick and 240 Kesar Mango Trees which will be completed in the next 2/3 weeks.  The project envisages maintenance and security of the trees by the Institute who have installed drip irrigation system for watering the plants and appropriate fencing to protect them from grazing cows and other animals.

President Anand Gupta, Youth Service Director Rajul Doshi and senior member Rtn.Dr.Ramesh Shah visited the site of our Project GreenEarth at Kosbad Hill, Tal.Dahanu, Dist. Palghar on Monday, 29th October, 2018.  The entire team of the Institute was present at the venue to receive us and thank us for choosing them as the partners for this well-conceived environment project. Also present were Principals of Gokhale Education Society’s Kosbad, Waki and Talasari Ashram Shaalas. Students of the Institute performed Tarpa Dance. President Anand Gupta appreciated the efforts of the Institute in execution of the project with voluntary assistance from students.  All the volunteering students were felicitated by RCBW and a Participation Certificate was handed over to them. 

- Rtn.Rajul Doshi

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Art & Craft Teachers' Training Workshop

In association with Camlin Kokuyo Ltd., the Club organized an Art & Craft School Teachers Training Workshop on 27th October, 2018 at Rotary Service Centre, Juhu.

How important is Art & Craft teaching for school kids.....they learn to think and act as artists, makers and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of and engagement in artcraft and design as critical consumers and audiences and an understanding of its role in the creative and cultural industries that shape and enrich their lives.  

When it comes to continuing education, Art & Craft Teachers are mostly neglected.  With a view to update and upgrade their knowledge on techniques and newer materials available today, this Workshop was arranged.  Over 50 School Teachers teaching art and craft subjects at the schools in Mumbai took benefit of the Workshop which was completely free for them.  The Workshop was professionally conducted by Shri S.Rajkumar, senior executive with Camlin Kokuyo Ltd. At the end of the Workshop, they were gifted with a hamper of art & craft material from the organisers.

Earlier, President Anand Gupta of Rotary Club of Bombay West welcomed the participants and wished them well in their learning initiative.  Dr.Kavita Rege, President of Inner Wheel Club of Bombay West gave a hearty vote of thanks to end the programme.

Raas & Garba Celebration with GenNEXT

Haalo Re – a Grand Garba Event of Rotarians, Rotaractors & Inner Wheel Members

Rotary Club of Bombay West (RCBW) in association with Rotaract Clubs of Andheri, Bombay West, N.M.College, UPG College and Sathaye College and Inner Wheel Club of Bombay West (IWCBW) organized a grand Garba Event – Haalo Re on 23rd October, 2018 at Rotary Service Centre.

It was the first time ever that all its sponsored Rotaract Clubs collaborated with RCBW & IWCBW to celebrate a festival!  S.R.Hall was ethnically decorated with traditional bandhanis and chunnaris, diyas, puppets and traditional Gujarati and Rajasthani decorative festoons. The evening commenced with the Aarti of the Goddess and prayers for good health and prosperity to all.
Then commenced the garba raas and dandiya when everyone danced to the tunes of Chogada and Sanedo.  Mouth-watering chaats and desserts were served to keep the energy live.  A total of 110 Rotaractors, Rotarians, Rotary Anns, Inner Wheel Members, District Officials, Exchange Students and Guests enjoyed the fun-filled evening which was co-sponsored by RCBW President Anand Gupta, IWCBW President Dr.Kavita Rege, PE Rtn.Samapti Patel, PP Rtn.Ashok Deorah, Rtn.Dr.Paresh Dodhiwala and Director Youth Service - Rtn.Rajul Doshi.

DRR Rtr. Hansika Shashani, DRR Elect Rtr. Kushal Bhuva and Dy. DRR Rtr. Apurv Gangar from Rotaract District 3141 graced the occasion.  Rtn. Ashmi Parekh Dist.Avenue Director Youth Services judged the best dressed male and female and best dancers male and female and gave away the prizes to the winners.  President Anand Gupta & First Lady Anita felicitated the dignitaries and sponsors. 

-          Rtn.Rajul Doshi

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Vocational Excellence Awards by Bombay West!

President Anand Gupta of Rotary Club of Bombay West honoured two of the stalwart academicians with Rotary Vocational Excellence Awards 2018-19 at their meeting held on Wednesday, 24th October, 2018 at Rotary Service Centre, Juhu, Mumbai.  Both the awardees were introduced by Past President, Dr.Mohanbhai Patel, Ex-Sheriff of Bombay.

Hon.Rtn.Dr.Rajan Saxena, Vice Chancellor, NMIMS Deemed University

Hon.Rtn. Dr.Rajan Saxena was conferred with the Award for his outstanding contributions in management education, research, consulting and institution building. 

