For the umpteenth time, DAANA mission is "to involve in projects that will improve educational, social, and cultural activities and infrastructure at School and promote networking and camaraderie of alumni of DRCK, in North America".
So we set out a two-fold vision for 2013: (1) to focus in activities at school (directly and in collaboration with other OBUs); (2) to increase member participation.
We are glad that we got opportunities to work with the Old Rajans Rugby Football Association (ORRFA), Old Rajans Scouts Association (ORSA), and Dharmaraja Past Teachers Association (DPTA). For e.g., when ORRFA request came, we used all our resources, networks, and infrastructure to reach out to rajans diaspora and to raise much needed funds for the ruggerites.
However, as for the second part of the vision "increase member participation", we freely admit that we were not quite successful in garnering member participation as much as we would have loved. As old wise guy would say, 'It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive'.
A member's response is the most rewarding moment for the volunteers who help run DAANA. No matter what or how much, a response is an endorsement that we are unified by the cause.
So now we are here at the dawn of 2014 ....
"moving all members together to charity is very very difficult but let us not lose heart" - BoD'13 to BoD'14, December 31, 2013
We are signing off happily with the satisfaction of serving our beloved alma mater together with you all. Thanks so much for all your support during the year !
Make sure to contact Kaushalya/Sarith (DC/VA/MD), Ashoka (Salt Lake City), Buddhika(Detroit), Geeth (NY), or Malinda (Guelph, Canada), if you are visiting any of these areas.
BoD'13 - Kaushalya Siriwardane, Malinda Thilakarathna, Buddhika Bandaranayake, Ashoka Polpitiya, Sarith Mahanama, Geeth Uyanwatte