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6th Installation Ceremony

Rotaract Alumni Mora stepped into its 6th year, marking the end of the service of a remarkable year. The installation ceremony for the Rotaract year 2018/19 was ceremonially held at the Olympic House Auditorium, Colombo 7 on 15th July 2018.

After lighting up the traditional oil lamp, the Rotaract formalities were followed. Rotaract Alumni Mora having spent its most glorious year yet, winning numerous awards at the District assembly including Most Outstanding Club, Most Outstanding President, Most Outstanding Digital Communications Project, Most Outstanding Public Relations Effort via Print Media and Most Outstanding International Service Project, humbly appreciated its members and Outgoing Board of Directors for the year 2017/18. The dedicated members of Rotaract Alumni Mora were awarded Spirit of Service Award for their commitment towards serving the community through the club.

The passing down of collar to the President for the year 2018/19 Rtr. Waruna Rasanga marked the dawn of a new era of Rotaract Alumni Mora. Then the theme for the rotaract year 2018/19 “Service Beyond self” was introduced by the president while revealing his plan for the year to achieve that.

Afterwards, the new board of directors for the year 2018/19 was introduced. The outgoing president Rtr. Himantha was appreciated for his exceptional service last year and was given an endearing send-off.

We sincerely thank all our well-wishers for their words of encouragement as we hope to inspire the future through a Service Beyond self.

By Rtr. Pooja Elvitigala

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Cultural Food Eve

Sri Lanka is a country with a vast cultural diversity, which makes it more unique and beautiful. Different cultures have their own unique food styles and this could be easily used to strengthen the bond between each other, as everyone loves to taste different cuisines. To make this concept a reality, on 30th May 2018, Rotaractors from the Rotaract Clubs of Alumni of University of Moratuwa and Wellawatte organized the ‘Cultural Food Eve’. This was the apogee of a ten-month long effort of the project ‘Together as ONE’.

By introducing each other, we started our discussion around 6.00 p.m. We started explaining on the varieties of food we have brought, especially the ingredients and the process of preparing them. Our fellow Rotaractors from the Rotaract Club of Wellawatte introduced four cuisines which belong to Tamil cultures, such as Ulundu Vadai and Sambol, Mothagam, Laddu and Paruththi thurai Vadai. They also described the process of preparing them. While having the discussion, they served us those food items to taste and they were really delicious.

Then came the turn to present Sinhala cultural food items. We had brought Kokis, Asmi, Mun Kevum and Thala Aluwa (Sesame Toffee), which are prepared for Sinhala & Tamil new year festival and for other auspicious events such as weddings, opening ceremonies etc. According to the Rotaractors from Rotaract Club of Wellawatte, Laddu is used for auspicious events and Paruththi thurai Vadai is used as a tea-time snack. As they mentioned, this snack is famous among Tamil people and they gifted us a packet of Paruththi thurai Vadai to take home. We filled our stomachs with Ulundu Vadai and Sambol. Eating Mothagam was a new experience for all of us.

This event was not only about tasting the food, but also about getting an insight into each other’s cultures.  From this discussion, we learnt some new recipes, good food habits and how individual, social, cultural, religious & environmental factors influence people’s food habits. Our discussion was not limited to food, but also about recently released Sinhala films as per the request of Rtr. Nijanthan Jeyakumar.

It was a great evening with a great bunch of people. We tasted a lot, learnt a lot and made some new friends. The day ended with the valuable demonstration ‘Food can play a major role in enhancing ethnic harmony’.

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By Rtr. Thilina Weerakkody & Rtr. Dulanji Amaraweera

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Camaraderie – Session 10 – RAC University Alumni

‘Camaraderie’ is a novel concept initiated by the Rotaract Club of Alumni of University of Moratuwa at the beginning of the Rotaract Year 2017/ 18. It is the major Club Service Project of the club carried throughout the year 2017/18, along with the Monthly General Meetings of the club.

The main objective of this project is to enrich the theme, ‘Engage Rotaract – Redefine Friendship’ through Fellowship, Reach-out, Innovation, Empowerment, Nourishment, Discipline, Sustainability, Hope, Inspire and Passion. In achieving the above objective, the club conducted their Monthly General Meetings as Joint-Meetings with another Rotaract Cub of the District, affixing more beauty to the traditional monthly meetings.

 

The tenth and the final session of Camaraderie for the Rotaract year 2017/18 was jointly carried out with the Rotaract Club of University Alumni on 22nd May 2018 at Royal College Union Skills Centre, Colombo 7. Just after the general meeting formalities, the project briefings and important matters were discussed.

The gathering cheered for the achievements of Alumni Mora at ‘Soorya Rashmi’ New Year celebrations, and they were also amused by the vivid memories of University Alumni’s ‘BBQ Night’. When the Alumni Mora expressed the story of ‘Haritha Pasala’, University Alumni voiced of ‘Sampradana’. As for how Alumni Mora shared the joy with a bunch of kids through their ‘Share the joy’ initiative, University Alumni did through ‘Merry Little Xmas’. Consequently, the joint meeting paved the way for both the club members to comprehend the common goals of ‘Rotaract in Service’ and the unique ways of each achieving it.

