It is an organisation with many arms to serve, many shoulders to share, many heads to think but one voice to speak.
Yes, one voice that always speaks of serving the society. Rain or shine, all that the members of Rotary Mysore Midtown know is to contribute for a better tomorrow in whatever way they can. Established in 1981 with a selfless motive, Rotary has not looked back. When they began, Rotarians would take up small community service projects, an annual fund raiser and non-fellowship. Thanks to its never-say-no attitude, Rotary has grown leaps and bounds and that it has won the best club award thrice has come as no surprise. A most vibrant and innovative club, Rotary has its own flagship projects and events. They stress on friendship and fellowship which is their strength and the activities have a natural flow out of togetherness.
Leading a team of 73 enterprising members, Rotary president for the year 2016-17, Harish Bharath knows time is precious. He believes in making the best use of the time that is available to him. With so many projects and events lined up in the next couple of months, Harish and his team have their hands full. “We are generally taken as an example for our creative and out of the box ideas and are copied across the district, which itself is a pat on our back. We have the cream of the society as our members and “partners in service’ like our ladies wing, The Innerwheel Club, our sponsored organisations like the institute-based
Rotract at Mahajanas and De paul, Intract at Rotary Midtown Academy, our own school at Hootgally, RCC at Vinyas Technologies, first corporate sponsored club in the world. We touch mostly the neglected and the lesser known NGOs who are deserving. We have undertaken several matching projects with overseas clubs and served institutions to the tune of more than Rs 2 crore.”
Since the club came into existence, Rotarians goals have been clear: To foster fellowship and friendship. Rotary is responsible for the polio-free India and it aims to make world polio-free by 2017. It single-handedly financed this worldwide project and it is the world’s biggest healthcare exercise as recognised by the United Nations Organisations. Rotary’s next immediate goal is to make the world illiteracy-free.
“We are extremely happy as we serve the neglected and feared sectors of the society. We see happiness in the eyes of the special children of our aided school for special children, we find happiness in serving food to the orphanages, we are happy to aid People for Animals in a big way, we are happy to undertake wall painting on the walls of railway underpass near Mandovi Motors on KRS road, conveying message of cleanliness and health, which is a sight to see,” Harish says with a sense of satisfaction in his voice.
The club always has a set of programmes to be finished in a stipulated time. They have Diksoochi — career guidance orientation for class X students, Samartha — job mela for children with physical disabilities and mental disorders, Bhandavya — state level Olympics for mentally challenged children, Brahmanda — astronomy awareness programme. It is a long list… Rotarians provided assistance and drinking water to people at banks during the recent demonetisation crisis.
Rotary’s recent projects include drinking water project at Salhundi, mobile TB testing unit to Blochem Lab, neonatal unit to JSS, mobile dental check up unit to JSS, cardiac ICU on wheels to Chamundivanam Hospital, ventilator to Ashakirana, AIDS treatment ICU, five ambulances to hospitals across Mysuru.
Harish is happy that people’s response has been overwhelming and he says it’s a big motivating factor. “So far we have undertaken orientation and career guidance to two lakh students and the letters they have written in response is the testimony to our untiring efforts. Our bulletin About Us is appreciated even in clubs overseas. We have undertaken Mysuru’s first pacemaker implant and the patients’ happiness is ours.”
When you quiz Harish about how his club raises funds, his answer is forthright. “We have our fund- raising events sometimes, and our members have always risen to the occasion and funds have never been a constraint. Where there is an honest intent, money comes.”
Improvement is a continuous process and Rotary president strongly believes in this philosophy. “I am pretty much content and the improvement happens as we move along. It is a continuous learning process which keeps our spirits up.”
Harish is happy he got to meet of some of the greatest like the Secretary General of the UN, ambassadors of states, people of international fame at Rotary’s international conventions. “The binding with people that happens while serving is an out of the world experience. You have the window to the world. A common denominator called Rotary happens across the world,” he says rather nonchalantly.
When someone speaks highly of Rotary and its achievements over the years, it is not without a reason. It is a team of like-minded good souls whose selfless aim is to make this world a better place to live in.
Who is a Rotarian?
- Is it the man administrating polio drops to a child?
- Is it the man who rushes a critical patient to the hospital in an ambulance?
- Is it the man responsible for providing shelter to homeless?
- Is it the man who cares for the environment and helps plant more trees?
- Is it the man who is the first to provide
succour to the calamity stricken?
- Is it the man who helps in the provision of safe drinking water?
- Is it the who is concerned at the plight of the physically challenged?
- Is it the man who helps every man, woman and child become literate?
- Is it the man who has compassion for the elderly?
- Is it the man who seeks friendship and peace?
- A Rotarian is all the this and much more