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Vol. 83 No. 03
Tuesday 21 Jul 2015

Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Calcutta (Dist 3291) India

India's Oldest Rotary Bulletin
Cyclostyled from 1920. First printed in 1925
Incorporated with The Eastern Rotary Wheel 1933-51


TODAY
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DR. SARVANI GOOPTU
Is an Associate Professor in the Department in History in Calcutta Girls' College. Her areas of research are Nationalism and Culture in colonial and post-colonial period.
The Actress in the Public Theatres of Calcutta, published by Primus Books, New Delhi, 2015, was the result of a UGC minor research project she undertook some years ago. Her doctoral thesis has been reworked as Dwijendrolal Roy And the Rise of Nationalism in India and publication by Primus Books, New Delhi is in process. A number of articles on Nationalism and Culture have been published in noted Journals and Edited Volumes.

Besides nationalism and theatre, Sarvani has also worked on various minority communities of Kolkata like Bohras, Parsis, Chinese, Jews as well as on biographical studies on Aswini Kumar Dutta, Ashapurna Debi and Phulrenu Guha. She has also researched on the Jewish Girls' School and is at present working on India's links with South East and East Asia as represented in the journals and literature of Bengal (1900-1940)

She is also a practicing musician.



ONE WORLD
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We remember with good wishes
Rotary Club of Monifieth
Scotland, R I Dist. 1010



NEXT WEEK
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July 28 Tue 1:30 pm Rotary Sadan
DR. PUSHAN BHARADWAJ
FRCP(Edin), MSc (Cardio-UK) DCBNC (USA), FIAMS



LEAD STORY
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RTN. P. K. AGARWALLA
COMPLETES 60 YEARS IN ROTARY

Rtn. Prern Kurnar Agarwalla was born in the famous Agarwalla family of Dhanbad. He did his schooling from Dayananda Anglo - Vernacular School of Jharia. He completed his higher studies from St.Xavier's College, Kolkata. He joined his family business of mining at an early age. His company was the first in India to own a coal mine in 1986. He later diversified into various other mining activities. His company was also into manufacturing of steel, oil, automobile bodies, mining equipments etc. He was also a distributor of various automobile companies like Hindustan Motors and Bajaj Tempo among many others. He was the key person behind the successful launch of "Trekker" from Hindustan Motors and "Matador" from Bajaj Automobiles.

Rtn. Agarwalia is a keen photographer and has traveled extensively in India and abroad. During his active life he was awarded the " Key Of The City " of Miami by the then mayor, Mr. Elliot Roosevelt for his exotic aerial photographs of the state of Miami in 1965.This honour is usually reserved for visiting heads of states.

He was also awarded the "Silver Shield" by the Vice President of India, Sri V.V. Giri, as recognition of his renovations in mining equipment which helped in import substitution. In 19B6, he was awarded "Piiggio Award of Excellence" for his accomplishments in West Bengal.

He is a connoisseur of heritage, art and culture. He was the proud owner of 60 vintage and classic cars which was the second largest collection in India. His knowledge of vintage cars earned him the coveted post of Chief Judge at the first All India Vintage and Classic Car Rally held at Bangalore in 1993.

He is a gifted poet and has penned over sixty poems. He is a proud second generation Rotarian and joined Rotary initially with Rotary Club of Dhanbadand and subsequently migrated to the Rotary Club of Calcutta in the year 1967.
He has served our club in various capacities including Director, Adviser,Committee Chairperson & Patron. Over the years, he has also taken part in various service activities and has participated in the Rotary Walkathon in February 2015. He is an active Rotarian even today.

His other social activities include mobilization of civic authorities for beautification of locality around various landmark statues of Koikata. He has also worked in close co-operation with KMC to beautify various parks, roads and pavements of the city. He and his wife Gita are both PHFs and are proud parents of one son and two daughters.



KNOW OUR PARTNER CLUBS
RC MONIFIETH & RC WALSALL IN UNITED KINGDOM
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VICE-PRESIDENT RTN SAUMEN RAY'S JOURNEY AS GUEST SPEAKER AND GOODWILL VISITOR

RIBI (ROTARY IN GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND) has 29 Districts, 1840 Clubs and over 66,000 members.
Monifieth (near Dundee) has 40+ members, they meet at the local Golf Club; whereas Walsall (near Birmingham) has 25+members and they meet at a Golf Club & Hotel.

STRUCTURE OF THEIR RWM:
Includes no Top Table, short speaker's introduction, brief vote of thanks.
6:30 pm start with people bringing drinks, 7 pm dinner served at table preceded by a reading from the Bible, a short comfort break after dinner, fund raising on raffle, and Toast to the Queen.

The main meeting starts at 7.45 pm with chairpersons' reporting, and Guest Speaker's deliberation, followed by adjournment of meeting. Fellowship starts at 8.45pm.
RC CALCUTTA PRESENTATION followed: It included:

PAST - Glimpses of RC Calcutta in 95 years including Peliti's Restaurant on Old Court House Street, Bally Bridge, Howrah Bridge, Platinum jubilee cricket, Control discharge toilet system on Indian Railways, Bishnupur integrated development, Begumpur RCC 3H project, children's heart surgery, child immunisation, Sundarban development, Purulia beyond cataract project, Water and Sanitation project, Annual endowment, etc. just to name a few.

