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Run, toastmaster, run!!!

It is that time of the year! The time when toastmasters choose the officers’ team for the next term. The new term will begin July 1st 2017 and last till June 30th 2018.

Any member can run for any position; it does not matter how long one has been a toastmaster; 2 years, 2 months or 2 weeks. Each toastmaster can find a position in the team to his/her taste and there are plenty to choose from: President, Secretary, Vice President Education, Vice President Membership, Vice President PR, Treasurer and Sergeant-at-arms.

Many toastmasters have great potential and what is more important willingness to be the part of the team to serve to the best interest of the club. I am happy to see that some of you have already applied for a position and even two.

In this post I’d like to encourage those who are still hesitant. I have talked to some of you and the main issue that bothers you is that you will have too much work to do. For this my answer is: Yes, you will have to devote more time to ATC but it is not something that cannot be coped with due persistence and time management. And there are always your team mates and fellow toastmasters who are ready to share your burden. You will have good days and bad days. You will meet optimistic motivating people and pessimistic discouraging people. You will be supported and sometimes judged for your actions and decisions. But all I can say is that serving as an officer has been and remains an unforgettable experience of my life.

Do not hesitate, take your chance now. Try yourself at something you have never done before. You say that it is difficult, but how can you know if you never tried?

So, my advice to you, toastmasters: Run for an ATC office!

Sincerely,

Korlan Bektassova

President ATC

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Word from President: March

Dear friends!

It is officially the Spring Season! The time for new beginnings and adventures. If you have not joined the club yet, it’s high time you did. Because we have prepared an interesting agenda for you in March, the most anticipated event is The Humorous Speech Contest among the members of ATC. The event will take place on the 11th of March and eight contestants will compete to be named the Best.

By the way, during the celebration of the 7th ATC Birthday we awarded the people who served well in the Club during the last year. If you want to spend some quality time in ATC and be recognized for your achievements by your fellow toastmasters, the time for you to start is NOW. Do not hesitate to step forward, take meeting roles; do not fear the responsibility to organize an event. This is how you become a leader.

February turned out to be the most fruitful in 2016-2017 term (so far) for number of members joining ATC. We welcomed six new members and three reinstated members back! Way to go!

With a number of members growing, I’m looking forward to hearing more interesting and thought-provoking speeches, constructive and effective evaluations, and great impromptu speeches.

Sincerely,

Korlan Bektassova

President of ATC

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Word from President: February

Dear friends!

The beginning of a year is the time for big plans. ATC is no exception and the Officers’ Team developed the Club’s success plan for the next 6 months of January – June 2017. Good thing is that in Toastmasters we not only state goals, but know how to achieve them. Do not stay aside as reaching Club goals is inseparable with individual goals of each member, it is a unique opportunity for each of you to find support and encouragement.

An important thing to mention is that the 2016-2017 Officers’ Team was renewed, which is a sign that toastmasters are not hesitant of taking leadership roles. Three officers Raushan Satybaldiyeva, Anara Badyrlenova and Gulimkhan Abdikalykova have joined the team as VP Membership, VP Education and Treasurer respectively. We are lucky to have such great leaders in our team!

After short holidays in January, ATC resumed its meetings; we listened to 19 unique speeches about everything from saving money to sales techniques, and had a great guest speaker with an amazing story of courage and self-dedication. We did not forget to have fun as well when we had “Что? Где? Когда?” intellectual games organized by Damira Kulakhmetova.

What do we have in store in February is no secret. Along with the scheduled meetings, we are going to have a great orientation session for current and future members, Winter Olympic Games – a fun outdoor winter activity and finally a great celebration of ATC 7th Birthday Party!

Sincerely,

Korlan Bektassova

President of ATC

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A Word from President: November

Dear Toastmasters!
Growth and Comfort never coexist.
I have just read this quote and it made me think how true these words were. We are often hesitant to step out of our comfort zones, dreading a failure. However, it is the only way for us to change, develop and grow. In toastmasters’ doing that first step towards change is delivering an icebreaker speech. Some may say that speaking in front of the audience is not big a deal, for some however, public speaking is the greatest fear of all.
The good news is that Toastmasters is not only about public speaking, it is also about taking responsibility and doing things that require a great deal of leadership and creativity. That is where you may find the room for improvement. I am sure each of us can use extra opportunity to sharpen the skills we already have or acquire new ones. The question is: are we always ready to grab that opportunity?
As the president of ATC I have faced many challenges and one of which is that people are hesitant. Having a great potential and willingness, they hesitate: hesitate to step out of their comfort zones, because they are afraid they are not ready. They hesitate to take meeting roles, thinking that they are not experienced enough; hesitate to give speeches, because they think they are boring, hesitate to lead a project, because they just do not know where to begin; hesitate to fill in the vacancy of VP PR in the officers’ team, because they are afraid it’s just too much responsibility.
The truth is that we all do. Did I hesitate when I applied to president’s position? Yes. Nevertheless, I overcame it and now I am getting so much more than I have ever imagined.
My advice to all of the Toastmasters who are struggling with hesitation is: Do not let fear steal what you can get from that experience.
November is going to be a historic month in the Toastmasters’ history in Kazakhstan. Because this is the month when we are going to have a Speech Contest among all six Toastmasters clubs in Kazakhstan, an event that never happened before. And you need to decide whether you want to be a part of this event or just stay aside hesitant.

Sincerely,
Korlan Bektassova

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A Word From President: October

Dear Toastmasters!

As the air gets colder and days shorter, the more you want to stay tucked under a warm blanket and cozy in your bed. Luckily, members of ATC are not like everybody else. Toastmasters are not afraid to step out of their comfort zones and challenge themselves.

Every day I hear success stories about former members of Astana Toastmasters Club. However, to call them “former members” would not be accurate since there are no Ex-toastmasters.I believe there is always a special connection between people who relate themselves to toastmasters, whenever and wherever you meet them.

I am glad to see many new faces at ATC meetings – people who want to become a part of a great community and want to learn and grow.

In October we are having a special Homecoming meeting for the members of ATC from different times. They will perform their ice-breaking speeches for the first time in a long time – it is the same atmosphere but different people. It is a definitely must-see-event!

I’d like to welcome our new members of September: Akbota Sabetova, Chandan Sarma, and Zhibek Ussembayeva. I am confident that you would be a great asset to Astana Toastmasters Club.

Special thanks to Bairam Orazov for organizing a Culinary Contest with Wine Tasting. It was an incredible event, where we all learned that cooking can be fun and easy.

There are many more events and activities are ahead. Stay tuned and see you at the meetings.

Sincerely,

Korlan Bektassova

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A Word From President: September

Dear Toastmasters!

The beginning of autumn has always been associated with the beginning of school. Though most of us have already passed this stage, I can say that we all feel a little nostalgic when the 1st of September occurs.

However, September is also the time when the days are still long and night are still warm. So don’t wait till September ends, enjoy its every moment.

Astana Toastmasters Club is a great place for anyone to learn new or enhance skills one already has. That is why it attracts many people from different spheres. As my toastmaster experience shows, September is a very busy season for ATC. People return from their summer vacations, full of energy and breath taking stories to share.

Officers’ team of Astana Toastmasters Club has prepared a great schedule of meetings for September: hosting a guest speaker– a managing partner at a well renowned consulting company, demonstration meeting at national holding Zerde, orientation session for freshmen and soon-members-to-be, where everyone can get answers to questions they always wanted to know but were too shy to ask, and many more. Stay tuned.

Sincerely,

Korlan Bektassova