The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) Toastmasters Club celebrated the achievements of its second Toastmaster year and made appointments of new members and office bearers at the club’s third Installation Ceremony, which was recently held at the CSE.
The ceremony was graced by the chief guest CSE CEO Rajeeva Bandaranaike, guest of honour District Director District 82 Toastmasters International Ajantha Jayawardena, keynote speaker Taprobane Holdings PLC and Lanka Century Investments PLC CEO/MD Murali Prakash, the CSE’s senior management and other distinguished invitees from the Toastmasters fraternity.
The CSE Toastmasters Club in 2016/17 achieved President’s Distinguished Club status and was a recipient of the Quality Club and Golden Gavel awards. The club during the year saw considerable success achieved by its members, with second runner-up placements in the Division A Humorous Speech and Evaluation contests and further representation in the Division A International Speech, Evaluation and Table Topics contest finals. Two members of the club also achieved the prestigious Tipple Crown pin, awarded for completing three educational awards within a year.
Speaking at the event, Bandaranaike commended the progress the club has made within a short period of time and stated that the club remains to be a key facet of the CSE’s strategy to promote effective communication and leadership among its employees.
TM Nadeera Athukorale was installed as the President of the club with the Executive Committee for 2017/18 comprising Vice President Education TM Vindhya Colombage, Vice President Membership TM Nipun Gunasekera, Vice President Public Relations TM Patricia Dyonisius, Secretary TM Dilhara Gunaratna, Treasurer TM Thilini Madushani and Sergeant at Arms TM Nushara Fonseka. Immediate Past President and present Area Director for Area A4 of Division A – District 82 TM Kusal Nissanka will also serve on the Executive Committee.
The CSE established the Toastmasters Club in July 2015 in line with Toastmasters International’s vision to “empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders”. The club encourages staff to develop leadership and public speaking skills within an environment that is both reassuring and challenging.