There were two celebrations at the beginning of 2008. In the first weekend of January, about 200 Toastmasters gathered at the Splendor Hotel to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Taipei Toastmasters Club, which had been under preparation for nearly 4 months. The Taipei Toastmasters Club invited Dr. Bennie Bough, the founder of Taiwan's1st Toastmasters club, and his wife to visit us for a week. Members of Taipei Toastmasters Club organized this grand event, making it like a mini Spring/Fall convention and demonstrating the cohesive teamwork spirit of a 50-year old club.
I would like to particularly point out the variety session hosted by Vincent and Sean, who presented a professional-level humorous performance. They shared with the participants how Dr. Bennie Bough founded the first Toastmasters Club and several phases that D67 has experienced over the past 50 years by presenting a tailor-made film with the help of Taipei Toastmasters Club members. The meeting room was filled with non-stop laughter and applause. Vincent and Sean are very close friends, and they get many chances to present their talents on various occasions. They joined Toastmasters in different years; however, they both indicated that Toastmasters training advanced their job performance and amateur performances. This is the value of Toastmasters!
In this edition, I have included a special report on the Japanese Toastmasters Club in . The outset of this exclusive report comes from a greeting letter for the launch of Toastmasters Times from a Japanese Toastmaster last year. I have no idea of how they receive the Toastmasters Times, until I met DTM Rio Imamura from Kitakyushu Toastmasters Club at the Fall Convention last November. I was impressed by his compliments on Toastmasters Times. After that, Mr. Imamura and I kept contact. He also gave me an update on the status of Japanese Toastmasters.
Last December, Mr. Imamura wrote to me and told me the Taiwan Japanese Toastmasters Clubs are going to celebrate their 10th anniversary. He explained that the programs have been arranged, and he suggested that we have a special report on this event. When I reviewed the agenda, I was surprised to find that it is one of the most sophisticated agendas I have ever seen. The clubs have been preparing this celebration for almost 4 months. In addition to the main session in each Toastmasters meeting, the prepared speech/table topics, they include Japanese classical dance (Buyō), poetry recitals (Shigin) stand-up comedy (Manzai), etc.
I decided to have a special report on Japanese Toastmasters in D67, and I invited our editor
I have always appreciated the refined culture of Japan
我特別要提一下這次活動擔任餘興表演節目Vincent & Sean，他們充滿逗趣與幽默的表演方式，不輸專業的藝人，從事公關工作的我，可以為他們拍胸脯掛保證！他們精湛的表演方式，搭配跟台北演講會友的專業級自拍自導影片，從Bennie Bough博士當年如何醞釀成立第一個演講會的想法，到五十年來演講會歷經不同時期的演變，透過創意簡明的方式，傳達給在場的每一個人，也讓這場達半小時演出的餘興節目，笑聲與掌聲不絕於耳！Vincent & Sean原本就是是多年好友，常在各種不同場合搭檔演出。他們加入演講會的時間兩人不一，但是都同時表示透過演講會的洗禮，讓他們無論在工作上或是業餘表演上的技能更精進！這也是演講會迷人之處！