A distinguished Professor of Marketing, Dr.Rajan Saxena has devoted 46 years at renowned institutions including XLRI Jamshedpur, IIM-Calcutta, University of Calgary (Canada), Visiting Professor at Pace University, USA, Dean at NMIMS, Director of S.P.Jain Institute of Management & Research, Founder Director of IIM-Indore and now as Vice Chancellor of NMIMS since 2009.

Under his able leadership, NMIMS having 13 Management Schools in state-of-the-art campuses in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Indore, Navi Mumbai and Shirpur (Dist.Dhule), has earned the distinction of being one of the best Management Institutions of India.  Dr. Saxena’s contributution in making NMIMS degrees more contemporary and industry relevant is noteworthy. He is instrumental in NMIMS focusing on holistic development of students with field projects and soft skills.  

Recipient of several awards from various organizations and media and widely respected as a marketing educator par excellence, Dr.Saxena has been consulted by over fifty Indian and multinational companies, has published over sixty articles in Indian and Foreign journals and has authored two books on marketing subject, both published by McGraw-Hill.

Dr.Rajan Saxena has truly displayed an exceptional commitment and high achievement in his profession which has not only resulted in advancement of the vocation but has also positively impacted our nation.

Dr.B.A.Rajput, Principal, Comrade Godavari Parulekar College, Tal.Talasari, Dist.Palghar

The second academician to be honoured by Rotary Club of Bombay West was Dr.B.A.Rajput, for his outstanding contribution to higher education and research in rural Maharashtra. Dr.Bhagwan Rajput is successful academician who has contributed immensely towards education (an in particular higher education) of tribal youth in backward District of Maharashtra.  Associated since several years as Principal of Com.Godavari Parulekar College of Arts and & Science located at Talasari in Dist.Palghar, Maharashtra which has since stupendous growth under his stewardship with currently 4500 students studying various streams upto Post-Graduate Levels.  Not confined to academic education but his interests go much beyond the academics into co-curricular and extras-curricular activities, all in the case of the upliftment of what we know as backward communities.

Academically well qualified with PhD in Marathi Literature, Dr.Rajput has received an award from Pune University.  He was appointed  as a member of the Academic Council for 5 years.  He has received the Shikshak Shri Award from Antarastriya Samrasta Manch of Delhi.  Many times he was appointed as Vice Chancellor’s Nominee for his specialized subject.  He was the Chief Guest for Marathi Literature Workshop in 2016.  He was also nominated for Indian Leadership Award for Education Excellence by the All India Achievers Foundation in March, 2014.  He has organized many Seminars covering Marathi Literacture, focusing more on Tribal and Folk Literature.  There are several books to his credit including the historical research on Six community inhabiting Palghar District.  He is a man of multi-disciplinary achievements and was Chairman of International Multidisciplinary Conference in March, 2017.

Dr.Rajput is closely connected with one of the prestigious projects of Rotary Club of Bombay West viz. SUPA Farm Rotary Excellence Awards for students topping at SSC level in their respective Schools.  Dr.Rajput has been instrumental in organizing these Awards year after year since its inception 5 years ago.

Dr. B.A. Rajput has truly displayed dedication and exemplary commitment to the cause of educating and skill development of rural youth to earn this prestigious award from Rotary Club of Bombay West.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Bhavishya Yaan - a Mission to a Brighter Future

The students of Bhavishya Yaan programme presented their learning experience by showcasing their English speaking and soft skills in the form of various theme-based skits and talks to Rotary Club of Bombay West President Anand Gupta, First Lady Anita Gupta, PE Samapti Patel, Director Naresh Merchant, Secretary Nilesh Samant, PP Sukhdev Puri and Anns Urmil Puri and Shahin Merchant on Saturday, 13th September, 2018.  Later, President Anand Gupta addressed the students in fluent Marathi, congratulating them for their performances and motivating them to do well in life through determination and hard work.
Bhavishya Yaan is a skills enhancement programme for less privileged children studying at Municipal Schools has been acclaimed by Rotary International as the most innovative project in the field of literacy. The programme was first implemented by Rotary Club of Bombay in partnership with Vidya, an NGO which has a track record of running educational institutes for the less-privileged.
Our Club is successfully running this programme at Dixit Road Municipal School in Vile Parle East, Mumbai since 2011, funded by a UK based NGO. A batch of around 120 students are selected from the V to VIII standard and given structured coaching for two years in conversational English, Computer Education and Soft Skills outside their regular school hours.
The students who were part of this initiative have generally improved their academic performance and have become either more employable or better equipped to face the demanding challenges of a fruitful higher education. Deserving and meritorious students have also been later given scholarships for further studies to make them realize their dreams of a better future.
Encouraged by the positive results, the Club commenced Bhavishya Yaan programme at Sane Guruji Marathi Vidyamandir, Santacruz West, Mumbai in July, 2014.  And in October 2017, it extended the Bhavishya Yaan programme to their primary section