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