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Editors Note – Celebrate the success ofExplore Rotaract @ 3220 at a                                         Year 2012!glan...
Message from the District Rotaract Representative – 2012 / 2013                                                           ...
Being a Rotaractor                                                                           Rotaract District 3220 – Sri ...
Nothing Better than Rotaract                                                                           Rotasia – An Intern...
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  2. 2. Editors Note – Celebrate the success ofExplore Rotaract @ 3220 at a Year 2012!glanceNothing Better than Rotaract 5 Let me start-off by wishing all the readers of Explore Rotaract @ 3220 a Happy New Year! IRtr. Tharaka De Alwis, Mr. Rotasia hope year 2013 brings you greater2012 shares his experience of being opportunities, achievements and moments topart of Rotasia. cherish within and outside of Rotaract! A common complaint observed by most of us during the latter part of the year was that 2012Know Your District Committee 6-8 took us on an expressway. Maybe the variousGet to know three of your favourite commitments we made kept us extremely busyDistrict Committee members, up and that we did not even realise that time was flying.close as we reveal interesting details Be it that or the other, for Rotaractors, 2012 wasabout them. a year well spent with thousands of young individuals all over Sri Lanka fighting for various causes. In addition, the Rotaract network witnessed a considerable growth in terms ofCongratulations! 10 number of active clubs, strengthening the power we have as a youth movement.Join us to congratulate the bestPresident of the month and best This bulletin is yet again an attempt to recapRotaractor of the Month for some of the efforts of Rotaractors under DistrictSeptember, October and November. 3220 in the second quarter of the Rotaract calendar. While extending my gratitude to DRR Rtr. PP. Dilhan Jayatilleke, the District CommitteeUnleash 23 and other clubs for assisting me in numerous ways, I invite you to enjoy reading ExploreRtr. Sachnitha Fernando points out Rotaract @ 3220.the importance of standing up foryourself in her inspiring article Let us celebrate the success of year 2012 andexclusively written for this issue. hope that the same spirit continues in the coming years as well... Rtr. Thilini Alahakoon Editor – Rotaract District 3220 Please send in your comments and suggestions to thiliniha@gmail.com. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. 2|P ag e
  3. 3. Message from the District Rotaract Representative – 2012 / 2013 H ere we are in year 2013, creates an opportunity for you to reach having entered the Third maximum awareness possible. As I Quarter of Rotaract Year always spell, Rotaract is not only a mere 2012 / 2013 and the Second or the Final Local Community. It is a Global Half of a remarkable year in service. Let Community. This Quarterly News me welcome all you enthusiastic Bulletin builds that bridge to reach the readers to the Second Issue of the News ultimate. Bulletin. The comments received after At the same time, let me invite you toExplore Rotaract @ 3220: The Official Bulletin of Rotaract District 3220 launching the First Issue made the thoroughly read this publication, since it District Committee stronger to present is the best way that we can acknowledge you a much better version of ‘Explore the hard work, commitment and Rotaract @ 3220’. dedication put up by your fellow I would fail in my duty if I do not Rotaractors. I must also add that I am mention the District Editor Rtr. Thilini extremely proud as your leader to see Alahakoon for her sheer commitment to the warmth and togetherness shown by the task. She was well supported by the all of you in everything that we did District Director for Public Relations together in the past. Need the same Rtr. Ransimalie Warnapura. The level of support in the upcoming six corporation extended by the District months as well, in order to make this Secretary Rtr. Nadisha Colombage Rotaract Year a resounding success. cannot be forgotten as well. Apart from In conclusion, I sincerely hope that you them, let me take this opportunity to will enjoy thank each and everyone who has reading rendered a helping hand to make this ‘Explore Second Issue an attractive one. Rotaract @ What I would like to mention herewith 3220’ as much is that Rotaract Clubs must get as we enjoyed maximum use of this News Bulletin. in compiling it. Keep in mind that this is your “Let’s Unite to Make Dreams Real” publication. This publication will go Rtr. PP. Dilhan S. Jayatilleke into the hands of many Districts over District Rotaract Representative the world, especially in South Asia. That 3|P ag e
