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Rotaract Journey of Rtr. Manula Pethiyagoda

Joining Rotaract was very typical for me likewise many members here. I saw the registration flyer, which said Rotaract, and I joined. Simple and untroubling.

The first few months in Rotaract were incredibly quiet for me and as I recall, I only went for a “F.R.I.E.N.D.S” themed quiz and wrote a few blog articles here and there. There weren’t any projects going on in the avenue that captivated me, so I wanted to organize one and created the project “What If?” – an innovative article writing competition. The Project pitching to Rtn. Rtr. IPP Nipuna Rambukkanage ayya and the ExCo was the first real experience I had as a project chair. (It was launched at the beginning of the following year.)

Around the same time, a project called AgriThon was initiated on the PD avenue. Which was the first AgriTech hackathon in Sri Lanka. I thought it might be a good project and added my name as the article writer. Then Rtr. Yadhu Ravi (Yadhu ayya) who was the Director of the Professional Development avenue at the time, called me and asked if I could take the role of the assistant secretary of the project. And emphasized on the point that there wasn’t a lot of work in the role. Thus, I took the role and ironically the project went over 6 months.

In the second year of my Rotaract journey, I received the role of Vice President of the club and mainly overlooked the projects organized in the Professional Development avenue and Community Service avenue, where I got to work around so many interesting and impactful projects, which if I name some of them it would be unfair and if I name all of them it would be too long.

As of today, I am working as the President-elect of the club and aiming for greater heights in the upcoming year and striving to preserve the Rotaract Club of University of Kelaniya as the lovely home it is.

Rtr. Manula Pethiyagoda

Vice President (2021-22) | President (2022-23)

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