The AGM & Re-Union
The 42nd AGM of the OBA of S.Thomas' College,
Gurutalawa and Annual Re-Union of Old Boys was held during
the week end, i.e Friday, March 01,2002 to 3rd March 2002.
Traditionally these 2 events are combined during the same
week-end, normally the 3rd week end in February each year.
This year due to a religious festival which coincided the
events were put off until early MarchMuch interest had been
generated during the year as our Group which had watched the
situation in 1999,2000 and 2001 had decided that a change
in the Ex-Co was called for as there had been a failure to
give heed to reasonable requests about urgent changes required
in College and in the OBA. This interest climaxed in the last
3 - 4 weeks immediately prior to the AGM and it appeared that
a contest may be forced if the out-going Ex-Co failed to give
way to enable our nominees to take over.
Various activities did take place behind the scenes in the
run-up. Feverish counting of heads went on during the Re-Union
week end overshadowing the festivities associated even with
the cricket match in the grounds and even thereafter until
evening in and around the Junior Dormitory Complex.
The AGM and Re-Union were therefore overshadowed by some tense
and anxious moments all-round. As the new Head Master himself
admitted he too was feeling the excitement and nervousness
as he presided at his 1st A G M a situation which should have
been best avoided if the more experienced and mature amongst
the OBA who should have known better had acted differently.
Eventually no contest was offered although unfortunately some
ill-will which had generated prevented the Fellowship and
the Dinner to go through in the traditional manner.
It is sincerely hoped that wiser counsel will prevail now
that the dust has settled and the hand of friendship offered
will be clasped in the same spirit so that all Old Boys could
get together and work for the betterment of the Association
and the College.
It was unfortunate that the planned discussion with some Members
of the Tutorial Staff could not take place. However, the walk-about
was executed and the benefits of that event have superseded
all previous development work at Guru to justify same.
The entire Campus was filmed on video by a professional cameraman.
Owing to the unprecedented attendance of Old Boys at the Re-Union
this year, there was a huge parking problem.
General Meeting of the Association and the Annual Re-Union
of Old Boys were held at Gurutalawa during the week end Friday
March 01,2002 to Sunday March 03.2002. Although the Cricket
Match was played and the heat was cooled off in the Swimming
Pool no other sports Activities took place. The New Dining
Hall was also ceremonially opened and the Traditional Dinner
(after the AGM and Fellowship) was held therein. The OBA and
the College owe a lot to the small team of Old Boys led by
Mr.Jayantha Hanthi and Mr.P.H.P. De Silva who undertook and
completed this Project (which had stalled) by spending much
time, effort, energy and money. Their dedication and loyalty
to the school will remain a silent testimony to be emulated
by future generations of Thomians.
OBA News Letter No.1 - May 30,2002
Report AGM 2002
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