36th Installation Ceremony of the Rotaract Club of Colombo Mid Town

The 36th Installation Ceremony of the Rotaract Club of Colombo Mid Town of the Mid Town family to induct the Incoming President Rtr. Zayan Jeffry was held on the 20th of September at Royal Skills Union Centre. This installation ceremony of our sister club was attended by our club members, namely, Rtr. Praveen Fernando, Rtr. Reshani Dissanayake, Rtr. Ruvindi de Silva, Rtr. Ruzni Faik, Rtr. Dinath Federico and Rtr. Madhumali Kodikara.

To commence the proceedings under the theme of “Building Friendships and Brightening Futures”, the oil lamp was lit by the dignitaries present. Thereafter the Chief Guest Rtn. PHF Saif Ramzi, the Guest of Honour PDG Rtn. PHF Imthiaz Ismail, District Youth Services Chair Rtn. PHF Farzana Khan, District Rotaract Committee Chair Rtn. Saifuddin Adamaly, District Rotaract Representative Rtr. PHF Sathiyeandra Tharmakulerajasingham along with the Outgoing and Incoming Presidents, took their seats in the head table.

With the house called to order, flag salutation, Rotaract invocation, the four way test and the Rotaract song were recited. The Project Chairperson Rtr. Nafli Mufthi delivered the welcome address which was followed by an introductory video which highlighted the history and legacy of the Rotaract Club of Colombo Mid Town.

The Secretary’s Report for the year 2014/15 highlighted club service projects of Ifthar ceremony, Movie night, Hopper night, Mid Town Bash and being the host of the District Conference 2014. The significant community service projects were Deepawali at an orphanage, Christmas with elders, Spoken English workshop with Romanian Rotaractors, Colombo classroom, Poson Dansal, Vesak at Cancer Hospital. The Professional Development projects included Rotaractors minute, Beyond Ordinary Technology (BOT) and organizing Pets & Sets, were of importance. Watch the Secretary’s Report video below


The International Understanding signature project “i-Genius” was the most outstanding project which was jointly organized by the Rotaract Club of Colombo Mid Town and our club. Overall they had received 35 citations at the District Assembly for their projects in 2014/15.

Outgoing President Rtr. Muzaffer Sadique
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The Outgoing President, Rtr. Muzaffer Sadique, who was awarded as one of the best President for 2014/15, addressed the gathering mentioning how happy he was for being the President of the club for one and a half years, increasing membership by over 100% and completing 40 projects. He then distributed several awards of recognition for his outgoing board and also several other awards of service, tokens of appreciation and special Paragon awards for outstanding club members.

The Outgoing President then introduced the Incoming President Rtr. Zayan Jeffry, who has experience in Rotaract for 9 years and is also a great figure behind the award winning project “i-Genius”.

Rtr. Zayan Jeffry being collared the 36th President of the Rotaract Club of Colombo Mid Town
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The address by the Incoming President highlighted the theme of the Rotary International this year “Be a Gift to the world”. His address was followed by the induction of the Incoming Board for the year 2015/16. The board is as follows:

  • President – Rtr. Zayan Jeffry (ZJ)
  • Immediate Past President – Rtr. Muzzafer Sadique (Muji)
  • Vice Presidents – Rtr. Malshani Nanayakkara & Rtr. Salman Nizam
  • Secretary – Rtr. Rashmi Sathanandan
  • Treasurer – Rtr. Basith Sameer
  • Club Service Director – Rtr. Nafli Mufthi
  • Community Service Director – Rtr. Shakeel Mohamed
  • Professional Development Director – Rtr. Shimara Basheer
  • International Understanding Director – Rtr. Fazal Mohamed
  • IT Director – Rtr. Miyuru Dharmage
  • Sports Director – Rtr. Shihan Jainudeen
  • Finance Director – Rtr. Imath
  • Sergeant at Arms – Rtr. Saffran Mihnar
Board of Directors 2015/16 of the Rotaract Club of Colombo Mid Town
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Guest of Honour Rtn. Imthiaz Ismail
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The Guest of Honour for the evening, PDG Rtn. PHF Imthiaz Ismail, a founding member of the Rotaract club of Colombo Mid Town, addressed the gathering by quoting Abraham Lincoln “Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing”.

The DRR Rtr. PHF Sathiyeandra Tharmakulerajasingham, started his address by mentioning ‘behind every successful person, there are many unsuccessful years’ and concluded mentioning that value of people in not in their appearance.

The entertainment item was a guest performance by a Kenyan and two of his friends, who were a special invitees.

Entertainment item performed at the installation
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The DRCC, Rtn. Saifuddin Adamaly and the District Youth Services Chair Rtn. PHF Farzana Khan, both highlighted the importance of youth representation and pointed out several key points which were discussed at the Youth Service Seminar held recently. Read our blog post on the Youth Service Seminar here.

The final address for the evening was by the Chief Guest of the event, Rtn. PHF Saif Ramzi. He emphasized the importance of Rotaract in helping us to become better individuals and inculcating ethical, moral values and responsibilities.

The felicitations by attending Rotaract clubs took place at the conclusion of the distribution of tokens of appreciation to the dignitaries. To mark the end, the vote of thanks was proposed by the Secretary, Rtr. Rashmi Sathanandan.

The Rotaract Club of University of Colombo, Faculty of Management and Finance, wish our sister club, the Rotaract Club of Colombo Mid Town for a successful year ahead and await to organize a bigger and better i-Genius in the upcoming year.

Written by-

photo Rtr. Madhumali Kodikara
Director – International Understanding 2015/16



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