The 3rd Installation Ceremony of the Rotaract Club of Excellence College
The Rotaract club of Excellence began a new chapter as it was their 3rd installation ceremony. The Proceedings commenced at 6.00 P.M. as fellow Rotaractors gathered filled with excitement at the DHPL building from 5.00 P.M eagerly waiting to get themselves registered for the event. The ceremony started off with the lighting of the traditional oil lamp by Rtr. Rukshan Perera followed by the houred dignitaries. The house was called to order after the oil lamp was lit. The flag salutation, invocation and the four-way test was recited by Rtr. Ashwini which was followed by the Rotaract song.
The welcome address was followed up by a video, taking us back to the 35 projects done by the club which included new innovative projects as well. The outgoing president Rtr. Dilanka Kumarasinghe presented a heartfelt speech explaining the challenges and hurdles he had to overcome as the president. ‘Do not do projects award driven but with passion and for a good cause’ was the piece of advice he left for all gathered. He concluded his speech by thanking Ruwan Gunasinghe for all his advice and support and presented tokens of appreciation to the people who helped him in the past year.
The incoming president; Rtr. Navoda Welipitiyage who was introduced to the gathering by Rtr. Dilanka Kumarasinghe, put across hints of his undertakings for the year 2017-18. He declared his theme for the year; “Where focus flows Energy goes” which he and his fellow board members anticipate to accomplish. Having shared his words, he introduced his board members:
|Immediate Past President||Rtr. Dilanka Kumarasinghe|
|Vice President||Rtr. Shukri Salman|
|Secretary||Rtr. Nishadhi Daluwatta|
|Assistant Secretary||Rtr. Sharker Shajahan|
|Sergent at arms||Rtr. Muslihudeen Mursheed|
|Co-Treasurer||Rtr. Sithira Tillakawardana|
|Co- Treasurer||Rtr. Randika Ariyawasana|
|Club Service Director||Rtr. Darren Pietersz|
|Community Service Director||Rtr. Ashwini Ratnayake|
|Professional Development Director||Rtr. Aaqil Riyaz|
|International Understanding Director||Rtr. Nimesh Mendis|
|Public Relations & Director||Rtr. Zimnaaz Fareed|
Followed by the introduction of the board members, the DRR gave a wonderful speech where she expressed how Rotaract is like a ‘sailing a ship in a stormy sea’. She continued on how we as rotaractors should drive the change in society. Recalling the previous year she was really impressed with the project ‘Kokila Nadhaya’ and wish the project continues in the upcoming years.
The Installation ceremony took the monotonous reverse in interaction with the audience, just as in any other installation. The twist came in when a group performance by Rtr. Mario Anandan, Rtr. Navod Jayasinghe and Rtr. Sala Hettiarachchi filled the hall with melodiousness. With the crowd awakened by the performance, the proceedings continued on course. DRCC Rtn. PP Bobby Srinivas, who in his speech implied that attitude is what defines a person to reach greater heights. The Chief guest made similar points as well, congratulating the club for carrying out 35 successful projects.
All said and done, the glorious evening filled with emotions and entertainment came to an end as the floor was open for felicitations which was followed by the national anthem.
Written by – Rtr. Arul Sabareesh
Photo Credits – NowYouSeeMe