SI Whitefield, India, was chartered on 9 August 2015 at the Park Plaza Hotel, Bangalore.
The Charter Ceremony was preceded by a Press Conference which was attended by Shreelatha Narayanan, President of SI India as well as other SI India officers and Rachna Gupta the new President of SI Whitefield. They briefed the Reporters from the local Daily “Prajavani” on SI and the SI Clubs in India.
The Charter Ceremony began 6.30 pm, and was extremely well attended. Jenny Vince, SIGBI President, was present on Skype, as were Jean Campbell, SI Scotland North President and some Members of SI Perth, Scotland. The Chief Guest for the evening, Mrs. Dona Fernandes, Founder Member of Vimochana, a Women’s Rights organization and helpline, and Shreelatha Narayanan was the Chartering Officer.
The traditional lighting of the lamp was followed Dr. Seemanthini Desai, MD, a well-known doctor, microbiologist, danseuz, painter and yoga practitioner, who performed an Odissi dance which was well-appreciated by everyone.
After some short speeches, Rachna Gupta was installed as the founder President and presented with the Presidential chain, a gaval and the SI Whitefield sash by the Chartering Officer. Rachna then signed the Charter Certificate before introducing her Team of Office Bearers who were also presented with their badges and sashes.
Lighted candles were given to all club members to be floated in the uruli (a large mouthed pot filled with water, decorated with a string of flowers and a few rose petals floating in the water.
After the recitation of the Pledge and a welcome into the SI fold by the Chartering Officer, a short film on the activities undertaken by SI Whitefield in the past two years were projected onto the screen with a voice over done by Irene Raj, member of the club.
The official website of the club – www.siwhitefield.org – was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Mrs. Dona Fernandes and the audience was requested to visit the website to know more about the club and its activities.
Next was a Project kick off, with a symbolic handing over by PAC Bindu Jestin, of a cheque to Naomi James towards her daughter, Samantha’s school fees and R. Dhatri, towards her B.Sc. first year fees.
The chief guest, Mrs. Dona Fernandes, gave a very inspiring speech on women’s empowerment and the work of Vimochana. After the National Extension Officer delivered the message from the Federation, the Chief Guest released a digitally printed copy of the souvenir. The final printing of the Souvenir would be done soon, incorporating therein the Report of the Charter Event together with some photographs. The Friendship Link Certificate, signed by the President of SI Perth, was then signed by President Rachna Gupta.
Club Secretary, Cecily reiterated the need for women’s empowerment, for which Vimochana and Soroptimists stand for, and President-Elect, Margaret Bonnerjee gave a vote of thanks to everyone who had contributed towards making this function happen, including Mr and Mrs Austin Roach for hosting the event. The programme ended with the Members of SI Whitefield symbolically spreading the light that they had received from SI through this Charter – lit candles were distributed to all, and together, in perfect harmony the song, “This Little Guiding Light of Mine” was sung to the music provided by our friend, Mr. Cosmos Meyers and Member Christine’s son, Rayvin Pinto.
President Rachna and Members of SI Whitefield warmly thank everyone who has helped to put this Charter Ceremony together, all our benefactors, our Advertisers, our Donors and most importantly, our Soroptimist Sisters from India and overseas, whose good wishes were with us for a very successful Charter and thereafter.
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