Monday, November 14, 2016

Farewell & Welcome to Chief Scout of 1st Kandy Dharmaraja



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 proud throughout.
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 2013. 
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 future endeavors.

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.