Annual Leo Trip (2007)

Leo Trip to Sinharaja, organized by the

Leo District Council 306 A2


30th (Sunday) of December 2007


We are planning to start the journey from Piliyandala, at 5.30 AM.

Please be on time

Pickup points

  • Piliyandala (Near Prasad Textiles) - 5.30AM
  • Kottawa junction (Near Bo Tree) - 5.45AM

(This can be arranged by calling Leo Dilan M.)

Charges – RS 700 Only (Including Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks)

More info, Contact Leo Dilan Mataraarachchi – 011 2616092

Hope to see you all !!!

Join us ! Have fun !

Leo District Council 306 A2

“Success through Innovation”

Leoistic Year 2007/2008

Leo Carrom Tournament

Leo Carrom Tournament

Annual Carrom Tournament organized by the Leo Club of UOM will be held on
2nd of December 2007
from 9.00AM onwards
University of Moratuwa Carrom Room.

You can participate for the following events

Mens single
Wemens single
Mens double
Womens double
Mix double

An entering fee will be charged (amount not decided yet). You can participate for more than one event. But you will have to pay a little more amount for extra events.

Prepare yourselves and get ready to be the champions on the board.

64 Interview answers you need to know

This is a nice article I found from while surfing the web. Hope it will helpful to you.

Q1 Tell me about yourself.
Q2 What are your greatest strengths?
Q3 What are your greatest weaknesses?
Q4 Tell me about something you did – or failed to do – that you now feel a little ashamed of.
Q5 Why are you leaving (or did you leave) this position?
Q6 The “Silent Treatment”
Q7 Why should I hire you?
Q8 Aren’t you overqualified for this position?
Q9 Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Q10 Describe your ideal company, location and job.
Q11 Why do you want to work at our company?
Q12 What are your career options right now?
Q13 Why have you been out of work so long?
Q14 Tell me honestly about the strong points and weak points of your boss (company, management team, etc.)
Q15 What good books have you read lately?
Q16 Tell me about a situation when your work was criticized.
Q17 What are your outside interest?
Q18 The “Fatal Flaw” question
Q19 How do you feel about reporting to a younger person (minority, woman, etc)?
Q20 On confidential matters
Q21 Would you lie for the company?
Q22 Looking back, what would you do differently in your life?
Q23 Could you have done better in your last job?
Q24 Can you work under pressure?
Q25 What makes you angry?
Q26 Why aren’t you earning more money at this stage of your career?
Q27 Who has inspired you in your life and why?
Q28 What was the toughest decision you ever had to make?
Q29 Tell me about the most boring job you’ve ever had.
Q30 Have you been absent from work more than a few days in any previous position?
Q31 What changes would you make if you came on board?
Q32 I’m concerned that you don’t have as much experience as we’d like in
Q33 How do you feel about working nights and weekends?
Q34 Are you willing to relocate or travel?
Q35 Do you have the stomach to fire people? Have you had experience firing many people?
Q36 Why have you had so many jobs?
Q37 What do you see as the proper role/mission of… …a good (job title you’re seeking); …a good manager; …an executive in serving the community; …a leading company in our industry; etc.
Q38 What would you say to your boss if he’s crazy about an idea, but you think it stinks?
Q39 How could you have improved your career progress?
Q40 What would you do if a fellow executive on your own corporate level wasn’t pulling his/her weight…and this was hurting your department?
Q41 You’ve been with your firm a long time. Won’t it be hard switching to a new company?
Q42 May I contact your present employer for a reference?
Q43 Give me an example of your creativity (analytical skill…managing ability, etc.)
Q44 Where could you use some improvement?
Q45 What do you worry about?
Q46 How many hours a week do you normally work?
Q47 What’s the most difficult part of being a (job title)?
Q48 The “Hypothetical Problem”
Q49 What was the toughest challenge you’ve ever faced?
Q50 Have you consider starting your own business?
Q51 What are your goals?
Q52 What do you for when you hire people?
Q53 Sell me this stapler…(this pencil…this clock…or some other object on interviewer’s desk).
Q54 “The Salary Question” – How much money do you want?
Q55 The Illegal Question
Q56 The “Secret” Illegal Question
Q57 What was the toughest part of your last job?
Q58 How do you define success…and how do you measure up to your own definition?.
Q59 “The Opinion Question” – What do you think about …Abortion…The President…The Death Penalty…(or any other controversial subject)?
Q60 If you won $10 million lottery, would you still work?
Q61 Looking back on your last position, have you done your best work?
Q62 Why should I hire you from the outside when I could promote someone from within?
Q63 Tell me something negative you’ve heard about our company
Q64 On a scale of one to ten, rate me as an interviewer.

