Message from the RF(I) Chair


Dear Fellow Rotarians,

Greetings from Rotary Foundation India.

The Trustees of RFI have selected me to be the Chair of RFI. I am thankful to them for giving me the opportunity to be able to serve the Rotary Foundation through its Associate Foundation, The Rotary Foundation India.

The RFI has a rich legacy and I have big shoes to step into. I compliment my predecessor, my dear friend PRID Yash Das for his impeccable stint as chair of RFI for 2 years. These 2 years were special, of which the last year was unique – being the 100th year of Rotary foundation so ably led by Trustee Chair PRIP Kalyan Banerjee. He was hugely supported by Trustee Sushil Gupta, the then Director Manoj Desai. RRFCs Kamal Sanghvi and Raja Seenivasan, the EMGAs, Ravi Vadlamani & Ashok Panjwani, the DGs and the TRF teams at national and district level ensured that India achieved its highest ever contribution to TRF totalling to more than $ 20 million.

Our compliments to TRF Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee for having the courage to set up a worldwide goal of $ 300 million and then providing leadership to achieve the same.

This year too Director Basker along with TRF Trustee Sushil Gupta has set up a daunting goal of $ 28.5 million for India. I am sure, the TRF team, DGs and Rotarians will leave no stone unturned to achieve the goal.

Equally important to raising funds is participation in the programs of Rotary Foundation. Rotarians in India do a great job with global grants. I am sure, the District Governors and individual Rotarians will ensure that there is excellent stewardship in all the grants that the clubs take up. Let us also follow the set rules for contributions as Major Donors.

Rotarians in India can take great pride in their ability to contribute and their ability to do good in the world through hundreds of project across India. My compliments to each one of them.

Congratulations to the new Trustee PDFG Gulam Vahanvaty. With his rich background in TRF work, we are sure he will be a great asset to the Board of Trustees.

Together let us look forward to a year of record contributions and great projects under the Rotary Foundation.

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