Friday, July 6, 2012

First Address from the President (Term 2012/13)

Dear Fellow Members,

The new term (2012/13) has commenced with our first meeting of the term yesterday, 5 July 2012. It was indeed an honour and privilege for me to stand before the club in my new capacity as Club President. In my opening address I shared the theme for the term;

"Catalyst @ Work"

This theme is not unique and some may have heard of the phrase before, however I strongly believe that this is most appropriate for this term. Some may ask, "Why this theme?"

A catalyst in scientific themes is 'a substance that enables a chemical reaction to proceed at a usually faster rate or under different conditions that otherwise possible'. It can also be defined as, 'an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action'.

I love and strongly believe in the Toastmasters program, and D’Utama Toastmasters Club for it has helped transformed a once timid, shy, and scared person to be the person that can stand before an audience of tens to hundreds (haven’t reached thousands yet *smile*). The transformation still continues … so as I thought of what would be an appropriate theme for the term, I looked back on what had motivated and triggered those changes in me. It dawn on me that there were individuals within and out of the club that has moved me, inspired me, and worked with me to change from good to great, and those individuals were the catalyst in my Toastmaster’s journey.

To this effect,
  • To our wonderful and welcomed Guests: if you permit the Club, Club's Executive Committee and I, WE wish to help you with your personal desire to improve in your communication and leadership skill,
  • To our newer Members: if you wish to participate, WE will introduce to you the fullest Toastmasters' experience possible, and
  • To our senior and experience Members: WE wish to re-ignite your passion for Toastmasters, and appreciate & cherish the knowledge, wisdom and experience you have to offer to the club.

Another phase we hear very often in the Toastmasters movement is "Friends helping friends succeed". That is the absolute truth. When all of us are willing to receive and give help, and of ourselves; that is when we can receive all there is to offer.

Hence ladies and gentlemen, let us all be the catalyst to one another, and work together, so that WE ALL can grow, and have a full and memorable experience in our Toastmasters journey in D'Utama Toastmasters Club.

Thank you.

Yours truly,
Johnson Yike, DTM
Club President (Term 2012/13)
D'Utama Toastmasters Club
Catalyst @ Work