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By Mimi Olarga
Saturday, October 5, 2013
WHERE leaders are made. This is the tag line of Toastmasters International (TMI), an organization of 292,000 and more able, confident, and strong members who improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 14,350 (and growing) clubs in 122 countries.
In District 75 (the Philippines), Division D (Western Visayas), Area 33 (Negros Occidental), a new toastmasters club was born last June 26, 2013, but had its formal presentation last September 26, 2013. With 0332203 as its club number, the Pythagorean Toastmasters Club had its Charter Presentation at the Training Center of the Technological University of the Philippines Visayas, Talisay City.
Inspired by the Greek mathematician, philosopher and scientist Pythagoras is the reason why the club carried on such name.
Willing to hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere, the club members, members of the University Administration, faculty and staff, had been meeting since July of this year by having table topics (impromptu), prepared speech projects, and constructive evaluation sessions for the verbalized “ahh’s and uhhm’s,” repeated words, lapses in grammar, word usage, pronunciations, and time spent in the conduct of each part of the meeting.
Members are learning communication skills by working basically in their Competent Communication Manual, a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instill the basic foundation of public speaking. Then, they proceed to their highly developed communication manuals for their Advanced Communicator-Bronze, Silver and Gold, and Distinguished Toastmaster norms or achievements.
So in such an opportune time, and defying the odds of a rainy day, the Pythagorean Toastmasters Club officers and members gladly welcomed its formal birthing into the big, wide world of Toastmasters International. Toastmaster (TM) Ace Zander Antonio, as the club’s sergeant-at-arms, made the herald’s call. TM Lainie Mae Bala-an, vice president for Education, called the meeting to order in the absence of the Club president Edgardo Monserate.
TM Donalyn Lastima led everybody to a prayerful moment of adoration, thanksgiving, contrition and supplication and the singing of the Philippine National Anthem. Assistant Vice President for Education TM Kevin Claveras presented the Toastmasters International vision and mission and the Pythagorean Toastmasters Club mission, which is “to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.”
Vice President for Membership TM Max Merilo, in his insightful opening remarks, related not only how the Pythagorean TMC came into being but also how the club surmounted the odds that came its way.
Vice President for Public Relations TM Rutchel Pabalinas acknowledged the wonderful guests and other toastmaster who took time out from their hectic schedule to grace the club’s charter presentation. Club Sponsor and Immediate Past Division D Governor Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Ma. Ester Soledad made a very concise yet informative introduction for Immediate Past District 75 Governor DTM Grace Paras.
DTM Paras flew all the way from the busy business concerns of the family-owned Shamrock in Cebu just to attend and induct the members of the PTMC. With the Charter Certificate and the club banner in tow, DTM Paras gladly presented these significant items to the new club. The 25 charter members and 4 additional club members were presented to the whole assembly by Club Sponsor and Past Division D Governor DTM Melinda Sisles.
With the symbolic wooden gavel, each charter officers was charged of their duties and responsibilities by Division D Governor Oscar Esler, while District 75 Governor DTM Katrina Letargo installed the said officers to office. VP for Education TM Lainie Mae Bala-an read the inaugural speech in behalf of the Club President Edgardo Monserate.
Another Club Mentor, Melanie Quaitchon, not only presented the new club with significant tokens for its use, but also led the toast and spoke all her well wishes for the club.
With their well-applauded song numbers and even an encore, the male band of the club, composed of Toastmasters (TM) Glenn Ang, Ace Zander Antonio, Kevin Claveras and Rodolfo Jonota, showed that every Toastmaster member is able, and talented.
After District 75 Governor DTM Katrina Letargo shared her experiences on being a toastmaster, Past District Governor and PTMC Charter member Nona Escandelor and Club Treasurer TM Alita Causing presented the guests tokens of appreciation. Dr. Ma. Leonor Validor, TUPV Campus director and club member, expressed her gratitude to everybody for helping the Pythagorean Toastmasters Club came into being.
With the two-time national champion for humorous speech contest and Past Area 31 Governor DTM Greg Vallejera as the Toastmaster of the Day, there never was a dull nor a lull in the charter presentation of the Pythagorean Toastmasters Club.
So, if the Pythagorean theorem has attracted many interests outside its field of mathematics, it has also become a symbol of intellectual power.
No wonder then the Pythagorean Toastmasters Club of the Technological University of the Philippines was created, where leaders, and future leaders, can be made. Anyone interested to join TMI?
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 05, 2013.