In Memory of

Raghunadha Raju, DTM

Raghunadha Raju was an IT engineer and a passionate coin collector. A Toastmaster for four years, Raghu achieved four DTMs and was close to completing his fifth. He was a strong advocate of Core Values of Toastmasters and showed his commitment by serving the community in various roles. Raghu chartered seven clubs and conducted eight Speechcrafts. He also served as Area Director in District 18 (Maryland, USA) and as Division Director in District 101 (California, USA).

Referring to himself as a Nomadic Toastmaster, Raghu roamed through different countries around the world virtually, speaking to over 950 clubs in 145 countries.

A note of remembrance from our District Director:

Dear Fellow Toastmasters,

Today, we gather here with heavy hearts to bid farewell to a remarkable individual, our dear friend, mentee, husband, and father, Raghunadha Raju. It is with profound sadness that I share the news of his untimely demise, leaving a void that words can hardly fill.

I vividly remember the first encounter I had with Raghunadha. It was at the Cathedral of Faith Toastmasters, where he stood before us, delivering a humorous speech that left us all in stitches. Intrigued by his presentation, I approached him afterward, asking if he preferred a fluffy or challenging feedback. Without hesitation, he requested the latter, showcasing his unwavering commitment to self-improvement. That encounter marked the beginning of a friendship that would grow into something truly special.

Raghunadha possessed an innate drive to elevate his speaking skills, a quality that soon became evident in every aspect of his life. Our shared journey in various Toastmasters clubs deepened our connection, and together, we embarked on a path of growth and camaraderie.

His dedication extended beyond personal development, as Raghunadha was a fervent advocate for sharing the transformative power of Toastmasters. In his pursuit of helping others, he founded not one but two significant clubs in our district. With a passion for aiding professionals in their careers, he initiated Toastmasters for Professionals. Recognizing the entrepreneurial spirit, he also founded the Santa Clara Entrepreneurs Toastmasters Club, a testament to his vision for empowering individuals.

During his tenure as Division Director in the year 2022-2023, Raghunadha’s leadership played a pivotal role in elevating Division A to distinguished status. His strategic thinking, dedication, and ability to inspire others were the driving forces behind this remarkable achievement.

Raghunadha’s legacy will endure through the countless lives he touched. His commitment to service, eloquence in speech, and contributions to the Toastmasters community will be remembered fondly by all who had the privilege of knowing him. I am personally inspired by his relentless drive to serve, to speak, and to cultivate excellence in those around him.

As we say our final goodbyes, let us carry Raghunadha’s spirit within us. May his memory serve as a reminder to embrace each day with purpose, passion, and a commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of others. Though he may no longer be with us in person, his legacy lives on in our hearts.
Rest in peace, dear Raghunadha. You will be deeply missed, but your light will continue to shine through the lives you’ve touched.

In loving memory,
Abhijeet Joshi
February 21, 2024