  4. 4. Being a Rotaractor Rotaract District 3220 – Sri Lanka Rotaract is an extra source of energy to live our lives doing what we like using the way we like and helps us to be satisfied and happy by satisfying another who wishes to be satisfied - Rtr. Rasika Kalum To me Rotaract is all President, Rotaract Club of about serving Society in Nuwara Eliya general, the communityExplore Rotaract @ 3220: The Official Bulletin of Rotaract District 3220 you reside in and yourself whilst enjoying it. - Rtr. Sudham Dewaraja President, Rotaract Club, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo People do not know what they can For me Rotaract is an accomplish until they get together. opportunity for me to Rotaract gives its members support enhance the knowledge and resources to power a change. and skills that will assist me in personal - Rtr. Nilangika Fernando development, to President, Rotaract Club of University address social of Colombo, Faculty of Management requirements in and Finance, different communities and to expand network through a framework of friendship and service. - Rtr. Anuja Madushan Herath President, Rotaract Club of Kuliyapitiya 4|P ag e
  5. 5. Nothing Better than Rotaract Rotasia – An International Rotaract Experience R OTASIA is an international My Rotasia Experience - Rtr. Tharaka conference of Rotaractors and De Alwis (Mr. Rotasia for 2012 at Nepal) Rotaract Clubs in South Asia. It is “This was my first visit to a an international gathering of neighbouring Asian country so there Rotaractors in the region to exchange were a lot of expectations and a certain information, enhance fellowship, build level of uncertainty with regards to the networks and concentrate ideas and landscape of this new region that I was efforts to work together for a common about to explore. One of my most agenda of youths in general. ROTASIA is memorable occasions was when weExplore Rotaract @ 3220: The Official Bulletin of Rotaract District 3220 generally understood as a 3-4 day walked out of the Delhi airport a gust of conference for youths with invitees wind swept across our faces and when from Rotary. In 2012, 750 youth from we knew that this was no Colombo, this the region and across the globe was Delhi, India and damn wasn’t it participated in the event. chilly outside. In 2012, Rotasia was hosted by Rotaract District 3292 in Katmandu, Nepal. Over The opportunities for fellowship were 600 Rotaractors from all the Districts in so immense, and I built new contacts the Sub-continent participated in this with the fellow participants from Sri event. Rtr. Tharaka De Alwis, of the Lanka, which have now blossomed into Rotaract Club of IIT became Mr. Rotasia friendships. With distinguished guests amongst heavy competition. such as UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nepal and ILO’s Asia Rotasia 2013 will be held in Dhaka, Youth Employment Specialist coming in Bangladesh from the 30th of January as speakers, the educational benefits 2013 to the 2nd of February 2013. DRR were indescribable. Rtr. M Mahhmudul Hasan of RID 3280 visited Sri Lanka in December to Personally for me, becoming Mr. Rotasia elaborate his plans for Rotasia 2013. for 2012 was an exhilarating This year, in addition to the regular experience. That and the “Elephant schedule, there will be a Cruise for all Port” we visited, were two of the participants to enjoy as well as a post- experiences I brought back home with Rotasia tour for those who are me and will cherish for the rest of my interested in an opportunity for life. fellowship. I would certainly encourage all my Rotasia is truly a thrilling experience for fellow Rotaractors to take this Rotaractors who wish to understand opportunity and visit Bangladesh for how clubs in other Districts function. Rotasia 2013 and to experience the Written By: Rtr. Ransimalie beauty of another nation and familiarize Warnapura yourselves with how international Rotaract really is.” 5|P ag e
  6. 6. Know Your District Committee District Director - Club Service & Club Development / ZRR - Zone 1 – Rtr. IPP. Hazeem Osman Being the Club Service Director and ZRR for Zone 1, Hazeem has been part of almost all the clubs as much as its members have. His commitment to Rotaract is indeed admirable. Hazeem is also the Immediate Past President of the Rotaract Club of Colombo Fort, and joined Rotaract in 2009 after 5 years of Interact at Zahira College. During his tenure as the President, his Club received 20 District Awards and Recognitions, which is proof of his competencies as a leader. If you are to the bond and fellowship that will recommend eventually motivate all Clubs to performExplore Rotaract @ 3220: The Official Bulletin of Rotaract District 3220 Rotaract to a happily. friend, what will you tell Name one thing about yourself that them? most people do not know. Everyone I would say knows everything about me I guess, as a that Rotaract result of the true friendship which I is the best cherish the most in my life via Rotaract. movement for any youth What quality of people do you hate