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Says it all

December 2013

Doha Toastmasters Club Club No. 7148, Area 28, Division E, District 20

The First Toastmaster Club in Qatar

eloquence News Letter Doha Toastmasters Club DECEMBER 2013

Publisher TM Subair Pandavath Editor TM Nisamudheen S A Editorial Support TM Ismail Meladi

CLUB OFFICERS (2013-2014 ) Club President TM Subair Pandavath Vice President Education TM Rajshekhar Kalyanshetti Vice President Membership TM Yoosaf Vannarath Vice President Public Relations TM Nisamudheen S A Secretary TM Dr. Unnikrishnan Kuroor Treasurer TM Naresh Yadav Lanjewar Sergeant @ Arms TM Rashid Ahmed Immediate Past President DTM Dr. M S Babu

Doha Toastmasters Club Meeting Venue: Bldg. No. 5, Holiday Villa Hotel , Doha. Meeting Days: First & Third Saturdays of every month Meeting Time: 7.00 PM - 9.30 PM Email: Website: ELOQUENCE is a newsletter published by Doha Toastmasters Club, Holiday Villa, Doha, Qatar. This newsletter is published for the internal circulation among the members of Doha Toastmasters Club and to promote the ideas and goals of Toastmasters International. Publisher or Editor does not take the responsibility for the authenticity/opinion of the articles/authors, published. Toastmasters International and its logos are trade marks.

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Dear Readers, 2014 is set to be great. So belt up and be ready for a wonderful race. Club, Area, Division contests are at our doorsteps. It is needless to say that these contests will elicit a lot of benefits. Toastmasters’ contests are radically different from all other types of contests. In our contests all participants are winners. A Chinese proverb teaches us everything; “if you want to know your past, look at your present conditions. If you want to know your future look in to your actions”. This is very much true in our life. What we are today is the net outcome of the habitual thinking and activities in our past. And our future purely depends on our own actions of today. Definitely our efforts in our toastmastering activities will produce some fruitful benefits for tomorrow. Psychologists suggest that it is very important for every individual to sit in a comfortable room daily for half an hour and start thinking in solitude. Our thought process might be any thing, retrospection is very important in our life, which will ultimately redesign our path a path to achieve our goals. Yes, it is time for retrospection for each toastmaster. It will unfold before you the benefits we have reaped from our membership in the club. TM Nisamudheen S A Editor, Eloquence

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Doha Toastmasters Club News Letter – December 2014

Governor Speaks


President Speaks


Dr. Sampath The most sought after evaluator


Side-Effects : Myth and Reality


Six Free Doctors


Interview Tips

Dr. Sampath One of the most sought after Evaluators in our fraternity.


Fun Farm


Post Modern House


Induction of New Members



Post Modern House

Marriages Made in Heaven


Doha Gavels Club – Installation


Top Thoughts


Home Coming


Meet the Excom


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Message from the Top

The Leaders

“A right judgment draws us a profit from all things we see”

William Shakespeare

The Vision of the leader is very important for any organisation to grow and achieve the desired success. Much more important than having that vision is, to disseminate that Vision to each and every member of the TEAM. Doha Toastmasters Club has always been under the able hands of Great Leaders. The Leaders, who had a clear vision. The Vision, which was read out very clearly to each and every member of the Club. Doha Toastmasters Club, always stood tall amongst all the clubs in Qatar and always went for to be the best in DIVISION E. One more Quality of Leadership is as Quoted by Warren Bennis “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” —Warren Bennis Once you have the vision, it is very important to turn them in to reality. The TEAM work and extra effort are the TWO things which make it possible to achieve the desired vision. Doha Toastmasters Club has the most vibrant Toastmasters amidst its membership. These members I have found them always been ready to assist in the achievements of Club Goal and Vision. The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. —Max DePree The above quote is synonymous to Doha Toastmasters, as I have always found amongst them “servant leaders” who made a difference to DIVISION E. Congratulations to Doha Toastmasters Club for being such a vibrant Club and making a difference to DIVISION E. Keep up the god work…

All the best.....

