The 6th Installation Ceremony of the Rotaract Club of Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology was successfully held on the 19th of July 2018 from 6 p.m. onwards at DHPL building, Colombo. This marked yet another remarkable and hopeful inception for the Rotaract Club of SLIIT with the induction of Rtr. Sethil Muhandiram and his board of directors for the year 2018-19.
Starting up with the proceedings, the Chief Guest and the dignitaries were warmly welcomed and requested to light up the traditional oil lamp. The Chief Guest of the event was Mr. Panduka Mallawarachchi, Senior Manager HR/Administration and Head Administration of Metropolitan Campus of Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology and Guest of honor for the evening was Rtn. Tania Weerasooriya, President of Rotary Club of Battaramulla, which is the sponsoring club of the Rotaract Club of SLIIT.
The ceremony was called to order by the outgoing President Rtr. Vinura Ganegoda and was followed by the National Anthem, Rotaract Invocation, Flag Salutation, Four-way test and the Rotaract song. The gathering was then formally welcomed by the project co-chairperson Rtr. Duleesha Waidyarathne, which was followed up by the Secretary’s report for year 2017-18 presented by Rtr. Parami Paranavitana, recalling the remarkable memories of the last year. In her speech she mentioned that the club has completed 39 projects altogether and thanked everyone who assisted to “Escape the Ordinary” in the year 2017-18. A creative video clip which included cherished moments and memorable photographs from each project conducted in the year 2017-18 was then played.
Next the Outgoing President, a key player responsible for making the 5th year a success Rtr. Vinura Ganegoda addressed the gathering and he was grateful to the members for supporting the projects and helping him to achieve his goals during the past year. He also did not forget to appreciate the members who worked with commitment during the year by awarding presidential appreciations for their hard work. He specially thanked Rtr. Imalsha Udawatta who is the Charter President of the Club and each past year presidents for bringing the club to this position. He individually thanked everyone including his Board of Directors, to whom which personalized certificates were handed out. Then he presented awards for the most supportive board members Rtr. Gavindu Saranga, Rtr Rajitha Shavinda, Rtr. Dilini de Silva and Rtr Duleesha Waidyarathne in recognition of outstanding performance, superior dedication and positive attitude shown throughout the past year.
Next the outgoing president Rtr. Vinura Ganegoda officially handed over the duties and responsibilities of the Rotaract Club of SLIIT by collaring Rtr. Sethil Muhandiram as its 6th successor.
Rtr. Vinura Ganegoda, long time best friend and school mate to Rtr. Sethil Muhandiram introduced the incoming president. This was followed by a small video that showed the gathering the Incoming Presidents’ many sides. After that short entertaining intro-video of Sethil Muhandiram, he was given the chance to address the gathering. In his speech he thanked each and every individual who supported him to come to a position like this especially his beloved parents. He further mentioned that this year will be a remarkable year for RACSLIIT where the club will be achieving greater heights with the support of his family, his Board of Directors.
Then came the introduction of the new Board of Directors for the year 2018-19.
The Board of Officials for the year 2018-19 are:
- President- Rtr. Sethil Muhandiram
- IPP- Rtr. Vinura Ganegoda
- VP-Stratergic partnerships- Rtr. Gavindu Saranga
- VP- Service avenues- Rtr. Duleesha Waidyarathne
- VP- Finance – Rtr. Dhanushika Ranawaka
- Secretary- Rtr. Parami Paranavitana
- Asst. Secretary – Rtr. Vinuri Ramanayake
- Sergeant at arms- Rtr. Pasindu Menuka Sannasuriya
- Treasurer- Rtr. Tharoon Madusanka
- Co-editor- Rtr. Tharindhie Alles
- Co-editor- Rtr. Lihini Rajapaksha
- Director com. service- Rtr. Thusara Wijesuriya
- Director com. service- Rtr. Haridhakshan Sivaharan
- Director Public Relations- Rtr. Shalini Jayasooriya
- Director IT- Rtr. Rajitha Shavinda
- Director IT- Rtr. Senith Ranchagoda
- Director Professional Development – Rtr. Anne Thanya Mendis
- Director International Services- Rtr.Priyanka Pathmanadan
- Director Club Services- Rtr. Fulail Thaha
- Director sports – Rtr. Dayan Kanchana
- Coordinator com. services- Rtr. Menuka Vidanage
- Coordinator public relations- Rtr. Sheque Azeem
- Coordinator Professional Development- Rtr. Harrun prasadh
- Coordinator Professional Development – Rtr. Asjad Rahuman
- Coordinator Club Services- Rtr. Aqeel Mohideen
Once the board was introduced, the podium was then turned over to the dignitaries. DRR Rtr. Past president Mohamed Amjad Yoosuf addressed the gathering. He acknowledged all the hard work of the outgoing board under the leadership of Rtr. Vinura Ganegoda and congratulated the new President and the Board of Directors for a successful year ahead.
Continuing with the proceedings, Rtr. Dilkusha Senarath, one of the talented singers of D.S. Senanayake College entertained the audience with an amazing performance.
On behalf of the Guest of Honor for the evening Rtn. Tania Weerasooriya, her secretary Ms. Kumudu Megasooriya, addressed the gathering. She started her speech by thanking for giving her the opportunity to speak up at the event. She wished the newly appointed board to achieve greater heights in the upcoming year while serving the community.
The Chief Guest for the evening, Mr. Panduka Mallawarachchi, Senior Manager HR/Administration and Head Administration of Metropolitan Campus of Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, was then introduced by Rtr. Shalini Jayasooriya and was invited to address the gathering as the next event in the proceedings. He began his speech by congratulating the members of the club and also thanked the club for being actively participating in the events. Furthermore he highlighted the importance of such organizations within the institute to develop and improve the skills of students. He mentioned about a few projects that had been carried out by the club, like “Light up their world” and “Sihina Tharanaya” which won gold awards at the District assembly.
Tokens of appreciation for the dignitaries were presented by the club representatives and once it was done, the floor was opened for felicitation. The members of the Rotaract and Interact clubs in attending proceeded to congratulate Outgoing President Rtr. Vinura Ganegoda and his Board of Directors on their exceptional year and to wish Incoming President Rtr.Sethil Muhandiram and his new Board of Directors for an even better year ahead.
Incoming Secretary Rtr. Parami paranavitana ended all formalities by delivering the vote of thanks. Afterwards, the newly collared President for the year 2018-19 Rtr. Sethil Muhandiram terminated the 6th instillation ceremony of the Rotaract Club of SLIIT for fellowship. This marked the end of the Rotaract presidency of Rtr. Vinura Ganegoda, who has done an outstanding job shaping the club for the past year and yet another beginning of a new Rotaract year for the RACSLIIT. The 6th Installation ceremony of Rotaract club of Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology was thus successfully concluded on a high note.
Rtr. Duleesha Waidyarathne