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District 306 C2 Governor Priyanka Baddevithana:
Lion Priyanka Baddevithana and Lion Lady Lalani
at the International Convention held in Chicago USA
INTERNATIONAL Association of Lions Clubs is the world’s largest and
most active service organisation that has a present membership of over
1.3 million in 202 countries.
It was born 90 years ago on June 7, 1917 in Chicago, USA with the
vision of its founder Melvin Jones to create a global fellowship of the
finest people bonded in humanitarian service to uplift communities they
represent under the motto “We Serve.”
The International Association has over 700 districts and District 306
C2 Sri Lanka covers a wide geographical area in five provinces of
Eastern, Central, Uva, Sabaragamuwa and Western with 95 community-based
Lions Clubs and a membership of 3,300 service minded people.
Lion Priyanka Baddevithana was elected as Governor of District 306 C2
for 2007/2008, a special Lionistic year distinguished as the Golden
Jubilee of Lionism in Sri Lanka and was installed in office on July 6 at
the International Convention held in Chicago USA.
With formative education at Royal College, Colombo, his academic
endeavours have progressed through many prestigious institutions
including Harrow College of University of Westminster, UK, Postgraduate
Institute of Management (PIM) of University of Sri Jayewardenepura, and
Postgraduate Institute of Kelaniya where he has just completed a PhD
with a thesis on Psychology of Personality Development.
He is a member of the Association of Professional Bankers, PIM
Professionals Association, Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing and a
Certified Professional Marketer of the Asia Pacific Marketing
His record of academic achievements include a BA, MA and MBA, but he
holds in high esteem the tutelage received from the Buddhist and Pali
University of Sri Lanka and the Post Graduate Institute of Pali and
Buddhist Studies of Kelaniya University. Priyanka has a professional
career in management, and banking spanning in UK and Sri Lanka for over
Lion Priyanka was invited to join the Lions Club of Thimbirigasyaya
in 1992, and along his ascent of fifteen years to become District
Governor, he has held numerous leadership positions at both Club and
District level, and counts four special International Presidential
appreciations and Certification as a Guiding Lion.
His theme for the Lionistic year that began on July 01, 2007 is “Dawn
of a Golden Era” and his mission is to establish dignity and integrity
through a Lion membership that serves society with honesty and sincerity
The main thrust of Lionism has been in the arena of caring for
visually handicapped and sight conservation rising to the challenge of
Helen Keller to be the Knights of the Blind and Crusaders against
Darkness in 1925.
In 2007/2008 District Governor’s Top Priority for 306 C2 is to fulfil
this mission by conducting scientific eye screening camps spearheaded by
Chairman of Optometric Association Sandaka Lenagala who is District
Governor’s Programme Coordinator for ‘Gift of Sight’.
The target segments are identified as members clergy, schoolchildren,
seniors and public servants with special priority given for the Police
and Service personnel as guardians of justice and liberty.
Image Building is the bounden duty of every member as growth of the
depends upon the reputation of Lions as a meaningful organization
changing society for the better, and International President Mahendra
Amarasuriya’s theme this year is “Challenge to Change.” This mission is
spearheaded by Deshabandu Nimal Bulathsinghala who is a Special District
Under Hearing and Speech Action District 306 C2 responded to the call
of Sri Lanka Central Federation of the Deaf by empowering its members to
begin fundraising for their proposed vocational training centre by
organizing a “Walk for the Deaf” with a dual propose of popularising
‘Sign language’ as an effective medium of communication.
District Governor’s wife Lion Lady Lalani Baddevithana is the patron
of the Lion Ladies Association working on an agenda of child development
and women’s empowerment. This programme is spearheaded by Mrs. Indrani
Weeratunga and Chief Advisor is Vice District Governor Buddheni de Z.
Lions renovate children’s ward
The Premature Baby Unit of the Thambuttegama Base Hospital was
renovated to modern standards by Lions District 306 B2.
At the handing over ceremony held at the Thambuttegama Base Hospital,
District Governor, 306 B2, Mahesh Pasqual said that children are our
assets, and therefore they should be kept in good health.
To upkeep premature born babies, mothers take great care. Therefore
service clubs should carry out projects of this nature to help little
children, Lion Pasqual said.
In the picture are Dr. Suren Jayawardene, Consultant Paediatrician,
Thambuttegama Base Hospital, District Governor, 306 B2 Lion Mahesh
Pasqual and Project Chairman, Lion Viraj Wickramasinghe at the ceremony
held at the Thambuttegama Base Hospital to hand over the renovated ward.
306 A-2 Lions excel at Lions Golden Jubilee Parade
Lions District Governor
306 A2 Kamal Seneviratne
In the picture from left are - Immediate Past District Governor
- Lion Leelananda de Silva. District Governor - 306 A2, Lion
Kamal Seneviratne Vice District Governor, Lion S. K.