Looking forward for Greater Achievements from each and every member of Doha Toastmasters. Saquib Raza Khan Governor, Division E

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President’s Message TM Subair Pandavath

As a good start this year, my advice to our members is that we should believe in our capabilities and try for the best. Self-confidence is very important for a successful life. When I took over this important position of the president of the pioneer club in Qatar, I had lot of doubts and confusions, and I was afraid whether I would be able to meet the requirements of Toastmasters standard.. But I believed in myself and in my capabilities and proceeded without a second thought. I remember a quote from Mr. Stephen Richards: “When you do what you fear most, then you can do anything.” Yes I can do it. Today when I have completed six months term I can proudly announce that we are the first in Division E. We have become President Distinguished Club within a short span of six months. I extend my sincere thanks to all members, including my powerful Excom team who, really worked hard to accomplish this success. Toastmasters’ club helps members to develop their inherent skills through educational programs. It helps to remove barriers or obstructions that stand in the way of expression of individual personality through a process of training. Thus it empowers members to become better communicators and effective leaders. The first key to success is the environment we are dealing with. Even if we have the greatest of talents within us, we will still struggle to prosper if we are not in the right environment. If we are in the right environment we will be in great demand and it will tap the best out of us for our personal development and for the betterment of the environment we work for. Toastmaster’s fraternity is the right place to discover our hidden potentials. It will also help us to improve our existing capabilities and become a master in our profession. The second key is association with the right people to bring out the best out of us. Where do we find the right people? That’s where the toastmasters’ educational program fills the gap. It gives us a platform for elegant socialization with the think alike people for mutual development. Wish you all a great year ahead. A Healthy, Happy and Peaceful year.

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SAMPATH THE TREASURE AMONG TOASTMASTERS ! My Evaluator once told the audience, that anybody could deliver a dynamite speech as I did, just that, they had to choose a 'great' topic as mine. And on that day, my topic was that 'Evaluator' ! No, no! Not that my Evaluator was vain and conceited! He was only reminding that, audience interest alone, should be any speaker's inspiration! And when I was approached to create an article on that very 'topic', I thought it would be a cakewalk. It was closer to ground zero that I realized the 'expanse' of the topic (no pun intended). Preparing a 'Roast' was simple, but to prepare a curry was challenging. It had to be spiced, because the aftertaste had to be considered too. An e-Encomium would be ruminated-on till that last e-letter is deleted. Hence the anxiety.

Dr. Sampath’s bond with English Literature makes him one of the most sought after Evaluators in our fraternity. Our protagonist is a champion of chemistry between listeners and their speaker. He has a doctorate, and chemical reactions is his expertise. But his conduct at toastmaster meetings betray our perception of a scientist. He could give D.Litts a run for their letters. Nothing in English could escape his scrutiny if wronged. Be it prose, be it a play or be it a poem he has a grasp over it all. I was once floored when he told us the difference between a skit and a play - something I had taken for granted. Such is his care for detail.

This litterateur indulges in poetry too. Be a TMOD, or an Evaluator, he has his own verses for every occasion. His rhymes ring in a new dimension to Toastmastering. His bond with English Literature makes him one of the most sought after Evaluators in our fraternity. While most of us are yet to settle with 'How to say it!' to a Basic CC aspirant, he can waltz smoothly through any of the fifteen Advanced Projects! And if you are the Advanced Communicator who has invited him to the dance, then please ensure that you possess a strong heart, to undergo his surgery without anesthesia. But then, we make that choice, whether to be praised for our mediocrity, or be put through fire to get us that sheen. And more than once this altruistic pursuit has carried him beyond those red lights and thirty seconds - the one and only flaw this mere mortal can pick on him. And I dare do that because I look up to him as a Total Quality Manager among Toastmasters. As for Quality Management, his industry benefits from his expertise, why should our fraternity not? The good news is that he keeps himself on the move. From modules to mentoring; for a unit or for the Division; or be it to bask in the glory of a club or to resuscitate it - you can depend on him. But notably, nothing of it comes on FaceBook. Probably, he is above it all. His earlier years of training in vocals and the Veena would have taught him, 'if your music can invigorate you, you don't need an audience to applaud, your senses would have been satiated and at peace'. Perhaps, this is why he is also not in that league racing to/through their 'DTM'. True Leaders are Treasures - they don't need a title to distinguish, their deeds say it all. And for a Toastmaster named 'Sampath', it obviously, comes naturally!

