Toastmasters Leadership Institute

Toastmasters Leadership Institute

The Toastmasters Leadership Institute helps Toastmasters across the district to come together to network, share ideas, and be inspired. It’s where newly-elected club officers receive training on how to best serve their clubs. TLI not only helps the current club leaders – but also to anyone who may be interested in becoming a club officer in the future or those members who just want to learn more and groom themselves in their Communication and Leadership skills, who want to contest and also to know about our wonderful organization.

TLI events are one of the most important and sought after events in District 82, where Toastmasters from all walks of life, meet each other to train and mentor newly installed club officers, and also get a fresh perspective on club officer roles from the attendees, to coach the contestants for the upcoming contests and help the clubs organize their contests. Attending TLI is very essential to be a successful club officer, to organize the contests effectively, to help oneself train to be a proper Judge and know the updated rule sets from the Toastmasters International. It helps ambitious toastmasters meet their leadership goals efficiently. Read more

How it all began

How it all Began – A Brief History of the Oldest Club in D-82

This article was published in the District Newsletter – PULSE Vol 3. Issue 3, that was launched on 1-July-2016. To read and download the full edition, visit: http://www.d82.org/info/newsletters. The author is Toastmaster Vijayalakshmi Gunasekarapandian , the Editor-in-Chief of District 82 for the year 2016-17. She can be reached at editor-in-chief@d82.org . Thanks to TM Sarma Mahalingam of The Colombo Toastmasters club for collating and providing us the details

It was at a Rotary meeting many years ago that the seed was planted. An American Rotarian, who was a guest at the meeting, accredited his formidable voice to Toastmasters and this sparked the initial interest.

After this an informal group began meeting regularly, led by the late Mr. R B Ekanayake. In 1982, the American Ambassador Mr. John Reed who was a member of the Kiwanis club and the Toastmasters club in the USA, lent his patronage to this group. Whenever he attended a function, he would identify potential members for both Kiwanis and Toastmasters. He used to go around asking for names and addresses of reasonably good speakers and everyone wondered why? He used to brief the informal group about Toastmasters but ideas were very new and hazy about this organization. Informal meetings were held at the American Center at Flower Road and later at the Orient club with the late R. B. Ekanayake, the late Sam Samarasinghe and Haleem Ghouse. Amongst others was Ambassador John Reed who was also a regular attendee at these meetings. However, these meetings were more fellowship than educational and soon the group was searching for their Toastmasters identity. Read more