The air was filled with excitement and anticipation as Rotaractors from across the country gathered for the 33rd Rotaract District Assembly, which was held on the 16th of July 2023 at Waters Edge Hotel. This much-awaited event had a special significance, serving as a platform for clubs to showcase their accomplishments, learn from one another, and celebrate the collective spirit of service. Among the buzzing crowd, Rotaract Club of University of Kelaniya stood ready to unveil the awards we had won – testaments to our dedication, teamwork, and impact on the community.
Long before the District Assembly itself, we started on the path to success. Numerous hours spent strategizing, organizing, and honing ideas resulted in thorough project proposals and presentations. Each team member’s effort, from studying the needs of the community to perfecting every aspect of our projects, was evidence of our passion to greatness.
The highlight of the event arrived as the awards were announced. A wave of excitement swept through the crowd as RACUOK’s name was called not once, but multiple times. We stood shoulder-to-shoulder, accepting awards that recognized our dedication to community development, innovative projects, and outstanding collaboration.
Our club was recognized with the Gold Citation where Rtr. Rahma Zuhri and Rtr. Adeesha Abeydheera as PR Advocates, Rtr. Manula Pethiyagoda as the President of the Month and Rtr. Verosha Abeygoonewardena as the Spirit of Service.
The excitement arose when we got multiple Gold Awards for the initiatives we held as a club in the RI Year 2022-23. RACUOK was awarded with the Gold Award for the Most Outstanding Fundraiser in Aid of Club Administration for the project Rotrallia, Gold Award for the Most Sustainable Professional Development Initiative for the project Spectrum and the Gold Award for the Most Innovative Project of the Year for the project Writing Maze.
Not only that, RACUOK was awarded multiple Silver and Bronze Awards for the initiatives held at the club. The Silver Award for the Most Outstanding Recreational Activity Based Initiative for the project Spotlight, Silver Award for the Most Outstanding Public Image Initiative for the project Intellia, Silver Award for the Most Outstanding Club Blog, Silver Award for the Most Outstanding Overall Membership Development and Retention Effort, Silver Award for the Most Innovative Club Service Initiative for project Writing Maze, Silver Award for the Most Outstanding Effort in Adapting to RI Dues and Membership Management and the Bronze Award for the Most Exceptionally Executed Professional Development Initiative for the project Pioneers.
With each announcement, the cheers grew louder, and the sense of accomplishment was undeniable. The joy and pride that radiated from our club members were a testament to the countless hours of hard work and unwavering determination that had led us to this moment. In our preparations, we embraced innovation and collaboration. We ventured into uncharted territories, integrating technology into our community outreach efforts, and forming partnerships with local businesses to amplify our impact. These initiatives not only enriched our projects but also enhanced our club’s profile in the eyes of the community.
There was a tapestry of commitment and tenacity hidden behind the glare of the awards ceremony. Our path was genuinely defined by the numerous committee meetings, the late-night brainstorming sessions, and the moments of success. Together, we overcame difficulties, each setback bolstering our determination to prevail. The heart and spirit of our club was evident as people from all backgrounds and abilities came together for the same goal. These informal interactions led to the development of lifetime friendships and revealed the true significance of our team’s work.
We express our deepest gratitude to the Rotaract community, our mentors, sponsors, and the community members who stood by us. The journey is far from over, and we’re excited to channel this momentum into new initiatives, collaborations, and endeavors that will continue to shape the world around us. The Rotaract District Assembly was more than an event – it was a celebration of unity, purpose, and the remarkable potential of collective action. Through dedication, innovation, and a shared passion for service, we navigated the intricate pathways of success and emerged victorious. We would like to express our warm wishes for the newly appointed District Steering Committee for the RI Year 2023-24, wishing you all the success and fulfillment in this exciting new chapter and our Heartfelt Congratulations to all the other award winners at the 33rd Rotaract District Assembly. Everyone was well deserved!