PR Newsletter October 2022

PR Newsletter October 2022

Hello Rotarians & Families, Guests & Visitors…

September started with Onam’s festivities and also ended with many other festivals that came up in the month. Festivals always bring joy and happiness in abundance.

Rotary gives us an opportunity to do good to the world and our club marched ahead to serve the community. To give a perspective,

The value of anything is realized the most in situations:

  • When it is not available
  • When we want however it is beyond our reach
  • When we have a crisis
  • When it is all about existence or identity

Our beneficiaries are people from a variety of age groups and backgrounds; however, they fit into one or the other criteria mentioned above.

This month took us back into the peak pandemic period when our Past President Prabodh Sharma and the entire team of Rodeos had tirelessly worked in the Vision year to make things happen in the typical ‘Rodeo’ style. This is despite everyone having their own share of challenges.

RIDE Raju’s felicitation by the District Leaders was a momentous occasion for the Rodeo family.

Our flagship Musculoskeletal project at Sastur came back into action after the break in the pandemic period. This project is actively being driven by Rtn Naresh Shenoy in memory of Dr Joy Milind Patankar.

The trip undertaken by Rtn Hema Subramanian is one of grit and determination and how it beautifully showcases that age was, is, and will never be a barrier.

We continued our journey to shine on the Rotary platforms through our coverage in Rotary News and its website

Our club projects and activities were pretty visible across all the social channels. (Click on the links at the bottom of this page if you are not already following our page)

This was also a month that brought in a lot of bonding amongst the members through a variety of events that were conducted!

To begin with, let’s read some of the comments that our members had for the previous month’s bulletin – if you have not had the chance to read it – pls click here.

Rtn Vivek Khandelwal | Director PR 2022-23 | RC Deonar

Last month’s newsletter was also published on LinkedIn and the same can also be read here:

Feedback from some of our club members

Rtn Hema Subramanian

Hi. Good morning.

As always – super duper bulletin.

Covering all the activities of the club and about the individual member – what HATKE they have done in the month gone by.

Kudos to you, Tushar, Ravi, and Team Rodeos.

Take a Bow 🙇‍♀️

Rtn Nalini Kannan

Vivek…superb News Letter…you are making the newsletter more interesting and more inspiring,  month after month. Fabulous job…👏🏻👏🏻👏��👏🏻

Keep rocking!

President-Elect – Sangeeta Shahani

As usual, you continue to break your own standards. Well done Vivek

Past President – A V Suresh

Cheerio Vivek

Beautifully compiled👌👌👌

Rtn Alka Murli

Great coverage Vivek. The entire month’s events have come back flooding in front of us.😍😍Amazing coverage and interesting editorials. Indeed, you are bettering your own record.🌹🌹🌹

Rtn Laxmiraj Shah

Great reading…

Very informative and nicely compiled 👌👌👌

Congratulations Vivek and PR Team 👍

Vision Year has truly been ‘Visionary’

The recently concluded ‘Vision Year’ District Awards and Shukriya brought awesome recognition to our club.

The year had it all ranging from RC Deonar District Governor Platinum Citation alongwith 18+ trophies and 35+ certificates to the ultimate RI President Citation for Rotary Deonar for RY 21-22

PP Rajendra Datye released this fabulous news for the Rodeos:

Congratulations to Prabodh & team !! Platinum Citation for Vision Year & a special award for Project Zaria and a dozen more individual citations !!  👏👏👏

Well done Prabodh !!

This is what some of the other members had to say:

Rtn Kannan V

Despite COVID times, raised the bar, never a dull moment, and Platinum recognition, besides several awards…kudos Prabodh and the vision team.. proud to be a part of that team

Rtn Hema Subramanian

Padma started the baton of services in Covid times, continued by Prabodh and IPP Sudhir too.

Kudos to all of them.

Kudos to all the Rodeos too for supporting the team too 🙌👍👍👍👍👏👏👏👏

Rtn Kulbhushan Jetly

Congratulations Prabodh and the Vision Team for your extraordinary work. You are all raising the bar every year. That keeps successive Presidents on the toe.

