ROTARY CLUB OF KATUGASTOTA
DISTRICT3220

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

Warapitiya Sanitation Project

 

 

 

Keheliya Rambukwella Model Primary School, Warapitiya, Kundasale, Sri Lanka comes under the Poor Category and caters for the lowest segment of the rural community. It is situated seven kms away from Kandy. A total of 700 male and female stdents attend this school. These students and their 27 teachers did not have proper and hygienic Water and Sanitation facilities. Through District Grant No. 1520865 (2014/15) the club received Rs. 176,850/- towards this project. With the support of the Rotarians, Inner Wheel Club Members, Parents and Teachers the club was able to construct 6 squatting pan toilets, 3 urinals and two wash basins within a record period of 20 days. Project completed on 30th August. Total cost was Rs.194,900/- and the balance of Rs. 18,050/- came from Rotarians, Parents and teachers

 

First Joint Project with the Inner Wheel Club

Members visited Daya Nivasa (Mother Teresa's Home), Kandy on 1st July,

 

2015.

Board Meeting on 24th June at President's Residence

Action Committee Meeting at Mahaweli Reach Hotel - 3rd June, 2015

Rtn. PP PHF Augustine Rodriguez  President for 2015-16

        2015 - 2016

ROTARY CLUB OF KATUGASTOTA

Programme for July - 2015

 Wednesday, 1st          -          First Project for the Rotary year

The following items will be donated to Daya Nivasa – Home for the Destitute, at 9.45 a.m. [Joint project with Inner Wheel Club.]

Your contribution and participation will be greatly appreciated. Be there at 9.40 a.m.                                

Steel  Benches, Dining Table, 20 Plastic Chairs, Children Chairs, 24 Plastic Buckets, Cups, Wipes, Mops, Sunlight Soap, Washing, Powder, Lysol, 30 Bed Sheets & Milk Powder etc.

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Thursday, 2nd            -        Installation Meeting     

Installation of the President and Board of Directors will be held at Club Level at 6.00 p.m. at the Board Room, Mahaweli Reach.  Meeting will adjourn with fellowship. All members and their spouses are invited.

Dress code: Lounge Suit

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 Thursday, 9th  -    Outing for Differently Able Children          

A day’s outing to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage with the Differently Able Children.

Rotarians and Inner Wheel members are invited to participate. Leaving Kandy at 6.30 a.m. and hoping to return before 4.00 p.m. Kindly confirm your participation.

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Thursday, 16th                       

6-00 p.m.     -         Weekly meeting at Mahaweli Reach Hotel

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Thursday, 23rd                       

6-00 p.m.     -         Weekly meeting at Mahaweli Reach Hotel

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Saturday, 25th         -        District Governor’s Official Visit

District Governor’s Official Visit will be held during morning hours at Mahaweli Reach Hotel and adjourn with fellowship and lunch. Time and other particulars will be notified later. All new members will be inducted on this day by the District Governor. Dress code: Lounge Suit

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Thursday, 30th                       

6-00 p.m.     -         Weekly meeting at Mahaweli Reach Hotel

Please note the new meeting time.

Meetings will commence at 6.00 p.m. from July, 2015.

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WEEKLY WORKSHOPS FOR DIFFERENTLY ABLE CHILDREN

 

Interim Project Report

WEEKLY WORKSHOPS FOR DIFFERENTLY ABLE CHILDREN

According to a recent survey of the Social Service Department of Sri Lanka, there are around 2 million ‘differently able’ persons living in Sri Lanka. The majority of them are mentally retarded- affected by ‘Down’s syndrome’. This is due to some Chromosome disorder in the cell during birth. The reasons cited for this problem are very late marriages, late conception, very early marriages and marriages between first cousins. What ever the reason may be, these children suffer as the society looks down on them as if a social stigma. This situation also causes a mental agony for the parents. A  few  of  affluent  parents’  children  attend  special  education  schools  and others the normal schools and most of them do not attend any educational institutions. Psychiatrists have found out that if proper scientific training is provided to these children their behavior could be changed to a greater extent.

 

The Rotary Club of Katugastota initiated a humanitarian programme to help these children to train them in various fields and bring out their latent talents commencing from March, 2014. We have organized Weekly Workshops on every Thursday, from 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.  for the benefit of  these  children.  Three well trained teachers from Sunera Foundation, Colombo, conduct the workshops to the children.  Warming up exercises, speech therapy, simple games, singing, training to play musical instruments, drama and drawing are some of them. The Club also provides snacks and soft drinks / milk to all the participants including trainers and parents.  In the beginning there were 54 children on roll. The average attendance is around 20 students at present. They come from mainly low income families of all ethnic and religious groups. They are either brought by their parents or teachers. We have obtained a hall totally free of charge, courtesy of the Weerakoon Gardens Catholic Church. From March, 2015 the venue has been changed to Kahalla Buddhist Temple, Katugastota. We have seen tremendous changes in the attitudes and behavior of the children. Children who were boisterous and violent have become controllable. They also show a keen interest in taking part in the learning process.

