President's message

I first joined the Rotary family in 2008 as an Interactor, when a friend of mine convinced me that being part of a movement such as Rotary would help me be a better person. Ever since I made the decision to be part of the movement, both while being an Interactor and a Rotaractor, it has helped transform me as a person and has helped me become a better citizen. There are different reasons why we choose to join Rotaract. Some of us enjoy the fellowship and friendships we build, for some it’s about serving the community and others are able to build a network that helps them grow professionally. The bottom line is there are various reasons why we are part of the movement and this speaks greatly of the opportunities that Rotaract (and the Rotary family) provide us.

The Rotaract Club of Colombo Mid Town has a proud history of 41 successful years of continuous service. It is no easy task to lead any Club but to take over the mantle of this prestigious Club is a daunting task. The success of the Club is very much visible in the awards the Club has been winning consistently in the Rotaract District Assembly and the growth of its membership over the last few years. Our members are with us because we provide them with an opportunity to follow their passion in a variety of areas. The obvious avenue is community service but the Rotaract Club of Colombo Mid Town is also greatly known for its support to other clubs, its fellowship and sports like Futsal and Cricket.

Taking over as President this year, my focus is very much over our members. We have always had a responsibility towards our community, but the starting point to serving our community, is to ensure that we develop and upskill our members first. So, the first target for this year is to provide members with the training and platform to be great leaders, thereby having a strong line of leaders to take the Club forward in the upcoming years. The next focus is our community. The last 15 months have been devastating throughout the globe due to Covid and Sri Lanka has felt its fair share of impact with deaths, the sufferings of the lesser privileged and the impact to its economy.

A large number of communities out there are waiting for assistance and as Rotaractors, it is our duty to provide that assistance where possible. This will be a key measure for Rotaract as a whole not just in Sri Lanka but also across the world, as we play our part in helping the affected communities and people back on their feet.

I am proud to have with me a group of young but very talented individuals, both among the general members and my leadership team. Any leader is always only as good as the team with him and in that regard, I am a very lucky President. I look forward to an exciting year ahead and as a very strong youth organization in our community, we will continue to make an impact.

Yours in Service,

Rtr. Ahmed Hibshi Mowlana

Who We Are

We are a fun loving bunch of youth, looking to create a difference and make an impact in our country. As a community based club and the third oldest Rotaract club in district 3220, we are constantly pushing past the norm and surpassing geographical boundaries by conducting various projects. Further, our most active avenue of service happens to be community service. 

Members are also encouraged to join project committees and work on projects, to garner a greater insight into the world of Rotaract. Apart from projects we also have activities such as futsal, debating, music and other fun stuff that help connect and create togetherness amongst our members. 

Being part of the Rotaract Club of Colombo Mid Town definitely is a life changing journey and 41 active years of service in the Rotaract movement bear testimony to this!

FAQ

What is Rotaract?

Rotaract is a youth led movement that brings together passionate individuals from diverse communities, with the intent of developing leadership and professional skills through community service.

What is a Rotaract club and what are its primary duties?

A Rotaract club is an organized unit of the Rotaract movement that recruits members to carry out different projects and activities, alongside other Rotaract clubs. The primary duties of a Rotaract club is recruiting new members to carry out it’s various endeavors while also serving the community.

What age category is Rotaract limited to and who can join?

Rotaract is limited to the age categories of 18 and above. Passionate individuals who intend to serve their community in any possible manner can join the Rotaract movement.

What are the benefits of joining a Rotaract club?

The benefits of joining a Rotaract club are multifaceted and the most basic ones are the development of professional and leadership skills while working alongside like minded individuals, with the intent to serve.

The four main avenues of service in Rotaract?

The term “Four Avenues of Service” is frequently used in Rotaract literature and information. The “Avenues” refer to the four elements of the Object of Rotaract: Club Service, Community Service, International Service and Professional.

  1. Club Service involves all of the activities necessary for Rotaractors to perform to make their club function successfully.
  2. Professional Development is a description of the opportunity each Rotaractor has to represent the dignity and utility of one’s vocation to the other members of the club.
  3. Community Service pertains to those activities which Rotaractors undertake to improve the quality of life in their community. It frequently involves assistance to youth, the aged, handicapped and others who look to Rotaract as a source of hope for a better life.
  4. International Service describes the many programs and activities which Rotaractors undertake to advance international understanding, goodwill and peace. International Service projects are designed to meet the humanitarian needs of people in many lands.

When a Rotaractor understands and travels down the “Four Avenues of Service,” the Objective
of Rotaract takes on even greater meaning.

FLAG SALUTATION

I, Salute the National Flag of Sri Lanka

Which signifies the

Independence of my Country

And stand for all its People

United as one Nation

I, Pledge all allegiance to Sri Lanka

And undertake to work towards its,

Peace and Prosperity

In a Spirit of Tolerance and Love

Rotaract Invocation

Remember us always as thy children,

Oh lord instill in us the true meaning of friendship,

That the difference of culture and creed should not matter,

At all times endow us with a desire to serve,

Remembering that we too often need help,

As and when the need for service arises,

Caring to make our badge of Rotaract worthwhile,

Tell us that we have not lived in vain.

THE FOUR-WAY TEST

Of the things we think, say and do

Is it the TRUTH?

Is it FAIR to all concerned?

Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Rotaract Song

Verse

Always, we shine where it matters, 

To serving our fellow men, like no other

 No matter, the creed or culture,

 We pull together, to care for others,

 

Bridge 

It’s our friendship that makes us thrive, 

True sense of fellowship that makes us shin

 As Rotaractors we always try, 

To reach out and make things bright, 

 

Chorus 

Together we can make it happen, 

For our fellow men, like no other,

 No matter the creed or culture, 

And we are proud to Rotaractors 

 

Bridge 

It’s our friendship that makes us thrive, 

True sense of fellowship that makes us shine,

 As Rotaractors we always try,

 To reach out and make things bright, 

 

Chorus 

Together we can make it happen,

For our fellow men, like no other,

 No matter the creed or culture, 

And we are proud to Rotaractors