Well. Not much good if we human beings don’t start using our big hearts and great smarts to do something - pronto - to reverse or at least, slow down, the effects of our (dare I say the word!) “environmental debauchery” that we have indulged in as a species.
It was good, it was convenient, it made lives easier, it was faster, it was fashionable, it was WOW and we splurged on it and today we have all sorts of deadly issues, starting with climate change and NOT ending with dangerous lifestyles. Clean energy and non-traditional energy is one area of focus in redeeming ourselves and repairing the damage. And in timely fashion, along came Mr. Venkat Rajaraman of Cygni Energy, to give us a few insights to just how this can be made possible on a large scale.
Welcome to November! Time has flown since we started the RCM year in July and in the last week of October, we saw how much the Board and its various Committees have achieved in various avenues of service and fellowship, in the past few months. Proud of the miles traversed; but miles to go, as well! November has begun with a wonderful person; a multi-skilled individual who is an actor, director, producer, writer, philanthropist, advisor, wife, mom, homemaker… and a fab friend to have. Ms. Suhasini Maniratnam - we smiled and admired her as we listened to her walk us through her life’s journey, her beliefs and memorable anecdotes from her long-spanning career in cinema. Enjoy the read!
This week, I’ll hold off prose a little and let the contents of this edition do the talking. It’s been just 4+ months into this new (and still uncertain) year of RCM and yet, our various Committees have taken to their projects and tasks like the busiest, most industrious ants! Full of fire and the belief that come what may, they can move mountains, they have proceeded to do just that. Be it our renowned and steady missions or new initiatives and committees formed, our Rotarians have put in nothing less than 100% passion and hard work.
The coming pages with their presentations speak for themselves...
I’m happy to share with you the 16th edition of The Lighthouse. Both RI President Shekhar Mehta as well as our special guest of last week, RIPN Gordon McInally, are featured in this issue, as well as our own club and district's activities.
Enjoy the read!
*-Rtn. Shri Shakthi Girish*
Asst. Secretary and Editor
Rotary club of Madras
The Rotary club of Madras, its President and members condole the passing away of PRID and past TRF Trustee, Sushil Gupta. He was not only a friend of our club, but also a staunch Well Wisher and during the many visits to Chennai, had always made it a point to visit either our club meeting or any one of our Projects.
While we Pray for his Soul to attain Sadgathi and deliverance, we also Pray for his wife Vinita and his close and extended family to be given the fortitude and strength to bear this irreparable loss.
Rotary in general, has lost a Great Rotarian, who wore his heart on his sleeve for Service to Mankind .
I did promise you a reading-weekend, so here it is: The Lighthouse’s 15th edition presented to you with pleasure. Apart from an array of RCM and Rotary info, I’m happy to highlight our meeting with young Olympians Varun Thakkar and KC Ganapathy, who took us along on their training and Olympic journey.
Hope you enjoy the read and have a great weekend!