This was the start to the longest trip i have taken i.e. from 8th to 18th Dec with a lot of thoughts on my mind. But i just took the plunge.
Kolkatta being the starting point of Journey. 8th Dec we had the kolkata chairman dinner at the saturday club in kolkatta. Was great to meet all of them.
Next day on 9th december was the big fundraiser of RT 17. KIDDATHON. And believe me its not kids stuff to do it. More that 1500 children participating and in addition their parents. Massive project and brilliantly handeled Chairman Tr. Vinit and team RT 17. Then it was time for a quick visit to the area 4 golfers practicing for area 4 golf tournament.
Then it was time to inagurate the green island adopted by RT 17. From there we headed for 2 ground breaking ceremonies in chapdhani by RT 34 and one joint project by RT 34 and RT 290.
It was now time for some play after all the hard work. Brilliantly organised cricket tournament by RT 4. Finally it we was time for the celebration party for a successful kiddathon hosted by RT 17.
Another eventful visit to the city of joy. You are an inspiration Area Chairman Tr. Manish and also for always making me feel a part of your family whenever I’m there.
Started my Area 13 visit from the very beautiful city of Managalore. All the effort of going to any place becomes insignificant when you have friends welcoming you with a smile.
A wonderdul Joint fellowship by RT 115 & RT 190 at G (pub) was just a perfect way to start the visit. Chairman RT 115 Haron and Nandita thanks a lot for the very comfortable home hosting. It was a pleasure to know you both.
Next day it was the perfect way to start the day with school visits of RT 115 and 190.
Its only when you visit you know what beautiful work is happening.
The whole school painted like a train was such a beautiful sight.
A wonderful concept of having kitchen gardens in FTE schools is being done.
Putting up commercial signage’s at schools located at highways is again one unique initiative. It does get in very useful funds for FTE and Non FTE activities in a sustained manner.
The smart classrooms built are again top class. Very aptly called “Experience Education”.
And have to mention the amazing hospitality of all these guys. Can’t forget any manglorian dishes that i had in those 24 hours. Great being with all of you.
From Mangalore it was time to head to Shivamooga. We started the jouney from mangalore from one of its serene beaches. A beautiful 4 hours drive through karnataka.
Thanks Area Chairman Siddharth P Shastry and Rashmi for hosting me at your home.
A joint Table meeting of RT 166 and RT 266 was an experience. I have never seen such kind of participation in joint business meets. It was a house full with even the ladies and children being there. A beautiful location next to the dam was just perfect. Our National Fellowship convener Tr. Priyesh Shah also joined us from Shivamooga.
Morning after started with Bhoomi poojan for 1 class room and 10 toilet blocks by RT 166.
Then it was time for Dental check up camp RT 266.
Donation of toys at Taranga deaf and dumb school by both the tables was a very touching gesture.
We started early morning on the 15th of december from Sakleshpur for Mysore. Mysore was one action packed day. A host of projects lined up one after the other
Toilet block inauguration and go green project by MERT256 at Bannur.
Prize distribution and interactive story telling at adopted school by MRT21.
Toilet block inauguration by MHRT 109.
Annual Day function at one of the FTE Schools of RT 109.
Thanks Area Chairperson Area 13 Sangeetha for inviting us for your AEX. In between all this we even managed to visit Chamundi hills and the Mysore Palace. Thanks Harish and Namrata for a great social.
In the end a very fruitful Area 13 visit. Thanks Area Chairman Sidd Shastry for your commitment and planning for the same. You are an exceptional guy.
I would like to welcome Siliguri Round Table 332 to our Round Table Family. It was an absolute delight to be a part of the charter ceremony. Congratulations Siliguri Ace RT 232 for extending the brotherhood. It was great to have the presense of all the 4 tables of siliguri and really appreciate their participation.
Gantok may be getting very cold but the warmth of Gantok Round Table is something that you have to experience. Thanks Chairman Gantok RT 301 Pravin for driving me all the way from siliguri to gangtok and then taking me around the hills, which are some very beautiful memories for life for me. You all are a super fun bunch of guys.
We also had the inauguration of a computer lab in a remote school at the outskirts of Gangtok by RT 301and a benches donation programme in Siliguri by newly formed Siliguri Falcons RT 332.
I once again congratulate the entire team of area 14 and Chairman Dhiraj for a fabulous job. Thanks Aditya, Praveen, Luv and dhiraj for being there through the journey.
Finally its 18th December and i head back home after visiting Kolkata, Mangalore, Shivamooga, Chikmangalore, Sakleshpur, Mysore, Silliguri and Gangtok. Been a very exciting experience. Most importantly it was a great chance to meet so many tablers across these cities.
Our Guwahati City RT 239 project, of Secret Santa on christmas eve.. Some of our tablers dressed as Santa, visited all the twinklers of our tablers, and gifted them goodied being Santa.. The kids just loved it and got a pleasant surprise at midnight of 24th Dec.. The smiles and surprise of the twinklers face was veru fulfilling