Area Tidings AREA 36 DIVISION I DISTR ICT 20
² Kuwait Challengers ² Desert Pioneers ² Al Bader Anchors ² Durrar Toastmasters ² ICS Expressions
MARC H 2017
Inside This Issue 2
From the Area Director’s Desk
Greetings from our Leaders
Al Badar Anchors
It is my privilege to be the Public Relations manager of the Area 36 toastmasters for the term 2016-17. We are proud members of an amazing Area and I know I can count on each of you to continue the tradition of achieving excellence while supporting each other. I am pleased to be a part of this newsletter that is an endeavor to showcase the activities of the clubs in the area.
FROM THE EDITOR
Believe me, we are going to have more fun as we build more confidence speaking in front of an audience, we overcome our fear of public speaking and as we become more comfortable speaking extemporaneously. You can ask me how? The answer is by doing more: sign up for roles, attend meetings regularly, participate in contests, take on more leadership roles, mentor new members, Welcome you all for the “Area Tidings”- volunteer more.
newsletter of Area 36 for the year 20162017. It gives me immense pleasure to have worked on this edition. Thanks to those of you contributed to it as these contributions are essential part of the success of newsletter. Wishes to all clubs under Area 36 for accomplishments with sheer teamwork, coordination and hard work. This edition shares some news about the success of the clubs under our area. I hope to hear more good news along the same lines.
The structured self-paced program of Toastmasters starts at the Competent Communicator and Competent Leader levels, then progresses to several Advanced Communicator and Advanced Leadership levels and culminates at the highest designation of Distinguished Toastmaster. I would like to conclude by saying “This is your journey and the Area 36 Toastmasters family is here to walk with you. Enjoy your journey!”
-VIJAYA PANJABI BHUVAD AREA 36 PR MANAGER
From the Area Director’s Desk As we transit through the third quarter of the term 2016-17, I realize that this is my favorite time of the year. Not only does it mark the beginning of spring, “A leader is one who trees laden with shiny green leaves, knows the way, goes colorful flowers blooming and just the the way, and shows the right weather – not too cold and not way. “ John C. Maxwell too hot; rather, it is also the contest season in Kuwait, when we see all clubs in a frenzy, contestants coming up with one wonderful speech after the other and not to forget the overworked judges! But this is also an excellent time to step back and examine our goals before the last lap of the race to achieve those goals begins. I, however, am pleased and extremely satisfied to note that the clubs in Area 36 are already seeing the positive results of their well-thought-of club success plans, which are crucial to timely achievement of goals. All the clubs have completed their contests well in time, giving sufficient time to their representatives for preparation for Area 36 contests, scheduled for 31st March, 2017. All the clubs are on track with their plans to achieve the distinguished club status. Attending the regular meetings of the clubs in the Area during my term has been a sheer pleasure, as I track their members’ personal development. The Area saw a medley of wonderful events during the year till now, CrackMe – a corporate quiz conducted at Area level as a membership drive, ‘Darren in Kuwait’ – an event successfully organized by Desert Pioneers TM club, an outdoor meeting organized by Durrar TM club, membership drive meetings organized by Kuwait Challengers TM Club at a venue different from their regular one, a variety of meetings by Al Bader Anchors TM Club- the only corporate club in the Area, several joint meetings of the clubs, Clubs’ anniversaries, and last but not the least - the welcome addition of a new club to the Area – ICS Expressions TM Club. As we sit back and relish these achievements, with another three months to build on them, I encourage all of you to evaluate the progress you have made, in your personal goals and club goals, and then create a plan for staying on track. I would be happy to see everyone achieve successes, big or small, so don't wait until the last month to focus on your goals. Do remember what Michael Jordan said, “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” This first edition of our Area newsletter ‘Area Tidings’ is a delightful result of successful teamwork. I am proud of Area 36, its zesty clubs and enthusiastic members, for that’s what we are - a “TEAM”. - ALKA KUMRA
Together Everyone Achieves More
Greetings From Our Leaders DISTRICT 20 DIRECTOR
DISTRICT PROGRAM QUALITY DIRECTOR