District Contest - End of August

Here are the standings in District Contest at the end of month August.

1University of Moratuwa140000

Well done UOM...!

Month of September... Month of Exams...

September. Its a silent month for us. We had exams for all of our members. No major project. No monthly meeting. Just the Board meeting and few continuous projects like Monthly Bodhi Pujawa.
So October is the month to get up and catch up the work.

So LEOs.... Lets START....

District Contest for July...

Congratulation guys for the job well done on the first Leostic month of 07/08. We are the first with 50000+ points for the month July.
Keep the good work and lets maintain it through out the year...


o Venue : Mechanical Auditorium – University of Moratuwa.
o Date : 5th of August 2007.
o Time : 6.30pm
o Project Chairman : Leo Hewage Sameera.

o Introducing an innovative idea to the leoism of LEO club of University of Moratuwa.
o Improving the leadership skills of Leos.
o Improving communication skills of Leos.
o Awareness for Leo Movement.
o Improving the ability to speak in English.

How this idea got in to my mind
It is a Sunday me and my friend given oaths in front of Mr. noel palliyaguru to be an energetic LEO for this LEO movement after a little while at the interval he came to us to speak some words with us and told to us it is very good to follow a speech craft programme to improve our speaking abilities. Actually it is true as engineers as youths who are the future leaders of this mother lanka must have very good communication skills. That’s why I decided to conduct a speech craft programme in our university for the benefit of our fellow LEOs.

About this project...
This was an innovative idea for our fellow LEOs. Each meeting contains 3 sessions.
o Round robin session
o Ice breaking session
o Prepared speech session
This project continues for 8 weeks.

Round robin session.....
In this session every participant has to speak about 30 seconds. This session is an very interesting session. The speaker has to start his speech from the last word the previous speaker ended his speech. As an example think that previous speaker ended his speech from cat the next speaker has to start his speech from the word cat.

In this session the speaker have to present his speech without any preparation so he presents his ideas in very interesting manner and the things in the bottom of his heart so this session attracts fellow Leo’s heart very much.

Ice breaking session.....
From the name we can understand about this session. A speaker who speaks first time in this type of session is called an ice breaker it means that he is loosing his fear for speaking, breaking ice. In this session a speaker has to speak five minutes.
There are evaluators an ah counter, a grammarian, time counter.
In this session a speaker has to speak 5 minutes under a simple topic. After the 1st 3 minutes clap one time, after 1st 4 minutes clap twice and after 5 minutes clap and he has to stop his speech.

Prepared speech session.....
In this session the speaker has to present a 5 minutes speech the topic must be something relevant to the audience that speech should drag the audience. He must have a very good eye contact with the audience. He must have good postures relevant to his speech.
In this session also the timer claps at 3rd, 4th, and 5th minutes. The speaker must also consider about the time. He must try to stop his speech on time. That’s why we named this session as prepared speech session. He must prepare for his speech very well.

Thank you....
o Senior Treasurer Mr. A.TL.K. Samarasinghe
o Patron Dr. Saman Thilakasiri
o Lion lady Meena Wellala who participated to the 1st session
o All Leos and Leo prospects for their participation.


Venue : Mel Medura – Colombo 7.
Date : 18th of August 2007.
Time : 8.30am
Project Chairman : Leo Sanjaya Sayakkara.

We have organized this very important project incorporation with LEO CLUB OF COLUMBO (HOST). It was an anti drug campaign organized in the organization called Mel Medura. We met Dr Manoj Fernando and very good discussions. With him we had the chance to express our ideas about addiction to drugs and why people use drugs.