PRESENT-Initiatives with Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project, Happy Schools project and a short video of adibashi village project in Birbhum. We also touched on our proposed 2015-16 programme and objectives as visioned by our President Dr. Ashoke Basu's booklet. Both clubs appreciated our efforts.

FUTURE - Some projects for collaboration, and projects leading to our centenary celebration viz. a Rotary Clock Tower for Kokata, Rotary School, Night shelters and Santary Toilets for relatives of patients admited in Government Hospitals. Child heart surgery, Literacy for drop outs and adults etc.

MONIFETH
(Town in Angus, Scotland) is our Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Global Grant Partner Club. They are atso interested In twin village project at Baburpur, Birbhum.

DUNDEE
(Scotland's fourth largest city) has further tinks with RC Calcutta. Patrick Geddes of Dundee University was town planner of London as well as Calcutta. He visited RC Calcutta when our Club was formed in 1919. The pillar of their clock tower designed by
Patrick Gaddes has an uncanny resblance to old Calcutta's street gas lamps. Prof. Hugh of RC Monifieth is preparing a research paper for our Centenary Celebration.'

WALSALL
(Town in West Midlands, England.
RC Walsall has already embarked on sanitary toilet projects with RC Durgapur but is very interested in further water and sanitation projects and Howrah/Amta school project with our club. They wish to visit our projects sites in November 2015.
THEIR FEEDBACK TO OUR CLUB-"Your club's past, present and future activities are perfectly clear. You have made your club proud. This meeting will undoubtedly make a strong relationship between ourclubs."!!!! I



WE MOURN

LATE DR. PRAVASH CHANDRA SEN GUPTA
27Mar1927-14Jul2015
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OBITUARY

RTN. DR.PRAVASH CHANDRA SENGUPTA popularly known as PC Sengupta was an eminent Gynecologist and Obstetrician of our city for last four decades. He was attached to RKM Vivekananda Institute and Calcutta Medical Research Institute(CMRI). He was a visiting professor to JIPMER (Pondicherry) and chief investigator to numerous projects of ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) at Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratisthan. He has a bout 80 publication in various journals both in India and overseas . He has published a textbook of Gynecology in 2001 and was the Editor-in-chief a multi-author book : Clinical immunology " in 2003 in 2 volumes published by Oxford University Press. He was an active Rotarian in our club si nee 1979, In the process he served the club in various capacities as President, Director, Advisor & Committee Chair person. He took special interest in Hepatitis B vaccination and Pulse Polio drive during his tenure of presidentship . He was workaholic.
He is survived by one son and a daughter.
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Rtn, Dr. Sujit Kumar Chatterjee
RTN. DR.PRAVASH CHANDRA SENGUPTA
graduated from the RG Kar Meducal College a year after I did from the Medical College Bengal. We were together for several years in the Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratisthan where he worked as a Gynecologist and we shared a number of problems of common interest. In 1978, we put together the Journal of the Vivekanancla Institute of Medical Sciences; he remained Editor in chief for several years. In 1989 we organized a WHO sponsored national conference on Maternal and Perinatal morbidity and mortality. In addition he was in charge of several research projects under the Indian Council of Medical Research.
In his passing away I have lost an invaluable friend and colleague.
Rtn. Dr. Subir Kumar Chatterjee



SECRETARY'S CORNER
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WELCOME GREEN BADGER

DR.ABHRAJIT RAY
Medicine-Rheumatology
Dateof Joining: 14thJuly,2015
Date of Birth: 8th Feb,1960
Director
RADIANT MEDICALCENTRE
2/3, Justice Dwarkanath Road, Kolkata-700 020
Tel:2454-4973/74,
Mobile: 9830042828/9830542828
E-Mail :abhrajitl23(S>yahoQ.co.in
Res. CB-94, Sector-l,Salt Lake City, Kolkata-700064
2334-1944/2334-7431
Wedding: 10th August, 1990
R-Ann: Dr. Nandin Ray
Hobby: Photography, Chess, Reading, Travelling and Singing
Children: Meenakshi (21)and Abhishek (17)



YEARLY MEGA JOB FAIR
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Aug 1 & 2 (Sat-Sun) Rotary Sadan
MEGA JOB FAIR
Like last year the Fair is being organized by Shine.com, ABP(P) Ltd) and Rotary Club of Calcutta.All Rotarians are requested to participate and make it a great success.

Rtn Partha Mukherjee, Chair
Vocational Service Committee
98300-26379 / partha_hsbc@yahoo.com



3291 NEWS
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A LETTER TO PRESIDENT DR. ASHOKE KUMAR BASU

Dear Leader,
At the outset please accept my sincere congratulation on being chosen as the President of your esteemed club. I wish you and your team a great year of Rotary under the abie leadership of our beloved District Governor Rtn. Jhulan Sasu.