the to relax and enjoy themselves whilse most and why? Personally, I hate if learning to imrpove in terms of people change themselves. I also love it professional development and become if everyone is always cheerful and better human being through service to society. unchanged. I admire an honest and humble person but I cannot stand What was the most memorable dishonesty. moment in Rotaract for you? My whole Rotaract career is a beautiful What is the best compliment you have memory for me, but, in my Rotaract ever received? In terms of awards, the career, the moment which I consider to be the most remarkable was the minute Rotaract Paragon Award in 2011 / I got collared as the President of my 2012, but my best compliment would Rotaract Club. the privilege of being in Rotaract and having such wonderful Rotaractors What is the most difficult thing about around me. being a Rotaractor? Being a Rotaractor is always easy. There is nothing difficult What is success for you? Attainment of about it. Rotaract is always entertaining the desired goals with a good set of true and relaxing and at the same time, extremely inspiring. friends around me is success for me. According to you, what can we as a Favourite quote District do to strengthen and improve “Lend a Hand, Lend a Heart” the movement? As a District, we need to be supportive, play a good advisory innings and most importantly maintain 6|P ag e
  7. 7. Know Your District Committee Zonal Rotaract Representative (ZRR) - Zone 2 / 5– Rtr. IPP. Ronia Peerez One of the most highly praised Presidents Rotaract has ever had, Ronia is a dynamic and competent individual. She is currently working as a Secretarial Assistant at Corporate Managers & Secretaries and following ICSA (UK). She joined Rotaract in 2011 by reviving the Rotaract Club of Matale, which proved to be a huge success story. If you are According to you, what can we as a to District do to strengthen and improve recommen the movement? d Rotaract As a District, we should help and guide to a friend, the Clubs to keep up to the standards ofExplore Rotaract @ 3220: The Official Bulletin of Rotaract District 3220 what will District 3220 to strengthen and shine as you tell a best District as a whole... them? Rotaract is Name one thing about yourself that one place most people do not know. where you I think everyone know everything they can bring should know about me out and enhance your talents and get yourself introduced to a wide What quality of people do you hate the community where you get to meet a lot most and why? of people and build up friendship while If you start to list them down there will being involved in a worthy cause. be plenty, so best is only to accept them for their better part... What was the most memorable moment in Rotaract for you? What is the best compliment you have Every Rotaract event I participated was ever received? a memorable event. However, the My year of Presidentship as the District Trip to Jaffna in the year President of the Rotaract Club of Matale 2011/2012 with IPDRR Suthakaran and and all the achievements. the crew was one of the memorable moments. What / who inspires you and why? What is the most difficult thing about The people whom I meet in my day-to- being a Rotaractor? day activities and the good Almost all the Rotaractors are students characteristics that I admire and learn plus employees. In my case, I have been inspire me. running an outstation club while being in Colombo. Therefore, I think time is What is success for you? vital when you are a Rotaractor. But when you have managed everything, at Living a life to your content is success. the end of the day you will see the amount of experience youve gained. Favourite quote “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” 7|P ag e
  8. 8. Know Your District Committee District Secretary District Director - Community Service – Rtr. PP. Shanaka Indrajith Shanaka is a quite personality, probably the quietest individual of the District. Being the charter president of Rotaract Club of ANC, he has successfully created a club that grows from strength to strength each year. He currently serves as the Vice President and Community Service Director of Rotaract Club of Colombo while being an exemplary young entrepreneur. If you are doing projects, making "service" a to fun thing.Explore Rotaract @ 3220: The Official Bulletin of Rotaract District 3220 recommen 3) Getting the community actively d Rotaract involved in community service to a friend, activities and sharing the Rotaract what will Spirit with them. you tell them? Name one thing about yourself that It is fun! most people do not know. Great for Actually, most people don’t know much networking about me anyway! I can whistle while and a good smiling... way to give back to your community... What quality of people do you hate the What was the most memorable most and why? moment in Rotaract for you? It will Arrogant people. Attitude is good