The most prestigious event of the leostic year 2017/18 of the Leo Club of University of Colombo, the third Annual Installation Ceremony was held recently at the New Arts Theatre of University of Colombo.
After registering around 100 attendees, the arrival of the dignitaries was marked with the chief guest of the occasion, First Vice District Governor Lion Sarath Wijechandra MAF JP, and his spouse Lion Jayanthi Wijechandra, guest of honour District President 306 C1 Leo Pasindu Bhanuka Premaratne, District Chairman for Leos Lion Usitha Deerasinghe MAF, Immediate Past District President Leo Dilruk Tissera and PMDP, PDP and Past International Advisory Panellist Lion Tuan Roshan Latiff, Parent Lions Club President Lion Anushi Gamage and other district officials gracing the occasion.
The newly elected Vice President Leo Dushmantha Abeywickrama warmly welcomed the gathering. Next on the agenda was a summarized video clip played in the audience regarding all the projects carried out in the year 2016/17. Afterwards, former President Leo Migara Dinendra addressed the gathering by making it as an opportunity to thank and appreciate his executive board and fellow members for the immense support and contribution given for a successful past year and paid his heartiest congratulation to the incoming club president 2017/18.
Then the new members were inducted by Premaratne and Wijechandra installed the new office bearers consisting editors, directors and assistant directors and the executive board for the leostic year 2017/18.
Then the occasion was enlighten by lighting the traditional oil lamp by all the dignitaries and subsequently the new club President Leo Tharindu Jayasinghe addressed the assembly.
The ‘We believe’ initiative of the new club president was proclaimed as his vision for 2017/18. He uses this theme because as a leader he believes that he can uplift society by cropping the leadership skills among his followers. He also mentioned his year plan in this occasion. He has planned to continue some signature projects such as Arogya, Together as Human, Be their Vision and some award-winning projects such as Rang Dey, Upbeat Aspiration, Abhimanaka Abhimuwa and joint project with Leo Club of Lindsey Girls’ School.
Eventually, he elaborated his wide and methodical administration plan to the gathering. Thereafter, Deerasinghe expressed his greetings over the new driving regime of the club and especially notified the importance of ‘leadership’ for a successive year ahead.
Meanwhile, Premaratne spotted and appreciated the innovative concept of e-directory presented by the club, which was experienced for the first time in his past six years of leoisim and ultimately Wijechandra perorated the audience expressing enthusiasm on developing a massively successful club under his guidance.
Finally the vote of thank was given by the new club Secretary Leo Thanusha Munasinghe and the installation ceremony was effectively departed with warm felicitation for the new regime of year 2017/18.