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ROGEC 2015-16 Winners

Thank you all for an overwhelming response to this year's ROGEC. We would like to thank all the participants of the competition. We are pleased to declare the winners for ROGEC 2015. Congratulations to all the Winners!

Group I

  • Yasmin Damia, Rotary Club of Petaling Jaya, RI District 3300, Malaysia
  • Jonathan Emeka Onwudinjo, Rotary Club of Munchen-West, RI District 1842, Germany
  • Subham Patel, Rotary Club of Nairobi, RI District 9212, Kenya

Group II

  • Abhishek Bandodkar, Rotary Club of Bombay Juhu Beach, RI District 3140, India
  • Juan Pablo Rodriguez, Rotary Club of Aguada, RI District 4970, Uruguay
  • Jalaj Chhaya, Rotary Club of Baroda Metro, RI District 3060, India

Group III

  • Jasbir Koh, Rotary Club of Singapore, RI District 3310, Singapore
  • Dr. Issa Fathima Jasmine. M, Rotary Club of Adyar, RI District 3230, India
  • Kerry-Ann Weirick O'Donnell, Rotary Club of St. Mary’s, RI District 9675, Australia

Regional Winners

  • North America - Cynthia Flynn, Rotary Club of Richland, United States of America
  • Europe & Central Asia - Jonathan Emeka Onwudinjo, Rotary Club of München-West, Germany
  • East Asia & Pacific - Jasbir Koh, Rotary Club of Singapore, Singapore
  • Africa - Chima Phinihas, Rotary Club of Enugu Metropolis, Nigeria
  • Latin America & Caribbean - Juan Pablo Rodriguez, Rotary Club of Aguada,Uruguay
  • South Asia - Dr. Issa Fathima Jasmine. M, Rotary Club of Adyar, India

ROGEC 2015

After a very successful debut in the year 2013-14, we are back for another exciting year for sharing your thoughts and ideas on a global platform. We are thankful to all the participants who made the first ROGEC competition a huge success. We hope it will reach grater heights in 2015.



What is ROGEC?

Rotarians world over, are synthesis of intellectuals who come together to offer their expertise and resources for doing good to the World with a motto of "Service Above Self". Rotarians come from diverse cultures, unite for common goals through service projects, follow high ethical standards in their profession and use Rotary as a platform for advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace.

Rotary Global Essay Competition (ROGEC) is a platform to express your thoughts and ideas on a Global Canvas on range of s subjects which we believe ultimately fulfil Rotary's objectives and make this world a better place to live.

ROGEC invites views and analysis from diverse and distinct cultures, fusing them together in a neatly woven bouquet. The issues like hunger, diseases, inequality, education, conflicts, etc are common across cultures and countries, the magnitudes and perspectives however are different. ROGEC aims to provide every individual in the Rotary fraternity a global platform to convey a story about the issues, reasons and resolutions.

Rotary Global Essay Competition (ROGEC) is being organized by Rotary Club of Pune Katraj (R.I. District 3131). By conducting this competition, we intend to achieve the following goals.

  • Present an opportunity for citizens of this world to take part in a global competition and a chance to win a trip to India
  • Increase fellowship among like minded people around the world by providing a platform to share their ideas and experiences with international fraternity
  • Promote understanding on humanitarian issues
  • Provide a platform for participants from diverse backgrounds to express their views through essays

Theme 2015 - World Understanding and Peace

"Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the result of silent repression. Peace is the generous contribution of all to the good of all." - Oscar Romero

Peace is typically described as not having violence, avoiding being in conflict and most importantly not being under constant fear of brutality. However on the other side of the coin, peace is also a way of life, it is about having constructive relationship not only every human being, but environment as whole. The concept of peaceful existence extends right from constraints of an individual's mind to that of a family and from the community that you live in to national and international levels.

Some people tend to see violence as the best means to resolve a conflict. Leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and others have set examples of how human rights can be established through non-violent means. These leaders have professed that peaceful behaviours that are kind and considerate to humanity will manifest goodwill.

We bring this essay competition to the fore because,

  • We believe that it is not only the responsibility of national leaders to establish peace but every individuals contribution that will be result in peace.
  • We think that building compassion towards the problems of the other individual or society is going to support the path towards world peace.
  • We consider that more human collaboration across boundaries in an informal environment will improve understanding and mutual respect.
  • History has shown time and again that individuals have power to shape institutions and we consider that this endeavour will put forth new ideas, solutions and hopefully new leaders.

ROGEC 2013-14 Winners

Group I

  • Evan Twarog, Rotary Club of Keene, RI District 7870, United States of America
  • Precious George, Rotary Club of Enugu, RI District 9140, Nigeria
  • Poorwa Hirve, Rotary Club of Pune Sarasbaug, RI District 3131, India

Group II

  • Rednaxela Calderon, Rotary Club of Intramuros, RI District 3810, Philippines
  • Chima Phinihas, Rotary Club of Enugu, RI District 9140, Nigeria
  • Mikhail Grebenshchikov, Rotary Club of Ekaterinburg, RI District 2220, Russian Federation

Group III

  • Laurens Zwaan, Rotary Club of Leerdam, RI District 1610, The Netherlands
  • John Brodey, Valley of the Moon Rotary, RI District 5130, United States of America
  • Alison Sutherland, Rotary Club of Cardiff Bay, RI District 1150, United Kingdom

Regional Winners

  • North America - John Brodey, Valley of the Moon Rotary, United States of America
  • Europe & Central Asia - Laurens Zwaan, Rotary Club of Leerdam, The Netherlands
  • East Asia & Pacific - Rednaxela Calderon, Rotary Club of Intramuros, Philippines
  • Africa - Chima Phinihas, Rotary Club of Enugu, Nigeria
  • Middle East & North Africa - Yoram Cohen, Rotary Club of Holon, Israel
  • Latin America & Caribbean - Kwesi Elliot, Rotary Club of Georgetown, Guyana
  • South Asia - Rajesh Kumar Modi, Rotary Club of Mumbai Borivali East, India

From L to R: Chief Guest Mr. Avinash Dharmadhakari, Rtn. Laurens Zwaan, Rtr. Poorwa Hirve, Intr. Evan Twarog, President Rtn. Anant Ghalsasi, DG Rtn. Dr. Deepak Shikarpur, Keynote Speaker Mr. Achyut Godbole, Rtn. Rajesh Modi, Secretary Rtn. Kalesh Nerurkar