but definitely be my experience of being arrogance means you don’t care about part of 2005 RYLA. others. What is the most difficult thing about What is the best compliment you have being a Rotaractor? ever received? At times Rotaract takes up a lot of time. Hmmm... :) Especially because I work till late, there has been situations where time has been What / who inspires you and why? an obstacle in being a Rotaractor. My Father According to you, what can we as a What is success for you? District do to strengthen and improve Achieving my realistic goals in life. the movement? I have set Goals for my Family, Work I see three things we can do; and Social life. 1) Arrange more inspirational workshops, more team building Favourite quote workshops like RYLA or Ground “Dont be scared to do what you think Breakers. is right, Those who Mind dont matter, 2) Sway from the regular events and those who Matter Wont Mind...” come up with innovative ways of 8|P ag e
  9. 9. Congratulations! September September President of the Month Rotaractor of the Month Rtr. Ravindra Tammita Rtr. Monali Thilakawardane Rotaract Club of Kandy Rotaract Club of Centennial UnitedExplore Rotaract @ 3220: The Official Bulletin of Rotaract District 3220 October October President of the Month Rotaractor of the Month Rtr. Nilangika Fernando Rtr. Senthilnathan Dineshkumar Rotaract Club of University of Rotaract Club of Chunnakam Colombo, Faculty of Management & Finance November November President of the Month Rotaractor of the Month Rtr. Anuja Madhushan Herath Rtr. Rangitha Kuruppu Rotaract Club of Kuliyapitiya Rotaract Club of Colombo Fort 9|P ag e
  10. 10. District Events Completed in the Second Quarter Rotaract visits the Northern end of Sri Lanka! T he 4th Rotaract Internal The third day was full of Cultural District Youth Exchange took experiences to the participants; which place on the third weekend of included a session to be dressed in October and was scheduled to Jaffna traditional Hindu attire (Men- Vesthi with the main intention of visiting the and Women-Sarees) and religious clubs in the zone and attending their ceremonies at the Nallur Kovil. This installation ceremonies. The visit was served as an opportunity forExplore Rotaract @ 3220: The Official Bulletin of Rotaract District 3220 hosted by the Rotaract clubs of Jaffna, Rotaractors to explore and live Jaffna Mid Town, Nallur and traditions different from their own. Chunnakam. The three-day visit started Jaffna visit is an ever-popular District off with a visit to the Jaffna Library, Visit, which witnessed the participation followed by a swim in the Kashurina of Rotaract Clubs of Colombo, Beach which is among the most University of Colombo Faculty of wonderful beaches in the country. Science, Colombo Fort, University of The second day was more of a formal, Colombo Faculty of Arts, American yet an eventful day, with the National College and University of Rotaractors participating at the Joint Colombo Faculty of Management and installation ceremonies of the Rotaract Finance. Clubs of Jaffna and Jaffna Mid Town, Written by: Rtr. Ransimalie Warnapura which installed the Presidents Rtr. Gunabakan Wishwaruban and Rtr. Vasanthanajakam Dushanthan as the leaders of the clubs for Rotaract year 2012/2013. Later, in the evening the joint installation ceremony of the Rotaract Clubs of Nallur and Chunnakam took place, where Rotaractors witnessed the installations of Presidents Rtr. Arunthavachcelvan Anithdrokshan and Rtr. Patkunarajah Thusjanthan. 10 | P a g e
  11. 11. District Events Completed in the Second Quarter Rotaractors Visit the Hill Country I t was one of the most exhilarating captured the most attention from all Rotaract experiences; the 2012 district visits, with the participation of Kandy District visit had surpassed over 120 Rotaractors around the all expectations with the fun and country, who joined the District excitement it had in store for the Rotaract Representative and the rest of Rotaractors coming in from all over the the District Committee to their country. It was held during on the 15 th excursion to the hill country!Explore Rotaract @ 3220: The Official Bulletin of Rotaract District 3220 and the 16th of September 2012, Written By: Rtr. Ransimalie Warnapura comprising of two installations and the TRR Rajans Cricket Tournament, it was a fun-filled weekend for all. The weekend started off with the TRR Rajans Cricket Tournament held at the Asgiriya Cricket Grounds with a crowd of over 400 Rotaractors, Rotarians and friends. The winners and the runners-up were the Rotaract Clubs of Nikaweratiya and Panadura, respectively. The next had in store the installation ceremonies of the two clubs in the zone: The Rotaract club of Kandy and the Rotaract Club of University of Peradeniya. Rtr. Ravindra Tammita and his board was installed for the Rotaract Club of Kandy, while Rtr. Pradeep De Alwis and his board was installed for the Rotaract Club of University of Peradeniya. The weekend, to put mildly, was exuberant, and probably one which has 11 | P a g e
