Monday, December 24, 2012

Raffle Draw to Select Countries for Operations RISGO Sponsorship Program

 A raffle draw was held to select countries to which the sponsorships will be awarded to participate in Operations RISGO program during the Rajans International Scout Gathering of Centennial 2013. 

The draw was held on 12th December 2012 at Sri Lanka Scout Headquarters with the participation of Chief Scout Commissioner Prof. Nimal De Silva, Deputy Chief Commissioner Mr. Shiraz Salih, National Training Commissioner Mr. M.E.S.Jayasinghe , Asst. Chief Commissioner and RISGO Co-President Mr. Sarath Mathararachchi  and RISGO organizing committee meeting. 

Selected countries have being already notified about the sponsorship and have given the chance to response of acceptance before 5th of January 2013.
The Operations RISGO sponsorship program includes a fully paid Jamboree fee and Air ticket for a one scout from a selected country. 

Bodhi Poja and Seth Pirith Ceremony to Bless Scouts Sitting for G.C.E. O/L

ORSA organized a Bodhi Poja and Seth Pirith Ceremony at Asgiri Piriwen Vihara on 9th December 2012 together with its members and well-wishers.

The main causes were to bless Scouts sitting for G.C.E. (O/L) and to bless former ORSA President Saminda Basnayake.

Former President of ORSA, Mr. Asitha Edirisooriya led to the team to organize a successful event with a participation of Scouts, Scouts’ Parents, Old Scouts and Old Boys of Dharmaraja College together with their families. ORSA also extended their wishes to scouts who are sitting for the exam.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Dharmaraja Old Boys Group '91 Group' Helping Renovation of Lake View Park Campfire Circle

Old Boys group the '91 group' gifted Rs. 150000.00 to renovation of Campfire circle at the Lake View Park International Scout Centre.

The renovation of Lake View Park's Campfire circle started last year targeting to complete by the Feb 2013 before the RISGO Centennial 2013. The campfire circle at Lake View, which is considered to be one of the most pictures campfire circles in the Sri Lanka, will be renovated to be able to host bigger audience.

Probably the most active old boys batch group at Dharamaraja, the 91 Group join in hands with the most active old boys association to complete this project.

President of the '91 Group' Mr.Ajith Kotuwage together with group members presented to the cheque to Mr. Sarath Mathaarachchi, Deputy Principal of Dharmaraja College. 

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Hon. Namal Rajapaksha(MP), Join in Hands with RISGO Organizing Committee

Co-Chairman of RISGO Organizing committee, Mr. Sarath Matharaarachchi and group of organizing committee members had a hugely successful meeting with Hon. Namal Rajapaksha (MP), Hon. Eric Weerawardena (MP), and  Dr. Chula Senarath(Directror, "Tharunyata Hetak") at Temple Trees on Thursday 6th December 2012.

Chairman of "Tharunyata Hetak"(the leading youth moment in Sri Lanka), Hon. Namal Rajapaksha (MP) extended his fullest support to RISGO and provided guidance to the RISGO to make the event a national event.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

RISGO Officials Met with Chief Scout of Sri Lanka

Today(3rd December 2012) Officials of RISGO Centennial 2013 met the Chief Scout, His Excellency Mahinda Rajapakse, President of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and presented the first Jamboree Scarf and the Badge.
The meeting was held at the Raja Medura (official President's House in Kandy) on 3rd December 2012, with the participation of RISGO chief S.M. Keerthirathna, Co-President Mr. Sarath Matharaarachchi and all the top officials of RISGO and 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scout group members.
During the meeting, RISGO officials explained the background of Dharmaraja Scouting and the concept behind the event RISGO. Also RISGO officials invited His Excellency President to be the chief guest at the event. 
The chief scout, His Excellency President expressed his well wishes and express fullest support to the event.
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Monday, November 26, 2012

RISGO 2013's First Contingent Leaders Meeting

The first contingent leaders meeting successfully held at Sri D. B. Jayathilake Hall at Dharmaraja College on 25th November 2012. The event held under the patronage of RISGO chief and the Principal of Dharmaraja College Mr. S.M. Keerthirathna, while key officials of RISGO also participated. Contingent Leaders from all around the Sri Lanka took part in the meeting where first set of instructions were given and brief about the RISGO Program.
The meeting was a highly successful as most of the scout districts were represented and the active participation to the meeting. ACC, Deputy Principal and co-President of RISGO Mr. Sarath Matharaarchchi presented the whole idea of RISGO and facts important for contingent leaders and participants.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Media Conference of RISGO Centennial 2013

The 2nd Media Conference of RISGO Centennial 2013 was succesfully held at Dharmaraja College OBU Head Quaters on 20th November 2012 (Today) with Participation of Eminent Journalists from various Media Institutes. 