About Mel Medura....
It is the drug demand reduction wing of the Sri Lanka Sumitharayo. Sumithrayo was first established in 1974. The main objective of them was to reduce suicides. But statistics indicate that more than 40% of suicides in Sri Lanka are drug related. So due to the close relationship between suicide rates and drug use, they set up a treatment and rehabilitation facility at Mel Medura (the ancestral home of the De Mel Family). There vision is to reduce the social acceptance of harmful drug use in Sri Lanka. They are designing new programs that are flexible and essentially suited to people living within our own socio-economic and cultural context. Their 70% of income are used for primary prevention programs.

What we learn...
In there we started our discussion with identifying what are the drugs available in Sri Lankan market. We
consider both the legally allowed and not allowed drugs. Some of them are some of them are listed
o Alcohol
o Tobacco
o Cannabis or ganja
o Heroin
o Betel-chew and non-prescriptive drugs

Then we discussed about why people use drugs. One thing was inability cope with the social pressure. As an example, if a person has a friend who smokes and he will get addicted to the smoking due to pressure exerted on him by friends. This sort of people will afraid to refuse. The reason is they think that will cause problems to their image. On the other hand some will initially use drugs for experiment. This is related with the image which is attached to it. Society thinks that the drug usage is a happy feeling. The media and some other parties like manufacturers of alcohol and tobacco spreads the idea. So it will attract people to it. Another reason is social acceptance society give values to these addictions. They have given benefits to the drug user. As an example if some drunken person makes problems people tends to move away from him without responding to his action. So this is a license for that person to cause problems for others.
Then we have discussed how harmful the drugs are. It is harmful for the individual persons as well as for the economy. About 500,000 families are Samurdhi recipients; 1/3 of the money they receive from the State is spent on alcohol and tobacco. About 30-130 people die daily from alcohol and tobacco related issues. One in every 10 children are school dropouts because of alcohol and tobacco use in the home. Rs. 763 million in 1998 Rs. 1288 million in 1999 was sent out of the country through local tobacco sales. In the health aspect it is also dangerous. Alcohol consumption has been linked to more than 60 diseases. Alcohol can cause a number of different cancers. For an example lip, tongue, throat, oesophagus and liver cancer can be stated. On the other hand diseases like high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart failure, and strokes are also there. In tobacco smoke larger percentage of chemicals are there. One main substance is nicotine. There are nicotine free cigarettes. But one thing to be considered is, nicotine is only one substance which can affect health. There are 19 more carcinogens and other chemical which can affect health. One main problem of smoking is that exposure of women to cigarette smoking may cause damage to her fertility. Lung cancer, heart disease impotency is also problems associate with smoking.

We also had discussion about how the manufacturers of this drugs form their markets and what are the threats we have I the future. These manufacturers of drugs have a great problem than other
manufacturers. Large portion of their consumers die in a year. So to be in the market they have to attract new customers. They use different techniques. One major thing is lift it as a fashion. Tobacco and beer are marketed in this way. On the other hand very popular person will be use generalize the drug usage normal. Also using well dressed fashionable people to smoke in front of young generation is another way. Another lagely used way is use if teledramas, films, cartoons. Large portion of society watch them and that will generalize the alcohol or cigarette usage. The newest market which those manufacturer are try to capture is women. More than 50% of the populations are women and in Sri Lanka they do not use considerable amount of alcohol or other drugs. So they consider this as un tapped market.
We stopped our discussion with discussing what we can do to stop this addiction we decided to organize activities in our areas and discuss the result in the next meeting. The best thing we decided to do for drug user is that we are considering it as foolish act and not giving him support for any activity or discussion which will feel him comfortable with his activity.
This is a new type of program. It is not just a conference. We actively participated the event with discussions and gain lot of knowledge. Also after completely finishing of this program we can serve the people who need help as a counselor. This was a very memorable day and a day for next meeting is not yet decided. But it will be a day in near future.


