In my speech when I was installed as president, I asked a few of you why you joined Toastmasters.
Today I’m going to ask why you joined Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club. What do you hope to get out of it and what have you got out of here?
Mission of Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club is to help you and I develop and hone our public speaking and leadership skills.
A recent incident tells me that you’ve made this club beyond its mission.
Taichi had been hunting for a job for some time and he finally got one – through fellow toastmaster Steven who helped to set up an interview.
But did you know, a few other Toastmasters, for example, Edwin, had also helped to ask around and looked for ways to help Taichi stay so that he could continue to look for a job.
When Taichi’s visa to stay was expiring and there was no job in sight yet, we arranged to have dinner with him after chapter meeting.
Several Toastmasters who couldn’t make it for the chapter meeting, however, tried to make time for the dinner.
It was a relief when we heard Taichi got a job at the eleventh hour.
It’s heartwarming, wasn’t it?
A friend in need is a friend indeed, especially to foreigners living in a foreign land without family support. Isn’t it great to know that you’re not alone and there are people who support you in one way or another?
There is a Chinese saying, you depend on your parents when you’re home, you rely on your friends when you are out.
Jun suggested that we add value to Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club. I think you have added value to the club with your friendship. I would not ask for anything else. Here, at this club, you never walk alone.