12th November 2016, Old Rajans Scout Association
bid a farewell to former Principal and chief scout of 1st Kandy
Dharmaraja Scout Group Mr. S.M. Keerthirathna and welcomed the inaugural Principal
and the chief scout of 1st Kandy Mr. Dampiya Wanasinghe at the Hotel
Suisse, Kandy while marking the 38th Anniversary of the association.
Outgoing Principal Mr. S.M. Keerthirathna, led Dharmaraja
College for fifteen years and provided extraordinary leadership to the school
and worked closely with Old Rajans Scout Association to make mother Dharmaraja
During his tenure, Old Rajans Scout Association together with
1st Kandy Scout Group organized three international scout events
including probably the best scout event to be held in Sri Lanka RISGO
Soon after he assumed duties at Dharmaraja, the JIM 2003 was
held under his leadership giving the scouting community unforgettable memories marking
the 90th anniversary of the 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scout Group.
In 2008, the 95th anniversary of the 1st
Kandy Scout Group was celebrated with a fully sponsored youth leadership and
adventure program called RANSAI 2008.
But the most memorable of all is the RISGO 2013, where
scouts from all scouting continents were represented in an event where they
were given wide spectrum of activities and opportunities that were not in any of
the events to take part in Sri Lankan land.
Old Rajans Scout Association highly appreciated the
leadership that Mr. Keerithirathna provided and wish him every success in his
Meanwhile, with a ray of hope the association welcomed newly
appointed Principal Mr. Dampiya Wanasinghe who himself a scout during his
school days at Science College, Matale and St. Thomas College, Matale. Mr.
Wanasighe once held the post of District Scout Commission also.
The evening was attended by the members of the Old Rajans
Scout Association including founding Patron Mr. Bandara Weeraseka. Coincidently
the day (12th Nov) is the day on which group of past scouts of 1st
Kandy Dharmaraja College gathered at the “Andiri Bungalow” under the patronage of
then Principal Mr. A. P. Gunarathna, and then Group Scout Leader Mr. Bandara
Weerasekara to form the Old Rajans Scout Association as the 1st of its
kind in Sri Lanka. The gathering did not forget to celebrated the anniversary
and remember founders.
13th consecutive Founder's day celebration Alms Giving organized
by Old Rajans Scout Association to commemorate 129thFounders’ Day of Dharamaraja College held
successfully at Asgiri Maha Piriwen Vihara on 29th June 2016.
Membership of Old Rajans Scout Association together with other
Old Rajan groups and Dharmaraja College presented alms for 170 Maha Sanga together
with Pirikara Puja.
Principal of Dharmaraja College Mr. S.M. Keerthirathna, Mr.
Sadara Thennakoon President and Secretary Mr. Suminda Vithanaarachchi of Dharmaraja
Old Boys Union and former Group Scout Leaders of 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scout
group Mr. Bandara Weerasekara, Mr. Sarath Matharaarachchi and Mr. Saman
Rathanayake present GSL were present at that event. Many ORSA members and other
Old Rajans made significant contribution to the cause to express their
gratitude to founders of the Alma mater and were present at the Asgiri Maha
Importance of the day risen as it was the 75th
Birthday of former Group Scout Leader Mr. Bandara Weerasekara whom lead 1st
Kandy more than three decade giving all the guidance and support to groom the
group to best scout group of the country.
Scouts of the 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scout Group
were also present at the event.