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Welcome to the Pioneering World of Toastmasters in Sri Lanka

Toastmasters International has been a cornerstone in shaping leaders and skilled public speakers around the world. In Sri Lanka, the journey began in 1983 and has blossomed into a vibrant community committed to excellence. Here's a look at the glorious history of Toastmasters in this island nation.

The District 82 Saga: A Tale of Two Regions

In a significant milestone for the Toastmasters community, District 82 was established in 2008, serving both Sri Lanka and the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Quickly gaining traction, the district grew to encompass a remarkable 270+ clubs divided across 14 Divisions and 66 Areas. Boasting a robust membership exceeding 7500 individuals, the district had an expansive presence. In India, clubs flourished in cities such as Chennai, Coimbatore, and Madurai, among others. Meanwhile, in Sri Lanka, the Toastmasters community made its mark in cities ranging from Colombo and Kandy to Jaffna and Negombo.

District 82
Our History in Milestones


Founding Year

In 1983, the Colombo Toastmasters Club was founded as Sri Lanka's first club. It set the cornerstone for personal development in public speaking and leadership.


The Advent of District 82

Formed in 2008, District 82 served both Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu. This collaboration created a vibrant ecosystem and led to top global ranks.


A World Champion

Dananjaya Hettiarachchi won the World Champion of Public Speaking title in 2014. This landmark win ignited a surge of inspiration across Sri Lanka.



Year of Glory

Balraj Arunasalam served as International President during 2017-2018. Meanwhile, District 82 earned the title of the world's top-ranked district.


A New Chapter

In 2020, Sri Lanka established its own Toastmasters district. This momentous decision marked a new era of growth and self-reliance in the community.


Regional Expansion

Sri Lanka and the Maldives merged efforts in 2021 with the Malé Maldives Toastmasters Club. This indicated a significant step in regional collaboration.

Online District Executive Committee Meeting and District Council Meeting
Snapshot of Today: The Ongoing Success of Sri Lankan Toastmasters

District 82 | Sri Lanka

With the presence in numerous cities and a membership of thousands, Toastmasters in Sri Lanka continues to excel and inspire. Whether it's in Colombo, Kandy, or Jaffna, the impact is felt far and wide.