This is project 1 from the Advanced Communication (AC) Manual – Special Occasion Speeches and it is about Mastering the Toast. It won speech of the day on 18th of October 2007. There is a narration at the start to set the stage for the speech
Members and guests of D’Utama Toastmasters Club were busy wining and dining at the exclusive and posh atmosphere of Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The fellowship was called to mark the Club’s 23rd anniversary and this event ought to be celebrated with pride and joy.
Marcus Loi rose from his comfy seat and gently sailed through the stage and made his announcement! “… and now I presenting yours and mine, the Club’s Vice President of Education (VPE), Advanced Communicator Bronze, Calvin Lim, to say a few words!”
There were thundering applauses from the audience as I stepped forward to the stage and we exchanged handshakes like gentlemen. Later, Marcus exited from the stage, as expected.
“Thank you Marcus Loi, our emcee of the evening” I acknowledged his presence with gleaming smile. “Good evening ladies and gentlemen of D’Utama and distinguished guests,” I continued. Tonight’s celebration is a memorable day where the Club is very proud of. And henceforth, this event would not be made possible without your support of being here to stand witness to this celebration.
Dear friends, do you know that D’Utama Toastmasters Club was established since June 1985? And today, this Club is 23-year-old! So figuratively speaking in terms of age factor, the Club is definitely younger than most of us. Nonetheless, for any non-profit organization (NGO) to grow from and within such a timeframe is remarkable.
Because the Club consists of members from all walks of life – who strongly and truly believed that Toastmaster is the “cure” to all mother of fear; namely public speaking, and we, the present generations, still holds true to that belief! Some “veteran” members; since the Club was founded – continuously remaining with us, while “new elixir bloods” are needed to rejuvenate the Club’s youthfulness. However, there were some, whom we have not forgotten from our memories, have departed to and for a better “journey”. Despite the Club’s founder and the majority of the successors and former contributors are not physically here with us, we should, at least, be thankful for their hard deeds and work to build this fearsome and formidable organization, as of what it is today.
The faithful “descendants” may vividly remembered when this Club was formed and thereafter, it started with only a handful of people, ratio gender between male and female is 5:1, and at one point, the Club’s memberships were frightfully declining, and the list goes on. In short, this supposed-to-be “good” organization has had experienced its’ ups and downs moment. Yet the Club managed to survive for 23 years and still counting!
Now, lo and behold, as of present time, the Club’s membership has increased tremendously and there is a reasonable balance ratio between male and female members …at last! Furthermore, we have members with positive thinking and encouraging values whereby regardless of his or her status and occupations, everyone would share his or her thoughts and personal opinions to strengthen and enhance the Club’s strengths while striving to overcome the Club’s area for improvements.
In addition, the Club is never short of hands where able-bodied of young and matured people are ready to extend their service to serve the Club, in any and every way they could offer. In short, through thick and thin scenario, we work as a team and marched towards the said direction as one family, as to ensure our objectives are fulfilled and met!
I have personally watched how this Club has grown from leaps and bounds, ever since I was a member in August 2003. Each term that passes by, every president have a theme to act on and served as footnote for us to channel towards achieving the goodness where we hope to be and become – a better communicator and exercised commendable leadership skills.
For the benefit of the guests, I shall spell out a few themes designed and given by the past presidents of D’Utama Toastmasters Club. During the term 2003/2004 under Lee Wei Seong’s presidential heyday, his theme was “Expand Your Horizon”; then 2004/2005, was Gan Teong Hock, “To Succeed is to Excel”; then 2005/2006, was Allen Kam, “ Your Name, Our Fame”; then 2006/2007, was Nancy Liew, “Success within Us”; and at present moment, 2007/2008, under the stewardship of this Club runs by Jack Leong, his theme is “Remember Yourself as Successful”!
Dear friends, I am fortunate that God has allowed and guided me to find and “rested on” this beautiful Club and I have no reservation neither regretted of getting to know some many people, which I never knew of. And I am sure, members of D’Utama Toastmasters, would felt the same way as I did.
(Hand gesturing the audience to stand up)
So let’s rise and raise our glass as high as our arms could reach for the sky, to commemorate the Club’s 23rd anniversary! As then, the Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir has set his eyes on Vision 2020, so to for the next 23 years, I hoped the future generations of this beloved Club, would gracefully continue to glorify and nurture the Club for a brighter future and in God we trust that HE will lead and show us the way!
Cheers to us, all and to D’Utama Toastmasters Club!!! Cheers!!!
After the toast, I have ended my speech and the stage was taken over by the emcee of the evening.
By, Calvin Lim (VPE of 2007/2008)