  12. 12. District Events Completed in the Second Quarter Rotaract Visit to Kuliyapitiya and Suwa Saviya Health Camp T he Rotaractors from District 3220 The following day was dedicated to yet visited Kuliyapitiya on the 24th another community service project by and 25th of November. The main Rotaractros, the "Suwa Saviya" health camp. objective of this visit was to attend the This project was done jointly by the Rotaract Charter Installation Ceremony of Rotaract Clubs of Colombo Fort, Kuliyapitiya, Club of Kuliyapitiya. Matale and Batticoloa. The project was a full day medical camp, carried out with theExplore Rotaract @ 3220: The Official Bulletin of Rotaract District 3220 "EMPEZA" the charter installation help of the Sanasa Association at ceremony of the Rotaract club of Kadawalagedera Pahala Gomugamuwa in Kuliyapitita was held on the 24th of Kuliyapitiya. With the aid of 4 doctors November from 4.00 pm onwards at the which included Rtr. Pres. Milton Srimali Earls Courts. The event was Mathushan from Rotaract Club of graced by chieft guest Dr. Thilak Batticaloa,we were able to serve around Kandaragama and the guest of honor 350-400 individuals much needed health Assistant governor Rtn. Donald Gamini check-ups under different categories like eye Thilaka and also fellow Rotarians, and dental with the distribution of free Rotaractors, parents and well-wishers. medication. The event witnessed the official induction of the charter president Rtr. Anuja Madushan and the board of directions for the year 2012/2013.The highlights of the event were the launch of the official website of Rotaract club of Kuliyapitiya (rotaractclubofkuliyapitiya.org) and the amazing surprise given to president of the Rotary club of Kuliyapitiya PHF Rtn. Ajith Kumara to show gratitude for his major donation to the rotary foundation. 12 | P a g e
  13. 13. District Events Completed in the Second Quarter Seeni Meanie: Rotaract District Diabetes Awareness Project S eeni Meanie is the Diabetes Higher Education, University of Awareness Campaign carried out Colombo, Faculty of Art, Science, Law & by Diabetes Association of Sri Management, Rotaract Club of Lanka with the collaboration of Rotary University of Sri Jayewardenepura, District 3220. This program mainly Rotaract Club of Spectrum Institute of targets the youth of Sri Lanka to Science and Technology, Rotaract Club enlighten them about the risks and of University of Kelaniya and RotaractExplore Rotaract @ 3220: The Official Bulletin of Rotaract District 3220 prevention of diabetes. Club of University of Moratuwa, American National College and Seeni Meanie workshop mainly consists Informatics Institute of technology. of an awareness lecture plus a Risk Assessment which is basically similar to Special thanks go for Dr. Mahen a clinic where each and every Wijesuriya, Mrs. Dhanya Wijesuriya and participant are examined in order to Staff members of Diabetes Association assess whether they are in risk of having of Sri Lanka for giving us such diabetes. knowledge and specially for facilitating us throughout the lecture series. We are Rotaract District 3220 has yet taken grateful to District Governor Rtn. PHF. another step further in delivering the Darshan John and all the Rotarians, for best for the Rotaractors. Joining hands the guidance given. And without all the with Rotary District 3220 and Diabetes district committee members and fellow Association of Sri Lanka successful Seeni Rotaractors this project would never Meanie workshops were conducted at have been a success. 12 Institutional-based Rotaract Clubs; Written By: Rtr. Anupama Gunathilake Rotaract Club of Achievers Lanka Business School, Imperial Institute of 13 | P a g e
  14. 14. District Events Completed in the Second Quarter Rota Eve 2012 – Christmas Party The Annual Rotaract District Christmas Party was jointly co-hosted by the Rotaract Clubs of Colombo Fort, Colombo Midtown and Millennium City on the 14 th December 2012 from 6:00 pm onwards at No 51, Fife Road, Colombo 5.Explore Rotaract @ 3220: The Official Bulletin of Rotaract District 3220 There was a good turnout of around 65 Rotaractors from many Rotaract clubs. This was a fun-filled evening and a celebration of the first six months of hard work and Rotaract service. The main highlights were that this occasion saw the presence of the Rot-Asia Sri Lanka chairperson Rtr. Mutthiah Prabaharan and this event was carried out in a roman “TOGA-FETE” style. All Rotaractors enjoyed the fellowship in good spirit. A night filled with dance, song and Roman – style entertainment this was yet another unforgettable project. 14 | P a g e