After the project briefings, the Ice-Breaking session commenced, where all the members got to know each other with their interesting talents. Upon the grown fellowship, it was also suggested by the members to conduct a joint project in future which would be sustainable in the long run. Finally, the meeting was concluded with a cheer for camaraderie.

 

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By Rtr. Hasini Perera & Rtr. Prabodha Chamarie

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Camaraderie – Session 8 – RAC Colombo West

‘Camaraderie’, the major Club Service Project of the club, carried throughout the year 2017/18 along with the Monthly General Meetings of the club, jointly unveiled its eighth session with the Rotaract Club of Colombo West on 21st of March 2018 at Royal College Union Skills Centre, Colombo 7.

The general meeting started following the formalities. Project briefings and important matters were discussed by the two clubs. Among the projects briefed at the meeting, ‘Ascend’ and ‘Aero West’ of Colombo West held similarities with ‘Get Hired’ and ‘Air Wing’ of Alumni Mora’s, which fascinated the club members.

Then, the Ice-Breaking Session commenced, where all the members were requested to introduce themselves and share something special about themselves. All the members highly enjoyed the talking & expressions of the presenters, and specially recalled the past memories of the West Family. The long-term friendship between the two clubs was reminisced by both the club members heartily.

Finally, the meeting concluded for fellowship, while creating many more memories of Camaraderie.

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By Rtr. Hasini Perera & Rtr. Prabodha Chamarie

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TrainLK launch

‘TrainLK’, is a crowd-sourcing mobile app developed to cater to the significant needs of the general public who utilize the Sri Lankan railway transportation. This is a novel innovative initiation by Rotaract Alumni Mora, launched with the aim of filling the gap of information need of the general public by utilizing latest technologies.

This app caters information on train delays, cancellations, late departures and much other valuable information to railway commuters. Currently, the general public lacks the means of knowing such information in real time. It has lead thousands of train users to face many inconveniences on daily basis. With TrainLK, all the information regarding railway transportation in any corner of Sri Lanka is available at your fingertips.

At the same time, it acts as an agent which promotes the Rotaract brand via providing news on important Rotaract events and projects to the general public.

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By Rtr. Achini Herath

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හරිත පාසල – Evaluations

Rotaractors of Rotaract Club of Alumni of University of Moratuwa found a meaningful way to spend the World Environment Day-2018. They went to Kahapola Pangnananda Vidyalaya to evaluate the progress of the task, which was assigned to the students of the school as a part of the project ‘හරිත පාසල’. The task was to plant a batch of 50 saplings and care them under the guidance of teachers-in-charge.

Rotaractors reached the school early in the morning and carried out evaluations with the collaboration of the teacher-in-charge of the environment. It was a great pleasure to see the sight of plants had started to flush. It was difficult to choose a winner. Students of Grades 6, 7, 8 and 9 had given their maximum effort to plant and take care of the saplings. Therefore, the decision was to give the present to the “Team of environment leaders” of the school, who represent the whole school.

As for their concern for the environment, Rotaractors planned to award something related to the environment.  So, the present comprised a set of magazines, which were related to the environment. Those magazines will be beneficial to enhance their knowledge on environment and awareness of the concerns related to the environment in Sri Lanka.

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By Rtr. Janaka Nuwan

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Camaraderie – Session 7 – RAC UoC Faculty of Law

The traditional General Meetings have taken the next wave now. The project ‘Camaraderie’ turned them into a much effective platform to network with fellow Rotaractors by opening doors to a series of joint meetings.

For the seventh session of Camaraderie, Rotaract Club of Faculty of Law, University of Colombo joined hands with us. It was decided that it would not be just a joint meeting, but there would a joint project between the two clubs as well.  ‘Share the joy 3.0’ was the short-term outcome of that ‘Camaraderie’, while the fellowship triumph in the long run. The club members worked together for the project execution prior to the meeting, building trust and teamwork. With all the preparations in hand & anticipation in hearts, both clubs’ members stepped-in to share the joy with a bunch of glittering little stars living in Pilapitiya Childcare Centre, on 24th February 2018.

After the successful completion of the project, the members gathered for the General Meeting. It was wonderful that, without any need of a typical ice breaking session, both clubs knew their partners, their likes-dislikes, and talents. Following the general meeting formalities, project briefings and important matters were discussed. Sharing updates with the fellow club & listening to theirs, refreshed the spirit of Rotaract in members. In this way, both the meeting and the project ‘Share the Joy’ concluded, inflating a true sense of camaraderie.

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By Rtr. Prabodha Chamarie

 

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Camaraderie – Session 3 – RAC Faculty of Management and Finance, University of Colombo

Camaraderie Session 3 was held on 22nd of October 2017, at the Royal College Skills Centre in Colombo 7 with the participation of Rotaract Club of Alumni of University of Moratuwa and Rotaract Club of Faculty of Management and Finance, University of Colombo.