Principle of Dharmaraja College/ RISGO Chief - Mr.S.M.Keerthirathna, Deputy Principle of Dharmaraja College/ Asst.Chief Commissioner - SLSA /Co-Chairman of RISGO Organizing Committee Mr. S.K.P.Matharaarachchi, President of OLD Rajans Scout Association Mr. Suminda Vithanaarachchi, Co- Coordinators of RISGO Organizing Committee Dr. Jagath Herath and Mr.Saminda Basnayaka addressed in the Press Conference and emphasized the importance of the event in order to Development of Sri Lankan Scouting and Enhancing the Image of Country through such a jamboree. 

Special Thanks Goes to Mr.Premalal Wijesingha and Mr.Bandula Mudannayaka for Organizing this Successful Press Conference with a view to Propagate RISGO Centennial 2013.

Monday, November 19, 2012

34th Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Old Rajans Scout Association successfully held on 17th November 2012 at Royal Mall, Kandy.

Old Scout Mr. Lalith Heengama, former Secretary to the Ministry of Trade, Commerce and Food and Chairman of Environment Resources PLC graced the event as the Chief Guest while Mr. S.M.Keerthirathna, the Principal of the Dharmaraja College, Mr. A. P. Gunarathna and former Scouter at 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scout group Mr. D.G.A. Perera also were present as Guests of Honor. Mr. Bandara Weeresekara, former Group Scout Leader and Mr. Sarath Matharaarachchi, Deputy Principal of Dharmaraja College and Asst. Chief Scout Commissioner were also present at the event.

During the AGM, new office bearers for the year 2012/13 were elected. Specialty of the day was that almost all the elected office bearers were same individuals who were in the office last year as well. The meeting was proceeded with the member's get together and dinner. The annual report of the year 2011/12 was presented by the Secratary of the ORSA 2011/12 Mr. Chaminda Somathilaka. The ORSA felicitated Mr. Kithsiri Kulasooriya, Mr. Anura Siri Kumara, Mr. Madura Matharaarachchi and Mr.Leelanada Weerasinghe for their service to the association previously while they were at the office.

Speaking at the event chief guest Mr.Heengama, reminded his days at Dharmaraja and his participation at the World Jamboree in 1957 held in UK. He also gifted Rs.500000.00 to RISGO 2013 fund. Mr.A.P.Gunarathna, Mr.Bandara Weerasekar, Mr.S.M. Keerthiratna also addressed the gathering and expressed the importance to RISGO 2013 and extended their support to the Event. Mr. D.G.A. Perera, who is probably the oldest living scouter at 1st Kandy Scout group pointed out the importance of scouting for modern day childhood and expressed his gratitude to organizers of the event.

Elected office bearers are as follows,

·         Patrons
1.       The Principal, Dharmaraja College
2.       Group Scout Leader, 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scout Group
3.       Chief Scout Commissioner
4.       District Scout Commissioner, Kandy Scout District
5.       Mr. A. P. Gunarathna
6.       Mr. Bandara Weerasekara
7.       Mr. Shantha Madurawa
8.       Mr. Sarath Matharaarachchi
9.       Mr. Sarath Kumarasinghe
·         President:Mr. Suminda Vithanaarachchi
·         Secretary:Mr. Chaminda Somathilaka
·         Treasure:Mr. Saliya Dahanayake
·         Vice Presidents                 :
1.       Mr. Saminda Basnayake
2.       Mr. Kithsiri Kulasooriya
3.       Dr. Jagath Herath
4.       Mr. Arosha Gunasinghe
5.       Mr. Eranda Rajapaksha
6.       Mr. Namal  Palliyaguruge
7.       Mr. Gayan Gunawardena
·         Asst. Secretary:Mr. Asela Wickramasinghe
·         Coordinating Secretary:Mr. Isuru Wanasinghe
·         Auditor: Mr. U.L. Weerasinghe
·         Committee

