Rotary Club of Calcutta Renaissance
Rotary International District 3291
Chartered on 22nd February, 2006
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Like other Rotary clubs, RCCR is involved in serving the lesser privileged sections of the community to make their life better.

Other than the annual job fair J4U and constantly supporting the Antyoday Anath Ashram at Paushi, Contai, the activities of RCCR is primarily focussed towards community service and foster fellowship between members.

Please contact us if you are interested in making the society better in any small way you can, or if you are interested to become a member of the Rotary family through our club.

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Pulse Polio Vaccination on an SNID
28th August
, 2011

Club members visited booths at Ward 87 (Lake Market - Southern Avenue area) and distributed publicity banners and gifts for the children.

The turnout of children was fairly low, attributed to possible insufficient awareness in the area. Nevertheless a follow-up drive will be there on Monday, Tuesday & Friday where the corporation representatives visit individual households in the ward.

Members felt that distributing awareness pamphlets at the door-to-door announcement before an NID or SNID would be more effective in getting more children immunised.

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WINGS - a flight of fantasy for special children
15th August
, 2011
by Prakash Nahata             

It was indeed an unforgettable day.

It started with all three of us (PP Rtn Mausam, Rtn Manas and me) reaching the Kolkata airport at 7 am. A bus to ferry students from their hostel to the airport had been organised and students reached sharp on time. Rotarians from Central Calcutta led by their President Rtn. Prem K. Lihala also came in to wish the team. After a brief photo session outside the terminal, we all trooped in with the students. Everyone at the airport were looking at the retinue in disbelief and we were constantly asked by all and sundry as to what this was all about. Rtn Manas took charge of check in counter and organised 61 boarding passes for the team. Officials from AAI as well as Indigo were at hand to facilitate the team and we were past security in a breeze.

Students saw airplanes up front for the first time from the boarding bay...a moment of joy. Next came an improptu decision... Rtn Manas took out his high watt speaker system, which we hooked to our laptop and in no time downloaded our national anthem. Suddenly the national anthem started playing and all the children and us stood up and started singing along... with the ENTIRE crowd at the bay stopping and joined in. It was amazing! Goosebumps time...

Next was boarding the flight... again the crew was wonderstruck. We got a great reception. We settled in. Never a dull moment with Mausam and Manas around! Time to fly... we were clicking videos and pictures and breaking most other rules of flying... and no one complained! The take off was smooth and everyone was keenly looking out from the window... to a world view they had only dreamed of. Breakfast packs were soon distributed by us... and before you could say land, we were getting ready to land! A couple of kids did start feeling a bit wozzy at this point but no one was complaining!

Landing at Agartala was smooth and we were received at the terminal by an Indigo officer who had been informed by the Kolkata office beforehand. He took great care throughout and organised all the boarding passes for our return trip personally. The team marched out of the terminal to a waiting school bus with our national flag flying proudly. We jumped into a waiting Scorpio and the team headed for Chandra Mahal Palace.

There was a moment of anxiety when news came that the bus had broken down... but soon enough jugaad technology was put to use and the bus was fixed for the time being. The children had a gala time at the palace. We trooped out of the palace and the team settled into the bus for a sightseeing trip of Agartala. At this point, my grumbly stomach forced our Rotary team to take a detour and grab a quick bite (tasty at that) of aloo paratha with dahi! The rain gods started celebrating too on this merry day.

We reached back at the airport and breezed through security. The kids were given pre-arranged lunch packs. As we marched into the boa
rding area, we learnt that the craft hadn't even landed yet in Agartala. At this, the kids took the cue and an improptu program was organised. The kids presented a lovely birthday card to Rtn Mausam and his sister Lopa on their birthday followed by some moving songs. We were constantly appreciated by host of strangers. Finally the flight arrived and we trooped back to the waiting craft. The kids were warmly welcomed by the pilot and every kid was given the offer to visit the cockpit after the flight touched down. Moment of wonderment for the kids!