Once again Well done  Prabodh. 👏👏👏

Rtn Jaisal Jetsey

Congratulations Prabodh for showing the way against all odds like a true leader. You have during your year raised the standards to a very different level. Project Zariya and the first Global Grant for Touching Little Hearts catapulted our Club to a different level altogether. Proud to be a part of your team🙏🙏🙏

President-Elect – Rtn Sangeeta Shahani

Congratulations Prabodh. An extremely great year, especially in tough times. Very well led from the front. Take a 🙇‍♀️.

Congratulations to the entire team that supported Prabodh achieve all that he set out to.

Rtn Dr. Sunil Keswani

Well done Prabodh and TEAM!

You did a great job inspite of the difficult year (COVID)

You lead from the front (which has been the tradition of RCD)

RC Deonar Club Roster

Rtn Monica Gupta has been working tirelessly towards building the club roster and has been checking and updating the same to get the same finally released soon.

Sharing the last version here.

Onam Sadhya  jointly with RI District 3141 at Fine Arts

The event named ‘Onamadhuram’ was a very well organized traditionally catered event. A Joint program organized by RC Deonar and RCM Juhu with support from several Co-host clubs – was a District program.

Special Section – Leaders Extraordinaire

Check out the details of the 4 leaders that have been covered in the latest release of the October ’22 GML

Dr. Bharat Pandya | Raju Subramanian | Ashok Mahajan | Gulam A Vahanvaty

RC Deonar received Rotary Citation

It is a proud moment for our club to have received this honour under the leadership of IPP Sudhir Mehta

The RI President Citation is one of the most significant recognition a Rotary club can get and it showcases our club’s commitment to achieving its goals.

Distribution of Nutrition Kits at Shatabdi Hospital

After Polio, the focus of Rotary is now on TB. Rotary India Humanity Foundation and the Central TB Division, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of India have entered into an MOU for the eradication of TB in India by 2025. This is part of the Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyan.

Under this initiative, Nutritional Food Kits were distributed to 100 patients from a financially challenged section of society at Shatabdi Hospital. They will be given these kits every month for twelve months. The kits were handed over to the patients at the hands of Chief Guest Dr Navin Shewale and his wife Mrs Vaishali Shewale.

It was done as part of the National Nutrition Week which was from 1st Sept 22 to 7th Sept 22.

Director Medical – Rtn Jaisal Jetsey shared the update.

The event was attended by President Vidhya Subramanian and PP Padma Kapoor.

Here is a formal invite that was received from the Government body

RIDE Raju Subramanian’s felicitation by RID 3141

District leaders and Clubs from RID 3141 & 3142 jointly felicitated Rtn Raju Subramanian on his elevation as Rotary International Direct Elect for RI Zones 6 & 7.

RC Deonar was the lead host club for the event.

This was a post written by Rtn Vidyottama Sharma who was the Master of the Ceremony of the event:

Dr Joy Patankar Musculoskeletal Camp @ Sastur

This Musculoskeletal Corrective Surgery camp is a joint project of Rotary Deonar (Dist 3141), Rotary Club of Ambernath (Dist 3142) and  Rotary Club of Coventry Phoenix, UK in association with Prashant Paricharak Social Foundation, Pandharpur at Sparsh Rural Hospital, Sastur, near Sholapur. The Musculoskeletal Team is led by Avenue Chair Naresh Shenoy.

One of the reasons for the deformities is due to consanguine marriages i.e. marriages between individuals who are closely related. The surgeries correct the deformities to a large extent but cannot make the patients normal like us.

Following is the experience that came in from Rtn Shivani Bansal who attended the camp for the 1st time:

The entire treatment is free of cost which would cost around 2-3 lakh. The doctors who charge a huge fees in Mumbai, operate free and put in long hours. I saw patients come in for corrections from 15 day old to 18 years old. It was an exhilarating experience. A couple of patients came in on their fours limbs and post surgery they were absolutely straight on the stretcher. As a witness in the OT, I got to know so many nitty gritties about the medical science. The doctors, whom we see only during consultations, can be so jovial otherwise. The camaraderie that happens in such camps is awesome. Arrangements were basic but couldn’t have been better considering the infrastructure at the village. Overall it was a really nice trip and am glad that this opportunity came my way and I went ahead with with it with full support of my family.

