November 2014, SIM 1 Toastmasters Club turns 30 years old! Given the rich history of the club and being one of the longest standing in Singapore, it calls for celebration!
We had a dinner gala, dine, dance, sing and even a best dress contest! What’s more, the emcees are none other then our own club members!
President’s Opening Address: Celebrate the Past, Embrace the Future
A wonderful evening, Guest of Honour Mr Jeff Tan, District Governor, DTM Chew Ban Seng, past & present District Officer, Fellow Toastmasters and guests. It is a great pleasure and privilege to receive your support to commemorate the formation of SIM I TMC 3 decades ago.
Indeed we are One Community, One Toastmaster, interdependent on each other. Welcome!
When I joined the SIM I TMC 13 years ago, little did I dream that I would be standing here to present the Opening Address in such a significant event. I was an introvert and I shun leadership, but I ended up in the platform where leaders are made. I am not an adventurer by choice, but by fate ! How my life has been transformed, thanks to Toastmasters International !!
Tonight our purpose is to celebrate the past, and embrace the future. We are here to remember this occasion for 3 reasons
– to spur us and keep us focused;
– to remember our blessings; and
– to stay in touch with our club and our Toastmaster friends.
An Austrian artist and architect Hundertwasser said “If we do not honour the past, we lose our future. If we destroy our roots, we cannot grow.”
Our roots in SIM I TMC are very deep and strong. Tonight, we stop & pause – to recall our journey so far – the friends we have made, the speeches we have presented, the lives we have touched, the lives that have been transformed and the success we enjoyed. Because when we forget the past, we lose the anchor that keeps us from drifting. When we forget the sacrifices made for our success, we take success for granted.
During the 30years, we encountered challenges. Challenges are healthy. They wake us up. They remind us to persevere with faithfulness & unity. If there are no challenges, there are no victories !! If there are no victories, there is nothing to celebrate !! Challenges and perseverance strengthen our character. They give us greater hope about the future. It is during this journey that relationships are formed. That is why so many of us are here tonight.
Many of us took great pains to dress up tonight. Is that important? I believe, it is more important we clothe ourselves with the garment of love, respect, kindness, gentleness, obedience, faithfulness and humility. Such characteristics are the foundation of harmonious relationships. When we have harmonious relationships, we will be united. When we are united, we will be faithful, and we will breeze through any obstacles that stand in the way.
In the last 30years, our relationships were tested. Some left the club, but most of them stayed on. In the next 30 years, the test will be similar. But if we clothe ourselves with respect, humility and love, we will be able to embrace the future with triumph & confidence !
In conclusion, let this celebration spur us on, remember the blessings and stay in touch with our Toastmaster friends. Most important, to build and grow harmonious relationships, whether in Toastmasters, workplace, family or community.
I speak success and victories in your relationships, and lastly, do enjoy yourselves to the fullest tonight !