Officers for 2017-2018

New officers for 2017-2018 was elected.

次期役員が選出されました。

 

President: Mai Araki 会長:荒木 麻衣

Vice President Education: Yasunari Matsukawa 教育担当副会長:松川 泰也

Vice President Membership: Ryuji Yokoyama 会員担当副会長:横山龍児

Vice President Public Relations: Ryota Shimada 広報担当副会長:嶋田 亮太

Secretary: Kasey Yawata 書記:八幡 一廣

Treasurer: Naoko Adachi 会計:足立 直子

Sergeant at Arms: Chihiro Inoue 会場:井上千尋

Immediate Past President: Ryuichi Onoe 前会長:尾上竜一

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

President Onoe’s Inauguration Address

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.

Ryuichi Onoe 

July 5, 2016

Communication & Leadership Award 2015 – Ambassador Caroline Bouvier Kennedy

Our founder, Ann Sado Honjo DTM, worked hard as a committee chair of Communication and Leadership Award for Toastmasters District 76.

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She coordinated with the American Embassy and was honored to have Ambassador Caroline Bouvier Kennedy graciously accept the 2015 Communication and Leadership Award. Ann conducted the award presentation on District 76 Fall Conference on November 28, 2015.
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Message from Ambassador Caroline Bouvier Kennedy

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Past President’s Comment(2014-2015)

Kasey Yawata

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First off, on behalf of the new officers and myself, I would like to thank and applaud the outgoing officers for their dedicated hard work and excellent contribution to the club operations during the past year. Those officers served under the outstanding leadership demonstrated by the immediate past president, Mariko Misaka.

About two years ago, soon after I relocated to Tokyo from New York, I was wandering from one Toastmasters club to another on my soul searching journey, so to speak. I finally found and joined KeyForce that I liked best. Ever since, I have been immensely enjoying a somewhat awesome but pleasant association with the club blessed with a diversified membership mix.

Now, two years later, at this historic moment of breaking away from the traditional female presidency of the club, I am standing here, being humble and still awestruck.

While I truly appreciated the vote of confidence in me expressed by senior members and the new officers nominating committee, I am uncertain, honestly speaking, how I can meet their expectations.

Nevertheless, I strongly feel it is my great honor and privilege to serve as club President for the new term. I solemnly swear to you all that within my capacity I will exert my utmost effort to fulfill the mission of the club and enhance club quality. Well, easier said than done.

First and foremost, may I have as much support and cooperation as I can get from all of you? In addition to them, some patience as well while I am learning the ropes of the president role.

To best achieve our goals, I am counting on the team of new officers. They are extremely capable, energetic, and dedicated club members. We will be working closely together as a team.

Equally important, I would like each of you to join me and the officers in an orchestrated effort to make our club activities further exciting, inspiring and enjoyable for both new and veteran members.

With your strong support in the bag, I am ready, heart and soul, to assume my new responsibilities and fight challenges that lie ahead of us.

Thank you,

Kasey Yawata
July 1, 2014

Past President’s Comment (2013-2014)

Mariko Misaka

Thank you for joining us tonight to start off the new term. I am humbly honored to take this opportunity to be the president of Keyforce Club which has the great history of contributions made by pioneering members.

I would like to express my appreciation to those senior members. At the same time, let me thank the outgoing officers, especially the Immediate past president, Atsuko, for their great work.

To be honest, I hesitated to take over this big responsibility from such skillful successive presidents when I was asked. But once I recognized the amazing line up of new officers, I made up my mind.

As you know, KeyForce officers used to be all women. But the new officers’ team includes three men and has wide range of members from ages 20 to 60. How lucky I am to be able to work together with such an incredible team with full of diversity! I am certain that this new team will be able to bring new wind and epoch making ideas and styles along with them.

My key message tonight is to find something new. As already known, Toastmasters is where leaders are made. And, I feel that Keyforce is where we can set forth to find something new.

Obviously, KeyForce has brought about the change in my second life. After the difficult caretaking stage was ended, I started looking for something new to do. Then I found it. This is it! There is always a new challenge at KeyForce. Looking back at my journey in KeyForce over the past three years, I experienced so many things that I never did before.

Now it is time for me to give back to you as much as I have received from KeyForce. During my presidency, I would like to provide you with the opportunity to challenge new things as much as possible. This would include things such as being a contestant, contest chairman, judge, MC of events, and other new roles.

At the new term, let’s enjoy finding something challenging to do together. After all, learning never ends.

As the president, I am always ready to listen to your voice and do my best.

Mariko Misaka
July 2, 2013

Let’s congratulate on our District 76’s great achievement last term 2011-2012!

Message from District 76 Governor, Kazuko Kawauchi:

Toastmasters International announced the list of President’s, Select and Distinguished Districts last term 2011-2012. Our District 76 is the fifth out of 87 Districts in the world. Just amazing! Our district achieved the President’s Distinguished District Award for the first time in our more than five decades” district history.

Please see below list

This excellent achievement is the outcome of your leadership and all your club members continuous and persevering efforts. I appreciate your dedication to have made these excellent results during the last 12 months. Congratulations again!

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!

Thanks,
Ann Sado Honjo

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