The annual summit of the South East Asia Rotaract Information Centre Multi District Information Organisation (SEARIC MDIO) brings together Rotaractors from across countries to promote and celebrate Rotaract under a global banner. The two-and-half-day of learning has several interactive sessions along with fun activities. This year it was hosted by Rotaract Club of Ramnagar, D 3110, at the Jim Corbett National Park in Nainital, Uttarakhand.
The summit opened to the beats of dhol and a colourful cultural performance by Rotaractors of District 3291. DG Arun Jain was the chief guest. Host DRR Vaibhav Birla welcomed the delegates and updated them on the year’s Rotaract activities that helped transform lives in many ways. Past DRRs Rohan Dalmia and Shubham Agarwal felicitated Rotaractors for the successful mega blood donation campaign done under the banner — Mahadan 3.0.
Shubham Agarwal was installed as president of the SEARIC MDIO for 2018–19, along with his council of members under the banner ‘Team Infinity Stars’. Agarwal listed out the various initiatives for the next year that included the Green Hands Project, Rotaract Help Desk, Global Rotaract Academy and Earnternship.
Rotaractors from different districts presented their cultural performances and the DRRs made their district presentation.
The second day was filled with training sessions, team building activities and motivational workshops. PDRRs Shiphon Ahmed, Shrijita Neogy, Rohan Damia, Kaustuv Ghosh and DRR Khushal Shah were the resource persons. PDRR Srijita Neogy was elected SEARIC President for 2019–2020 and Rotaract District 3262 won the bid to host the South Asia Summit 2019 at Puri.
After various business sessions, it was time to unwind. Mesmerising performances from Rotaractors of various districts, talent hunt programme, and a fashion show vied with each other, with the highlight being the crowning of the Mr and Miss Summit. Shantanu Agarwal and Amisha Budhiraja donned the respective crowns.
It was curtains down after the awards ceremony and a spectacular Raas Lila performance by a group from Vrindavan. Over 200 Rotaractors and Rotarians from 22 RI Districts across India, Nepal and Bangladesh renewed their friendship and made new connections at the summit.
(The writer is past DRR of D 3150 and member of RC Muzaffarpur)