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June 2007: The ESCF toastmaster’s was set up to add value to the Emirates supply chain forum.  I recall their first few meetings that were resounding successes and even the venue was a full house.

Years later, when I got a call from then Area Governor to mentor ESCF Toastmasters Club, I was taken aback and was curious to find out how a club could go from such a high to being resuscitated?  During my first meeting with the Excom, I met members who were resolute and wanted to bring back the glory to the ESCF Toastmasters club meetings and would never say die.

Now when I look back, I truly believe it has been a successful year for ESCF Toastmasters, new blood, regular fun meetings, healthy members and guest participation.  We are not there yet, but, we are moving forward on the right track.  There is one thing I would like to share with the Toastmasters community. The ESCF progress has been possible due to the step by step progress made by the Excom following DIP [discipline, initiatives and perseverance.]    Having said that, this would not have been possible without the help and support of the Toastmasters community, because, you came forward when they needed you the most. Be it for educational sessions, evaluations or mentoring programs.

I would say that success in toastmasters or in life is about getting the right team in place.  Like Jim Collins said in his best seller book “Good to Great” …….  “The first thing level 5 leaders do is –  Get the right people on the bus and others off the bus.”   As of December 2010, ESCF has an enthusiastic Excom team on the bus under the leadership of TM Alok Singh that drives at full throttle on the highway.

I wish them a wonderful and successful journey ahead.

Vinod Mehra


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