Message from the RF(I) Chair


Dear Fellow Rotarians,

A very Happy New Year to you and your family members. May the New Year bring happiness and joy and may it give you strength to keep “serving” through the Rotary Foundation and in turn keep supporting The Rotary Foundation through your contributions.

We are on course as far as contributions from zone 4 and 5 are concerned and will need a little push to overtake our last year’s contributions. Zone 6A has done very well in comparison to the same period last year.

However, the next few days are the most crucial for contributions to TRF as far as Asian Rotary Clubs are concerned. Let us all try to work hard, motivate Rotarians and urge corporates to make contributions to Rotary Foundation.

I also urge you to use the online platform for making donations to Rotary Foundation India. The Rupee-enabled online giving is available to Donors in India through both Rotary Foundation (India) [RF(I)] website and Rotary International website This will allow Rotarians/Non-Rotarians to contribute online and also avail the benefits under Section 80G of Income Tax Act.

During the month of December itself, 3 District Grants and 26 Global Grants totalling US $ 2.54 million have been approved.

PRID Y.P. Das has come up with a unique concept for getting contributions to TRF through an online portal cash karo. It is a win-win concept for Rotarians for RFI and for Cash karo. Each time you shop online, Rotary Foundation and you can both make some handsome gains. I must compliment PRID Y.P. Das for this initiative. The details of this initiative will be available online as well as through Rotary News very soon.

With best wishes for the season.

Yours truly,
Shekhar Mehta
Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar.
Director, Rotary International 2011-13.