District 10 had the honor of hosting Toastmasters International President-Elect Balraj Arunasalam for several days before the Spring District Conference. He kindly consented to an interview to talk about the organization of Toastmasters International, the move from California to Colorado and, of course, Pathways.
Balraj Arunasalam Biography.
Toastmaster Arunasalam came from Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka, where he is chairman/managing director of Gemtrans Engineering Company.
Toastmaster Arunasalam is a member of the Toastmasters International Executive Committee and Board of Directors. He is a “working ambassador” for Toastmasters and works with the Board to develop and support the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission. This August, he is on track to be elected the International President of Toastmasters for 2017-2018.
A dedicated Toastmaster for 27 years, Toastmaster Arunasalam is a member of two clubs, including his home club Colombo Toastmasters. A distinguished leader, Toastmaster Arunasalam has held numerous offices from club through the international level: He served as International Director 2011 to 2013, Second Vice President 2014-2015 and First Vice-President 2015-2016. He holds the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in Toastmasters International.
“Toastmasters is a way of life,” Toastmaster Arunasalam says. “It helped me understand the philosophy of leadership, to give and receive respect, and to be humble.”
Toastmaster Arunasalam delivered a keynote in the morning of our conference, and an educational workshop in the afternoon.