Saturday, November 19, 2005

The 27th AGM Of The Old Rajans Scout Association 2005

The 27th AGM Of The Old Rajans Scout Association 2005

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The AGM of the Old Rajans Scout Association was held at Crystal Gate Reception Hall Ampitiya on 12th November 2005 at 7pm. It followed the Annul Parents and Old Scouts Day Ceremony of The 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scout Group, which was held at Dharmaraja College Auditorium on same day evening.

The event received a memomorable participation over 150 mainly due to the influx of new members. The Chief Guest for the Old Scouts and Parents Day Mr Vijith Malagoda The Assistant Solicitor General a Old and an Old Scout whoand aChif Guset was scedued to attend the AGM as the Chief Guest but had to leave for Colombo for an urgent commitment.

Mr Badnara Weerasekera – Former Group Scout Leader, Mr Shantha Madurawa – Assistant Cvhief Commissioner Sri Lanka and Distrcit Commissioner Kandy, Mr Sarath Matharaarachi – Group Scout Leader and Assistant District Commissioner – Kandy and many other distinguished Old Scouts were present.

The highlight of the evening was the presenting felicitation souvenirs to veterans of the Old Rajans Scout Association. The following Veterans were felicitated at the ceremony.

Mr Anura Muwandeniya

Mr Jayasena

Mr N Jayawardena

Mr Sarath AMatharaarachchi

The Agenda was as follows.

  • Scout Oath
  • Welcome Address by The President Mr Sadara Thennakoon
  • Minutes Of the Previous AGM By The Secretary Mr Kithsiri Kulasuriya
  • Summarised Annual Report by The Secretary
  • Annual Income and Expenditure Report by The Treasurer Mr Upul Dayananda
  • Suggestions and New Proposals
  • Felicitating the veterans of Old Scout Association
  • Address by The Group Scout Leader Mr Sartha Matharaarachci
  • Address by The Asst Chief Commissioner Mr Shantha Madurawa
  • Address by The Principal Mr S Keerthirathne
  • Nominating the Next Years Executive Committee
  • Address by the New President Mr Kirthsiri Kulasuriya
  • Address by the New Secretary Mr Aloka Perera
  • Fellowship Dinner

A two-piece band backed the fellowship dinner and the members entertained themselves by dancing and singing. Especially new members had a great time. The fellowship dinner was served along with music and entertainment. The event concluded around 12.30pm.

Hurrah for the Organizing committee for an successful event.


The Summarised Annual Report which was presented at The 27th Annual General Meeting of The Old Rajns Scout Association.

We are proud to celebrate today, the 27th milestone of our journey which begun in November 12th 1978. If we turn back towards our journey it is very clear how great the achievements and the services rendered by the Old Rajans Scout Association . The association is committed to keep up Lake View Park Scout Center at its best and assisting the College Scout Group at its every endeavourer. Further the association is the key to build relationships among the members. Whilst committing towards its objectives we would like to present the summarized report of the last year.

We wish to cordially welcome Mr Vijith Malagoda, Old Rajan- Old Scout – The Assistant Solicitir General Of Sri Lanka The Chief Guest for the event together with all distinguished guests, members and their families.

Executive Commitee

We were able to hold 10 executive committee meetings this year. In keeping with the objective to build stronger relationships among the members, we had several meetings with the participation of family members follwed with a fellowship dinner. We wish to thank Mr Dudley Amarasinghe, Lalith Kuathunga and Sarath Kothalawala and the Young members of the Association for organizing and sponsoring such special meetings.

The Life Membership

Thirteen members obtained the Life Mebership this year. Mr Dileepa Wijesinghe, S C Deshapriya, R M N Rajanayake, Akila Charles, E A N Weerakkody, K D P Hemachadra, R M I A B Rathnayake, C L B Pethiyagoda, V D B Heenkenda, B M Mendis, H M I U B Heartah, R D H U Harishrandra, A M N K B Senevirathne.

Religious Activities

The activities of the year started with a Pirith Preaching followed by an alms giving at The Lake View Park Scout Centre. This is the second consecutive year which this ceremony was organized jointly by the 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scout Group and the Old Rajans Scout Association.

Community Development Programmes

The Old Rajans Scout Association together with the the 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scout Group organized a relief aid programme for the Trincomalee District Deserters from the Tsunami disaster. We were able to build many sanitary facilities for the community with the equipment collected by us. Our Special thanks go to Major Ravidra Perera Of Sri Lanka Armay a Old Scout , Mr Sudarman Nadaraja of UNICEF organization for providing us with facilities to organize the project, and wish to thank all Old Rajans Scouts participated for the event.


As per the tradition, ORSA was able to organize both the Day Trip and the Two Day Trip this year.

