30.08.2013 in Expolanka, Latest by admin 0

Expolanka Toastmasters – Transforming the company one speech at a time

On October 22 1924, Dr. Ralph C. Smedley founded the first ever Toastmasters club at the YMCA in Santa Ana, California. Toastmasters International grew out of this single club and today, the organization serves over 292,000 members in 122 countries.

Over the years, Toastmasters International has nourished a variety of famous people, including politicians, actors, astronauts, businessmen and sports stars. Since its inception, 4 million members have learned to think on their feet, host an event, speak concisely, add humour and become comfortable with public speaking.

Expolanka’s own Toastmasters club, at their annual installation ceremony, inducted a new executive committee to carry out operations in the coming year. The inaugural installation ceremony of the new office bearers was held on the 16th of August 2013 and the event featured an Oscar themed red carpet stretching from the entrance to the podium.

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Expolanka and Colombo Toastmasters joined together for the first speechcraft program in 2010; this was followed by a similar program in 2011. In January 2012, Expolanka Toastmasters Club was officially formed and chartered under district 82.

Even though the Expolanka Toastmasters has been in existence for only one year, it has amassed an impressive list of achievements; this includes 4 competent communicator awards, 2 competent leader awards and an advanced communicator gold award. The 22 active members of the club have organized 30 educational meetings and represented area 5 in the humorous speech and evaluation contest. The club also organized a number of keynote speeches including the “Inspire one Million” speech by Sabirul Islam which received critical acclaim. Significantly, in its very first year, the Expolanka Toastmasters club received the “President’s Distinguished Club award” by successfully completing the nine goals required to achieve the status.

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The inaugural installation ceremony of the new office bearers was a lavish affair. Toastmasters from all walks of society came together to celebrate, what was indeed, a night to remember. The new office bearers were unveiled as follows,

  •         TM Scerena Jansen – President
  •         TM Suhitha Karunanayake – Vice President Education
  •         TM Azhar Sheriff – Vice President Membership
  •         TM Sajeeth Ilyas – Vice President Public Relations
  •         TM Zaidh Naushard – Secretary
  •         TM Zafrana Nafees – Treasurer
  •         TM Asela Mendis – Sergeant at Arms


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Speaking on behalf of the new committee, President TM Scerena Jansen said

“Expolanka Holdings PLC is excited to announce a successful year of Expolanka Toastmasters, a fully-fledged member of Toastmasters International. Expolanka Toastmasters will follow the Toastmasters International program in communication and leadership to achieve even greater heights and bring acclaim to Expolanka this year”.

Following the installation, the official website for the Toastmasters  -http://2302941.toastmastersclubs.org/ -was launched by its past President Asitha Jayatunga. The website provides information regarding the activities of the club, meetings and free resources such as podcasts, leadership articles and video feeds. This year the club took the groundbreaking step of webcasting their meetings live and the public had the opportunity to tune in to http://vss2.veetle.com/index.php/profile/366843408 on the 28th of August at 5.30 pm and witness the Expolanka toastmasters in action.

The Expolanka Toastmasters club is proud of what it has achieved during the past year. The club has fostered friendship, encouraged Expolankians in their quest for excellence and given members a vital boost in their search for confidence in public speaking.

The achievements of the club has not gone unnoticed and was evidenced by the words of the  Group CEO of Expolanka Holdings, Mr. Hanif Yusoof, who addressing it said,

“You have not changed, you have been transformed. You have gone from being caterpillars to being butterflies. This is the transformation that is needed to take our company to the next level”.

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