2012 AGM and Get to Gether
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Old Anandians 97 Group-Annual Report 2011/2012
Old Anandians 97 Final Accounts 2011/2012
Anande Ape Avrudda 2012 - Photo Album
The AAA 2012 started with the auspicious blessings of Maha sanga, with the participation of principal, Staff, students, old boys & parents. The event was held at "Kamatha" in BMICH, this unique location gave the aura of a typical country side where 'Avrudda' is celebrated. AAA 2012 included colorful dance acts & some unique items which gave insight on how 'Avrudda' is celebrated in early era, E.g. "Diyawara Kepima". All those who participated in this occasion were kept amused by comperes Sajith & Sahan. AAA 2012 had all the features of an 'Avrudu' celebration e.g. "Kiribath Mesaya" & also included items such as Aliyata ahe thebima, Kotta Pora, Kamaba adeema, Polgama (staff & Parents), Kiri Kewima, Goni Penima, Kana mutti etc. The event was flawless, very well planned & organized. The principal & staff praised the 97 group for single handedly carrying out the Ananda Ape Avrudda 2012 which was a huge success.
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10th Anniversary of the 97 Group
It's a proud moment for the 97 Group, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. From the humble beginnings, the group has grown from strength to strength & is now a fully blossomed unit affiliated to the Ananda College Old Boys Association.
As a committed team, the group has shown its capabilities and potential to the school and the main OBA by organizing & successfully executing numerous projects and events during the past 10 years. A few of such success stories are listed below.
• School Development Project – Anuradhapura Maha Kashyapa Vidyalaya
• Spectacle Donation Camp - 2006
• The Sports Carnival - 2008
• Blood Donation & Health Camp - 2008
• Donating Medical Equipment to Colombo Military Hospital
• 97 Maroons' Ball – 2009
• Donation of medical items for IDPs
• Ananda College New Year Festival 2010 and 2011 – Anande Ape Aurudda
• Mini Carnival at Ananda Parade 2011
• Ananda College Museum Project (on-going)
• Athwela Scholarship Program (on-going)
The rigorous efforts and generous donations of the group members have been duly appreciated on numerous occasions by the college and the main OBA, as the group has managed to fill many a voids with innovative concepts and team work.
A sermon to commemorate the 10th Anniversary is organized to be held at Ananda Vihara on Saturday 19th November 2011.
Let us join hands and go from strength to strength in achieving further milestones with
Blessings of Mother Ananda!
Get-together at Dampe Village – Piliyandala
A get-together of the 97 Group was held on 2nd October at Dampe Village, Piliyandala. Group members thoroughly enjoyed the day-out, sharing memories of the good old days & having fun.
During the event, a plaque was presented to group member Sahan Ranwala for his achievement in winning the international award of "Best Folk Music Group" & bringing honor to the country, mother Ananda & the 97 Group.
Sahan Ranwala & Group Wins the International Award for the "Best Folk Music Group"
The Ranwala Foundation, led by Vice President of our group - Sahan Ranwala, which represented Sri Lanka at the International Folk Music Awards Ceremony was elected the best performing "Folk Music Group".
Thirty Nine (39) teams representing Twenty Eight (28) countries participated in this competition which went on for one week in the city of Shanghai in China.
The 97 group would like to congratulate Sahan & his team in achieving this great feat and bringing honour to Sri Lanka, Mother Ananda & to the 97 Group.
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Old Anandians 97 Group has been assigned with another major project by the main OBA; to uplift and maintain the college museum, a duty that has been performed by the 70-75 Group up to now. Thus, the 97 Group is expected to receive assistance and guidance by the senior group, to compliment the enthusiasm and the member strength possessed by the 97 Group.
The 97 Group Working Committee on Museum Project is currently drafting the project plan & the proposal to be presented to college principal and the main OBA shortly.
The project is expected to be implemented in 3 steps.
