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View Point – District Director DTM Ajantha Jayawardena October 2017

What an eventful and unforgettable first quarter it has been, with exciting new projects   and glorious celebrations!

I am pleased to inform you that the District Officer Training Programs conducted in June and held in Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu were a great success, with 100% attendance.

The Club Officer Training Programs, Emergence, New Member Orientation   and Mentoring Programs were conducted in both Sri Lanka  and Tamil Nadu, while the Project  Speech  Evaluation Program   was  conducted  only  in Sri Lanka  and  Meeting Procedures conducted  only in Tamil Nadu. 4 Judges Training Programs were also conducted in Sri Lanka and 4 in Tamil Nadu. All these Programs were well attended.

The new project -The Youth Leadership Program was launched in July and 300 students have already been selected for the program from schools from the Western Province, Kandy and Anuradhapura.  Our goal is to complete the selecting of students for this program before 31st December ’17.

The highlight of the month of August was the installation of our very own Distinguished Toastmaster, Arunasalam Balraj, as the International President at the Convention held in Vancouver. Approximately   100 members from our District were privileged to be present on this historic occasion. What a proud moment it was! Our District was ranked 3rd in the world, another feather in our cap!    The District Achievement Awards too were presented to DTM Sudash Liyanage, DTM Ajantha Jayawardena and DTM Suganthi Periasamy.

A grand welcome was given to Distinguished Toastmaster Arunasalam Balraj on his arrival at BIA on the 10th of September followed by a Press Conference and a reception at Gateway Airport Garden Hotel. It was organized by FTZ Toastmaster Club and coordinated by Toastmaster Anura Perera and approximately 110 members were present. A grand ceremony to felicitate DTM Balraj was held  on  the  16th  of  September at  the  Galadari  Hotel, coordinated  by  Toastmasters Niroshan  Nadarajah  and K. Ramesh  from  Ralph  and  Colombo  Toastmasters Clubs respectively. It was a wonderful evening of celebration, with many distinguished guests gracing the occasion.

By the end of this quarter, approximately 90% of Club Installations have been concluded.  Most clubs have held Humorous Speech and Evaluation contests and I hope that the rest of the clubs will follow suit. I wish to remind the clubs which have not paid their renewal fees to pay the fees even though the closing date has already passed.

As we all know our aim this year is to give the members the best Toastmaster experience. It is the responsibility of the Club President and the Executive Committee to enhance member experience by making the club meetings interesting and fun. This will   have a positive effect on retaining members as well as attracting new members. To derive the maximum benefit from the Toastmaster Programs, the members should be encouraged to meet their educational goals in both communication and leadership tracks.

I hope the Division Directors are focusing on opening new clubs. It is advisable to meet the target by 31st December as then there would be 6 months to nurture and guide the clubs. The members can help by suggesting leads for new clubs.

Our other new project, The Motor Rally which is to be launched in the 2nd quarter is being publicized on fliers and on the Toastmaster’s website. We hope that all members will cooperate by participating in the rally.  This is a wonderful opportunity for networking, Dear Toastmasters, let us RISE to the occasion with the 4 core values, Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence in mind and make this event a success

Focus on your goals, follow through and feel great.

AJANTHA JAYAWARDENA

Value of Time, Thoughts and Actions

View Point – Journey to Stardom – May 2017

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Sudash Liyanage, DTM
District Director – District 82, 2016-17

“As we celebrate the Journey to Stardom now, let us commemorate our energetic engagement, exciting enjoyment the everlasting enrichment of District 82 by the end of our term 2016-17.”

Journey to Stardom with a grandest Ovation!

The aftermath of Ovation 2017 is inflicting impressive illustrations in every one who attended the conference. I find that all social media platforms, e-mails, SMS and calls of the last few days were filled with magnanimous testimonials of the grandest ovation we have concluded on 28thMay 2017.The influence of ostentatious Ovation 2017 still lingers in the minds and lives of our members and some denoted it as “Post Ovation euphoric syndrome”

Saleem and I still continue with our post ovation obligations amidst those enthralling encouragements. We along with our entire team are elated to present your ‘journey to stardom’. I take the privilege of honoring each & every member and teams who have contributed to the splendid success with a ‘Standing Ovation’. Read more

Tell Your Story at Toastmasters

Tell Your Story At Toastmasters

Tell Your Story at Toastmasters

David Hughes, DTM
District 73

Everyone has a story, yet not everyone tells a story well. Why is that? Perhaps it’s because of doubt, fear, or reluctance. Perhaps it’s because we think our story is not worth telling, and even if we tell it, no one will be interested. Perhaps also, it’s because we’ve never learned the structure of story-telling.

