Hari arrived in San Diego on 20 November 1996, and had a 3 hour visit with Bill Herr, Jr. aka "Billo", Al Dixon aka "Opinionated Al", and Reynolds Heriot, as a guest of Arthur R. McCullough, a Rotarian member of Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club. Art opened his home to Hari during the visit, so Hari would have a Rotarian host and hospitality during his San Diego visit. Hari did a talk at the Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club on Thursday morning, 21 November 1996. Other visiting Rotarians, George Schoelles and Lew Anderson were in attendance at the meeting, and they drove over an hour to hear Hari speak. Hari's speech was so moving that Mike Dunlap, the president of Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club, polled the club to see if anyone wanted to donate $50.00 each to the project. This generated $1500.00 immediately, that the board of directors of the Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club increased to $2500.00 for his leg replacement camps. Rotary District 5340 will take the $2500.00 and match it, and then send the $5000.00 to Rotary International to get the amount matched again. As a result, Hari's Rotary club will have an additional $10,000.00 to treat at least 167 more disadvantaged people in India, who need limb replacement .. Congratulations again to San Diego area Rotarians, Mr. Hari Ratan, Mr. Art McCullough, the Rotary Club of Madras Central, India, Rotary District 3230, the Rotary Club of Escondido Sunrise, Rotary District 5340, and Rotary International for making all this possible. It truly is amazing what is being accomplished thru Rotarians sharing fellowship thru the medium of the Internet.
Hari accompanied Marshall Saunders, Rotary District 5340 Chair for the Village Banking Program, to an inter-district meeting for The Rotary Foundation that Rotary District 5340 is paying for. Hari met with 9 Rotary District Governors and the leaders from the top 9 districts in California. Hari met with Rick King, one of Rotary's top speakers, and Hari was asked to talk about India. After Hari finished speaking, a man came up to Hari and said I have $25,000.00 worth of medical equipment that must go to India, will you take it ? Hari's eyes got big and of course he said yes, Hari's club had just signed papers last week to break ground for a hospital for 100 thousand people but had no idea where they would get equipment. Next another man came up and said "Our District has collected a large fund for Aids education that must be spent in India, will you take it and use it ? " Guess the answer. We do not know the total of this yet, but it could be another $20,000.00 or more. Hari will be flying back to his home in Madras, India on Sun. Morning, 24 November 1996 via New Jersey prior to completing his USA visit. It truly has been a moving experience seeing all that is being accomplished thru the efforts of Rotarians trying to make a positive difference in this world one step at a time.