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
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
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.
We remember with good wishes
Rotary Club of
Scotland, R I Dist. 1010
July 28 Tue 1:30 pm Rotary Sadan
FRCP(Edin), MSc (Cardio-UK) DCBNC (USA), FIAMS
RTN. P. K.
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
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
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.
(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.
(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
(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."!!!!
LATE DR. PRAVASH CHANDRA SEN GUPTA
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
He is survived by one son and a daughter.
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
WELCOME GREEN BADGER
Dateof Joining: 14thJuly,2015
Date of Birth: 8th Feb,1960
2/3, Justice Dwarkanath Road, Kolkata-700 020
Res. CB-94, Sector-l,Salt Lake City, Kolkata-700064
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
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
A LETTER TO PRESIDENT DR. ASHOKE KUMAR BASU
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
Yours - in - Rotary
Rtn.Srikanta Basu Mallik
Chairman, Annual Givings 2015-2016
Home Club: Rotary Club of Calcutta North East
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
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
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
5) At the request of the President, Rtn. J.K. Basu reminisced about Dr.
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
11) Rtn. Hirak Ray introduced his candidate Dr. Abhrajit Ray for
membership and he was inducted to the club by PDG. Rtn. Prabhat K,
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.
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
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