Saturday, June 20, 2009

Loksatta Timely Help To Fire Victims

Political parties with their leaders generally make their appearance at the spot of good & bad happenings, just to receive media attention. But for Loksatta -the newly emerged political party in Andhra Pradesh, India led by Dr Jayaprakash Narain it is a different approach. It was surprising to see this party workers going round in our locality even after elections were over, to show their concern to the fire victims to collect donations in cash and kind. Recently dozens of thatched houses in a slum near our locality [Gudimalkapur-Mehdipatnam] were destroyed in a fire. The fire that broke out in one of the houses during mid-night immediately spread to adjoining houses rendering the poor people loosing their houses and belongings in the fire though the fire tenders rushed to the spot and doused the flames. We came to know about this only when the Loksatta volunteers knocked our doors for some help to the fire victims. We have offered our contributions in kind. What touched us more is that the service minded political party jumped into action to collect contributions and give some relief to the victims instead of making a name-sake-visit to the spot. We congratulated the yeoman service of Loksatta and wish to be emulated by others. Click here to read the Vaartha Telugu Newspaper coverage with photo as appended in this blog.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Web Judge

I have recently got an opportunity to be web judge for Rotary International District 5300 [ covering portion of Los Angeles, Angeles National Forest,Santa Ana Freeway,Orange County, San Bernardino County etc., serving 61 clubs and about 3000 members] who appointed me to help judge the Rotary District 5300 Club Website Competition. I was advised to browse 16 Clubs websites keeping in view of the competition rules. An Excel spreadsheet was provided to rank and score our ratings on (1) Home Page information [ fast load speed, identifiability as Rotary Website, link to RI and District websites, club meeting info] (2) Effective communication tools applied [ whether website is current & update, club bulletin online, members director] and [3] General appearance and overall effectiveness of the websites [ graphics usage, easy navigation system, maintaining single design through the site, unique features of site and bonus point]. My scores were taken into consideration for the outstanding website awards which were presented in the recently held District Conference to the Rotary Club of Pasadena Sunrise ; RC Moapa Valley and RC Las Vegas
I thank Rtn.Chris Datwyler, Webmaster & District Governor Rtn Eugene J. Hernandez, Rotary District 5300 for this best opportunity.

Monday, June 1, 2009

In a new role in Rotary

Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30. Rotaract clubs are either community or university based, and they’re sponsored by a local Rotary club. This makes them true "partners in service" and key members of the family of Rotary. As one of Rotary’s most significant and fastest-growing service programs, with more than 7,000 clubs in about 163 countries and geographical areas, Rotaract has become a worldwide phenomenon. Our Rotary District 3150 [comprising 78 Rotary Clubs in Andhra Pradesh, India] has 32 sponsored Rotaract Clubs with 722 Members. The sponsored Rotary Clubs guide and support the Rotaract Clubs while the District designate few Rotary Members to compliment their efforts. I am happy to inform that I have been designated as Rotaract District Trainer for the year 2009-10 Rotary year with a responsibility to guide and oversee necessary training requirments for the young Members of all the 32 Rotaract Clubs. To start with, I am required to associate with the Rotaract District Assembly that has been scheduled to be held in Hyderabad on 7th June, 2009 to equip and energize the Rotaract Leaders to take-off with the new vigor for ensuing Rotaract year commencing from July 1.