The founder of the STTM, Edward Lo, encouraged Skal members to consider STTM a means of improving the public speaking ability of their employees. In her inaugural speech, Mayumi Hu pointed out how STTM can improve communications and leadership skills of employees, thus directly contributing to the formation of a better next-generation of tourism leaders. The new ToastMaster’s Club is also seen as a source of potential Young Skal members.
President Hu also pointed out that the Club’s first aim is to win recognition for the club and boost its membership growth while maintaining member satisfaction. Although organization of the club got under way only in October 2009, it already has 28 members.
Lieutenant District Governor of Education and Training, Mike Yang, extended heartfelt congratulations on the chartering of the club, and his feeling of honor at being able to play a role in the chartering process. He expressed the hope that the club’s members will become better communicators and successful leaders of the tourism industry.
Yang also emphasized District 67’s theme for this year: Dig More, Reap More! As members dig more from Toastmasters training, they will learn more and gain more self-confidence and personal growth. After finishing his speech, he presented certificates of appreciation to the new club’s sponsors, mentors, sponsoring clubs, and club founders.
The ceremony was concluded by Lieutenant District Governor of Marketing Grace Shih, who delivered a speech and officiated over the officers’ installation ceremony. She asked each officer to hold the gavel as she briefly explained his or her duties and asked for commitment to the furtherance of the ToastMasters movement.
The first Skal Club was founded in 1932 in Paris by travel managers, following an educational tour of Scandinavia. The idea of international goodwill and friendship grew and, in 1934, the “Association Internationale des Skal Clubs” was formed with Florimond Volckaert as its first President, who is considered the “Father of Skal”.
Skal International today has approximately 23,000 members in 525 Clubs throughout 90 nations. Most activities occur at local levels, moving up through National Committees, under the umbrella of Skal International, headquartered at the General Secretariat in Torremolinos, Spain.
The organisation is governed by an Executive Committee of seven members, elected by delegates to an annual General Assembly, held during the World Congress, hosted by a different country each year. This allows members first-hand observation of the travel and tourism potential.