The Day trip covered Norton Bridge, Lakshapana Reservoirs & Power Houses and Kithulgala. The participants were able to gain valuable knowledge about the power houses at Laxapana Power Station. Mr Aloka Perera Old Scout who works for the CEB has obtained authority to visit the power house and we wish to thank Mr D B Dissanayake – Mechanical Engineer CEB, Mr Senevirathne Of CEB and Mr S S B Karunarathne the Chief Engineer – Laxapana Power House for their assistance.

The two day trip covered Randenigala Reservoir, Badulla, Bandarawela, Haputhale and Nuwara Eliya. The group got an opportunity to visit the operating tunnel of the Randenigala Dam and to visit many important places on the areas visited. Our sincere thanks go to Mr Rohith aAruppola – Chief Engineer Randenigala Project, And Mr Thilak Jayasiri – Group Scout Leader St Thomas College Bandarawela for their assistance.

Traditional New Year Festival

The Annual New Year Festival organized by the association was held at Pallekelle Scouts Ground. This is manly aimed for the children of the members as an entertainment event. ORSA wish to thank the organiseres Mr Saliya Dhanayake, Mr Namal Palliyagruruge, Mr Gayan Gunawardena and the team for a very successful event. Further association thanks Mr Upul Dayananda, Mr Suminda Vithanaarachchi , Mr Darshana Samararathne for sponsoring the gifts and Mr Dasanasiri Dasanayake for providing the lunch.

Special Projects

The Association printed a school bag for the Dharmaraja College schoolboys. This enabled the students to obtain a bag with the College Colors and crest at a lower cost. It also enabled the association to raise funds. We thank Mr Shantha Madurawa, Mr Sadara Thennakoon and Mr Asitha Edirsooriya for providing the capital to start up the project. We suggest this project to be continued for the future as a fundraiser for the association.

Further the Association commenced operating a Communication Shop at the Lake View Park Scout Center as a Long term fundraising project.

Annual Cricket Match

The annual Cricket Match with The 1st kandy Dharmaraja Scout Group was held at Mahaweli Uyana Grounds at Aruppola. We wish to thank Mr Priyantha Molligoda Old Rajan for sponsoring the event and Mr Suminda Vithanarachi for coordinating the sponsorship. Further the association thanks the Scouts participated for the match.

Special thanks go to Mr Asitha Edirisooriya for providing the participants with lunch.

The Dharmaraja Founders Day

The annual alms giving organized by the Association to commemorate Mr Henry Steele Olcott the founder of Dharmaraja college, was organized at the Asgiriya Mahavihara for 110 incumbents. The association specially thanks the Principal for his assistance, the college staff, Mr Asitha Edirisooriya for organizing the event and the members & families participated for the event.

Lake View Park International Scout Center

It’s our sincere responsibility to protect and develop the Lake View Park Scout center the official Scout Center of the 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scout Group. The association is engaged in operating continuing projects to develop the park. This year the association organized a Tree Planting Project at the Lake View Park. Old Rajan Mr Kavan Karalliyadda donated us with valuable plants for the project; we wish to thank Mr Thissa Jayasinghe for providing us with residents of the Open Prison for assistance.

The Foreign Branches

We are presently operating branches in Australia, USA and Canada. The USA and Canada branches were formed in this year and we wish to thank Mr Shantha Madurawa for initiating ,the opening of branches and Mr Lalith Perera a resident old rajan scout for promoting the branches.

Further we wish to highlight the financial assistance provided to us by Mr Mahinda Bandara Godakale a scout parent employed in Italy.

Annual Inter Troop Competitions of 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scout Group

The members were engaged in participating as judges for the annual inter troop competitions. However the member participation were low and we have to pay more attention for the event in coming years.

The Best Scouts Awards

The best scouts awards presented annually by the Old Scouts Mr S K Madurawa, Dr S Dolaphilla, Mr Asitha Edirisooriya, Mr Saminda Basnayake and Mr Aruna Gunasinghe were presented this year too. We wish to thank them for sponsoring the awards and wish to congratulate the scouts who obtained the awards.


The association congratulates Mr Sarath Mataraarachi Group Scout Leader for being elected as the Assistant District Commissioner – Kandy District and Mr Sarath Kumarasinghe for being elected as a Headquarters Commissioner of the Sri Lanka Scouts Association.


Our heartiest condolences for the following,

  • Passing Away of Mr H.M. Gunarathne – Assistant Scout Commissioner – Kandy District,
  • Passing Away of Mr W M A Bandara – Assistant Scout Commissioner – Kandy District,
  • Passing Away of Mother of Mr T.C. Mel one of our veteran members,
  • Passing Away of Father Of Mr Mahesh Ranathunge – Member ORSA,
  • Passing Away of Father in Law of Mr Sarath Mathaarachci- GSL and ORSA Patron,
  • Passing Away of Mother Of Mr D Dhanapala- Assistant Scout Commissioner – Kandy District,
  • Passing Away of Former Governor of Central Province – Mr Monty Gopallawa a well-wisher and promoter of Scouting movement.


