BY VEENA RAO
Atlanta, GA, June 6, 2019: Rotary Club of Emory Druid Hills (RCEDH) honored a record 48 Paul Harris Fellowships at a gala evening held at the Ashiana Restaurant in Global Mall. The event was graced by Consul General Dr Swati Kulkarni, Rotary District Governor Court Dowis and past District Governor Bill Wolfin, and visiting Rotarians, Past District Governor Maulin Patel from Ahmedabad and Past District Governor Akm Shamsuddin from Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Atlanta philanthropist couple Dr Mukund Dr Mrudula Raja and Roger Williams, war hero and immigration officer also attended the gala.
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.
The Rotary Club of Emory Druid Hills made a total contribution of $48,000 to the Rotary Foundation. This writer was among the 48 friends and family of Rotary members who received the Paul Harris Fellowship for their contributions to the community. The youngest recipient was 12-year-old Aiden Dakshina.
Club president Upendra Bhatt said the Emory Druid Hills club will soon launch and sponsor a Rotaract club this year for young people in the 18-30 age group. Rotary and Rotaract members work side by side to take actions through service.
Manoj Barot, president of the newly formed Rotaract Club said he was excited to lead the club. He introduced the new Rotaract club members and welcomed them into the Rotary family.
Former president Chittaranjanbhai Jyotishi provided an overview of the club’s various humanitarian efforts in the US and India. The club has won three awards this year, he said, adding that his motto as incoming president of the club is to “Make connections, work together, enjoy together”.
Rotary International District 6900 Governor 2018-2019 Court Dowis said he enjoyed attending RCEDH meetings. “I give your club as an example to other clubs in the district for all that you accomplish here and around the world,” he said.
“This is a changing world, and we must change with it. The story of Rotary must be written again and again. Rotary means business. Along with doing good in the world, we must give members a value proposition,” Dowis added.
Visiting Rotarian Patel said the Emory Druid Hills Club had partnered with his club in Ahmedabad to conduct cataract surgeries, and for a $430,000 hospital project.
Past District Governor Shamshuddin said he was impressed with the recitation of the Rotary 4-way test, an ethical guide for Rotarians to use in their personal and professional relationships. “I leave you with the thought- what can we do with the 4-way test in the post truth era,” he said.
Williams proffered RCEDH with the title, “Small club with the largest heart.”
Earlier, PN Chatur Chhabhaya welcomed the guests. Priyanka Tyagi Agarwal and Bhrushira Vyas emceed the proceedings.
The evening ended with music by Gigs2mix Group and Neil Sound System presented by singer Chandrima (Rimi) Bhattacharya.