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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2016

Reunion 2017 (March 3, 4, and 5) – Attendance Update 31.01.17

Name
Spouse
(Accompanying)
Guests
Rooms
Hotel advance
Extra payment
Miscell:
Remarks
1
Swyrie Jayasekara Balendra
Ken
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded.
2
Pramilla Kannangara Senanayake

1
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded.
3
Sriani Dissanayake Basnayake
Ralph
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded.
4
Lakshman Abeyagunawardene
Mangala
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded.
5
Jimmy Wickramasinghe
Kathy
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded.
6
Malkanthi Wijesuriya McCormick
Jim
2
Two doubles
Paid


Initial formalities concluded.
7
Lareef Idroos
Nabila
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
8
Rajan Ratnesar (Patas)

Nil
One double
Paid


 Sharing room with Speedy.
Initial formalities concluded.
9
Srianee Fernando Dias (Bunter)

Nil
One double
Paid


Sharing room with Manel
R Wijesundera.
Initial formalities concluded.
10
Sanath Lamabadusuriya (Lama)

Nil
One double
Paid


Sharing room with Anton.
Initial formalities concluded.
11
Mahendra Gonsalkorale (Speedy)

Nil
One double
Paid


Sharing room with Rajan
Initial formalities concluded.
12
Kumar Gunawardane
Kanthi
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
13
DSC Attale
Rupa
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
14
Lakshman Jayasinghe
Jecintha
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
15
Sujatha Lena
Bonnie
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
16
Nalin Nanayakkara
Damayanthi
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
17
Harischandra Boralessa
Harshi
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
18
Rohini Abhayaratne

Nil
One single
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
19
Manel Ratnavibhushana Wijesundera

Nil
One double
Paid


Sharing room with Bunter.
Initial formalities concluded.
20
Harsha Samarajiwa
Yulali
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
21
M.Z. Lameer

Nil
One single




22
Kusuma Jayasuriya Ruberu
Varuna
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
23
N. Vishweswara

Nil
One single
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
24
Vasanthy Thuraisingham Perera

Nil
One double
Paid


Sharing room with Shanthy.
Initial formalities concluded.
25
Anton Ambrose

Nil
One double
Paid


Sharing room with Lama.
Initial formalities concluded.
26
Chandra Silva

Nil
One double
Paid


Sharing room with Chira.
Initial formalities concluded.
27
Suriyakanthi Karunaratne Amarasekera
Mahendra
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
28
Ranjith Kuruppu

Nil
One single
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
29
Mahesan Richards
Selva
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
30
Indra Anandasabapathy
Rani
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
31
Chittamparanathan Thiagarajah

Nil
One double
Paid


Sharing room with VPH Rajapaksa.
Initial formalities concluded
32
Senerat Jayatilake
Hemantha
Nil
One double



For one night only
33
Chirasri Mallawarachchi Jayaweera Bandara

Nil
One double
Paid


Sharing room with Chandra.
Initial formalities concluded.
34
S.A.P. Gnanissara
Lilamani
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
35
Suren Iyer
Swini
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
36
Bertram Nanayakkara
Sunil
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
37
Shanthy Nalliah Edwards

Nil
One double
Paid


Sharing room with Vasanthy.
Initial formalities concluded.
38
Nihal Goonetilleka

Nil
One single
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
39
K. Balachandra
Loretta
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
40
S. Sarvananda
Iroma
Nil
One double

Paid


Initial formalities concluded
41
Devayani Gunasekara Salgado
Anil
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
42
Bandula Jayasekara
Leela
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
43
Lalantha Amarasinghe
Priyangani
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
44
Preethi (VPH) Rajapaksa

Nil
One double
Paid


Sharing room with Chitta.
Initial formalities concluded
45
Chitra Perera

Nil
One single
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
46
Dharmani Makalanda
Amara
Nil
One double
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
47
*JC Fernando
Sura
Nil
One double
(Sharing room with spouse Sura)
Paid


Initial formalities concluded
48
*Surangani  Abeysuriya
Fernando
JC
Nil
One double
(Sharing room with spouse JC)
Paid


Initial formalities concluded

































































*Though listed separately, JC and Sura will be allocated one double room. This list is only for our consumption. Hotel will have a separate list.


