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ITS US

THE OFFICIAL NEWS LETTER


L E O C LU B O F U N I V E R S I T Y O F M O R AT U WA VOLUME 10 ISSUE 03 SEPTEMBER 2013

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STOP AIDS MAHESH ABEYWICKRAMA MEMORIAL CHAMPIONSHIP SEA, SAND, SHORE

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ROBOTICS WORKSHOP 2013 LIGHT A CANDLE TO LIGHT THE WORLD Get To Know & Put a Full Stop

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AIDS AWARENESS PROGRAMME Leo Shehan Madusanka


Vice President
Department of Computer Science & Engineering

STOP AIDS

PROUD TO BE A UOM LEO

The number of AIDS patients have increased resent past. To prevent this, better informing

University of Moratuwa

and attitudinal change is needed and also there is negligence and cornering for people who

have AIDS. That is because people do not have the knowledge, how this disease spreading, how to prevent it and so on. To protect people from AIDS by education, the Leo club of university of Moratuwa organized an AIDS awareness programme in Electronic department auditorium. It was held on 5th of September at 11.15 a.m. onwards. A doctor from Kalubowila hospital conducted a lecture and pointed out fundamental ways to cure AIDS such as changing the attitude, protection by education, financial security and safe sex. It was a good project conducted with different theme.

It is a great pleasure to address you in the third edition of the ITS US as the newly appointed Vice President. At the beginning it was really a challenging task for me to take the vice presidency of a well reputed club in Sri Lanka. That is a huge opportunity for my life and it is one of the great milestones in my life. I learnt so many good things from the Leoistic vision. Everything has a passion and pattern to happen. I got Lots of experiences from the Leo vision. Planning & conducting various kinds of projects while giving our maximum contribution to 306 A2 family as well as to the multiple was not really an easy task. Meanwhile as university students we have to balance our academic lives with all the extra-curricular activities. All the time I have to help to my clubs president. The president guides us to the correct direction every time. In my point of view I will briefly describe about what is Leoism and definition of a Leo club. Leoism Leoism is a movement to generate good qualities among the youths and to make them responsive to good social needs so that they can provide the nation with perfect leadership. Leos have put on records many instances of dedicatory services for the cause of distressed humanity. It is believed and hoped that the Leos will uphold their tradition of services through fellowship and friendship. Leos are an institution of hope to the helpless and will be round the clock. Definition of Leo Club Leo Club is an official program of the international association of Lions club to promote and encourage service activities among the youths of the community, to serve others in the community and around the world that will develop leadership quality. Every Leo club formed must be sponsored by Lions club. I request from you all to share this newsletter among your friends and spread the Leoism all over the country. From that we can help to create this country a better place. Thank you.

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MAHESH ABEYWICKRAMA MEMORIAL CHAMPIONSHIP


INTER SCHOOL DEBATE COMPETITION Debating is a way of arise our voices with arguments in front of others in an organized manner. So as a club UoM Leos decided to encourage debating talent of school children by organizing such a tournament. The main objective of this project was memorizing Leo Mahesh Abeywickrama, who was the president of the UoM Leo club in 2004/2005 leoistic year. He was a beloved brother and an undergraduate of University of Moratuwa but with an unexpected manner he has passed away. Encourage school children for debating, encourage their parents to motivate their children on debating, Celebrating Literacy month, improving the educational level with the theme of Together for Education were other objectives. This was a well organized, big project held on 28th September 2013. The chief guest for the morning session was Leo district president for district 306A2 Leo Kaneel Maddumage. A popular media icon, Mr. Chandana Sooriyabandara was invited as the chief guest for the final session and the presentation ceremony. Mr. Sooriyabandara encouraged and congratulated teams and also appreciated the work done by the Leo Club of UoM. Mr. Sumith Basnayaka, Producer of the The Debater island wide debate tournament organized by Sirasa TV also arrived to glamour the occasion.

