A glittering celebration

A glittering celebration

Lions Club of Bangalore Host recently organised its diamond jubilee and 60th charter celebrations at Hotel Radisson Blu (Atria). The glittering occasion was attended by a number of Lions and their families.

The chief guest on the occasion was Lion Vijay Kumar Raju, international director 2016-18.  The guests of honour were Lion V V Krishna Reddy, past international director; Lion M Anil Kumar, district governor 2016-17; Lion N S Sankar, international director 2014-16 and Lion Agnelo Alcasoas, multiple council chairperson MD 317.

The event began with a dance performance by odissi danseuse Sharmila Mukherjee. The club’s flag was brought to the dais by Lion Alka Shah, president 2016-17; Sharmi Savani, secretary and Krishna Udani, treasurer.

Homage was also paid to past district governor Lion O R Pandurang who passed away recently. The highlights of the evening were the inauguration of Legacy 3 Project — Jakkur Government Primary School, release of the club’s souvenir and pin as part of the diamond jubilee celebrations and honouring of past presidents.

On the occasion, 10 wheelchairs were also donated to the needy while Rs 10,000 was given towards limb donation and Rs 18,000 were donated for dialysis treatment.

President Alka Shah said that it was a rare occasion and a privilege for her to be the president of the club when it is in its 60th year. “It is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I have grown both emotionally and socially ever since I took leadership of the golden jubilee committee. ‘Plan for your work and work for your plan’ — this is what the club stands for,” she said.

She highlighted that various initiatives have already been undertaken for 2016-17 including ‘anna dana’, contributions to Akshaya Patra, cleft lip correction and blood donation drives. She added that the club is also actively working in the area of youth empowerment.

Sanjay Udani, chairman of the diamond jubilee organising committee, expressed, “Ours is the first Lions Club in South India that’s celebrating its diamond jubilee. I started as a young Leo 32 years back when I was in college. During our earlier days, the service activities were very simple. Now they have assumed a larger form, where you really need to do something big and substantial to bring about change, something that uplifts the entire community.”

Chief guest V V Krishna Reddy mentioned in his speech that the focus of the Lions has shifted from ‘sight first’ to elimination of the deadly disease ‘diabetes’ which is the root cause of many other ailments.

Captain Siva Subramanyam, secretary of the diamond jubilee organising committee, was grateful for the members’ support.

 “The journey of 60 years of our Lions Club has been made possible only because our members truly believe in selfless service and its ensuing joy as also the immense fellowship that we enjoy which is central to our togetherness in all these years.

Education merits first place in our service as we believe that an educated child will better his/ her life as also the quality of the society,” he said. The event came to a close with the singing of the National Anthem followed by fellowship and dinner.
DHNS

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