Past President’s Comment(2011-2012)

Ann Sado

Lead with compassion and divine inspiration!

Distinguished Guests, Fellow Toastmasters, and Friends,

Thank you all for joining us today to start off the new term.
Governor Muko, I appreciate your attending despite the typhoon to officiate the installation ceremony.

I strongly believe Women have the Key to Unlock the Force in the Universe as in our club name, KeyForce!
Therefore, the Natural Force, the Typhoon, is here to enjoy with us great speeches tonight.

After 10 years, I am asked to be the President again! My inaugural speech will be very simple.
My key message is, “Lead with compassion and divine inspiration!”

Let’s have love and passion in what we do within this Club to foster especially the leadership and communication skills among women and young men, who are still very often the target of unfair treatment within the Japanese society among corporations and organizations where older men still predominate at the decision-making level.

KeyForce Toastmasters Club gives power to each Club member to take part in the decision making process, as well as to express what they feel is inspirational. We respect our diverseness of being female or male, young or senior, with or without experience, foreign in nationality or background! We are here to respect the diversity in our Club and to create an inclusive atmosphere of respect, friendliness, and openness to allow each member and guest to voice her or his opinion! I would like to propose a better mentoring system to support speakers to express inspirational and universal messages.

A leader with vision always has the ability to listen with depth and make a fair decision, sometimes through consensus or independently. Let’s inspire each other to grow and develop our ability to lead with compassion and to convey key universal messages in speeches that impact us to become better global citizens, caring about our planet, Earth!

Ann Sado Honjo

Area 23 Evaluation Contest was held at Yachiyo Engineering Company on October 15th.

We gained wonderful results as follows:

English Evaluation Contest:

1st place: TM Ann Sado Honjo (KeyForce TMC)
2nd place: TM Akemi Maruyama (KeyForce TMC)
3rd place: TM Kouichi Hashimoto (Shinjuku Bilingual TMC)

Japanese Evaluation Contest:

1st place: TM Fuki Kitagawa (Edo TMC)
2nd place: TM Norifumi Morise (Edo TMC)
3rd place: TM Taeko Hayashi (KeyForce TMC)

TM Yasuyo Sato also challenged to be a contestant at Japanese.
Evaluation Contest for the first time and made an excellent evaluation speech.
Date: October 15th, 2011

10th Anniversary Party

June 5 (Sat)  17:00-20:00
Oakwood Rounge, Tokyo Midtown

Total of 65 attendants, with charter members and past presidents

Guest Speaker: Ms Miyoko Sano, Translator of The Secret

Past President’s Comment(2010-2011)

Akemi Maruyama

“Plan, Prepare and Perform”
KeyForce TMC’s Goal for 2010-2011

I am very happy and honored to be elected as President of KeyForce TMC this term. Just last month we had the great 10th anniversary Party. I would like to express my appreciation to the founder Ann Sado Honjo and the past officers who made it such a memorable and successful event.

I think KeyForce Toastmasters Club is already a well-established and mature club. However, this year, we start the next steps toward the 20th anniversary. So I think we should review our club activities at this turning point. Of course, we should keep the good traditions of KeyForce but at the same time, we would like to introduce new ideas to make the club even more attractive and dynamic.

A year ago, the immediate past president Masako Kuroda set a goal to grow our membership. As a result, amazingly, as many as 14 new members joined the club in the last term. It must be a new record for KeyForce! In order to maintain an active and dynamic club, membership building is indispensable.
Congratulations, Masako on your great achievement! Welcome new members!

Then, what is the goal for this term?
During my presidency, I would like to focus on education in order to hold a quality meeting every time. More specifically, I would like to ensure enough number of prepared speeches well in advance.

If we have only a few prepared speakers and there is no voting, it might be a little bit disappointing for some and we will lose our competitive atmosphere. So I would like to encourage every member to sign up for your speeches voluntarily at least two or three months in advance. Making a speech is not an assignment. It is up to you to plan when you will prepare and perform. This term, we are going to circulate speech signup sheet. Let’s signup well in advance, to plan, prepare and perform!

Then I believe KeyForce Toastmasters Club will become more productive and dynamic !

Akemi Maruyama

Past President’s Comment(2009-2010)

Masako Kuroda

“Change and Grow”
KeyForce TMC’s Goal for 2009-2010

Now I am installed as your president and I am very honored to be elected again to represent KeyForce. This is the second time. When I served as the president for the first time during 2003-2004, it was the year after I joined Toastmasters. So it was a big challenge for me.
But through that experience I learnt a lot about Toastmasters activities and also found out that KeyForce TMC is the best club for me. Each member is very supportive, cooperative, and enthusiastic with the power and leadership of women. Every member really supported me to achieve my office as the club president.

Again this year I will take office of President in this club.
But this time I found there are some changes in KeyForce TMC.
As you have already recognized, we have two men as officers this year, VP Education and Treasurer, which are important roles as officers to manage the club. This is the first time for KeyForce. And furthermore we have a young high school boy as a potential member of KeyForce.

