View Point – Journey to Stardom – May 2017


Sudash Liyanage, DTM
District Director – District 82, 2016-17

“As we celebrate the Journey to Stardom now, let us commemorate our energetic engagement, exciting enjoyment the everlasting enrichment of District 82 by the end of our term 2016-17.”

Journey to Stardom with a grandest Ovation!

The aftermath of Ovation 2017 is inflicting impressive illustrations in every one who attended the conference. I find that all social media platforms, e-mails, SMS and calls of the last few days were filled with magnanimous testimonials of the grandest ovation we have concluded on 28thMay 2017.The influence of ostentatious Ovation 2017 still lingers in the minds and lives of our members and some denoted it as “Post Ovation euphoric syndrome”

Saleem and I still continue with our post ovation obligations amidst those enthralling encouragements. We along with our entire team are elated to present your ‘journey to stardom’. I take the privilege of honoring each & every member and teams who have contributed to the splendid success with a ‘Standing Ovation’.

Ovation 2017 was a unique adventure that brought together the rising stars, charismatic leaders and dynamic membership of district 82. It created a platform for the aspiring toastmasters to demonstrate their skills, commitment to the movement and to rub shoulders with seasoned & senior mentors of the Toastmasters fraternity. The glamour, grandeur and greatness of District 82 were evident to our Chief Guest International President, DTM Mike Storkey and his wife who will carry our flag to the world of toastmasters. It was a blessing that we had both, the champions in leadership DTM Balraj Arunasalam, the President – Elect of Toastmasters International and the champion in Public Speaking DTM Dananjaya Hettiarachchi.

Not forgetting all the past District Governors and Immediate Past District Director of District 82, who cared, carved and carried the legacy enabling us to set another indelible mile stone in our district. Thank you for your valuable presence and various contributions made to the success of the Annual Conference of our district. I appreciate the entirely engaged audience who enjoyed every minute spent at Ovation and also of the full membership for your kind blessings.

In the meantime,   amidst our celebrations of ovation in the month of May, we have reached and achieved few more goals we set forth due to the committed and commendable contributions of my fellow members, extended team of true volunteers and the district officers.

  • We became a Select Distinguished District as at end May 2017
  • Surpassed 100% of Club officer Training of the second cycle by training officers of new clubs
  • 100% submission of Area Director Club Visit Reports of the second cycle –January to May Visits
  • District 82 – Ranked World’s No.1 with highest percent of clubs with 20+members as at end May
  • District 82 – Ranked World’s No.3 with highest net club growth as at end May

It reminds me to make a humble request from all the respective Division Directors, Area Directors and Club Officers to make our “Operation 100%” a reality, well before end of June. I urge four of our Area Directors to make sure that all clubs in the area be paid clubs with payments for minimum of 8 members and every club officer to make an effort by focusing your attention to make your own club achieve five points before the end of June 2017.

As we celebrate the Journey to Stardom now, let us commemorate our energetic engagement, exciting enjoyment the everlasting enrichment of District 82 by the end of our term 2016-17.

Sudash Liyanage
District Director- 2016/2017
District 82 | Toastmasters International
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