Heroes who are still sung
Many of them were visionaries. They were like close family members. The
Thiruvanmiyur family still remembers them although they left us whilst still
they were members. We are talking about members who died in harness, leaving
an indelible mark in our hearts.
A great organiser, a trade union leader and an All India figure in banking
circles. He was a talented Table tennis player –a family gift as his
younger brother was a state player. His circle of friends was wide and connections
with public leaders were enough to get funds and organise Club activities
in a fitting manner. The family hospitality shown in the meetings held in
his house has to be experienced to be believed. His wife Krishnaveni was
a highly talented dancer of Kalakshetra and performed in many countries
around the world.
His ever smiling face and his ringing voice brought cheer wherever he
went. As Charter Member his initiative and contribution since the initial
years to the club’s growth is significant, especially in health
activities. He had a kind word to each and every member of the club. His
wife Lalitha was actively involved with the Lioness Club. As he was a
popular figure in Adyar area, he was able to rope in many members and
also volunteers for projects. His sudden and unexpected death in 1989
was a big blow to our Club.
It was his dream to start a blood bank for Lions. Then Governor Dr. Rabindranath,
took Ln.T.G.George to his Hospital and had useful meetings with him. We
wish he is alive to see the great success of this humanitarian project.
Born in a Maharashtrian doctor family he veered to the legal field and
rose to the position of Chief Judge of the Court of Small Causes. He joined
Lions Club of South Madras and served as Deputy District Governor (1967-68)
of our District, then comprising the three states of Kerala, Madras and
Pondicheri. He excelled in the field of extension for which he received
a special award from the International. He switched over from LC South
Madras to LC Thiruvanmiyur when he moved to Thiruvanmiyur. He was an honorary
member of the club. Nevertheless he regularly contributed for projects
and also collected donations from foreign devotees of Sathya Sai Baba
who visited Puttaparthi. A fatherly figure, he used to help the club by
periodical donations to its projects, gave a lot of encouragement to participation
by Lion Ladies and played a very valuable advisory role.
He was actively associated with the Orthopaedic Centre at Andhra Mahila
Sabha and it is said, even provided a sum in his will for the welfare
of its students. He was kind and whole heartedly service minded. It is
said that once as he was driving along the Marina beach, he saw a poor
man carrying his dead child’s body for cremation. He stopped the
car and walked along with the man up to the cremation ground.
He was an ardent devotee of Sathya Sai Baba. His later years were closely
associated with Baba as he moved to Puttaparthi where he spent his last
This Charter member always attended club meetings with his family members.
Long back, he had shown way to the concept of Lions family. Royal was
always very quiet, so also his wife. Their charming daughter took an active
interst in all the club activities. Every smiling Royal was an ideal host
for Board meetings or to any member calling on him on club or personal
matters. A very well designed and decorated house of Royal used to tempt
us to visit him often. He develop the famous company, “Devi interior
Decorators” into one of the leading firms in that sphere and it
was later looked after by his son. He passed away in January 1985.
In the initial stages of this club, we had more than six Venkataramans
as our members. This Venkataraman was called “Motor” Venkataraman.
He was theowner and the editor of a magazine called “Motor”
and he also published other business magazines. He was always at the meeting
venue well before time. A very knoledgeableman, he always kept the members
is good spirits by his classical jokes. He was a very good organizer.
Members eagerly looked forward for the Board meetings in his house. His
contribution to the fund raising programme was very valuable. The old
members of the Club really miss him.
He was the Charter Treasurer for one year. However he was both official
and unofficial treasurer for all his years with Lions Club of Thiruvanmiyur.
He was a very unassuming person and a very participative Lion in all service
activities. Even when no duties were specifically assigned to him, he
plunged into action. He met with tragic death when he went to attend a
marriage at Srirangam in January 2003. The marriage hall caught fire and
in the ensuing stampede, many lives were lost. He died while rescuing
people caught in the fire. He is remembered for the Ladies Nites he organised
at his mother’s bungalow, T.Nagar for many years.
This dashing young man, an Engineer by profession, was full of energy
and initiative. As Secretary and President he made the club visible in
the Dist. An outspoken person, he was always raising his views and opinions
at Board Meetings. He was a Zone Chairman and held one of the best Diabetic
Awareness Programmes and exhibitions at Adyar Bus Depot, where over 1000
people were screened. His lion lady Mala Hariharan was also a Lioness
and the couple used to host the board meetings in their house in a fantastic
manner. His death came suddenly at a very young age.
This senior executive of a multinational company was inducted at a District
level ceremony. People were struck by his personality, demeanour, stylish
accent and good English. Despite his open criticism of points he differed
on, people accepted him. While he was President, his business connections
came in handy for projects and for fund raising, which were almost always
accompanied by complimentary Nestle drinks. He was a vibrant Zone Chairman
and held a few District Chairman’s posts. As District Chairman,
IT he compiled a very interesting and informative booklet which took the
District by storm. Because of his earlier stint as Sub-editor, The Hindu,
he did an excellent job as Editor of “Amongst Us”. However
for health reasons he went into a shell towards the end. He left a very
big void in our Club by his sudden passing away in November 2005.
S.K.Ibrahim joined our Club in May 2000. A very quiet person, he was one
of the most regular member in attendance. He was awarded Lion of the Year
2004-2005 because he had attended all the Board and regular meetings without
fail that year. He loved traveling and had visited many countries. Despite
poor health he last visited Australia – New Zealand in April 2006
not heeding family members’ advice. He died while on this tour and
was brought home with great difficulty.
Dr.D.V.L.N.Sastry, 2 Yrs. Director
Senior Radiation Oncologist at Cancer Hospital. Had a very dignified demeanour.
Was regular in attending meetings and functions. Had been regularly donating
money for the Club’s activities Brought a big contingent of doctors
for one of our health camps. When he turned seventy, he donated Rs.5000
to the club’s projects. As Chairman of the Greeter Committee he
performs his role in a unique style. Lion Lady He conducted a cancer screening
camp at Medical Centre using a big contingent of cancer specialists. He
died after a brief ailment and left a big void in the Club.