The 7th Installation programme of Rotary Club Kohima was held on July 14 at hotel Grandeur Kohima with Rtn Rabinderjit Singh Paneser assistant governor as chief guest
Rtn (Dr) Neisatuo Mero, president delivered the welcome speech and also introduced the Rotarians to the house. Secretary Rtn. Chipeni gave the annual report and highlighted the various activities of the club, while Rtn Tokshe gave a brief profile of the RC Kohima. In his profile he briefed the house on RC Kohima which was chartered on November 22, 2003 with 33 members under the leadership of Rtn Rosemary Dzuvichu.
Out of the many activities, the latest and the flag ship of the Rotary club was the free Cleft lip and cleft palate operation, an ongoing Smile train, project. The project was a joint project of Rotary club of Imphal and RC Kohima, giving smile to disfigured persons.
According to president, Rtn (Er) Shancho Odyuo, so far 65 poor patients have been operated successfully and interested patients with cleft lip and palate have been requested to contact its ex-president, Dr. Kezevituo Keditsu Putuonuo nursing home, near new NST Kohima, any time.
RC Kohima has also completed other water management projects in Chiechama village and 27 wells in 22 villages in Mao villages, and safe drinking water project at Rotary water point near cemetery. The water management projects were sponsored by the American Rotary Clubs, while RC Murietta, California USA, Lake Havasu Arizona and the Rotary foundation the club have been helping the Kohima orphanage in a number of ways, added the release.
The chief guest Rtn R.S Paneser started with the theme “The future of rotary is in your hands”. He appraised the house with various and latest Rotary International (RI) news. He strongly emphasized on RI president’s John Kenny’s words such as the eradication of polio from the world which is the main priority and raising fund to provide resources to finish the crucial job and keep our promise to the world, advancing the recognition and public image of rotary to attract new members, increasing rotary’s capacity to provide service, continued efforts in the area of water, health, hunger, literacy, expanding membership globally in both members and quality where each Rotarians are responsible to bring new members to the club, and emphasizing rotary’s unique vocational service commitments, optimizing leadership talents within RI, fully implementing the strategic planning process to ensure continuity etc.
Meanwhile installation of the new office bearers for the tenure 2009-10 with president, Rtn (Er) Shancho Odyuo, secretary, Rtn (Dr) Viketoulie, IPP, Rtn. Dr Neisatuo Mero, president Elect, Rtn (Dr) Toshevi Keditsu, vice president, Rtn (Dr) Neilavinuo Solo, vice president, Rtn Theja Meru, vice president, Rtn.Vikuo Metha, treasurer, Rtn. Mechimvü. Ritse, Sgt at arms, Rt. Atuo Kapfo, director club services, Rtn. Dr. Kezevituo Keditsu, director community services, Rtn. Kezhokhoto Savi, director vocational, Rtn. Rosemary Dzüvichü and director international, Rtn. Tokishe .Z.
On the first day of the Installation four (4) new Rotarians were inducted, where Rtn. O.P Gupta of Dimapur Rotary club gave a brief on the proceedings and encouraged the new Rotarians to further the ideals of Rotary clubs. The new members inducted by the chief guest Rtn. RS Paneser were Dr. Kedo Punyü, (ENT specialist), Dr. Krisatalie Yhome (anaesthesist), Impa Longkumer (business), and Arepla Shancho (advocate).
The outgoing president also gave away awards to four (4) Rotarians for their outstanding service and thanked the house and all Rotarians for the cooperation and wished the new team a grand success for 2009-10.
The in-coming president thanked the Rotarians for electing him as the club president and requested the house for their support and co-operation. He stressed on the importance of team work and generous giving. He informed the house that there were only 4 countries with polio in the world. Rotary international and all 35, 000 clubs with 1.2 million Rotarians have decided to eradicate polio from the world by 2012. He informed the house that Bill Gates foundation had donated $355 million for Polio and he therefore urged the fellow Rotarians and the house to contribute some more efforts in terms of money, time and talent for this cause.