2nd Blood Donation Camp

Rtn Jaisal Jetsey came back in action with the 2nd Blood Donation Camp that happened at Ghatkopar Station (East). The team from Sion Hospital did the collection and processing.

It was organised in partnership with RC Chembur, RC Mumbai Sion, RC Mumbai Ghatkopar, RC Mumbai Ghatkopar West, and RC Bombay Uptown.

Celebrations on ‘Rose Day’

The objective of the event was to spend time with cancer patients and brighten their day and encourage them. Rose Day has celebrated the world over on 22nd September for cancer patients to connect with them and brighten their spirits to win the fight against cancer.

We distributed 200 snack boxes to Paediatric Cancer Patients on this occasion at Sion Hospital where the entire event took place.

An entertainment program organised for the patients and celebrity performers Nakuul Mehta, Jankee Mehta, Alek, and Anjani enthralled the audience with singing, dancing and a magic show. Renowned singer Leslie Lewis performed with Kavya Joanes.

Our veteran member Rtn Vishnu Kamat expressed his heartfelt gratitude also to CPAA for giving us this opportunity!

He also expressed his thanks to Praveen from President-Elect – Sangeeta Shahani’s office for the timely availability of snack boxes and all the logistical support!

Rtn Vishnu’s feelings came out in the following words:

Bacche log really relished the contents! The smiles on their faces changed the Hospital OPD into a garden-like atmosphere – at least for some time!

Following a comment from Director – Medical: Rtn Jaisal Jetsey says it all:

Ajoba on the prowl again with his bag of goodies for the baccha party. Kudos to you Vishnu Kaka and to Sangeeta for coming up with the box of goodies.

Free Eye and Dental Checkup Camp  

Jointly with RC Chembur, we organised a Free Eye and Dental Checkup Camp for the students of Matoshree Vidyamandir in the Mankhurd area. Rtn Dr Meera actively contributed by doing the dental checkup of the students. About 400 students benefitted from this Camp.

Meethi Boond – Distribution of Water filter

The objective of this project was to inculcate awareness about water sanitation and safeguarding against waterborne diseases which spurt especially during monsoons.

The idea was to also reduce absenteeism from work and school thereby enhancing productivity.

With much research we came across a water filter which was economical from a running perspective, didn’t need electricity for running and in addition, there was also no maintenance cost associated as the candles had a life of close to 10 years.

Cleaning of the containers was quite easy and there was neither wastage of water nor any loss of essential minerals from water, unlike an RO filter.

The beneficiaries were very happy to receive the water filters which will cut down on their illnesses due to polluted water and keep them healthy.

Rtn. Shivani Bansal shared the update on the distribution of 100 water filters to people of Gadkari Khan Centre and Subash Chandra Bose School at Maharashtra Nagar

RC Deonar co-hosted the District TRF Seminar

RC Deonar did Silver Co-hosting of the 1st TRF Seminar held at JW Marriott, Sahar, Andheri.

Announcement of a New RCC 

RCC Formation at Maharashtra Nagar was announced in our regular club meeting in the presence of Chief Guest – Rtn Manish Gyani

New Member Induction

The Rodeo family got extended with the entry of Prakash Gadgil who got inducted in the month during our weekly meetings.

TLH Update

The baby of Darshana was detected with a Congenital Heart Defect and was only given a few hours to live.

The baby is going back home hale and hearty after a successful Cardiac surgery at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital under RCD Global Grant GG2122113.

Rtn. Shivani Bansal shared the update on the distribution of 100 water filters 50 each to the people of Gadkari Khan Centre and Subash Chandra Bose School at Maharashtra Nagar.

RCD Project Ummed gets Whale Tank Funding

Our previous month’s newsletter did cover the progress on Whale Tank and it is delightful news that now we have cleared the needful.

