Behind the bright faces of the rotaractors, were the members who anxiously anticipated the outcome of their hard work.
The Installation Ceremony of President Rtr. Ravindu Jayakody & his Board of Directors of the Rotaract Club of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University for the term 2017/18 was held on the 17th of October from 6.30 pm onwards at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Auditorium.
Despite having to change the date many times, the Board to-be along with the club members ran around in haste arranging & re-arranging. The 5th Installation Ceremony of the Rotaract Club of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, essentially setting the platform of the Club’s activities for the year, was an event that couldn’t run short of perfection.
The theme for the club year 2017/18, was unanimously decided to be “Believe & Conquer.” With that in mind there was a script to be written, speeches to be whipped up, invitations to be sent out as well as decorations & the fellowship meal to be organized. With all the big & little tasks to completed, the anxious rotaractors behind the scenes were on pins & needles, hoping the evening would run smoothly.
Registrations for the rotaractors began at 6.00 pm. There was a lot of chatter as all the attendees of the different clubs joined together. A welcome dance troupe comprising of our very own club members were at the ready, to welcome the honored guests. Up until the guests arrived, it was almost as if it was another normal gathering of rotaractors.
The ceremony commenced with the lighting of the oil lamp by the dignitaries after which the installation was called to order by the our Sergeant-At-Arms Rtr. Ramitha Kalpana, followed by the university song, Flag Salutation, Rotaract Invocation, Four-Way Test & the Rotaract Song. One minute silence was observed for the fallen soldiers who have dedicated their lives to our Motherland.
Project Co-Chairperson, Rtr. Udeepa Hettiarachchi representing the project chairs, Rtr. Heshan Wijayagunawardena & Rtr. Salinda Samarakoon, welcomed the gathering on behalf of the organizing committee. The Secretary’s Report for the year 2017/18, delivered by Rtr. Lekangi Perera, Secretary for the Rotaract year 2016/17, took members, old & new, back to the days that were being depicted by pictures displayed on the video. While pictures speak a thousand words, nothing could replace the memories that were playing in the members’ minds, as they reminisced with nostalgia.
The first address for the event was by Chief Guest for the evening, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Major General I. P. Ranasinghe of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, who showed clear pride & joy in seeing the club having risen to this height. Next we had the outgoing president, Rtr. Kushan Yapa address the gathering as he thanked his Board for a job well done & 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 2017/18, Rtr. Ravindu Jayakody, took place, following a very descriptive & heartfelt introduction of the Incoming President given by Rtr. Ashenka de Silva, the Professional Development Director for the year 2017/18.
The address by Rtr. Ravindu Jayakody, touched upon how people can conquer anything if they just believe in themselves & put in the work with dedication. He emphasized how through our hard work we as a team & as one family will work together to conquer new obstacles & help our club reach greater heights further highlighting the club’s theme for the year 2017/18. Next on the agenda was the much awaited moment; the induction of the new Board. As each newly appointed Board members walked proudly onto the stage & accepted their badge of duty, there was a surge of support & applause from the audience.
After all the speeches, the audience clearly required a beat to uplift them, thereby leading the way for the first entertainment item performed by our very own members, to take the stage. Next came the address by the District Rotaract Representative (DRR) Past President Rtr. Anuradha Senanayake, who shared with all attendees’ wisdom & words of encouragement for all future endeavors. She was followed by the Rotary President, the beloved Rtn. T. Someswaran. Lastly but not least, we had an enlightening presentation by our guest, Andrew Samuels.
Following these enlightening words of wisdom bestowed upon us, the members of the club were again ready to ensnare the ears & soul of the audience. The second entertainment item for the evening was lead by none other than our very own newly inducted, Sergeant-At-Arms, Rtr. Ramitha.
While the formalities for the day drew to close & tokens of appreciation were handed out to pay tribute to the dignitaries for being present on this significant day, thereon opened the floor for felicitations from all the clubs present in the audience. The secretary for the years 2017/18, Rtr. Ranishka Ratnasekera, delivered the Vote of Thanks which was followed by the singing of the National Anthem, bringing the installation ceremony to a close.
The night however was still young for us young rotaractors. Needless to say, the next most anticipated affair for the night was the Refreshments & the Fellowship dinner. The dinner organized for all attendees with food & drinks, was enjoyed the most by the newly elected Board, as they finally relaxed & sat down to have a meal, having successfully watched their hard work pay off & the Installation Ceremony had perfectly come to an end. But little did they know, it was only just the beginning.
To quote the words of Rtr. Ravindu Jayakody, “Believe in yourself & what you thought was impossible, will be conquered.” I believe the Board & the members indeed outdid themselves, thinking outside the box & pulled off an amazing job, thereby putting into practice exactly what our President had in mind.
List of Board members of the Rotaract Club of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University 2017/18.
President – Rtr. Ravindu Jayakody
Secretary – Rtr. Ranishka Ratnasekera
Vice Presidents (Chairpersons for the evening)
Rtr. Udeepa Hettiarachchi
Rtr. Heshan Wijayagunawardane
Rtr. Salinda Samarakoon
Asst. Secretary – Rtr. Hasani Gunasekara
Editor – Rtr. Chayangi Kannangara
Treasurer – Rtr. Chandula Wijeratne
Sergeant at arms – Rtr. Ramitha Kalpana
Rtr. Harith Samarasinghe
Rtr. Senuri Gunetilleke
Rtr. Rajith Samarasekara
Rtr. Rukmi Jayawardene
Rtr. Sammani Dunuwilla
Rtr. Shara Meedin
Rtr. Rushinie Ranasinge
Rtr. Gayeshan Jayasundara
Rtr. Kaveesha Erangith
Rtr. Devmin Abeyasena
Rtr. Ashenka de Silva
Rtr. Naduni Fonseka
Rtr. Malinthi Perera
Rtr. Raveen Fernando
Rtr. Pamoda Hettiarachchi
Rtr. Hiran Sameera
Rtr. Sandali Gurusinghe
Article by Editor, Rtr. Chayangi Kannangara