It was a Rotary Year 2004-2005 when Rtn. Ismail Patel was District Governor and Rotary Conference was held at Mahabaleshwar; well known social worker Smt. Sindhutai Sapkal came to address the meeting. After her speech PDG Ismail Patel appealed the gathering and said the mother of thousands of orphans has come to rotary what we can give her. He said ' we should donate Rs. fifty thousand to Sindhutai's work'. There was a silence for a moment and then a rotarion came to dias and announced that he alone will fulfill this committment and declared has individual donation of Rs. fifty thousand. His name was Rtn. Vinay Kulkarni, our District Governor for the year 2007-2008. There is a verse in sanskrit.
But Rtn. Vinay is all in one. He is brave to stand alone and express himself frankly. He is knowledgeable about his profession and rotary. He is a good orator and above all a true and generous doner.
Rtn. Vinay is a science graduate and interior designer by profession. His firm Horizon Interiors Pvt. Ltd undertakes total work of interiors including planning, designing and creation. His company has successfully, completed very large projects of industrial, commercial and IT enabled complexes for multi nationals, Govt and Semi Govt organizations. His other company Vincon Projects Pvt Ltd undertakes Construction activity. In a highly competitive field, Rtn. Vinay has aquired name, fame and reputation. In all these activities his wife Rtn. Rashmi extends full support and helps to him. It is said that behind every successful man there is a woman. But in case of Rtn. Vinay his wife Rtn. Rashmi stands with him. Rtn. Rashmi is an architect by qualification and she looks after planning and designing aspect of projects. Rtn. Vinay's business activity is spread beyond Pune in Mumbai, Nashik, Aurangabad and even Delhi. Meticulous planning for every detail and management skills have resulted in growth of Vinay's business.
Rtn. Vinay is a charter Member of Rotary Club of Pune Parvati. Rtn. Dr. Madhav Borate of this club was District Governor in the year 2001-2002 and Rtn. Vinay became the President of his club.
It was the first time when Dist Conference was held beyond the boundaries of our District, at Goa. Rtn. Vinay as a President of host club made this conference very successful. This brought out many good qualities of Rtn. Vinay's personality. During this year our District in general and Rotary Club of Parvati in particular posted record growth in membership. Both PDG Dr. Madhav Borate and Rtn. Vinay were felicitated in Barcilona (spain) convention at the hands of the then RI President Richard King. Rtn. Vinay had the distinct honour of being one in top ten of Rotary world. Vinay since then is actively involved in the program 'Flower for a Glance' the activity which is under taken for prevention of blindness. Under 3H project for carrying out surgeries for rehabilitation of polio affected patients, Vinay's participation and involvement is remarkable
But Vinay is really known because of his work for Rotary Foundation. He is aptly recognized as 'Foundation Person' in the year 2003-2004 he worked as the District Chairman- Rotary Foundation. His work was recognized widely. During last five years Vinay has reached the level of US$ 62,000.00 either through his contribution or commitments. He is the first Rotarian from our district to become member of
Bequest Society by committing US$ 10,000.00 after life to Rotary foundation. Vinay has been appropriately recognized by Rotary Foundation by citation for Meritorious Service.
Due to his continuously growing business Vinay keeps on meeting leaders of business and industry. He endeavour to bring 'Rotary' and 'Corporate Sector' on one platform to achieve further heights in social service. He was felicitated by H.E.P.C. Alexander, Hon. Chandrababu Naidu, Hon. Vilasraoji Deshmukh and Hon. Sharadraoji Pawar and other leaders in high office.
Vinay has many facets of his personality. A successful business man, and rotary leader of high esteem is also a true family man. Vinay, wife Rtn. Rashmi and daughter Ridhi make a perfect Rotary Family. Though always busy in keeping his professional commiltments, Vinay can spare some time to listen gazals, play badminton, play on drum and bongo and also entertaining his friends at his sea face farm house in Murud.
Vinay has inherited his generosity from his parents. Beside very large contribution to Rotary Foundation, Vinay is always a step further in the cause of charity. He has formed 'Vimal Datta' charitable Trust' in the name of his parents. He beleives literacy is the root cause of many problems as such his focus is on providing amenities to schools, such as contribution of class rooms, toilet blocks for students, supply books and other education related articles. He has also donated ambulance in the service of society. He has helped financially to other R. Cs. for their Service Project Through his own charitable trust.
Vinay persuades every body who comes in his contact for contribution to Rotary Foundation. He has moral right to do so because he has set an example by his own actions. Here is a new District leader, a person with many facets, a true rotarion, with a generous heart to lead our District in the year 2007-2008.