15th September 2020 12:01:32 Hours
23rd AGM of ARFRO was held on 31st May 2019 at the RHQ SLCMP Officers’ Mess at Narahenpita with presence of 62 members. The AGM commenced at 1800 hrs & there were 120 letters/notices submitted by the members requesting to excuse them from AGM. There were many past service commanders of Defence Forces present. AGM commenced with the singing of National Anthem followed by observance of one minute silence in respect of fallen War Heros & ARFRO members.
There were speeches delivered in respect of departed ARFRO members during last year. Firstly, Brig S Mudannayake (Rtd) spoke about late Gen R de S Daluwatte, followed by Maj Gen A M U Seneviratne (Rtd) who spoke about late Maj Gen C A M N Silva. Brig K Gnanaweera (Rtd) spoke about late Maj Gen N Fernando .Maj Gen M D S Chandrapala (Rtd) spoke about late Maj Gen T Sivashanmugam & AVM O D N L Perera (Rtd) spoke about late Air Commodore Ananda & late AVM K Samaratunge. Finally, Maj Gen N Krishnaratne (Rtd) spoke about late Brig K Attanayake.
Annual report of the Executive Committee for year 2018/19 was tabled by the President ARFRO & AVM Thilak Dissanayake (Asst Secretary) explained the salient points. President ARFRO highlighted that during the year under review (2018–2019) ARFRO was able to take great strides to ensure its success in years to come. The Association asserted itself as a professional organization and was able to realize its goals in several fields and even go beyond.
Ranaviru Family Counseling and Support Services (RFCSS) has made great strides and won the accolades of benefactors and philanthropists and the Government Agencies. ARFRO was able to grant scholarships to deserving children of war widows and also those who entered University. ARFRO journal was available to the membership on payment & untiring effort of the editor Brig Rohan Jayasinghe (Rtd) was highly appreciated. ARFRO membership now stands at 233 which clearly indicates the recognition gained through many activities/projects. Brig K A Gnanaweera (Rtd), the Treasurer submitted the accounts & audited statement for the year & carried out a detail analysis of financial status & accounts were adopted by the house.
Election of Office Bearers & Committee members was conducted & the President clarified the position regarding nominations for the Ex-Co and stated that according to para 5 of the Constitution, the out – going Ex-Co was required to nominate persons for the new Ex-Co and the general membership given opportunity to nominate their choices, proposing and seconding nominations in writing, to be sent to the Hony. Secretary by the specified date, using the forms circulated along with the notice of AGM.
Rear Admiral Sarath Ratnakeeerthi who held the position of the President - ARFRO for six consecutive years handed over the reins of ARFRO to Maj Gen Lohan Goonewardene. RAdm Ratnakeerthi had a very successful tenure as the President and ARFRO had many developments during his period. Fund raising projects were given priority during his period as funds were needed to support the various projects carried out by RFCSS that looks after the interests of war widows. Membership development and enhancing networking and building up rapport among members were some of many things that were concentrated and given priority by the outgoing President.
Maj Gen Lohan Goonewardene joined the Sri Lanka Army as an Officer Cadet in May 1969 and commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery in September 1970. He held many senior appointments during his service including the Deputy Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Army. Whilst in service, he underwent training in India, Pakistan, Singapore, UK, USA, China, Italy and Switzerland. He works presently as Head of Administration of F. J. & G de Saram (Attorneys at Law)
In the acceptance speech, new President thanked the members for placing confidence in him to unanimously elect him as the President of ARFRO and vouched that he will take the association to the next high level during his tenure. AGM was followed by Fellowship and Dinners