By Bill Maxwell
District Governor Mukund Nori
Rotary Club of Ridgefield, August 27, 2014
During our last meeting in August, we enjoyed a spirited and enthusiastic talk from our District Governor Mukund Nori. Larry Gardner, our Assistant District Governor and who is no stranger to us, introduced Mukund with extensive detail that exemplifies Mukund as living “service above self” in all that he does each and every day.
Mukund’s call to action for Rotary members included mentoring people and how every dollar impacts our international projects.
He is passionate about mentoring others and Mukund encourages us to “mentor someone as you have always something to give.” Seize opportunities to mentor and he underscores the importance of smiling as it makes you attractive to others and it is contagious. Of course, he emphasized that when you mentor, “be prepared to talk about what Rotary is about.” For Mukund, Rotary is about “it is the most fun in making people happy and helping people in their lives and in making people smile.”
He then discussed the global impact of Rotary projects and he emphasized that one dollar goes a long way in our various initiatives. Mukund encouraged us to think about “a dollar for a lifetime of immunity from polio,” “a dollar for clean water for a family of 10 for a year,” and “a dollar for mosquito netting for a year.” He grounded us all that a dollar can truly make a difference.
Mukund further discussed the role at the Club level and that at the District level and that his goal is to “smooth our way.” He also highlighted upcoming events such as the Rotary Leadership Institute, Council of Presidents, District Day, and UN Day.
Having personally inducted our newest Rotarian, Joe Cleary, Mukund applauded the velocity of our new members. He stated, “9 new members in 7 weeks is absolutely remarkable.”
He closed by encouraging us that “mentoring costs no money” and “that by mentoring, we can all make a difference.”