Camaraderie is a novel concept initiated by the Rotaract Club of Alumni of University of Moratuwa. The idea behind this concept was to hold the Monthly General Meeting with another Rotaract Club as a joint meeting, instead of having it in the traditional way. The main objective of this concept is to enrich ‘Engage Rotaract – Redefine Friendship’ through the focus areas of fellowship, reach-out, innovation, empowerment, nourishment, discipline, sustainability, hope, inspire and passion. The sessions were named “camaraderie”, which means mutual trust and friendship among people.
As for the very first Camaraderie session, Rotaract Club of NSBM was invited and the joint meeting was held on 5th August 2017 at Royal College Union Skills Centre in Colombo 7. The meeting commenced at 3 pm after Rtr. Himantha Alahakoon, President of Rotaract Alumni Mora, called the meeting to order.
After the formalities were carried out, Rtr. Himantha invited the members from the two clubs to mingle with each other and asked all the members to give a brief introduction of themselves. Brief updates on completed projects and on-going projects were provided afterwards. Some of these projects were “Prelude”, “Sathkara 17.1”, “Nenapahana” by Rotaract Alumni Mora and “UNO Phase 1”, “Gear Up”, “Green Leaf” by Rotaract Club of NSBM. After normal procedures, the joint meeting concluded, while paving the way for more interactions and fellowship.
Afterwards, the Session 1 of Project “Together as One – Phase 1(Forum for ONE)” was conducted in the form of a panel discussion with Rotaract Club of NSBM. This project was initiated with the aim of promoting communication between individuals of different ethnicities and religions living in Sri Lanka. While being in line with the Rotary focus area of “Peace and conflict prevention/resolution” and the 16th SDG (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions), it also resonates with the Rotaract District 3220 Sri Lanka & Maldives theme for the year 2017/18. Since the session focused mostly on promoting understanding about the different religions, questions such as basic teachings, the origin of the religions, the role that our religions had played while we grew up, religious festivals we enjoy and the common aspects between religions were discussed.
By Rtr. Lovindu Wijesinghe