Qatar resident Sonny Varghese is the recipient of the Toastmaster International's Presidential Citation Award for 2022, a statement said. He will receive the citation at the 2022 Toastmasters International Convention being held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, US, August 17-21.
The honour is for members who have shown continual support and dedication to the organisation. Varghese was one of the Toastmasters programme founders in Qatar in 1996 as a founder member of Doha Toastmasters. He was district governor in 2006, the first Region 11 advisor in 2010, brand ambassador in 2011, member of the International Leadership Committee, and currently in region advisor council.
As Toastmasters District 79 governor, he was awarded President's Distinguished District Award, Presidents 20+1 Award, Presidents Extension Award and President's Excellence in Leadership Award. Varghese was the only recipient of all these four awards that year.
The criteria for the award are broadly based on contributions to organisational growth by participating in the growth, contributions to organisational excellence by way of significant, long-term contributions at the district or international levels, and how the person notably and publicly exemplified Toastmasters International's core values. Another area is the type of significant public contributions outside of Toastmasters.