Keeping in view R.I. President Rtn. K.R. Ravindran's theme 'BE A GIFT TO THE WORLD' our District Governor has consented to offer you and your club members the opportunity to become PHF/MPHF at a very small contribution on your part. This as follows:
1. Contribute only $300 within 31.08.2015
2. Contribute only $400 within 30.11.2015
3. Contribute only $400 thereafter.
This is instead of the usual $1000 needed to be a PHF.

I hope you and your club members will take this opportunity to contribute generously to The R0otary Foundation which in the long run will be beneficial to your club and to your communmity. Expecting a positive response from your side at an early date. In case you require any further clarification pleasefeel free to get in touch with the District.
Yours - in - Rotary

Rtn.Srikanta Basu Mallik
Chairman, Annual Givings 2015-2016
District 3291
Home Club: Rotary Club of Calcutta North East
Cell: 98300-26945
Email: srrkanta01@gmail.com



RI NEWS
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WHAT IS ROTARY?

In 1976 the Rotary International Board of Directors was interested in creating a concise definition of the fundamental aspects of Rotary. They turned to the three men who were then serving on Rotary's Public Relations Committee and requested that a one-sentence definition of Rotary be prepared. After numerous drafts, the committee presented this definition, which has been used ever since in various Rotary publications: "Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Those 31 words are worth remembering when someone asks, "What is a Rotary club?"



MINUTES OF THE 4546TH RWM
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HELD ON TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2015 AT ROTARY SADAN

249 Total Members Members Present Exempted Visiting Rotarians
069 Members Present
085 Members Exempted
000 Visiting Rotarians

1. President Rtn. Dr. Ashoke Kumar Basu called the 4546th regular weekly meeting of the club to order at 1.30 p.m. at Rotary Sadart. The National Anthem was led by Rtn. Sujata Pyne.
2) The Minutes of the 4545th RWM (Installation Meeting) of the club held on 7th July, 2015 at the Lalit Great Eastern were confirmed.
3) The President welcomed the Guest Speaker Shri Sayan Mukerji (FCA), Vice-President of Bengal Chess Association. His subject of deliberation was "Chess."
4) President informed that our Past President Rtn. Dr. Pravash C. Sengupta had passed away earlier today. He was a distinguished member of our club since 1979. President requested all to rise and observe one minute of silence in the memory of the departed soul. He informed the members that a condolence letter will be sent to members of the bereaved family.
5) At the request of the President, Rtn. J.K. Basu reminisced about Dr. Sengupta.
7) On request of President, Rtn. Amit Ghosh made a presentation on Installation Ceremony held on July the seventh at Lalit Great Eastern.
8) President informed the members about the outcome of the meeting of our club's PDGs, Past Presidents and the members of the Board on the proposed bifurcation of District 3291. It was decided to request Rotary International to defer this till the centenary of RC Calcutta in 1919-20. This would enable all the current clubs of the District to participate in the centenary celebrations.

9) President announced the following:-
i) The Regular Weekly Meeting schedule on Tuesday, 21st July, 2015 has been rescheduled at 7 p.m. on the same day. We will felicitate Rtn. Prern Kumar Agarwalla on his completion of his 60 years in Rotary. This will be followed by Fellowship and Dinner hosted by Rtn. Prem Kumar and R-Ann. Geeta Agarwalla, The President requested members to make a note of the change and attend with their spouse.
ii) At the request of President, Rtn. Saumen Ray made a presentation on his recent visit to UK.

10) Hony. Secretary Rtn. Dr. Sujit Kumar Chatterjee:
(i) Welcomed members and their guests.
(ii) greeted members celebrating their birthdays and wedding Anniversaries during week ending 20th July, 2015.
(iii) Informed members that the Next Regular Weekly Meeting scheduled to be held on Tuesday, 21st July, 2015 at 1 p.m. will insted be held at 7 p.m. at Rotary Sadan. The meeting will be followed by Fellowship and Dinner.

11) Rtn. Hirak Ray introduced his candidate Dr. Abhrajit Ray for membership and he was inducted to the club by PDG. Rtn. Prabhat K, Rohatgi.
12) Rtn. Sanjib Basu introduced the speaker of the day. Shri Sayan Mukerji, who addressed the audience.
13) Rtn. Hirak Ray also proposed the vote of thanks. President presented a memento to the Speaker as a token of appreciation from the club.
14) Sunshine Box collection Rs. 900/- including generous contribution from Rtns. Prabhat K. Rohatgi, Abhijit Kolay, Amit Ghosh and Dr. Dipanwita Hazari.
15) The Club remembered with good wishes Rotary Club of City of Joy, India, R.I. Dist. 3291.
16) The meeting was terminated at 2.55 p.m.

Rtn Ashoke Basu, President
Rtn Sujit Chatterjee, Hony. Secretary

WE MEET EVERY TUESDAY AT 1:30PM - REGISTRATION AT 1:00 PM
Contact us at: rccalcutta@gmail.com
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