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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

Let's BEAT the CLOCK

Let’s BEAT the CLOCK & have some fun!

Hello Toastmasters!

Suganthi

Suganthi Periyasamy, DTM

Are you ready to BEAT the CLOCK?

It’s fun time, again! Meeting people as guests and subsequently welcoming them as your clubs members is fun and gratifying, isn’t it?

Add 5 new/dual/reinstated members between May 1st and June 30th to win the “Beat the clock” membership building ribbon.

Please find attached a flyer that could be used to promote this membership building opportunity among club members.

Let’s BEAT the CLOCK!

Request you to please read the following guidelines thoroughly. It is disheartening when we lose an award through a small mistake. Read more

Varu

We are not all cut from the same cloth

Varu

We are not all cut from the same cloth,

               but together we make a beautiful quilt”

All of us are not cut from the same cloth.
The differences that we have are much more than our similarities

Yet, when we get together as a team to work towards accomplishing a task, these differences vanish into thin air.

We believe in the greater strength we have when we combine our forces and do not worry too much about individual brilliance.

We learn from each other, we consider no one is above another, nor is anyone superior to another. We are all equal team members of one Toastmasters family. Read more

Lead by Communication

Lead by Communication

Lead by Communication

Nishani Pigera

A great leader is not someone who merely makes him/herself heard. A great leader is someone with the exceptional skill of inspiring followers to believe in his/her vision, values and ideals with the use of effective communication.

History bears ample examples that, from constructive leaderships which developed nations into world economic power houses to destructive leaderships that lead troupes to wage wars against other nations were all driven by one factor; skillful communication that convinced people to join the force, be it labor or the military.

A closer look at the legendary leaders from the past like Martin Luther King Jr., Winston Churchill or Margaret Thatcher, to present day leaders like Barak Obama will show you that they all have one quality in common, which is their exceptional ability to address their audience in a manner that is inspiring and resounding. It is no secret that even the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler captivated millions of people in over 5,000 of his persuasive speeches, and to date, is remembered as one of the world’s most influential orators. Read more

List of Nominations Received – District 82 – 2017-2018

Please find below the list of nominations received for the new District Leadership for District 82, for the next Toastmasters year from 1st July 2017 to 30th June 2018.

Please Note:

  • These are just a list of candidates who have submitted their nomination and have expressed interest for various leadership roles.
  • Their eligibility would be verified and their potential would be analysed by the Leadership Committee when they interview these candidates.
  • The nomination slate will be released by the DLC by the end of February.
  • If you nominated yourself/someone and if that name is missing, please write to mail@sastharam.com

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New Year Greetings from the District Director

New Year Greetings from the District Director of District 82 Toasmaster – Sudash Liyanage, DTM:

As the world ushers another year I wish each of you to have a youthful and cheerful new year and many more years to come.New Year Wishes from the District Director May the New Year bring you a plethora of opportunities that will lead each of you to weave your own success stories as well as be a part of the success stories of your Club, Area, Division and District. Read more

Call for Nominations – District 82 – 2017-2018

Dear Toastmasters,

The time has come to receive nominations for the new District Leadership for District 82, for the next Toastmasters year from 1st July 2017 to 30th June 2018.

It is my honor to have been appointed as the chair of District Leadership Committee(DLC) previously called the Nominating Committee.

The appointment was done by District Director DTM Sudash Liyanage, and ratified by the District Council at the Business Meeting held at Reverberation 2016 in Vellore.

I hereby call for nominations for the following officers of District 82, for the year 1st July 2017 to 30th June 2018: Read more

Reverberation 16 team

Reverberation 2016: The Wave Of Celebration

Reverberation 2016, a wave of celebration hit us all with beautiful memories! 4th November 2016 was probably just an ordinary Friday for a lot of people.  But, it was a weekend with a lot of memories, especially for a group of students in this small town called Vellore at this college called VIT University.

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