Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our organization has more than 352,000 memberships. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 16,400 clubs in 141 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.
The world needs leaders. Leaders head families, coach teams, run businesses and mentor others. These leaders must not only accomplish, they must communicate. By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program. Every Toastmasters journey begins with a single speech. During their journey, they learn to tell their stories. They listen and answer. They plan and lead. They give feedback—and accept it. Through our community of learners, they find their path to leadership.
District 82 serves the Indian state of Tamilnadu and the island country of Sri Lanka. District 82 comprises 270+ clubs spread across 14 Divisions and 66 Areas and has a membership of over 7500. Clubs are present in the cities of Chennai, Coimbatore, Trichy, Madurai, Vellore, Salem, Virudunagar, Tirunelveli, Hosur, and Nagercoil. In Sri Lanka, Toastmasters clubs are present in Colombo, Kandy, Anuradhapura, Jaffna, Vadamarachi, Gampaha, Moratuwa, Galle, Matara, Kurunegala, Wayamba, and Negombo.
The district is governed by District Director Distinguished Toastmaster Suganthi Periasamy, Program Quality Director Toastmaster Sarmaa Mahalingam, and Club Growth Director Distinguished Toastmaster Noorul Munawwara, along with the District council members.
Since its inception in 2008, District 82 has been ranked as one of the top 5 Districts in the world. For the year 2017-2018, District 82 is ranked #1 in the world, in terms of Distinguished clubs. District 82 is the home of World Champion of Public Speaking (2014) Dhananjaya Hettiarachchi, and Toastmasters International President (2017-2018) Distinguished Toastmaster Balraj Arunasalam.
Toastmasters International Mission
We empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.
We build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence.
We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.
Toastmasters International Core Values
Toastmasters International Envisioned Future
To be the first-choice provider of dynamic, high-value, experiential communication and leadership skills development.