Step 1: Ensure continuity of regular use and maintenance of the museum
Step 2: Attend to repairs & renovations required
Step 3: Improve the quality of the museum by adding more artifacts and through awareness creation and student involvement.
Await for more details….
125th Anniversary Celebration – Voice Clips on Eminent Old Anandians
The 97 Group has initiated yet another appealing project for the college; to broadcast short voice clips of eminent old Anandians every school-day morning. Voice clips will be produced on great old Anandians who've made mother Ananda proud over the years.
Broadcasting of voice clips is expected to start on 1st of October and span out till the end of the year, encompassing the 125th anniversary celebrations falling in November. The project will be a definite morale booster for the present students aspiring to excel in academic and extra curricular activities.
Await for more details….
Dear 97 Group Members,
Below is a notice appeared in the 'Anandaya' newsletter requesting to update your email addresses with them to enable distrbution of the newsletter on electronic format. those who are members of the main OBA, pls. respond as instructed in the notice.
Secretary - Old Anandians 97 Group
AGM and the Baila Night 2011
The 7th AGM & the "Baila Night - 2011" was held successfully on 23rd July 2011, at Sanhinda Leisure Centre – Nugegoda with the participation of many members of the Old Anandians 97 Group.
It was a day to remember for all those present. With the completion of the official proceedings of the AGM including election of the new president & other committee members, the 'Baila Night' got off to a rollicking start. Masters of 'Wada Baila' performed while the Group members joined in the fun. Jokes started cracking, the school day memories pouring in, the laughter & songs filled the whole arena until mid night.
The President & the Executive Committee take this opportunity to thank all the Group members who were able to participate in the event as well as those who helped making the AGM and the 'Baila Night -2011' a success.
Old Anandians 97 Group Executive Committee for 2011/2012.
Old Anandians 97 Group Annual Report 2011
Minutes of the 7th Annual General Meeting held on 23rd-July-2011
Ananda Parade 2011
Ananda Parade – 2011 was held successfully on 11th June 2011 with the participation of present students, teachers, parents, OBA groups & other well wishers. The event had been organized to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Ananda College falling on 1st November 2011 and also to raise funds for several development activities of the college. The Parade was acclaimed a huge success with the highest participation observed in a college parade for a long time.
The grand finale of the Parade, i.e. the Mini Carnival and the musical show was organized exclusively by the 97 Group. Leading artists from a wide spectrum of media performed at the Mini Carnival on the invitation of the 97 Group. Performances by Jananath Warakagoda, Madhumadawa Aravinda, Chuti Malli & Podi Malli, Kasun Kalhara, Mithra Kapuge and our own Sahan Ranwala and Isuru Jayaratne were brought to a climax by Bathiya Jayakodi coupled with live fire and magic shows.
In addition, the 97 Group organized a fund raiser souvenir project where the parade participants were able take home a memorable photograph of themselves with the caption "I was there" in the backdrop.
On top of all these, the 97 Group was place 5th in the affiliated group financial donations list, for which group members contributed generously to raise close to Rs. 200,000/-, an amount surpassing the contributions by most other groups affiliated to the main OBA.
This is another feather in the cap of the 97 Group, thanks to the efforts of the members who made significant contributions towards the success of the parade. The Group contribution was recognized & highly appreciated by the main OBA.
The President & the Executive Committee take this opportunity to thank especially the artists and media personnel who appeared on stage free of charge on the request of the Group and all the Group members who helped in numerous ways in making the 97 group contribution for the Ananda Parade 2011 a success.
Anande Ape Avurudda (AAA) 2011
The grand project carried out by the 97 Group for the 2010/2011 term was the "AnandeApe Avrudda" which was held on the 7thApril 2011 at the Jana Kala Kendraya,Pelawatta. Similar to the inaugural event held in 2010, the AAA 2011 managed to fully accomplish its objectives in bringing back the forgotten and authentic traditions of our culture and also to improve our relationship with the school and the main OBA.