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April 2016

dICTion 2015-2016 Volume 3 Issue 3

Indian Club Toastmasters Club no 727851 Area 18, Division Q , District 20

Note From The Editor


President’s Message


Area Director’s Message


Sci-Tech Limericks by DTM Sowrirajan S


Club DCP Performance Report


Beautiful painting by Dhivyashri Ramesh


Leadership – A Labor of Love by TM Ritesh Doshi Evaluation Vs Judging by TM Surya Narayanan Interview with DTM Shanmuga Sundaram


14 –15

Celebrating the Woman



Poem by TM Alarmel Mangai


Quotes Quotes Quotes



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Indian Club Toastmasters Excom Team: 2015-2016 President

TM Ritesh Doshi

5559 9753

VP - Education

TM Ravishankar J

5538 6470

VP - Membership

TM Anita Samanta

5580 7821

VP - Public Relations

TM Priyanka ET

3309 7681


TM Joy Mathai

3353 3132


TM Alarmel Mangai

5551 7229


TM Narasimhan

6684 7876


TM Pratheek Prakash

7400 5169

Immediate Past President

TM Suryanarayana

6673 7632



We are back with our third edition of diction!! It gives me immense pleasure to introduce this edition as we are almost reaching the end of our journey.

TM Priyanka VPPR

This edition is different than previous two because by now I and my team have learnt few tricks, we may not have become master but we have definitely become jacks of newsletter. 8th March was celebrated as Women’s Day all over the world. A Day which is dedicated to “Women Empowerment” which is a burning issue all over the world. and “women equality with men” which is a universal issue. Therefore this newsletter is dedicated to all the women out there, without whom this world would be less color full, less beautiful and definitely less noisy!! Please take your time to review and come back with your feedback. Let us know what you liked and what could be improved. Wishing you all Happy Reading…!!




Sci-Tech Limericks Black hole is just an awesome chasm Gobble-all genie of macrocosm But it behaves To let out waves Gravitational during merger spasm People often demand antibiotic Making the medico a bit psychotic But the drug Cant fight the bug With frequent use, an idea idiotic. You think it’s great to dump the driver Never heard of anything naiver Car may ride Without a guide What’s the target for back seat driver? Lots of scientists believe in God Atheists, you know, give science the nod Who is right Is the fight X ayes Y, Y ayes Z, but X nays Z, is it a fraud ? Scientist let out an anguished ψ β retreat from his theory, oh, φ Hunger δ Blow; he felt a Pain in belly, α apple π. Sampath Sowrirajan



HIP HIP HOORAY!!! We’re now officially a President’s Distinguished Club, for the third consecutive year. This has been possible only because of the support from every member.


Beautiful painting by Dhivyashri Ramesh


Leadership – A Labor of Love

When we hear the word leadership, we tend to pic-

ture a person in a suit heading a large corporation, or the head of a large nation. But everyone is a leader in their own sphere of life. He also conveys to us the very essence of being a true leader.

If your leadership is by an accident, and not by any great vision or capability, I think people would do better without such kind of leadership. A stupid leader can cause so much disaster that without a leader people may do something better. It may be a little chaotic but still they may do something better. Essentially, what a leader means is that knowingly or unknowingly you have taken the destiny of a few people into your hands. You have taken up that responsibility. When I say a leader, you need not necessarily be the leader of a nation or a large group of people. You are running a family; you are a leader, isn’t it? In some way you have taken the destiny of a couple of people’s lives into your hands. So, whoever is willing to take responsibility for one more life is a leader. It is just a question of the scale. According to one’s capabilities people will choose the scale of leadership but everybody is a leader in some or other way. At least, if you have chosen to take your destiny into your own hands, you are a leader. Only if you are a hobo, you are not a leader. You know what is a hobo? An American tourist was visiting the U.K. A local person who was taking him around showed him a certain estate and said, “Here lives an aristocrat.” The American asked , “What is that ? An astronaut ? ” “No, an aristocrat.” “What is that?” The Englishman was surprised that there could be a human being who didn’t know what an aristocrat is.


“Oh, you don’t know what an Aristocrat is? An aristocrat means he doesn’t have to do any work. Everything comes to him one way or the other. He always has a good place somewhere. Wherever he goes he has a ringside seat and he does nothing, he lives off other people,” said the Englishman. ‘Oh that, in America we call them hobos.’ So that’s a hobo. Unless you’re a hobo, in some capacity you are a leader. So once you understand you are a leader, it means either you have taken your own destiny into your hands or you have also taken the destiny of a few more lives into your hands. This is a certain responsibility. If you want to lead any group of people, first thing is you must make sure that all of them fall in love with you. Yes? So, how do we do that? Do we give them a love pill? There is no such thing. If you want everybody to fall in love with you, first thing is that you must fall in love with all of them. You must do it instantly, they will take their time. They will slowly, very slowly give in. They are privileged people. Once you are a leader, you are not the privileged one; you must understand, they are the privileged ones because they have their choices, you don’t. So, if you want to be a leader at your workplace, it is after all a major part of your life in terms of number of hours per day. You probably spend more hours at your workplace than anywhere else. Isn’t it so, for most of you? The number of hours that you spend at your workplace is maximum compared to anything else. When this is so, is it not important that we make this into a beautiful experience?



