Where it is due

A well-deserved honour.  

AT A time when human values and professional ethics seem to degenerate fast, the recognition of those who are committed to them is the best way to bring those virtues back. The Rotary Club, doing a yeoman service to the poor and the needy, has also been carrying on the arduous task of identifying and honouring those upholding the professional values and maintaining dignity in their professions.

This year four persons from varied fields were honoured with awards for Excellence in Vocational Services. The Rotary Club of Madurai Midtown rightly chose the Assistant Commissioner of Police, M. Petchimuthu, B. Indra Devi, a nurse, Parur M. Ganesan, a music teacher, and Shanthi Balasunder Raj, an academic.

The first two were pride of government servants, for their unflinching loyalty to their profession. Devi, a government staff nurse, had never shirked from her duty and attended on the poor patients with love and care. For Ganesan, age was not a barrier to promote Carnatic music. An octogenarian, he still retains his enthusiasm for passing on his talent to the youth. Similarly, Shanthi Balasunder Raj has been training teachers in the Montessori method that made learning a joyful experience for kids.

All that the overwhelmed award winners could say was that such recognition gave them the much-needed motivation to keep on doing their good work.

The club organised a function on Thursday, in which the past Rotary Governor, V. Ravindranth, presented the awards to them. The Club president, Lakshmi Periyannan, and the Vocation Service Director, M. Pandian, joined the rest in appreciating the award-winners' services to the community.

Sundar S