“A family like no other,
On a quest to serve,
Together as one”
The words flashed across the screen with photographic memories of the past year as the 5th installation ceremony of Rotaract Club of Alumni of University of Moratuwa kicked off. Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, friends of Rotaract, friends in Rotaract and parents gathered to wish Rtr. Himantha Alahakoon and his Board of Directors as they were inducted during the ceremony on Sunday, 23rd July 2017, at the DHPL Auditorium, Colombo 02, under the theme “Together we paint the shades of Earth”.
Adding colour to the occasion were several personalities. Rtn. PHF PP Satyajit Seneviratne (District Chairman- Youth Services) graced the occasion as the Chief Guest while Rtn. Bobby Srinivass (District Rotaract Committee Chairman for 2017/18) was the Guest of Honour. Rtn. Brian Selvanayagam (Secretary of Rotary Club of Colombo West), Rtn. Yukthi Gunasekara (Youth Service Advisor (2016/17), DRR Rtr. PP Anuradha Senanayake, IPDRR Rtr. PP Mohamed Husni, Mr. Gamini Alwis (Regional General Manager, State Timber Corporation), and Rtr. IPP Christeena Perera (Guide Club Director) made the event more eminent with their presence. We were also privileged to have Dr. Ranga Rodrigo – Senior Treasurer & Staff Advisor of Rotaract Club of University of Moratuwa, in our midst.
The Secretary’s report for the year 2016/17 presented by Rtr. Hasini Perera elaborated on the projects carried out in the previous year; out of which “Sathkara” and “Ganga Addara” stood out. “Sathkara” was a project consisting of four phases which saw the needs and insecurities of the people at difficult times and addressed them with an immediate action plan. “Ganga Addara” was targeted to create awareness about river bank conservation and was executed under the guidance and support of the State Timber Corporation. The generous support extended by Rtn. Yukthi Gunasekara and all the past members of the club was heartily appreciated at this juncture.
Other highlights in the agenda were the launch of the revamped club website and presenting tokens of appreciation (which happened to be saplings to make sure we aligned with our year theme) to the key personalities who were our pillars of strength. Several weeks of effort led by the Project Co-chairpersons, Dinithi Warnasuriya and Tharindu Fernando, concluded successfully as the joyous felicitations imbued the air with heartfelt wishes for the Rotaract year 2017/18.
By Rtr. Rochelle Silva