Lions Club of Sydney Indian celebrated its First Anniversary on Friday 8th April, 2016 in Thousand Spices Indian Restaurant at Homebush, NSW. The event was attended by members of the club, District Governor Mr Elvio Munzone, Past District Governor Mr Nigel Jenny, past Council Chair Mr Warren Latham, President Parramatta Lions, Mr Jon Cops and guiding lions Mr Thillai Nadesan and Ms Jane Li, distinguished VIP guests and media.
The achievements of the club for the year were presented by Mr Anuj Gupta (Club Secretary), Ms Anne Kalra (Public Relations Officer) and Dr Rohitas Batta (President of the club).
The sponsors for this event, Kaden Borris: Legal and Business Strategists; First National Real Estate, Blacktown and Embroid Me Blacktown were thanked for their support.
Ms Kalra invited The President of the Lions Club of Sydney Indian, Dr Rohitas Batta and all Board members on the stage and the members were introduced to the gathering.
DG Elvio and the Team celebrated the event by cutting the First Anniversary cake. Dr Batta provided a power point presentation of the history of creation of the Lions Club of Sydney Indians from formation, the charter night of the club in NSW Parliament on 8th April, 2015 and future projects. Dr Batta highlighted the outstanding work done by the club during one year.
The DG Elvio Munzone inducted two new members into the Club (Mr. Padmanabhan Karamil and Mr.Kevin Pagaddinnimath).
Lions Club of Sydney Indian team has worked hard during last year and undertook some projects to assist members of the community. The club has organised by itself and also participated and partnered with activities organised by other Lions Clubs and community organisations. Some of the major projects undertaken were:
- Collection of used glasses and sunglasses was started by the club. Boxes have been prepared and being sent to the Lions Recycle Center in Queensland. The DG has flagged off few boxes during the Anniversary celebrations.
- The Lions club has partnered with UIA in the White Ribbon Day event at Coronation Club, Burwood for creating an awareness for Domestic Violence, collecting donations for Chennai Flood Victims and also for Fiji floods.
- Lions Club and TAA have organised a talk on Diabetes Awareness. Presentations were by Dr Roza Sage from NSW Diabetes and Dr Sunder, a renowned medical practitioner.
- Recently Lions Club of Sydney Indian organised reception dinner along with PIP Barry Palmer and DG Elvio Munzone for the visiting IVP Naresh Aggarwal and Lady Lion Navita Aggarwal.
- Two Twinning Agreements have been signed with Indian Lions Clubs and follow ups are planned to help the disadvantaged sections of society.
The evening was closed by a vote of thanks by Dr Rohitas Batta. The organisers thanked all the sponsors for this event, VIP guests, media and attendees. Dr Batta shared the theme of the club: Dignity, Harmony and Humanity