Leadership change at Rotary Club of Plainsboro, North & South Brunswick

John Shockley, Rotary District Governor giving oath to incoming President Vijay Garg, right is Jaydip Sen, PR Chair. Photo: courtesy Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Plainsboro, North & South Brunswick, held its annual “Changing of the Guard” ceremony recently where it inducted new office bearers for the rotary year 2022-2023.

From Left, Rotary International Team members Sunil Nambiar – International Projects Chair; Darshan Doshi; Srinivas Gattu – Fundraising Chair; Jaydip Sen – PR Chair; Sudha Kankanla – Service Project Chair; Ganesh Madda – Foundation Chair; Blisse Vakkagaladda – Past President; Sanjay Pagidimarri – Treasurer; Sanjiv Dixit – Secretary; Venkat Jagarlamudi – President-Elect; John Shockley – Rotary District Governor; Suresh teddy – Membership Chair; Surendra Nath – Sergeant In Arms; Naresh Bobade – Social Media Chair; Satish Vambukar – Technology Chair. OPhoto: Kunal Meha courtesy Rotary Club (July 27, 2022 press release)

Outgoing President of the club Blisse Vakkalagadda detailed the projects the club completed during her presidency, according to a July 27, 2022 press release from the Club.

Left, Vijay Garg, incoming President and Blisse Vakkagaladda – Past President.
Right – John Shockley past DG and Dr. Tulsi Maharjan, at the Changing of the Guard ceremony 2022-2023 held end of July, 2022,, for Rotary Club of Plainsboro, North & South Brunswick. Photo: Rotary Club

Vakkalagadda along with Sudharani Kankanala also played a pivotal role as mentors of the Interact Club of North Brunswick and helped organize various meaningful service projects, the press release said. During Vakkalagadda’s presidency, the Club also did undertook and implemented some international service projects.

Bliss Vakkagaladda, Sudha Kankanla & Rashmi Garg with youth Rotary volunteers. Photo: Kunal Mehta courtesy Rotary Club Plainsboro, North & South Brunswick

District Governor John Shockley, Past DG Dr. Tulsi Maharjan and Kalpana Patel, president, Rotary Club of Robbinsville-Hamilton, N.J., were also present at the ceremony.

Shockley conducted the oath ceremony for the incoming President Vijay Garg and his team for the year 2022-2023. In his acceptance speech, Garg said he is looking forward in working with the team and continue doing various community projects aligned with the Rotary International causes. “I am excited and honored to accept the role,” Garg said.

A successful entrepreneur, Garg served in the past as North-East President of IT Serve, Board Member of TiE, GOPIO and other social organizations. “Vijay with his community reach and leadership skills will help the club in taking up bigger projects and extending its reach,” the press release said.

Left to right, Sanjiv Dixit, Satish Vambukar, Srinivas Gattu, Balmram Chinta, Vijay Garg, Dr. Rajeev Mehta, Jaidip Sen, Darshan Doshi & Venkat Jagarlamudi. Photo: Kunal Mehta courtesy Rotary Club of Plainsboro, North & South Brunswick

Team 2022-23 consists of Sanjeev Dixit as Secretary, Sanjay Pagidimarri as Treasurer, Venkat Jagarlamudi as President-Elect, Ganesh Madda as the Foundation Chair, Jaydip Sen as Public Relations Chair, Suresh Pannala as Membership Chair, Sudharani Kankanala as Service Project Chair, Srinivas Gattu as Fundraising Chair and Sunil Nambiar as International Projects Chair.

The changing of the guard ceremony was well attended by the Rotary Club members, Rotary Interact Club members, families, and prospective members. Representatives

from organizations like ITServe, IBA, SMEC joined and discussed collaboration on future community service projects.

The club which is also celebrating its 20th Charter Anniversary this year, recognized six senior members, Suresh Pannala, Sunil Nambiar, Rajeev Mehta, Nishit Mehta, Mahalingam Narayan and Darshan Doshi, who completed more than twelve years of service as dedicated and passionate Rotarians.

The Rotary Club of Plainsboro, North & South Brunswick, NJ was formed in 2002 by a few prominent people from the community, living in the area who decided to charter a new Rotary Club in Central New Jersey with the intention of serving the local and international community.

The club started out with three active members and rapidly grew to about more than 25 members living in various parts of the state. Although the club is open to people of all races, color, and religion, most of the current members are people of Indian origin.



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