“Rome has grown since its humble beginnings that it is now overwhelmed by its own greatness.”
Everything in the world, every human being has a beginning. Our Sunil Patodia is not an exception. He also began his career as a small time chartered accountant, who now leads an empire. All, through his hard and relentless work. Sunil believes ‘a dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.’ As advocated by our past Rashtrapati Late Dr Abdul Kalam, Sunil dreamt and dreamt even as his professional business was taking shape. You can see the result today – The lad from a middleclass family of Rajasthan town Jhunjhunu who completed his studies there and came to Mumbai in search of green pastures, now leads the CA firm as a senior partner with S K Patodia & Associates established in the year 1992 having branches in 14 cities in India’s 12 states and also in Dubai and celebrating its silver jubilee year.
His career in Lionism, spanning 16 years, has seen a gradual growth up the ladder. He joined the organization in the Millennium and was elected as president in 2003-04. His entry in district cabinet was as a zone chairperson in the year 2005-06. After having various stints, he graduated himself as a leader stepping into the shoes of leadership chairperson in 2009-10. Patodia was GLT Coordinator, a position he held for three consecutive years (2011-2014). In 2014-15, he was activity committee chairperson and brought a new meaning and shape to various community-based service activities. He added a new dimension to leadership programmes as district chairperson by introducing a series of Leadership seminars, attended by Lion leaders of the district and addressed by eminent leaders both from Lionism and the corporate world. This has brought him an enviable reputation not equalled till date. This exercise in leadership paved way for him to be unanimously elected as the district governor at the 27th annual convention, 2017.
Awards, rewards, accolades and recognitions fall in the lap of proven leaders. Our Governor Patodia is the recipient of a Presidential Medal, a Presidential Leadership Medal, 17 times International Presidents’ Certificates of Appreciation, Multiple District Appreciation Awards, District awards, six times Lion of the Year Awards, and the like. He was chosen to attend Regional Leadership Institute (RLI) in 2009 and Advanced Lion Leadership Institute (ALLI) in 2012. Melvin Jones Fellow Sunil Patodia has brought into the folds of Lionism 75 plus new members, bagging the coveted Grand Master Key. So far he has secured 5 New Clubs Extension Awards. In his Lions career, Governor Patodia has attended 16 annual district conventions, 11 Multiple District Conventions, two ISAAME Forums and one International Convention.
CA Sunil Patodia is very active in his professional career also. He served as Regional Council Member of WIRC (Western India Regional Council) of ICAI (The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India) from 2007 to 2016. He was WIRC Secretary in the year 2007-08 and Chairman in 2015-16. During both the years WIRC was named the Best Regional Council of ICAI. He is a regular contributor of various articles in print and electronic media and also presented numerous papers in the forum. This philanthropic Lion leader was instrumental in establishing a library by name Suwadevi Doongermal Patodia Libraray at Savitribai Phule Girls School, Saki Naka, Mumbai; a school van & Water Hut for Adarsh Bal Niketan, Jhunjhunu; Sunday mid-day meals to inmates of Sarvoday Hospital Cancer ward at Ghatkopar; contributed towards Juhu Lions Club classroom at Lion Juhu M C Shah College of Arts, Science & Commerce in Lonavla; Lions Juhu Health Centre at Ambiste village; Heritage Lions Garden at Narangi village, Khopoli; Rural Water supply project at Rojpada village, Talasari; street lights at mission hospital, Talasari. He also contributed towards twinning projects – boxing ring, wrestling arena and changing rooms for players at Sports Authority of India premises Kandivli.
Patodia is also coordinator in the CSR-NGO partnership of Choice International Ltd, The Byke Hospitality Ltd, Samank Consumer Products Pvt Ltd, SM Express Logistics Pvt Ltd and ONGC. He established labs for science and computer and an auditorium at Savitribai Girls School at Saki Naka as CSR project of ONGC. Patodia’s philanthropic activities do not end here. He has made handsome donations to Malad Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust, Rajasthan Vidyarthi Gruh (RVG Hostel for Boys) at Andheri, RVG Vijay Shrigopal Khetan Girls Hostel for CA Girl students at Goregaon, Deewan Kuldeepsingh CA Hostel at Vasai, office premises to Jhunjhunu Pragati Sangh, Jogeshwari.
Patodia pariwar constructed a guest house, day care, medical centre and a balwadi at a cost of Rs. 4 Crores at Shree Shakambhari Mata Temple in Rajasthan. District Governor Patodia is a founder trustee of Shri Doongarmal Patodia Charitable Trust, Vatsala, his Home Club Lions Club of Mumbai Heritage Galaxy, and Farmers’ Evolvement Foundation (a section-8 company). He is actively involved in Vaish Federation, The Bombay Vigilance Association, Bharat Vikas Parishad, Rajputana Siksha Mandal and Jhunjhunu Pragati Sangh.
This multi-faceted Lion leader hails from the promoter family of Choice International Ltd, The Byke Hospitality Ltd, Aqua Pump Infra Ventures Ltd, etc. Partner in service Lion Vinita, their cubs Lion Shreya, M.Sc. in International Business from UK and Lion Suyash a CA student form along with Sunil, a widely travelled Lions family. District Governor CA Sunil Patodia’s resolve is to take our premier sub district to the epitome of Lions Community and we are fortunate to be a part of this wonderful resolve.