New member orientation at Colombo


DHPL Auditorium, Nawam Mawatha, at Colombo saw over 200 Toastmasters from various clubs converging. The main focus of the event was to orient the newly joined Toastmasters to the ways of the Toastmasters world. The event helped the newly joined members to understand their role in the organization better and how to take it forward effectively. The event also had something in store for the existing members as it covered topics such as “How to have an effective club meeting”. It was a run down on the many things that make for a typical, efficient Toastmaster meeting – time management, role clarity, stage setup, preparedness of speakers, availability of trophies and ribbons … . The meeting also threw light on “The path to a constructive project evaluation”, emphasizing the need for a 360 degree project evaluation and how to do the same.

In addition to conducting the event, TLI also recognized Division A, Area E4 and AATSL Toastmasters Club for the highest number of participants for the event.



  • Smedley Carnival will soon arrive in Chennai! On 7th October, 2018.
    Smedley Carnival is planned as a family-friendly fun event, to welcome new members who have joined ssince 1st May, 2018. This is the social part of the induction, to be complemented by the formal induction program at the club. The emphasis is equally on guests – the future Toastmasters.
    • Date: Sunday, 7th October, 2018
    • Time: 6:45 am – 9.30 am; Breakfast will be provided
    • Venue: Chettinad Sriharivikasam,30/75, 4th Main Road,GandhiNagar, Adyar, Chennai 600020

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  • Event is open to friends and families of Toastmasters. In case guests would like to bring their families, they are
    welcome too!
  • The following prizes are for grabs:
    • Best 3 clubs: For the highest no of Toastmasters present
    • Best 3 clubs: For the highest no of guests
    • Most enthusiastic clubs: First 5 to register 5 participants
    • Fantastic AD: with the highest no of participants from an area.
  • Registration open @ https://tinyurl/SmedleyChennai

smedly achievers

 Organized by the Toastmasters of Sri Lanka

Towards Building Confidence and Self-Esteem

Toastmasters is a movement dedicated for the improvement of Communication & Leadership skills of individuals, founded in the USA by Dr. Ralph C. Smedley who was born in September. Currently the movement consists of over 4000 members in Sri Lanka, which is part of District 82.  Worldwide, the Toastmaster community is 350,000 strong. 

The Sri Lankan Toastmasters have planned an exciting event to promote awareness of the Toastmasters movement among the general public while celebrating the birth of the founder of Toastmasters; building camaraderie among the Toastmasters of Sri Lanka by bringing them together. 

The event will take place on Sunday the 30th of September 2018 at 07:00  am at Diyatha Uyana, Battaramulla and the promotional walk will cover a distance of 4-5 kilometres.

The registrations are now open for anyone who are interested in taking part in this healthy cause with a registration fee of LKR 1,000 which is inclusive of a T-shirt and other items for the participants. You could also win special prizes in raffle draws following the event.

For registration details & any further queries please mail:

The night the Toastmasters world applauded District 82!

In the Hall of Fame, District 82 was recognized as the #1 District in the world, at the International Convention currently on in Chicago.

DTM Ajantha Jayawardane received “President’s Distinguished District” award and President’s 20+ award, DTM Suganthi Periasamy received the “Excellence in Program Quality”, and the “President’s Distinguished District Badge” and TM Sarmaa Mahalingam received the “Excellence in Club Growth”.

Members from all over the world cheered for District 82.

District 82 is World #1

District 82 is ranked #1 among 105 Districts across the world, in terms of Distinguished clubs. The district concluded the Toastmasters year on June 30, 2018 with 92.44% of the clubs achieving Distinguished status or more. District 82 is also ranked #1 in the world with the highest numbers of clubs with 20 members or more. The awards will be presented at the Toastmasters International Convention to be held in Chicago from Aug 22nd to 26th 2018. District 82 was led by DTM Ajantha Jayawardena, ably supported by Program Quality Director DTM Suganthi Periasamy, and Club Growth Director TM Sarmaa Mahalingam. In his congratulatory message to the members, the immediate past Director Director Ajantha Jayawardena said, “It was your commitment, hard work, and sacrifice that made this achievement possible. Each one of you worked together as a team to achieve our goal”.

District 82 chartered 45 new clubs across Tamilnadu and Sri Lanka during the last year. 1657 new members joined the various clubs of the District. 22 of the members achieved the highest distinction namely “Distinguished Toastmaster”.

District 82 gets new leadership team

DTM Suganthi Periasamy is District 82 Director

Distinguished Toastmaster Suganthi Periaswamy has been unanimously elected the District Director of Toastmasters District 82. She is only the second lady to occupy the top position. A Banking Domain Consultant in Tata Consultancy Services Limited, Chennai, she has authored white papers on software innovations in the Payments space and has a patent to her credit in the field of Real-time Payments.

The Programme Quality Director is TM Sarmaa Mahalingam, an MBA Graduate from University of Colombo and an Entrepreneur helming CRISTAL bottled drinking water and Cola Beverages company. The Club Growth Director is  DTM Noorul Munawwara, a Chartered Electrical Engineer  working as Chief Engineer attached to Ceylon Electricity Board Central Province.

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 among the 100 plus Districts, for three consecutive years. D82 has seen phenomenal growth over the past few years. The vision of the Trio this year is to take Toastmasters to more corporates and communities, especially in Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities within Tamilnadu and Sri Lanka”, says DTM Sugnthi Periaswamy. She believes that Corporate sector will benefit from Pathways, the new curriculam launched in May this year, which offers 290 skills in communication and leadership.

