Meet the new Rotary Club President Benoni Aurora
Serving the community has been Yegalan Chetty’s passion for over 35 years, and he plans to continue to do so as the recently inducted president of the Rotary Club of Benoni Aurora.
Chetty was inducted as a club member in 2019 and said he visited a relative who was then district governor of Rotary in Vancouver, Canada, and brought his attention to Rotary’s contribution to society.
“When I returned to South Africa, I researched Rotary International and found that there were many causes that I could relate to and decided to join.
Born and raised in Actonville, Chetty enrolled in William Hills High School and was a member of the Benoni Civil Defense Corps and completed his basic ambulance and firefighter courses, while also becoming a Lifeline counselor at the age of 19 years old.
“As a passionate cultural and humanitarian ambassador, I have served on many organizations including the Benoni Tamil School Board as a counselor and exco member for many years.
“I have also been treasurer of several community organizations. “
The City Times asked Chetty what he hopes to accomplish as president, and he said as a Rotarian Ambassador Against Human Trafficking he hopes to shine a light on the plight of those who find themselves. in this unfortunate situation and from which they take advantage.
“I also have a soft spot for the elderly and abandoned children,” he added.
“With our club’s involvement in the Garden for Life Project, a garden tunnel project that grows food for retirement homes, I am counting on the involvement of our club and the Benoni community to ensure its success. “
Chetty has also been an environmentalist and vice president of People for Wildlife, alongside the late Ian Dustan, and took a game warden course while visiting various game reserves.
“I am delighted that saving the environment is one of Rotary’s priority areas starting in July. I therefore welcome the involvement of our club in the Korsman Bird Sanctuary in Westdene to eliminate exotic fish.
He said that many community projects undertaken in the past could have had a higher success rate had they had the support and support of Rotary International.
“I’m doing my best to encourage other local organizations to consider adopting the Rotary brand.”
He thinks it will help them with the following tasks:
• Exposure of their causes
• Exposure to international best practices for the management of their projects
• Present their projects
• Be able to apply for local and international grants to finance the implementation of projects
• Partnership with other Rotary clubs on joint venture projects
Chetty said Rotary promotes the growth of an individual.
“As a Rotarian, we also have access to online leadership development and public speaking development courses through a partnership with Toastmasters International, all as part of your minimum monthly Rotary contribution. less than R200 per month. “
When not serving the community, Chetty enjoys making bonsai trees, playing guitar and saxophone, riding his motorcycles, playing golf, reading inspiring and motivating books, and collecting vintage cars.
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