TM Sunil Kumar Menon

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Post-Modern House Commotion of limbs under the roof Areas abundant to tread past Held up on the ‘Mouse’ Mind flutters in the infinite sky Miles of distance between rooms Not at all noisy dining table Drawing room built in muteness Deep pits in the bedroom Flatly dispassionate veranda Shower of tears in the bathroom Storeroom that retains nothing Half-boiled life In the kitchen, where worries burn As there is hardly any yard No space for flowers to blossom And beyond the gate, Ice mountain or so... By Ismail Meladi

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Side-Effects Myth and Reality

TM Dr.Unnikrishnan Kuroor

One of the greatest concerns of the common man, educated or not in the nuances of medicine, is regarding the side-effects of the various medicines he consumes in his lifetime. This is what prompted me to pen a few lines in order to explode a few myths and settle some misapprehensions. Concern about side-effects is good but when it borders on obsession, it becomes counter-productive to the individual and his disease-outcome (and alas, this is all the more common in the educated class). Many a time do doctors encounter non-compliance with medication with its unfailing disastrous results on health just because of this morbid fear of side-effects. In any war, collateral damage is inevitable and in medicine, where the war is against disease, we call it “side-effect”. Myth 1: All medicines under the umbrella of “modern medicine” are a conundrum of harmful of side effects. Right and wrong! It is not only modern medicines which have side-effects. All medicines, belonging to any alternative medicine, also have side-effects. It is just that modern medicine, with its extensive reach and technological advancement in the field of research and through thousands of studies and trials conducted all around the world, has documented all the side-effects that could possibly occur with any medication. And with the advent of search-engines and the web, the huge list of side-effects is no longer the exclusive property of doctors and pharmacists but accessible to anyone with just a few taps away on the computer keyboard. Modern medicine knows and accepts that specific medications have specific effects and side-effects.

Myth 2: When you take a medicine, be ready to face the side-effect. Wrong! A side-effect is not a constant factor accompanying the drug, rather it is an event that may possibly happen, depending on a number of factors including the body-constitution or genetic make-up of the individual, the body functions, other associated diseases, other concurrent medications taken (called druginteractions), tolerance levels etc AND the make, content and purity of the drug itself. All side-effects should not be judged in the same vein-they may be very common ones or extremely rare (it may be one in 10 people or one in a million people). A simple OTC (over-the-counter) medication like the painkiller can vary simply cause some acidity (which is a very common side-effect, occurring in almost everybody) and at the other extreme, kill a person through kidney damage following prolonged use (which fortunately occurs in one in millions) though they are both grouped together as side-effects with a thousand others in between the two. The gist is that side-effect is just a probability.

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Side-Effects: Myth and Reality Myth 3: To minimize side-effects, take medicines as sparingly as possible. Right! But sparingly does not mean taking medicines in reduced dosages than prescribed or for a lesser period. For eg-antibiotics, which are prescribed for infections, are meant to be taken for specific or exact number of days and in the correct dosage and schedule because their dosages and daily schedules (like twice-daily/thricedaily) are determined by a number of factors like life-cycle and multiplication of the disease-causing microbes and ultimately aiming at their complete elimination from the body and thus the disease. Therefore, it follows that any change in the dosage or schedule will not achieve the desired results resulting in persistence or recurrence of the disease. On the other hand, medications for chronic illnesses like Hypertension or Diabetes are aimed at proper control and not total cure (sorry, they are incurable). Again, except for a small fraction of patients who may be able to stop their medication after sometime (and that too after a supervised trial), most need to continue their medications life-long. Again, one small query that comes up frequently is that “Can I stop my medication, now that my BP is normal”-it is rather the contrary, your BP is normal because you are taking your medication, it is sure to go up again once you stop the medication and then you need to start all over again from square one. So the damage done from improper usage of medication is actually more.

