The 21st Installation Ceremony of the Rotaract Club of Colombo Regent

The 21st Installation Ceremony of the Rotaract Club of Colombo Regent was held on the 24th of August, 2016 at the Royal College Union Skills Center. On behalf of our club, Rtr. Peshala Samaratunga and Rtr. Oshani Weerakkody attended the installation ceremony.

The event commenced with the arrival of the Chief Guest and other dignitaries and the lighting of the oil lamp followed by the Flag Salutation, Rotaract Invocation, Four Way Test and the Rotaract Song. 

After a warm welcome, the Secretary’s Report for the year 2015/16 was presented to the audience by the Outgoing Secretary Rtr. Nilushika Wittachy. It highlighted the significant projects done by the club and took the audience on a wonderful journey of the memories of the Rotaract Club of Colombo Regent during the past Rotaract year.

Next, the Outgoing President Rtr. Dinusha Wijeyeratna addressed the gathering. In her speech, she shared her wonderful experiences and memories as the President of the club and thanked all the club members for their commitment and dedication to achieving the set targets for the year. She stated that it would have been an impossible task if not for the amazing support given by the board and all the members.

Then came the most awaited occasion in the agenda where the Outgoing President introduced and collared the President for the year 2016/17, Rtr. Nilushika Wittachy and handed over the duties and responsibilities of the club.

Then the President for the term 2016/17 Rtr. Nilushika Wittachy addressed the gathering.  She started her speech by thanking the Immediate Past President, her club members and family and revealed how much she is delighted for being selected as the new President of the club. Throughout her speech, she expressed her desire to take the club to greater heights and expected the support of all the members in achieving this target.                                        

Rtr. Nilushika Wittachy being collared as the President of the Rotaract Club of Colombo Regent

Then she went on to introduce the members of the new board, which is as follows;

  • President – Rtr. Nilushika Wittachy
  • Immediate Past President – Rtr. Dinusha D.S. Wijeyeratna
  • Vice President – Rtr. Savini Iddamalgoda
  • Secretary – Rtr. Tahanie Yu
  • Treasurer – Rtr. Dulanga Cumaranatunga
  • Sergeant – At – Arms – Rtr. Revon Ferdinands
  • Community Service Director – Rtr. Saarah Bawa
  • Club Service Director – Rtr. Ahmed Ismail
  • International Understanding Director – Rtr. Sulaiman Rameez
  • Professional Development Director – Rtr. Buddhima Rekawa
  • Public Relations Director – Rtr. Suhail Razik
The Board of Directors for the term 2016/17

Next up on the agenda was the speech by District Rotaract Representative Rtr. PP Mohamed Husni.  He expressed his joy at Rtr. Nilushika Wittachy being the new President and appreciated the efforts of the Immediate Past President Rtr. Dinusha Wijeyeratna. He congratulated the Past President and her team for their outstanding achievements and also promised to give his support to the club in its future endeavors as well. 

District Rotaract Committee Chair Rtn. PHF Sanjeewa Fernando then congratulated the Outgoing President and conveyed his wishes to the newly appointed board. Youth Service Chair Rtn. Selvarajah Maherakanth then addressed the gathering and appreciated the work done by the club during the past year.  Further, he highlighted the advantages of being part of the Rotaract movement and benefits one could achieve through it. 

Then the Guest of Honor for the evening, Rtn. Mohamed Abidally, President of the Rotary Club of Colombo addressed the gathering. He expressed his gratitude for inviting him as the Guest of Honor for the evening and said that it was a privilege to be a part of such a wonderful and a momentous occasion. He concluded his speech by congratulating the Incoming Board for a successful year ahead. 

Finally, the Chief Guest Rtn. Senaka Amarasinghe, Governor of the Rotary District 3220, was invited to address the gathering. He expressed that Rotaract was a great pathway to build one’s character and to mold an individual towards facing the future. He congratulated the Outgoing Board on their achievements and conveyed his best wishes to the Incoming President and the entire club for a wonderful year ahead.

The installation concluded with the felicitations and the vote of thanks, which was followed, by the national anthem. Then the installation was termintaed and all the attendees gathered for refreshments and fellowship.

The Rotaract Club of University of Colombo, Faculty of Management & Finance conveys its warm wishes to the Rotaract club of Colombo Regent for a successful year ahead. 

Our club members with the newly appointed President of RC of Colombo Regent ; Rtr. Nilushika Wittachy

Written By-

photo Rtr. Oshani Weerakkody
Co- Director Club Service 2016/17 


Image Source – Rotaract Club of Colombo Regent FB Page

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