Lucky wrote on 6 December, 2016

Subject: Reunion Deadlines

I am aware that there are two deadlines that you have to think about. One was our own deadline for confirmations (December 5th). The other is the deadline to pay the advance to the hotel.

As far as the December 5th deadline (our own) is concerned, we have decided to give a grace period until December 31st for you all (especially those who still remain undecided) to think about it further and let us know your decision by the end of this month. 

As you would have noticed by now, we already have the numbers to make the 50th Anniversary Reunion a success. But let's try and get together the biggest group possible. Mind you, we have lost four colleagues who attended the last Reunion at Hikkaduwa (Kamali, Priya, Lucien and Farouk) and 29 in all.

With regard to the deadline set by Jetwing Hotels for payment of the hotel advance, they have not told us about a deadline. Swyrie managed to get some rooms blocked out for us (not sure of the exact number). If you need this information urgently, I suggest that you contact Reservations at Jetwing and ask them (quote our reference number). Click on the following link to get their contact information. My advice to those who plan to attend is to pay this as soon as possible because the hotel needs some guarantee to hold the room for you (and we have a limited number of rooms).


Rest assured that the Organising Committee has been working hard to muster the largest possible gathering. All this is being done on your behalf.

For your information, I have attached a few documents.

1. Latest updated list of confirmed attendees (some of you have already received this). Please help to update re hotel advance payment.

2. A list of deceased colleagues (please help me to update this list. I may have missed some during the 13 years that I was out of the country).

3. Batch Directory (please help to update). I receive many e-mails from the batch requesting contact information of colleagues.

If any of you have any contact with Bandula Jayasekara and Sunil Abeysuriya, please contact them. I have tried and failed. They told me some time ago that they really want to attend this Reunion. They have not responded to any of my e-mails and not answered the phone.


Lucky Abey adnl1102@gmail.com






Dear Friends,

December 5th was the deadline set for the receipt of confirmations. As informed earlier,
 I am sharing with
all members of the batch (and those in my e-mail list), the attached list of those who
 have already sent  in confirmations and will be attending the Reunion. This list i
being shared with all (including those not  planning to attend), just for their information.

There are about five more who have given verbal assurances but don't use e-mail.
 In consultation with the rest of the Organising Committee and following other means
 of communicating with such individuals,  I might have to add their names to this list. 

I have already sent the "confirmed attendees", details of the procedure for advance
 payments. This is a requirement of the hotel to hold the rooms as March will still be
 within the "peak" period. The hotel will  be acknowledging all payments. 

When you make the advance payment, please keep me informed so that such
 other details could be added and a final updated list could be prepared.

Thanks and regards.

Lucky

Lakshman Abeyagunawardene
Hony. Secretary, Organising Committee
50th Anniversary Batch Reunion 2017

PS:  VPH Rajapaksa is on the lookout for another "bachelor" to share a room.
 I have advised  him to contact Nihal Goonetilleke and Chitta to explore that
 possibility. Other males who will be coming alone have already paired off or
 prefer single rooms.
Attachments area

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to let you know that Jetwing Hotels has confirmed our reservation at Jetwing Blue, Negombo on the dates of our Reunion on 3, 4, 5 March, 2017. They have also provided the details of the procedure to make the advance payment. As intimated to you earlier, the hotel management needs this to hold the room for you as the demand for rooms in March will be at its peak. 

Please note that the Reservation/confirmation Number is R060019. You will have to refer to this number when making the payment.

The amount will be 50% of the room charge. If you are sharing a room with a friend, please take that into consideration. You can decide that by contacting your room mate before making the payment. For your convenience, the room charges are given below:

Room charges - SLR 26,000/- nett per double room (twin sharing basis)
                             Single room: Rs 22,250/-
                             Triple room: Rs 33,000/-

Credit cards

If you wish to make the payment by credit card, the payment link for online payment is: http://reservations.jetwinghotels.com/openpayment

I am sure most of you will opt for this as it is simple and straightforward. When you click on the above link and give the name of the hotel (from the drop down box) and the reference number, a new screen requesting more information on the payer will appear. The rest is like any other payments you have done before through a payment gateway.

Cheque payments

In case you want to make a cheque payment, the bank details are given below. Unlike last time, you will thus be able to make the payment direct to the hotel.

