Tonight we had our eighth virtual meeting via Zoom with the theme being “End of Financial Year” which is on 30th June. This is an important time for the economy especially for businesses that report their annual results.
We had all been affected (or know someone affected) by the covid-19 lockdowns, bushfires and the drought.
We had an attendance of 14 people including four visitors – Jeff Walsh, Shane Vaz, Ben Burt Smit and Lee Buckley.
Lee Buckly made a Toast to the thank the outgoing Executive Committee members and to welcome the incoming Executive Committee members.
This lead onto Shirley Childs who formally inducted the new executive by confirming the responsibilities of each executive officer:
- President – Christoper Tso, (prev. Clare Fraga),
- Vice President of Education (VPE) – Johnny Manolelis, (prev. Vicky Mina),
- Vice President of Membership (VPM) – Clare Fraga, (prev. Johnny Manolelis),
- Vice President Public Relations (VPPR) – Jonathan Lau (prev. Chris Tso),
- Secretary – Mark Paton, (prev. Christoper Tso),
- Treasurer – Andre van Woerkom, (prev. Helena Zhang)
- Sergeant at Arms – Raj Wadnere, (prev. Mark Paton)
Shirley Childs used her many hats and was also the Table Topics Master and asked various people questions about their leadership style. Here were the questions:
- What do you understand by servant leadership?
- What is the most opinion attribute of a leader?
- How would you promote Toastmasters?
- Which leader do you admire most and why?
- Do you agree that leaders are born?
- What is your style of leadership?
- What did you learn as a leader in Toastmasters?
In the second half of the meeting, we had three prepared speeches by Mark, Molly and William.
Mark Paton’s “The Value of Mentoring” was an opportunity for him to share with us the tips that his mentor shared with him in a mentor-protege connection. As Mark’s animated speech went on, we are informed about the importance of :
- relaxing, or taking a breath.
- ensuring that pause breaks are similar in length.
- staying still to maintain focus.
- sing purposeful gestures.
William’s Leong’s “A song with sweet memories,” shares his favorite song – “Loch Lomond”, which reminds him of his father. William used to sing together with his father. We could all relate to how music can bring nostalgic feelings of someone we have missed.
Molly Yang talked about “A new understanding of discrimination”. She explained the concept of discrimination and why it occurs. Molly used personal examples and the 2008 debt crisis to support her conclusion – Discrimination occurs as part of a competitive free market where risks and rewards determine personal choices. We should deal with the root causes of inequality rather than simply replacing it with “anti-discrimination” policies that interfere with the free market economy.
This was a very informative meeting. We were reminded about the mutual benefits of mentoring for both the mentor and protege. We answered impromptu questions about leadership. We were reminded about the different responsibilities of a club executive officer. This meeting was another step towards becoming a better leader and communicator.
Co-authored by Christopher Tso