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RCSE 2016-2017 President Atul Raturi’s Inaugural Address

On 21 July 2016 incoming RCSE President Atul Raturi addressed those present at the changeover dinner. Born and educated in India, Atul holds a PhD in Physics. He has worked in India, Kenya, PNG and now Fiji. An associate Professor at USP’s School of Engineering and Physics, Atul’s main area of work is in the field of Renewable Energy. He is interested in sustainable development of communities and sits on Fiji’s climate change related committees. He is also a senior member of IEEE.
Atul is married to Shikha , also an academic at USP. Together they have one daughter, Ankita, who studies at University of California.

The 2016-17 Rotary International Presidential theme is “Rotary serving humanity” and as the Rotary International 2016-2017 president John F. Germ said “People who want to do good will see that Rotary is a place where they can change the world.” Fully agreeing with this statement, I believe Rotary clubs in Fiji have an opportunity and  responsibility to help the communities and hence the country achieve its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We are already involved in projects such as “Rotary Pacific Water for Life” that help provide clean drinking water to remote populations and support a number of interlinked SDG indicators from health and education to gender equality.

In 2016-2017 We will expand our work in the area of clean energy access and vocational service. RCSE will be joining hands with Fiji’s National Disaster Management Office in assisting schools hit by Tropical Cyclone Winston. We will conduct a variety of fund raising events to support our activities with our enthusiastic members volunteering their time and efforts. I am sure 2016-17 will prove to be a year full of actions resulting in some tangible outcomes. I have a great board with directors raring to embark on various activities. I am privileged and honored to lead the Rotary Club of Suva East, a club with remarkable history of social service in Fiji.

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