162nd meeting marked the dawn of a new era of Gavel history. It was the first meeting done by the newly appointed board which was held on 24th of December, at CSLR of CSE.
People all around the world were preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas Day is a day everyone is celebrating regardless of the religious faiths they have. Then why Gavel would miss it? Therefore this meeting was declared as “A Silver Christmas at Gavel”. It was a candle night at Gavel in which the hall was nicely decorated with a Christmas tree and other decorations. The new President Pasan Pethiyagoda, called his first meeting to order mentioning importance of that meeting. Then everyone stood up for the national anthem lead by Schile Athapaththu.
The toastmaster for the Silver Christmas was Hasini Abyewickrama. She did a wonderful job by conducting round robin session in a different way. A plate containing strips of paper was passed around. Each member had to take one strip from the plate. Each strip had a name of an item which would be the gift decided by Santa to be given to that particular person. Each person had to talk why Santa had decided to give that item to him/her. The round robin session was really enjoyable, but at the end making everyone surprise toastmaster was suddenly interrupted by Santa who came all the way to our meeting with a bag of presents. Then the control was handed over to Santa to carry out the table topic session. He had come up with a nice set of topics relating to Christmas, so it couldn’t stop members of the house coming to the stage. Every member wanted to have a gift from Santa, it seemed. After the table topic session Santa went and it was time for the prepared speech session. The author of the club Samawath Mallawarchchi broke his ice delivering a sincere and a marvelous speech. After having evaluator’s report once again Toastmaster was interrupted by Santa. This time he came to do something he had forgotten to do last time. He wanted us to sing carols with him. Thanushan was invited to assist the crew with music. It was a fantastic moment when everyone was singing carols having a lightened candle in their hands.
Next, the President took control and adjourned the meeting. The gathering was served with small refreshment.