Rotary E-Club Of District 3150, was one among the 5 Rotary Clubs in India out of total 60 Breakout sessions approved and scheduled by Rotary International for this Conference. Rotary E-Club presented a break-out session on "We Walk With Youth" in this Rotary International Convention for 90 Minutes starting at 12-30 pm [ Bangkok Time ie., +7:00 GMT ] on Wednesday, the 9th May, 2012 at Sapphire 109, IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center -the venue for more than 32,000 delegates who descended for this Annual conference.
Getting Ready: Panelists [ Left to Right ] Rtr. Thansen, Rtn Sam, Rtn Suryanarayana and Rtn Raavi
at entrance of Breakout session hall.
RI Convention program book in page number 39 given details and description and objective about our breakout session as follows:
"Rotary clubs can connect with youth by sponsoring Interact or Rotaract clubs, organizing a Rotary Community Corps, or developing a signature project to enhance the self-esteem of a community's young people. Through their mission — We Must Walk with Youth by Empowering & Encouraging New Generations — panelists from India's first Web-based club, the Rotary E-Club of District 3150, will share how working with youth can bring new energy, inspire fresh ideas for service, increase support to projects, and spread awareness of Rotary in the community."
Promotional Book Marks distributed to the delegates and Posters displayed in House Of Friendship Message Boards & Booths at the Conference venuw brought more visibility to this breakout session.
The Panelists were: Rtn Suryanarayana SV [ Moderator ], Rtn Sambasiva Rao Patibandla, Past District Governor (2006-07) RID 3150 [ in place of Rtn PDG Dr Vijendra Rao who could not attend Conference] , Rtn Raavi Sreenivasa Rao - President, Rotary Club Of Hyderabad East [ in place of Rtn TVR Murthy, DGE who fell ill ] and Rtr. Thansen, President – Rotaract South Asia and Past DRR from our Rotaract District 3150.
The panel discussion was initiated by Rtn Suryanarayana who explained how and why New Generations, Rotary’s newest Avenue of Service, matters to Rotary and is critical to Rotary club’s success. The intended participants who were Rotarians particularly those already involved with or willing to associate with organizing Interact Club, Rotaract Club and Rotary Community Corps could take a look at finer points of panel discussion to carry useful message to their home Club.
Rtr. Thansen who made his presentation on We Are With You(th) emphasized the need of Rotarians to involve Rotaractors in their meetings and projects and help Rotaractors in their professional development.
While making a presentation on Youth & Community Service, Rtn Sam focussed discussion on empowering & encouraging youth in Polio eradication initiatives made the attendees start thinking how to give equal importance to new generations in Rotary’s community projects that benefit the Club as well as Members.
Rtn Raavi Sreenivas Rao who spoke about The Generation Next, talked about involving Rotaractors & Interactors in leveraging mobile phone technology for literacy programs and rise to the call of RI President Kalyan Banerjee to make South East Asia 100% literate by the year 2017. He has mentioned that Rotary Club Of Hyderabad East for example would be planning to mount an expedition in January 2013 to cover all 31 Rotary Districts in India to spread the Total Literacy Mission message and showcase a workable model.
A good number of attendee Rotarians, Rotaractors and Youth Exchange students who attend this session got convinced that with the experience they would gain through the Rotary-sponsored programs, make exceptional future Rotarians and may bring change in the outlook of Rotary.
The Questions & Answers by the participants & panelists at the end of the session was lively. This was only Breakout session in RI conference that got honor of providing live webcast to the session proceedings by Rotary E-Club for those who could not get a chance to attend the Rotary International Conference.
Ms Norah Webster, Program Development Specialist, International Meetings, Rotary International and other staff of RI must be complimented for extending best logistics at the venue including allotting time for rehearsal for the session. Our special thanks to Rtn Raghava, President of Rotary Club Of Secunderabad West for assisting during the session right from taking details of attendees to clicking photos.
In all it was a life enriching experience for Rotary E-Club in conducting this breakout session in Rotary International Conference.
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