Priyanthie Perera

She embarked on a tree planting campaign in Kelaniya, Kosgoda and Kurunegala. The IW Tsunami house recipients were given dry rations and coconut seedlings to plant in their compounds and a sewing machine to a poor woman to be self employed. A wheel chair was given to a disabled woman. 25 spectacle frames were donated at an eye camp in Kurunegala. 3 water filters were donated to the Kurunegala Hospital. Essential equipment was donated to the Pediatric Unit ICU of the Cancer Hospital in Maharagama. She was elected the National Representative of Sri Lanka in 2010/11 and was elected the IIW Board Director in 2013/14.

Indira Kandasamy

She donated funds to the clubs to carry out their own projects in favor of girl children. World IW Day was marked by a project at the Welikada prison for the female inmates. They were taught to make bags to be sold to shops and earn an income. Four Hospital trolleys were presented to the Prison Hospital.30 members attended the first South Asia Rally held in Cochin, India. Some members attended the 14th IIW Convention held in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. She was elected the National Representative of Sri Lanka in 2011/12 and was elected the IIW Board Director in 2014/15.

Swarna Soysa

Her major project was to rehabilitate 19 widows and her children. Each club was given Rs. 15,000.00 to find self employment for the widow and education for the children. IWC Kandy Heritage was formed and received the Charter. As it was the 25th anniversary of the district, 75 members received 25 year service badges at the District Conference. 25 IW Members and husbands from District 330 Malaysia were hosted and 25 IW members from District 340, Pakistan met our members the same day. 30 members attended the Triennial Conference in Varnasi, India. She was elected the NR of Sri Lanka in 2012/13 and was elected IIW Board Director in 2016/17.

Mala Edirisinghe        

60 girls from 3 provinces (Central, North Central and Southern) were identified and were given educational Kits consisting of educational materials and other necessary school supplies to continue their studies. A cash contribution of Rs. 25,000.00 and a donation of T shirts and caps were handed over to Sri Lak Saviya Foundation to help 55 flood victim children of Rajagiriya. A sum of Rs. 30,000.00 was handed over to Rotary District 3220 towards the requirements of flood victims in Batticoloa. A donation of T shirts, jackets and caps were sent to the East through the IWCs of Batticoloa and Trincomalie. She was elected the National Representative of Sri Lanka in 2013/14.

Roshani Peiris

Young rape victims were assisted to rebuild their lives with the project “Hope for Tomorrow” and was funded by IWC Kandy. With 3 Districts of India and a club funded an automatic chappati machine for a school for visually impaired girls. Educational items were donated to needy children identified by 3 IWCs and English books were given to school libraries through 3 IWCs. An eye camp screened 675 people for spectacles and cataract operations. 19 members attended the IIW Convention in Istanbul. The IWC of Battaramulla was formed and received the Charter certificate. She was elected the NR for Sri Lanka in 2014/15 and was elected the IIW Board Director in 2018/19.

Joan Jayamanne

She formed the IWCs of Colombo Nawa Udana and Kotte Nawa Udana during her year under new generation clubs and they received the Charter Certificates the same year. There was a growth of 73 members during the year. A child abuse awareness program was launched and it was carried out through the 22 clubs of the District. An extension of this program was carried out on International Women’s Day for 250 mothers. Relief for the flood victims was given utilizing Rs. 50,000.00 from the district fund. 42 delegates attended the Triennial Conference in Hyderabad, India. She was elected the National Representative for Sri Lanka in 2015/16.

Vanathy Ravindran

During her year with the theme “We for Women” Rs. 5000.00 was given to outstation clubs for projects for the betterment of women. The IWCs of Jaffna and Colombo Lake city were formed and the Charter Certificates presented the same year. The District Rally was held in the Peradeniya Gardens and members travelled to Kandy by train. 24 members participated in the 3rd South Asia rally “Women Power Unlimited” held in Mumbai.

