Monday, June 27, 2005

Kalantiao Inducts Officers

Dr. Ambrosio R. Villorente, a former Director of Agricultural Training Institute, DA was installed as charter president of Kalantiao Toastmasters Club during a very solemn but enjoyable Charter Presentation and 1st Installation of Officers and Induction Ceremonies.
The affair was held in the La Esperanza Hotel, Kalibo, Aklan on May 27, 2005 at 7:00 o’clock in the evening.
Kalantiao Toastmasters Club (KTC) was chartered on March 10, 2005 by Toastmasters International. At present, KTC has 22 chartered members. The club expects membership will increase in one year time.
KTC is so named Kalantiao Toastmasters Club in honor of Datu Bendahara Kalantiaw, a man who promulgated a set of codified laws which was used to govern ancient Filipinos in Panay. Kalantiaw was the third chief of Aklan who history reveals was just and wise.
Dr. Gregorio Zaoide’s researches pointed that the real name of Kalantiaw as Lakan Tiaw. In native term, Lakan means “chief of rulers” while Tiaw means “chief of brief speech”. In the Visayan traditions, Kalantiaw was born about 1410 A.D., the only son of Rajah Bendahara Gulah, ruler of Aklan, one of the three kingdoms of ancient Panay.
In his very brief inaugural speech, Villorente strongly emphasized the three pronged objectives of Toastmasters Club which are “Better, Listening, Better Thinking and Better Speaking”. He added another which is “Better Doing”. He concluded by saying that Toastmasters aim to eliminate glossophobia, the fear in public speaking.
District Governor Michael Angelo A. Chua presented the Charter to President Ambrosio R. Villorente. The charter members were presented by CTM Leo G. Cuachon, Area 31 Governor. DTM Alan S. Olmilla inducted the charter members. DTM Elisa G. Tay did the “charging” of charter officers. The officer being charged is asked to step in front. His duties and responsibilities are recited after which the officer being charged is asked, “will you do them?” The answer must be, “Yes, I will”. After the charging, ATM Felisa S. Justiniani installed the officers.
Dr. Benny A. Palma, president of Aklan State University delivered his first ever shortest speech of seven minutes. Though short, it was comprehensive and meaningful. District Governor Chua in his message discussed the rationale of Toastmasters Club formation and the rest that will happen to the members. Dr. Palma was introduced by TM Mario Balandra while District Governor Chua was presented by TM Nynn Arwena Tamayo.
TM Edna Gonzales gave the welcome remarks, TM Ramona S. Magayanes did the Herald’s Call and MS. Toni Ann T. Santamaria, the Doxology. TM Cynthia C. Dela Cruz introduced the visiting guests. CTM Megs Lunn is the Toastmaster of the Evening. The program ended with the exchange of gifts. /MP


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