More than 2,000 Rotaractors from RID 3232 took part in the annual district Rotaract Assembly — Mass: Mark A Success Story — held in Chennai and enjoyed a range of brainstorming sessions, fun and lively interactions.
DG G Chandramohan and PDG ISAK Nazar addressed the gathering with inspiring speeches. A galaxy of speakers including Rtns Joseph Raja and Devendran briefed the youth about their roles and responsibilities and how they can shape up as active Rotarians in the near future. DGE S Muthupalaniappan was the chief guest at the valedictory session.
Earlier in July, a workshop titled Transformers was organised for Rotaract club secretaries of the district. Deepak Chandrasekhar, a past Rotaractor, made a video presentation on the roles and responsibilities of a club secretary and in another session, a briefing on Report Submission Format to the district on a monthly basis was explained by Rtr R Akshaya, District Secretary. She gave a demo on how to upload a project report in the district website.
Mersal, a cultural fair
A slew of on-stage and off-stage events was organised as part of efforts to showcase the myriad talent of Rotaractors. “Mersal opened up a platform for youth to exhibit their diverse skills in front of 4,000 Rotaractors. RAC Ethiraj College for Women bagged the winner trophy, while the runner-up trophy was given to RAC Chennai,” said DRR A Senthil Mani.
Grooming public speakers
A novel platform called Unscripted served to present various talent of Rotaractors such as public speaking, solo acting and other stage shows in front of a large gathering.“This event gave an opportunity for Rotaractors to perform in front of a crowd without being judged by anyone so that they gain confidence and learn from their mistakes. Unscripted is an initiative to pull out the hidden talent and nurture them to make Rotaractors shape up their career over time,” explained Mani.
With the help of RC Ambattur, the District Rotaract organised a Thinnai Palli (verandah school) at the Rotary Hospital at the Ambattur Industrial Estate, near Chennai. “The initiative aimed to train Rotaractors to become motivational speakers in schools and thus reduce dropouts,” said the DRR. Social activist Dr Rajini Sriraman, Rtn Mythili Muralidharan and Rtr Lenin Mani inspired the Rotaractors with their address. A training workshop for district avenue directors and sergeants-at-arms was held at the Stella Maris College to equip Rotaractors on their responsibilities and brief them on how they could stage various events that nurture fellowship among them. Multiple sessions had speakers who explained to Rotaractors the various avenues of service in a programme titled Expecto Patronum which had over 200 delegates.