Myth 4: Longer you take the medication, more are the side effects. Not quite! The fact is that medicines which are meant to be taken for short-term may have more sideeffects than the ones you take life-long because of the simple reason that long-term medications NEED to be safer since they are to be taken for years; hence they are introduced into the market only when their long-term safety is proved from umpteen trials. Short-term medicines do not face similar safety restrictions simply because they are anyway taken only for a short period. In other words, a pain-killer taken continuously for a few weeks or months, has more chance of damaging your kidneys or liver than your diabetic medications which you take for more than 30 years. Myth 5: My friend said he had a problem with this particular medicine…… I did not take it….. Right and wrong! It is true that your friend had a problem with this particular medicine which you have been prescribed but it does in no way ensure that you will have the same problem because you are in no way constitutionally similar to him. It is good to be cautious but take advice only from people qualified to give it. It is your basic right to discuss all aspects of your disease with your doctor, explore all the treatment options available and then arrive at a management plan which best suits you. This “shared management” is the ideal standard recommended all around the world, rather than a one way dictation from the doctor to the patient. In a nutshell, medicine usage should be the result of a fine balance between the effects, side-effects and the probably factor. There is no question that medicines are needed to treat diseases but the disease itself must justify the medications used and their side-effects. Use the web and all other sources of knowledge to familiarize yourself with the ailments that you have and the medicines that you are prescribed but before you draw your conclusions based on your findings, please do discuss all these with your doctor, who is better equipped to help you and who knows the bigger picture. We all drive our cars to work or use a knife in the kitchen perfectly knowing that there can be accidents with both resulting in simple injuries or even death, the probabilities of each being vastly different, but none of us has stopped using either, thinking about the side-effects because we made the decision to use them after carefully weighing the pros and cons and with a strong optimistic conviction that the odds are on our side. As simple as that.

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Face the Interview Expect to be asked several probing, hardball questions during your next job interview. In fact, if you aren't asked a few "stress" questions, your interview probably isn't going as well as you might think. If you practice answering tricky career-related questions, you'll be more apt to respond to them confidently. The following are typical stress questions and strategies on how you might answer them. Boning up before your next interview can put you ahead of other job seekers who try to wing it.

Tell me about yourself? This seemingly innocuous, openended question can be intimidating. If you aren't prepared, you won't know what to say or how long to talk, especially since the interview is just beginning. Realize that most interviewers use this question not only to gather information, but also to assess your poise, style of delivery and communication ability. Don't launch into a minispeech about your childhood, schooling, hobbies, early career and personal likes and dislikes. Instead, cite recent personal and professional work experiences that relate to the position you're seeking and that support your resume credentials. Why are you leaving your present job? You don't need to give a longwinded answer, but don't be defensive, especially if you left due to problems with your boss or co-workers. Career experts agree that it isn't wise to air your frustrations about a previous or current job or co-workers during interviews.

Your greatest strengths? This question allows you to describe your strongest attributes and skills. Be sure to mention assets that are directly related to the responsibilities of the open job. Briefly summarize your work experience and your strongest qualities and achievements. "Interviewers, like all people, remember examples, so be specific,� "Don't say that your greatest strength is your 'attention to goals,' and that you're 'motivated by challenges' and a 'perfectionist' unless you have memorable examples to prove it.

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Where do you hope to be in five years? The worst answer to this question is to say that you want to be president of the company or have the interviewer's position. These responses are too flip or threatening. Instead, "talk about what motivates you; especially what will motivate you on this job." Why should we hire you? Ask not what the company can do for you, ask what you can do for the company. "The interviewer who asks you this is really probing your readiness for the job, your ability to handle it, your willingness to work hard at it and your fitness for the job." Show your readiness by describing how your experience, career progression, qualities and achievements make you an asset for the company. Highlight your ability by discussing your specific skills and accomplishments. Your willingness to work will be evident in your commitment to whatever challenges you undertake. To show fitness, say you're reliable, have integrity and will accommodate yourself to any difficulties the job entails.

Employers prefer candidates who think in terms of the future and set realistic goals. Saying that you're not sure where you want to be in five years may undermine your chances of landing the job. Answers like this are a turnoff. Hiring Managers will always look for people who know what they want to do and who believe that their goals and the company's are in sync. Your weaknesses? You may win points for honesty by admitting to a major weakness, but you'll also reduce your chances of getting hired. Conversely, if you give a flip answer, or respond with, "Well, I don't really have any weaknesses," you may be perceived as arrogant. Turn these weaknesses around by saying that you're very meticulous and remain involved in projects until you've ironed out all the problems, even if it means working overtime. This way you've cast your weaknesses into positives most bosses would find irresistible.

