Y’s Men Int’l Asia Pacific President Ben Tsutomu to address this Saturday’s YM Convention in Colombo


Y’s Men International movement, the premier movement oriented to serve MCAs and is also renowned for assisting communities across Sri Lanka for over 90 years, will hold its 46TH national Convention this Saturday June 25 in Colombo.

No less than the President of Y’s Men International Asia Pacific Area, YM OHNO Ben Tsutomu (of Kobe Port Y’s Men’s Club, Japan West Region) will address this year’s event as the Chief Guest.

YM Tsutomu leads the large group of diverse Clubs spread across Asia Pacific Y’s Men Area that includes Sri Lanka, along with the Regions of Australia, Southeast Asia, Japan East and Japan West, Taiwan, and the Philippines.

At the June 25 convention in Colombo, the Present Sri Lanka Regional Director Milroy Manuel will conclude his term thus opening the way for incoming 2022/’23 Sri Lanka Regional Director YM Anton Kandiah, who held the mantle of the Sri Lanka Regional Director previously on two occasions.

Renowned compere, TV Presenter, show-biz personality and former Director General of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, Dr Vijaya Corea will deliver the Keynote Address of the Convention.

The global Y’s Men movement was one of the earliest global community service movements to be launched and was founded in Toledo, Ohio, USA in 1922. Despite being titled, “Y’s Men”, many women too are among its members today and family participation is widely seen in numerous service activities.

The movement was introduced to Sri Lanka by the late YM R. O. Buell, the first General Secretary of the Colombo YMCA. He launched it in Sri Lanka upon his return to the country after attending an International Y’s Men Convention in Minneapolis, USA. The first Y’s Men’s Club in Sri Lanka began its operations in 1929 in Colombo and was called Y’s Men’s Club of Colombo, which continues to function (and grow) to this day.

The milestone event of Chartering the “Colombo Club” to be part of International Y’s Men, Geneva, took place in December 1930 with Late Sir Oliver Goonetilleka, the former Governor-General of Ceylon, being the Club’s first Charter President. It was also through the Colombo Club that the Y’s Men’s movement was introduced to India.  Later Sri Lanka became a separate Region of its own in 1975.

The first Regional Convention of the newborn “Sri Lanka Region” was held in Kandy in September 1976 attended by a large gathering. Traditionally, all regions hold their annual Y’s Men International regional conventions and as such, the 46th annual Regional Convention of Sri Lanka Region will be celebrated this Saturday June 25 at the Grand Oriental Hotel, Colombo.