This is an ongoing project, spread over three Rotary years, [ie] 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Thought Management & Mind/body Relaxation - Guest Speech by Mr. S. Velayutham of Brahmakumaris, Kandy

An Intercity Meeting was organized by the Club on 20th November 2014 at Mahaweli Reach Hotel, Kandy. Around 40 Rotarians, Rotaractors,Innerwheel Members and other special guests attended.

Mr S Velauytham of Brahmakumaris Centre, "Jyoti Bavan", Kandy made an interesting presentation on "Thought Management & Mind/body Relaxation".

Donation of a Wheel Chair to to Kandy Railway Station

 

The Club recently donated a wheel chair to Kandy Railway Station for the use of elderly and sick passengers, to commemorate World Disable Day.

Donation of School Chairs

The Club donated 20 school chairs to Madduma Bandara Vidyalaya, Kandy jointly with the Interact Club of St. Anthony's Convent, Kandy on 18th November, 2014.

Rotaract Club of Katugastota revived!

The Rotaract Club of Katugastota was revived recently on 9th November, 2014 with 20 young and energetic past Interactors from various popular schools in Kandy and Katugastota. More are willing to join.

Please visit Rotaract Club of Katugastota on Face Book.

Donation of Kitchen & Pantry Requisites to the Home Science Unit of Rathnajothy Vidyalaya, Udatalawinna

 

President and Members of Rotary Club of Katugastota visited Rathnajothy Vidyalaya, Udathalawinne, Katugastota on 7th November, 2014 and made a donation of kitchen and pantry requisites to their Home Science Unit. The school organized religious services and a cultural programme to formally receive the items. Until the present, the school has been using borrowed items for examinations and competitions. The principal in her speech thanked the Club and the Rotary movement for this magnanimous gesture which came at the appropriate moment, just a day before an important event where the students were to take part.

The items donated were 5 - piece saucepan set, 6 spoons, 6 Forks, 12 dinner plates, Rice Platter, 8 Curry Bowls, 4 Glass Bowls, 12 water glasses, Knife, Wooden & Plastic Cutting Boards, Electric Mixer/Grinder and a Grater.

Debate of Four Way Test

Rtn. Padmini Seneviratene represented our club at the Kandy Region Intercity Debate on Four Way Test.

More photos in Photo Gallery.

 

President Darshika signing Sister Club Agreement .......

District Governor Rtn.  Gowri Rajan makes her official Visit on 9th October, 2014.

District Governor Rtn.  Gowri Rajan made her Official Visit to the club on 9th October, 2014. District Secretary Chrishantha, AG Gamini and Governor's Aide Baskaran were also present. Proceedings ended with warm fellowship and dinner. (More photos in Photo Gallery)

 

Installation Ceremony of St. Anthony's College, Kandy

Installation of St. Anthony's College, Interact College was held on 3rd October, 2014 at the Banquet Hall of Mahaweli Reach Hotel. DICC Rtn. PP PHF Mahanam Dodampegama was the Chief Guest and President Darshika Ratnayake was the Guest of Honour. PPs Sarangapany and Rodri were  also present.

 

Donation of Bill Boards.

Club donated 5 bill boards to the Solid Waste Disposal Section of the Kandy Municipal Council recently.

Club Outing to Sembuwatte Lake, Elkaduwa

Rotarians and family members visited the Sembuwatte Lake on Sunday, 28th September, 2014.

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TRR Rajan Memorial Cricket Tournament

TRR Rajan Memorial Cricket Tournament took place on 20th September at Asgiriya International Cricket Stadium, Kandy. Many of our members participated and we also fielded a team which played well.

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Installation Ceremony of St. Anthony's Girls' College Interact Club

President Darshika Ratnayake was the Chief Guest at the Installation Ceremony of St. Anthony's College Interact Club held on Thursday 18th September. We presented a Gong and Gavel to the Interact Club.

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Governor's Monthly Newsletter gives publicity to one of our projects on the cover

On 26th July we donated educational materials to Bambare Primary School. The GML is featuring a photograph of the project on the cover.

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT – 2014 -2015

 I feel  humbled by taking this prestigious office as the 30th President.  I am quite aware that the club in the past have had remarkable achievements led by previous Presidents by fulfilling, several worthy community service projects and had received many citations both at District   and Presidential levels.

Immediate Past President P.B.Ekanayake has done an excellent job of work during his second term too and has handed the Rotary Torch to me to complete the marathon, with a dedicated aim of service to society. I assure you that I will also fully dedicate myself to the cause of Rotary and  pledge to abide by the Rotary bi-laws at all times.

To the Members of the Rotary Club of Katugastota, I wish to extend my sincere appreciation, for the confidence you have placed in me by having elected me to this high office. I also earnestly solicit your support,  in all our club activities, by lending your hands.  Together we can make this year 2014/2015, a successful one.

Lets get together and Light-Up Rotary to achieve the goals for the Rotary year 2014/2015   with the vision of our International President  Gray Huang and our District Governor Gowri Rajan.
 
Darshika Ratnayake

MESSAGE FROM THE DISTRICT GOVERNOR 2014-2015

Rotary is the rent we pay for the space we occupy on earth”

 

Dear friends of the Rotary Club of Katugastota,

It is indeed a moment of joy and pride as a lady member takes office as President of the Rotary Club of Katugastota.