and It's an immense pleasure to be part of the first Area 36 newsletter; the area that stands as a role model for other areas in Kuwait when it comes to “When I learn something new and it team work, goal-setting and planning under the happens every day, I feel a little more leadership of Area 36 Director MTM Alka Kumra. at home in this universe, a little more Ralph Smedley, Founder of Toastmasters once comfortable in the nest”- Bill Moyers. said: "People more willingly follow a leader who This is exactly how we feel when we knows where he is going”. This is exactly what I join a toastmasters club. We slowly saw over the past few month in area 36. They overcome our inhibitions and begin have a clear goal and a definite plan to follow learning from each other, start and that's why they are now extremely close to enjoying the environment and tend to achieving President Distinguished area. stay in this comfort zone. But Toastmasters International program is As Toastmasters, we are almost always working designed so well, that it encourages as a part of a team. When we accept a role for an individual to explore beyond the a meeting, help plan a contest or even write a club. The first step that comes in the newsletter, we are part of a team. Working as a fraternity is the Area. When we adapt team makes us stronger, more creative and more ourselves very well to the club and effective. People learn about each other and next in the Area level, we are sure to depend on one another to accomplish more grow as a successful leader. The than they are capable of achieving individually. playground or the lab to wonderfully Often a bond is formed between the members of experiment & stretch our capabilities the team. Area 36 team go farther in the second keep growing from there on. part of the Toastmasters year as they work We can measure the success of a club diligently towards achieving club excellence. I by observing the meeting environment would like to congratulate Area 36 members and and how they are working on the leaders for their achievements this year and “Club Success Plan”. When all clubs in wish them the best in their area contest which an area achieve well in terms of I’m sure will be absolutely outstanding. Finally, as quality and organic growth, it is like a Henry Ford once said: "If everyone is moving family where all members are forward together, then success takes care of ‐DR MOHAMMED MAKHLOUF ‐ALI SHAHBAZ ALI itself." successful. Greetings Area Members!!!
DIVISION DIRECTOR (DIVISION I)
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT (AREA 36)
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. “ -Helen Keller
“I want to speak well”
Wishing all members, club leaders and Area Every individual joining toastmasters has this 36 leaders a very Happy, Prosperous and goal in their mind- ‘to communicate Peaceful New Year 2017! effectively’. The organizational framework of Toastmasters International provides an With 2016 gone, it’s a great time to look opportunity to every member to take up back at this remarkable year, full of fun and the leadership role, along with improving great achievements. I’m immensely proud communication skills and to work as a team of the work that you, your fellow members, member, which in turn fosters leadership club leaders and district leaders are doing. qualities and enhances comradeship. In first half of the year, we have successfully conducted open houses, membership drives, judges training and COT. We are one of the very few divisions in entire district 20, having credit of chartering a new club in each of four areas in Division I. Once again credit goes to all fellow members and leaders at both club and area level. As we start preparing for contest season, I urge each one of you to participate in contests wholeheartedly, be it as contestants, role players or judges. I can assure you that every participation in a toastmaster event is full of learning and enjoyment. I could not be more excited about what 2017 will bring to all of us, and for the opportunity to work with you to make it happen. -ANUP
From my experience, I can tell you that taking up only one leadership role or to work in only one project at a time is ideal, as it will help us to allocate our time effectively to achieve our main goal (communication) and for serving the fellow members. Hence, every member at some point during their Toastmasters journey must take up a leadership role. In Area 36, we have witnessed ordinary clubs and Toastmasters transforming into vibrant clubs and charismatic leaders. I was fortunate to handover the baton of Area Directorship to a leader like TM Alka Kumra, Let’s applaud Toastmasters International because we cannot exist as Toastmasters without the existence of the organization. Wishing Area 36 Toastmasters all success for achieving their goals.
Kuwait Challengers Toastmasters Club
The Club Executive Committee
It's been another successful year for Kuwait Challengers Toastmasters Club. We are once again close to earning the club recognition award – a Distinguished Club by Toastmaster's International. Kuwait Challengers Toastmasters club is one of the oldest clubs in Kuwait. Our members have reached numerous educational and leadership awards. And, for another year, members have been meeting to speak and learn in a warm, supportive, nurturing environment with a healthy dose of laughter and camaraderie.
TM ARQAM BILAL SAA
TM ARVIND BABU VPPR
As President, I have had the great privilege of working with a superior team of officers. Our club membership suffered when it changed from a corporate club to a private one. To improve our membership, we have been taking various steps, the last being involving staff of Al Mulla Insurance Brokerage and Al Mulla Exchange. I would like to extend a hearty welcome to these new members and say’ “Welcome onboard the club and Area 36!
