I will talk about our Club Vision, the Distinguished Club Program, etc. in a later meeting when our Team has a chance to sit down, discuss and agree to the business plan. For now, let me just tell you a story.

Several weeks ago, I invited a Toastmasters member whom I had never met to give a speech at the Clarkson Toastmasters Club of which I’m one of the sponsors. She promptly accepted the invitation with a simple yes in her email. Last week, she showed up quietly, on time, brought along with her a large and heavy bag of stuff she’s going to use in her speech. And most of all she looked very pregnant!

Her speech was well prepared. Her message was crystal clear. The delivery was impeccably polished. That bag of stuff turned out to be all kinds of beans and they were part of her speech, and we all had learned much about the nutritional value of beans from her 6 min 45 sec speech (I was the timer, that’s why I remember). Without any doubt, she is an eloquent speaker and an experienced Toastmaster.

But I have seen something more than that. I see in her low-key appearance, sincerity, humility, commitment and fun-loving. If I were in her shoes, I would have thought of many good reasons not to accept an invitation from a stranger. She really didn’t have to in every sense of the word. But, she did, and she did it because of her own commitment. She reminds me of why we joined Toastmasters and why we choose to serve the Club. Becoming a better communicator and leader is the only reason we’re here. The way to grow in Toastmasters is to try, to learn, to make mistakes in the trying and learning, taking on challenging responsibilities, and to do our best to support each other. To me, what I saw in this person is the pinnacle and true spirit of Toastmasters. I want and I need the qualities I saw in her, and I don’t mind achieving a DTM along the way!

Finally, I want to say that I’m extremely lucky to have the opportunity to serve this great Club together with the remarkable people in the team. Thank you for saying yes to the responsibilities. We didn’t have to do this, but we all choose to step forward because of our own commitment to continuous growth. Individually, we are all very strong in our capability and we all have a certain way to get things done. What you’re going to bring to the team are invaluable and will be much appreciated. I really hope we all emerge a better leader and most of all a better team player by our working together. And to my fellow members, please support and help us to help you in our toastmasters journey. Last but not the least, I want to thank Hollis and his team for the hard work and contributions to the Club. Together we’ll make Port Credit Club Great Forever!

Toastmasters International Values:  Respect • Integrity • Service • Excellence
Our Principles:  Lead By Example • Work / Play as a Team 

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