Rodeos shine at ALPHA RODEL – The Rotary Debate League 

The topic of the debate was ‘Reincarnation is True’

RCB Uptown spoke FOR the topic and Deonar did AGAINST

Our team comprising Ram, Sangeeta and Rajith won the debate with PP Rajith Menon declared as the best debater.

The topic of the debate was ‘Money is Everything in Life’

Rotary Club of Addiction Prevention spoke FOR the topic and Rotary Deonar spoke AGAINST.

Our team comprising Sanjay, Jaisal and Suresh Menon won the debate with Sanjay Mehta declared as the best debater.

Speaker Meeting – Manish Aggarwal – Astrology

Manish pursued his interest in astrology from 2014 onwards and since then it has grown tremendously. He now has clientele in India about 5 countries.

Donation of Sports Uniforms to an Army School

President Vidhya Subramanian, Padma Kapoor and Shivani Bansal went for the 1st ever visit this army school.

PP Padma Kapoor donated school sports uniforms and milk-based drinks to the young soldiers at the Vijay Army School at Chikhale Panvel in memory of her late father Veteran Major Desaiji. Major Desaiji was an Army person and dedicated to the cause of grooming children for entering the Armed Forces.

Children come from lower strata of society and hence cannot afford to buy dresses. The beneficiaries organised a welcome ceremony. Our members performed a small puja at the statue of Shivaji Maharaj, followed by a welcome song and dance by the children. The children were very happy to receive all the gifts and they expressed their gratitude for the club.

RC Deonar will be associated with this Army School for some very prestigious projects in the near future.

Trivia Quiz Night organised on Zoom

Rodeos had a lovely online quiz competition which was wholeheartedly driven by the Club Service Director, Rohini Ravindran.

Amazon vouchers were sent to the winners. Our quiz master Shan had put in a lot of effort to make it interesting as well as challenging!

Ganpati Bappa celebrations at the ‘Shahanis’

Rodeos enjoyed the bonding and get-together organised by President-Elect – Rtn Sangeeta Shahani. She organised a satsang followed by sumptuous delicacies in her usual style.

Members had a great fun time together.


Attached is the link to checking out our Club’s Visibility in Rotary News for Sept ‘22

Here is a few other media coverage in Sept ‘22:

Miyawaki Urban Forest in Chembur Pulse

Miyawaki Urban Forest

Career Guidance Seminar

Vocational Director – Alka Murli led the Career Guidance Seminar which was held at the Nutan Vidya Mandir at Mankhurd, Mumbai.

An experience of a lifetime – A trip to Kailash Mansarovar

Going on a vacation to a national or international destination always has its own charm however going to Mount Kailash is something that she was looking for since 2019.

Our very own Rtn Hema Subramanian challenged herself to walk this path despite many odds that would actually cross her mind.

A life without connectivity in today’s day and age may sound crazy and this is precisely what she went through.

Enjoy watching the moments that she experienced and do check the PDF below to read through her experiences and the inside story.


Gayatri Rajan continues the legacy of our dearest Raghunath Rajan

It was the birth anniversary of the Late Rtn Raghunath Rajan and her wife has been kind enough to support our TB project in his memory.

May Rtn Rajan always continue to inspire us on our path to uplift others.

Rtn Cdr Jana Babu and Ann Sudeshna with Ratan Tata

Shantanu Naidu of Good Fellows had the presence of Ratan Tata and alongwith him were visible in action our very own Rtn Cdr Jana Babu and Ann Sudeshna.

The pictures and the videos were doing the rounds as a viral post and it was great to see him everywhere.

Rtn Sanjay Mehta visits Rotary club in the USA

The sign of a true Rotarian is when he/she also takes time out to the network in other countries. Leader, Entrepreneur and Author Rtn Sanjay Mehta visited RC Pallisades based out of New Jersey, USA.

He also carried flags and exchanged the same with the club.

PP Rtn Padma Kapoor discovers Rotary on her trip

The saying, ‘once a Rotarian always a Rotarian ‘ is apt in her case. From discovering Rotary magazine on the hotel shelf to identifying the road in Durham, England as the ‘Rotary Way’ … she continues to be a force on multiple projects.

