“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning “, this popular line from Winston Churchill was quoted by our club sponsor, Ng Cher Kim in his opening address as he described the things that excites him about Marine Parade Toastmasters Club’s fifth anniversary. And he has every right to be excited as we conclude our fifth year with a number of achievements under our belt.
a. In five years , our club membership has almost doubled from 23 to 44 talented Toastmasters who came from 11 different countries.
b. Our members have proven themselves as competent leaders , with some even taking up district,division and area leadership positions.
c. We continually produce quality-speakers worthy of being contests winners.
Aside from these achievements, everyone was thrilled when our Guest-of-Honour, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong arrived. He was accompanied by CCC Chairman Dr. Chua EE Chek, CCMC Chairman Mr. Patrick Ng and CCMC Vice Chairman Mr Kalaichelvan.
The VIPs, Toastmasters and guests were then treated to a showcase of MPTMC’s speaking talents and eloquence. Gwen Ling tickled everyone’s funny bone with her speech entitled “Do You Think I’m a SWINE?”. Manoj Vasudevan proved himself as a champion speaker in his speech ” Three Magic Words”. And Roshni Wadhwani, Benson Lim and Osman Ahmed gamely gave impromptu speeches about the haze, happiness and Marine Parade, topics that were given by the VIPs. ESM Goh Chok Tong also presented awards to the leaders and movers of MPTMC. These are the individuals who are responsible for the club’s success.
The night ended with an exciting after-dinner entertainment segment which were made up of Laughter Yoga Session, performance of the newly-formed Sunshine Band and games lead by MPTMC members.
It was truly a memorable and successful night. But it is not yet the end, it is perhaps only the end of the beginning. With the support of Marine Parade Community Center, Toastmasters Community and all the members of Marine Parade Toastmasters Club, the club will surely achieve greater heights and celebrate more successful years!
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