Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Xmas meeting - santa comes to the gavel club!

Meeting number 90.
Santa comes to the gavel club!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Speak Olympiad 2009

Speak Olympiad 2009 was a grand success. It was the most successful of the speak olympiads held thus far.

Here are some highlights that i captured. The speeches recorded by our video production team will be uploaded to the blog and website in the near future.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Semifinals Highlights cntd...

Improptu speeches Topic " A ship is safe in harbour, but that not what ships are meant for "

Friday, October 16, 2009

Speak Olympiad Semi finals Highlights

This was by far the most competitive semifinals of the gavel history. They were all fighting it out toe to toe and did magic with their speeches!

What a day , i must have been the luckiest guy in the world to have been there to witness this event.

What talent , in my eyes all were winners! Thank you speakers for the great experience you gave us!

Here are the highlights!

Sammy, rocket science

sajith, intention

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde speech by randeny

Ajanthan, Tangalese

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Prilims highlights contd..

Speak Olympiad 4 preliminaries

It was a great day for the budding undergrads of the university. 37 competitors competing toe to toe for a place in the semi finals of SO4.

All were great but only 12 were lucky to get choosen. Even though 25 did not get selected, they understood their weaknesses and got an experience of a lifetime. That is what counts. We need to go out their and do it, and only by doing so can we improve, sitting back and thinking will not be enough for us to succeed.

Here are the highlights.

I am a legend by Chathuranga kannangara

Mirshad "Truth"

Tharindu Randeny

confused by Niles Perera

I found it by imalka/manel ?

Life is but a dream by Amila indunil

Jealous moments by Venuja Mihirani

Half life by praveen

Friday, September 18, 2009

Installation of University Of Moratuwa Toastmasters club

It was a great opportunity for our club to get the necessary exposure and i dare say, we did grab it with both hands.

We met the VC, dean and the head department of the CSE. Apart from this the speeches that we heard inspired us to strive to achieve higher heights for the club.

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Meeting number 85

The highlight of the 85th gavel meeting was the superb ice breaker done by Niles Perera. The topic for round robin session was What to do when we are stressed out.

The topics for the table topics session was well rounded and speakable. Their were 8 speeches at the round robin session. The evaluators were thusitha and harinda.

The prepared speech evaluation by erangi was simply awesome.

Ajanthan was very critical in his general evaluation. Here he unfairly criticized the timer for forgetting to time the prepared speech though he didn't have any proof to prove the point. Apart from that small mistake it was another comprehensive evaluation by ajanthan.
The meeting ended by announcing all members to participate at the speak olympiad 2009.

It was followed by a meeting of the organizers of the SO4 competition.


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Monday, September 7, 2009

Meeting Number 84

With the Speak olympiad around the corner meeting number 84 concluded in a very successfull note


Monday, August 24, 2009

The word for the day Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Supercalifragilisticexpialidoc ious Is The Song Of Mary Poppins (1964)

The word given for the meeting was this. It was a great idea and lots of fun. chk this out.

Thank you pasan for passing me this peice of information. Please do not hesitate to blog and post on your own. I have made u a contributor. I would be extremely happy if u guyz also help me in making this a more colourful place for the gavelians!
If anyone of you have a great idea and would like to blog on the gavel blog please drop me a mail at hasala@ieee.org

Meeting number 83

The meeting was a major success with a record attendance. As i predicted almost 30 students didn't have chairs to sit on and had to stand.

The educational value and the fun was balanced and everything was organized like clock work. Unlike our super junior batch i could feel that the heart beat of these freshers beat synchronously to ours and the club. If we can get some good dedicated members from this batch we could rest assured that we did our part. The future of the club will rest on the shoulders of these freshers. So its our duty to ensure that we cultivate them to bear this responsiblity.

Four Gavelians from our club become the first runner up of the CIMA Global bussiness challenge

A team comprising of the Immediate past president , two Vice Presidents and former CIMA world prize winner all members of the gavel club became the first runner up in the prestigious CIMA global challenge competition.

They were able to beat competition from around the world to secure the second place and bring honor and glory to our country and the gavel Club.
We congratulate them and wish them all the best in their future endeavors!

This goes on to show the importance of communication skills in becoming top achievers.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Orientation for the 09 batch a major success

The orientation for the 2009 Engineering Batch was concluded on a successful note yesterday. Three sessions were conducted within a time of one hour.

The session started with a two minute serious video about the activities of our club prepared by Sasika.
First the club was introduced by the president in convincing style. Then a small game was conducted , where two volunteers were called forward and asked to do a speech on a topic given to them at that moment itself by the game master praveen. After the two speeches were concluded a vote was taken to find the best speaker. Then both volunteers were gifted a box of chocs.
Then a motivational speech was done by ajanthan. It was to make the students understand that this was not an elite club for a few selected, but a club where people who want to learn to speak in English in public get together to improve their speaking and leadership skills. Ajanthan mimicked jamaican , indian and chinese accent to show that we need not be ashamed of the way we speak english. This left the audience in hails of laughter. His speech was inspirational as well as fun.
The session ended with a fun video showcasing all the fun activities we do as the gavel club.

The orientation was a major success(better than the last three that i experienced) so we will have to expect a full house for the meeting on monday. Infact i fear that atleast 300 will be there and that we will face a major logistic issue. incase this happens a backup program will have to be initiated.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


The official website for the Gavel club of University of Moratuwa is now up at www.mrt.ac.lk/gavel. The website is not officially launched as yet, but the most important piece of information about the club, that is when and where the next education session (meeting) is going to be is accurately displayed on the website. If one has missed few sessions and needs to catch up with previous meetings, brief details are also available on the website.

