No : 29 / 2007-08 (4 Pages) Re. 1/- February 19th, 2008
Excerpts from the speech by Mr. M. B. Nirmal
He said that India will be badly affected as the
Climatic change will affect ecological and socio
economic systems, which are, as it is under
stress, due to rapid urbanization,
Industrialization and economic development.
With its huge and growing population, a 7500
km. long densely populated low-lying-coastline
and an economy that is closely tied to its natural
resource base, India will be vulnerable to the
impact of Global Warming caused by man, as
The speaker started by explaining about well as, by nature.
Global Warming. Consequences of Global Warming
Global Warming, he said, is the most serious The Global Warming is responsible for :
threat facing our planet today which is due to a) the drastic increase in the
the Green House Effect. The Green House atmospheric temperature resulting in
Effect, he said, is a result of the emissions of Contd. on Page 2
green house gases like Carbon-di-oxide,
Hydro Carbons, Chloro Fluro Carbons,
About the speaker......
Methane, Nitrous Oxide, Carbon Monoxide, Mr. M. B. Nirmal is a Senior Banker turned
etc., by automobiles, thermal power plants, Environmentalist, the founder of what‘s now
industries and other sources. The Sun makes internationally recognized as Exnora. The
speaker is a very staunch social activist & social
Luncheon Meeting the globe warmer. The emissions caused by
at 1.00 p.m. worker, who conceptualized the Waste
on Tuesday, automobiles and industries form a gas blanket Management technique for the first time in Tamil
26th February 2008 over the earth, traps a part of the Sun’s heat, Nadu in the 90’s and brought about awareness
at Ball Room, among people on their civic responsibilities.
Hotel Taj Connemara thereby causing global warming.
Recognised by media, government and by all
The increase of carbon content in the other voluntary agencies, the speaker is very
Mr. T. S. Krishnamurthy
Former Chief Election atmosphere, due to this excessive use of fossil passionate in uplifting the community. The
Commissioner fuels, makes the situation more serious, Hindu once wrote that ‘Mr. Nirmal’s optimism is
Subject : infectious’.
thereby catastrophe to await at our door steps.
“The State of Democracy in
India” Scientists & environmentalists across the Mr. M. B. Nirmal has been conferred with many
awards from the TN Govt, Rotary Clubs, United
world, unanimously confirm that the situation
States Environmental Partnership (USAEP) and
is quite alarming and sufficient to cause mass from a host of public & private organizations.
Continuation from Page 1
100 PERCENTERS - JULY TO DECEMBER - 2007
speeding up the melting of glaciers, ice caps and ice
mountains; Rtn. ADITYA AGARWAL
b) This melting of ice caps in turn cause the rise in the sea Rtn. BENJAMIN CHERIAN R.
Rtn. CHRISTOPHER DEVAPRAGASAM
Rtn. Dr. CHANDRASEKHAR
c) As a result, the coastal areas will get flooded and cease to Rtn. Pres. Elect. P. S. GOVINDACHARI
exist or the land will become saline; Rtn. Dr. H. GANAPATHY
d) Heat waves will take a heavy toll on human, animal, sea & Rtn. HEMANT CHORDIA
plant life; Rtn. President INDRA SUBRAMANYAM
Rtn. KAMAL KISHORE CHADDA
e) Heat waves will cause heat related epidemics & also cause
Rtn. MAHENDRA J. AHLUWALIA
forest fires leading to the extinction of certain species & Rtn. V. V. MOHINDRA
their habitats; Rtn. MUKUND SUBRAMANIAN
f) Drought will be yet another consequence; Rtn. A. NAMASIVAYAM
g) Barren lands will increase sizably and engulfed by sea; Rtn. U. P. PRAKASHAM
Rtn. PRASANNA SHENOY
h) Cyclones, hurricanes, tornados etc., will become more Rtn. RAJENDRAN SABANAYAGAM
furious, stronger, violent & volatile than before, due to Rtn. Dr. S. RAMACHANDRAN
atmosphere getting charged by the seas which may Rtn. Dr. V. RAMASUBRAMANIAN
become warmer; Rtn. C. N. RAMDAS, I.A.S.(Retd.)
Rtn. RAMJEI NARASIMHAN
All these will result in loss of lives and making millions of
Rtn. NATHELLA RANGANATHA GUPTA
environmental refugees resulting in civil wars. Rtn. Secretary SHIBU ISAAC
Arresting Global Warming Rtn. Dr. P.V. SRINATH YESHWANTH
He said that until and unless the carbon in the atmosphere is Rtn. N. SUBRAMANIAN
Rtn. THOMAS PHILIP
balanced, Global Warming will escalate into a catastrophe beyond
Rtn. G. M. UDAYANARAYAN
control. So, he said, we have to take small steps to further the Rtn. A. S. VENKHAT RAMANI
cause of environmental protection, as most of these problems can Rtn. C. R. VAITHEESWARAN
be contained by using a ‘magic wand’, its name being ‘Home
Exnora’, as he feels that the Global problem can be tackled by HAPPY BIRTHDAY
everyone at their home, vehicle & work place.
