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似夢還真-記2008年春季大會/A Dream Reality: 2008 Spring Convention

As a member of the editing team for Toastmasters Times who is responsible for observing the general performance of the Spring Convention 2008, I am supposed to be objective. However, since I am also a member of the Convention Committee and have been involved too much in the preparation to watch it with detachment. I am afraid there might be more whitewash than truth in my comments. If you happen to be the one who feels this way, accept my apology for loving the convention too much to say anything negative about it.  
 

In the morning of the first day of the two-day convention, a brilliant, handsome, goal-oriented, young entrepreneur and public speaker was invited to hold the first workshop. He is Rory Vaden, 1 runner-up of the 2007 Toastmasters   World Championship of Public Speaking. I didn’t expect to see such a disciplined and healthy young man. I must confess that when he was delivering his speeches, I was not able to concentrate on his contents. His speaking style,  a combination of precision and spontaneity, made an old woman like me almost forget my age and fall in love right away. Mr. Vaden gave a set of his products to our District, which I’ll certainly will take a look to make up for what I have missed during the Convention. The other two speeches from Mr. Vaden were just as fascinating and his awesome performances as distracting. 
 

If Rory was the only attraction, I wouldn’t consider the Spring Convention so memorable and lovely. All the contestants, both in Table Topics and Prepared Speech, either senior or junior TMs, showed the best of themselves. Through constant practice, these experienced regular prize-winners delivered their speeches almost with perfection. On the other hand, those who laid their feet on the national stage the first time were not at all daunted in the face of those seasoned speakers. They were as fresh and lovely as newly blossomed trees. Sincerity far outweighed their skills, which made the speeches even more adorable to watch. 
 

Last but not least, in the dinner party, some of the heavy weighted TMs, such as both our Convention Chairs, Dr. Jap and Trini Ding, along with our incoming District Gov. Marian Hsiao, mingled with new and young members, dancing and laughing on stage to entertain all the participants, driving the atmosphere to its highest! We can’t thank them more for their sacrifices and for doing so much to make this Convention “a dreamy reality!” 
 

If you really want me to say anything negative about the Convention, I would like to point out that there are still some mistakes in the Convention Booklet. As the Chief Editor, I would like to apologize to those people whose names have been misspelled and those clubs whose information are wrongly provided.   I specially would like to apologize to Taiwan Bilingual Toastmasters Club. Its VPE Keli Yen and Sponsor Bing Bing Lin reminded me to make corrections andeven though I did call and write several times to the printing company, the name Shih Lin Bilingual is still printed  on the booklet. 
 

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the program, the venue, the speakers, the participants and everything in the Convention. And, I feel so proud that I have been a member of the team that made this Convention happen!   

 

身為演講會時報編輯,又被賦予對整個大會做講評的責任,客觀似乎是本文該有的基本條件。然而身為春季大會委員,要我客觀觀察此次大會實在有其困難。 一方面涉入太深,難免主觀;再則愛之太切,自然有失公允。如果看完本文您確實有此感受,請接受我的致歉。實在是烏鴉家族,連叫聲都不覺得自己會輸給黃鶯吧!   

這次大會請來的國際講者,實在不是蓋的,英俊瀟灑,逗趣可愛,不在話下;精明能幹,親切體貼,讓我這樣的老女人也為之神魂顛倒,彷彿回到含苞待放,情竇初開的年齡,只見得台上的講者,專業卻不失純真,自然而不見粗糙,所有內容我都未曾聽進,幸好Rory 先生臨走前大方留下他一整系列的著作,可得找個時間借來好好研讀,彌補聽演講時恍神的損失。  
 

如果Rory 先生是此次大會唯一賣點,那我如此自賣自誇,就難免顯得可笑了。 事實當然不然,幾場比賽,不管是英、日、中、台語,不管是背稿或即席,老中輕參賽者皆各具特色。有經驗者,舉手頭足無不見火候;初試啼聲者,青澀中流露真情。兩樣表現卻同具風情,真是賞心悅目,值得回味再三。  
 

最該記上一筆的當然是春季大會的兩位主委 葉振聲 醫師和 丁海華 小姐。他們半年來奔波奉獻,讓此次大會美夢成真,晚宴時更是犧牲色相,短褲、內衣通通出籠,僅為駁君一笑;新當選總會長 蕭敏環 女士也不惜形象,勁歌熱舞,讓晚宴high到最高點。謝謝你們如此盡心盡力,我們看到了,也感受到了!  
 

如果大夥兒一定要我說出此次大會的缺點,我只好從實招來,向各位賠不是。身為大會手冊總編輯的我,始終本性難改,做事二二六六,忘東忘西。有名字給寫錯的,有最新分會資訊未更改的,在此一併鞠個大躬,大聲向大家說聲︰『對不起』。尤其是台灣雙語分會的會名,幾經顏前總會長千金Keli Yen及創會大王 林稟彬 先生催促更改,雖然三番兩次電話及電子信件督促印刷公司,竟然手冊中仍印成士林雙語分會,害我不得不承認自己是此次大會中一粒老鼠屎,請大家多多見諒!
 

總而言之,言而總之。我對此次大會實在太滿意了,不管是節目、場地、講者、 與會來賓及會員,一切的一切,都美好得『似夢還真』。身為大會委員會一員的我是多麼的驕傲啊! 



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