Newsletter of Wattala Toastmasters


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Newsletter of Wattala Toastmasters

  1. 1. The Committee President Santhush Weerakoon CC VP Education Janak Fernando, CC VP Membership Lal Karunaratne VP Public Relations Nadeeka Amarasinghe Secretary Priya George, CC Treasurer Anushka Perera CC Sergeant at arms Dimuthu Madushan Wattala Toastmasters Club NEWSLETTER Message from the Editor It is indeed a great pleasure to be the Newsletter Editor for the First Edition of Wattala Toastmasters Club first issue of the term 2013/14. This new issue comprises with activities and memorable events which we were actively involved and accomplished together as one team. I would like to recollect the "4th Presidential and Executive committee Installation” held on 24th August 2013 at Pegasus Reef Hotel which was a huge success and a memorable evening to all of us, thanks to the combined efforts of the team for their commitment in making the event a success.. As a community club we have many challenges, but we have been able to overcome them and the club is growing along with its members. Hope all of you will enjoy reading the newsletter. Nadeeka Amarasinghe VP Public relations INSIDE THIS ISSUE - Meet the new committee - Birthday Corner - Installation - New Members - Club News and Events - Upcoming Immediate Past President Shadiya Zacharia CL, ACS Founder President Alroy Mascrenghe ACB
  3. 3. Wattala Toastmasters Club conducts fourth Club Officer Installation The Wattala Toastmasters Club conducted its fourth club officer installation ceremony on 24th August at the Pegasus Reef Hotel. Several distinguished invitees from the Toastmasters fraternity were present to celebrate the occasion. This included Past District Governor M Z Saleem, Past Divisional Governor K Vasanthan and Division "P" Governor Dirga Subba who graced the occasion with their presence. The club officer installation was conducted by Area Governor Sivatharshani Supagar. The elected office bearers for the term 2013/14 are Santhush Weerakoon (President), Janak Fernando (Vice President Education), Lal Karunaratne (Vice President Membership), Nadeeka Amarasinghe (Vice President Public Relations), Priya George (Secretary), Anushka Perera (Treasurer), Dimuthu Madhushan (Sergeant at Arms) and Shadiya Zackaria (Immediate Past President). The evening also included interactive events and welcoming new members to the club along with introduction of a mentor program for their development. The club was founded in 2009 by Toastmaster Alroy Mascrenghe winner of All Island Best speaker 2010 and assisted by Toastmaster Sudhash Liyanage. Amongst many of the club achievements the 'Distinguished Club' status and the Golden Gavel are noted. The club is entering its fourth year with much anticipation and a testament to provide a platform for its members to develop their communication and leadership skills.
  4. 4. IN THE MEDIA The installation was covered in the media on 2 papers and this was a good opportunity to publicize the club in the community - Daily Mirror 28 Aug 2013 - Ceylon Today/FT 02 September 2013
  5. 5. Link to the E-Paper officer-installation.html#prettyPhoto
  6. 6. 10 Tips for Public Speaking Feeling some nervousness before giving a speech is natural and even beneficial, but too much nervousness can be detrimental. Here are some proven tips on how to control your butterflies and give better presentations: 1. Know your material. Pick a topic you are interested in. Know more about it than you include in your speech. Use humor, personal stories and conversational language – that way you won’t easily forget what to say. 2. Practice. Practice. Practice! Rehearse out loud with all equipment you plan on using. Revise as necessary. Work to control filler words; Practice, pause and breathe. Practice with a timer and allow time for the unexpected. 3. Know the audience. Greet some of the audience members as they arrive. It’s easier to speak to a group of friends than to strangers. 4. Know the room. Arrive early, walk around the speaking area and practice using the microphone and any visual aids. 5. Relax. Begin by addressing the audience. It buys you time and calms your nerves. Pause, smile and count to three before saying anything. ("One one-thousand, two one-thousand, three one-thousand. Pause. Begin.) Transform nervous energy into enthusiasm. 6. Visualize yourself giving your speech. Imagine yourself speaking, your voice loud, clear and confident. Visualize the audience clapping – it will boost your confidence. 7. Realize that people want you to succeed. Audiences want you to be interesting, stimulating, informative and entertaining. They’re rooting for you. 8. Don’t apologize for any nervousness or problem – the audience probably never noticed it. 9. Concentrate on the message – not the medium. Focus your attention away from your own anxieties and concentrate on your message and your audience. 10. Gain experience. Mainly, your speech should represent you — as an authority and as a person. Experience builds confidence, which is the key to effective speaking. A Toastmasters club can provide the experience you need in a safe and friendly environment. Source: TMI Site Submitted by VPE Janak Fernando
  7. 7. Mastering your mind “ The price of greatness is responsibility over each of your thoughts,” – Sir Winston Churchil. On average a person runs about sixty thousand thoughts through his mind. Amazingly ninety-five percent of those thoughts are repetitive. So, if these thoughts are negative, we become depressed, worried , angry, moody etc. Some worry about broken relationships or financial problems. Some think about work related issues. Some worry over trifling matters. Those who worry like this are blocking the enormous potential of their minds to work magice and deliver into their lives all that they want emotionally , physically and even spiritually. We need to be able to control our minds. Do we realize that we cannot control the weather, traffic or the moods of people around us. But, certainly we control our attitude towards these. We all have and can determine what we think about something at any given moment. No matter what happens to you in your life, you alone can choose your response to it. The Chinese word for crisis has two characters, one spells danger while the other spells opportunity. There are no mistakes in life only lessons. Let us see how we can be masters over our mind. Sit in a quiet room or garden. If possible go to the beach. Relax your body and start concentrating on an object. Notice its colour, shape ..etc. At first, other thoughts will start entering your mind, distracting you from your focus point. Don’t worry simply return your attention to the object of your focus. Do this exercise daily for about five minutes. Gradually increase the time up to ten minutes. When you have changed yourself to control other thoughts and is able to focus on what you want, start breathing deeply and train your mind on positive thoughts. You will notice a change in your attitude towards everything around you. You will become happy and energetic. Source - The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari Submitted by Past President 2011/12 Sam Jeyaselvan
  8. 8. Club Meet up A Club get together was held on the 17th August at the Pan Restaurant Wattala.. the evening was filled with fellowship and cheer
  9. 9. Revamping of the Wattala Toastmasters FB page The Wattala Toastmasters Club page was revamped and is managed by our Young Member Nipuna Koralage who has done a good job as the architect. On an ongoing basis the meeting pictures are updated, shared amongst friends and events created for meetings and contests. The link to the FB page -
  10. 10. New members joined from 01st July to 30th September Iresha Dilrukshi Fathima Sameera Shahid Anusha Damayanthi Chinthana Prasad Muditha Wickramasinghe Shahila Ratnayake Upcoming October Club Meeting on 10th and 24th November Club Meeting on 7th and 21st Club Get together December Club Meeting on 5th and 19th Club Xmas Party Await Next News Bulletin Club #0514977 Lions Club Hall Hekitta Road, Wattala, Sri Lanka Dimuthu Madushan 09 September Nayomi Mendis 16 September Alex Leons 08 August