Rtn. Archana Sanjay Feb. 22nd
‘Cool the globe’ presentations were made by the speaker with a Rtn. L. Gopinath Feb. 23rd
request to implement these principles in their respective homes. Many more happy returns of the day
He wished all to join in this ‘earth saving crusade’. According to WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
the speaker, His slogan ‘Cool the Globe’ action begins at home, Rtn. Ravee Malhotra & Ann Meenakshi Feb. 19th
continues in one’s vehicle and culminates in one’s work place/ Rtn. M. V. Ananthakrishna & Ann Padma Feb. 21st
educational institution etc., Rtn. Mukund Subramanian & Ann Gayathri Feb. 24th
Wishing them many more years of happy togetherness
The first step is to tell yourself ‘all good things begin with me at my
A power point presentation was made, showing how to transform
Rtn. L. Gopinath Rs. 501/-
your abode into a complete, pollution free, hygienic and healthy Rtn. Ravee Malhotra Rs. 1000/-
home, with illustrations, followed by simple solutions. Rtn. Mukund Subramanian Rs. 501/-
He insisted that we all adopt the three ‘R’s, Reduce, Reuse & Thank you Rotarians for your continued generosity
Recycle in our attempt to control waste & manage energy better.
The speaker explained with an example, the normal use of a
The Board at its meeting held on 18th February 2008 accepted
Filament bulb, which is anti environment, as it is less efficient as
with regret the resignations of the following members :
when compared to that of a LED bulb.
Rtn. Sabina Narayan
The speaker requested RCM’s members to fight against Global Rtn. Ajit Singh
Warming by switching off their lights from 7.00 p.m – 8.00 p.m on Rtn. T. Ramakrishnan
1st May’08, to create an awareness about various environmental Rtn. Shibu Isaac
hazards, caused due to every day human activities.
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A Matter of Minutes - 19th February 2008
additional nutritional supplement to the schools. He said that
Rtn. R. K. Jhaver had also come forward to provide biscuits. All the
three Rotarians were specifically acknowledged for their support.
Rtn. PP. Shivkumar invited all members of RCM to his son’s
wedding reception on 27th Feb’08 at MRC Kalyana Mandapam,
Santhome from 7.00 p.m. Individual invitations, he said, were
being sent to all members.
The President thanked Rtn. IPP. Ravi Katari, Rtns. Alok Bhargava,
Hemant Chordia, P. N. Mohan, PP. Vergese Chummar, PE. P. S.
Govindachari for their contribution for the success of the golf
tournament and also appreciated Rtns’ Abhay Mehta, Shankar
Sundaram, Gowri Shankar, Anand Rengaswamy, Shibu Isaac for
Rtn. Nalini Radhakrishnan collared President Indra Subramanyam, their involvement & contribution.
who called the meeting of Rotary Club of Madras to order, followed Rtn. IPP. Ravi Katari
by a silent invocation. spoke on the golf
The minutes of the 12th Feb’08 meeting was duly confirmed. tournament which he
said, was in its
The President welcomed the guest speaker Mr. M. B. Nirmal, second year and has
Founder, President of Exnora and presented a memento on behalf acheived a modest
of the club. profit which, would go
The President welcomed visiting Rotarians, Probus club members towards fund raising.
& guests. The President
The President extended Birthday wishes & Wedding Anniversary presented the
greetings to the respective Rotarians. winner, Rtn. Hemant Chordia, with the Jhaver Rolling Trophy and
a Golf set in the presence of Rtn. Jhaver, the donor of the Jhaver
The President thanked Rtn. Pratap Kumar for their family Rolling Trophy.
charities’ annual donation of Rs. 42,000/- to RCM.
Rtn. IPP. Ravi Katari said that the RCM Corporate Golf event has
The President informed that Rtn. G. Olivannan (RC. Madras West) been finalized and is being scheduled to be held on 15th March’08,
had been elected as Governor of District 3230 for the year in Chennai.
Rtn. Hemant thanked RCM and Rtns. Alok Bhargava & Natraj
During Rtn. IPDG. J. B. Kamdar’s period, as District Chairman Ramaiah for motivating him in the Golf game, which won him the
Membership development, Rtn. G. Olivannan placed our District, trophy and the golf set. He offered the golf set to the Rotarian
as the No.1 District in Membership Development in the entire golfers, those who need a golf set, to feel free to pick it from him.
Rotary world. The President congratulated Rtn. G. Olivannan on
behalf of RCM. Rtn. Bhuvana Venkat, PE of RC. Toronto, Canada conveyed her
club’s greetings to the President & members of RCM and expressed
The President said that the Interact Club of Chintadaripet higher interest in working with RCM, the coming year.
secondary school, the oldest Interact club amongst our 27 Interact
clubs which would be celebrating its 163rd anniversary next week. Rtn. Shibu Isaac, Secretary said that the Speaker for the next
week’s meeting on 26th Feb. at Taj Connemara at 1.00 p.m, would
Rtn. Kamal Chadda said there were requests from Corporation be Mr. T. S. Krishnamurthy, Former Chief Election Commissioner,
schools to conduct medical camps. He requested additional with the subject being ‘The state of Democracy in India’.
nutrition for the children, as they stay back during February/March
in the school, after school hours, in order to prepare for their exams. Rtn. Nandita Krishnan introduced the speaker of the day
He thanked our Rotarians for such an overwhelming response Mr. M. B. Nirmal, Founder, President of Exnora who spoke on
and Rtns. Mukund Subramanian for providing 200 large boxes of ‘Global Warming’. The speaker Mr. M. B. Nirmal gave an audio
biscuits (each 1800 biscuits) for distribution to the school children. visual presentation on Global Warming and a clean environment.
