& Goals for Rotary / Candidate
Shekhar Mehta of India selected
RIP for 2021-22
Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar,
West Bengal, India, is the selection for
President of Rotary International for 2021-22.
Shekhar Mehta, of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal,
India, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of
Rotary International for 2021-22. He will be declared the president-nominee
on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested.
Mehta acknowledges that current membership trends are a challenge and
says that membership development should be Rotary’s highest priority.
He believes that focusing on regional plans, successfully transitioning
Rotaractors into Rotary clubs, and increasing diversity and female members
could yield a 5 percent net growth in membership each year.
“A major brainstorming is needed to find effective solutions suited
to different areas of the world,” says Mehta. He adds that regional
ethos and culture have to be taken into account to find localized solutions,
as “one size does not fit all.” He believes Rotary can extend
to new geographical areas and countries.
As a strong proponent of Rotary’s strategic plan, Mehta says he
will encourage clubs to use action plans and reinforce the core values
Mehta says Rotary needs to become more contemporary and adaptable by
focusing on partnerships with governments and corporations, expanding
partnerships with organizations that specialize in Rotary’s areas
of focus, and investing in technology.
Mehta, an accountant, is chair of the Skyline Group, a real estate development
company he founded. He is also a director of Operation Eyesight Universal
(India), a Canada-based organization.
Mehta has been actively involved in disaster response and is a trustee
of ShelterBox, UK. After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, he helped build
nearly 500 homes for families affected by the disaster.
Mehta pioneered a program that has performed more than 1,500 life-changing
heart surgeries in South Asia. He is also the architect of the TEACH
Program, which promotes literacy throughout India and has reached thousands
A Rotary member since 1984, Mehta has served Rotary as director, member
or chair of several committees, zone coordinator, training leader, member
of The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers, and district governor.
He is also the chair of Rotary Foundation (India).
Mehta has received Rotary’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary
Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished
He and his wife, Rashi, are Major Donors and members of the Bequest