Mangalore, Nov 19: The charter function of the Milagres Toastmasters Club, Mangalore, affiliated to Toast Masters’ International was held on November 18 at Monica Hall, Milagres Church, Mangalore .
The function began with invocating prayer song titled “Sharing” by Toastmasters’ Vimla, Rochelle and Roxanne followed by the welcome address by the president of Milagres Toastmasters Toast Master Aatish Christopher Prabhu.
Thereafter the traditional lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries divisional governor toastmaster Dr CK Ballal, past divisional governor toast master M N Pai, assistant parish priest of the Church of Our Lady of Miracles, Milagres Mangalore, Fr Sunil D’Souza, area governor toast master Dr Veena Vasvani, guest of honour and sponsor Caroline D’Souza and the president of the Milagres Toast Masters Aatish Prabhu.
This was followed by the administration of oath of toast masters international to the office bearers and members of the newly installed Milagres Toast Masters by the Area Governor toastmaster Dr Vina Vasvani.
Honouring the dignitaries and offering felicitations was done by Toastmaster Eunice Britto, ex-mayor, and member of the Milagres Toast Masters by presenting shawls and mementoes.
To commemorate the birth of the new club, the symbolic cutting of the cake was performed by Fr Sunil D’Souza . The divisional governor Toastmaster Dr CK. Ballal delivered the inaugural address wherein he congratulated the club on its successful chartering with Toastmasters International and narrated the sequence of events leading to the formation of the club.
This was followed by felicitation speeches by the past governor and mentor Toast Master MN Pai,and area governor and Toast Master Dr Vina Vasvani,
Thereafter felicitations were offered by representatives of other clubs in the city Toastmasters, Sushil Gupta, Madhava K.Padubidri, Dr Pramod Dubale, Samina Nayak and Trishma Pinto.
The prepared speech of the day’s meeting was delivered by Toast Master Christopher Sequeira on the topic “Are you in charge of your success”. The objectives of the speech were given by the secretary toastmaster Bhagyalakshmi who also evaluated the speech.
Toast Master Rohan Pinto, sergeant at arms of the Club proposed the vote of thanks and the president of the Milagres Toast Masters Aatish Prabhu while giving the concluding remarks also set the agenda for the new club besides useful tips for conducting the meetings and benefits of being a part of toastmasters.
The programme was ably compered by Toast Master Anita Gomes who was the master of ceremonies. The highlight of the function was the precision of time and the unique pattern of the meeting as per the norms of Toastmasters’ International which was adhered to by the veteran MC toastmaster Anita in her own inimitable style which was well appreciated.
The office bearers of the Milagres Toasmasters for the year are president-Aatish Prabhu, Secretary- Bhagyalakshmi ,Vice President (Education)-Vishnu Sreekumar, Vice President(Public Relations) Ivan Monteiro, Vice President (Membership) Vimla Britto, Sergeant At Arms-Rohan Pinto, Treasurer and sponsor member-Anita Cordeiro, Mentor Dr CK Ballal .
Members are Smitha Fernandes, Eunice Britto, Christopher Sequeira, Nimalka Sequeira, Pritish Prabhu, Tiffany Cordeiro, Praveen Shenoy, Daniel D’Souza, Rochelle D’Souza, Roxanne D’Souza, Marian D’Souza, Yohann Sequeira, Dr Mohammed Shamil, Chellappan,and Cleon Britto.