Rtn. Sunil Telkar – President: IFMR- India (2018-2019)
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IFMR is the short form of International fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians. World over there are 17 countries and about 2500 Rotarians sharing this hobby of adventurism. India Chapter was the 14 to join in the International group.
The first ride of IFMR was made in November 2002 with a ride to Ramanagaram and Kolar. It was inaugurated officially with the permission of RI at the conference of District Governor Bhansali in 2003. The International service segment was packed at Chowdiah Memorial Hall. We were 45 members to start with. Rtn. Devesh Agarwal’s motorcycle was brought up on the dais and kick (self) started !! This was much to the surprise and amusement of all Rotarians of the District. IFMR was officially inaugurated.
Since then, IFMR has been meeting regularly on I Sunday of every month and in case of an ICGF, we meet the II Sunday; go out for breakfast and be back by 11 am. We have AGM’s in the month of April and next batch of people are selected to lead the team.
In the centennial year we did a ride of ‘peace ride’ and traveled to Karnataka and Andhra. The ride started off at Cubbon park in front of Chamaraja Wodeyar statue, by the then District Governor Rtn. S.R.Yogananda.
To place on record the member’s who started and steered the IFMR into success story, are;
Presidents who served IFMR :–
IFMR Charter India President (2003-08) PDG. Rtn. Dr. Prithvi Raval
IFMR Charter District President (2003-08) Rtn. Zarryl Lobo
IFMR India President (2008-10) Rtn. Ramdas Pai
IFMR India President ( 2010-12) Rtn. Sathyakanth
IFMR India President (2012 -14) Rtn. Srinivas Babu
IFMR India President (2014-15) Rtn. Sukumar Radha
IFMR India President (2015-16) Rtn.Nagesh Sidhanti
IFMR India President (2016-18) Rtn. Ganesh Swaminathan
IFMR President India (2018-19) Rtn. Sunil Telkar
IFMR World President (2009-12) PDG. Rtn. Dr. Prithvi Raval
Running into the 15 year now, IFMR in its International rides and other sources collected a surplus money. We have so far donated the surplus money to The Rotary Foundation. (TRF) We are pleased that we are a III level Major Donors to the TRF, contributing US $ 50,000/-.
Over the years, IFMR India has conducted 3 International rides. Rotarians from Germany, Belgium, Swiss, Poland, Australia, and USA have participated and we look forward to more rides and and they listed below:-
2010 Bangalore to Bangalore 1800 Kms
Madikere, Goa Dandelli Chikmanglur circuit – 13 participants
2016 Goa to Goa 1187 Kms
Anjuna, Gokarna, Dandelli, Hampi, Hubli, Goa – 11 participants
2018 Chandigarh to Leh via Nubra Valley 1475 Kms.
Chandigarh, Manali, Keylong, Sarchuu, Leh Ladakh, Pangong Nubra Valley, Leh.
Participant photos at link below: These are scanned photos, excuse !
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- Sometimes the best communication happens when you’re on separate bikes.