15 May 2017 - 10:59
Division E of Toastmasters holds annual conference
Division E, of Toastmasters International, the first division in Qatar, a nonprofit organisation focusing on public speaking and leadership skills held its Annual Conference on April 28 at Al Waha Club-ballroom, Al Khor Community. It was the biggest event conducted by Division E with more than 200 toastmasters and guests present from all over Qatar.
The conference was conducted successfully under the able leadership of Division Director DTM VirendraNath and Conference Chair TM Girish Jain. The event was graced by the presence of DTM George Thomas - Past International Director, DTM Sonny Varghese - Past Region Adviser, DTM Mohammed Salim -District 20 Club Growth Director, DTM Raghavan Menon - TLI Chair and TM Nahar Al Mutawa - DTAC 2018 conference chair and many other high profile dignitaries.
The day-long event with the theme ‘Discover...The Magic of Words’ kicked off by a motivational keynote speech on leadership by DTM George Thomas. The event proceeded with speech contests in four categories - International, Humorous, Table Topics and Evaluation. DTM Manzoor Moideen and TM Deepak Shivankar emerged Champions for first two categories and TM Anil Nair bagging the first place in last 2 categories.
The ceremony for Falcon Awards for leadership was conducted by Division-E Club Growth Director, TM HPS Bhullar with Doha Toastmasters, first club in Qatar sweeping most awards. Doha Toastmasters bagged the ‘Outstanding Club of the Year’ award, its President TM Abdul Nassar was awarded the ‘Outstanding Toastmaster of the Year’ and its VP Public Relations of Club TM Niloufer Samal was recognised for the Best Newsletter and The Best Website. TM Jayakumar Menon was awarded the ‘Best Area Director’ and TM Nirmala Raghuraman, the ‘Best Leader of the Year’. Newly-formed NIA Club begged ‘Best New Club’ award and 2 very vibrant clubs - Dakes Toastmasters and Abha Ladies Toastmasters awarded the ‘Most Improved Clubs of the year’. A glittering Banner parade ceremony was also conducted by TM Rajesh VC and Division E e-newsletter was also released on this occasion. Earlier, the Conference Chair TM Girish Jain welcomed the gathering and thanked his team assisted by many enthusiastic senior Toastmasters.