LET’S ICE-BREAK! 

On the second meeting of our new Rotaract year, we had more than a surprising increase in number of new members. What started out as a seemingly normal meeting had a few pleasant surprises in store for all of us.
Firstly, we had a rather young guest from the States. Interactor Sethmi Dharmasiri, from the Interact Club of San Mateo High School, California, informed us about her Interact club and the various projects her club has been a part of. It was inspiring to hear that they have, as such young members, participated in worldwide projects that have a large impact.

Afterwards, Our Secretary, Rtr. Ranishka, opened the floor to our two Professional Development directors, Rtr. Ashenka and Rtr. Naduni to introduce the fun they had planned: to help all the members get together and have a fun time while getting to know each other and break the ice.

The first ice breaker was something that had us all jumping through hoops. Members were divided into teams of twelve into five groups. It started out by members having to pass a hula-hoop which they had to be jumping through, all the while holding hands. This tested the skill of agility and being able to coordinate well with the other person to work to achieve a common goal. We had quite a few tall, well-built boys, who had an interesting way of getting through the loop or rather making sure that the loop didn’t completely overpower them. The first group to finish leaping through the hoops was indeed our IPP Rtr. Kushan Yapa’s team which was indicated by a very loud roar of victory from himself followed by his team.
Secondly, we had an interesting game of Pop the Balloon. There was a small catch- you had to run to the chair placed at the end and sit on the balloon to pop it. Those of us who didn’t participate were in fits of laughter all through out. Some members were very forceful in sitting down and popping the balloon while some were less forceful and were left floating awkwardly on the chair trying. One we noticed specifically was our Membership Development director Rtr. Sandali.
The third but last ice breaker for the day had to be on volunteer basis due to an influx of members that day. There volunteered the eager innocents who had no idea what they were getting themselves into as they were being blindfolded. After being blindfolded and placed in a circle of chairs blocking their movement to just half a circle, they were told balloons will be released into this space and they would have to pop them. As soon as the game started there was popping almost immediately but not by those within the circle. The little factor our organizers kept from themselves was, the balloons won’t actually be given to them but be popped by our remaining members outside the circle. The innocent members were all left wandering around, trying to find these balloons that were being mysteriously popped seemingly by the other players. After the blindfolds came off, they all had a laugh because some had even come out of the circle of chairs in their drive to find the balloons and win.
As the meeting adjourned, the members, old and new, among goodbyes being thrown around, there was talk of a great time they had and how glad they were they had joined the Rotaract family. 

Article by Co-Editor Rtr. Chayangi Kannangara

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Rotaract Year & New Beginnings

The Rotaract Club of General Sir John Kotelawela Defense University calls upon its members to a special meeting on the 5th of July 2017.

With another spectacular Rotaract year coming to a close, it was time again to renew the oaths, goals and memories, as a set of enthusiastic Rotaractors awaited to be assigned their appointments in the committee to kick start a new Rotaract year.
The meeting was held, in the most humbling manner, amidst its old and new members, within the university premises, where as a tradition, the meeting was initiated with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Nation and Rotaract Invocation given by the gathering. It was started off by the Immediate Past President, Rtr. Kushan Yapa, recapping briefly, the club’s events and activities which were conducted in the past Rotaract year; reminiscing the glory of the club’s accomplishments. Special recognition was given to the club’s signature project KUDA OYA, as well as many other significant projects such as BURN, CURE, #EMPOWER etc. The Immediate Past Secretary, Rtr. Lekangi Perera, joined in to extend gratitude to the hard-working club members for their support and contribution to the projects, as well as to extend her well wishes to the newly appointed commitee.

The outgoing president then passed off the gavel to his successor, Rtr. Ravindu Jayakody, to take over the responsibility of guiding and leading the new committee into another exciting year of dedicated service and fellowship to the community. Soon after followed by the introduction of the new Secretary, Rtr. Ranishka Ratnasekara. Amidst all formalities, there occurred a light-hearted moment as Hasani Gunasekara, Director for Professional Development for the previous year, took a few minutes to deliver an account of how wonderful it had been to work hand in hand with the IPP and his committee.

Finally, most anticipated moment of the meeting had arrived- appointment of the executive committee and the board members. The following members were entrusted to take upon duties and responsibilities of the club, as the newly appointed President announced:-

Vice-President: – Salinda Samarakoon
Vice-President: – Cadet Officer Udeepa Hettiarachchi
Vice-President: – Heshan Wijayagunawardane
Assistant Secretary: – Hasani Gunasekara
Editor: – Chayangi Kannangara
Editor: – Vibodha Rathnayake
Sergeant-at-Arms: – Ramitha Miyuranga
Directors for Club Service: – Rukmi Jayawardane, Rajith Samarasekara
Directors for Community Service: – Harith Samarasinghe, Senuri Gunetilleke
Directors for Public Relations: – Malinthi Perera, Raveen Fernando
Directors for Finance: – Sammani Dunuwila, Shara Meedin
Directors of IT: –  Kaveesha Erangith, Lahiru Attanayake
Directors for Membership Development: – Sandali Gurusinghe
Directors of Professional Development: –  Ashenka de Silva, Naduni Fonseka
Directors of Sports: – Pamoda Hettiarachchi, Hiran Sameera
Directors for International Relations: –  Rushinie Ranasinghe, Gayeshan Jayasundera.

There was a clear-cut support felt in the air emanating from the crowd of members present towards the newly appointed committee.
Both IPP and IPS, for their immense service and dedication to the club, were given tokens of appreciation and was once again congratulated for completing the past Rotaract year with much grandeur and success. Thereafter, the meeting was conducted as usual as the newly appointed President laid out future plans and briefed on the upcoming events while encouraging the members to expand the club membership and delivering uplifting words of inspiration to the appointed committee members.
The meeting was thus successfully concluded as the gathering scattered with hearts content and their minds’ wheels already turning with creative plans for the future.

Article by Co-Editor Rtr. Vibodha Rathnayake