Rtn Shivani exchanges Rotary Flag with a Bengaluru Rotary Club

The magic of Rotary is such that it impacts the members at a deeper level.

Rtn Shivani Bansal has been pretty active as a Rotarian and during her recent shout-out from someone known – she got the chance to exchange the club flag and also understand about the other club. Here are the details:

She met Rtn S.N.Bindal who is managing the International Services Avenue for the Rotary Club of Bangalore Rajarajeshwari Nagar Centennial. During his recent visit to Mumbai, he met her and also shared more about the club:

Their club is called ‘Centennial’ as it was established in the year 2004-05, which coincided with the centenary year of Rotary. Their club is focused on doing Medical, Dental, Blood donation, and Eye testing camps. They have also been distributing books and other study materials to public schools in addition to providing drinking water / clean toilets etc to public schools in the nearby villages.

Padma & Hema together Fellowship in London

Padma Kapoor and Hema Subramanian continued to create their magic even in London. While PP Padma was there for a business trip, she had a good catchup with Rtn Hema Subramanian.

International Day of the Girl (IDG) Campaign

A United Nations initiative, this year marks the 10th anniversary of the International Day of the Girl (IDG)

International Day Of The Girl Child. This is what came across from our Club President on this occasion

Rtn Sanjay Mehta and his Walks

Walks, Walks…and some more Walks! Rtn Sanjay Mehta and his passion continue this time was seen visiting Sagar Vihar – Vashi and also the Thane area.

RI President Jennifer Jones with RI Director Elect Raju

RI President Jennifer Jones with RI Director Elect Raju
What do you think she must be speaking to him? Am so proud of you …Raju 😉

Rtn Herzel Isaac ran in Ladakh

Rtn Herzel Isaac ran in Ladakh
Our passionate runner Rtn Herzel Isaac ran a half marathon in Ladakh. This was at 11,155 feet above sea level.<br /> Herzel prepared for the run by acclimatizing at this height for one week before the event. He ran the entire route carrying our National Flag. Congratulations Rtn Herzel!

Rtn Hema gets Best Covid management award

Rtn Hema gets Best Covid management award
Rtn Hema Subramanian was recognised with the best Covid management award from the Mumbai refinery

AVS met Aishwarya Kannan in USA

AVS met Aishwarya Kannan in USA
PP Rtn AV Suresh and sister meet the Kannans’ daughter Aishwarya in USA

Rotary Dandia Pin

Rotary Dandia Pin
PP Rtn Ravishekhar shared the cute looking dandia pin – it brings the vibe of how energetic Rotary is …in terms of participating even in our local festivals!


Father of Rtn Ganesh Kamath – Shri Amembal Raghuram Kamath left for heavenly abode. We all pray that his values always continue to inspire the entire Kamath family.

Here’s the message shared by President Rtn Vidhya Subramanian as we are now into the 4th month of the current Rotary Year:

From the President: October 2022

Thanks for being a continued reader of our newsletter. If there’s ONE thing that makes it truly meaningful…then it has to be the:

  • Dedicated work by the Rotarians
  • Continued support from all the well-wishers
  • Trust of the beneficiaries that we are here to do good for them

The following from your end will be highly appreciated:

  • Pls use one of the social links below to share it in your groups or other platforms
  • Extend any kind of support that you are comfortable with
  • Do leave your comments or thoughts below in the comments box

You can also copy this link and share it with people whom you would like to inspire towards social and community services.

With Rotary Cheers!

Rtn Vivek Khandelwal
Director – PR 2022-23
Rotary Club of Deonar
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Shobhana Iyer

Wonderful, as always!!! Extensive coverage of all the action. Its great to see it so lovingly presented. The small inclusions of personal achievements & moments to cherish makes it even more interesting to read & catch up with Rodeo gatividhi. Vivek & team PR kudos 👏🏼👍

Hema Subramanian

Fabulous 👏👏👏👏👏
Coverage of each and every activity of the club and the members covered so beautifully. Enjoyed reading the newsletter
Kudos to the Team 👏👏👏