Toastmasters District 82 holds its annual conference
After a difficult tenure due to the pandemic, Toastmasters International District 82 held its annual district conference, Ovation, also recognizing member, club, area, division, and district accomplishments. The celebration was a grand and fascinating occasion for all the Toastmasters present at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre, Polgolla, Kandy.
The conference witnessed a series of engaging educational workshops presented by Toastmasters and industry leaders from across the country; keeping the crowd motivated and inspired throughout.
Mohammed Abdullah Qahtani, World Champion in Public Speaking – 2015, graced the occasion and delivered the keynote address.
The Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony was the glamorous highlight of day two where the district’s dazzling stars were recognized for the years 2020 – 2021.
The crowd cheered as District International Speech Contest Champion and World Championship Semi-Finalist Toastmaster Dilan Joseph of the Amana Bank Toastmasters Club took the stage.
Afterwards, District 82 Humorous Speech Contest Champion, Toastmaster Ravindu Amendra, of the Panadura Toastmasters Club, received the award for his victory, followed by the runners-up. Of the ten clubs recognized as the top clubs in District 82, Hill Capital Toastmasters Club was ranked first for its dedication and contribution to the Toastmasters fraternity.
Best Division Manager of the Year went to Toastmaster Chathuranga Ratnasinghe Division G, PLC Toastmasters Club, while Best Area Manager went to Distinguished Toastmaster Arshad Nizam; Area B1 of the Wattala Toastmasters Club showing that the two had taken their leadership skills to the next level and above. Finally, Toastmaster of the Year, the most anticipated award, shone through the hands of Toastmaster Lalith Manage of the ITUM Toastmasters Club who, in accepting the award, said he considers every Toastmaster who has put their heart and his soul in Toastmasters is a Toastmaster of the Year.
Despite the pandemic, the 2020-2021 year ended on a high note with District 82 (Sri Lanka) becoming one of 7 districts to become Smedley Distinguished, a title bestowed in recognition of growth and educational achievement of the district. An achievement that was largely possible through the leadership of District Officers and Club Leaders, under the able guidance of District Manager, DTM Noorul Munawwara, DTM; Program Quality Director Srianthie Salgado, DTM and Club Growth Director Nisal Weerakoon, DTM.
At the end of the event, the 2020-2021 District Manager symbolically handed over the reins to the current 2021-2022 District Manager, Srianthie Salgado, DTM, and his team, in an emotionally charged moment for each Brotherhood toastmaster.
With each passing year, the Toastmasters fellowship in Sri Lanka continues to thrive with a dynamism all its own. Ovation 2021, testified to the resilience and unfailing determination of the men and women who gave themselves body and soul to make it a reality.
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