Rotary Club of Colombo West fosters Tomorrow’s Leaders
Communication and leadership skills are a prerequisite to be
successful in one’s career and other aspects in life. To impart these
skills in the younger generation, the Youth Leadership Program (YLP) for
the year 2009 sponsored by the Rotary Club of Colombo West was conducted
from October to December 2009 on 10
A student receives her certificate after successfully completing
the Youth Leadership Program, from President Rtn Nissanka
Samaratunga. PDG TM Arunasalam Balraj is also in the picture.
President Rtn Nissanka Samaratunga of the Rotary Club of Colombo
West, handing over a certificate to one of the students who
successfully completed the Youth Leadership Program. Past
District Governor of Toastmasters District 82 TM Arunasalam
Balraj, looks on.
consecutive Saturdays at Wycherley International School, Queens Road.
This program has been sponsored by the Rotary Club of Colombo West
for the last 20 years in conjunction with Toastmasters International
District 82 said President Rtn. Nissanka Samaratunga of the Rotary Club
of Colombo West.
YLP is a 10-week program created meticulously by Toastmasters
International, USA designed for youngsters in the age group of 12-19
years. Toastmasters’ resource personnel were provided for this program
for the fifth successive year by Smedley Toastmasters Club.
The Cordinators for this year’s program were TM Sabirah Caffoor (Cordinator)
and TM Shuhaib Ali (Assistant Cordinator), both active members of
Smedley Toastmasters Club. On behalf of the Rotary Club of Colombo West,
President Nissanka thanked both TM Sabirah, TM Shuhaib and all other
Toastmasters Resource Personnel for their dedication and time given to
successfully carry out the project. Around 35 students from Asian
International School, Wycherley International School, Sujatha Vidyalaya
and British School participated in this program. President Nissanka
further added that under the program, each student was provided with a
manual from Toastmasters International which contains different aspects
and projects relating to public speaking and leadership. Every meeting
trained the students to deliver prepared and impromptu speeches and play
different leadership roles such as the President, Toastmaster of the
Day, Table Topics master, Round Robin master etc.
Students of Asian International School, Wycherley International
School, Sujatha Vidyalaya and British school who successfully
completed the Youth Leadership Program with TM Sabirah Caffoor
(Coordinator) and TM Shuhaib Ali (Assistant Cordinator)
Distinguished gathering at the YLP Award Ceremony 2009 held at
HNB Auditorium. First row, from left Past President Rtn. Janake
Edirisinghe, President Rtn. Nissanka Samaratunga, PDG
Toastmasters District 82 TM Arunasalam Balraj, Past President
Rtn. Harin Fernando, VP1 Rtn. Doulat Kundanmal and Director
Vocational Services Sebestian Karunkaran. Also in the picture
are the students of Asian International School. Wycherley
International school, Sujatha Vidyalaya and British School with
Each session also had a highly experienced toastmaster delivering a
feature presentation for the benefit of the students on areas such as
Introduction to Public Speaking, How to structure and prepare your
speech, meeting procedures, use of body langauge/ vocal variety, Free
Association of speech etc.
YLP culminated on the 12th of December 2009 with the awards ceremony
held at HNB towers with the large participation of Rotarians,
toastmasters, parents and students. president of the Rotary Club of
Colombo West RTN Nissanka Samaratunga, Past District Governor of
Toastmasters District 82 TM Arunasalam Balraj, Director Youth Service
Rtn. Haroon Careem and many Past Presidents of the Rotary Club of
Colombo West were among the distinguished gathering present.
Everyone present at the awards ceremony was amazed at the
transformation that had taken place in the students from nervous
speakers to confident and competent communicators and leaders within a
short span of 10 weeks.
During their impromptu speeches, the students displayed exceptional
skills of delivering well structured and informative speeches with
confidence and flair on a variety of topics, which kept the audience
PDG TM Arunasalam Balraj who is also a member of the Rotary Club of
Colombo West, said the progress and the transformation of the students
within such a short span of time, shows the talent we have in Sri Lanka,
which needs to be carefully nurtured so that the country could benefit
in the future, with such exceptional talents and leadership qualities.
The Rotary Club of Colombo West which is celebrating their Golden
Jubilee of its charter in 2010/2011 is planning to commence YLP 2010 in
September this year.
Lions Clubs International - District 306 A 2 All Island Essay
The International Association of Lions Clubs - District 306 A2 is
pleased to announce that it’s annual essay contest on prevention of Drug
Abuse & HIV/AIDS will be conducted this year too. Special significance
of this contest which is in it’s 18th consecutive year is the support
and assistance extended by the Lions Club of
Prof. Swarna Premaratne explaining details of the essay contest.
District Governor, 306A2, Lion Nimal Aluthge, District
Chairperson, Lion S. Ramachandran and other Lions of District
306A2 are also in the picture.
This contest is one of the major programs conducted continuously by
the Lions District 306 A2 to create much needed awareness among the
younger generation of our country.
Lion Prof. Swarna Premaratne of the Lions Club of Pestum, Italy
readily respondent to our call for funding our health camps and
awareness programs. She was instrumental in raising the required funds
through the Lions of her club in Italy, said District Chairperson Lion
District Chairperson Lion S. Ramachandran is organizing this contest
for the 18th consecutive year and he is ably supported by the President
of the Lions Club of Dehiwala North, Lion Lalith Lokuge under the
guidance of District Governor Lion Nimal Aluthge MJF.