We wish to thank Mr Vijith Malagoda Old Rajan- Old Scout, Assistant Solicitor General of Sri Lanka who participated today as the Chief Guest, The Principal Mr S M Keerthirathne who is always prepared to assist the association, Assistant Chief Commissioner – Sri Lanka Scout Association Mr Shantha Madurawa, The Group Scout Leader Mr Sarath Mathaaraarachchi, The President of Old Boys Union, Patrons of the Association. Members of the association and all who helped us in numerous ways.

Thanking You,

Yours In Scout Service,

Kithsiri Kuasuriya
Hony. Secretary

Sadara Thennakkon
Hony President

(The summarized report was obtained by the annul AGM souvenir)

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The Scouts Parents And Old Scouts Day 2005, 12th November 2005- detailed

The annual Scouts, Parents and Old Scouts Day of 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scouts Group was held at Dharmaraja College Auditorium on 12th November 2005 at 3.00pm.

Mr Vijith Malalgoda, The Assistant Solicitor General Of Sri Lanka, a old Boy and a Old Scout Of Dharmaraja college was the Chief Guest. Mr Bandara Weerasekera – Former Group Scout Leader and Kandy District Scout Leader, Mr S M Keerthirathne – The Principal of Dharmaraja College, Mr Shantha Madurawa – Asst Chief Scout Commissioner Sri Lanka and District Scout Commissioner – Kandy. Mr Sarath Matharaarachchi – Group Scout Leader, Mr Sadara Thennakoon – President of Old Rajans Scout Association and many other Scouts and Girl Guide leaders, Old Scouts, Parents and Scouts were present at the event.

The event was more colorful by the Computer Graphics and multimedia content projected to the large screen by the senior Scouts. The Principal, The Group Scout Leader, The Asst Chief Scout Commissioner, The President Of Old Rajans Scout Association and The Chief Guest addressed the audience.

Mr Vijith Mallagoda – The Chief Guest emphasized the training which he obtained from Scouting and from Dharmaraja college as a whole was the key for his success, for him to climb up his career ladder.

The scouts who have won the Gold Star, The District Scout Commissioner’s Award, The Presedent’s Scout Award were presented with their respective badges and cords at the evening. Further the winning troops on the Annual Troop competitions were awarded with their pennants and trophies.

Mr Asiri Samarakoon a Scout Leader from the Dharmaraja Scout group was awarded the Wood Badge the highest award which could be obtained by a Scout Leader.

The Scout’o Rajans the official band of The Dharmaraja Scout Group performed several musical items, and the winning performances on the Song competition of the annual inter troop scout competitions were performed which were highly appreciated by the audience. The Girl Guides of The St Anthony’s Girls College – Katugastota performed a dance item.

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(Await more news, photos and name lists of awards winners will follow in the next post.)

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Olcott Trophy Cricket Tournament Dec 2-4

The Henry Stele Olcott commemorative Cricket Tournament organized Jointly By the Dharmaraja Cricket Foundation with Parent Union & Branch Unions of the Dharmaraja OBU will start on 2nd Decmber 2005 and will continue until 4th December 2005 at Asgiriya Cricket Stadium, Kandy.

The event is organized annually among the Old Boys of Ananada – Colombo, Nalanada- Colombo, Dharmaraja- Kandy , Maliyadeva- Kurunegala, Dharmashoka, Rahula – Mathara, Mahinda- Mathara and Dharmapala of Pannipitiya since 1999.

The tournament will comprise of Old Boys limited over cricket tournament as well as the School boys six-a-side- champ trophy and will be played on a knockout basis.

Match Draw
1st match – Dharmasoka Vs Rahula
2nd Match- Ananda Vs Dharmapala
3rd Match – Mahinda Vs Nanalada
4th Match – Maliyadeva Vs Dharmaraja

Mr J B Talwatte will be the Chief Guest, Former SSP and Dharmaraja Old Boy who has led Dharmaraja Cricket team in 1943 and have scored a century in same year in the Big match against Kingswood College.

This year the Dharmaraja Old Boys Team will be captained by dashing batsman Chapa Weerarathne who represented the school from 1982 to 1984, with Anura Fernando, Ananda Ekanayake, Ajith Narampanawa, Asanga Dissanayake, P Alwis, D Kahawatte, G Ranaraja, Mahinda Pethiyagoda, Nandana Kanagarathne, V Gunarathne, Priyantha Weragoda, Ranjith Herath, K Ulapanawa, Saman Rathnayake, Senaka Dissanayake, Senarth Jayasundera, Udaya Yatawara, Prasanna Watawela, Malraj Weerakoon, Sarath Munaweera and Harold Ranasinghe.

All are invited for the tournament…………..
(Source : Sunday Observer, 6th Nov 2005)

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Scouts, Parents and Old Scouts Day 2005

The scouts , Old Scouts and Parents Day -2005 of The 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scout Group is scheduled for the Saturday 12th November 2005 at The Dharmaraja College Auditorium.

More news will follow.


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