‘Communication skills essential for inspiring leadership’- Dr M S Moodithaya, Registrar, Nitte University
- Bhaskar Kiran takes over as President of Winner Club Toastmasters
Mangaluru: “In every sphere of life, we need good leaders. Communication is the key to success. Communication skills are essential for providing inspiring leadership,” said Dr M S Moodithaya, Registrar, Nitte University. He was addressing the installation ceremony of Office Bearers for the year 2014-15 of Winners Club Toastmasters as the Chief Guest on Sunday, 3rd July at Hotel Goldfinch in the city.
The well-known academician and management educator was visibly thrilled that many of his former students were the office bearers of the club and congratulated the new team. Continuous learning and experimentation are required to achieve any kind of transformation, he said. Hence taking the initiative is all important. “Unless you to the podium, unless you make an attempt, nothing is going to happen,” he advised. “In public speaking both form and content are important. But between the two, content is more important. Excellence in both is an advantage.”
Toastmasters Area Director Shivani Baliga administered the oath of office to the new team of office bearers for 2016-17, led by the president Bhaskar Kiran. The team includes Shristhuthi M Shetty (Vice President – Education), Lathamani Harish (Vice President – Membership), Flexon J Fernandes (Vice President – Public Relations), Vani Ummakka (Secretary), Savitha Salian (Treasurer), Shahab Arabi (Sergeant-at-Arms) and Shivani Baliga (Immediate Past President).
Capt. Ramprasad Kodialbail welcomed the gathering and Outgoing Secretary Deborah Lobo presented the annual report. Shristhuthi M Shetty introduced the chief guest.
Outgoing President Shivani Baliga thanked all for enabling the club to attain 22 Toastmasters achievements and recognitions – the highest number so far for the club.
In his acceptance speech, Bhaskar Kiran asked the members to make every meeting a more enjoyable experience. He also urged the members to participate and win prizes in more competitions.
Division Director Poorvi Varma, Outgoing Area Director Savitha Salian and District Admin Officer Malini Hebbar officiated during the function. Vidya Shenoy introduced the new theme music of the club. Artistes of Navras Dance Troupe gave a dance performance. The presence of Aafreen Vaz, Femina Miss India Supranational 2015, brought glitter and glamour to the occasion.
Former Club President Dr Prabha Shetty and the representatives of various other Toastmasters clubs felicitated the new officer bearers.
Vani Ummakka delivered the vote of thanks. Shwetha D’Souza and Flexon J Fernandes were the comperes for the programme. Keith Rodrigues initiated the programme.
Winners Club Toastmasters meets every alternative Saturday at ‘Sahodaya’, Balmatta, Mangalore at 7:30 a.m.
Photos: Roshan Madtha