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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.

Past President’s Comment(2004-2005)

Kazuko Iwatsuki

Why did I become a member of KeyForce Toastmasters Club? It all happened when the founder of the club, Ann Sado Honjo asked me, “Would you like to be a member of KeyForce Toastmasters Club?” “What is KeyForce TMC? “What’s that? “ This was my first encounter with KeyForce Toastmasters Club. Why did I join the club? One main reason was I wanted to be a better English speaker in front of people. I was not good especially at intonation and pauses. Besides, of course, I wanted to brush up English too.

Did I change after joining the club? I’ve got used to speaking in front of people.
Can you believe this? At the beginning, I became very nervous, but gradually I was getting better. I would like to believe so.
The best part is not only speaking English but also acquiring leadership and communication skills.
I realized this was possible especially after I became an officer and the President, I realized when I got members’ advice and assistance and I was energized and empowered by their warm support. Believe me, KeyForce members are always friendly and warm hearted, and speak, laugh and eat a lot. (Believe me again!)

By becoming a member of KeyForce Toastmasters Club, I’m sure I will be richly rewarded with friendship. By getting used to speaking in front of an audience, you will become a good leader in the club and in your company or any places where you belong to. Besides our club is very diversified from young to old, no, no I should say middle aged, men and women, working for foreign or Japanese companies from so called “career women” to a doctor and self employed or people running their own business. Also members include Japanese and foreign people, such as French and American.. The membership is very diversified and fun

Hope you can visit us and see for yourself what is going on in our club.
I am looking forward to seeing you at our next meeting soon.

Founder Ann Sado Honjo’s Message

KeyForce Club Brochure 2004

TM Karen Okano All-Japan Toastmasters speech contest 2002
TM Tommy Shimoyama Div. B Humorous Speech Contest
TM Tommy Shimoyama Div. B Humorous Speech Contest
Div. B Evaluation Speech Contest
TM.Ann Sado Honjo
・First Prize Speech ( 3.14 04 )
・2nd prize speech ( 4.22 04 )
Div. B Speech Contest & All Japan National Speech Contest 2004
KeyFortune Div. B Speech Contest 2004

Toastmasters International District 76 Spring Conference

Past President’s Comment(2003-2004)

Masako Kuroda

In November 2001 I joined Key Force TMC. When I visited this club for the first time I was a bit surprised because there were some male members attending the meeting. I never expected Key Force to have any male members but believed it should be all women’s Toastmasters Club. But after joining, I realized that woman’s leadership is one of the missions at Key Force Toastmasters Club. It does not mean just having women in the Club, but woman’s leadership enlightens, inspires and uplifts all club members regardless of gender.

Furthermore it became more obvious after I was given the chance to have leadership as a club president since last July. Every member is very cooperative with strong teamwork, which supports me greatly to fulfill the leadership of presidency. As you can see in our club mission statement we always provide every member the support to develop communication and leadership skill in open-minded, cooperative and inspiring environment. Everyone has a chance to develop not only the communication skill but also the leadership skill at Key Force Toastmasters Club and to enjoy it. I am now fully learning and enjoying together with all the members.

Please visit our club and you would see at once what I am saying here.

I look forward to seeing you at our meeting.