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專訪中華民國演講協會創辦人Bennie Bough/ Interivew Bennie Bough

1. Could you please share with us how you built up the 1st Toastmasters club in ? What made you to build such a club, and how did you make it? 

In 1953, I joined a Toastmasters Club in San Diego, California . Being in the Navy, I was transferred to Taipei with the Joint Military Assistance Advisory Group. In order to continue the benefits of the Toastmasters training, a club had to be organized. On September 23rd, an interest meeting was held. The first regular meeting was held on September 30th. At that time, temporary officers were elected to serve until an election for charter officers could be held. Because approval was required to use the Toastmaster name, it was decided to adopt the name “Speaker’s Dinner Club.”

On receiving approval from Toastmasters International, at the October 7th meeting, the permanent name “Taipei Toastmasters Club” was adopted. On October 21st, the Constitution and By-laws were adopted and charter officers elected. Being elected the Charter President was an honor for me. On January 6, 1958, the Taipei Toastmasters celebrated the charter presentation and installation of charter officers at a banquet. 
 
 

2. What keeps you joining the Toastmasters for years? Are there any secrets/ incentives that attract you? 
 

My initial desire to join Toastmasters was to become a better communicator and leader that were essential to promotion in the military. It worked. I started as an enlisted man and retired as a naval officer. After I retired from the military, it also helped me in my civilian career and community involvement.  
 

I have continued in Toastmasters because of the many leadership opportunities with the organization. Again, I have been very successful starting as a Club President and becoming International President in 1992.  
 

My purpose in life is to mentor and help many individuals with their communication and leadership skills. Toastmasters International gives me that opportunity.
 

3.Being the founder of Taiwan's Toastmasters clubs, could you please tell us how you feel about 's Toastmasters members? Is there anyone that impresses you the most? 
 

Taipei Toastmasters Club is celebrating 50 years of outstanding service to its members and its community! WOW! In those years, the leaders and members have contributed greatly to Toastmasters International’s mission: “to make effective oral communications a world wide reality.” The Taipei Toastmasters Club has been a shining model for all individuals who have gone through the Toastmasters program, the community, and the Toastmasters International organization.
 

Taipei Toastmasters had a strong role in developing leaders and laying the foundations for a district in . Today, has a voice on the Toastmasters International Board of Directors---International Director George Yen. Personally, I look forward to the day we will have an International President from . All these developments began with one club chartered on January 6, 1958---The Taipei Toastmasters Club. 

The Taipei Toastmasters Club has left a lasting legacy of helping thousands of individuals to improve their communication and leadership skills, and many have stayed active in helping others to develop their skills. The members have carried on our Founder Dr. Ralph Smedley’s vision, “we work together to bring out the best in each of us and we apply those skills to helping others.” By doing this, the Taipei Toastmasters Club has helped many to become changed human beings.  
 

This will be the third trip to for me---the 40th Anniversary of Taipei Toastmasters Club, the installation of the first set of district officers and now the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Taipei Toastmasters Club. The thing that impresses me most is the excitement and enthusiasm of all Taiwan Toastmasters for the Toastmasters program.  
 

4. In 2008, the Taiwan Toastmasters will be the 50th year. What is your best wish to Taiwan Toastmasters, and do you have any expectation to us?  
 

My wish for all Toastmasters in Taiwan is to continue your excitement and enthusiasm for the Toastmasters program and to carry on our Founder Dr. Ralph Smedley’s vision, “we work together to bring out the best in each of us and we apply those skills to helping others.” Toastmasters can lead the way by helping others to become better communicators and leaders, thus building a better world. 
 

5. What's your impression about Taiwan? 
Taiwan will always hold a very special place in my heart. In the past 50 years, I have seen tremendous positive changes. It is a great nation with a great mission for its citizens.  
 
