The annual general meeting (AGM) of the Singhalese Sports Club (SSC) is scheduled to take place tomorrow, at 7:00 p.m., at the club premises.
Some important and significant resolutions proposed by the House are to be taken up for vote, inter alia, to draw the club’s entire power requirements from renewable sources of energy to ensure sustainability and social responsibility.
If the resolution is adopted, the SSC would be perhaps the first sports club in Sri Lanka to draw all its power requirements from renewable sources of energy and this endeavour reinforces the club’s leadership position in sports, sustainability and social responsibility.
Further, given the credit lines provided by the European Investment Bank and Asian Development Bank for the development of the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and green energy sector in Sri-Lanka, to support such endeavours it makes perfect sense to invest in same to enhance energy security and to reduce reliance on thermal energy provided through the national grid of the Ceylon Electricity Board.
Making this investment could also see the SSC wipe out its monthly expenditure on utilities such as electricity, which is in the range of 1.3 million to 1.6 million per month.
The other resolutions proposed by the House involve the restaurant operations. For the trading activities carried out by the SSC to support and or subsidize sports, sportsmen and sports promotion are the restaurant and bar operations. Both have returned impressive results for the year ended 2016.
The restaurant and bar reputed for its quality of food, beverages and the ambience is very popular amongst the membership. Being well patronised by the members and their guests, the members are however keen to re-examine the systems and processes to identify any form of waste and to eliminate it from the pipeline with a view to reducing cost and consequently prices to amplify patronage.
A resolution to this effect too has been proposed by the house and would need to be voted upon by the members to be adopted.
Among the other resolutions proposed by the Executive Committee is to impose a minimum spend of Rs.1,500 per quarter or Rs.6000 per annum on all ordinary, associate and life members. However, all honorary life, honorary, student, juvenile, temporary, senior, absentee and playing members will be exempted of this levy.
This proposal by the Executive Committee is expected to be met with mixed reactions by the voting members present to vote at this AGM and would also be required to be voted upon to be adopted.
By reason of the very important matters to be taken up at the AGM, it is anticipated that many members will take a keener interest in attending the AGM to vote on matters that they consider singularly important to them and to take responsibility for all outcomes that arise at the conclusion of the AGM.