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Six Free Doctors TM Percy Siganporia

SUNLIGHT: The sun says, spend a little time with me while reading, exercising, listening to music, meditating, even chatting up with friends - do it with me! just you and me, because, I am your BEST friend. Physically and metaphorically Sunlight is beneficial to all. Giving light, it’s best, to everyone, regardless of caste or creed.

DIET: After consuming three of the five elements of nature (Ether, Water, Air, Earth and Fire) get to the nature’s products Vegetables and fruits. The Lord has provided plenty of choices. No need to be a Vegan, but the amount of cleansing the vegetables and fruits do to the system is amazing! The enzymes thus produced protect every cell in the body. Proteins are present in lentils and yoghurt too. Too much meat takes away 70% of the energy to digest it. So be moderate. We are basically herbivorous and not carnivorous - by nature.

WATER: 6-8 glasses of water in a day, replenishes all the liquids of the body. And H2o is oxygen to every cell in the body. Our body thrives on fresh water. It is the greatest detoxifying agent ever produced. And it is FREE!

Ever heard of SIX FREE DOCTORS, whose advice is most crucial to a healthy life style? But we do not pay any heed to them, as we don’t pay them any visiting fees! Therefore, their value is unimportant! EXERCISE: How can anything be consumed without the corresponding arrangement to digest the same? The body must move. Walking can be a good form of exercise! But, stretching the body is very essential. Starting from bed when waking up, be physically vibrant throughout the day. Household work is NOT an exercise, it’s a chore! Exercise in a proper state of mind and not under stress or duress. Relaxation is the reason for exercising a healthy state of mind. Exercise alone and not rushing!

AIR: Your Life Energy - Life breath! Just being aware of your breathing for a little while, invigorates every cell in the body. Deep breathing is a must, to exhale all carbon and take in all oxygen, in a clean and open environment. It is a luxury today to breathe fresh air. Do not neglect this. Holding a breath and then releasing it, clears all the diseases in the body.

REST: Last, but not the least, the 6th doctor is REST! None of the above is possible without enough sleep, relaxation and rest from meetings and deadlines! Rest is the most important factor which gives impetus to all other five! So, do not neglect it. Resting with beautiful, positive and creative thoughts is always recommended.

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Recently our speaker had to discontinue several of his long talks on account of his throat. Several people threatened to cut it

Our speaker needs no introduction. What he needs is a conclusion.

Our speaker will not bore you with a long speech...he can do it with a short one..

You have heard it said before that this speaker needs no introduction. Well, I have heard him and he needs all the introduction he can get.

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TM Rajshekar Kalyanshetty

Marriages are made in heaven. That is a good statement. Marriage is a harmony, where, one should see himself or herself in others shoes. If it’s understood well, even the heaven is next to this, if not, even the Hell is better than this. One can write books on marriage… One can simply live a happy married life and do not write anything… And one can have both! So I go for both; and want to share with you some important principles for leading a happy married life. Marriage is a ‘lifelong relationship’ between two people. A few principles, techniques and methods can be followed by the couple to strengthen and protect their marriage relationship. It is a fact that more and more marriages are ending up in divorce. The good news is that there are few principles, if applied consistently, can save a marriage from disaster. Marriage Principles for a happy marriage are

Be fair, you are not always correct

Do not take advantage of your superiority

Be open for discussion with your partner

Be consistent

Do not promise anything you cannot do

Everybody makes mistakes

Respect to be respected

Recently one of my friends got married. Guess what, instead of harmonizing life, he seems to be worried and always looks lost in thoughts. At the beginning, everything looked nice but something was there burning inside which was not allowing both the couple to live happily. My friend was successful in his career and also reached a comfortable position in terms of wealth. But, what happened was that every day, he was just crying and felt overloaded and stressed. Just to give a background, upon completion of his engineering course, he started his career with a multi-national company and had achieved great success. All friends admired his lifestyle, a noteworthy income, a large villa, a fast sports car and enjoyment of lavish annual holidays. But, unfortunately he neither enjoyed his achievements nor felt successful. He was reaching home late night and his wife welcomed him with a series of shoutings. Each and every day and night both were arguing and blaming each other. Finally, one day, his wife left him alone and moved to her parents’ house.