 

1.當初如何創立台灣第一個國際演講分會?您為何創立此分會?您如何作到的? 
我於1953年在美國加州的聖地牙哥加入了一個分會,成為國際演講會的會員。由於當時在美國海軍服役,隨後被派往台北的美軍顧問團工作。為了能持續獲得演講會訓練的好處,我覺得需要組織一個新的分會。在當年九月廿三日召開了一次籌備會議,九月三十日舉行了第一次正式會議。當時我們選舉一批暫時的幹部服務會員,直到創會的幹部們被正式選出為止。由於分會需要一個正式的名稱才能被核准,我們當時決定採用「講者晚餐演講會」的名稱。
 

我們在收到國際演講總會的核准後,於十月七日的會議上決定採用「台北英語演講會」作為永久的會名。在十月廿一日的會議中,我們選出了創會的幹部並議決了此會的法規與章程。我對能被選為創會會長深感榮幸。1958年元月六日我們以晚宴慶祝創會與幹部就職。
 

2.什麼原因使得您參與國際演講會多年?有任何秘密或誘因吸引您嗎?  

我起初參加演講會是期盼能成為一個好的溝通者與領導者,而這對軍中的升遷來說極為重要。我的確由於參加演講會而達到了目的!我投身軍旅,一開始僅是士兵,但最後我以海軍軍官的身份退伍。我自軍中退伍後,演講會的訓練幫助我開展了民間的事業及投入社會服務!
 

我持續參與國際演講會是因為這個組織提供了許多領導的機會。我開始只是一個分會的會長,但最後我在1992年成為了國際演講協會世界總會的會長。我人生的願望是去輔導與協助許多人增進他們的溝通與領導技巧。國際演講協會提供了這些機會使我能有所貢獻。   
 

3.您是台灣國際演講會第一個分會的創會會長,可否告知您對台灣國際演講會會員的看法?有任何令您印象深刻的會員嗎?
 

台北英語演講會正在慶祝創會五十年的傑出成就!這真是令人興奮!這些年來,該會的歷任領導者與會員們對國際演講總會所揭示的使命:「使有效的口語溝通在全世界實現」貢獻卓著!台北英語演講會對所有參與國際演講會訓練、社團領導與國際總會組織的會員們而言已成為耀眼的楷模!
 

台北英語演講會在培養許多台灣國際演講協會優秀的領導者,以及在奠基台灣成為國際演講總會的正式成員上扮演了重要的角色!今日台灣在國際演講會世界總會委員會上已有代表為台灣發聲,那就是已成為世界總會理事的 顏瑛宗 先生。就我個人而言,我期盼有一天國際演講總會的會長能來自台灣!所有的這些發展都起源於1958年創會的台北英語演講會。
 

台北英語演講會已傳留下一個長遠的傳奇,那就是協助了成千上萬的人們增進溝通與領導技巧,而這其中的許多人也已積極投入,去幫助其他人改進這方面的技能。這些會員們持續發揚了國際演講總會創辦人史邁徳立博士的願景,那就是:「我們共同努力,彼此互勉,並將我們所學到的技能應用在幫助其他人身上。」藉由此一努力,台北英語演講會已幫助許多會員改變他們的人生!

這將是我第三度來台,這三次分別是為了:台北英語演講會四十周年慶、第一屆中華民國總會幹部就職典禮與此次的台北英語演講會五十週年慶。我對中華民國演講協會會員所表現出對國際演講會訓練內容的興奮與熱忱印象極為深刻! 

4.中華民國演講協會在2008年正式邁入五十週年,您對台灣的演講會會員有何祝福與期許?    
我對中華民國演講協會的祝福是持續你們對國際演講會訓練內容的興奮與熱忱,並持續發揚國際演講總會創辦人史邁徳立博士的願景,就是:「我們共同努力,彼此互勉,並將我們所學到的技能應用在幫助其他人的身上。」演講會的會員們可藉由幫助其他人變成更好的溝通者與領導者而成為引導的先驅。   
 

5.您對台灣的印象如何?   
台灣對我而言是個情有獨鍾的地方,它將永遠在我心中。在過去的五十年來,我目睹它巨大正面的變革。這是一個偉大的國家,人民肩負著重大的使命! 

 

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