Wednesday, 18 February 2009

District Conference Programme

Mount Lavinia Hotel - Empire Ball Room
Dress : National / Lounge

Saturday, 21st February 2009
10.00 - “Make Dreams Real” – Club Projects Exhibition
12.00 - Registration and Fellowship (Note: Does not include Lunch)

13.30 - Rotarians and Invitees take their seats
13.45 - College of Governors, AGs, Dist. Conference Organ.g Committee Chairman, Dist. Secy. & Conference Secy. assemble in the lobby

13.52 - Arrival of Rotary International President's Representative,
PHF. IPDG. Aziz Memon and Ann Dr. Samina

13.57 - Traditional Lighting of the Oil Lamp

14.00 - Opening Session
- 18th Rotary District Conference is called to order
- Playing of National Anthems
- Moment of Silence

- Welcome Address by District Conference Organising Committee Chairman, PHF. PP. Thiru K. Thirunavukkarasu
- Adoption of the 18th Rotary District Conference Programme
- Recognition of Presidents 2008-9, Overseas Rotarians & Rotarians attending the Rotary District Conference for the First time

- Introduction of RIPR by Dist. Secretary, PHF. PP. Taslim Rahaman
- “Rotary Worldwide” by RIPR, PHF. IPDG. Aziz Memon
- Introduction of Governor by Asst. Governor, PHF. Maj. Douglas W.
- “State of Rotary in Sri Lanka” by DG, PHF. Nalin Fernando

15.00 - First Plenary Session
- RI Theme “Make Dreams Real” by RIPR, PHF. IPDG. Aziz Memon
- “District Goals 2008-9” by DG, PHF. Nalin Fernando

- Highlights of some Club Achievements:
Going for 100% Membership Growth - RC of Colombo Reconnections
Going for 100% Attendance Record - RC of Battaramulla
Continuing the EREY Contribution to TRF - RC of Colombo Regency
Going for 100% PHF Club Status - RC of Kandy

- "Sri Lanka - Progress towards Peace & Prosperity" by Dr. Palitha Kohona, Secretary – Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Introduction of Breakout Session Chairman & Discussion Leaders
16.30 - Refreshments served at the Breakout Sessions

16.50 - Breakout Sessions/ Presentations
* Imperial Room – Chairman, AG. PHF. Capt. Suranjan De Silva
Rtn. PHF. PP. Gamini Saparamadu (Chairman – Kent Holdings Ltd.) –
“Follow Your Dream”

Rtn. Indrajith Fernando (Director /CEO Bartleet TransCapital Ltd.) –
“Complying with RI Board requirements for a functioning Rotary Club”

Rtn. PHF. PP. Thiru K. Thirunavukkarasu (Rotary District Chairman) –
“On to the RI Convention” – 100th RI Convention, Birmingham, U.K.
Rtr. PP. Husna Rafeek (DRR) – “Rotaract – Rotary in Action”
Int. PP. Mevan Banagala (DIR) – “Interact is Fun!”
Int. Pres. Saashya Rodrigo - Rotary Georgia Scholarship recipient

* Regency Room – Chairman, AG. PHF. Maj. Douglas Wijesinha
Ms. Sunethra Bandaranaike (Chairperson Sunera Foundation) –
“Make Dreams Real for Children”

Rtn. PHSM. Dr. Harsha de Silva (Economist) –
"Sri Lanka: Emerging from a Global Crisis to Prosperity"

Rtn. PHF. PP. Gamini Saparamadu (Chairman – Kent Holdings Ltd.) –
“Follow Your Dream”

Rtn. PHF. PP. Lefty Gunaratne (Director – Sage Training Pvt. Ltd.) –
“Leadership, Emotions and Spirituality”

* Maitland State – Chairman, DS. PHF. Taslim Rahaman
Rtn. PHF. PP. R. Theagarajah (CEO – Hatton National Bank) –
“Make Dreams Real by Helping Others to Help Themselves”

Rtn. PHF. PP. Mangala Yapa (MD/ CEO – Colombo Dockyard PLC) –
“The Rotary Way” - Path to Leadership & Professionalism in Business
Rtn. Indrajith Fernando (Director /CEO Bartleet TransCapital Ltd.) –
“Complying with RI Board requirements for a functioning Rotary Club”

Rtn. PHF. PP. Nalin Jayasuriya (MD/CEO – McQuire Rens & Jones Pvt. Ltd.) – “Building a Positive Personality”

Gala Beach Fiesta - Paradise Beach, Mount Lavinia Hotel
Dress: Beach Wear/ Sarong (Have 6 Rooms to change at the Hotel)

19.50 - Gala Beach Fiesta – Cocktails at the Paradise Beach
20.10 - Club Presidents 2008-9 to Assemble at the Imperial Room
20.15 - Arrival of RIPR, IPDG. Aziz & Ann Dr. Samina with DG Nalin
Introduction of Club Presidents 2008-9

20.30 - Gala Beach Fiesta - Entertainment & Dinner Commences
- Informal address by RIPR. IPDG. Aziz Memon
- Informal address by DG. Nalin Fernando
23.00 - Gala Beach Fiesta begins to fade away

Sunday, 22nd February 2009
Empire Ball Room - Mount Lavinia Hotel
Dress : National / Office Attire

07.00 - Breakfast with College of Governors
07.45 - Breakfast for Club Presidents & Secy.s/ Conf. Committee

09.00 - Second Plenary Session
“Being Happy – An essential tool for success during turbulent times”
by Rtn. PHF. PP. Nalaka Hewamadduma

09.40 - District Business Plenary Session
District Accounts: Rotary Year 2007-08
Open Forum
Address by District Governor Elect - PHF. Suri Rajan
Address by District Governor Nominee – PHF. Imthiaz Ismail

10.40 - Break / Refreshments

11.00 - The Rotary Foundation - Plenary Session
The Group Study Exchange Programme – PHF. PP. K. Arabinthan
In-bound GSE Teams from RI D.7630 - U.S.A & RI D.3140 - India
Out-bound GSE Teams to RI D.3140 - India & RI D.7630 - U.S.A.
District Simplified Grants – PHF. PDG. Lucky Peiris
Matching Grants – PHF. PP. Pat Fernando
Rotary Scholarships – PHF. PP. Clarence Seimon

12.20 - Fifth Plenary Session
“How to be an Effective Rotary Club” by PHF. PDG. David Yates
“Saving Planet Earth” by PHF. PDG. Rekha Shetty

13.20 - Closing Plenary Session
"The continuous Flattening of the Flat World" – PHF. Mr. Nivard Cabraal, Governor - CBSL

Remarks by RI President’s Representative - PHF. IPDG Aziz Memon
Remarks by District Governor - PHF. Nalin Fernando
Recognition of Club Exhibits/ Awards
Recognition of District Conference Committee & Subcommittees
District Conference Evaluation
Expression of Thanks by Conf. Secy. – PHF. PE. Lakshman Galwaduge
Salutation Song - “Thank You Rotary” Children from Welimada
Formal sessions come to a close

14.00 - Sumptuous Buffet Lunch and Fellowship
15.00 - Conclusion of the 18th Rotary District Conference.

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