Debating teams of twelve schools has participated for the competition and among them Panadura Sumangala boys school and Mathugama C.W.W. Kannangara College won the chance to the final round. Final judge panel consisted of 5 distinguished people including Mr.Sooriyabandara, the chief

guest, Leo Isuru Senadheera, the IPDP of Leo district 306A2, Leo Chaturanga Gunasekara, IPCP of Leo Club of UoM, Mr. Hasitha Sandeepa, a former school debate team captain and Mr.Sajeewan Basuru, who is also a former school debate team captain. After a huge battle of voices between the debat-

ers, Panadura Sumangala College emerged as the winners of Mahesh Abeywickrama Championship. Sasindu Tharaka who was from Panadura Sumangala boys school has won the prize for the best debater. CIMA Sri Lanka and Asian Alliance PLC sponsored and TV Derana gave the media support. Many Leos and Lions participated for the event and it was ended up with a great success.

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KAKULU SITHATA SADAHAM


DHAMMA SCHOOL PROJECT With the purpose of guiding Dhamma school children

A MOVE TO SAVE

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how to study effectively, how to improve their talents and to shape up their future through their hidden and never shown talents a project was conducted in Sri Wijayarama temple, Weligama. The date was 8th September from 8.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

The date was 15th September and the place was Mount Lavinia beach. A beach cleaning programme was conducted by UoM Leos at 8.00 a.m. onwards with the purposes of Clean the sea area Inform to people and explain about value of nature. Working with the members very cooperatively as a family. Enhancing the inter-relationship between the other LEO clubs.

The students in the Dhammaschool were getting ready to face a knowledge competition at zonal level and the project was beneficial for facing those exams too. A pre-examination was also held by UoM Leos and prizes were given to winners. The function was successful with the participation of more than 200 students and UoM

This project was done with the participation of Program officers of National post-consumer plastic waste management project central environment authority and the Leo club of Mathugama. UoM Leos have cleaned the beach along 4-5 kms, while collecting garbage, to bags. Those garbage bags were handed over to the waste cleaning centre of the Mount Lavinia. Leaflets were distributed among public to make aware them not to put garbage to the sea. The Immediate Past District President - Leo Isuru Senadheera also joined to this environmental friendly programme and it was successful though there was a rainy weather.

Leos. Special thanks should go to the Chief Monk of the temple,teachers and students.
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ROBOTICS WORKSHOP 2013


Robotics.. It is afield that is technically improving and getting the popularity. With the purpose of enhancing the theoretical and most importantly the practical knowledge of the students on a field that would be highly valuable in the future and motivate the students to make their future career in such a field, a robotics workshop was carried out for school children from Galle and Matara districts.UoM Leos had the hope that it would be helpful to the students who are intended to participate for the robotics competition which would be held in December. The workshop was conducted by some talented and experienced undergraduates from the Department of electronics and telecommunication of university of Moratuwa and the chief guest was Dr. Nirod N. Samarawickrama who is the senior training director of IJSE Galle. This was held on 20th September in the auditorium of Institute of Java and Software engineering, Galle.

Electronic, programming and mechanical parts were covered not only by lectures but also with practical sessions. With the presence of 60 school children the event was very much successful. As engineering students, UoM Leos were able to increase the curiosity about new technologies in future generation and do a service with their engineering knowledge.

Cover Page Mahesh Abeywickrama Memorial Debate Competition 2013


Photograph : Leo Pramodh
Cast : Leo wasantha Kumara

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BY JAYANI SUDUSINGHe

Are You QualiFied?

If you see me for the first time, how would you see me? It will depend on the situation as people say first impression is the last impression. In other words you will simply judge people. But are you qualified? to judge others. Why do we judge people? We like to label others. We like to put them into boxes. Judging makes us feel safe and comfortable because we have defined a person. So we can easily act according to that definition. You see a boy and think hes lame. But he has to work every night to take care of his mom and dad. You call a girl fat. She has a disease and shes starving herself. Theres a friend of yours whos smiling all the day along helping each and everyone of you. But he is going through hardships which you can never imagine of. Did you know any of these back stories? No. You just saw and judged. Next time when you see a different person, who doesnt fit within your framework, please, dont label him. Dont put him into that box of yours. If you really feel that you want to know that person, try to walk in his or her shoes along the same paths they travel. Then you will know how to accept him or her. Then only, you are qualified. Do we stop only by judging others? No. We judge ourselves as well. When you get a brilliant idea, you think how you can achieve it, how you enjoy that glorious moment of achievement. But when you are about to put it into action, theres this feeling or scream from the depth of your mind, are you sure? Will this work?You remember all those failures where you fell on your face. You have begun it. You are judging yourself. Are you qualified? No. When you were a child, if you wanted to do something, you simply did it. You didnt judge yourself. If you wanted to climb a tree, you climbed it. You werent afraid that you would fall and get hurt. You simply made it. But now, you are afraid of falling and getting hurt, even before you climb the tree. Judgement grows, as we grow. But we should watch our judging minds. Dont judge, be curious and open. Be creative and believe. Then you are qualified.

