In a first of kind, our weekly meeting on 19 April was dedicated to learning and understanding issue of gender and inclusiveness. Members of Rotary Club of Madras Elite, a transgers-only Club are invited to address us on the issues facing transgender community. The meeting gave us a bird's eye view of a large issue, which is generally not talked about. Our Programme Chairman Rtn. Madhu brought us another memorable and educative meeting.

Rtn. Jawahar Nichani will lead our Club as the President during the Rotary 2022-23 and the team of office bearers for the upcoming year was elected in a simple election held last week. Past President Rtn. R V Rajan conducted the election as the 'Returning Officer' and as per tradition in our Club, the team was elected unopposed.

Shiela Sriprakash, spouse of our Past President (Late) Sriprakash joined our Club as the newest member yesterday (7 Dec), taking our membership tally to more than 72 this year. Shiela is a renowned and seasoned architect for more than 40 years and often recognised for her urban planning designs. She runs the firm, Shilpa Architects in Chennai. Shiela was accompanied by her grand daughter (in the pic) during the induction as member and Rtn. Shyamala Jayaprakash inducted her as the member. Our guest speaker Mr. Chandu Nair and our President Renjit Joseph are the others in the pic..

Vijay Menon, Financial Services Businessman and Jayshree Singh, Educationist joined us as our new members. Welcome Rtns. Vijay Menon and Jayshree Singh.

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.