|ROTARY CLUB OF EMORY-DRUID HILLS CELEBRATE
Text and photo by Upendra Bhatt
Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Emory-Druid Hills for
receiving their charter as a new club from Rotary International
on October 21, 2009. This club is sponsored by Rotary Club of
Lake Spivey and Rotary club of Sandy Spring.
In celebration of their new charter, an eloquent banquet was
held on Thursday, February 4, 2010 at the Holiday Inn Atlanta
Northeast in Doraville. The members of the club were honored to
have the District Governor, Mr. Roy L. Strickland, to present
the charter, make remarks and install the officers.
The evening began with a Social Hour and Past President Reda
Rowell serving as the Mistress of Ceremony. A Slide show
presentation was made by Past President Upendra Bhatt narrating
about various club activities and it really projected a very
strong Rotary Club in the District 6900 with a diverse
membership with very strong international presence.
The program included Dr. Paddy Sharma, President of the Rotary
Club of Emory-Druid Hills, conducting the Call to Order,
introducing the guests and presenting the pins and badges to the
Charter Members. Roger Williams led the Invocation and the
Pledge of Allegiance.
Almost all Past District Governors of Rotary District 6900 were
present when Gov. Roy presented charter. New club appreciated
and thanked the services of Past President Chandler Sharma, Past
District Governors Barry Smith and Past District Governor Bill
Mulkey and honored them with the honorary membership to this
club. In addition, the Dunwoody Sunset, Lake Spivey and Sandy
Springs Rotary Clubs were recognized for presenting gifts to the
new charter club. Asst. Governor joined presenting a toast and
dinner was served.
The Emory-Druid Hills Rotary Club meets Thursdays from 6:30 pm
until 7:30 pm at Saravana Bhavan Restaurant located at 2179
Lawrenceville Hwy, Decatur, GA 30033. Fellow Rotarians and
individuals interested in joining the rotary club are invited to
attend or call Upendra Bhatt at 678-478-2578.
Entertainment was provided by the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta
(YEA.) This talented group of young people has performed for
Jane Fonda, President Carter, Woody Harrelson, Dr. C. T, Vivian
and for the Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the
Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They regularly
perform with companies around the globe and on major stages
across the United States, including a recent trip to China.
The Officers and Directors for this new club are as follows:
OFFICERS: President: Dr. Paddy Sharma; President Elect: Nitin
Shah; President Nominee: Lawrence Sharp, Jr.; Secretary: Past
President Upendra Bhatt; Asst. Secretary: Ganesh Kumar;
Treasurer: Dr. Jayesh Sheth; Asst. Treasurer: Harish Iyer;
Sergeant-at-Arms: Naveen Shroff
DIRECTORS: Nitin Shah; Dr. Pamela Bouie; Farzana Kalvert; Ganesh
Kumar; Chittaranjan Jyotishi; PP Upendra Bhatt and Charity