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After donning the hat of the first woman president of the Bengal National Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Nayantara Palchoudhuri has scored a first yet again, this time as the first woman district governor of Rotary for the session 2008-09. She will be responsible for Rotary International District 3291 that consists of 11 revenue districts and 123 rotary clubs.

An active Rotarian for the past 16-odd years, Palchoudhuri feels this will give her an opportunity to give something back to society. And challenging it surely will be. “It is almost like a full-time job. A lot of time-management and dedication is required to do this job successfully,” feels Palchoudhuri, who took over officially at a ceremony called Shuvodoy, held at GD Birla Sabhagar last Tuesday evening. She succeeds Anirudha Roy Chowdhury, governor district 3290, 2007-08, who presented her with a “special lady coat and a pin”.

The one-year tenure will see her focusing on this year’s theme — Make Dreams Real. “Our main focus will be children. As Rotarians we should love and protect children so that each and every child reaches his full potential,” said Palchoudhuri at the installation ceremony. Building libraries and toy banks, providing clean drinking water, computer literacy, combating child mortality, organising health check-up camps and encouraging micro-credit are some of the issues on the agenda.

The district governor also wants to improve on communication. “I would like to have regular feedback from Rotary International,” she says.

Renuka Chowdhury, minister of state, independent charge, women and child development ministry, among others, attended the ceremony. She joked about the fact that Bengal had got its first woman district governor a little later than other states. “But better late than never,” she said. Renuka also spoke about the need to change the mindset when it came to the girl-child in India and of the importance of taking care of the country’s children, “the future resource of power”.

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