Relevant Details of the contest
1. Participation: Open to all schoolchildren in the age group of 15
to 19 years.
2. Topics: a. “Youths’ Role in Drug Abuse Prevention”
b. “Life of Discipline - Life of Happiness” (on HIV/AIDS)
3. Language: Sinhala, Tamil or English
4. Closing Date: 22nd February, 2010.
5. Awards: (a) Cash Awards: First three place winners in each
language category and under each topic will receive Rs. 10,000/-, Rs.
5,000/- & Rs. 2,500/- respectively. Total amount of cash prizes awarded
is Rs. 105,000/-
** (Descriptive details of cash prizes given below)
(b) Other Awards: Beautiful Trophies and attractive certificate will
be awarded to all winners.
6. Conditions side: (a) Essay should not exceed 06 A4 size pages
(preferably on one of the sheet) and not less than 04 pages. They could
be either handwritten or typed.
(b) Certification by the Principal is a must in respect of the Date
of Birth of the participating student and that the entry is the original
work of the student concerned.
(c) Name & Address of the participating student including the
residential address to be either written or typed in bold English
letters to facilitate the preparation of the certificates/trophies of
(d) Decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be
(e) Scripts will not be returned.
7. Mailing Address: District Chairperson (Prevention of Drug Abuse
12/3, Frances Road , Wellawatta , Colombo 06.
President Lions Club of Colombo West, Lion Ashroff Hussain
addressing the gathering. Others in the picture are 2nd VDG,
Lion R.A.K. Padmasiri (left) and Past District Governor, 306A2 -
Lion Gamini de Silva.
Second VDG’s official visit to Lions Club of Colombo West
Second Vice District Governor 306A2, Lion R.A.K. Padmasiri paid his
official visit to the Lions Club of Colombo West, last week.
Lion Padmasiri commended the services rendered by the Lions Club of
Colombo West towards the blind, elders and handicapped children.
He also thanked the club for colour washing the premises of the Sri
Lanka Council of the Blind, which was a long felt need.
Dawn to Dusk – 2009-2010 Lions Club of Colombo Mutual Town
President, Lions Club of Colombo Mutual Town, Lion Rukman
Constantine addressing the gathering. Other in the picture from
left are Lion Selvaratnam, Lion Ranjith Premalal, Lion Selva
Mariathasan, Lion Nimal Senaratne, Lion Ariya Rekawa, DG Lion
Kingsley Bernard, Lion Jayantha Gunawardene, Lion Gratien
Fernando. Seated behind from left are Lion Thayaparan Srikanth,
With the little ones of Gokulam Children’s Home are DG Lion
Kingsley Bernard, Lion Jayantha Gunawardene, Lion Ariya Rekawa,
Lion Nadarajah and President. Lion Rukman Constantine.
The Lions Club of Colombo Mutual Town conducted a multi-service
project ‘Dawn to Dusk’ at the Gokulam Children’s Home, Wattala. Chief
guest on the occasion was District Governor 306B2, Lion Kingsley Bernard
The Service Project consisted of eye screening, and providing lunch
to over 125 children. Several other projects too were carried out
including the donation of a gluco-meter to an elderly person and a cash
donation to the Lions Ladies Association Cancer Hospital Project.
Rotary Club Colombo East sponsors pre-school concert at
The annual Pre School Concert at Dehiaththakandiya, sponsored by the
Rotary Club of Colombo East was conducted at the Mahaweli Centre. The
concert was attended by about 1000 parents and relatives of 308
pre-schoolchildren, who attend the 10 pre-schools sponsored by Rotary
Club of Colombo East since the year 2000.
School Band conducting guests to the venue of the concert
Cross section of the audience
Annually, approximately 300 to 325 pre-schoolchildren attend 10
pre-schools are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Colombo East of which
about 150 to 175 pass on to the primary schools of the area. The quality
of the children passing out of these schools, receive the admiration of
the neighbouring school principals, who welcome these children to join
their schools to pursue primary education.
The funds for the program are obtained through direct donors
(corporate and individuals), who commit themselves with passion for the
remarkable achievement/progress of the program since the year 2000.
Hatton National Bank has taken a substantial share of the sponsorship of
this program during the last few years. A significant achievement in
this program is the increase in the number of children passing the year
five scholarship exams, as a result of the good pre-school education
received by them in the formative years, and also the improved
attendance of the children, which was otherwise not up to expectations.
The Rotary Club of Colombo East, has focused on Pre-School teacher
training from the inception by conducting residential and non
residential training program for teachers in the Mahaweli system C
areas, to equip them with the much needed training to teach the young
ones in their formative years.
The program is co-ordinated by the Rotary Community Corps (RCC)
sponsored by the Rotary Club of Colombo East. The patron of the RCC at
Dehiaththakandiya is the Ven. Makuruppe Pannasekara Thera, who gives of
himself the leadership to the 20 RCC members who volunteer to organize
the various activities throughout the year.With this experience Rotary
Club of Colombo East has already conducted a pre-school teacher training
program for the teachers attached to the Kopay division in Jaffna and
has plans to conduct several similar programs in other areas as well.