My congratulations to IPP P.B. Ekanayake & Team for engaging Rotary and changing lives.

Since 1985 spanning almost 29 years, the members of the Rotary Club of Katugastota have served the community in large, and today this club takes another step in Service and Fellowship activities in District 3220.

This year, RI President Gary has come up with the concept of Rotary Day, which promises to be a fun activity for members, their families and friends. Rotary Day is any day of the year, chosen by your club members to organise a fun activity where non-members will also be invited making Rotary Day a means to bring about Rotary awareness.

According to our RI President Gary Huang the Rotary way is the confucius way. It is better to light a single candle than to sit and curse the darkness.”

It is important you Light Up Rotary by increasing your  club membership and extend Rotary to areas where Rotary does not exist .

It is also important that you light up Rotary by increasing your club contribution to the Rotary Foundation that does good in the world and develop projects to address any of our 6 areas of focus – Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, Disease prevention and treatment, Water & Sanitation, Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy, Economic and community development.

I wish the incoming President Darshika and members every success in the year ahead. I am confident that she will lead by example and will achieve a programme of Rotary service worthy of emulation .

Let us together Light Up Rotary during 2014-15. May the Rotary light shine stronger and brighter than ever before.

Gowri Rajan

District Governor – 2014-15

RI District 3220

Sri Lanka & Maldives

Rotary Club of Coimbatore Central India

 

 

12 members of the Rotary Club of Coimbatore India with their spouses visited Kandy. We had a joint meeting with theim on 14th August 2014 at the Mahaweli Reach Hotel. Coimbatore Club is a prestigious club from a city which is known as Manchester of India. They have the honour of being recognized as the world’s first 100% PHF club. They offered to do a project on eye surgery for the school children, where they will train the teachers to detect any eye problem of the children and later refer them to their Doctors who will examine them closer and perform eye surgery if necessary free of charge. We are looking forward to work close with the Members of the RC Coimbatore Central.

Installation Ceremony of 30th President

Rtn. Darshika was installed as the 30th President of the Club on 19th July 2014 at a colourful ceremony at Mahaweli Reach Hotel, Kandy. The Chief Guest was District Governor Gowri Rajan

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Rotary Club of Katugastota donates  a  Cardiac  ECG Machine worth Rs. 500,000/- to the Cardiology Unit, General Hospital Kandy.

 


Rtn. Darshika Ratnayake  President of the Rotary Club of Katugastota handed over the ECG Machine on behalf of the Club to Dr. R.M.S.K. Ratnayake, Director of the Hospital and Dr. Deepa Gunawardane, Consultant Cardiologist & Cardiac Electro Physiologist on 16th August 2014 .

The following Rotarians were present at the handing over ceremony: Rotarians Dr. Dulshan de Silva,  Mohan Rajendram, Buddhika Amunugama and Metteyya Brahamana.   

The entire project was initiated and implemented by the Rotary Club of Katugastota. The Project Chairperson was Rotarian Darshika Ratnayake, the President of the Rotary Club of Katugastota.

This equipment was donated by Ipsen Innovation, a Worldwide pharmaceutical Company in France and  co-ordinated by  Mrs. Nilani Liyanage Chairperson of  the “SURAVI” Association, a Sri Lanka – France Cultural Association in France.

The Cardiologist & Cardiac Electro Physiologist Dr. D. S. Gunawardane spoke about the importance of this machine at the handing ceremony.

The Director of the General Hospital thanked the Rotarians for their generosity.

Weekly Workshops for Differently Abled Children - Joint Project with Sunera Foundation - Colombo.

The inauguration ceremony was held on 20th February, 2014 at the Parish Hall, Sacred Heart Church, Katugastota Road, Kandy. Main Sponsors are Mahaweli Reach Hotel. 20 children with their parents and teachers participated. Workshops will commence from 6th March and will  continue for 48 weeks. More photos in the Photo Gallery

 

Katugastota Rotarians at the District Conference

Gelioya Elders Home project is almost completed.

    Donation to the Elders Home, Mahiyawa, Kandy.                     A Joint Project with the Inner Wheel Club of Katugastota.

 

Donated Dry Rations, Cooking Utensils etc. worth of Rs. 20,000/- to the Elders Home at Mahiyawa on 13th December. It was a joint project with our Innerwheel Members. 

More photos in PHOTOS GALLERY.

Gelioya Elders Home Project is nearing completion . . . . . .


Gelioya Elders' Home construction nearing completion.

Katugastota Hospital Project

 

 

Katugastota Rotarians and Innerwheel Club Members visited the Katugastota Hospital and made a donation of 12 mosquito nets, dining table with 6 chairs, story books, puzzles, toys and a large consignment of clothes to the Children's Ward. Rtns. Rodri, Sara, Radha and Innerwheel Past Presidents Ruba, Nirmala, Benita and Marie were present. Dr. Paskaranathan and Dr. Krishnamoorthy accepted the donation of behalf of the hospital. Total cost of the project was approximately Rs. 60,000/-

 

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Construction of Gelioya Elders' Home Project started!

 

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