There is a way you can learn to tell your story, much like I learned to tell mine, but more of that later.

Since time immemorial, we humans have told stories to each other; to express feelings; to describe living conditions; to warn of danger; to share information; to be remembered and to leave a legacy. Read more

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Club Growth Director’s Awards – District 82 2016-17

Below is the List of Clubs who have won Membership building awards as per the criteria stated in this Awards Page

Early Bird award

AATSL Toastmasters Club
Awakening Toastmasters
Ceylinco Life Toastmasters Club
Chennai Communicators Club
Chennai Toastmasters Club
Chennai Wordsmiths Toastmasters Club
CSC Chennai Chapter
DFCC Toastmasters
Ford Chennai Toastmasters
HNB Toastmasters Club
McDermott Toastmasters Chennai
Medley Toastmasters Club
Pinnacle Advanced Toastmasters Club
Rising Pillars Toastmasters Club
Siyane Toastmasters
TCS Insurance Toastmasters Club
TCS Maitree Champions Toastmasters Club
Thirdware Chennai Speakers Forum
Trichy Toastmasters Club
Virudhunagar Toastmasters Club

Outstanding Membership building award (10 on 10 award)

Chennai Wordsmiths Toastmasters Club
Coimbatore Toastmasters Club
CSS Corp Elite Speakers
Ford Chennai Toastmasters
Fusion Toastmasters Club
Great Lakes Chennai Toastmasters Club
HSBC Global Service Centre
J’Pura University Toastmasters Club
MAMCET TOASTMASTERS CLUB
Medley Toastmasters Club
Phoenix VIT
Polytex Toastmasters Club
Standard Chartered GBS India – Haddows Toastmasters Club
Symantec Toastmasters Club
TCS Insurance Toastmasters Club
TCS Maitree Chennai Toastmasters
Alpha Betans Syntel Toastmasters Club
Infosys Shols Toastmasters Club

8-80 Membership Building Award – Season#1

Awakening Toastmasters
Bank of Ceylon Toastmasters Club
CIM Toastmasters
CSC Chennai Chapter
Fusion Toastmasters Club
Horana Toastmasters Club
Medley Toastmasters Club
NDB Toastmasters
PLC Toastmasters Club
Printcare Toastmasters
Siyane Toastmasters
Smedley Club
Word Blasters Toastmasters Club

8-80 Membership Building Award – Season#2

AATSL Toastmasters Club
Agua VIT
Awakening Toastmasters
Coimbatore Toastmasters Club
Coromandel Toastmasters Club
Ford Chennai Toastmasters
Pyramid Wilmar Toastmasters Club

Club Coach award

KVL Ashwinbalaji
Muhammed Tabrez
Sriram Venkataraman

Triple Star Award (3 Membership building Ribbons)

Bank of Ceylon Toastmasters Club
Chennai Wordsmiths Toastmasters Club
Coimbatore Toastmasters Club
Ford Chennai Toastmasters
Horana Toastmasters Club
Madras Toastmasters Club
Medley Toastmasters Club
Phoenix VIT
Siyane Toastmasters
TCS Insurance Toastmasters Club
TCS Maitree Chennai Toastmasters Club
Trichy Toastmasters Club
Union Assurance Toastmasters
Wattala Toastmasters Club

Pat on the Back (Special award for adding 9 members between April 1st and May 20th)

attune Lanka Toastmasters Club
CAT-RMZ Toastmasters
HCL Aspirations Toastmasters Club
HSBC Chennai Speakers Club
Informatics Institute of Technology

Friends helping friends succeed

Friends helping friends succeed

In 2001, I bought a ticket to a Leadership Seminar without realizing that iFriends helping friends succeedt was a Toastmasters conference with a Speech contest.

My first Toastmasters workshop conducted by a speaker from Singapore was so fantastic that I rushed to find out about the sponsoring organization.

A few days later, I attended the first Toastmasters meeting, answered my first table topic question, and joined as a member at Thai Airways Toastmasters Club at the venue of the company I had worked with as a communication and customer service trainer for 26 years. Read more