Last Chapter Meeting In My Term as President

24th June 2017

Unlike last year’s installation ceremony that was attended by the who’s who in the local Toastmasters scene, it was a no fanfare but cozy event this year that saw the attendance of only senior members and an invited guest from another club.

I didn’t know what the incoming committee thought about the lack of heavyweights but I preferred it this way. After all, this was an important event to the club, it’s great to keep it to those who matter and those the club matters to.

Besides the installation ceremony, there was the usual chapter meeting. Suhas who was supposed to be the Toastmaster of the Day (TMD) was mobilised last minute for national day parade rehearsal on the day we had the meeting. Fortunately, Kate saved the day by agreeing to stand in for Suhas at such short notice. Credit must be given to Suhas as well because when he was notified of the unexpected army deployment, he has had his script written out – in detail. It really helped Kate, who had never been the host of the chapter meeting.

Generally the meeting went well. Where there were hiccups, Kate reacted fast enough to turn things around. Being TMD trains one’s responsiveness and affords one room for creativity. That’s why I relish being a TMD.

It’s heartening to see members taking on responsibilities, and they learned and improved in the process.

I ended the session with a brief closing speech:

Thank you for your participation, especially thanks to EGG,  Edward Ma, Gideon and George, as well as guests who joined us in this special occasion.

That is the end of today’s meeting.

With this, my executive committee has completed our term. We wish Puspita and her team a successful term in leading the club to greater heights. And you a fruitful toastmasters journey in the coming term.


Delicate Balance

An Exco member said she couldn’t sustain and she’d like to quit.  Our term has barely begun.  Upon checking if I was the problem – giving her too much pressure and breathing down her neck, she told me frankly that I was micromanaging.

This reminded me of what a colleague said about me – being a busybody – and another phrase she uses at times “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”.

I thought I was helping out to lighten the heavy workload but I didn’t expect it to be seen as micromanaging.  It’s very me to always offer a hand without others asking for it, and this has prompted my colleague to make the forementioned comment.

Perhaps like what Jun said, I was overly enthusiastic.

Lesson learnt.  I’ll take a hands-off approach from now on.

When she said she wanted to quit, my first thought was I’d be the first president/president-elect in the club’s decades of history to drive an exco member to resign even before the term has started.

I couldn’t help but feeling down and teary-eyed because of this episode and an incident of whether we should host the contests which prompted Edward to raise his concern.  Jun has said Edward wouldn’t speak up unless the matter is serious.

I didn’t expect him to have an issue so early in my term (strictly speaking my reign hasn’t even begun).

How I wish I had not accepted the post. I was naive when I did it.

I’m sure they will remember me as the president who gives them trouble.