If you are recommending this club to a friend, make sure you mention the website www.mrt.ac.lk/gavel so that he/she could keep in touch with the society events and participate at his/her will.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hi all,

Here are the answers that all of you were waiting for....
This is the solution for the brainstorming puzzle solving session that we had on last meeting.....

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Gaveliars shine in the CIMA Global Business Challenge

From: http://www.biz.lk/biz/Businessnews/results.asp?key_c=2564

Team "Paradigm" of University of Moratuwa won the CIMA Global Business Challenge Posted date 8/4/2009 12:49:03 PM
CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants - Sri Lanka Division) is pleased to announce that team "Paradigm" which represented the University of Moratuwa won the Sri Lanka national round of the Institute's Global Business Challenge, which took place on the 18 of July 2009.

Team "Paradigm" comprising Channa Gunasekera, Dulini Mudunkotuwa, Harinda Gunatilake and Thusitha Chandrapala are now set to compete on a global stage for the final round of The CIMA Global Business Challenge, where they will face stiff competition from the winning national teams representing the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong, India, Mainland China, Malaysia and Singapore. Team “Paradigm” will be flown to Singapore for the final round scheduled to take place on 21 August at the National University of Singapore.

The Chief Guest at the function Prof. M T M Jiffry, Vice Chancellor, University Grants Commission said “I am happy to extend our support from the University Grants Commission for your efforts taken in the arena of Human Resource Development and I express my gratitude for taking this initiative along with the universities and creating opportunities for human resource development in this country.

Bradley Emerson, Regional Director South Asia and Middle East, CIMA, added:

CIMA Sri Lanka Division is extremely pleased of team Paradigm's achievement in winning the national round of The CIMA Global Business Challenge. I congratulate the other participants on their performances which were considered high quality by the judges. I would like to thank our distinguished panel of judges who undertook the difficult task of selecting the winners.

This international competition has been set up to bring out the best in the potential business leaders of tomorrow and I wish team "Paradigm" the very best of luck in the final round

The eminent panel of judges of this competition comprises Mr Ravi Abeysuriya (chairperson) Head - Strategic Business Development / Shared Services Hayleys PLC/Director - Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation, Ms. Nilanthi Sivapragasam – Chief Financial Officer Aitken Spence Group Ltd, Mr Gajendra Liyanarachchi - CEO, Virtual Business School, Mr Senaka Kekiriwaragoda -Manager- Corporate Advisory NDB Investment Bank and Ms Sriyani Ranatunge Assistant Vice President DFCC Bank

Monday, August 3, 2009

Meeting number 81

A great speech by Randeny, a model speech i would say, this guy has great potential...

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Hand in Hand 2009

The annual gavel team building workshop was concluded successfully at river garden resort, Belihuloya.

The warm up event "Human knot" and the main event "Capture the flag" were a major success due to the creative project chairs Nadeesha and Erangi.

It was followed by the bath in the crystal clear waters of belihul-oya.

The Songs sung by Dulini and Erangi helped to lighten the weariness of travel.

It was a truly amazing experience.

gavel Mora Rockz Forever!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Meeting number 80

With a comprehensive re-orientation program and well coordinated guest leccture the 80th meeting of the club was a major success.

About 30 new members attended, encompassing all faculties of the university.

Given the time constraints, prepared speech session had to be cut off from the agenda.

The topicsmaster, praveen did a great job by providing well balanced, thought provoking and fun topics.

The toastmaster Harinda did a wonderful job by providing a much thought about topic for the round robin session.
The speeches by Namal, pasan and prasanna was able to leave the audience in a hail of laughter.
The Table topics evaluation by erangi was comprehensive .

The star event was the guest talk by Mr. M Z M Saleem. It was very humorous , entertaining as well as inspiring. He reminisced about his life in the university and related how enhanced communication skills helped him to climb the career ladder.

Monday, June 29, 2009

AIBS 2009

Winner: Azrah Azar Gavel club University Of Peradeniya

First meeting for 2009/2010 Gavel year



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Monday, June 8, 2009

Meeting minutes first board meeting

Namal– Treasure

This was the first meeting of the new board. The main objective of the meeting was to decide on a Gavel calendar of this year.
The first point to be discussed was the gavel trip which had been postponed for over two months. The dates were finalized as July 4th and 5th. Finally a project chair was appointed to coordinate the event. According to the agenda the next issue was to discuss about the T-shirt which was to be given to the members. Ajanthan was appointed as the project chair. The next issue was the joint club project proposed to be co hosted with the Rotaract club. It was decided that the gavel club will coordinate the events and speakers. A tentative date of June 15th was set for this event. The next point to be discussed was about a joint project with the university of Moratuwa toastmasters club.
Next in the agenda was the most important event of the Gavel Calendar, Speak Olympiad 2009. It was decided to stage the preliminaries on 29th September, semi-finals on 7th of October. According to the agenda the next point to be discussed was the Gavel website. It was decided to keep it simple but updated. The launch of a gavel blog was also proposed. Malaka was appointed as the webmaster of the website and blog. The next point to be discussed was the gavel orientation for the incoming batch. It was decided to organize it in a more interactive manner to entice more members to the club. The next point to be proposed was to conduct an inter-faculty debate contest. It was decided to appoint kandasamy as project chair. The date was decided as the final week of November. The final point to be discussed was the ways and means to increase the dwindling club membership. It was decided to visit the students at the lectures and educate them about toastmastering. It was also decided to invite prominent toastmasters to the club in order to make the club meetings a more enriching experience.