MTM BHAVANI SECRETARY
TM DEEPAK BHATIA VP MEMBERSHIP
TM JOHN JOSEPH VP EDUCATION
- DTM Anil Lobo President
TM GAURAV TREASURER
Durrar Toastmasters Club Toastmasters Club is not only a platform to learn, it is also a great escape from the monotony of life to hear and share knowledge. “It is my immense pleasure to announce to you all that the Durrar Toastmasters Club has completed two years. As a founder member of the club I feel as if the club was chartered just few moments ago. In this year, the Club has scaled greater heights and has carved a name for itself in the Toastmasters landscape in Kuwait and also in the District. The growth of the club and its achievements are reflections of the commitment of its members some of whom took up leadership roles. Thanks to the excellent path laid by the members and the Executive Committees of the past and present. Durrar Toastmasters Club added many feathers to its cap, in the form of ribbons, medals, educational achievements and trophies won at competitions in Kuwait. Keep the light glowing and let’s reflect love and leadership to the entire world from what we learn at Toastmasters!” ~ Sam Sathyamurthy
President The Club Executive Committee
TM AJI GEORGE- SAA
TM RAJ DHANASEKARAN TREASURER
MTM ALKA KUMRA-IPP TM ABOO BAKAR-VP MEM
TM SUHAAN ABDUL VP PR
TM MANISH SECRETARY
TM ANURADHA VP EDUCATION
Durrar Club Second Anniversary Celebrations Durrar Toastmasters Club, Riggae, celebrated its second anniversary on 28th January 2017 at American University of Kuwait having a joint meeting with Durrar Gavel Club (where children between the ages of 12-18 years learn leadership and communication skills). With a theme ‘Down The Memory Lane’ the meeting rekindled the happy memories of the members journey in Toastmasters. Durrar Toastmasters Club was chartered on 22nd January 2015 for the people living in and around Al-Reggae in Kuwait. The club that started with 22 members and now it has 31 members at present. In the short span of two years, the club has already made a name for itself amongst the Toastmasters fraternity in Kuwait winning prestigious distinguished club program (DCP) points and by adding many feathers to its cap in the form of ribbons, medals and educational achievements. Members from Durrar Toastmasters have made a mark in the Area and Division level competitions in Kuwait winning trophies. The Club’s enthusiastic team, led by Vice President – Public Relations TM Suhaan Abdul Munaf compiled the Club’s second newsletter commemorating the celebrations. The souvenir, titled ‘Durrar Toast’ had ‘Reflections’ as its theme and contained contributions from the Executive Committee, members and members of the Durrar Gavel Club. The DTM Mohammed Makhlouf, Program Quality Director - District 20 Toastmasters, released the souvenir. The Club’s second anniversary celebration was supported by Al Mulla International F inance Co., Kuwait College of Science & Technology, Pediasure, Al Hasawi Group & Infotech Training Institute. The grand celebrations had variety of speeches with TM Raj Dhanasekaran giving his graduation speech to become a Competent Communicator and TM R Sathyamurthy presenting a monodrama. The highlight of the evening was a humorous speech presented by Gav. Milan on troubles of facing the exams. Gav. Milan is the 2016 Gavels Humorous Speech Champion. TM Sunilkumar Singh, a mentor for many of the Durrar Toastmasters and Gaveliers, also treated the members and guests with a “Laughter Yoga Therapy”.
Desert Pioneers Toastmasters Club Our club is in its 13th year and we are very proud of our contribution to Toastmaster International's mission of growing and encouraging effective communicators and leaders worldwide! The theme I've chosen for our club this year is "Communication IS Leadership". When we communicate, we wish to influence others in some way - at whatever level we choose, be it within the family, in social interactions, business or community - or beyond... Influencing is leading. Helping you to communicate effectively is our way of encouraging you to embrace the "leader" within you, so you can deliver your message to the world. No matter where you are on your journey toward becoming a better speaker, you are welcome here! Our meetings are a learning laboratory. This is a safe place with friendly people who are support you on your path to greater self-expression and leadership. If you would like to know more about Toastmasters, we encourage you to visit our club and meet our members. I promise you will feel welcome and have a lot of fun. If you are already associated with Toastmasters, please come and visit us. We always enjoy meeting our fellow Toastmasters. I look forward to meeting you soon!
