[Address Delivered by Vivek S Patwardhan, President, Rotary Club of Thane Metro at OCV on March 28, 2018]
Dist Governor Sivarraj, dignitaries on the dais, my fellow Rotarians and Friends,
I welcome you to this gathering on the occasion of the official club visit of the District Governor.
The last time you came to our Club, Mr Dist Governor, it was on June 23, 2017; it was my installation day. And you are here today. This intervening time period is of 9 months and 6 days! It has given birth to many projects to serve the Society and further the cause of Rotary.
On the installation day, Mr Dist Governor, I had explained our plans and made one commitment to you. The commitment was that we will give our best; we will do whatever it takes to make things happen.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I am happy to announce that we have delivered on the promise. Here is a list of projects we have done:
1. We have built two check dams in Bhiwandi Taluka. This will touch the lives of over 5000 persons.
2. We have drilled two bore wells. Mr Vikas Jadhav who is also President of a Rotary Club wants us to drill the third bore well, and I would like to announce that we will do it soon.
3. We have donated two E-learning integrated computers, the best product available in India, designed by IIT, to the two schools at Angaon,
4. We have gifted two solar power systems to the same two schools at Angaon. This means they will not have to pay any electricity bill for several years to come. And as a Rotary initiative we have thus contributed to the initiative of green earth.
5. We have constructed a toilet block at a village school. Lack of toilet facility is one of the causes of early school dropouts, we hope this project would contribute to reducing the drop-out rate among girl students.
6. I would like to make an important announcement here. Mr Hemant Jagtap who is our friend, philosopher and guide suggested that we should undertake the project of Bicycle Bank. Girl students in villages often have to walk long distance of 4 to 5 Km one way to the school. The result: drop-out rate among girl students goes up. So we will be providing 75 bicycles to SVP School at Kiravali. These will be given to girl students on rotation basis. Those students who pass out 10th class will hand over their cycles to those who come in the 8th std. We expect that our project will go a long way in supporting education of the girl students.
This, by any standard is a superlative performance. This would not have been possible without support of my fellow Rotarians like Hemant and Surekha Mondkar, Pooja and Sandeep Nemawarkar, Mangala Karandikar, Dr Kanti Solanki, Omprakash Shahi, Niteen Dhuru, Dr Pradnya Aptikar, Padma and Pravin Doshi and other members of Rotary Club of Thane Metro.
Vivek S Patwardhan