1.       Asitha Edirisuriya
2.       Sadara Thennakoon
3.       S. S. Gunawardena
4.       Dudly Amarasinghe
5.       Tissa Jayathilake
6.       Aruna Gunasinghe
7.       Rohan Wijerathna
8.       Samantha Dharmadasa
9.       Daya Edward
10.   Jaliya Pagoda
11.   Gihan Kolamunna
12.   Chaminda Wariyagoda
13.   Dharshana Samararathna
14.   Suranga Liyanage
15.   Chinthaka Samarasinghe
16.   Rohitha Uduwela
17.   Malitha Fernando
18.   Shanaka Bogaswatta
19.   Kasun Rambukwella
20.   Buddhi Weerakkody
21.   Raveen Karunarathna
22.   Lasitha Nawarathna
23.   Pamitha Bandara
24.   D. C. Yapa
25.   Ivo Jayasundara
26.   Amila Withanaarachchi
27.   Samith Thalakiriyawa
28.   Dilan Rathnayake
29.    Thilina Ruberu
30.   Prabath Amarawardena
31.   P. B.C.Panawala 
32.   Waruna Ekanayake

Monday, November 12, 2012

Its wasn't a rosy path, 34 years of hard work

Today we at Old Rajans Scout Association marks 34 years of teamwork (12th November 2012).

As many of our members and well wishers know, it wasn't a rosy path that we did ride all these years to being a one team that works towards a common goals of,
  • helping 1st Kandy Scout Group to enhance quality of scouting,
  • enhance and maintain the Lake View Park International Scout Centre and 
  • bringing all the Old Scout together to a common forum.

We were the first in Sri Lanka to form a such team and today we are proud to be the first and continues. Any of the work we did we tried to be the best among others. We succeeded on many occasions, but there were times we weren't.

We started 33rd year with the loss of our first Treasure, Mr. V.K. Angammana and ended the year with loss of our first President Mr. Saliya Rajakaruna. Yes, these were great losses to us. We will not be able to fill these losses ever, but  we are prepared ("Be prepared" as BP wanted us to be) to take on any challenge.

In 34 years of history, for us the next year will be the most challenging year as we are gathering to celebrate 100 years of scouting excellence at 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scout Group.

We feel we are now better equipped with all the armory to conquer any challenges that will come our way.

Today we thank all our members and well wishes who were being with us in our good times as well as bad times. We all together formulate a such a powerful team that will serve scouting community not only at Dharamaraja but also all around the globe.

We invite all others who want to join us to work towards our common goals, come and team up with us to provide the service that community needs.

Bravo !!!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

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Sunday, November 04, 2012

RISGO Officials met with Mr. D.G.A. Perera to Invite him to RISGO 2013

RISGO 2013 officials met with Mr. D.G.A. Perera who was in Dharmaraja from 1939 to 1965 as a student and then as a teacher whom the students that time loved most. RISGO Officials invited Mr. Perera to be present at the RISGO 2013 in next February when 1st Kandy Group celebrated its 100 years of scouting.

He is probably the oldest living scouter (Scout Leader) to serve the 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scout group. He severed the group as a scout leader during  Group Scout Leader Mr. B.A.S. Wimalachandra ( who was the GSL during 1936  to 1967). Mr. Perera provided with very important information about how the scouting have being during his days at the group and before.

We wish him good health and long life. 

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Cricket Fiesta 2012

The 6 a Side 10 Overs Cricket Tournament organized by Rajans President's Scouts Guild was successfully held on 30th September 2012 at Lake View Park grounds with the participation of 150 participants including Guild Members, Old Rajans and Old Scouts, members of Kandy District President Scouts and President Guides Association(PSPG).

This cricket tournament was held in order to develop the mutual understanding and harmony.
The Kandy PSPG team (team no.02) and Old Rajans Scout team were selected to the finals out of 10 teams played in the tournament and the Kandy PSPG team was able win the Champion showing their energetic and sporty performances.

Presidents scout Eshan Palipana from Rajans Presidents Scouts Guild played for SUPER T6 Team judged as the Best Bowler while Presidents Scout Vimukthi Bandara from same  team awarded with the Best Batsman title.
Presidents Scout A.T Hibshy from Trinity College who played for Kandy PSPG Team won the  Best All Rounder title.

In this colorful event Old Rajans Presidents Scouts Lt.Colonel Epshitha Dissanayaka and Lt.Colonel Uditha Wijesekara attended as the Chief Guests.