LKR Account Details

Name of Account                           : Blue Oceanic Beach Hotel (Pvt) Ltd
Name of Bank                                  : Sampath Bank PLC
Branch Location                             : Negombo
Account Number                           : 0024 1000 2275
SWIFT Code                                     : BSAMLKLX


USD Account Details
Name of Account                           : Blue Oceanic Beach Hotel (Pvt) Ltd
Name of Bank                                  : Sampath Bank PLC
Branch Location                             : Negombo
Account Number                           : 5024 1000 0070
SWIFT Code                                     : BSAMLKLX


If you have any questions or need clarifications, please get back to me.

Regards

Lucky

Lakshman Abeyagunawardene
Hony. Secretary, Organising Committee

50th Anniversary Batch Reunion 2017

Dear Colleagues,

The Organising Committee (Swyrie, Pram, Sriani and myself) met on 22 November
and took some important decisions.

1. The dates (3,4 and 5 March, 2017) remain unchanged.

2. There had been many requests for a change in the venue that was decided on earlier
(Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana) mainly due to the distance from Colombo.
We have now decided to have the upcoming Batch Reunion at the Jetwing Blue, Negombo.

Hotel terms and other details are as follows:

Room charges - SLR 26,000/- nett per double room (twin sharing basis)
                        Single room: Rs 22,250/-
                        Triple room: Rs 33,000/-
All above on Full Board basis. We plan to leave on Friday and return on Sunday after breakfast.
 Hotel stay will be for only two nights. Time of departure from Colombo will be notified later.

Occupants will have to settle their room bills direct to the hotel at the time of check out.

Extra payment: Members of the batch will have to make an extra payment of SLR 25,000/- per room
(This will cover transport to hotel in Negombo, entertainment including band, wines, corkage, beer,
 soft drinks, Rs 2500 per head as cover charge for dinner dance on Saturday etc for member and spouse).
 Any guests accompanying the member and spouse will have to make the extra payment
of Rs 25,000/- separately (per each additional room). Widows and widowers of members of the batch who
 will be attending will be considered as members of the batch.

Very Important: We are unable to go ahead with arrangements unless we know the exact number
 attending. Therefore, we kindly request you to let us know before 5 December 2016 (the very latest)
whether you will be attending.

The extra payment of Rs 25,000/- can be paid any time before 3 March 2017 to Pram. It is advisable
that you arrange with someone living in Sri Lanka to advance the amount in SL currency and for you
to settle that with the person concerned. It will be far more convenient and cheaper than trying to send
across foreign currency through a bank to SL from any part of the world.

The above information covers the bare essentials to enable you to take a decision. It is applicable
to those domiciled abroad as well as local residents.

Further updates will be mailed only to those confirming participation by 5 December 2016.

Regards,

Lucky

Lakshman Abeyagunawardene
Hony. Secretary, Organising Committee
50th Anniversary Reunion 2017
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Batch Reunion 2017 - 50 years since our graduation

Dear Colleagues,

The Organising Committee comprising of Swyrie, Pram, Sriani, Suri and myself had another meeting yesterday.

No major decisions were taken except that the dates (3,4,5 March, 2017) were reconfirmed. We can now confirm that the venue will be Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana.

We hope to start calling for confirmation of attendance and payments etc. in the first week of December 2016. Hopefully, we will be able to provide more details by that time.

Please share this e mail with any batch mates you may be in touch with and try to convince them to join us for the 50th Anniversary celebrations! It will also be posted on the Batch Blog under "Latest News".

Cheers!

Reunion 2017 (Update)

Dear Colleagues,

It's been a long time since I last communicated with you. There have been many inquiries about the dates of the proposed Batch Reunion in 2017.

I am sending out this e-mail mainly to remind you all about the proposed Batch Reunion in 2017. The dates - March 3, 4 and 5, 2017 are confirmed. Venue is yet to be confirmed but in all probability, it will be Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana. Rest assured that more updates will follow.This will be posted on the blog as well. Click on "Latest News" at the top.
Regards.

Lucky


Remember the dates: 3,4,5 March 2017



50th Anniversary Reunion 2017


Message from Swyrie Balendra


Hi  !  All Batchmates

I am aware that all of you are conscious that 2017 is a landmark year for us.  
50 years since we qualified !  We, your Batchmates in Sri Lanka have already  
set the ball rolling for a celebration to mark this milestone anniversary. 
We are planing a bash up next year to meet, recall, reminisce and relive the
 unforgettable  five years we spent together in Medical School. We are indeed
 fortunate and proud that after half a century we are still in touch with one
another.