KeyForce is no longer just a club, which has a majority of women. We are open to men, women, everyone who wants to develop their leadership skills through learning public speaking, as well as to support fostering women’s leadership.

KeyForce TMC will be changing with a more diversified membership and growing with new member’s fresh ideas and lively activities.
I heard from the founder of KeyForce, TM Ann Sado Honjo, we will have our 10th anniversary next June. We are planning to hold the 10th anniversary ceremony at the end of June.

Tenth Anniversary Year is one of the turning points for us to review our activities and to change and grow to become stronger and more dynamic club.

So I would like to set the goal for this term. “Chang and Grow”.
We will change by having a diversified membership and growth by taking fresh idea into our club activities.
In order to realize this goal I set two more specific targets.
No.1 To develop recruiting activities to gain more diversified membership.
No.2 To progress in DCP (Distinguished Club Program) to make the club activities more lively.
I will make another presentation about this program, DCP in the near future.

Let’s take a great step to achieve our goal, “Change and Grow”!

Masako Kuroda

Past President’s Comment(2006-2007)

Kazuko Kawauchi

“Challenge to Achieve”

Thank you for your interest in our KeyForce Toastmasters Club. It is a club with enthusiastic members working hard to improve their communication skills in English and to become a competent leader in the society. The means of achieving these goals are speaking English in front of an audience and leading activities inside and outside of our club.

The name of our club “KeyForce” was created by our founder when it was established more than six years ago. It means that women have the key to unlock the force that inspires and empowers all mankind to a better life and world. Therefore, our club members are aiming at fostering women’s leadership through public speaking.

This year we set a club motto, “Challenge to Achieve” One of the tasks we are working very hard at as One Great Team is to make the All Japan English Speech Contest, to be held in May 2007 in Tokyo, a success. We believe this is a great challenge and opportunity for each member to develop leadership skills and we think we are lucky to have this wonderful chance.

The Ship KeyForce has already put out to sea for achieving the challenge we face, and we would like to welcome anybody who wants to go on board and share this tough but enjoyable voyage with us while developing your English speaking skills and leadership skills.

As the proverb says “Seeing is Believing”, please visit our meetings on the third (and fifth if there is any) Tuesday every month from 7:00p.m. to 8:45p.m. I am sure you will learn through our Toastmasters activities while enjoying it, then you will subsequently broaden your horizon and make a closer rapport with members, and develop life-long friendships. I believe your decision to become our club member will become a valuable investment in your life. Please come and join our group to have your goals and ours achieved!

Please visit us, and we all look forward to seeing you soon.

Past President’s Comment(2005-2006)

Karen Okano

The other day, immediate ex-president TM Iwatsuki and I were taking the same train after the Steering Committee meeting. She noticed the bag I was carrying and said it was very cute. I myself fell in love with this bag when I saw it, not only because of the lovely pictures, but because it says ‘how to keep your husband’! For example, ‘no gossip over the phone’, ‘put you picture on his desk’, ‘if he is tired, bring him his favourite drink’, etc. Then TM Iwatsuki said, something quite symbolic of KeyForce, ‘You should make a version of “how to keep your wife” and make a speech about it!’ I said it is quite symbolic of KeyForce because the man & woman issue is one of the hottest topics of our club. Not that we are trying to batter men to prove the superiority of women, but that we are striving to achieve a sense of harmony between the sexes, that both women and men live a happy, fulfilling life and contribute to the society. Besides the issue of the sexes, we also actively discuss issues of ecology, health and the body, business ethics etc., which are the universal concern of all human beings. In the open atmosphere of KeyForce, we learn to acknowledge differences between each individual, not just between man & woman, and the importance of understanding.

And why Toastmasters? Why public speaking? It is a place where we learn communication and leadership, and to share expand ideas. When we have a chance to express our thoughts, and have our opinions heard, we know that we can make better decisions in life. In a world full of choices, it is important to make the right ones. Like when you press a button on the drink vending machine, you want to make sure you are getting a bottle of water and not a bottle of poison! With the Toastmasters, we know that we can choose communication but not violence, humour but not anger, peace but not war.

In year 1999, TM Ann Sado and a number of experienced toastmasters set up this fabulous club to encourage women’s leadership through English public speaking, and it was chartered in year 2000. Hence, KeyForce is celebrating its 5th birthday! With the wonderful officers I am working with this year, I am sure that it will be a fruitful year for all of us! If we gain 10 points on the Distinguished CLub Program, we can achieve the highest Distinguished Club Award- the President’s Distinguished Club Award! What a great way it will be to celebrate the 5th anniversary of KeyForce! Everyone, thank you for your support and let’s look forward to a superb year for KeyForce!

Last but not least, let give a big hand to TM Iwatsuki and her ex-officers for their efforts last year that gave us so many precious moments of fun and laughter. They worked really hard and were always caring for members’ needs.