Carlos Vby Carlos Velázquez, DTM

CRYSTAL CITY EVENING TOASTMASTERS BLOG JUNE

I would like to take a moment to recognize the contributions of our leadership team as we transition into another Toastmasters program year for 2015-2016.  Anirudh Raipure (Vice President of Education), Dan Roth (Vice President of Public Relations), Aziz Buranchiev (Treasurer), Misha Davies(Secretary), and Scott Marquiss (Sgt. of Arms), have all given of their time to execute another successful Toastmaster year.  Some of our highlights include:

  • Earning the President’s Distinguished Award for the second time in a row
  • Recruiting 21 new members which resulted in recognitions for the Smedley and Beat the Clock Awards
  • Supporting two new member orientations and coaching sessions
  • Hosting two speak-a-thons and five special events (picnics and happy hours)
  • Coordinating an Open House with an award winning motivational speaker
  • Having strong contest participation with an Evaluation Speech Contest Champion—Dan Roth and a humorous speech second place winner at the Division level—Misha Davies
  • Having Trupti Raipure and Dan Roth complete their Competent Communicator Awards
  • Having Michael Maloney finish his Competent Leader Award and his Advanced Leadership Bronze Award

I had my own successes by serving as the TLI instructor for the summer and winter sessions.  I earned my Triple Crown award by completing the Silver and Gold Communicator Awards and the Advanced Leadership Bronze Award.  I had the pleasure of working with a strong team from Que Pasa Toastmasters to facilitate a youth Toastmasters program and I competed in the Spring District International Speech Contest and took first at the Area Contest with a humorous speech.

I am looking forward to serving as the Area 14 Director and the TLI Instructor Chair in addition to serving as the Vice President of Education for Old Town Toastmasters.  It is hard to believe that in March of 2011 I joined Toastmasters with much trepidation.  Today I wear the Toastmasters pin with much pride and I have had the absolute honor of working with four mentees who are experiencing much growth as they assume leadership roles.

The friends we all make through Toastmasters makes the experience worthwhile and the growth we all go through in fostering our leadership and communication skills is what keeps us engaged in our club.

Thank you all for a great year!