Shanta Jayalath

During her year a project on child abuse “Educate to Protect” was done and children in 19 schools together with their parents were given lectures on what abuse is and how to safeguard themselves by lecturers from NCPA and the Police. 10,000 students and 2776 parents attended the lecturers across the island. Chronic Kidney Disease Unidentified (CKDU) patients and their families were advised on dealing with affected patients. Water storage tanks were donated to some areas. Dry rations and clothes donated to landslide victims. A cash donation of Rs. 50,000.00 sent to Nepal for the earth quake affected victims. 11 members attended the IIW Convention in Copenhagen.

Radha Sundarampillai

During her year as District Chairman the IWC of Colombo celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2015. In 2016 the IWC of Colombo West celebrated their 50th anniversary. She was the Chief Guest at both functions. The IWC of Jaela /Kandana held their 40th anniversary during this year and she was the Chief Guest at this function also. She held her District Rally in Jaffna as no District function has been held in Jaffna before. Very Unfortunately due to a problem that arose in the IWC of Colombo the District Officers of 2015/16 and the incoming District Officers were sued by a member.

Vijayaluxmy Ketheeswaran

Nirmalie Gunatilake

Diana Rahaman

Elected for the second time after having served previously as District Chairman in 2003/4. An environmental friendly theme was promoted through all Inner Wheel Clubs to identify needy schools around the island and provide Garbage Bins, whilst in addition to creating awareness of the importance of proper garbage disposal. The Women’s Ward in the Welikada Prisons was also provided garbage bins. Funds were collected to approximately LKR Four Hundred Thousand by the Inner Wheel Clubs and donated to the Apeksha Cancer Hospital, Maharagama to purchase the much needed Tomo-theraphy & Linear Accelerator Machines. Wheel Chairs were donated to the Anuradhapura Base Hospital and a Bursary was offered to a deserving Girl Child pursuing her higher education. The Covid 19 pandemic gave rise to opportunities to support deserving families through livelihood projects as well as donating essentials and medical supplies to meet their urgent needs, projects implemented through IW Clubs of Anuradhapura, Badulla and Colombo.

The well attended District Conference held at Galle Face Hotel was graced by IIW President Phyllis Charter. The Daily Mirror gave extensive post event publicity and Derana 24 TV Channel featured us on a live talk show in the ‘Vanitha Varuna’ program. The District Rally too attracted high participation which was held at Eagles Lagoon, Katunayake and organized with the Valentine Day theme and had several fun events and games, enjoyed by all. The Virtual AGM was also a ‘first’ for District 322, following the strict national health guidelines, conducted using the cloud based Zoom technology.

Kamila Rasheed

Inner Wheel Year 2020 – 2021 was shaped by the spread of the COVID pandemic in Sri Lanka. Restrictions on gatherings and travel and periodic country-wide lockdowns made the task of maintaining the bonds within and across our clubs a serious challenge, both for the Executive Committee and for the Presidents of the 19 clubs that make up the District.

Yet, as a District, we rose to the challenge to keep the clubs vibrant and relevant in the service of our fellow citizens.

When circumstances made in-person gatherings impossible, online meetings, seminars and other events of common interest bridged the gap allowing members to interact, exchange information and stay encouraged. Some attended the virtual 18th Convention in New Delhi and voted on behalf of the District.

Faced with growing unemployment and poverty among farmers and daily wage earners, the clubs were swift to provide dry rations and other support for the worst affected. Orphanages and homes for elders received our support, as did hospitals across the country. Clubs were encouraged and they united to help families affected by Cyclone Burevi which devasted villages in the North. Looking to the future, clubs provided underprivileged women with training, tools and start-up funds to help them sustain their families through self-employment. In addition, the District Project “Lead the Change for a Greener Sri Lanka” provided many women with quick growing trees and plants for the dual purpose of environmental protection and income generation.

Sharmila Cassim