  15. 15. Club Service Projects Club Service Projects Initiating a year of excellence Rotaract Club of Faculty of Law, East and the fellow Rotaract Clubs were University of Colombo among those who were felicitated in this ceremony. The Charter Installation Rotaract Club of University of Ceremony of Moratuwa Rotaract ClubExplore Rotaract @ 3220: The Official Bulletin of Rotaract District 3220Explore Rotaract @ 3220: The Official Bulletin of Rotaract District 3220 The legacy of Rotaract Mora continues of Faculty of with the 17th installation ceremony of Law, the Rotaract Club of University of University of Moratuwa, held on the 30th of Colombo was September at the Development Holdings held on the (Pvt.) Ltd auditorium, Colombo 02. Prof. 13h of September 2012, at the Senate R.A. Athalage, the Deputy Vice Hall, University of Colombo. After being Chancellor of University of Moratuwa handed the Charter Certificate, graced the occasion as the chief guest. President Rtr. Janith Thilakarathne and The installation saw the incoming his board officially took office for the president for 2012/2013, Rtr. Chinthaka year 2012/2013. Dharmasiri and his board taking office. The chief guest for the event was Rtn. The outgoing president, Rtr. Benura Lasantha Wijeweera, President of the Vithana took the center stage, making a Rotary Club of Colombo East, while the comprehensive address and furnishing Dean of Faculty of Law, Mr. the audience with his experiences as a V.T.Thamilmaran, chaired the event as past president. the guest of honor. The sponsoring Rotary club- Rotary club of Colombo 15 | P a g e
  16. 16. Club Service Projects Get Wet Pool Party – Rotaract Baila Night 2012 - a night of Club of Pamunugama entertainment, Sri Lankan style! The Rotaract Club of Pamunugama Organized by the Rotaract Clubs of organized “the hottest party of the year Cinnamon Gardens and University of – “GET WET POOL PARTY” at The Villa Colombo, Faculty of Arts, Baila Night Palma Beach Hotel, Pamunugama on 1 st 2012 will be held on the 3rd of of December 2012 with a packed crowd November 2012.Explore Rotaract @ 3220: The Official Bulletin of Rotaract District 3220 of over 250 young people. The event is expected to raise funds to This was organized to raise funds for support a rural school in the recently the future community service efforts of resettled village “Kalebogaswewa” in the Rotaract Club of Pamunugama. The Vavuniya. These funds will be utilized to club intends to lend a hand to the lives support the education of the 200 keen of the needy people in the area specially primary school children and to buy the school children and the aged. water filters needed to ensure a hygienic school environment. The President, Rtr. Bimal Ranatunga and Baila Night 2012 will be a night of members of Rotaract Club of dance, songs, friends and fun “Sri Lanka Pamunugama wish to convey their style”. So, take a break from your busy sincere gratitude to all sponsors and schedules this weekend and come get donors, the management of Villa Palma your Baila groove on! Beach Hotel, Pamunugama, Rotarians, Rotaractors of District 3220, all service providers, participants and all others who helped in many ways to make this event a successful and memorable one. The enthusiasm, leadership and thoughtfulness of Project Chairpersons Rtr. Jerom, Rtr. Chanuka and the able organizing committee should also be appreciated. 16 | P a g e
  17. 17. Community Service Projects Paint a Smile R otaract Club of the Imperial Institute of Higher Education has recently had the benefit of putting a smile on several faces through the ‘Paint a Smile’ project. This project was initiated as part of the United Nations at the National Youth Day Event. The event was conducted to create a better living space for children at one of the buildings of the Suchirathodaya Children’s Development Center in Maharagama, a project that was based on mainly painting the premises. ‘Paint a Smile’ was carried out on the 8th and 10th of November during which the development center was painted byExplore Rotaract @ 3220: The Official Bulletin of Rotaract District 3220 the members of the Rotaract Club of IIHE, who also spent time with the children at the center. The project was chaired by the community service director of the club Rtr. Sajith Senevirathna. The paint and all other necessities for the project were sponsored by Target Resource (Pvt) Ltd. During the first day most of the indoor work was completed; all the rooms were painted, and the children slowly began to get along with the Rotaractors. The second day was filled with smiles as gift packs were distributed among the children and a lasting bond was made between the Rotaractors and the children. The children interactively took part in the project; wanting to paint along with the Rotaractors. The eventful day with the children turned into an even more memorable one through the singing and the games that were played, moments such as these will always remain embedded as an important part of the Rotaractors’ journey. The project was highly successful in the end, and the Rotaract club of Imperial Institute of Higher Education was able to truly Paint a Smile. 17 | P a g e