He also thanked Rtn. G. Ramkumar for providing peanuts as an Contd. on Page 4
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Continuation from Page 3
We were in Coonoor for our
The President said that RCM would only be too happy to associate
first round of golf at the
itself with Exnora, in the near future.
Wellingdon Golf Club.
Rtn. Prasanna Shenoy formally thanked the speaker for his We drove upto Havukkal
interesting and thought provoking speech on Global Warming by, Tea estate owned by our
enlightening RCM’s members on its ill-effects and the simple own Rtn. Anand
solutions available to each of us, to overcome this problem. He Rengaswamy and his
also thanked the speaker for his guidance, on what one could do cousin Jayram. The winner
to contribute for a better environment. that day was a tie with
The meeting was then declared closed. Rtn. Alok and yours truly.
All in all the game on Saturday was truly glorious. There were
GOLF TOURNAMENT prizes for best round, longest drive and furthest from the pin.
7th FEB TO 10th FEB. 2008.
Yours truly had the distinction of leading the pack at the end of
The Second Annual Rotary Club of Madras Inter district, the first day and the furthest from the pin was won by Rtns.
International, multi city, multi club Golf Tournament was held Gowri and Abhay. The wooden spoon on Saturday was also
from 7th Feb to 10th Feb 2008. We had Rotarians down from won by Rtn. Abhay Mehta. The longest drive was won by Rtn.
Sri Lanka namely Brian Lourensz, Heather Lourensz, Rohina Arun Thapar from Sri Lanka and Rtn. Alok Bhargava.
Macan Marker, Mohan Jacob, Arun Thapar and the chief The following morning saw us all on the golf course a bit earlier
motivator of the event namely Natraj Ramaiah. Our Rotarians since we were now going to be joined by some local golfers
included Pres. Rtn Indra Subramanyam, Rtn. Shankar (Shahrukh, Murali, Deepak, Arvin Mehta from Scotland, to
Sundaram, Secy. Capt. Shibu Isaac, IPP. Rtn. Ravi Katari, name a few) from the local Rotary Clubs and keen golfers.
Pres. Elect Rtn. P. S. Govindachari, Rtn. Gowri Shankar, The day was clear and the game was underway. It was an
Rtn. Abhay Mehta, Rtn. Verghese Chummar, Rtn. Jhaver, absorbing tussle which saw the lead being challenged by a
Rtn. Nalini Radhakrishnan, the driving force of the tournament strong round from Rtn. Alok Bhargava and Pres. Elect Rtn.
Rtn. Alok Bhargava and yours truly. We had several entries in P. S. Govindachari, who was playing the best round he ever
Ooty itself like Rtn. Krishna Kumar (Asst. Gov.), Murali, Deepak, had played. Prizes were awarded for overall longest drive (won
Sharukh, Dr. Anil Mehta from Scotland and a few others. by Rtn. Krishna Kumar from Ooty, and individually in every
The tournament kicked off on 7th Feb. at the Cosmo golf course fourball by Rtns. Abhay Mehta, Pres. Elect P. S. Govindachari),
in Chennai wherein the Rotarian players enjoyed a round to furthest from the pin (won by Rtns. Ronika, Abhay Mehta) and
break ice. The winner of the tournament in Chennai was a tie closest to the pin won by me.
between Rtn. Alok Bhargav, Rtn. Natraj and Pres. Elect Pres. Elect Rtn. P. S. Govindachari, received along with
Rtn. P. S. Govindachari. The winner was to be decided through Rtn. Arun a lovely Swatch watch courtesy The Helvetica and
an exciting event held on 8th Feb. at Havukkal estate in Kotagiri Rtn. Ashok Doshi. The winner of the best gross score was
courtesy Rtn. Anand Rengaswamy. The winner took home a Rtn. Alok Bhargava and runner up was Rtn. Arun Thapar. The
brand new awesome 60 degree chipper sponsored by awards were given out at a tasteful ceremony. The trophies
Rtn. Verghese Chummar. sponsored by Rtn. Abhay Mehta from Mehta Jewellery
endorsed the claim of being the best Rotary golf tournament.
The inspired Sri Lankans promised to hold one such
tournament in Sri Lanka too annually. The wheels of golfing
fellowships have started moving and Rotary clubs should be
hosting many more such events regularly.
The next time around can also win amongst other things, new
friends and memorable moments, and raise funds for a noble
Rtn. Hemant Chordia
Co-Chairman, Fund Raising Committee
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