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卡加力經驗點滴/Some Highlights of My Calgary Experience

Altogether, 15 members from D67 gathered in beautiful Calgary of Canada for the Toastmasters International 77th Annual Convention! Being the new Lieutenant Governor of Marketing, it was completely a new learning journey to me and it was very rewarding!
 
During the whole convention, I encountered many “first time” experiences! Prior to the International Convention, we attended the DNAR (Districts not assigned to Regions) training. This is for the three major district officers from each district (countries) outside the US and Canada and it’s like a small UN meeting! During the one and a half days, we had the chance to meet our counterparts from other districts and receive very informative and practical training from the International officers including the incoming International President Jana Barnhill and our beloved outgoing International Director, George Yen! They were fantastic! We also had another additional training for all the district officers from the world. One important thing I learned from this training was that a humorous person can easily become a good leader!
 
One of the climaxes in this convention is the Inter-district speech contest in the evening of Aug. 12! The contest was divided into two groups. George was the contest chair for group B of this significant occasion with 7 contestants. Sammy’s performance in this group was marvelous! Even though she only won the 2nd place, many audiences, standing in line, came to congratulate her! Sammy is determined to attend the contest again next year, because she believes that by then she will be the winner! In fact, I was assigned as one of the vote counters for this contest! From the contest briefing to the announcement of the winners, I was in this process and I learned a lot!
 
The hosting capability of the outgoing International President Chris Ford was really incredible! His calmness, wit & humor in dominating every occasion impressed me greatly!
 
The International Speech Contest is of course another climax. The big auditorium was packed with more than 2000 people! There were 10 contestants in this world-class contest and the quality of this contest was no doubt the best! The champion, Ms. LaShunda Rundles, is a young mother of African American decent, which is very rare in the contest history of Toastmasters International! In her speech, she spoke of her love to her family and especially to her mother who is her driving force and the source of her inspiration! We were enchanted by her excellent speaking skills, rich body languages, touching story and even the resounding voice in her song! Not only did she sing and dance, eventually she won the hearts of the judges and audience!
 
In addition, I witnessed a very keen and fair election for International Officers and President in the convention! Our District Governor Marian Hsiao led James and me to have interviews with almost all the candidates so that we could know their vision and plan to lead this great organization in the next few years. Each candidate had a booth for all the members to visit. The election process for all the candidates was a long trial, but when the result came out, even though I saw some losers were weeping, they still showed their wonderful manner to greet the winners!
         
There were some very inspiring keynote speeches along with some formal feasts, thus providing the opportunity for us to mingle with the fellow Toastmasters from the world to exchange views. It’s a pity that owing to my tight schedule, I did not have much time to join many educational workshops! However, I did attend several of them and benefited a lot! Moreover, we managed to spend a half day to tour the world famous Banff National Park. The breathtaking scenery of big valleys and giant mountains are magnificent! All the experiences were unforgettable and will be in my memory forever!
 
Fellow Toastmasters, in your life time, I challenge you to plan and attend the Toastmasters international convention at least once! You will find that life with Toastmasters can be so colorful! Yes, we should add more colors to our Toastmasters journey and make it more interesting and meaningful!
 
我們共有十五位來自台灣總會的會員參加此次在加拿大美麗的卡加力市舉行的第七十七屆世界大會!對身為新任推廣副總會的我而言,這是一個全新的學習之旅,但是獲益良多!
 
在卡加力的日子,我有許多「第一次」的經驗!在世界大會之前,我們來自非美加地區(國家)總會的主要幹部要參加幹部訓練,這彷彿是一場小型的聯合國會議。在這一天半的訓練期間,我們有機會與其他國家演講會的主要幹部會面,並接受世界總會幹部包括即將接任世界總會長的傑娜女士,與即將卸任的國際理事,也是我們的前總會長顏瑛宗等的訓練。這些訓練者的表現棒極了!除此之外,我們也參加了另一次與世界各地包括美加地區總會幹部的訓練。在這次訓練中,讓我學到印象最深刻的一個理念就是:一個幽默的人較容易成為一位成功的領導者!
 
這次大會其中的一個高潮就是於八月十二日晚所舉行的美加地區以外地區的演講比賽。顏瑛宗理事在兩組比賽中的B組擔任主持人,共有七位參賽者。我們的代表蘇冬蘭會友在這組比賽,她精彩的表現令我們引以為傲!雖然她僅得到第二名,不過許多的觀眾排隊向他致賀!冬蘭會友決心明年再來,因為她深信下次必有機會獲勝!事實上,我在此次比賽中擔任計分員,從比賽開始的簡報,到最後宣佈結果,我參予了整個過程,並學到了許多!
即將卸任的國際總會會長克瑞斯的主持功力令大家讚賞不已!他在各種場合所表現出的沉穩、幽默與機智令我折服!
 
國際演講比賽當然是另一個高潮。大會堂擠滿了超過兩千人以上的觀眾!共有十位參賽者在這個世界級的舞台上競爭。比賽的高水準是無庸置疑的!最後獲得比賽的冠軍是藍道女士,她是位年輕的黑人母親;這在國際演講會這麼多年的比賽歷史上是少見的!在她的演講中,提到了對家人的熱愛,尤其她的母親更是驅策她演講的動力與靈感的源泉!我們深深的被她卓越的演講技巧、豐富的肢體語言、感人的故事,甚至她蕩氣迴腸的歌聲所吸引!在演講中,她不僅歌唱,同時也跳了一小段舞,最後她終於贏得了裁判與廣大觀眾的心!
 
此外,值得一提的是,我親眼目睹在大會期間所進行競爭非常激烈與公平的理事與世界總會長等的選舉!我們的總會長蕭敏環女士帶著林義雄副總會長及本人與幾乎所有的候選人進行訪談,以了解他們在未來幾年中領導這個偉大組織的願景與計畫!大會分配給每位候選人一個攤位,供所有與會者參訪。整個選舉的過程對候選人來說都是相當漫長與辛苦,但當選舉結果公佈時,我雖看到有些失敗者掩面痛哭,但他們仍表現出優雅的風度向勝利者祝賀!
大會期間,有幾場發人深省的主題演講,與正式的餐會,提供我們與來自世界各地的會友們交流的機會!可惜的是,由於大會緊湊的議程,我並未有太多時間參加許多精彩的訓練講座,但還是參加了幾場並獲益良多!此外,我們也抽出半日的時間到世界級風景的班夫國家公園旅遊。見到鬼斧神工般的群山峻嶺,令我們心曠神怡,嘆為觀止!所有這些寶貴的經驗將永遠留存在我的記憶中!
親愛的演講會會友們,在有生之年,我鼓勵你計劃參加至少一次世界大會!你將會發現國際演講會使你的生活多彩多姿!是的,我們應在演講會的學習旅程中更增添色彩,好讓這個學習之旅更豐富與有意義!
  
 




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