Shekhar Mehta: Why I am a Rotarian
On 6th August, The Rotary Club of Lang’ata held a momentous fellowship graced by Rotary International President Elect Shekhar Mehta and other Rotarians from clubs worldwide. Guests included trustees, governors-elect numerous past and present presidents, totalling over 400 guests from more than 20 countries.
PE Mehta announced that he would coordinate free heart surgeries for children through Rotary Clubs in Kenya and Africa at large. He challenged the Clubs to partner with the airlines to facilitate their airfares.
His Rotary story began when his friend asked him to join Rotary at the tender age of 25 years. Coming from a family of Lions, his father suggested that he joins Rotary to have another experience. He was drawn to Rotary due to the core values. He reiterated the importance of having a balance sheet of life where all that we have received from the world is balanced against what we have given to the community around us.
“Most times what we receive outweighs what we give thus Rotary offers the opportunity to increase our acts of service,” he said.
His key vision for Rotary is increasing the membership by 100,000 from 1.2 million members to 1.3 members by the time his tenure lapses. Membership growth is everyone’s business; and each Rotarian was urged to bring just one member to their clubs. His talk brought about the ROBO initiative of Reach one Bring One.