Evaluation Vs Judging We often get asked by new

toastmasters whether evaluation in a regular club meeting & evaluation in a contest are different. Some are also not clear about the differences between judging and evaluation, in toastmasters parlance. Perhaps it would be useful to clear some air in this matter. Evaluation in a Club Meeting In a club meeting, evaluation is provided for speeches from the Competent Communicator Manual or from one of the manuals from the Advanced Communication Series. Sometimes, evaluation is provided for speeches or educational modules delivered as part of advanced educational goals (Successful Club Series, Leadership Excellence series, HPL project speeches etc.). In all these cases, the evaluation is done against project-specific objectives. Sometimes, the speaker may ask the evaluator to focus on one or two specific aspects that may or may not be part of the project objectives. More importantly, the evaluator is quite likely to know the speaker and may have heard him/her speak before this instance. So the evaluator may be able to observe and comment on the evolution of the speaker over time. Here, the speaker is the main focus. And the evaluator is expected to provide observations and suggestions that would benefit not just the target speaker alone but the entire audience. The assigned evaluator is the only one who will provide formal oral evaluation. While it is not essential, it would be useful if the evaluator has already completed the specific project he/she is evaluating. In case of advanced projects, it would be better to have them involved someone knowledgeable in that particular subject. Evaluation in a Contest Evaluating in a contest is significantly different from evaluating a project speech in a club meeting. Firstly, the same speech (given by the test speaker) will be evaluated by all the contestants. Secondly, in most cases, the test speaker would be unfamiliar to the contestants. Also speech has to be evaluated as a generic speech that is expected to have the essentials of a good public speech.


Once the evaluator identifies the general purpose of the speech (informative/ entertaining/ inspirational/ persuasive), the evaluator may evaluate on the basis of key aspects related to that general purpose. This being a contest, the evaluator is expected to know the criteria by which the judges will be rating his evaluation. Hence he/may she try to be somewhat balanced, with more positive points as compared to areas for improvement. In the process, many evaluators tend to whitewash. Also every evaluator tries to find something that he/she expects other contestants are likely to miss. In both categories of evaluations discussed above, the speech is evaluated in absolute terms. Judging In contrast to evaluations, judging involves comparison of a set of speeches delivered in a contest, with a view to determine the three best speeches. Judging is required not just for international/ humorous speeches, but for Table Topics and Evaluations as well. Judging is done in accordance with a set of guidelines per category. Judges remain anonymous and hence no evaluation is provided, either written or oral, to the test speaker. Beyond club contests, judges are required to have undergone judging training and completed at least P6 from the Competent Communicator manual, whereas there are no such restrictions for evaluators, both in club meetings and in contests. Summing Up While there may be some similarities among evaluating in club meetings, evaluating as a contestant & judging in a contest, there are significant differences among them too. Each has its own purposes. So we need to be conscious about the hat we’re wearing and act according to the requirements of role we’re performing.

TM Surya Narayanan K. ACB ALB


Interview with DTM Shanmuga Sundaram

A brief Toastmaster bio-data Toastmaster since the year 2010. Has held almost every Excom position at club level. Beyind the club, he has been Asst. Area Givernor. Aerea Governot, Club Mentor, Club Coach. Has started new clubs, including a Gavel Club, has revived dying clubs. Has reached up to Division level in speech contests serval times. Has been Contest Chair/ Chief Judge at Division level. In short, a passionate toastmaster.

Let's start from where it all began. How did you come into toastmasters fold?

While I was in Dubai,I used to go for Yoga Classes. Later I came to know that they had a club called Friends of Yoga Toastmasters Club. That is where my journey began. Even today I have a very special connection with those club members. Whenever I visit Dubai I make it a point to visit my favorite Friends of Yoga Toastmasters Club.

How do you feel when you look back on this journey so for? What & when was the best moment?

Joining toastmasters has simply transformed my life altogether. If I had not become toastmaster, I would have missed that golden opportunity to make that great leap of personal and professional growth. The very first year I participated in my club speech contest. I won the First Prize ahead of 11 senior contestants. That gave me a boost to my self confidence. Soon, I joined another club called Burj Toastmasters and took up a club officer role called Sergeant-at-Arms. During that tenure I learned what is service leadership. Eventually during 2011-12, Division Governor gave me an outstanding toastmaster award for my performance as VPPR at Friends of Yoga Toastmasters Club. These were few best moments during my early toastmaster days. Since then, I have been blessed to experience plenty of such moments.


Who was your mentor & what was the very first thing you learned from your mentor?

