Hasan S Mejie,a businessman who had substantial contracts in Iraq during Saddam Husseins regime,took over as 56th president of the Rotary Club of Chandigarh in a meeting on Monday. He takes over from Vivek Gupta. While expressing his commitment to carry forward the clubs trademark community service projects,Mejie said that he has planned some strategic programmes and events that will involve the youth. Among its community service initiatives include the Heartline Project which arranged for free congenital heart surgeries for 461 people with the help of the partner hospitals – PGIMER and Fortis.
To enhance the clubs image and double contribution to the Rotary foundation,Mejie presented the projects for the fiscal 2013-14. It includes the Rotary Magic Fountain project,which will be a gift to Chandigarh to commemorate polio eradication; the Hole in the Wall project which will be a pamphlet dispenser for health education and club project publicity; a Mega Tree Plantation which includes planting of trees in Sukhna catchment area to ease monkey menace as well as serve ecology issues of Sukhna Lake. The project intends to adopt a roundabout in the city to maintain it accordingly,while it also plans to hold an outdoor youth leadership training camp at Kufri.
The Big Wheel,a trailer mounted Rotary wheel,has been developed as a Public Relations project. It will go a long way toward enhancing Rotarys public image and awareness, Mejie said.
He added that the club will raise funds through food festivals,city planned events and through endowment funds aimed at senior citizens who wish to leave a part of their estate as a corpus fund with Chandigarh Rotary Club service trust to be used for a cause close to their heart.