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On 28th and 29th August 2021, District 314 hosted the West Zone Meet. The West Zone comprises seven districts which are part of the Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in India.
A warm welcome was extended to Association President Saroj Katiyar by District Chairman Sunita Jain, District Executive Committee, Zonal Coordinators and Presidents of District 314.
The event started with the inauguration of a shopping arcade by Association President Saroj Katiyar. A flash mob dance performed by members of Inner Wheel District 314 surprised and delighted the attendees. Mentalist Dr. Kruti Parekh mesmerised audience by her performance.
The Flag March was officiated by Association President Saroj Katiyar, in the presence of Convenor PAP Rakshaben Mehta, Co-Convenor PDC Dr. Jyoti Doshi, Co-ordinator PDC Dr. Devangi Vakharia, Association Vice-President Dr. Surjit Kaur, IPAP Vasudha Chandrachud, Association Secretary Anuradha Chandak, Association Treasurer Meenal Rathi, District Chairman Sunita Jain, and IPDC and AC member Amala Mehta.
The meeting was called to order by Association President Saroj Katiyar. The Inner Wheel prayer of the Association was recited by District Secretary Pallavi Choksi. A welcome dance was performed by Kathak dancer, Sonia Parchure and her group. Association President Saroj Katiyar was felicitated by the District Executive Committee.
Felicitation of Founder Association President Rakshaben Mehta followed. As a mark of respect and to celebrate 85 years of her glorious journey, a coffee table book, ‘Arpan’, was released. Efforts of IIW Past President Dr. Pallavi Shah and PDC Falguni Mehta were appreciated by one and all in the preparation of this coffee table book.
A formal vote of thanks was given by Co-Convenor PDC Jyoti Doshi.
There was enthusiastic participation in the Inter-District Competition “Goonj Oothi Shehnai” (literally, the call of the Shehnai, a flute) anchored by PDC Dr. Madhavi Pandya and District Secretary Pallavi Choksi.
The members of District 314 performed in a grand fashion competition show on the theme of “Eco Friendly Attire”.
The first day of the West Zone Meet happily concluded in a musical evening with Sandeep Damania.
On the second day, Association President Saroj Katiyar called the meeting to order. The Inner Wheel prayer was recited by Association Secretary Anuradha Chandak. All the District Chairmen presented an invocation song.
Four new club Presidents of District 314 presented a flag march.
“Chai pe Charcha” (Discussion Over Tea) was moderated by PDC Dr. Sandhya Bhat. Panellists for the discussion were Dr. Sushma Nagarkar (Founder of Café Arpan) and Abhina Aher (a transgender activist). Keynote speaker for the event was Mrs. Rajalaxmi Rao who inspired the audience by her speech.
All seven Districts of the West Zone shared their journey of 2 months in the new Inner Wheel year, by displaying their projects. The PDCs from all seven Districts presented their nostalgic moments in ‘Kal, Aaj aur Kal’ (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow).
The Margarette Golding Award was presented to PDC Smita Shirgaonkar (photograph above).
Association President Saroj Katiyar launched the website of the 16th Triennial Conference at the hands of PAP Rakshaben Mehta, to be held on 11-13 February 2022.
“Ehsaas Yaadon ke”, a motivational book, was released by Association President Saroj Katiyar in the presence of the publication team comprising of District Chairman Sunita Jain, PDC Dr. Kanaklata Saxena, District ISO Lakshmi V. Singh and District Editor Mona M. Gyani.
Results of the Inter-District Essay Writing Competition and Inter-District Coaster Making Competition were announced by District Editor Mona M. Gyani and District International Service Organiser Lakshmi V. Singh, respectively.
The icing on the cake was the ever energetic Master of Ceremonies, PAP Pushpa Suryamurty, who conducted the event flawlessly for both days.
Final remarks were presented by Association President Saroj Katiyar. Gratitudes were presented by District Chairman Sunita Jain to different committees for their efforts in making this West Zone Meet a grand success. Vote of Thanks was presented by Association Vice-President Dr. Surjit Kaur. The West Zone Meet ended with National Anthem.
In all it was a very well planned and efficiently executed event.