Past President’s Comment(2015-2016)

 President Kanno’s Inauguration Address

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I am humbled and at the same time honored to become the president of KeyForce Toastmasters Club.  Our club has madethe great contributions through the efforts of pioneering members including our founder, TM Ann Sado Honjo.

Also, I would like to express my appreciation to those senior members who keep the momentum for our club to growcontinuously. As of today, we have 40 active members. This is surprising and is entirely due to the outgoing officers, especially the efforts of the Immediate past president, Kasey Yawata.  

Looking back over my past four years in KeyForce, somesenior members encouraged, supported and guided me with their warm-hearted advice when was depressed at my workplace. I have improved not only in English Communication but also interpersonal leadership. Fortunately,my working situation has changed for the better and it is time for me to repay the courtesy shown to me.

2015 is the fifteenth anniversary of KeyForce since it waschartered in June 2000.  What a great honor for me to serve in this 15th anniversary year!  During my tenure as the president I would like to focus on two points.

First, KeyForce members have been well aware of Diversity and Inclusion, keeping the friendly atmosphere all these years.  I think this is our unique club culture, which I would like to keep and continue growing.

Second, I would like to establish a strong teamwork having asustainable pattern. Therefore, I would like to ask all club members to participate in club activities, not only regular meetings but also special events like Summer Gala, Christmas Galas, in-house contest and area contests.  I am concerned about the participation rate of all members to these activities, since I believe that the high participation rate among new and old members will truly revitalize our club.

I am glad that all new officers are very cooperative. However I hope I can get all our members’ support and cooperation.  I look forward to having a very productive new term with all of you.

Mari Kanno 

July 7, 2015