The annual Rotaract South Asia Summit was organised with great pomp and show in Puri, Odisha, from Sept 21 to 23. This mega event of the South East Asia Rotaract Information Centre (SEARIC) was hosted by Rotaract District 3262, under the Chairmanship of PDRR Puspendu Jena, along with Co-chair PDRR Rtn/Rtr Smrutiranjan Biswal and host DRR Chinmoy Sourav Gayan.
DG Debasish Mishra was the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony and the valedictory event was chaired by DGE Saumya Ranjan Mishra in the presence of District Rotaract Committee Chair Lelin Kumar Pradhan, PDRR Asutosh Rath and SEARIC MDIO President Srijita Neogy.
The first day of the summit began with several business sessions. Sessions like ‘Team Building’ and ‘Ice-breaking’ were taken by PDRR Rath who spoke on team-building; PDRR Srijita spoke on leadership and PR skills; and a session on membership development was presented by PDRR Debasish Sarkar. The evening was vibrant with a DJ Night and Masquerade Party. Rotaractor-turned-Rotarian Pravudutta Subudhi extolled the wonders of Rotary after a life in Rotaract. “A whole new, exciting world awaits you in Rotary, and particularly, if you have served as a Rotaractor, the pleasures are many. You have been initiated to the act of serving humanity as a Rotaractor and now as a Rotarian you will realise that your vision broadens for a larger community. Rotary amazes me every day,” he said.
Rtn Jayashree Mohanty gave a presentation on entrepreneurship. Rota Quiz, beach activity, Mr and Ms Summit, and other cultural programmes filled the entertainment quotient for the delegates who had come from across the country and abroad.
The next Rotaract conference is scheduled to be hosted at Pokhara, Nepal, in Sep 2020. As for the Rotarians and Rotaractors of RID 3262, the event has been a huge success, after the Rotasia Kalinga that was hosted here in 2015.