President Lucky presenting a token of appreciation to Past President Shyama
Lion’s Toastmasters Club Charter anniversary and installation of the third President and Executive Committee was held in grand style at Taj Samudra Hotel recently.
In a solemn ceremony Lion Toastmaster Lakshman Jayasuriya was installed as the third President of Lions Toastmasters Club, a unique amalgamation of two great international service and educational organisations Lions International and Toastmasters International.
Lion Lakshman Jayasuriya, the Lions District 306B2 International Twinning Director, fondly known as Lucky, a Charter Member and the first Competent Communicator of Lions Toastmasters Club, succeeded Lion Shyama Silva as the President for 2015/2016.
In a brief but very successful history, Lions Toastmasters Club was chartered in 2013/2014 and achieved Distinguished Club President status in its very first year under the dynamic leadership of Charter President Arumugam Kandasamy. Lion and now the second Vice District Governor of Lions District 306B2, competent communicator Shyama Silva too achieved the DCP status.
Lion Toastmaster and Competent Communicator Mazher Fazleali was awarded the ‘Toastmaster of the Year 2014/2015’ for an outstanding performance during the year.
Distinguished Toastmaster Sudash J. Liyanage, Programme Quality Director 2015-2016, District 82, the chief guest, guest of honour A.K. Raveendran, District Governor Lions District 306B2, Immediate Past Division Governor Toastmasters International D82, Distinguished Toastmaster Yusuf Jeevunjee and TMI D82 Club Growth Director Ajantha Jayawardana were among many other distinguished past Lions Governors and Lady Lions.
The Installation of President Lucky Jayasuriya and the Executive Committee was professionally executed by the Area A2 Director, Sarmaa Mahalingam, whilst nine new members were inducted by the Area A Director Hussain Moosajee. Varied entertainment by the Jay Dancers, an inspiring one man band, provided fabulous music but none were more entertaining than the after-dinner speaker Niranjan De Silva, who gave the Lions and Toastmasters present, food for thought through laughter.
The packed programme was professionally and entertainingly managed by the M/C’s for the evening Founder Mentor of Lions TMC Dian Abeyewardene and the gracious Lion and Toastmaster Sue Abeyewardene.
Office Bearers Lions Toastmasters Club 2015/2016: President – Lucky Jayasuriya, Vice President Education – Indra Kaushal Rajapaksa, Vice President Membership – Gratien Fernando, Vice President Public Relations – Nadeeja Abeyasekera, Secretary – Menaka Silva, Treasurer – Shiranee Rajapaksa, Sergeant-At-Arms – Amalraj Jayaseelan and Immediate Past President – Shyama Silva.