With the spirit of transforming lives, Rotarians came together to celebrate the power of networking at Rotary Mean Business Connect 2020 on September 20
With the motto ‘Service Above Self’, Rotary has evolved into one of the largest service organisations in the world with over 1.2 Million Members across the world. Providing service programs at both community and international levels such as health care needs, hunger and poverty, illiteracy, disaster relief, and environmental clean ups, members experience the fulfilment that comes from giving back to the community.
This social group has been transforming lives over the years, going that extra mile to innovate, inspire and enrich people around. Rotary Means Business (RMB), a fellowship wing of Rotary International, inspires Rotarians to support the success of fellow members by engaging in business with each other, and by referring suitable people to them. RMB meetings come with an array of opportunities that yield benefits beyond socialisation. The goal is to facilitate networking through the right connections, enhance fellow-feeling and inspire dialogues-all essential for sustainable, trusted business bonds.
To highlight the success of the club and to attract young new members, the Economic Times in collaboration with the Rotary Means Business organised a digital conference on September 20, 2020. Moderated by Kanak Jain, RMB Fellowship International director. the conference started with the launching of the Rotarians in Business magazine where detailed portfolio and achievements of the members were scripted. The webinar was graced by Shekhar Mehta, Rotary International President 2021-22 as a chief guest, Karen Jacobsen, the GPS Girl as key note speaker, Mark Burchill, International chair, RMB and Sudip Mukherjee, district governor, RID 3291 as a guest of honour. RMB Kolkata President Manoj Jain welcomed the members along with Sunny Kollannur, Secretary and Rakesh Ghosh Treasurer and Sourabh Khemani VP RMB Kolkata Chapter.
Speaking on RMB as the biggest opportunity in Rotary now and in the coming years, Kanak Jain confirmed that doing business with fellow Rotarians will ensure hundred years of trust. “In this competitive world we have two ways to do business — either you become very big or you get merged with the big. If there is a possibility of a third way, it is through business networking. Rotary means business networking is one of the best platform to do business networking all across the world” he added.
For getting more of what you want in business and life, Karen Jacobson shared five directions for recalculating process — notice if you are off route, be willing to change direction, clarify your destination, embrace the steering wheel and accelerate.” She also shared how to effectively navigate change, drive results and to recalibrate when things do not go as planned.
Congratulating the dedicated group of rotarians who worked so hard to make this event, Mark Burchill stated that as of today RMB has 104 chapters. “We began in USA, spread to Australia, then America and Europe and finally to Asia. Kolkata was the second Indian chapter to join 8 months after Coimbatore chapter, and currently the growth of RMB here in India is astounding,” he added.
“Rotary in India has completed 100 years this year with a membership of 1,60,000. In membership growth, donations and community service projects, Rotary has always taken pride in its core values — the central one being integrity — which has become the cornerstone of business practices for Rotarians when dealing with each other and non-Rotarians,” shared Shekhar Mehta. Rotarians run more than 100 schools and an equal number of hospitals and clinics. “Tens of thousands of rural toilets have been built by Rotary, contributing to Swachh Bharat. Each year, Rotary clubs across India do heart surgeries for thousands of little children. Their education program covers the length and breadth of the country. During the corona pandemic, Rotary contributed Rs 105 crore to the PM Care Fund and undertook welfare projects worth over Rs 90 crore, making it a total of Rs 200 crore. Mankind is their business and their product is service,” stated Mehta.
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