Dear Toastmasters of District 82,
It’s been a joyful journey!
During the last 10 years, I enjoyed the joy of being a Toastmaster. It was truly a blissful experience that kept me engrossed in every activity and opportunity we did as toastmasters from the very first Ovation of 2006 as a volunteer (prospective member) to date.
For that matter, participation at Ovations and Reverberations was a pilgrimage or a ritual where I was able to record 100% achievement at Ovations. Engaged in opening over 35 clubs, sponsored 6 new clubs and mentored 07 more clubs, I was a member of organizing committees of all 4 Ovations held in Sri Lanka including conference chair of Ovation 2012. I enjoyed attending varied installations from simple ones to flamboyant ones to meet and greet many members and applaud their achievements, though at times it felt a bit tedious.
That’s my engagement in brief, which elevated me gradually to be your leader for the toastmasters’ year which begins today, 1st July 2016. I am truly humbled and proud to be the District Director of my dear family of toastmasters as your SERVANT LEADER, of District 82 the marvel of toastmasters International. Whilst appreciating your confidence placed on me, I wish to place on record and recognize the countless contribution made by our own committed leaders of the past and present who made this rock solid Castle named D82 for us to crown. Not only them but every toastmaster of the past and present, from my 1st day in toastmasters to date, who made me strong with words of wisdom and advice, made silent and salient evaluations, helped me along the way in kind and creed, assisted in sweat and tears, mentored with love and affection… I owe my journey to every one of you.
This is not only the most opportune time to pay my gratitude to the entire membership but also to humbly urge every one of you to be with me to give voice to the potential of our membership.
I am fascinated in reading Buddhism as a leader; the Lord Buddha is one visionary leader who placed & pronounced his goal with the end in mind, just at the birth.
Similarly, please join me to make District 82 “to be the best President’s distinguished district in the world of toastmasters”, when we reach 30th June 2017.
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