History of Lagoon
It is said that parents learn from their children. This is very true in case of the members of TKM College of Engineering Alumni Association.
Recognising the importance of Communication & Leadership Skills in children, the TKMCE Alumni Association conducted a Youth Leadership Program for them. The 8 day stint in public speaking gave them confidence to start the first ever Gavel Club in the UAE.
The confidence and improvement gained by the children led their parents to think in similar directions. If Communication & Leadership Skills is required for the children to build their future, it is all the more required for the parents to survive in this competitive world. This thought led to a Speech craft being conducted by the Sharjah Toastmasters for the members of TKMCE Alumni.
The speech craft session – co-ordinated by ATM J K Nair & assisted by Dinesh Purohit & Nancy Fare – had its first session on September 18th 2001 and the concluding session on 18th October 2001. As soon as the Speech craft concluded, the members decided that they need to continuously hone their communication skills. A new club was formed on 21 November 2001. Lagoon Toastmasters has never looked back after that.
The word “Lagoon” has a vital significance in Sharjah from where the Club operates. Little drops make an ocean. A few engineers in UAE have formed a Lagoon which will definitely give rise to an ocean of people exuding confidence, self development, better communication and leadership qualities.
Past, Present, Future
After a slow start, Lagoon has grown tremendously in the year 2003-2004. We achieved 18 out of 20 goals set for the year, became a President’s Distinguished Club, 27 new members joined the Club, conducted two speech crafts & a YLP, sponsored 2 new Clubs & 1 new Gavel Club, received Smedley’s, Talk up Toastmasters and Founder’s Awards, produced 1 ATM, 5 CTMs, 2 CLs, 6 trained Club Officers, conducted 11 Educational sessions in 25 eventful Club meetings, released 4 voluminous issues of BEACON, many leaflets and launched a website.
To top it all, Lagoon was given three awards at the Area Level – Best Club for Membership, Best Club for Newsletters & the Best Club in the Area. We currently have 44 members coming from different walks of life in our ranks. We have members from United Arab Emirates, India, Pakistan & Srilanka.
After shining throughout the last year, we intend to consolidate our position during 2004-2005. We will strive to improve the quality of everything we do so that we maximise the returns on our investment in Toastmasters. It is for this purpose that we have identified a theme (QUEST FOR EXCELLENCE). To achieve excellence in what we do, we have identified a set of Goals and an activity schedule to take us through to July 2005. With the commitment and contribution of all the members, Lagoon will reach great heights on its Quest for Excellence.
Mission of Lagoon Toastmasters
Lagoon Toastmasters is a chapter of Toastmasters international, a leading non- profit organization devoted to making effective oral communication as a world wide reality.
Through its member Clubs, Toastmasters International helps men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening and thinking – vital skills that promote self-actualization, enhance leadership potential, foster human understanding, and contribute to the betterment of mankind.
It is basic to this mission that Toastmasters International continually expand its world wide network of Clubs, thereby offering ever-greater numbers of people the opportunity to benefit from its programs.
There are numerous Toastmasters Clubs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Fujeirah also. Please check online to get their details.