  18. 18. Community Service Projects Green Dream The rate of deforestation in Sri Lanka has mounted with an alarming speed over the past few decades. A group of young Rotaractors of the Rotaract club of University of Moratuwa thought of stepping out of their monotonous daily routine to do something for this burning problem, through Green Dream. The idea underlying this project is the reclamation of the deforested areas in the country through a replanting process. Its initial phase was carried out in the Roonakanada reserve on 8 th and 9th of December. The Rotaractors came up with this concept during the annual club trip to RoonakandaExplore Rotaract @ 3220: The Official Bulletin of Rotaract District 3220 after having a discussion with Mr.Udaya Chanaka, an environmentalist in the country. Roonakanda being the second largest lowland rainforest in Sri Lanka is being threatened by a great deal of deforestation. The Rotaract Mora took the initiative to reforest the area, especially along the border of the forest with several endemic plants and this was done under the guidance of the non- profit based organization “Friends of Bio-diversity” In order to make this noble cause a reality, 11 Rotaractors led by the project chairperson Rtr. Pasan Hewa Kandamby reached the Roonakanda reserve on 8 th of December. They engaged in the tiring task of clearing up about an acre of the forest ground for the planting. Next day they prepared a plant nursery with about 50 endemic plants intending to plant them in the reserve at a future date. By the end of that day they managed to plant about 72 saplings, all endemic plant species, some of which were pretty rare ones such as Hora, Beraliya, ,Kirihambiliya. Special thanks should go to Mr. Udaya Chanaka for his kind guidance throughout the two days and to Rtr. Lahiru Gawarammana for successfully coordinating this interesting project. 18 | P a g e
  19. 19. Professional Development Projects Save a Life It was bright sunny day when the Saving Association, theory-covering Rotaractors of Colombo Millennium City areas such as CPR to Basic first aid to & ANC came out to “Save a Life” on the how handle snakebites. As part of 21st of October 2012. The project was practical sessions, participants were conducted by the Life Saving given dummies and were able to Association of Sri Lanka which the actually demonstrate actual CPR! All National Life Guard Committee is Rotaractors present at the event wasExplore Rotaract @ 3220: The Official Bulletin of Rotaract District 3220 completely run by a group of volunteers awarded a certificate which is valid where we were lucky to witness some internationally which proves to say that truly inspirational and actual incidents they have successfully completed the experienced their very own life guards. foundation level of basic lifeguard The event was chaired by Rtr. Chevon course. David of Rotaract Club of Colombo I believe there was a lot learned through Millennium City and by Rtr. Pravi this project, as we were taught how to Gunaratne of Rotaract Club of American face an emergency, what measures that National College. need to be taken, and most important of The event took place at the Mount all learned how to “Save a Life”. A Lavinia Beach within the Life Saving special thank you goes out to our Association premises itself. The instructor Mr. Asanka Nanayakkara and program included sessions like to Mr. Samith Thilina for the wonderful teachings of basic life saving skills insights of teachings of how to save a alongside a very interesting power point life when time in trouble. presentation conducted by Mr. Asanka Written by: Rtr. Chevon David Nanayakkara, the General Secretary of the Life 19 | P a g e
  20. 20. Professional Development Projects Passion The Rotaract Club of Cinnamon Gardens The Rotaract Club of Cinnamon Gardens proudly presented “PASSION” an art was proud to host and support such a exhibition for daring young artists benevolent cause, as we believe it is our which was held from the 15th -16th of personal and civic duty to encourage December 2012. It was a unique talented young artists whose names will opportunity for those who are someday be embedded in history. determined and daring to pursue theirExplore Rotaract @ 3220: The Official Bulletin of Rotaract District 3220 passion relentlessly despite convention List of featured Artists: and hardships. The key objective of the  Chathurika Jayani exhibition was to promote art amongst  Isuri Dayaratne the youth and educate the public about  Shamanthi Rajasingham Sri Lankan modern art.  Irushi Tennekoon  Indika Wijewardhana The exhibition was held at the Sapumal Foundation Gallery, which is one of Guest Artist: DEP Thushara Pathirana Colombo’s most prestigious and historic gallery’s’ which houses all the works of the ‘greats’ of Sri Lanka including George Keyts, Beling and Daraniyagala. 20 | P a g e

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