Behind the scenes an anxious yet hopeful group of rotaractors anticipated the evening’s proceedings….
The Installation Ceremony of President Rtr. Kushan Yapa and his Board of Directors of the Rotaract Club of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University for the term 2016/17 was held on the 26th of September 2016 from 6.30 pm onwards at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Auditorium.
One month before the date, the Board to-be along with the club members of the Rotaract Club of KDU rushed around in haste, organizing and re organizing the schedule for the event which was merely two weeks away. Time truly was of the essence as the Club expected nothing but perfection on this most prestigious day in the Rotaract calendar of KDU; the 4th Installation Ceremony of the Rotaract Club of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University.
The theme for the club year 2016/17 was unanimously decided to be “Risk, Care, Dream, Achieve.” With just that in mind, there were speeches to be made, invitations to be sent out to external parties as well as decorations and the fellowship meal to be organized.
It seemed as though nothing would fall into place while behind the scenes an anxious yet hopeful group of rotaractors anticipated the evening’s proceedings…..
Registrations for the attendees of the installation began at 5.30 pm. There was much laughter and chatter outside the auditorium as fellow Rotaractors from many Rotaract Clubs around Sri Lanka mixed and mingled. A dance troupe comprising of the clubs very own members, along with the Sri Lanka Army Eastern Drum Troupe awaited the arrival of the dignitaries in much graceful glory. Upon the arrival of the personages, it seemed as though the moment had finally arrived.
The ceremony commenced with the lighting of the oil lamp by the dignitaries after which the installation was called to order by the Outgoing President Rtr. Kalana Jayantha, followed by the Flag Salutation, Rotaract Invocation, Four-Way Test and the Rotaract Song. The Chief Guest for the evening was the Vice Chancellor of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University and one could see the pride in is yes and could hear the approval in his words as he addressed the gathering.
Project Co-Chairperson, Rtr. Ravishan Amerasinghe representing the project chairs, Rtr. Damin De Costa and Rtr. Omindu Lokuliyana, welcomed the gathering on behalf of the organizing committee.
The Secretary’s Report for the year 2015/16, delivered by Rtr Sadhika Jayasinghe, secretary for the Rotaract year 2015/16, brought about a sense of reminiscence amongst the club members both old and new, while pictures spoke a thousand words on the screen as the video footage of the report played on.
The outgoing president, Rtr. Kalana Jayantha addressed the gathering as he thanked his Board for a job well done and wished the best of luck to the incoming board.
Afterwards, the collaring of the Incoming President of the Rotaract Club of KDU for the year 2016/2017, Rtr. Kushan Yapa, took place, following an expressive introduction of the Incoming President given by Rtr. Maleesha Pasqual, the co-editor for the year 2016/2017.
The address by Rtr. Kushan Yapa, in a nutshell, spoke of how nothing could be achieved without taking risks. Every achievement being a result of somebody’s dream. And how through our dreams we achieve our goals and how goals are nurtured through caring, which highlighted further the theme selected for the year 2016/17.
Next on the agenda was the much awaited moment; the induction of the new Board. Each newly appointed Board member walked proudly onto stage and accepted their badge of duty.
The address by the District Rotaract Representative (DRR) Past President Rtr Mohamed Husni which was followed by the address by the District Rotaract Committee Chairperson (DRCC) Paul Harris Fellow Rtn. Sanjeewa Fernando shared with all attendees’ wisdom and words of encouragement or all future endeavors.
In order to break away from formalities, an entertainment item by the winners of the “Most Popular Award” at the Friends in Action Talent Competition 2016, “Hexatonic”, got the crowds tapping their feet and singing to the beats of a medley of well renowned songs.
The address by the Guest of Honor, PHF Rtn. Selvarajah Maherakanth, District Youth Service Chair, followed thereon.
While the formalities for the day drew to a close, and tokens of appreciation were handed out to pay tribute to the dignitaries for being present on this significant day, thereon opening the floor for felicitations from all the clubs present in the audience.
The secretary for the years 2016/ 2017 Rtr. Lekangi Perera delivered the Vote of thanks which was followed by the singing of the National Anthem, bringing to close the installation.
The night however was still young for us young Rotaractors. Needless to say, the next most anticipated affair for the night was the Refreshments and Fellowship dinner. The Rooftop dinner organized for all attendees with food and drink was enjoyed the most by the newly elected Board, as they finally relaxed and sat own to have a meal, having successfully carried out the Installation Ceremony which had now come to an end.
It was however only the beginning.
As the well renowned rapper Tupac Shakur once said happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.
And to quote the words of Rtr. Kushan Yapa, “let us all RISK more than others think it’s safe, CARE more than others think it’s wise, DREAM more than others think its practical and ACHIEVE more than others think it’s possible!”
Dignitaries present at the 4th Installation Ceremony of the Rotaract Club of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University.
• Chief Guest -Rear Admiral JJ Ranasinghe, Vice Chancellor of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University
• Guest of Honor– PHF Rtn. Selvarajah Maherakanth, District Youth Services Chair
• Deputy Vice Chancellor of the university – Major General Ruwan Kulathunga
• Dean faculty of graduate studies Brigadier RGU Rajapaksha
• Dean Faculty of Defence and strategic Studies Colonel WTWG Ihalage
• District Rotaract Committee Chairperson PHF Rtn. Sanjeewa Fernando
• President of the Rotary Club of Millennium city PHF Rtn. Dayanki Chadrasekara
• District Rotaract Represntative PP Rtr Mohamed Husni
• Immediate Past District Rotaract Represntative PP Rtr. Sathiyeandra T’singham
• District Rotaract Represntative elect PP Rtr. Anuradha Senanayake
• Officer in charge of RCKDU Lt. Commander DMS Jayathilake
• Outgoing president – Rtr. Kalana Jayantha
• Outgoing Secretary- Rtr Sadhika Jayasinghe
• Incoming president – Rtr. Kushan Yapa
• Incoming Secretary- Rtr Lekangi Perera
• Project chairperson Rtr Ravishan Amerasinghe on behalf of the co- project chairperson Rtr. Damin De Costa and Rtr Officer Cadet Omindu Lokuliyana
List of Board members of the Rotaract Club of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University 2016/17
President – Rtr.Kushan Yapa
Secretary – Rtr.Lekangi Perera
Rtr.Damin de costa
Sergeant at arms