The PhoTo STorY Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. Mahatma Gandhi

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LIGHT A CANDLE TO LIGHT THE WORLD


Although the students in rural schools are having the talent and the resources, they are weak in mathematics due to the lack of their interest towards the subject. To make these students interested in the subject and arouse their curiosity to learn the subject keenly a project was organized by the Leo club of university of Moratuwa on 23rd of September in Deiyandara National School.

With the idea of Failing to plan is planning to fail first there was a lecture on how to plan the life. The relation between mathematics and the nature is shown and mathematics was taught using fun games. This aroused the curiosity of the students and they were motivated to learn mathematics.Practical mathematical question papers were provided and students were inspired for learning mathematics further to enter an engineering faculty.

The principal and the teachers gave the maximum support to do this and about 250 students have participated. With the presence of about 15 Leos and prospects the project was successful.

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Get To Know & Put a Full Stop


The second step of the sending e-mail description about a prevailing, avoidable disease in Sri Lanka in the objective of informing people was done on 25th as usual. This time it was lung cancer which is a prevailing & avoidable disease. In this project, we sent an email to over 500 lions & over 300 leos in Sri Lanka. It is better to prevent disease before it spreads. So better to have a knowledge about common health problem in Sri Lanka and get rid of them.

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Step 3

LETS FLY TOGETHER

In todays global world, English is very essential that is most common language spoken everywhere. Therefore the Leo club of university of Moratuwa has decided to arrange a special workshop, an ice breaking session to improve speaking ability of Leos and prospects after monthly club meeting. With purposes of Developing speaking skill in front of an audience To facilitate set of undergraduates to discover speaking skills they already have and skills that need some attention improving their skills in Speaking English This programme was held on 30th of September at 7pm onwards at the ENTC Auditorium in the University and achieved a great success.

Leo Quote

GO AS FAR AS YOU CAN SEE; WHEN YOU gET THERE, YOULL BE ABLE TO SEE FURTHER.

ScheDUle of eVenTS
WORLD CHILDRENS DAY PROGRAMME- 01ST OCTOBER GET TO KNOw AND PUT A FULLSTOP- MOUTH CANCER AwARENESS PROGRAMME 25TH OCTOBER T SHIRT SELLING AND FUND RAISING PROGRAMME

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snaps oF the month


SWEET MEMORIES

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FROM THE CHIEF EDITOR.


Leo sasiri siriwardena FROM THE CHIEF EDITOR It is a great pleasure to present you, issue 3 of ITS US, the newsletter of the Leo club of University of Moratuwa. As a club UoM Leos have done various projects with different themes. The biggest project of this month was Mahesh Abeywickrama memorial championship and it was ended up with a great success. As a club we are thanking for all the people who gave their contribution, ideas and participation for the success of the project. Beach cleaning programme, Aids awareness programme, Robotics workshop and Light a candle to light the world are some other projects with different themes. ITS US has created a good space to make aware others about the community services UoM Leos doing. UoM Leo club is rich with talented Leos who have good leadership qualities and diversified capabilities and skills. We have decided to present the views, vision and the message of such Leos to you with the article Proud to be a UoM Leo. We invite you to make the use of ITS US to improve your creativity and skills. The comments, new ideas and views about the newsletter are highly appreciated for the better success of Its us. Thank you.
Editorial Team Design

Leo Sasiri

Leo Piyumi

Leo Demini

Leo Chapa

Leo Oshan

Success is a Journey,Not a Destination - UoM LEOS

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