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Toastmasters District 82

Toastmasters District 82 – #2 in the world!!

98 – That’s the total number of districts in Toastmasters International, excluding District F and District U.

Second best!

That’s us – District 82.  

As an ardent Toastmaster, I speak for all of us when I say our relationship with the fraternity is like a marriage.

When we – each of us – walked into a club, we were novices. We made new friends, found hidden talents and built memories in this forum. It hasn’t been all fun and games. We made mistakes – lots of it on stage. We fumbled and fell. But we forgave each other. And we grew in the process. 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

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The importance of teamwork

One of the most important things that I have learnt in my leadership career is the importance of teamwork. No one, no matter how brilliant they are, can achieve anything on their own. It is just over 6000 members. That’s almost the same as running a large organisation. We have a Management Team of 10 Division Governors, 41 Area Governors. To plan goals and to achieve those goals, we have to have teamwork. There can be no success without teamwork.

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