Mangaluru: “Life teaches us many important lessons. It’s only self-actualization that keeps life going. Perseverance and diligence give the expected result,” said Suman Nayak, the Bharatanatyam dancer and teacher from San Diego, California, at the installation ceremony of Mangalore Toastmasters Club. She was speaking from the chief guest’s chair as Shraddha Pai, the Past President passed the baton of Presidentship to Sunitha Periera. Nayak’s rendering of a poem through dance and the nuances of recitation gave a glimpse into her adaptability and capability in using gestures to give multiple meanings to the words.
The programme began with the invocation by Lalitha Pandey. Fiona Pinto welcomed the guests present for the installation ceremony which had the theme ‘The World is My Stage’. Deborah Lobo, the Area F3 Director, introduced by Anita Cordeiro, administered the oath to the new board comprising Sunitha Pereira (President), Princita Ferrao (Vice President Education), Shobha Sharma (Vice President Membership), Mareena Seema Sequeira (Vice President Public Relations), Frances Pinto (Secretary), Ranjani Vittaldas (Treasurer), Radha Sharma (Sergeant-at-Arms) and Shraddha Pai (Immediate Past President).
Division F Director Beena Shetty, introduced by Praveen Badiger inducted eight new members into the club. Divyashree Gatti introduced each of the new members and welcomed them to the club. The prestigious ‘Toastmaster of the Year 2020-21’ award was bagged by Sapna Shenoy, a versatile Investment Services Professional, who had showcased her proficiency as an Area Director by starting two new clubs in Area F3.
All the members took a delightful walk down memory lane while watching a presentation of all the celebrations and achievements of the club presented by Chadrashekar Palekar.
Shraddha Pai, the outgoing President, thanked her team for their unstinted support in attaining maximum awards and creating an impact on the world outside the club despite the pandemic by organizing two Youth Leadership Programs and a Speech Craft Program for the jail inmates of Mangalore Central Jail. Sunitha Pereira, the incoming President, pledged to strengthen the members in their communication as well as leadership skills.
The 7 top officers of Toastmasters International District 121: District Director Vanitha Rangarajan; Programme Quality Director M. Naraya; Club Growth Director Arjun Sunder Raj; District Finance Manager MN Pai, District Public Relations Manager Rohan Ravindran; District Administration Manager Gokul Menon and District Logistics Manager Megana Kamath praised the accolades received by the past board and wished well for the incoming board. The presidents of twenty two different clubs of Divisions F and L, the club sponsors and the charter members felicitated the new board promising that care to help them to dare into this new role so that they rise and shine to illuminate the lives of others.