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.