Camaraderie is the Monthly General Meeting held by Rotaract Club of Alumni of University of Moratuwa with another Rotaract Club as a joint meeting, instead of having a traditional meeting to improve mutual trust and friendship among Rotaractors.

The meeting commenced at 1:00 pm after Rtr. Himantha Alahakoon, President of Rotaract Alumni Mora called the meeting to order. After the formalities were done, the project chairpersons gave away brief updates on completed projects. Some of those projects were “Cleanse-D” & “Seconds to Disaster” by Rotaract Alumni Mora and “Kingspin” & “Live a Little – Love a Little” by Rotaract Club of FMF. As for the ongoing projects, “Share the Joy” & “Ganga Addara” by Rotaract Alumni Mora and “Glass Ice” & “Boss” by Rotaract Club of FMF were mentioned. Then after conveying the messages sent by the Rotaract District, the joint meeting concluded after the National Anthem.

Rtr Manahari invited the members for the interactive session, where members had to group up and act according to the comperes’ instructions. The team that innovated and settled down quickly according to the said instructions was adjudged winners, improving fellowship and teamwork of club members.

Then the Project “Together as One – Phase 1 – Session 3 was conducted in the form of a panel discussion, focusing on the beauty of diversity.

After that, members of both clubs left for the project Share the Joy 1.0. This project invites the club members who celebrate birthdays in a given quarter of the year to organize a community service project, in order to spend the birthday in a worthy manner and share the joy with someone else. This project was held at Vajira Sri Children’s Development Center in Kotte and the members spent a fun-filled evening with the children.

 

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By Rtr. Lovindu Wijesinghe

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Camaraderie – Session 2 – RAC Wellawatta

Camaraderie is the Monthly General Meeting held by Rotaract Club of Alumni of University of Moratuwa with another Rotaract Club as a joint meeting, instead of having a traditional meeting to improve mutual trust and friendship among Rotaractors.

For the second Camaraderie session, Rotaract Club of Wellawatta was invited and the joint meeting was held on 5th September 2017, at the Royal College Union Skills Centre in Colombo 7. The meeting commenced at 3.00 pm after Rtr. Himantha Alahakoon, President of Rotaract Alumni Mora called the meeting to order.

After the formalities were done, the project chairpersons gave away brief updates on completed projects. Some of those projects were “Emergence” by Rotaract Alumni Mora and Orientation Programme by Rotaract Club of Wellawatta. As for the ongoing projects, “Cleanse-D” & “Eherunu Akuru” by Rotaract Alumni Mora and “Club Trip” & “Lost” by Rotaract Club of Wellawatta were mentioned. Then after conveying the messages sent by the Rotaract District, the joint meeting concluded after the National Anthem.

Rtr Venu then invited the members for the ice breaking session, where a member had to pick another from the other club and tell about the first impression he/she got about him/her and the reason behind.

 

Then the Project “Together as One – Phase 1 – Session 2 commenced. Focusing on ethnic identity, the Rotaractors shared their views on the benefits of living in a multicultural society as well as the challenges faced. Members of both clubs shared many stories, which helped everyone to get a better understanding of ethnicity from different points of view. One of the key challenges mentioned for harmony was the language barrier and it was decided to tackle that in the future phases of the project. While being in line with the Rotary focus area of “Peace and conflict prevention/resolution” and the 16th SDG (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions), the project “Together as ONE” also resonated with the Rotaract District 3220 Sri Lanka & Maldives theme for the year 2017/18.

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By Rtr. Lovindu Wijesinghe

 

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Ganga Addara 17.2

Starting off with Mahaweli, Kelani, Kalu, and Walawe, Sri Lanka is the birthplace to many breath-taking rivers that add on to the glamour and beauty of our little island. However, have we, as citizens been grateful to them? Taking a few seconds to ponder on the question, makes us realize as to the enormity and seriousness of the environmental pollution and destruction happening all around us. Riverbank erosion is one of the most prominent categories of this destruction but also one of the least discussed and addressed.

It is never too late to do what is right and what better day can there be to do the right thing for the environment than the World Earth Day. The Rotaractors of the Alumni Club of University of Moratuwa came together on the 22nd of April 2018 at the Wak Oya situated in Waga, Sri Lanka to paint their second batch of shades of green adding color back to the once so upper reaches of majestic Kelani river. Project ‘Ganga Addara 17.2’ constituted of planting 50 saplings of Mahogany, Mee, Na, and Mango.

The project was made possible with the generous help of Mr. Gamini Alwis, Deputy Regional Manager (Colombo Region), State Timber Corporation who was instrumental in procuring the saplings and locating the regions which needed immediate attention of concerned nature lovers.  After the successful planting of the little drops of greenery along the river bank, the responsibility of taking care of them was entrusted to Grama Niladhari and the villagers of the Pelpola region, because we as citizens of this dying planet should start assuming responsibility for reviving the life source of Mother nature.

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By Rtr. Janaka Nuwan