NRI Pulse Staff Report
Atlanta, GA: Smyrna Rotary Club is 52 years old and has an extraordinary legacy of projects across Georgia, the United States and the world. Projects in India include neonatal care equipment and, in an incredibly massive joint project with the world’s 33,000 other Rotary Clubs, polio eradication.
The club recently inducted Narayan Sengupta as President and Dr. Aaron Schwartz as Secretary. Both are half-Indians born in the New World, and both are serving their second terms in their respective roles. Interestingly, each also has a French connection: Sengupta’s mother is French, as is Schwartz’s wife. They and the club’s other officers were sworn in by Rotary Past District Governor Roy Strickland, also of Smyrna Rotary Club and himself a two-time club president.
Schwartz, a pediatric dentist who uses an elephant as his business’ logo adds, “My Indian roots and my multiple travels to India has undoubtedly helped shape my desire to improve the lives of others. And in this age of global connectivity, Rotary’s international humanitarian efforts humbly allows me to be an impactful global citizen.”
For Sengupta, who has visited India over 20 times since 1969, being a Rotarian is a great way to do something for India and elsewhere. “India’s recent progress is fantastic and absolutely staggering. I have so many wonderful memories of being there and of its mesmerizing beauty and rich culture, yet the poverty and disease I witnessed as a child formed me philosophically and has always made me want to help others.”
Both look forward to many more years of membership with their service minded friends in the Smyrna Rotary Club.