My first mentor was TM Pramod from Friends of yoga Toastmasters Club, Dubai. He instilled confidence in me, moreover he quickly predicted that one day, I will become a DTM and take up more and more leadership roles. So to be good mentor, you need to motivate people and most importantly you need to be a keen observer.

Your Role model/inspiration in & outside toastmasters? In Toastmasters.

1.TM Pramod -My first Mentor 2.TM Ganesh -Who encouraged me to take up the very first leadership 3. TM Ravishankar- Performer, Leader and a great human being

Outside Toastmasters:

1.My Father -My Hero 2.Mr.Arul- Principal in our college 3.Mr.Balakumaran -Tamil Writer

Your Advice to new Toastmasters! Toastmasters is like an ocean. The deeper you go, the more you would be benefited. Take any role and give your best, results will come naturally.

So DTM Shanmugam, what is your next move?!? It’s time start my journey towards next DTM. Learning is a lifelong activity.

ICTM congratulates DTM Shanmugam on achieving the highest milestone in toastmasters educational program. We wish him all the very best for his future endeavors.

We’ve Sponsored two New Clubs: Zerone Toastmasters & Olive Toastmasters Club, thus winning a Founders Award ribbon


Celebrating the Woman International Women's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. International Women's Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. Since those early years, International Women's Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women's movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women's conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women's rights and participation in the political and economic arenas. Chronology 


1909 The first National Woman's Day was observed in the United States on 28 February. The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honour of the 1908 garment workers' strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions. 1910 The Socialist International, meeting in Copenhagen, established a Women's Day, international in character, to honour the movement for women's rights and to build support for achieving universal suffrage for women. The proposal was greeted with unanimous approval by the conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, which included the first three women elected to the Finnish Parliament. No fixed date was selected for the observance.


1911 As a result of the Copenhagen initiative, International Women's Day was marked for the first time (19 March) in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, where more than one million women and men attended rallies. In addition to the right to vote and to hold public office, they demanded women's rights to work, to vocational training and to an end to discrimination on the job. 1913-1914 International Women's Day also became a mechanism for protesting World War I. As part of the peace movement, Russian women observed their first International Women's Day on the last Sunday in February. Elsewhere in Europe, on or around 8 March of the following year, women held rallies either to protest the war or to express solidarity with other activists. 1917 Against the backdrop of the war, women in Russia again chose to protest and strike for "Bread and Peace" on the last Sunday in February (which fell on 8 March on the Gregorian calendar). Four days later, the Czar abdicated and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote. 1975 During International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women's Day on 8 March. 1995 The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments, focused on 12 critical areas of concern, and envisioned a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.

2014 The 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) – the annual gathering of States to address critical issues related to gender equality and women’s rights — focused on “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”. The UN and Gender Equality The Charter of the United Nations, signed in 1945, was the first international agreement to affirm the principle of equality between women and men. Since then, the UN has helped create a historic legacy of internationally-agreed strategies, standards, programmes and goals to advance the status of women worldwide. Over the years, the UN and its technical agencies have promoted the participation of women as equal partners with men in achieving sustainable development, peace, security, and full respect for human rights. The empowerment of women continues to be a central feature of the UN's efforts to address social, economic and political challenges across the globe.


IN THE DARKNESS… I was stuck in a dark wood With no one to help I knew my fate was up to no good Yet, I travelled slowly without a yelp… In the darkness, I could hear A lonely howl far away A voice so bizarre, full of jeer I knew my destiny was never this way… In the darkness, I saw a light Glowing and gleaming, so divine Nothing more celestial than this sight Mesmerized and perplexed were these eyes of mine… I followed and followed till I could no more And took my eyes off the darkness There I was, Oh Lord In a place no full of finders… I searched for that light, day and night I searched, but did not find that key To unlock the beauty of that night It was nowhere to be found, except inside me… Search in darkness never ends… Spirit to succeed never fails…

TM Alarmel Mangai


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Humorous Speech Contest 1. TM Joy Mathai 2. TM Pratheek Prakash 3. TM Sheik Abdul Khader Evaluation Contest 1. TM Joseph Shabu Stanley 2. TM Nirmala Raghuraman 3. TM Ritesh Doshi

1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4.


Table Topics Contest TM Joseph Shabu Stanley TM Shanmuga Sundaram TM Alarmel Mangai TM Sheik Abdul Khader International Seech Contest TM Ravishankar J TM Shamuga Sundaram TM Alarmel Mangai TM Sheik Abdul Khader

Zerone Toastmasters & Olive Toastmasters

Indian Club Toastmasters Welcomes New Members

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Toastmasters Club Mission To provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth. INDIAN CLUB TOASTMASTERS strives to provide an environment or learning & growing the skills to be successful in personal and business life.


We meet on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month between 1915 hrs & 2115 hrs at Indian Center.

For more details, please contact. Ritesh Doshi 5559 9753 Ravishankar 5538 6470 Anita Samanta 5580 7821 Priyanka 3309 7681

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