Our Club received 'Gold' award at the District Awards ceremony held last week, and haul of more than 25 awards for exemplary performance (including for outstanding bulletin and website) during the Rotary year 2020-21. Pictured here, PDG Natarajan Nagoji, First Lady Suneetha Sujeesh, IPP A N Sujeesh and Membership Chair Magdoom Mohamed with the plaques and trophies received. A well deserved recongition for our work despite the pandemic. Way to go.

Annettes of our Club won accolades at the recently held District Annettes Council (DAC) Awards 2021 for the Rotary 2020-2021. Annette Joseph Boaz won 'Lead Helping Hand Award', Annette Akansha Khatare won 'Zealous Annette Award' and the Annette Club won 'Silver' for 'Outstanding Club Project'. Last Rotary year, our annettes had organsied 'Tale of the District', inter-club short story competition, Inter-Club Tambola among the several programmes and were deservingly recognised for their work. Well done Annettes.

Rtn. Renjith Joseph was installed as the 61st President of our Club at the virtual meeting held over Zoom yesterday, 29 June 2021. Rtn. Renjit is an engineer by profession and classied in Rotary as 'Industrial Product - Sales' businessman. He runs his own business, Vision Engineering Pvt. Ltd. He joined our Club in the year 1998 and waited for long to become our President. Rtn. V S Jothilakshmi took over as the Secretary of the Club and Rtn. Sibi Rajan as the Treasurer. Here is wishing our incoming team all the very best.

Female members from our Club, the 'Power Ladies of South', Shyamala Jayaprakash, Janaki Raman, Chitra Elumperiyar and their friend Sowmya participated in the 'All Women's Car Rally' organised by the Rotary District 3232 Partners Committee. They won the 'second runner up' position in the rally, out of the more than 50 teams that participated. Well done the power ladies.

Rtn. Paddy Sharma from our global grant partner Club, Rotary Club of Lake Spivey Clayton County, USA and her spouse Rtn. Sharma visited our Club yesterday, 23 Feb'21, during our weekly meeting, and was presented a Club flag as a mark of friendship. Rtn. Paddy also addressed us briefly and said their Club is ready for the next global grant project with us.

What is common between inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of United States of America (POTUS) and the 62st official visit of Rotary Governor to our Rotary Club of Madras South? Both the events made to the history books at the same time, though the dates differed, the different time zones helped enrich the history. Yes, Distrit Governor Muthu Palaniappan visited our Club to review the activities of the Club thus far and to give his views and ideas. In the function attended by less than 25 members due to the conrona pandemic, and all adhering to strict social distancing protocols, the members first interacted with the Governor on one-to-one basis and followed it with a formal function to commemorate the visit. DG Muthu Palaniappan had words of praise for the Club for its various activities, particularly project Revive, despite the pandemic, but urged to do more in terms of contribution to the Rotary Foundation. He said he believed in the collective strength of Southerners to do much more in the second half of the Rotary year. He also highligted the efforts of the District to increase the contribution to the Rotary Foundation and the novel way of starting 'eye' vision centres under the project 'Orange' supported by the Foundation. Earlier President Sujeesh welcomed the gathering and Secretary Balachander presented the Secretary's report highlighting the various activities of the Club. Assistant Secretary Sibi Rajan offered the vote of thanks. The meeting ended with fellowship and dinner.