District Officers Training Program

The District Officers training program for the newly elected Division Directors, newly appointed Area Directors, and Extended Team leaders was held on June 2nd & 3rd, 2018 at Hotel Hablis, Chennai, and on June 23rd & 24th at Hotel Ramada, Colombo.

Train The Trainer

The new Toastmasters year commenced on a high note with the Train the Trainer program held on the first day of the year – July 1st, 2018. This program facilitated the training for those Toastmasters who will be training the Club Officers through the district sponsored Club Officer Training Program. The event was held at IITM Research Park, Chennai for the Trainers of Tamilnadu, and at AAT Auditorium, Colombo for the Trainers of Sri Lanka. The event was well attended by over 75 members.

165 club officials at Div B and I OTP

Club Officers and Toastmaster members from 20 Clubs of Division B and 11 Clubs of Division I participated in the combined COTP held on Sunday, 8th July, 2018, Saturday at Thirdware Solutions, DLF CyberCity, Ramapuram. It was attended by 169 Toastmasters. TM Sreenath was the COTP Chair. District Director DTM Suganthi installed Area Directors of Division B and Division I.

DTM Suganthi, TM Satish Menon, TM Vijay Rangan, TM Kannan Gopalakrishnan, TM Reena G S, TM Priyanka Venkatarangan, TM Gayathry Rajagopalan, TM Aruna Bhoominathan, TM Ashok Kumar V, TM Vel Murugan, and TM Priya Ganeshan were the speakers / trainers on the occasion. It was an exciting session that gave an opportunity for all the aspiring Public Speakers and Leaders to help understand their Roles & amp; Responsibilities as ExCom Members of their respective Clubs.

District Leaders address Division C OTP Sessions

Held at HSBC Global Services Center on 15th July, 2018, the Division C OTP had an attendance of 121.

Following Welcome by the Division Director Udeni Gnanaweera, DTM Noorul Munawara installed the newly appointed Area Directors and conducted a session on “How to approach the Club Success Plan”

Training was imparted to club officers in breakaway session.

Immediate past District Director DTM Ajantha Jayawardena conducted a session on “Benefits of being a club officer”, while Programme Quality Director Sarmaa Mahalingam conducted a session on “DCP Awareness Program”

A new Dawn at Division D

The Division D OTP took place on 15th July at VA Tech Wabag House with much vision and aspirations. OTP Chair TM Shriram Shridhar set the ball rolling by sharing his experience donning various club officer roles and how it has positively impacted his personal life. Then it was the turn of the Division Director TM Lloyd Israel to communicate the vision – DAWN to the club.

This was followed by TM Manikandan giving his views on how being a club officer has benefitted him.

The officers for the president role was trained by past D5 Area Director TM Dinesh. The new Area directors were installed by District director DTM Suganthi, followed by presentation of the district awards.

The participants then moved on to different rooms for their role specific training which will help them in their coming days. The day came to an end with a vote of thanks by OTP Chair TM Govind.

Three Vitamin Es for Division E

On 1st July 2018, the Division E Officers training program kicked off on the energy of three Vitamin Es served up by Division Director TM Dilrukshi Rajapakse for the whole year: Energy, Enjoyment and Excellence.

The installation of the five Area Directors was conducted by TM Sarmaa Mahalingam, Programme Quality Director, and the rest of the Executive Committee of Division E was introduced by the Division Director. Then followed the District Awards session by the District PQD and the session on Benefits of being a Club Officer by the immediate Past District Director, DTM Ajantha Jayawardene.

The break-away sessions for the respective club officers were conducted separately in different halls which gave the officers to raise questions/ concerns in order to learn. Soon after the break away sessions was the session on Distinguished Club Program and Club Success Plan by DTM Noorul Munawwara followed by the question and answer session opened for the members.

For the club officials, it was a Sunday filled with educational session that kindled the dream of becoming a President’s Distinguished Club under their leadership.

Division G makes a Sunday a Funday

Transforming a Sunday into a Funday with enlightening speeches and best-in-class class training made it a memorable day for toastmasters who attended Division G’s OTP on 15th July, 2018 at TechMachindra, ELCOT, Shollingnallur.

There were great speeches from TM Gajalakshmi, TM Reena G S, and TM Shandip Sabhapathy,enjoyed by the 160+ attendees.

The Division Council meeting attended by Division G Director TM Bala, five Area Directors and all the Presidents addressed major challenges faced by clubs. Post the individual ExCom officer training in different halls, all gathered in the main hall for Area Director Installation by District 82 Director DTM Suganthi Periyasamy, which she rounded off with an enthralling speech.

Division N’s maiden event

The first event of the newly formed Division in District 82, Tamilnadu kick started on July 14th at 8.30 AM in BNY Melon Technologies, Ascendas, Chennai.

Following Welcome Address by Division N Director KVL Ashwinbalaji. District Director DTM Suganthi Periasamy installed Area Directors Jayanthi Sundar, Shireesha S, Ankur Singhi and Deepsaran S.

The officers charted out the Club success plan with their teams along with Area Directors. They also got to know the District Awards, Division initiatives and Division Extended Teams.

The trainers, Lloyd Israel, DTM Jayan Narayanan, Karthick Mohandoss, DTM Sundararaman, DTM Gautam Sharma, Nithya Venugopal, Sathya Jayaraman, and Rathinasabapathy, engaged the audience with their experience and prepared the club officers on their roles and responsibilities.

Notably, the Club officers from Hosur were recognized by Division Director for their enthusiasm and their presence at this event.

The event, chaired by Karthikeyan G and Sivakanth Karuppiah, witnessed a footfall of 130+ officers, members and guests.