After much consideration of weather in Sri Lanka, availability of hotels etc.,
we have fixed on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of March 2017,  for this reunion. 
Lucky has kindly agreed to  handle correspondence regarding this reunion. 
As you know, his e-mail address is adnl1102@gmail.com.

Those of us who live in Sri Lanka feel that for this anniversary celebration,
the numbers  attending will be the highest ever for a number of reasons. 
Firstly it is the 50th anniversary.   Further, our responsibilities are now less
and most of us are retired with time to do what we like to do !

Kindly keep these dates free.  We will forward detailed plans shortly.

See you in March 2017.

Warm Regards and Best Wishes.

Swyrie
**************************************************************************************

Important Message from Lucky
Dear Friends,

This important message is being sent out to all members of our batch whose e-mail addresses are on record with me. It is about the 50th anniversary celebrations since our graduation in 1967. We hope to hold this event in Sri Lanka in 2017.

You will recall that we had a highly successful Reunion at Cinnamon Tranz in 2012 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of our entry to the Colombo Medical Faculty in June 1962. Let us try and do even better in 2017 with more participation. 

To do that, we need to prepare the ground work before deciding on dates and venues. First of all, I have to update my e-mail list which still remains the most convenient way of contacting you all.

Let me also remind you that I am doing all this voluntarily on your behalf. I agreed to function again as the Secretary of the Organising Committee at Swyrie's request, only on condition that she will again lead the effort as she has been doing for many years.

As I have said repeatedly, there are many in the batch who have not provided e-mail addresses. Whenever I send out a general e-mail, I have also noticed that many of them bounce back either because the addresses have been changed or that some do not check their mail regularly. To begin with, let us address this issue. Other formalities like co-opting a few more members to the Organising Committee will be done at the first planning meeting to be held shortly. 

Below is a list of those who have never been in touch with me since we graduated in 1967. Some of them have e-mail addresses (on paper), but they never reply.

1. Anandappa, Marie 
2. De Silva, Bernadette
3. De Silva, Mahasena (KLMT)
4. Dolawatte, Piyaseeli                                  
5. Doss, A.E.J.  
6. Goonawardene, Kamini
7. Goonawardene, Padmini        
8. Hettiarachchi, Manel                   
9. Jayatilaka, Saradha                                                     
10. Kanagasabai, Sushila
11. Kanapathipillai, Easwaran
12. Navaratnarajah, Manohari
13. Navaratnasingham, G.J.
14. Perera, Chitra
15. Perera, Dharmini
16. Perera, Gwendoline
17. Perera, M.G.F.
18. Ramanaden, Shirlene
19. Ramanathan, U.C.
20. Rasanathan, M
21. Ratnavel, Sue
22. Samarakoon, Edwis
23. Saparamadu, P.D.D.
24. Sathanathan, S                       
25. Shanmugavadivel, Vanitha
26. Selliah, S.
27. Selvadurai, S
28. Silva, Rita
29. Singharayer, M.
30. Sivananda, P.
31. Subramaniam, Indrani
32. Thiraviam, P.
33. Thirunavukarasu, Tilaka
34. Visvanathan, M.
35. Wickramasinghe, L.P.J.M.
36. Wijeyekoon, Asoka

The following have e-mail addresses, but my e-mails always bounce back. Or they never reply.
                                                                      
1. Abhayaratne, Rohini 
2. Balasubramaniam, N.
3. Chinniah, Navam
4. De Silva, Ananda  (UVA)                                                      
5. Wickramasekaran, R. 

I need your help in contacting the above named in both categories. If you are in touch with any of them, please forward this e-mail to them if they are on e-mail. Otherwise, just keep them informed by some other means and try to rope them in.

Before I conclude, I must state that two members who were in the Organising Committee in 2012 have passed away since then. They are Priya Gunaratne and Lucien Perera. We will not have such a large committee this time but rest assured that I will keep you informed with regular updates.

For your information, I give below the list of members who have left us for ever. May they Rest in Peace.

