• Installation of the club and Oath taking
  • To familiarize the new members with the activities of the club
  • To felicitate the last years office bearers and active members

The inaugural function for the Rotaract Club was conducted on July 22, Friday. The event commenced at 9:30 with a general greeting acknowledging the presence of all the eminent persons including Dr. Bhanuben Dhakan; the President of Rotary Club of Rajkot Midtown, Mr.Kalpraj Mehta; the Installing Officer of Rotary Club, Mr. Atul Kamdar; the Joint Secretary, and other honourable rotarians namely Mrs. Nikitaben, Mrs. Ratna Desai an Mr. Ganatra. Also present at the event were Reverend Father Benny Joseph; the Director of Christ Campus, Dr. Yvonne Fernandes; the Principal of Christ College, Ms. Khushali Kathia and Mr. Devang Mehta; the Staff Coordinators of the Rotaract Club, and a few other student members of the club.

Thereafter, following a short prayer, Fr. Benny welcomed Dr. Bhanuben Dhakan with a bouquet, under whose presidentship Rotary Club of Rajkot Midtown has been brilliantly flourishing. The other honourable guests were subsequently welcomed by the student members of the Club.

This was followed by the ceremonial Lighting of the Lamp wherein Dr. Bhanuben Dhakan, Mr. Kalpraj Mehta, Father Benny, Dr. Fernandes, Ms. Khushali Katira, Mr. Devang Mehta, and student representatives Aarsh and Farida were invited to light the lamp.

A few words of encouragement were then shared by Dr. Yvonne Fernandes which was followed by a brief presentation on the past and future activities organised by the Rotaract Club. Student representative Khushbu Makkaar, also an active member of the club, presented this aspect of the event to the audience.

Then began the felicitation rounds for the members of the Club who rendered their selfless service for the cause of the Club in the previous year. Dr. Bhanuben did the honour and felicitated these students. Thereafter Father Benny felicitated those members of the club who had actively participated in the activities conducted by the Club for the year 2015-16 which saw several student members being awarded their certificates.

The highlight of the event was the oath-taking ceremony. The oath was administered by Mr. Kalpraj Mehta. The new office-bearers of the Club were invited on stage and were administered the oath. Mr. Mehta congratulated the newly installed office-bearers of the Club which was followed by a short speech of praise for the work done by the fellow student members of the Club, the Staff-Coordinators of the Club, and Father Benny and Dr. Yvonne Fernandes, the Principal of the College for undertaking such a noble cause.

The speech was followed by Dr. Bhanuben’s inspirational address to the audience sharing honourable Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s wisdom. Yet another speech by Mrs. Ratna Desai enlightened the audience by imparting the basic principles by which one’s life should be lived. Following this was a motivating and encouraging speech by Aarsh Panchmatiya, the President of the Rotaract Club, talking about Will and Courage which must drive forward each rotarian in his journey to bring out a change in the society.

The event was concluded by a vote of thanks delivered by Bless Abraham, a fellow student member of the Club. It was indeed a memorable day graced by the presence of several eminent personalities.

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