Welcome to District 82
Welcome to District 82, ranked, #1 District in the world for 2017-2018 in terms of Distinguished clubs, among over the 100 Districts of Toastmasters International.!
Spread across the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and the island state of Sri Lanka, D82 has over 250 clubs and over 7,500 members. District 82 (D82) has been ranked among the top three Districts in the last three years. D82 has seen phenomenal growth over the past few years, and is currently the largest Toastmasters District.
District 82 is the home of World Champion of Public Speaking (2014) Dhananjaya Hettiarachchi and Toastmasters International President (2017-2018) Distinguished Toastmaster Balraj Arunasalam.
District Director’s Message
Looking ahead, we will continue to execute our strategic priorities, yet our tactics will evolve in synchronization with the ongoing transformation – both at the organization level as well as at educational level.
1. Strengthen the Core
As Toastmasters, we excel in communicating as well as in planning, organization and execution. I invite each one of you to wear your Toastmasters hat always and see how the skills that we acquire within our clubs can create a larger impact – both in our professional as well as personal lives. Our clubs form the core of the District. Let us continue to practice our speaking and leadership skills at our club, but regularly. Tony Robbins says, ““It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.” To help further strengthen our core, the Toastmasters Leadership Institute will be regularly conducting educational programs across the District. I encourage the new members to actively participate in these programs and get to explore the opportunities present in the Toastmasters world. For the existing members, these programs will provide a refreshing approach to our educational curriculum. Our primary focus will be to consistently excel in our club meetings, thus paving way to a stronger core.
2. Embrace Change
As we march forward this year, I urge all of you to get on to the Pathways bandwagon as fast as you can. Pathways Learning experience provides us a flexible and interactive way to build real-world, transferable skills. Launched in May 2018, Pathways has been gaining good response from our new members. Many of you have also achieved competencies in the new program, embracing the change. Throughout the year, we will have online sessions to create more awareness on Pathways, and also to help members transition smoothly to the new program. Read More