The campaign was organized as a joint project with Leo club of Colombo (Host). It was initiated by Leo Asitha Pinnaduwa of Leo club of Colombo(Host) and Leo Namal Deshapriya of Leo club of University of Moratuwa. The primary purpose of this project was to clean the lake in the temple premises which was in a poor condition due to the bad maintenance. By the time we went there, condition of the lake was so bad up to the level of a environmental problem creator. It had lead to bad smell and mosquito problem.
The Leos took the initiative part and started cleaning the lake from the morning. After 7 hours of hard working, our leos came to the finish line of campaign. The time was 3.30 pm. Every face of a Leo was full of smile for being a successful workers after cleaning the lake and planting Lotus there giving a more pleasant environment in to the temple.


As Leos of UOM, we marked the climax of August in the glooming evening on Wednesday 22nd . It was the first time in the Mora University history to organize a fire. The project was initiated and lead by Leo Chalitha Gunawardhane who is a director of our club. Almost all the members contributed for the success of the event by sharing the work. Finally as a team we could make it happen.
When the night arrived the Mora ground was enchanting with the elegant fire site prepared by Mora Leos. To share the glory we had our guests arrived. Among them District President 306A2 Leo Nadeesha Palliyaguru, DCL Lion Noel palliyaguru and PDP Leo Sadeepa palliyaguru were present. Accepting our invitations University students were present around the fire site.
Started with the traditional fire song and plenty of fire works all around the site. Leo Tilan and the music band could make the crowd harmonize with songs. Leo Chamitha of Leo Club of Piliyandala also among the guitarists. Dramas were presented by drama Association of UOM, which the crowd enjoyed very much making laughs all around.
Leo Amila proved his talent with electrifying traditional dance. “Haka” event was so interesting which was a whole new experience for every one.It is an ancient african event to keep up the moral. Presented by Transport & Logistic Management students. Fire programme carried on by Leo Sameera and Leo Dinusha. At the end of the ceremony crowd were invited for dinner which was “Maniyok” with chilli paste
on traditional “Nelum” leaves with Tea in a coconut shell.
We would like to thank all the Leos and Lions who supported us and present for the occasion to share the joy.... But.. The Party continued....

General Meeting & Speech Craft Programme

Date :- 15/08/2007
Venue :- @ university premises
Time :- 5.00 p.m.
Monthly general meeting of the club was held with the presence of our Leo adviser Lion Lady Meena Wellala and new comers as well. Leo Sameera conducted a speech craft program which allowed to address the gathering for each and every member. It was a new and positive idea to ensure active participation of all the members in the meeting. Leo Radeeshan delivered a successful ice-braking speech as well.

Multimedia Workshop

Date :- 05/08/2007
Venue :- Computer Lab, Kothalawalapura M.V., Kothalawalapura.
Time :- 8.00 a.m. - 12.30p.m.
This project was organized jointly with Leo Club of Colombo Host of District 306A1 on behalf of Leos of both districts 306A1/A2. As future leaders Leos should know how to do things as well as to get things done by others. Multimedia is the future way of convincing things to your colleagues and followers as well. So our objective was to improve the multimedia skills of Leos. Leo Isuru Senadheera who is the secretary of Leo club of UOM conducted the workshop. He is from Department of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Moratuwa.
Packages discussed was
***Micro media Flash

New Year.... New Board....

HI All,
Another Leostic year has started (07/08) and we are looking forward to it.
First congratulations for our new president Leo Namal, secretary Leo Isuru and treasurer Leo Chandana. Also for pass president Buddhi and board for the job well done for the last year.
Hope that new board also do the same or even better job in this year....

New Board.....

Leo Namal Deshapriya
1st Vice President
Leo Manula Dharmarathne
2nd Vice President
Leo H. Sameera Chamara
Leo Isuru Senadheera
Leo Chandana Ranasinghe
Leo Uditha Ransara Chandrasena
Board of Directors
Leo Buddhi Hettiarachchi
Leo Amila Mahaarachchi
Leo Samitha Ransara
Leo Tilan Fernando
Leo Dinusha Somasiri
Leo Bovinda Kumara
Leo Achala Satharasinghe
Leo Chalitha Gunawardhene
Leo K.G. Janaka
Leo Amila Sampath Amarasinghe
Leo Ruwan Narampanawa

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