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Later, he called and consulted all his friends to give suggestions on how to patch up this damage. Each and every one suggested the things according to their knowledge. Finally, I told him that it is better to go for counselling, join Art of Living course and read useful books about principles of successful married life. He accepted these suggestions and learnt a lot on how to get rid of all his worries and lead a happy married life. He shared some of the married life principles, which would be helpful to all. To lead a happy married life we need to carefully study the benefits of adopting various principles and explaining your spouse, the values and purposes of these principles, each one’s role in the married life and the importance of appreciation etc.

Marriage is, in essence, the substantial union of two people and the maintenance of an oath that they will be next to each other in good and bad times. If we accept that we have married for all the right reasons, i.e. love, the companionship, communication, and the absolute agreement of the heart with the logic, then what are these reasons, mistakes or marriage principles if not followed shall eventually lead to marriage disaster?

Principles of happy marriage are:

Have mutual trust

Be fair, you are not always correct

Do not promise anything you cannot do

Everybody makes mistakes

Respect to be respected

Be consistent

Be open for discussion with your partner

Do not take advantage of your superiority

Make mutual decisions with your partner

The deadlock in marriage depends on the conditions and character of every human being. A marriage ends when the two people cease to care for each other. This is the result of many emotional processes such as anger, bitterness, stress and depression, envy and fraud, lost confidence, low self esteem and of course the wrong choices, as well as not following the most common marriage principles and lack of communication. So, it is most essential that both couples decide together about their children, education, achievements in life, creating wealth and building a new house to have a peaceful married life. Mutual understanding and sharing are the strong pillars in married life. I wish that all use these techniques and make their married life better!!! Always remember a great quote of Mr. Oden Nash about marriage principle. “To keep your marriage brimming with love in the wedding cup; whenever you’re wrong, admit it; whenever you’re right, just shut up…”

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Induction of the New Members Photo Gallery

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A speech without a specific purpose is like a journey without a destination.

A story must pay its own way by contributing a thought.

Great is the power of the spoken word, when it is spoken in truth, by one whose life supports what he says.

Faultfinding without suggestions for improvement is a waste of time.

Imagination takes the common place and glorifies it.

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Doha Gavels Club

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Installation 2013-2014

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Installation 2013-2014

Doha Gavels Club meets on 2nd & 4th Saturdays from 3PM to 5PM Venue: Skills Development Center, Doha.

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The 380th Club meeting was blessed with the presence of the District 20 Governor DTM Vicky Mustafa, Past Division E Governors DTM Rajeswar Sundareswan and DTM Mansoor Moideen, and some of the Past Presidents of the Doha Toastmasters Club.

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Friday 7th Feb 14

Area 42 & 43 Grand Workshop (Goal Setting and Negotiations Skills by DTM Prasad Sovani)

Oryx Rotana Hotel, Doha.

Friday 14th March 14

Area 28 & 51 Speech Contest


Friday 4th April 14

Gavels Contest


Friday 25th April 14


Al Dostur Hall, Dukhan.

Friday 26th April 14


Hotel Grand Hayath

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Meet the Excom TM Subair Pandavath President

TM Rajshekar Kalyanshetty VP - Education

TM Dr. Unnikrishnan Kuroor Secretary

TM Yusaf Vannarath VP - Membership

TM Naresh Lanjewar Treasurer

DTM Dr. M.S. Babu Immediate Past President

TM Nisamudheen.S.A. VP – Public Relations

TM Rashid Ahmed Sgt. at Arms

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MISSION OF THE CLUB The mission of the DOHA Toastmasters Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self confidence and personal growth.

A TOASTMASTER’S PROMISE To attend club meetings regularly To prepare all of my speeches and leadership projects to the best of my ability, basing them on projects in the Competent Communication and Leadership Program manuals, Advance Communication manuals or competent leadership manual To provide fellow members with helpful and constructive evaluations To prepare for and fulfill meeting assignments To help the club maintain the positive, friendly environment necessary for all to learn and grow To serve my club as an officer when called on to do so To treat my fellow club members and our guests with respect and courtesy To bring guests to club meetings so they can see the benefits Toastmasters membership offers To adhere to the guidelines and rules for all Toastmasters educational and recognition programs To maintain honest and highly ethical standards during the conduct of all Toastmasters activities.

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