The Club Executive Committee
MTM AKSHARA VP MEMBERSHIP
MTM MINI SGT-AT-ARMS
TM CHRISTY IPP
TM NAVFAL SECRETARY
TM HUSAIN ALI TREASURER
MTM BINDU VP EDUCATION
-Rajesh Venugopal President
TM AMEER- VP PR
Darren in Kuwait
300th Meeting – Desert Pioneers
“To make a Difference all it takes is to have a Dream ; a Vision and will to make it reality. Desert Pioneers Toastmasters Club, chartered in the year 2004, stands by its commitment to help make a difference in our member’s life - to be a better person and an inspiring leader.”
Al Bader Anchors Toastmasters Club Al Bader Anchors a corporate TM club, chartered on 24th December 2011, celebrated its 100th meeting in Dec 2016. The Chairman of Al Bader Group of Companies, Mr. Esam Al Bader is an ardent supporter of the club and all its activities and encourages its members to be prompt in attending meetings and regularly participate in leadership roles or speaker roles. The club meetings are scheduled every 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month.
Al Bader Anchors Toastmasters Club
“If it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you.”
“No! Sorry I am not interested.” Those were the words that came out from my mouth when someone introduced toastmasters to me What I had in my mind was that it was just a waste of time and would in no way help me to improve. Out of curiosity, I started to do some research and asked some colleagues who were already part of it. “What is toastmasters all about?” All the answers were same “Toastmasters is good and it will help you to improve.” Even though I wasn’t keen, I decided to attend one meeting to have a close look at what was happening there. I felt it was fun and challenging. I was reminded of my favorite quote “If it doesn’t challenge you; it won’t change you” and so it happened that I started attending their meetings regularly, until one day I decided to be part of ABATM Club. When I decided to join toastmasters, my only goal initially was to improve my communication skills, but slowly it also boosted my self-confidence level, when I took up leadership roles. Lastly, my gratitude to all the Members and ExCom of ABATM for the opportunity and trust they had given me to serve them as their Club President.
- TM Mariam Buisan President
The Club Executive Committee
TM SRINIVAS VP – ED
TM MONA VP MEM
TM RECHIEL SECRETARY
TM HUSSAIN SGT-AT-ARMS
TM JOSHY J TREASURER
TM IRSHAD VP PR
TM THOMAS IPP
ICS Expressions Toastmasters Club
The Club Executive Committee TM NOEL ANTHONY VP PUBLIC RELATIONS
TM VINEET KUMAR VP MEMBERSHIP
Effective communication accounts for the success of one’s career especially teachers. When I heard of toastmasters, I felt it was a grand program to develop greater interpersonal and communication skills and leadership skills. With the view to winning over others and to master the tactics of motivating people and to foster efficiency in group and team work, senior Toastmasters of Kuwait came over for a demonstration meeting in December 2016 and within a couple of days, the school staff showed enthusiastic response, resulting in the the Toastmasters club getting chartered on 1st January 2017. We baptized it as ‘ICS EXPRESSIONS’ having 41 charter members. The club meets every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month between 10.00 am to 12.00 noon. Effective interaction plays crucial role in professionalizing oneself and thereby avoiding career risk. The members of staff having joined this TM club have taken a step in the right direction.
-Shantha Maria James President
TM SHYAMALA VP EDUCATION
TM AMARJEET KAUR SECRETARY
TM SUNI THOMAS SERGEANT-AT-ARMS
TM PRIYA ANIL TREASURER
Glimpses of the First meeting – ICS Expressions Toastmasters Club Anew beginning towards creative and emphatic communication began with the doors of a new club being born in Indian Central School – “ICS Expressions Toastmasters Club’’. January 7th paved the way to the first session with 41 members on board. A Club Officers Training conducted by District 20 Program Quality Director Dr Makhlouf and Area 36 Director TM Alka initiated the mentoring program for excellence followed by the training sessions by the club mentors regarding Creating a successful club and How to conduct Effective evaluations. A session on Meeting Roles & Responsibilities was also conducted by the President Dr Shantha in a later meeting.
AREA 36 SPEECH CONTEST â€“ 31st MARCH 2017 AT AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE OF KUWAIT
OUR CONTESTANTS TABLE TOPICS INTERNATIONAL
Editorial Team: Vijaya Panjabi, Akshara Dasarika, Vrinda Paes, Alka Kumra