One of his primary goals as DRR is to motivate the ‘inactive and non-recognised’ Rotaract clubs in RID 3020 to upload their projects and information on the RI portal, My Rotary (www.rotary.org) so that “everyone can appreciate our multifaceted work and community initiatives we are doing for years,” says Venkata Gowtham Kalla. Out of the total 55 clubs, only 30 have registered on the Rotary website. “We have applied for re-chartering with RI for the rest of the 25 clubs. Though they have done some good, impactful projects, due to non-reporting on the website, these clubs are taken off the parent roster,” he states.
On a positive note, Gowtham says his district Rotaract team is hopeful of adding at least 15 new clubs this Rotary year. Around 2,000 Rotaractors in the district are involved in Project Praanam (Life), a mega blood donation campaign that aims to collect 3,020 units of blood. “Already we have collected over 600 units of blood, thanks to generous donors consisting of youth, students, Rotaractors and Rotarians. Clubs partner with the Rotary blood banks or any such facility in their localities to hold camps through the year.”
Project Success Wings holds regular workshops on personality development and communication skills for Rotaractors. But the key component of this project is grooming the students of government schools for a bright future through career development, time management, and ‘how to face exam stress’ workshops. “Our workshops have so far reached out to 5,000 students out of the targeted 20,000 beneficiaries,” he says.
Gowtham and his team are planning to host a four-day multidistrict RYLA either in Visakhapatnam or Araku Valley, near the port city, by the second week of November. “We have designed the RYLA project with a budget estimate of ₹15 lakh, which was made possible with generous sponsors, our well-wishers and contributions from Rotarians. Following this, we had discussions with our DG Rama Rao, district Rotaract chair TLM Murthy and RYLA chair Jay Krishna,” says Gowtham. Around 100 Rotaractors, 50 delegates from RID 3020 and from other districts, are expected to participate in the RYLA.
A two-day Rota Sports was hosted by RACs Vijayawada Midtown and Rajahmundry River City as part of Sammelanam, district assembly, which was inaugurated by RI Rotaract Committee Chairman Ravi Vadlamani in the presence of DG Rama Rao, IPDG M Satish Babu, DGE Rajasekhar Reddy (RID 3150), DGN Ravuri Subba Rao, PDGs Veerabhadra Reddy (training officer) and M V Prasad. It was a fun-filled sporting event with around 350 Rotaractors from over 80 per cent of district clubs taking part in a range of games. “After staying indoors due to the pandemic, the games offered us an opportunity to interact and know about fellow Rotaractors from our district. We also shared notes on events and projects which we will be doing soon,” he says. Trophies were given to the winners.
A monthly Rotaract journal titled Mad Mag is being published with a theme line: Make a difference (MAD) to share projects and juicy anecdotes among Rotaractors. With an aim to create goodwill and promote fellowship, “we have sent creative gifts to 40 DRRs who were pleasantly surprised by our gesture. Shortly, we will be delivering similar gift articles to 77 Rotary club presidents in our district. This will build a good image for us among Rotarians.”
The district Rotaractors have brought out a RID 3020 directory as handy tool for Rotarians and clubs to interact with each other and open up an effective communication channel between Rotaract and Rotary.