Karunasekera (partly covered) and First Lady of the District,
Lion Delrusha Seneviratne at the Golden Jubilee celebration
Lions Clubs International District 306 A2 emerged winners at the
Lions Golden Jubilee Parade organised by the Multiple District 306,
under the patronage of Lions International President, Lion Mahendra
The colourful event was held around the Viharamahadevi Park on
October 6 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Lionism in Sri Lanka.
Lions Clubs International District 306 A2 were victorious among the
six districts in the Multiple District 306. They won the “Best decorated
Float”, “Best orderly marching delegation,” Best Uniform”, Best Dancing
Troupes, Best participation (Region wise) and Best participation
306 B2 Lion Ladies present ‘Stairway to the Stars’ in aid of “Gift
The Lion Ladies Association of the International Association of Lions
Club District 306 B2 will present “Stairway to the Stars”, an evening of
music and dance with “Friends in Harmony” and Chandana Wickremasinghe
and “The Dance Guild”.
The show is in aid of the “Gift of Sight”. “Stairway to the Stars”
will be held at the Galadari Hotel, Colombo on November 24 at 7 p.m.
Lion Lady (Dr) Manel Pasqual, Patron, Lion Ladies Association of
Lions District 306 B2 said that the “Gift of Sight” is a Mobile Unit
fully equipped with the most modern technology to detect cataract and
other eye disorders.
She also said that the Unit will reach remote villages and afford
free eye screening in those areas and detect them for further medical
All eye hospitals in the district have agreed to treat patients
detected at the Lion Mobile Unit.
Further details of this worthy cause organised by the Lion Ladies
Association of the International Association of Lions Club District 306
B2, can be obtained from No. 36, Ward Place, Colombo 7. (Tel. 5665988
and 2679650 - Rehana). BJ
Inter School Quiz Contest by Lions International
The International Association of Lions Clubs celebrating 50 years of
Lionism in Sri Lanka, organised an Inter School Quiz contest among the
schools in Sri Lanka.
The children are not in the habit of reading today.
Therefore the aim of this contest is to develop a reading habit among
children. October is the month of reading and this contest is held to
coincide with this. The contest was conducted in over 100 centres
throughout Sri Lanka on October 20.
Children in Grades 10-13 participated in this competition. The
questions covered the syllabus of these grades and current affairs.
The winning teams from each centre were selected for the second
round. Four schools from each district scoring highest marks were
selected for another Inter School Quiz Programme “Seth Saviya” conducted
by the National Radio Channel.
Seminars to educate children on child abuse
Lions Club of Boralesgamuwa with the cooperation of Desabandu
Tennakoon SSP Nugegoda has launched a programme in 42 police stations to
hold seminars to educate children on child abuse and crime.
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Toastmasters club news
The club officer training programme concluded on Sunday with very
good participation from 22 toastmaster clubs islandwide.
The humorous speech contest will be held in November.
The Colombo Toastmasters Club meets every 2nd Tuesday and 4th Tuesday
at the Hotel Taj Samudra. Anyone interested in joining the Serendib
Toastmasters Club, may join the club at their meetings held every second
and fourth Tuesday at the Ceylon Hotel School Training Centre, at
Contact Romayne Diasz on 5752256, 0722248827 for further assistance.
The Inter Club cricket match will be held on November 1, at Shalika
Toastmaster 6 A Side Tournament
The above tournament is fixed for November 4 at Shalika Grounds
Narahenpita. All clubs are entitled to enter one team and clubs having
more than 25 members can enter two teams.
This will be a family get to gather and therefore wives and children
too could joind. There will be food stalls and a kiddies corner to keep
the children entertained while we are playing cricket, says. Romayne
Diasz - Public Relations and Media Convenor.
The Council of Management of the Sri Lanka Jewellers
Association released the Historical Document New Guide Line
at the Grand Oriental Hotel (Taprobane) recently. Here the
Chief Guest on the occasion. Gamini Navaratne DIG and OPS
Criminal Intelligence Narcotics, accompanied by the Governor
SLJA Lion A. Muthappan Chettiar JP. The first copy of the
New Guide Line was handed over to the Chief Guest by the
President of the SLJA Lion K. Radhakrishnan MJF JP, Anura
Senanayake SSP of Director Crimes. At extreme right is S.
Pulenthiran, Secretary General SLJA addressing the
The International Dumb Day organised
by the Sri Lanka Dumb Children’s Parents Association was
held at the Ragama Basilica Maha Vidyalaya recently.This was
sponsored by the Biyagama Lions Club.Here the Chief Guest
306 B2 District Governor Mahesh Pasqual lights the
traditional oil lamp to inaugurate the event. Sri Lanka Dumb
Children’s Parents Association Patron Sr. Charmaine Mendis
Lions District Chairman Deshashakthi Hemal Weerasinghe and
Biyagama Lions Club President Jayantha Chandrasiri were also
present. Malwana group correspondent
Lion Kamal Senevirathna, District Governor 306 A2 is handing
over a Radio Set to a visually handicapped at the Public
Library Auditorium recently to mark the International White
Cane Day. Regional Chairman Lion S. Sekar is also in the
Picture by: Ruzaik Farook, Colpetty Correspondent