It’s been two years since my duties as the Assistant Secretary started and I already feel nostalgic at the thought of seeing myself letting go of all those responsibilities. But let me put the feats of my Rotaract journey through the wise words of Lucius Seneca: “As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters”. Quantitatively it was a very short period of two years, yet it seems like more if you take the quality it added into my life, because of the experiences I was exposed to. My years at the Rotaract Club and the many events I was lucky enough to participate in taught me many more things that ten years wouldn’t have taught me. As the Assistant Secretary of the club officially, I learned that the greatest pillar I had to rely on was my dear Secretary, Rtr. Tharushika Peelikumbura. Proceeding without giving her due credit for all that she’s done would be a huge injustice. Tharushika is definitely the best secretary any assistant secretary could ever wish for. There were times when I was ill and couldn’t handle my meeting minutes, she would always be understanding. She has been such a great support. The friendship I built with her led me to learning many skills beyond being an Assistant Secretary, it taught me what it was like to have and be a good friend. Kudos to you Tharushika for being that supporting pillar beside me.
All the fun events I participated in, songs I sang with my fellow Rotaractors, the times we danced together, walked the nights together; the times we quarrelled and most especially the times we realized that having each other’s company was the best thing we had, made my Rotaract journey an experience worth millions. Standing right beside me, helping me along the way was my Co-Assistant Secretary Rtr. Heshani Dharmapala. And she and I know since the installation that together, we could even conquer a Hydra!
Reminiscing just brought tears to my eyes since my conscious self still doesn’t want to let go of the fellow group that’s always been there. Yet our bond is such that not being in the club doesn’t mean that it ends here, our fellowship will only grow stronger. That is what Rotaract left us with ultimately.
And while putting my end note here, I wish all good luck to my fellow Rotaractors and the upcoming Board and Executive Committee who will take up our seats. I leave you with lyrics from Lana Del Ray as this is the spirit Rotaract fellowship gifts you, these are the lyrics that the club as one unit would sing for you! Rotaract’s got you!
If you dance, I’ll dance
And if you don’t, I’ll dance anyway
Give peace a chance
Let the fear you have fall away
I’ve got my eye on you
Rtr. Udani Jayalath
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