   Members of the 1967 Batch who have passed away
  1. S.R. (Sunil) de Silva
  2.  A.R.K. (Russel) Paul
  3.  Dawne de Silva Paul
  4.  Bernard Randeniya
  5. Niriella Chandrasiri
  6. V. Ganeson
  7. L.G.D.K. (Irwin) Herath
  8.  V.Kunasingham
  9.  B.L. Perera
  10. B. Somasunderam
  11. K.Sunderampillai
  12. Tudor Wickramarachchi
  13. K.N. (Kiththa) Wimalaratne
  14. Anna Ponnambalam Sathiagnanan
  15. A. Satchitananda
  16. N. Sivakumar
  17. Tilak.A. Dayaratne
  18. Sidath Jayanetti
  19. N. Balakumar
  20. Kamali Nimalasuriya de Silva
  21. K. Sri Kantha – 15.9.13
  22.  P. Lucien Perera – 14.6.14
  23. Priya (Gunaratna) de Silva – 8.10.14
  24. Arul (Sivaguru) Balasubramaniam – 15.10.14
  25. W. Punsiri Fernando – 15.11.14
  26. W. Rajasooriyar – 6.1.15
  27. M.P.C. Jaimon – 26.3.15
  28. S. Vedavanam – 1.7.15

Await further news.  

    

    

      Lucky

                 

8 comments:

  1. This should be the "Mother of all Reunions"! I am sure the organising committee had good reason to choose one of the hottest periods in Sri Lanka to hold this event. Let us all contribute in whatever we can to make it an unqualified success.

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  2. Funny- your comment about the mother of all reunions & about the hottest period.
    Indra

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  3. Lucky and Swyrie,

    I suppose it is early days but any idea where we might have the Grand Reunion? Hope AC will be available wherever you choose.

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  4. Hi Lucky and Swyrie, Are you able to shed any light on my question posted on April 16th at this stage?

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  5. Most probably at Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana where a previous Reunion was held.

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  6. Excellent choice! For overseas people, here is the website
    http://www.cinnamonhotels.com/cinnamonlodgehabarana/default.html

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  7. Lucky and Organising committee- Any chance of getting a Keyboard and amplifier with microphones into one of the rooms during our stay do that we can have impromptu singing sessions? Yours truly will be very happy to provide the music.

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  8. Dear Colleagues,

    The Organising Committee (Swyrie, Pram, Sriani and myself) met on 22 November and took some important decisions.

    1. The dates (3,4 and 5 March, 2017) remain unchanged.

    2. There had been many requests for a change in the venue that was decided on earlier (Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana) mainly due to the distance from Colombo.
    We have now decided to have the upcoming Batch Reunion at the Jetwing Blue, Negombo.

    Hotel terms and other details are as follows:

    Room charges - SLR 26,000/- nett per double room (twin sharing basis)
    Single room: Rs 22,250/-
    Triple room: Rs 33,000/-
    All above on Full Board basis. We plan to leave on Friday and return on Sunday after breakfast. Hotel stay will be for only two nights. Time of departure from Colombo will be notified later.

    Occupants will have to settle their room bills direct to the hotel at the time of check out.

    Extra payment: Members of the batch will have to make an extra payment of SLR 25,000/- per room (This will cover transport to hotel in Negombo, entertainment including band, wines, corkage, beer, soft drinks, Rs 2500 per head as cover charge for dinner dance on Saturday etc for member and spouse). Any guests accompanying the member and spouse will have to make the extra payment of Rs 25,000/- separately (per each additional room). Widows and widowers of members of the batch who will be attending will be considered as members of the batch.

    Very Important: We are unable to go ahead with arrangements unless we know the exact number attending. Therefore, we kindly request you to let us know before 5 December 2016 (the very latest) whether you will be attending.

    The extra payment of Rs 25,000/- can be paid any time before 3 March 2017 to Pram. It is advisable that you arrange with someone living in Sri Lanka to advance the amount in SL currency and for you to settle that with the person concerned. It will be far more convenient and cheaper than trying to send across foreign currency through a bank to SL from any part of the world.

    The above information covers the bare essentials to enable you to take a decision. It is applicable to those domiciled abroad as well as local residents.

    Further updates will be mailed only to those confirming participation by 5 December 2016.

    Regards,

    Lucky

    Lakshman Abeyagunawardene
    Hony. Secretary, Organising Committee
    50th Anniversary Reunion 2017

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