Flight back was a bit bumpy due to cloud cover but joy was immense. Cakes and other eatables were distributed and finally we touched down. The elated team trooped out to an eagerly waiting President Rtn Suman Sarbadhikari whose broad smile shone in the mid day sun. The team was finally given a warm sendoff in the bus that had been organised for them. We also headed home, enriched by this unforgettable experience and humbled by the kindness of fate and God that we have so many worldly joys at our disposal while a lot of our brethren cannot even think of the same, let alone enjoy it.

It also taught us the joy of giving. Truly a project to remember. We consider ourselves privileged to have got this opportunity.

Signing off...

Rtns Mausam Lihala, Prakash Nahata, Manas Rawat
for the Rotary Club of Calcutta Renaissance, 15th August 2011

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Visit to RCC Kheya, Sahajadapur, Joynagar
17th July
, 2011

Club members visited our RCC for providing various items for the needy in the locality. The following is a report by our member Amitava Dasgupta :-

It was a rain washed late morning when we reached The W.B. Govt. Sarva Sikha Mission sponsored School playground at the premises of Kheya Goshti Club at Sahajadapur welcomed and greeted by local people and members of RCC Kheya Sahajadapur.

Aptly named "Varshamangal" the function that followed was jointly chaired by ex Panchayet Pradhan Sri Gopal Chandra Naskar and Rtn. Tushar Maheshwari Chairman RCC Kheya. Among other members of RCC present noted are Sri Pradip Sarkar President RCC Kheya, Sri Tapas Bhaduri Secretary.Others were Sri Basudeb Sarda President Kheya Goshti & Sri Janardan Purkait Vice Panchayet Pradhan. MOC Sri Milan Sinha

11 "Sukanya Upohar" - A one time stipend of Rs 1500 was provided to 11 deserving girl students.
7 "Jibika Sathi" Cycle van carts were provided to beneficiaries.
6 Wheel Chairs were provided to 6 physically challenged people.

Other Members of RCCR present: IPP Rtn. Mausam Lihala, PE Rtn. Nawneet Sodhani, Dir Intnl Serv. Rtn. Amitava Dasgupta, Rotary Anne's Kiran Sodhani, Lopamudra Dasgupta, Rotary Lets Master Pratyush & Miss Manyata Sodhani.

It was a colorful ceremony with Shriman Pritam Sarda, Shrimati Arpita & Sumita Halder presented us with recitals from Sukumar Ray's poems and dance on Rabindrasangeet as fillers in short intervals of the presentation program.
We all witnessed their talent and simplicity in awe.
We interacted with the locals as well as 17 odd members of Kheya Goshti & RCC Kheya about future programs the thrust area being Mother & Child healthcare and Hygeine related programs over a sumptuous lunch.

We pondered over on our way back to Kolkata on how Rotary had made a few lives different perhaps a little better....

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Best Emerging Club award received
June, 2011

The club has received four awards and five nominations from the District Governor 2010-11 Rtn. Rajendra Khandelwal.

The programme was held on 26th June 2011 at the G.D. Birla Sabhagar. Mayor Sovan Chatterjee and Sherriff of Kolkata Dr Indrajit Ray were present. There was also a musical performance of Anjan Dutt.

The best achievement was receiving the BEST EMERGING CLUB (for clubs below 30 members)

AWARDS (4) Nominations (6)
Best Emerging Club

1st Prize - Urban Development

1st Prize - Working with Corporate CSR groups

1st Prize - Entrepreneurship Development

Inter-Club Relations
Family of Rotary

Project on Urban Development
Health & Hygiene
Blood Donation
Environment & Ecology

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Mausam installs Suman as club's 6th President
25th June
, 2011

At the Phoenix Hall of Saturday Club, Kolkata, the club had its 6th Installation Meeting whereby outgoing President Rtn. Mausal Lihala handed over the mantle of leadership to Rtn. Suman Sarbadhikari.

Chief Guest: DG(E) Angsuman Bandyopadhyay
Guest Speaker: Shri Sundeep Bhutoria

It was well attended by guests from Rotary. the programme was followed by high tea.

Click here to watch pictures of the event.

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